Pocket SLP Apps Rock!

I’ve been using these apps so much lately… They are great AND affordable, so I would recommend them to everybody, including the grad students reading this! They are worth it! I only have four Pocket SLP apps so far, but hope to continue accumulating them!

1) Describe It! 

Describe It! is a great app that sort of reminds me of Catch Phrase. Except for several important differences. First, the items to guess are very child friendly. Second, there are prompts if the child cannot think of a description, and last, it is customizable. Below are some screen shots so you can see how it works:

When you open the app, the home screen looks like the picture below. I have checked two topics (food and animals) as examples.

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After beginning the ‘Pass It’ game, the screen looks like the picture below. If your student presses one of the buttons on the bottom row, it reads a hint aloud. I always imagined this would not only be a great feature for those kiddos who need a little more help, but also for nonverbal kids who want to play too! Each small, red number stands for the number of hints available in each category!

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You can also play this game using the ‘Guess It’ feature. That means the picture is not provided and your student must listen to the hints to try and figure out what it is! See the picture below for an example.

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Overall: Both my clients and I love this game. I’ve actually had kiddos request to play this during their free time – a true test of how fun this game is! It’s laid out really well. My only complaint is that sometimes, if you choose too many categories, it can be confusing what the picture actually is. For example, if there is a person in a grocery store shopping, the child might think it was ‘shopping’, ‘clerk’, ‘grocery store’, or ‘food’. Other than that, I love this game and I would absolutely recommend it. 

2) Pocket Artic

Pocket Artic is an articulation app that targets all of the phonemes seen below. When you open up a client’s page, you can select the phonemes they are working on.

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After you’ve selected the targeted sounds, you will see a page that looks something like this. I love how the target sound is in red. You can see a place to mark each answer as correct, wrong, or approximated. You can also bring up the word in a phrase or a sentence. See the next three pictures as examples!

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Overview: This app is a really great addition to your iPad because it really makes articulation therapy easier. For me, this app has allowed me to focus on cueing strategies instead of finding the right card, taking data on another form, and constantly switching between materials that use words, phrases, and sentences. This app allows you to fluidly move between all of those, target only the phonemes you want, and take data all in one place! I love it! It is also really intuitive, and allows for additional features such as recording your voice.

3) The “R” App

The “R” App is just like Pocket Artic except it only targets R. Who would have guessed?! 🙂 Below are some screen shots:

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Overview: Because it is so similar to Pocket Artic, please read my review above for why I think this app is great. I do LOVE the visuals of how to make R in the mouth (shown above) because sometimes it is just easier to understand after you see it!

4) One Step, Two Step

One Step, Two Step is an app that’s primary purpose is for following directions. When you open the app, it looks like the screenshot below. You can see a variety of themed pages. There are even more than shown below!

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After choosing a scene, a page similar to the one below appears.

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As shown, you can drag and drop shapes onto the page (e.g.: Put the square on the cloud). You can also color specific parts of the page (e.g.: Color the trees green). You can also use preprogrammed directions; that is the box I have opened in the screen shot above. These correlate to the difficulty level you choose when you open a specific scene (either easy or hard).

You can take data on correct or incorrect responses on the page, and after you are done you can export a data sheet that looks like the one shown below:

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Overview: I like this app a lot, although I will admit I use it less than the others. I have found that while this app is motivating for many of my students, some are more motivated by other apps that I’ve used to target following directions. The one thing this app does that those other apps don’t is take data and provide preprogrammed phrases!

Would I get these apps again?? Yes! Pocket SLP apps are priced right! They are functional, useful, and target useful goals! They have helped me immensely and tend to be very motivating for my clients. To read about more of their apps, check out their website here. Thank you Pocket SLP!

My iPad Apps

Thanks to a reader comment on this post, I decided to show each of my folders so you can see all of my apps and how they are organized! I promise to keep this page updated to the best of my ability.

