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.