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Splingo's Language Universe

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Splingo is a high-quality, interactive game designed by Speech and Language Therapists/Pathologists to help children learn listening and language skills. The game is instructional based whereby the user needs to follow instructions to complete a variety of tasks.

Teacher Review

There are two voices available American and British which you can select to suit your needs.  The American voice seems to be an adult and the British sounds like a child but is not always clear. Pressing Splingo during the game will make him repeat the instruction. Additionally, you can choose to have text which accompanies the audio either on or off. 
 
Children’s progress can be saved and up to five users can be stored on the device. The progress is measured according to the highest score, this can be good for competition but it doesn’t take into account different abilities.  It would be more suitable if data was stored according to areas of weakness for each user, this would be really beneficial for teachers. it would be also useful if Splingo the Alien could give more appropriate feedback and praise, Splingo says an 'uh oh' like sound when the child has made a mistake. it would be more beneficial to use clear language such as 'good try, have another go'. I know that this is a small issue but as the app is designed with language development in mind, I feel it would be useful. Finally, the option of pressing Splingo to repeat instructions is not that clear, perhaps a 'play' button could be added to his body. This would be a good visual prompt that an independent user could follow.
 
Apart from these minor details and the fact that the most recent update occurred in 2013, Splingo Language Universe is an excellent application which taps into the needs of young people with language delay.

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From the Developer

An exceptionally high-quality, interactive game designed by Speech and Language Therapists/Pathologists to help children learn listening and language skills, from the authors of the Receptive Language Assessment with Splingo app and the exciting new Pronouns with Splingo app.

With thousands of different word and sentence possibilities, as well as US or UK voice options, Splingo the alien’s spoken instructions will guide your child through a galaxy of language learning.

Your child will practise their listening and language skills by interacting with the images and animations on the screen to follow Splingo the alien’s spoken instructions. As a reward, they will love helping Splingo build a space ship and complete the tasks in order to get him home. His hilarious animated responses will capture your child’s imagination.

Splingo’s instructions range from a very early level of language development, e.g. single word recognition, to much more complex, e.g. instructions combining several aspects of language at once.

A guide to the levels:
•Level 1 -contains instructions of 1 main word and is suitable for children at a developmental level of about 18 months onwards, e.g. “find the apple”
•Level 2 - contains instructions of 2 main words and is suitable for children at a developmental level of about 2-3 years, e.g. “find the red apple”
•Level 3 - contains instructions of 3 main words and is suitable for children at a developmental level of about 3- 4 years and upwards, e.g. “find the big red apple”
•Level 4 - contains instructions of 4 main words and is suitable for children at a developmental level of about 4 years and upwards, e.g. “give the big red apple to the boy”

While your child is experiencing an entertaining, motivating game, you can be reassured that they are learning a variety of different aspects of language, including naming words (nouns), action words (verbs), location words (prepositions), description words (adjectives), e.g. color, size and much more!

The game is completely customisable so you can create a combination of levels and word types to suit your child’s developmental level.

An SLP:
"The children all love Splingo...especially the encouraging words (yep,yep,yep, ooh whoo etc!) and the rocket! The pace is great for speech/language delayed children."

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