Looking for a few good speech delay apps to help get your tot talking? We’ve rounded up seven of the most highly recommended apps to get you started. A common topic on parenting forums is child development. Many concerned moms or dads look to other parents for reassurance, answers, and moral support as they navigate the waters of a child who is developing on a different timeline that his or her peers. Some pediatricians recommend early intervention right when a delay is noticed, whereas others adopt the “wait and see” philosophy. It’s hard to know which path to take when you realize that your child isn’t speaking as readily as you may have expected.
A Speech Delay is NOT Your Fault!
As the parent of a child with special needs, I feel compelled to start with some VERY important truths. Nothing you have done or not done has caused your child’s speech delay. Your child having a delay in one or more areas does not, in any way, make them any less perfect. Your precious child is differently-abled than other children, but that simply means she will have unique challenges that are different than challenges her typically-developing peers will have. Your job as her parent is to love her and equip her with all the tools you can to help her succeed (which is the same job you have if you are the parent of a typically-developing child).
Now that we have that out of the way, if you do feel as though your child is delayed in speech, talk with your pediatrician. Most states have early intervention services to assist children with developmental delays, and there is lots of support out there if you know where to find it. Whether or not speech testing identifies a delay, trust your instincts and know that you can provide your child with support even if you don’t qualify for services through your school district.
There are some fantastic apps out there available to encourage the development of language, and they will help to reinforce principles your child is learning with his speech-language pathologist.
7 Fabulous Speech Delay Apps to Try
- Apraxia Ville. This app was created by a speech-language pathologist, and it focuses on speech sound production, with more advanced levels for single and multiple word production. There is an option for multiple players which is great if you have multiples and want them to play together. Available via iTunes for $29.99.
- My Play Home. If vocabulary is a challenge for your child, this app provides an interactive virtual doll house with all kinds of opportunities for naming and descriptive speech. It has great reviews and is only $3.99 via iTunes or Google Play.
- Articulate It! This highly rated app gives you a ton of content, and the pictures are primarily real images rather than cartoons. It will last you awhile, too, with several different mastery levels. Get it through iTunes for $42.99.
- Category Carousel. With engaging graphics and sound effects to keep your little one interested, this app helps with vocabulary and word categorization. Available on iTunes for $3.99.
- Language Adventures. What I love about this app is it not only works on language, but it also is rooted in school-based environments (playground, cafeteria, and classroom) which start to prepare your child for school-readiness. Also, it’s visually reminiscent of a board game and will help your child start to understand dice rolling and moving a token. $24.99 on iTunes.
- Sounds at Home. Led by a sweet mama bear, this app is geared toward children ages 2-6. Your child will work on the concepts of auditory awareness, phonemic awareness, and (ding, ding, ding) following directions! Get it through iTunes for $6.99.
- Boardmaker. Commonly used in school settings, Boardmaker gives you access to a huge library of photos to work on language with your child. If your child has multiple needs, this is also a great way to make visual task strips to help with routine and behavior. A personal membership is $99/year with a 30-day free trial to see if you like it.
These apps are a great support for other speech work that your child is doing with his or her therapist and in real-life settings.
15 thoughts on “7 Great Apps to Help with a Speech Delay”
I love that there is more technology to help with speech delays. So many apps and I hope this blog post can help parents who dealing with this with their kids.
My kids all talked really early so we did not need these apps. My two nieces on the other hand are very delayed and speech and could benefit from these apps.
Great roundup for parents who have kids with speech delay. My 9 year old has speech delay as well and he loves his apps.. they are definitely helping!
I absolutely love this and wish they had these kinds of apps when my daughter was three years old and still not able to say the words mama. I will definitely be sharing this post with my sister in law who has three under three!
I wish I would have had apps like this when my Son was little. He had a speech delay and this would have really helped.
This is perfect! I have a friend and her daughter has a speech delay. Will share this to her!
These look great and I did not realize there are such Apps (although I should since there seems to be endless types of Apps out there). I will share this with my sister-in-law, who is a mother of four small boys.
I had no idea there were so many great apps for speech delays. It’s great that this information is available at our finger tips!
These are all great options. I love that there are ways to work with kids right from your tablet!
I didn’t realize there were this many. These could be a great resource.
It’s great that there are so many apps and other tech to help kids with speech delays and their parents. These all sound great.
It is so great that there are apps to help, my middle had a slight speech delay but was only about 3 month delayed so he couldn’t get any services to help. Low and behold he couldn’t HEAR so that’s why he couldn’t SPEAK… had ear tubes placed and boom .. he started speaking fluently! I love that these apps are shared for cases where the delay is not a medically induced issue.
My youngest son had a speech delay! I wish these were around back then!
I’m definitely going to spread the word on this! There are so many parents out there whose children could really benefit from these great apps! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for telling parents about these apps. Most parents I know use in-person speech therapy. But I can see how an app can reinforce and encourage little ones.