Entries into each section on this wiki will be structured so that this basic information is available. We will include the TITLE of the application, with a link to the broad description and on iTunes. The ICON is simply a screen shot of what will show up on the device. WHO describes the student you have used this particular app with. WHERE indicates whether the app was used at home, school, or in therapy. HOW describes the manner in which you used it. This is also the place to elaborate on other ideas for application. WHY/WHY NOT provides the contributer an opportunity to indicate the value of the app, whether they would use it again, and rationale for the opinion. We invite anyone else who has used the app to add more ideas on anything about it... different whos, hows and whys....


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Petting Zoo
This is a wonderful app to teach prepositions, actions and descriptions. I have used it with both AAC users and verbal speakers. The app offers 21 quirky animations that can transition from one to the next, or can be chosen individually. My students LOVE this app. I have projected it onto the smart/white board to keep the attention of a large group.
Submitted By: Patty Ashby MNS, CCC-SLP
It is a great value for $2.99. I have used the app over and over to reinforce vocabulary. The students never get bored with it!
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Kids Picture Dictionary
What: This app provides visual and auditory support for the alphabet, including multiple examples for each letter. For example, select D and you get photos representing: daffodil, dance, dark, daughter, day, dead, deep, deer, delicious, dessert, desk, dirty, do, doctor, doll, dot, dove, draw, dress, drink, driving, drooling, dry, duck, dust

As you can see, the app provides vocabulary support for nouns, adjectives, and verbs. For each photo, the word and a sentence are shown in large simple font, and are spoken in a clear digital voice. In addition, students can record and save their own sentences about each picture.
Why: This app offers vocabulary support, including words that are not typically expected in beginner picture dictionaries. The text and ability to record are added features.

Who: This app is great for individuals who are not able to access their world fully, as it supports a rich vocabulary development.

Where: I’ve used this app in small group activities, and individual sessions, at school and at home.

Exploring the App. The default option is to have the ‘record-your-voice’ on. If your student is only exploring the app, you might want to turn this OFF, as it could lead to frustration when they accidentally tap the microphone button. Only letters A – F are visible on the home screen, and users must swipe down to get other letters. I find it helpful for a student to pick a letter from the alphabet (e.g., using their Alphabet Flipbook); then a partner can help them get to that letter.
• Tap on the message window at the top to repeat the word & sentence.
• Tap on the item to move to the next item (or swipe backwards or forwards).

Recording Your Sentences. Many students will be able to record without help. However, for my nonspeaking students, I have done the following:
• Model using their systems (light tech and / or high tech) for several pictures
• Then let the student pick a photo to customize
• Have the student use light tech (e.g., Alphabet Flipbook, PODD) and high tech (e.g., AAC device, Stickynotes on iPad) to choose words to record
• Let student use a limited alphabet set (e.g., Magnetic ABCs ) to pick the person to record what they wrote. For example: “Who should record it? M for Mom? C for Caroline? K for Kendra?

Tip: See the blog post ‘Apps Plus . . . Pushing the Envelope’ at:

Submitted by: Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite
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Value: This is an excellent free app. The photos and voice quality are wonderful. I also love the addition of text, and the ability to customize each picture with your own sentence!

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Watch Know Educational Videos
I used this app with a group of high school students with learning disabilities to target increasing knowledge of curriculum vocabulary. We had a list of biology concepts and vocabulary. The students would search for videos on each word or concept. I would stop the video occasionally and have the students write in their own words what they learned so far. We would listen back for accuracy when needed. Then after the video the student would write down any additional notes about what they learned, wrote about how the word related to them or a personal experience, as well draw a picture or diagram of the concept. This app gave a variety of explanation videos about vocabulary and concepts that provided the visual aides to help the students increase understanding and recall of definitions.
Submitted by: Lisa Gray, M.S. CCC-SLP
Additional Comments:
I like this app because many of the videos were educational, interesting, and appropriate for middle school to high school age students.
Word Spree Lite

What: This is a super-fun Mad Libs app for various holidays. For example, there are 15 free stories for the Thgiving version!

