*Please note that our “must haves” are not a replacement for good speech therapy with a qualified SLP, just additional helps we have found to work well for us. I am not an SLP, just a mom who loves her little guys and wants to share what has helped us in case it can help you and your little one.* View all our Apraxia helps here.
Here are the links to the apps we love and use often:
Articulation Station. Purchase the whole app for about $50 or purchase individual letter/sounds for $3/each as you need them. It’s a great way to help your child learn to imitate. Mr. T loves playing around with phonics so this has been a lot of fun for him.
The McGuffey Phonics app. We love using phonics programs to help get a good grasp on sounds. You can also see how Plaid Phonics helped us achieve some great gains over the summer! Phonics is a fun way to work on letter sounds because there are so many games, fun books, puzzles, and activities. And while you’re working on the speech part, you are also getting in pre-reading skills.
Endless Alphabet is a fun and engaging game that adds in new vocabulary, letter recognition, and phonics all in one app. The monsters mess up the letters, your child gets to put them back in order while hearing their sounds, and then the monsters demonstrate the definition of the words. The app is updated frequently with new words, too.
Fundanoodle is a set of pre-writing and activity programs developed by occupational therapists. It is helpful for really getting a solid foundation on the motor planning portion of writing. Since Apraxia is a motor planning disorder, writing issues often accompany it. We love Fundanoodle! Mr. T is working on writing now and Mr. F is working on pounding, pre-writing, and following directions in the activity books. Get the Wiggles out is also our favorite game!
If you are looking for a way to help relieve frustration due to communication, sign language worked wonders in our home. Signing Time has been invaluable for us! And if you keep it up, it counts as foreign language in many areas for homeschoolers.
Our Signing Time Tips:
- Always say the word with the sign.
- Hand over hand signing is a great way to teach the sign to your child.
- Be consistent!
The always useful laminator:
Keeping your PECS cards, charts, chore cards, and practice word sheets laminated helps extend the life of them, at least for us. It’s also great for homeschooling in general, but if you have a chewer, like Mr. T, then laminating your papers will save you a lot of printer ink!
You can see how we use more toys for speech at home here.
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