Free apps for working with children who have speech difficulties and dysarthria

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I’ve recently been experimenting with some new apps in Speech and Language Therapy sessions for both primary and secondary aged children who have either speech difficulties or dysarthria. I found the following (and all free!) apps to be helpful in my therapy sessions:

Singing Fingers HDThis app allows you to draw a squiggle, line or picture while recording your voice at the same time. You can then run your finger along the line to play back the recording. This app proved useful in assessment as a motivating way of asking a student to demonstrate pitch glides.

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Voice Changer Lite. This app was useful for eliciting short sample phrases from students – you can record a short phrase and then play them back in different modes e.g. “helium” or “alien”.

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Bla Bla Bla and Sensory Speak Up. Great apps for encouraging voice exercises. Bla Bla Bla has a choice of faces, which change according to the volume of the speaker. I also used it as a tool during oro-motor assessments with younger children.

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A quiet voice

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A very loud voice

 

 

 

 

 

The Sensory Speak Up app gives visual feedback when trying to sustaining a long vowel sound.  This made it possible to set visual targets for students e.g. sustaining a note for half the screen.

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The bars appear evenly with a good sustained sound

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A non sustained note with breaks in breathing

 

 

 

 

 

Ocarina. I used this app to support therapy for breath control. The difference between a long sustained note and a quick breath creates a difference in the music created so provides a relatively motivating target.

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