Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Top Ten Apps for Auditory Processing: Updated!


Back in August 2013, we asked our readers what apps might help with an Auditory Processing Disorder. Of course, our amazingly smart readers came through with a great list! I'm sharing that list here again today, but I'm also adding some more apps to the list. There are now TEN reader and staff-tested apps on our list!


Recently, on our Facebook Fan Page there was a discussion about apps that might help with Auditory Processing Disorder.

Kelly asked: "Any apps for auditory processing disorder? My child is six years old"

Taffie responded: "I have found a number of them. 2 of them are around $30 but this is the list I found on Pinterest. I have some listed. I hope it helps"

Apps for Auditory Processing/Sound Discrimination Skills
 by Lauren S. Enders, MA, CCC-SLP on Pinterest

Becky recommended: "Mini Mysteries by Super Duper Publications or any reading comprehension app that also reads to you"

Delina suggested: "Earobics. Not an app but great CD"

Patty replied: "again, not an app, but the HearBuilder programs from SuperDuper are great!"

The following is a list of apps, in no particular order, as recommended by our readers or staff, with the newly added apps first!

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Sounds at Home by Virtual Speech Center

From iTunes:
Welcome to Mama Bear’s house! Here children aged between 2 and 6 years can practice a range of auditory skills. The Sounds at Home app was designed by a Speech and Language Pathologist to help young children be aware of sounds in their environments and sounds in words as well as following instructions which requires auditory memory.

All this learning occurs within the context of a house using familiar vocabulary. Research has shown that there is a strong correlation between phonological awareness and early reading skills (T. Hogan, H Catts & T Little. 2005; S. Rvachew. 2007). 
Mama Bear welcomes the children to her home where they will experience 3 different rooms that target many different skills.

(iPad only, $6.99)





Processing Pow Wow

From iTunes:
Processing Pow-Wow targets auditory processing and memory skills. It is appropriate for ages 5 and up. There are a total of 6 levels and a barrier game activity. Each level has up to 50 different stimuli that are presented in a randomized order. "Wait time" is embedded in the app, following the presentation of auditory information, in order to allow the user time to process the information before using it. Data tracking capability is also included. 

(iPad only, $19.99)



Auditory Memory Ride

From iTunes

The Auditory Memory Ride app is a comprehensive and fun app for students aged six to 13 with central auditory processing disorder (CAPD) or other related disorders (e.g., receptive language disorder or autism).
The Auditory Memory Ride app includes over 1000 stimuli with pre-recorded audio and the ability to introduce background noise. 
The app includes both recognition and recall tasks with the ability to delay the presentation of the stimuli. There are four modes of delay, including No delay, 5-second delay, 10-second delay, and 15-second delay.
Students will practice their auditory memory by recognizing and recalling the following:
•Digits and numbers (e.g., recalling three digits or recalling two largest digits in the field of five (9 levels of difficulty) 
•Words and sentences (e.g., recognizing/recalling two unrelated words or recognizing/recalling five to seven-word sentences (10 levels of difficulty) 
•Details (e.g., recognizing/recalling two objects with two details (four levels of difficulty) 
•Paragraphs (six levels):



(iPad only, $19.99)




Sound Match by Rafal Staszewski

From iTunes:
"Sound Match in collaboration with www.FreeAppaDay.com will remain Free for today!

Sound Match is a unique twist of the classic memory game - it challenges your ears, not the eyes. Remember the sounds and put them in pairs. Show your skills - make chains and score even more. Are you good enough to score a mega chain? How about the almost impossible ultra chain?

Packed with sounds and animations, Sound Match gives you a chance not only to test your memory skills, but also to compete with others. Whether challenging someone on your iPhone or battling for the best score on the world list - it's just great fun

Oh, and did we mention that it can improve your brain too?"


If you would like to download this (Free, iPhone/iPad 2x) app, please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by clicking this button:



Sound Match Premium
($0.99, iPhone/iPad 2x)


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ABC Magic Reading (1-4) by Preschool University

From Heather:
"One that I do like that addresses sound segmentation is: ABC reading magic 1. There is also a 2,3 and 4. They are free."

