Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Kids Sound Lab

A newly released speech app!

Kids Sound Lab helps teach consonant sounds in a systematic way, with emphasis on visual and auditory recall/memory, in learning each individual consonant. This is going to be an app in my toolbox for speech therapy sessions in the future.

 If you would like to download this app, please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by using our link:

Kids Sound Lab Pro: $19.99 (iPad Only - Requires iOS 6.0 or later)

Full version has no ads and no in-app purchases!
There are external links to a tutorial on YouTube, the developer's website, and to the iTunes store to rate them, but these are all included under an info button.

If you want to try before you buy, there is a free version with only 1 letter/sound unlocked:

Free (iPad Only - requires iOS 6.0 or later)

The free version does have in-app purchases to buy the other sounds.  The info button with external links is there, and there are still no ads.

From iTunes:
"This App is user friendly for all parents and professionals who want to give their children a head start on how to pronounce and practice the English sounds in engaging activities. Created by a certified Speech–Language Pathologist to help both children as well as adults learn basic pronunciation and features of English. Also ideal for families with English as a second language.

Parents/teachers are taught how to elicit sounds from their children with the help of Bobbie and Bonnie, who lead the user throughout the application in a lively manner. Children are able to recall from both visual and auditory memories, how to make each sound correctly. The App enhances phonological skills necessary for reading later in life. Children are taught to make the sounds in isolation, as well as in syllables, step-by- step and then gradually in words, as they “play” with the sounds.

Because, this is a parent-based program the order of the sounds in the application is based on the order that children typically acquire sounds naturally. Children do not learn the sounds of English in alphabetical order. There is evidence that indicates children do acquire the targeted sound regardless of its normative age of acquisition. Moreover, children can practice several sounds at a time in a sequence or cycle with good results (Hodson, 2010)."

Andrea H can not wait to use this app in her future speech therapy session. It is definitely going in her toolbox. 

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