Technology can be a useful tool when you’re trying to encourage students to connect with their speech-language pathology sessions. For instance, certain apps can make practicing speech and communication skills fun and engaging.
At Pediatric Therapeutic Services, we specialize in pairing schools and early-intervention programs with highly trained and qualified speech-language pathologists who work with students in groups or one on one. Here are some of our therapists’ favorite apps to use during speech-language pathology (SLP) sessions with students.
Everyday Speech is both an App and an online platform, so you can use it in any way that serves your classroom and your students best. It provides therapists with No-Prep curriculums that you can use to teach communication skills through pre-designed, interactive videos, worksheets, and activities. It’s built on a method based in 20 years of research to help students build foundational skills in:
- Conversation topics
- Emotional recognition
- Problem solving
- Showing empathy
Everyday Speech is suitable for students of all ages, including elementary, secondary, and high school students.
Instead of focusing on communicating basic needs or functional vocabulary, Conversation Therapy teaches students to talk about their thoughts and feelings and share their experiences and ideas with others. This uses pictures and questions that encourage conversations to help students improve skills in:
Conversation therapy can be run in groups of up to four people at a time, so it’s ideal for group sessions. Students can choose the difficulty level of the questions they’re asked, which gives them a sense of control. You’ll be able to track progress through professional reports emailed to you.
Articulation Station was created by a certified SLP and is designed to help students with speech and sound delays. It uses a comprehensive articulation program that gives students the opportunity to practice sounds at the word, sentence, or story levels. During use, students practice making sounds as they identify beautiful color images.
This app features scoring and comprehensive data tracking, as well as voice recording to provide students with auditory feedback. It supports group sessions of up to six students at a time.
Word Vault and Word Vault Pro were developed by two SLPs certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). They designed the app to make it easier to teach all areas of speech and language, including articulation, fluency and voice, apraxia, phonological processes, and more.
Word Vault is a free option that includes:
- 8,100 words, 1,800 phrases and sentences, and 115 stories for articulation practice
- 120 categories of language-building stimuli
- 25 categories of social language content
- 3,800+ minimal pairs and 295+ multi-syllabic words sorted by level
- The ability to email any list to parents for homework
With a Word Vault Pro subscription, you’ll also have data backup and syncing between devices, data tracking and session notes, 12 interactive activities, additional games that promote engagement, the ability to add your own words, audio, or images, and more.
5. Speech Tutor
Speech tutor helps students practice articulation placement. It shows students what sounds look like inside the mouth by displaying a video of a visually transparent mouth as it makes common sounds. This allows students to see exactly where those sounds come from.
Videos can be viewed at three different speeds and paused for closer examination. There are over 132 animations as well as tips for parents from certified SLPs.
Just like it sounds, Language Therapy 4-in-1 is four apps in one. It’s a professional speech therapy app that targets all four areas of spoken and written language at the word level to create a complete program. This program includes:
- Comprehension therapy
- Naming therapy
- Reading therapy
- Writing therapy
Students can practice understanding through listening and reading exercises and improve word-finding skills through naming practice, describing, and flashcards. They’ll strengthen their ability to read phrases and sentences using phrase and sentence matching and completion. Students will also learn to spell without writing by filling in the blanks, seeing words while spelling them, and completing naming tasks and “spell what you hear” exercises.
ArtikPix is an articulation app featuring nearly 1,500 cards in 24 different decks all focused on a different sound. It uses flash cards, matching, and pick or spin games to keep students engaged and practicing their articulation skills at the word, phrase, sentence, and paragraph levels.
ArtikPix can be tailored to student needs by choosing different skill and difficulty levels to match their current abilities. Plus, students can record audio of themselves or open a front-facing camera so that they can hear or see themselves articulating different sounds.
Speech FlipBook is an interactive, talking flip book of all the sounds in the English language. It includes more than 250 homophones for students to practice. It helps to treat:
- Articulation issues
- Phonological awareness issues
Therapists can customize the types of words to include based on student skill level and needs. Students can also customize their experience by choosing to hear each sound individually or to hear the word as a whole. If students want to compare their sounds to the original, they can record their speech and hear it played back.
Keyword Understanding is a sentence-level comprehension therapy app that improves listening and reading comprehension skills while working on attention to detail, auditory processing, and working memory. It’s suitable for:
- Students with developmental language delay or disorder
- Students with autism and auditory processing or comprehension difficulties
- Students who need to work on vocabulary, the understanding of basic concepts, and the ability to understand and follow directions
It includes several comprehension therapy activities that focus on temporal directions (before and after), sequential directions (first and then), and object, size, and color. The brightly colored pictures help to keep students engaged.
10. Sensory CineVox
Sensory CineVox is a full sensory experience that improves vocalization and speech by responding to sounds with fun graphics. It encourages students to vocalize and produce the correct sounds while keeping them visually engaged and stimulated. This app includes 21 different visual effects that show the results of correct vocalization. These displays change whenever a student produces a fricative sound (like shhhh).
Join the Team at PTS and Help Students as a Speech-Language Pathologist
If you’re a speech-language pathologist who wants to start using technology to improve student progress in their SLP sessions, then PTS can help.
Pediatric Therapeutic Services places skilled SLPs with schools and early-intervention programs. We offer regular trainings for our therapists and provide ongoing supervision and support from our Clinical Directors. Reach out to work with us as a speech-language pathologist today!