Why: This app offers a great chance to push for clever sparkle words and strong verbs.
Who: This version of mad libs appeals to older students, such as middle schoolers. I’ve used it as a ‘reward’ activity after finishing a tough project (little do they know that they’re still learning!). How:
1) Have students EACH write words on paper, on their AAC device, or on an app such as Doodle Buddy
2) Then do a ‘share-a-thon’ with the whole class
3) You can also save stories, so 3 students could write stories, then the group could practice reading them chorally (great fluency practice!).
Where: I’ve used this activity in schools (reward and vocabulary practice), community outings (fun game while we’re waiting for the entire group to arrive), and homes with individual students (vocabulary practice on an AAC device).
Kick it up! Get EACH student more actively involved as follows:
1) Look ahead at the story, and write down the prompts: Ex: type of family member, adjective, emotional state, adjective, etc.
2) Have each student fill in all of the blanks.
3) Then call on one student to fill in each of the blanks.
Submitted by: Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite
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Value: This is a highly motivating. For example, in the ‘Turkey Tales’ section, the topics are: Monster Turkey, Turkey Pardon, and Guerrilla Turkey. You can also save the stories and e-mail them to friends and family.

What: This is basically, an auditory ‘Mad Libs’. Four stories come for free (A Fairy Tale, The Cold Remedy, etc.) You can buy three additional sets (5 stories each) for 99¢ per set. Topics include:

• Tall Tales

• Relationships

• A Day in the Life

You can save the story, or send it to facebook.

Why: It’s great for working on sparkle words! (adjectives / adverbs). Lists of hints are excellent for expanding vocabulary. Students must record answers, so that supports speaking or using devices. It supports finding words in categories on devices.

Who: This app is perfect for students working on building vocabulary for writing or speaking. I’ve used it with students as young as six up through adults.

Where: I’ve used this app in small group activities, community outings, and individual AAC sessions.

How: This is a fun 3-minute filler or reward activity.

Tip: Look ahead & get students to write their choices, so this can become a writing activity as well as a speaking activity.

Tip: Remember that if you touch the word, you’ll get a list of ideas (ex: 20 creative verbs that end with –ing.

Submitted by: Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite
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Value: This is an excellent free app. I predict that you’ll be buying the extra story sets for 99¢!

Additional sets of 5 stories for 99¢ each.
My Play Home
What: My PlayHome is an delightful app for supporting vocabulary. Enter into a virtual house, with four rooms (living room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom) and five characters (Mom, Dad, brother, sister, baby). In each room, many activities are possible. For example, in the living room, players can interact with: curtains, cat, CD player, TV, books, fish, lamp, clock, cat, and an apple! As with Cookie Doodle, as a SLP, I see language, language, language!!
Who: This app works so well with preschoolers (modeling vocabulary) through school age students (using their devices to direct actions, writing a memoir about what they did that day). Look for several reviews, under different categories (Sequencing, Grammar / Syntax, Following Directions). For this description, we’ll focus on vocabulary.
a. Action Words: this app is ideal for teaching a wide range of actions, from core actions (get, put, find, turn) to more subtle action words such as feed and jump
b. Nouns: This app includes a range of noun options, including categories of family members, food, furniture, appliances, toys, and small items such as shampoo.
c. Prepositions: A range of prepositions can be practiced including: on, in, under, over
Where: I’ve used this in several settings, mostly small groups at preschool and elementary schools; however, it’s also ideal as a home activity.
How: Basically, you just enter a room and start exploring. Each room has at least 15 items / actions to explore. Or, kick it up a notch!!
Direction Chain: After students have explored a room, have them invite a friend to the group and give directions (orally, or using a device) for their friend.
Barrier Communication Game: Play in a room, and set up a ‘scene’ (ex: boy is sleeping on the top bunk; girl is playing basketball; baby is sitting on the top of the wardrobe). Take a screenshot and print it. Now the student who set up the scene uses the picture to direct a friend to try to create the same scene (note: you’ll have to turn the game off, then back on to reset it).
Submitted by: Caroline Musselwhite
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This app so worth the bang for FREE! So much language for:
- speaking
- device practice
- writing
$ 2.99

What: This app offers 360 drawing / photo pairs with sound effects. Each page presents 12 items (animals, wild animals, household items, etc) that show drawings. When the child touches a picture, the full-page photo is shown. Photos and sound effects are very high quality.

Why: Provides a nice vocabulary-building exploration activity. Since each picture has 5 associated photos, children learn generalization, and don’t bore easily.

Who: This app is great young children who are building vocabulary.

