Using Apps for Speech Therapy

Today I took my “Speech With Milo-Sequencing” to my first stop with little James, 2 1/2 years old. Although sequencing is a skill beyond a 2 year-old, I thought I would use the pictures to elicit language. James quickly started moving the pictures around to place in the ordered boxes, first, next last, on a trial and error basis. Much like many of my little language-delayed kids, James can prefer to be quiet, rather that chatty. The app was such fun but he didn’t see the need to talk. I had to set the activity up otherwise.

I didn’t move on to the “Play” option where the finished sequence is animated, until James narrated the three sequences pictures for me. Sometimes he needed the model to follow and sometimes he could offer a description. I had to explain to his parents that handing him an iPhone with a Milo app, won’t build expressive language (talking) unless there is some interaction with an adult, requiring his talking. It reminds me of the research regarding preschoolers watching TV and how important it is for parents and caregivers to watch with them and make the language learning experience interactive.

Let me know what your experience is with using apps with kids to build language.

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4 Responses to Using Apps for Speech Therapy

  1. I found your site a couple of weeks ago and came back to check it out today (9/11) – so funny that this is the post I clicked on! I received an iPad for my birthday (9/5) from my husband because he knew I wanted one to work with speech with our 4-year-old daughter. Sequencing with Milo was the first app I downloaded because Sequencing is one of the goals I am working on with her (her SLP is currently on maternity leave but I work w/ her at home anyways) and so far she has HATED sequencing but now she LOVES it because of Milo. It is a GREAT app. I too make her tell me what is in each picture before she puts them in order, then I have her tell me the story in order using the words “First, next, last” before she can play the video. It is awesome! Love it, love apps, they are rockin’ my world. I look forward to seeing more app reviews here

    • sherry says:

      Hi Jenny, so glad Speech with Milo has been helpful! All the kids I have introduced it to love it too! Tell me your favorite apps for therapy.

  2. Rachel SLP says:

    I use my IPAD for therapy all the time. It’s the best tool and keeps the kids engaged for the entire session. They will do the work because they know at the end they get to “play” on it, even though through play they are learning and still prompted to use language. I use “my playhome” and “monkey preschool lunchbox” as rewards, along with books on the ipad that interest my clients. My kids are 3-5 years of age. I am constantly looking for new apps. Your site is great! I just found it today :)

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