AAC: Talk Touch, TapToTalk, Choiceworks

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Aphasia: All of the Lingraphica apps (just look up the developer), Language TherAppy Lite

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Art: Crayola LCC!, DigiTool 3-D, Squiggles!, Make A Scene: Farmyard, Let’s Color!, Doodle Buddy, Eye Paint Animals, Coloring Zoo, Sophie’s Drawings, Coloring Farm Touch To Color Activity

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Articulation: ICanArticulate, Fonemo Lite, Phonics Studio, Phonics Genius, Articulation Station, Articulation Scenes, ABS HD Lite, Flexible Articulation, Speech Sounds on Cue for iPad Lite, Pocket Artic

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Categories: Sort It Out 1, Where Do I Go?, Smart Fish Magic Matrix HD

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Cognitive: Lexico Cognition, Brain Baseline

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Early Learning: Little Fox, Tapikeo HD, The Wheels on the Bus, Old MacDonald’s Farm, Agnitus, Wee Sing, Discover and Learn Alphabet and Number, Animals for Tots Animated Flashcards

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Expressive: Talking Pierre, Monkey Thinks, Talking Ginger, Talking Tom 2

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Some of these are for me! 🙂 The kids ones are: Hungry Hungry Hippos, Jumpster, Play Square, Easy Bake Treats!, Angry Birds (all free ones), Nerf, Home Design Story, Toca Kitchen Monsters, Toca Tailor Fairy Tales

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Literacy: Booksy, Toy Story, The Artifacts, Lazy Larry, Feel Electric!, Aesops Quest, Treasure Kai and the Lost Gold, To The Moon Interactive Book, Chabadabada, House That Jack Built, Thumbelina Interactive 3-D Storybook

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Memory: The Memory Game, Match Them! (HD)

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Phonological Awareness: Rhyming Words, Phonics Awareness 1st Grade, Phonics Tic Tac toe Interactive Game, Build A Word Express

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Pragmatics: ABA Flash Cards & Games Emotions, Touch and Learn Emotions, What If Conversation Starters

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Receptive Language: WH Questions, Little Finder, One Step Two Step, Touch the Sound, Autism & PDD Yes/No Questions, Autism & PDD Basic Questions Lite, Autism & PDD Reasoning and Problem Solving Lite, Firefighter Dress-Up

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Reference: Therapy Ideas, Chronological Age Calculator, Image Search, Ned The Neuron, Nearpod, Netter Atlas, Khan Academy, iTunes U, PDF Notes

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Semantics: SeeTouchLearn, Opposites, Comparative Adjectives, Action Words, Name Things, ICanWrite 2, My First Words, Verb Mayhem Free, Bluster!, EF High Flyers 2, Futaba, Sparkle Fish, Word Machine, Mad Libs, Opposite Day, Describe IT

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Story Makers: Story Creator, StoryMaker Free, Click n’ Talk, Show Me

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Syntax: Using I and Me, Sentence Maker, Word Mover, Grammaropolis, Syntax City

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Hopefully that helps! Feel free to email me with any questions!

**Note: As I update my iPad, I will continue to update the lists, but the screenshots may be slightly out of date! 🙂

**Note Two: I do not have extensive use of all of these apps! Some may be great, some may be duds! I do not endorse every app on this list. Click on any of the hyperlinked (blue) apps to see my reviews on them!

Must Have FREE Apps for Every SLP or SLP Graduate Student

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So you got an iPad over the holidays? It’s all very exciting because you’ve heard so many great things about using it in therapy, right? But now what?!

This is exactly how I felt when I got my iPad. I’m a poor graduate student who honestly can’t afford very many popular but expensive applications. So, I set out on a mission to find adaptable, useful and FREE applications for my iPad.

If you are in the same boat, or simply looking to add to your collection of apps without spending money, read on 🙂

1) StoryCreator: I already did an entire blog post devoted to this app. You can read my post on StoryCreator here.

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2) All of the Lingraphica applications.

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How I Use Them:

These apps are great for adults with aphasia and/or apraxia. Most of them upen up to a screen similar to the screenshot shown above. Then when you press one of them, for example, /fr/, a video pops up of a person’s mouth saying fffrrr. It helps give focused stimulation both visually and auditorily! One of my clients practiced using this app as a cuing strategy for himself when he forgot things such a numbers, days of the week, or months of the year (there are apps for all of those!). This was great for him because it made him feel more independent and decrease his reliance on my cues! He could use this strategy out in the community independently! If you are working with people with aphasia, search for Lingraphica in the App Store!

3) Hungry, Hungry Hippos: A classic game that is just as addicting in iPad form!

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How I Use It:

-This game can primarily be used as a reinforcer. It is very easy to operate and learn, even for those kiddos with poor fine motor control. Each game is also really fast so you won’t find yourself trying to pry the iPad away mid-game!

4) Talking Pierre, Talking Tom 2, and Talking Ginger: These apps are FANTASTIC for getting quiet kids to talk and have fun doing so! Thus far, my kiddos have enjoyed Talking Ginger the most!