ABC Magic Reading by Preschool University is a series of four apps covering short vowel sounds, consonant blends, multiple syllables and silent final e. The activities have three skill levels and have been designed based on tried and true phonics principles.

Link to Preschool University's developer's page:



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Jumbled Sentences (1-6) by Innovative Net Learning

From iTunes:
"Jumbled Sentences' series is designed for beginners to improve their writing skills. This app offers an easy and interactive way for beginners to learn the word order in a fun way. 'OK' button allows you to do self-checking on your own and get the correct answer without anyone's help.

How to play:
Put the parts in order to form a sentence. Tap on 'OK' to check your answer. You can earn one coin for each correct answer. If you get stuck, tap on 'Hint' and use one coin to find out the next correct part. Play as fast as you can to level up. The more coins you collect, the more hints or stickers you can get. You can design your own sticker page with the colourful stickers you collect."


Link to Innovative Net Learning's developer's page:



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Splingo's Language Universe by The Speech And Language Store LLP

From iTunes:
"With thousands of different word and sentence possibilities, as well as US or UK voice options, Splingo the alien’s spoken instructions will guide your child through a galaxy of language learning.

Your child will practise their listening and language skills by interacting with the images and animations on the screen to follow Splingo the alien’s spoken instructions. As a reward, they will love helping Splingo build a space ship and complete the tasks in order to get him home. His hilarious animated responses will capture your child’s imagination.

Splingo’s instructions range from a very early level of language development, e.g. single word recognition, to much more complex, e.g. instructions combining several aspects of language at once."


If you would like to purchase this app, please support Smart Apps For Special Needs by clicking this button:

($2.99, iPad/iPhone)


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Hear Coach by Starkey Laboratories

From iTunes:
"Hear Coach is a suite of listening games developed by Starkey Laboratories; it features games that challenge both your cognitive and auditory sharpness.

Hear Coach allows you to track your progress over time and unlock more difficult levels as your performance improves. A different background noise stimulus within each of the levels provides you with varying degrees of difficulty to help you train your auditory system in different environments. This app is designed to help people who think they might have a hearing loss, people who have new hearing aids, and even experienced hearing aid users who want to get the most out of their listening."


If you would like to purchase this app, please support Smart Apps For Special Needs by clicking this button:

(Free, iPad/iPhone)


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Fun With Directions HD by Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development

From iTunes:
"Fun with Directions is a ground-breaking app for the iPAD, designed to provide a fun and engaging way to practice listening, following directions, colors, spatial concepts, auditory memory and auditory processing. From the simplest of directions (“Touch the cat”) to the more complex (“With your orange crayon, color the large one that is a furry pet and likes to chase mice”) your child can grow and learn with this game over time. Colorful, vivid art and animations against a white background combine to create a complete game experience without visual clutter. Sound effects and surprises keep the game engaging! This app is a great choice for a toddler/preschooler, or any young child who would like to practice listening to or reading directions!"

If you would like to purchase this app, please support Smart Apps For Special Needs by clicking this button:

($15.99, iPad Only)


Fun With Directions HD Lite
($0.99, iPad Only)


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Auditory Processing Studio by Virtual Speech Center Inc.

From iTunes:
"Auditory Processing Studio is an engaging and colorful app that includes over 2,400 audio exercises. It can be easily modified for adults by turning off the child-oriented reward system. Children are welcomed by a boy named Andrew, who encourages them to work hard. Children earn an instrument for each correct response, and when they accumulate enough instruments, they are rewarded with their own music studio. While in the studio, they can play their instruments. "

If you would like to purchase this app, please support Smart Apps For Special Needs by clicking this button:

($29.99, iPad Only)



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Cas is impressed with the list that was recommended by readers for Auditory Processing difficulties. She wonders if there might be a similar list for Selective Hearing Disorder.

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