Where: I’ve used this app with a young Mom who uses AAC, as a language stimulation activity for her 8-month old child.

How: This is a very simple app, without any tricks. The high-quality photos would also be great writing prompts, if you took screen shots. For example, you could make a slide show of all five cats. Then the student writes a description, and the partner tries to find the correct cat.

Submitted by: Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite
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Value: The lite version (FREE) includes 180 photos. However, the full version with 360 photos seems worth the low price.
$ 3.99

Lite Version
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This is an adorable app with lots of fun activities embedded within it. I have used it with many young children for a fun format for teaching new vocabulary. I have also used it for following and giving directions. It is very language rich, offering opportunities to work on the following vocabulary: up/down, open,/close, big/little, fall down, slide down, blow, splash, fly, names of farm animals, pets, frog, squirrel, banana slug, snail, crab, fly, mouse, snail, catepillar, pupa, butterfly, clouds, rain, rainbow, umbrella, nest, sun, spider web, parachute.and multiple descriptions (e.g. choosing which hats go on the spider or a cute character by describing them), The squirrel on the roof does a counting game from 1-10 with peanuts. If you play it two times in a row the spider collects colored eggs and dumps them into the spider web.
The children are so enchanted with this app and want to play it over and over again. A really nice feature is that you can record your own voice singing the song, or even better, have the child record it!
Submitted by: Patty Ashby
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For the low cost, this app is worth it! It provides a great format that is very language rich and is quite appealing to young children.
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Faces iMake Lite
I used this application on my iPhone with a middle school multi-handicapped classroom as we were talking about different body parts and feelings. We looked at this Flickr slideshowand the Faces I Make Gallery using the SmartBoard (The iPhone was not connected to the computer.) Then individual students used words, symbols, or a communication device to tell me how to make unique facial creations. The manipulation of the items on the screen was a little challenging, so it worked better for students to tell me how to move the items. The program is also available for the iPad, and that may be easier for some students. It involves mostly clicking and dragging. We started with just the food library. We made faces on paper and then each student described what parts to use to re-create in the app. I like how the banana can be rotated to be happy or sad. Next time this activity can be extended to include toys, tools, school items, buttons and even letters (rotating the "C" or "D" can also make a happy or sad face).
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I really enjoyed this app and can use it again and again. It was definitely worth the price. I wish that I could resize the items, so I may upgrade to the Premium version for $1.99.
I used this app during a 1:1 home therapy session with client using a Vantage Lite communication device. Since my client has difficulty with motor control, I had her create phrases to direct me as to which stickers to get and where to place them in the scene. It worked well to encourage more description in phrases formulated. For example if the client said “put green airplane” I would prompt for more description, as there was two green airplanes. This app is also good to create opportunities to practice spatial vocabulary such as “above” or “under”. I would get the object the client wanted and move it to different places to model the choices of vocabulary and reinforce the spatial concepts. Finally, we practiced actions words. The client would direct me to do an action such as “I want her to dance.” And then I would move the object. The client enjoyed helping me move the object and seeing this instant feedback.
Submitted by: Lisa Gray
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The ways to use this app are endless! It can be used in numerous ways to build vocabulary and language. I wish that there were more scenes than ocean, aviation, space, dolls, and safari scenes. As well as the holiday specific versions, there were updates to the original app rather than requiring separate purchases.
Speedy Reader Lite
I used this app in with client during a 1:1 home therapy session using a Vantage Lite communication device. I liked the real life, very vibrant pictures as a centerpiece for conversation. I attempted to use this app to target actions and describing words to talk about the pictures. Once we describe the picture, then I had the client touch the appropriate word (from a field of 2) that corresponded with the picture. These words were mainly animals or objects that related to the scene.
Submitted by: Lisa Gray
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I really like the vivid real-life picture. However, if you did not choose the correct word for the corresponding picture after 30 seconds the screen would go blank and it would skip to a new scene and set of pictures. This was frustrating and could be problematic if the client is slow to touch or have motor concerns.
full version=$2.99