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How I Use It:

You can also practice basic pragmatics by giving the child a scenarios (ex: “asking another child to play”) and prompting them to practice with the animal in the app. Then, they can reflect on how the question sounds when it’s repeated back to them!

5) Image Search: Essential if you have apps that allow you to upload personal photos! (e.g.: StoryCreator)

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This app allows you to do a Google Image Search and download the pictures directly onto your iPad! I use it to fill my books on Story Creator with pictures. You can also look up silly pictures for children to describe, etc… Definitely an essential, free app!

6) Book Apps: There are too many to list all of them, but if you want/need more book apps there are many good, free options. I have Toy Story, Lazy Larry, and The Artifacts. I would recommend all of them for working on topics such as story retell and comprehension.

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7) Sort It Out: This is a good app for sorting into categories!

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How I Use It:

I’ve used this app with the kiddos who are fairly good at basic, salient categories but need more work with subcategory work! For example, it would be at a good level for a child who could identify a ‘toy’ from an ‘animal’ but who has trouble identifying different toys such as a ‘ball’ vs a ‘vehicle’ vs a ‘stuffed animal’.

8) What If? – A great app with conversation starter questions.

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How I Use It:

This conversation starter app can target carryover of articulation targets to the conversational level, asking and answering questions, stating opinions and giving reasons to support their opinion, topic maintenance, and grammar skills within conversation! It really helps when you’re low on question ideas!

9) Little Finder: An app that works on receptive language (at the word level) and vocabulary development.

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How I Use It:

Once opened, the app lets you choose between 1 player or 2 players. Then, the game begins. It says a word out loud (and also shows the written form at the bottom of the screen). The child is timed to see how fast they can find the picture that matches each corresponding word. I love this game because its a more motivational way to teach basic vocabulary, listening skills, or to test receptive language at the word level!

10) WH Questions: A great app created by Super Duper that targets WH Questions. The free version only includes ‘who’ but it’s been really useful!

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How I Use It:

Obviously for answering wh- questions! 🙂 This app is also awesome because the foil answers are tricky! They tend to be answers for other wh- question forms (see picture above). This forces the student into really understanding what ‘how’ means vs ‘when’ etc…

11) Mad Libs: Just like the old school paper version, but in iPad form!

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How I Use It:

I’ve used this app as a fun break for many kids with language goals. It helps solidify the parts of speech (e.g.: nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc…) while being motivating and fun! There are 21 stories included in the free version, which should be enough to use in a clinical setting!

12) SeeTouchLearn: A must have application for anybody working on receptive language or vocabulary development!

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How I Use It:

This app is amazing! It allows you to create ‘quizzes’ testing vocabulary and receptive language (see picture below).

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It comes with a good library (as seen in the first photo). You can use the included templates or customize your own. You can choose the carrier phrase and even record your own voice for each page! After each quiz is completed, data is shown.

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Download it and play around!

13) Comparative Adjectives

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This application tests exactly what you’d guess: comparative adjectives! Each page verbally prompts the child to select one of the items on the page. Some are easier (see the first picture which stated, “find the smallest item”) while some are more difficult (see the second which stated, “find the lightest bucket”).

14) Name Things: This app targets naming items within a particular category.

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One great feature about this app is that you are given the opportunity to select only the categories you want to test.

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How I Use It:

I use this app for a wide variety of kids! I’ve used it for kids with some level of word finding troubles as well as children working on categories! I’m sure there are many other ways to use this!

Organizing all of those apps is also important! I organize my applications into topic folders. Click on the picture below to enlarge if it’s difficult to read!

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Then when I open up a folder, for example, literacy, I see all of the applications/books I use for those kiddos. (PS: All of the apps you see below are FREE as well!)

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Also: I know I said free apps in the title, but I thought I’d share the only two apps I’ve paid for as well because I LOVE both of them! I waited until each was 50% off and purchased! 🙂

First, I own Articulation Scenes which I would definitely recommend. All of the kids I’ve played it with have really enjoyed it. I mostly use it as a reward even though it’s articulation practice as well! That’s how much fun it can be! 🙂 The second app I’ve purchased is Choiceworks which I would also recommend if you are in the market for a schedule/timer app. It’s very comprehensive and works well for kiddos that need a little extra structure!

So there you have it! Have fun downloading and playing! Are there any amazing free apps I left out? I’d love to hear from YOU!

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**Update: Due to a great idea from a reader comment, I took screenshots in each folder on my iPad. You can see that post here. From there you should be able to see all of my apps and my organizational system!

