Sounds / Articulation

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This app has a nice interface for creating stories with either typed or recorded speech. It comes with high-quality voices and you can pay for additional voices. I used the Wizard to create stories around making snack with three different small groups. The first group included elementary students with autism spectrum disorder from a self-contaned class: 2 students are verbal and 2 students use the Vantage communication device. The Pictello Wizard talked me through adding pages and using the camera. The students enjoyed looking at the pictures of each step in making the snack and adding the recordings for each page. This story can easily be used again the next time we make this snack. The focus would then switch from giving directions (describing) to following directions. The teacher also indicated that she would like the story to be created by one group (of older students) and then used by a second (younger) group to help follow directions.

The next groups were in a self-contained middle school program. Again, we took pictures while making snack. This time I found it a little more difficult to add the recordings. These students were less capable of looking at the picture and adding a recording at the time. They were much more interested in finishing the snack so they could eat it. I decided to just take pictures with the first group. The second group consisted of two girls who could look at pictures and understood how to read a sentence on the page (even when they didn't really know all the words on the page). The pictures taken with the first group were shown for each step of making pudding. I typed in a sentence for the page. One student added the words in her Vantage and then read (recorded) the sentence. The other student followed the directions. It worked out very well. We learned a little more about what the students could read with fluency. When we finished, we were able to share the story with another therapist who also has this app. Too bad the app doesn't share individual pages. I can't see how to put the photos back in my phone photo library, either.

Submitted by: Deanna K. Wagner
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I really love this app for creating stories with students. It is also great for working on reading fluency or articulation. You could go around the room and take pictures for target sounds and practice recording. I wish it was easier to share so it could be presented on the whiteboard.
Voice Morph Pro
This app allows you to record a spoken message and "morph" your voice into an echo, baby, ghost, etc. (22 voices in all). You can then save the file for later, or share the file through email (attached as a quicktime file), facebook, or twitter.

I used this app with my articulation students as a motivator and for self-correction. My students picked a sentence with their target word, practiced it a few times, then recorded and changed their voice. They were able to self-correct their articulation when they heard a mistake in the recording, and really enjoyed listening to the different voices. My next project is going to be creating messages to email to a teacher.

Submitted by: Victoria Sucato
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I have also found this app to be great for getting reluctant speakers to talk! It's so motivating, and even fun for older students!
Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite
I did have a few problems with this app occasionally crashing when trying to save a file. Otherwise, it worked well.
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This app responds visually to your spoken language or sounds. It does not repeat your speech as many other voice input apps do. Instead it moves the face with various levels of movement depending on how loud you are.

You can choose between the faces but all of them are black and white.
I have used this app to encourage children to vocalize and then to imitate the same sounds. I have also used it to teach loud and quiet concepts since it responds more intensely the louder you are. I have used this app with numerous toddlers and young preschoolers who were developing their speech skills.

Several children who talk quietly have gotten louder through playing with this app. They also can see the different between how they say a word or sound and how the adult says it with helps with articulation.

Submitted by: Jennifer Chapman Simms
The only con I have seen is when children touch the screen it is really easy to flip between pictures. The solution is I use it with guided access on so they can change faces or I keep the iPad out of reach. Some kids don't like apps they can't touch.
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Articulation Station by Little Bee
Articulation Station by Little Bee

I have used this with 2-3 year olds in home health settings. This app is interactive and gives visual and auditory feedback options (similar to Phonics Studio). You can choose from word/sentence/stories options. Flashcards are initial/media/final sounds and they can record their own voice for auditory feedback and the app gives an auditory cue for correct/incorrect answers. Data can be recorded for multiple students. Results/scores can be sent with recordings included. If you want to be frugal with your funds, use your own cards and add notes to the data sheet for each day to use different sounds. Change the sound in the e-mail you send.


Stories would require the full app purchase, and the alliterations are appropriate for many ages. Older students would also like the sentences feature with the spinner (rotating option).

Submitted by: Laura Stevenson, SLP (
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The Lite version only includes letter /p/, so it is really worthwhile to get the full version for $49.99
LinguiSystems Apraxia Cards
This is an app that I have used with students with severe intelligibility issues that I suspect to be motorically based. I do like how the words are presented by increasingly complex word shape (e.g CV, CVC, etc). I also like how it allows the student to record their production and listen to it again. Finally the strategic level of cueing is great to assist with scaffolding to spontaneous production. All of these qualities add another level of engagement and fun to the repetitiveness of articulation therapy, particularly when the difficulties are motoric in nature. It allows the student to feel an element of control. The biggest downfall of this application is the inability to select target sounds. For example, if I have a student who struggles with /s/, I can not choose cards that target /s/ in the CV, CVC, etc. The word choices on this app are random. The ability to add customizable word lists that include high frequency words tied to reading would make this app have more value. The value I have found in this app is using it as a tool to probe which sounds and syllable shapes a student may be struggling with and as a way to jump start therapy while I find/create more meaningful word targets tailored to their needs.

Submitted by: Lisa Gray MS CCC-SLP
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If your looking for cards organized by syllable shape to obtain more information about possible speech-motor issues this app could be helpful. If you are looking for something that allows you to select cards by sound and syllable shape, this is not an helpful app.