November 26, 2013

Love It and List It - Articulation Apps

 my favorite articulation apps to use with preschoolers

Who's ready to party?! I am linking up again with Speech Room News' Love It and List It party this month. The theme is "Articulation Apps", so here are the top apps I use to address those tricky phonemes with my preschool caseload!

1) Articulation Station Pro

Why I love it: Articulation Station Pro is definitely my go-to app for my articulation students. I use it every. single. day. This app has beautiful pictures, you can create student profiles and save scores for each student. I love, love, love that I can select multiple students and multiple sounds at the same time and the app will track the scores for each person and each sound for me.

Articulation Station allows you to practice phonemes at the word level (flashcards or matching game), sentence level (rotating sentences uses the same sentence, but the target word changes; or you can choose to have unique sentences for each turn), or the paragraph level. Whatever level you are practicing at, select if you want to practice your phonemes in the initial, medial, or final positions (or mixed).

Another great thing is instead of buying the full app, you can purchase specific phonemes individually, which is a great option that I recommend for my families who only need to practice one or two sounds.

Articulation Station Pro is currently available in the app store for $49.99 at the time of this posting. Phonemes can also be purchased individually instead of buying the entire app.

2) Speech Sounds on Cue

Why I love it: Speech Sounds on Cue first shows you with a video how to produce your selected phoneme. Then it proceeds through a short phrase three times. The first time, the entire phrase is modeled for the student, with a video playing a sample production of the target word. The second reading, the video plays the target word (no sound).

The third time, the video is gone and the student says the word, with the student's production recorded and played back. This app is great for targeting single words or working into that phrase/sentence level. I love the feedback it gives, and you can even select multiple phonemes to work on simultaneously.

Speech Sounds on Cue is currently available for $23.99 in the app store at the time of this posting.

3) Phonics Studio

Why I love it: Ohmigoodness, where do I start? Um, how about the option to add student profiles, plus a scoring feature that calculates percent accuracy and saves scores in that student's profile?

Or how about the fact the app allows you to record your students' productions and play them back for you to critique? Not enough for you?

What if I told you that Phonics Studio not only contains pictures for each letter of the alphabet plus vowels, but also allows you to customize by adding your own pictures and recordings as needed?! Need more convincing? Phonics Studio is completely FREE! Wheee! It's so great!

When you're finished practicing, save your scores and email them to parents! This app is a MUST HAVE!

Phonics Studio is currently available for FREE in the app store at the time of this posting.

4) Multiple Choice Articulation

Why I love it: The questions and options given in this app are so funny, and a little gross at times, which make for lots of laughs and silly practice in the speech room. This app is great for carryover as the questions elicit more of a conversational response than just a single word. This app targets /s, z, r, l, sh, ch, th/. You can read my full review here.

Multiple Choice Articulation is currently available for $4.99 in the app store at the time of this posting.

5) Make Dice Lite

Why I love it: This app is great because you can customize it and make as many dice as you need:

You can use up to six dice at once, so with my articulation kiddos I will select their phoneme dice plus a number dice, then they have to say their words that many times. Read my full review here.

Make Dice Lite is currently available for FREE in the app store at the time of this posting. There is also a full version which allows you to add pictures to the dice. It is available for $2.99 at this time.

6) Bamba Ice Cream/Toca Hair Salon

Why I love them: My students are constantly requesting to play both of these apps, and along the way I've discovered that they are both loaded with words that contain /s/, /sh/, and /s/ blends! Why not let your students think they are playing while you sneakily have them work on their target phonemes? Mwahahaha! You can read more in this post about how I've used Toca Hair Salon for articulation practice.

Bamba Ice Cream is currently available for FREE in the app store at the time of this posting.
Toca Hair Salon is currently available for $2.99 in the app store at the time of this posting. There are two versions: Toca Hair Salon and Toca Hair Salon 2.

So there you have it! My favorite apps to use for articulation with my preschoolers! What do you like to use?

Now, go check out what other articulation apps SLPs are using!

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