**Ultra Edit: I’ll keep a list below of FREE apps I continue to find and love!

Toca Kitchen Monsters and Toca Tailor Fairy Tales: Great for following directions and general reinforcements. Kids love these apps!

Where Do I Go? – Good app for sorting at categorization. Students sort items into the correct room of the house.

Build A Word Express – Great for phonological awareness and putting sounds together to make words!

Endless Alphabet – Love this app! Thanks to Rachel for commenting and pointing it out to me 🙂 It has really cute graphics also!

The award for my favorite app so far is….

Story Creator!! I will preface by saying that I am a new iPad owner, and a poor graduate student who doesn’t buy apps! But, I think that only makes me a better critic! 😉

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Story Creator is an app that allows you to create storybooks using photos, videos, text, and audio. It is easy to use, and also flexible enough that I have used it with every client I have this semester!

For my articulation client, I created books using his articulation words.

This is the view once you click on a book. From here you can add a new page, add a picture, add text, or record speech. You can also color over the page!

How I use this app:

Articulation: This should be fairly obvious, but I download pictures from Google Images using another free! app (Image Search). I put the pictures into articulation books. For example, I have a /w/ words book and a /w/ phrases book. During therapy, the client and I take turns recording our speech. We listen back to see if we can hear the target sound! My client loves hearing himself, as well as coloring over the pictures! This is a good way to elicit sentence level productions also.

Aphasia/Apraxia: I use this app 2 ways for my client with aphasia and apraxia. He has an iPad so I downloaded it for him. Each session, I program in words and phrases he can use for home practice and carryover. I record my voice saying each word. He loves that we can personalize all of the phrases (when compared to other apps that do that same thing)! I also use the app in therapy by programming in carrier phrases and allowing the client to page through them and choose an appropriate one.

Language Disorders: For my third client, I’ve created books targeting specific language components. For example, I created a book with funny pictures targeting adjectives. It is a good place to put all of those Pinterest pictures you’ve been stockpiling!

Hopefully you find this app as useful as I do! I love that is is free and so versatile.

The Graduate School Application Process

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By far, the most stressful period of my life thus far was applying to graduate school. To be honest, I didn’t have the best GPA out there, but I was passionate. I was lucky enough to obtain an SLP-A position during my undergrad years, as well as doing Autism therapy and numerous other relatable jobs. I understand the stress involved in the entire process! Here are my bits of advice:

1) Start early! I know you’ve heard this a million times, but if you start an application at the last minute, it will show!

2) Don’t get too hung up on the numbers, but realize the numbers do count. I got into multiple universities with less than average statistics! It can be done, but realize if you have less than average numbers (i.e., GPA, GRE scores), you will need to make it up elsewhere if your application! Make sure you’ve volunteered or worked at relatable places. Make sure you have amazing letters of recommendation from professors in the department. And make sure your application is flawless. My advisor in graduate school told me that you wouldn’t believe how many people turn in applications with typos. Don’t be one of those people!

3) Have multiple people edit your essay! Do everything you can to find family, friends, colleagues, or supervisors that will edit your essay. Do not use fluffy language such as, “I want to help people” or “I’ve wanted to do this forever”. Really tell the admissions committee what you will contribute to their graduate class. Everybody wants to help people… What is unique and amazing about you?

4) DO YOUR RESEARCH. This is in caps for a reason. If you are nervous about getting in, DO NOT apply to all of the same schools as your friends. I know in my home state, almost everybody I knew applied to the same 5 schools. Use this website to search through all of the graduate programs in the United States. Email them! Find out what type of students they are looking for. Learn about their resources and their areas of specialty! Don’t be afraid to apply to smaller schools.

5) Take good care of the people writing you recommendations. Make each of them a packet containing organized information about each school they will need to send a recommendation to. Include the deadline for each school in addition how they should submit their recommendation (online, in the mail, or give back to you). Do send them a nice and thoughtful thank you note afterwards!

6) Don’t look at GradCafe. Resist the urges! It will only make you feel inferior. So many of my panic attacks were induced by GradCafe. If you don’t know what GradCafe is… good! Do not go look and thank me for saving you much stress!

Well, hope that helps! For me, the application process was more stressful than graduate school itself! If you want any advice or help during the process, don’t hesitate to email me at speechymusings@gmail.com. I’ll do the best I can to point you in the right direction. At the end of the day, be proud of the work you’ve put in to get to where you are!