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8 Best Speech Therapy Apps [2019]

Sometimes it can be overwhelming finding the right apps that both motivate and also facilitate learning and communication. 

If you are a Speech Language Pathologist or a parent or a friend who knows adults or children diagnosed with any speech challenges, there are many speech therapy apps that might be helpful in supporting communication development. They’ve been shown to be effective for adults recovering from stroke and brain injury.

Language building is essential during the first years of a child’s life, as this is when most of the pathways for developing speech, language and cognitive skills are formed.

Speech and language therapy apps helps children and young people who are having difficulties with the development of their speech, language, communication and feeding. These speech therapy apps will help SLPs for encouraging speech and language development in young children and adults.

Here is the list of best speech therapy apps that help people learn and develop better communication skills.

Otsimo Speech Therapy is a voice-controlled and video modelling-based language and speech therapy app. Otsimo have created a really fun and engaging app to aid language development in children with no verbal autism, speech delays, articulation difficulties and aphasia.

Otsimo Speech Therapy also gives the opportunity to develop the key building blocks to articulation; attention and concentration, hearing, process speech sounds and muscle coordination.


Speech Blubs: Language Therapy

( Android - Free , iPad - Free )

Speech Blubs is a free speech therapy app that uses voice controlled and video technology to develop speech articulation for young children with or without speech difficulties. The app has thousands of activites that aid over practice of speech sounds in a fun and engaging way.

Working in a school for Autism, many of our children have complex communication needs with the majority being non/minimally verbal. Speech Blubs has been a huge hit with children, teachers and Speech therapists alike with it being the go to app in supporting our young people with their language development.
 
While this speech app can be used by all children, it is specifically designed to help toddlers, late talkers, children with Apraxia, Autism, Down Syndrome, ADHD and SPD to improve their speech.


Articulation Station

( iPad - Free )

Articulation Station is a comprehensive articulation application to help children speak and pronounce their sounds more clearly. The app enables practice at letter, word and sentence level to improve pronunciation and phonological awareness. Each word has 60 target words and all together Articulation Station Pro has over 1,000 target words. 

Hugely popular with Speech and Language therapists and SEN teachers alike, Articulation Station allows children to practice their pronunciation at letter, word and sentence level. The App has 6 activities at word, sentence and story level for 22 different sound programs. There are 60 target words for each program allowing you to target initial, medial and final sounds.



Proloquo2Go

( iPad - £249.99 )

Proloquo2Go is an Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) application that can provide a voice for those with expressive and receptive language difficulties. From basic wants and needs to more complex sentences, Proloquo2go as a viable communication tool for children and adults with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, apraxia, aphasia, or traumatic brain injury.

Children, teens and adults who can’t speak can use this Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) app for iOS as a daily communication tool and to build language skills. Proloquo2Go is now also available on the Mac app store but not available on Android devices.


The Conversation Therapy app from Tactus Therapy is a speech therapy app for adults that was designed to spark conversation between people, including small and large groups. All the Tactus Therapy apps are designed by a certified speech-language pathologist and are based on research and clinical best practices.

Naming Therapy is a speech app for stroke patients with aphasia for word finding, retrieval & description including cueing, SFA, PCA, flashcards & test. It helps the users to say the right word more easily when they learn the strategies that help them communicate with this popular word-finding app.


Cuespeak

( iPad - Free )

Cuespeak is a new Speech and Language Therapy workstation for iOS devices featuring a suite of therapy exercises produced in the UK by a specialist in aphasia, a communication disability caused by stroke and other neurological disorders.
 
Cuespeak is designed for use both by clinicians and by people with aphasia. The exercises are suitable for adults with moderate-severe aphasia, including those diagnosed with apraxia of speech and those with associated cognitive problems.
 
Cuespeak can be used both with and without a therapist present. The ideal scenario is to start a session with a specialist speech and language therapist, who will configure the programme to the individual’s needs. The person with aphasia will then use the app for independent practice until the next session with the therapist.

Boo Articulation Helper

( iPad - £7.99 )

Boo Articulation Helper is an app that helps children to practice speech sounds that they need to improve. The app encourages children to imitate articulated sounds and raise phonological awareness.

Boo Articulation is a fantastic app that aims to improve the articulation of phonemes and sound blends. This app is particularly useful for Speech & Language Therapists, Educators and parents to support children with speech disorders and complex communication needs. Speech sound disorders include problems with articulation (making sounds) and phonological processes (sound patterns). 


InnerVoice: Communication

( iPad - £19.99 )

InnerVoice Communication is a fantastic AAC application that is easy to use, containing features I have not seen in other apps on the market.The particular feature I have been really impressed with is the Avatar, an excellent feature that I have not seen in other apps or VOCAs. 

The app contains a library of faces that can speak the message, wants or needs through video. The videos can be shared through social media or as a message. You can even use the child’s photo as an avatar, brilliant! Whilst using Inner voice at school, we sent a message to a parent from her son who is minimally verbal, she was so happy and rang the school immediately to say how it brightened her day and would be getting the app straight away.


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