For students looking to use their iPods, iPads, or iPhones to practice good speech and language skills, Mr. Nelson loves the following FREE apps:
(Remember, it’s not really practice unless you’re reading or talking ALOUD)
- Speech Sounds on Cue for iPad. Demonstrations of speech sound productions -then you record your voice.
- Glow Draw: write words with your sound as you say them aloud, have a friend or family member draw pictures of your words with your sound and guess what word it is
- Phonics Genius: A Speech favorite! Find the list of words with your sound and practice for a few minutes each day. Record yourself reading the word and listen if you would give yourself a thumbs up or thumbs down!
- Free Books: MeeGenius and Reading A-Z both have several free digital books. Look for words on each page with your sound or practice using your good sounds when you read aloud
- Sock Puppets: Record a puppet show. Listen back and see if you used your very best speech sounds for all character voices
- Vocalic R Shuffle: Lots of R free R words!
- Linguisystems Phono Lite: You can practice saying your words, or tap the picture that matches the word with your sound
- Free Books: MeeGenius and Reading A-Z both have several free digital books. Choose a setting or character to describe with good details, tell a friend the main idea of the book, tell a family member your favorite part and why
- Bluster: Fun for working on rhyming words, prefixes, and synonyms
- Opp Ocean: Choose the words that are antonyms
- SameMeaning: Find the words that are synonyms
- Sock Puppet: Write a script for a puppet show. Check your script for complete sentences, wow words, and correct verb endings
- Super Duper Common Core Vocabulary: There are free versions for Pre-K, First, Second, and Third Grade
- Linguisystems Buddy Bear: Several free versions of language-based questions for younger students
- Social Express Lite: The shortened version of one of Mr. Nelson's favorites. Help Zack and Emma choose coping strategies and make good choices with friends
- ABA Flashcard Emotions: Check out the pictures of different feelings. Name a time you felt each feeling and what you can do when you feel each feeling. For an extra challenge, name a time a friend or family member felt each feeling
- Four in a Row Free: Play a game with a friend. Practice following all the rules of being a good friend and good sportsman
- Sock Puppets: Write a conversation for two puppets. Remember to include greetings, questions, comments and a closing.
Mr. Nelson has found a way to play ALL of these fun games while still practicing good speech, language, and social skills. Can you?
- SparkleFish: Similar to Mad Libs, but you can record the words you choose
- Domino’s Pizza Hero: Fun for sequencing, describing, and practicing patience!
Note: All of these apps were free at the time Mr. Nelson downloaded them from the Apple store. Of course, he cannot guarantee the cost/availability of any app. Additionally, Mr. Nelson recommends all of the above apps based only on personal experience and is not affiliated with any app developers!