Submitted by: Patty Ashby
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Same Meaning Magic
This app focuses on synonyms. I have used it with a teenager who uses an ECO and middle school students with Learning Disabilities. The app takes place in a castle setting. As you guess the correct synonyms, you gain gold coins. There is a choice of four words to pick from in order to determine the correct synonym of a target word. The target word is shown in a sentence to facilitate comprehension.
Submitted by: Patty Ashby
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What I didn't like about this app is the testing vs. teaching format. Essentially, the student is tested throughout the activities. I would have liked more interactive activities to facilitate learning of the new words. The students became bored with this app quickly.
A good use for this app could be as a pre/post test. The target words could be taught using more interactive techniques.
Fart Sounds
This app offers 7 different fart sounds. I used it with a class of middle school students in a self-contained classroom (after I received permission by the principal!). My focus was on the students using descriptive words. These students frequently use the same descriptive word over and over again during activities (e.g. "funny"). During this activity, each student could only use a descriptive word one time. Each fart had to be described using a different word (or words). The students wrote down the descriptions as the whole class listened to each fart. Obviously, the students thought this was hilarious and were very motivated to do so. The students came up with very creative words, such as "sounds like a motorcycle, sounds like a duck, short and wet, sounds like a motor boat, horrifying, disgusting, nasty." One student said "sounds like my dad farting."Submitted by: Patty AshbyAdditional ideas from others:
This app is definitely worth using. The sounds are very different so it is easy to come up with different descriptive words.
Cookie Doodle
What: Cookie Doodle is an amazing app for supporting vocabulary. This app is like the elephant. Our PT looked at it and raved about the motor possibilities, and as an SLP, I see language, language, language!!
Who: This app works so well with preschoolers (modeling vocabulary) through school age students (using their devices to direct actions, writing about their cookies after, etc). Look for several reviews, under different categories. For this description, we’ll focus on vocabulary.
a. Action Words: this app is ideal for teaching a wide range of actions, from core actions (get, put, find, pick) to more subtle actions words such as roll and cut
b. Descriptors: Whether you’re doing a simple cookie, or following one of the recipes, there are a range of descriptive words such as: core descriptive words (little, red, blue, green, one, two, bad, good) and fringe descriptive words (star-shaped, point on top, tiny)
c) Nouns: This app includes a range of noun options, especially for the 99 cookie cutters and the myriad of candies to place on the cookie
c. Prepositions: A range of prepositions can be practiced including: on, in, under, over
Where: I’ve used this in several settings, mostly groups at school; however, it’s also ideal as a home activity.
How: Basically, you follow this approach:
a) Choose a cookie or a recipe
b) Follow the directions, adding ingredients, rolling, cooking, and decorating, then eating
c) Note: The secret is to talk it through, THEN let the student engage in the action, or request someone to do it for them
d) Note: If your students are still working on writing their names, choose ABC, then let each student write their name – another chance for purposeful practice!
e) Eat the cookie or put it in the cookie jar.
TIP: Take time to save a photo for future writing, or e-mail it to someone.
TIP: Consider e-mailing the cookie, as another way to practice writing!

Submitted by: Dr. Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite

Additional Ideas From Others:
This app so worth the bang for LESS than a buck! So much language for:
- speaking
- device practice
- writing
$ .99
Adorable Gwen the Penguin
This talking app is adorable! The kids keep asking for it over and over. I have used it to reinforce "why" Gwen is feeling a certain way with children who are diagnosed with Autism. The goal being that the students are able to express "why" they are feeling a certain way. Gwen laughs when she is tickled, is scared when she catches a scary fish, is happy when she slides around on her belly, and gets mad when you make her twirl around and fall down.

The app is also great for teaching prepositions and facilitating verbal speech since she repeats what you said to her. There is also an option to record a "hello" and "goodbye" in the lite version of this app.
Submitted by: Patty Ashby
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I have used the lite version which is free. The app is definitely worth downloading!
Free for lite version.
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Sink and Float
I was working on the concepts "sink and float" in groups at a school and came across this great app. This app was a great addition to our activity of actually dropping items into a big container of water and seeing what sinks and floats. With this app, there are two choices: to randomly touch items to drop down into water to see if they sink or float, or to "predict" if an item would sink or float, then dropping it down into the water. The sound effects are very engaging. The items are also very fun. In fact, we subsequently dropped the items shown in the app into the actual container of water. Did you know that a cookie floats, but a paperclip sinks? The repetitive activities during this theme resulted in all of the students having a firm grasp of these concepts and eager to explore more!

Submitted by: Patty Ashby
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Definitely recommend as an "addition" to actually completing the activity with real objects.