iPad apps I used during extended school year (ESY)

Recently, I posted Reasons why I love iPad for speech-language therapy. The top reason was the apps. iPad apps provide fantastic materials to address speech-language goals. During extended school year (ESY), I used several apps with my students for speech-language therapy. Below is a list of the iPad apps that I used including iTunes links, prices, descriptions, and *goals addressed:

  • Air Hockey ($.99) – play Air Hockey with one or two pucks against the computer or a friend. *reward and gestures.
  • ArtikPix – Full ($29.99) – (my app) practice speech sounds in flashcard and matching activities. *articulation & phonology.
  • The Cat in the Hat ($3.99) – touch interactive illustrations as the classic book is read to you or you read yourself. *literacy, prepositions, commenting, and answering questions.
  • ClickySticky ($1.99) – interact with scenes, vehicles, animals and more in this animated sticker book. *prepositions, commenting, and language expansion.
  • Doodle Buddy (free) – finger paint with 1000’s of colors and add stamps with sounds. *gestures and choices.
  • FirstWords: Animals ($1.99) – learn letter names, match letters, and spell words with animal words. *attention, gestures, and literacy.
  • FirstWords: At Home ($1.99) – learn letter names, match letters, and spell words with home words. *attention, gestures, and literacy.
  • Fish School HD ($1.99) – learn letters, same, different, ABCs and more in several activities. *gestures and literacy.
  • iCommunicate ($4.99) – create schedules and storyboards as visual cues. *positive behaviors and AAC.
  • iTouchiLearn Words for Preschool Kids ($.99) – match words with pictures to learn spelling and vocabulary skills, and tap pictures to learn attributes and actions. *attributes, actions, and literacy.
  • iWriteWords ($2.99) – learn to write numbers, letters, and words with numbered visual cues. *literacy and attention.
  • Old MacDonald ($1.99) – sing-along and record your own voice while touching interactive illustrations. *prepositions and language expansion.
  • Proloquo2Go ($189) – Full-featured AAC solution with Symbolstix symbols, over 7,000 items in the default vocabulary, text-to-speech, and much more. *AAC.
  • Real Soccer 2010 HD ($4.99) – play soccer matches against the computer or your friends via Bluetooth or WiFi. *reward and gestures.
  • Shrek Forever After ($2.99) – touch interactive illustrations as the story from the latest Shrek movie is read to you or you read yourself. *literacy, prepositions, commenting, and answering questions.
  • Shrek Kart HD ($4.99) – play this kart racing game against the computer or your friends via WiFi using one of your favorite Shrek characters. *reward and gestures.
  • TapSpeak Button for iPad ($9.99) – create single messages for nonverbal users to activate via touching a shape or photo. *AAC.
  • TapSpeak Sequence for iPad ($29.99) – create sequenced messages for nonverbal users to activate via touching a shape or photo. *AAC.
  • Toy Story Read-Along (free) – touch interactive illustrations as the story from the first Toy Story movie is read to you or you read and/or record yourself. *literacy, prepositions, commenting, and answering questions.
  • Wheels on the Bus HD ($1.99) – sing-along and record your own voice while touching interactive illustrations. *prepositions and language expansion.

**App prices are subject to change.
***Promo codes were provided to me for iCommunicate, TapSpeak Button for iPad, and TapSpeak Sequence for iPad. And, I didn’t have to pay for my app, ArtikPix – Full.

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10 thoughts on “iPad apps I used during extended school year (ESY)

  1. You might want to add another one to your list – the free app Talking Tom Cat. It is a cat that repeats what you say in a funny voice. You can record it, too, and send it to someone via email, facebook, etc. It is very funny and doesn’t seem to get old with the kids.

  2. Great list of apps. Please also check out “AutoVerbal Pro”. I am very excited about its possibilities with special ed students, particularly in speech/language work. It’s a very inexpensive talk board app (just $2) and it allows the child to click on icons to speak a word, or type words and have them repeated, or to put several words together in strings.

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/autoverbal-talking-soundboard/id368727888?mt=8

  3. I would like to use my iPad to track treatment sessions and data so I don’t have to lug my macbook to school. Any suggestions?

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  5. As an SLP in a public school, I am providing most therapy in groups. I can imagine how children might collaborate around a single iPad in therapy for a language activity. But how could I use a single iPod in a group of 3 or more for articulation?
    I can’t afford to buy multiple iPods out of my personal budget.

    • My I Pad arrived about 3 weeks ago, so I am a novice. To top it off, our district only lets us use free apps. Here are some that have been good for artic: Talking Tom, Talking Ben, Talking News, SmalTalk Phonemes. SmallTalk Oral Motor Exercises, Touch Trainer Lite (quick reward for kindergarten students.) A colleague records bombardment exercises on QuickVoice. I hope to do sound picture hunts with the camera–later I can put them on Paperport Notes and record the words. I pass the IPad or position it so all can see.

  6. Anne,

    You could use ArtikPix on an iPod touch and pass it around to each student in the group. To collect data for students working on different sounds, just save it with their names and corresponding sounds in the title or notes. To collect data for students working on identical sounds, you could first collect data for one student in the flashcards or matching activity. Save it, then start collecting data for another student in a new activity. To learn more about scoring, check out our YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBn-ewBqWrg

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