By Catherine Kalchbrenner
Ipads and other tablets have become an everyday household device. With prudent selection of appropriate apps, they can be a useful tool to support learning in our children but, unguided, they can be little more than a distraction device. I wanted to make screen time more meaningful than random games for my hard of hearing child. With this in mind, I set to researching apps that could build my child’s vocabulary and exercise her auditory memory.
I came across a great resource from the Alexander Bell Convention in 2014. As well as some great suggestions for apps, it offers detailed information and advice. Encouragingly, it reports research results that literacy apps can augment literacy development in children. While the presentation is geared towards professionals, as a parent of a hard of hearing child, I found it really insightful.
NOTE- The following link is unfortunately no longer active.
What it lacked, however, was links to the suggested apps in the apple store or clear icon pictures to be sure of the app in question. With full credit going to the presenters at the Convention, I expanded the list to make this go-to menu of apps. I hope it will be a useful tool for parents and professionals alike.
Articulation Station- Little Bee Speech
HOPE words- Cochlear
Articulate It Pro
Both by Smarty Ears
ArtikPix- Expressive Solutions
SpeechBox for Articulation Speech Therapy- By Jonah Bonah Learning LLC
Artic Practice- Learning Fundamentals Inc
Pocket Artic- Synapse Apps
Auditory Skill Development
Hear Coach- Starkey
My Playhome- Playhome Software ltd
My Scene- MyFirstApp
Both By Virtual Speech Centre Inc.
My Tiny Farm Animals- Toddler’s Seek & Find Activity Book for Kids
My Little Town- Toddler’s Seek & Find Activity Book for Kids
Both by wonderkind GmbH
Fun with Directions HD Lite- Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development
There are a couple of versions of this App.
Bag Game- All4myChild
A Who am I- Nth Fusion LLC
italkatMoog: The First 100 words- The Moog Centre of Deaf Education
My First 1000 Words: Flashcards & Games By Alligator Apps- Innovative Mobile Apps
Do you have any favourite apps to add to this list? Leave us a comment below!