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I just left a PD on apps in the speech room that was featured during our district meeting. Do many of you meet up for monthly meetings? It's one of my favorite things that my district does. I love hearing from the other SLPs, and chatting with SLPs in my district that I may not get a chance to interact with.

Now, we all have our favorite apps, myself included, but some of the apps they spoke about included:

  • Speech with Milo (sequencing)
  • Auditory Workout
  • Magical Concepts
Having only used Speech with Milo, I am curious to download and use the two apps to give my own review! Inspired by the presentation I saw, here are three apps that I find myself using over, and over, and over again!

Conversation Builder
I LOVE this app. Why? Simply because it's so reinforcing for the kids to record themselves and listen to the conversation that they ask for it BY NAME! I love that it's customizable with their interests, place of residence, and name. Plus, I can choose whether I want a long (8 turns) conversation or short conversation (4 turns). Students are prompted with a photo and have to make a choice on how to continue/start the conversation that is most appropriate.

Splingo Language Universe
Splingo is one of those apps that you don't think will be so wonderful, and then it surprises you - in a good way! Splingo has varying levels that you can choose from which determines how much information is going into the auditory prompt. After a few turns, kids get to place a piece of their rocket ship onto the puzzle, and eventually blast off to another planet (aka level 2). It's also super reinforcing when the alien yells "yippee!" when they get the answer correct!

Language Adventures
This is one of the more common apps in my toolbox, I'm sure you've seen it around the blogs a ton! I love it regardless. The kids love it too, and I can customize it which is a huge plus. I will admit that often times this app is used primarily to hold a groups attention during the session, but I often use it as a way to get hands on with the questions. Often times we'll expand what they're asking on the board. I'll have them write out their options and then use peer discussion to figure out which one is right/wrong. It's a nice way to get their faces up from the screen to look at the world! :)

Hope this short review helps you add to your iPad toolbox! Happy app-ing! :)

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