The 9 Best Speech Therapy Apps of 2019

Options for children, stroke patients, and more

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Articulation Station at littlebeespeech.com

"One of the most comprehensive articulation application apps designed for children."

Best for Toddlers: Splingo at speechandlanguagestore.com

"Offers children a way to learn listening and language skills by playing a fun, interactive game."

Best for Elementary: Speech Tutor at speechtutor.org

"Uses 2-D animated movies that allow you to see a side view and front view inside the head."

Best for Adults: Conversation Therapy at tactustherapy.com

"Uses 2-D animated movies that allow you to see a side view and front view inside the head."

Best for Stroke Patients: Naming Therapy at tactustherapy.com

"An excellent addition for anyone who has difficulty expressing themselves."

Best for Autism: LAMP Words for Life at aacapps.com

"Provides a systematic way to develop communication skills."

Best for Non-Communicators: Proloquo2Go at assistiveware.com

"An excellent choice for people with cerebral palsy, a traumatic brain injury, ALS, or have suffered a stroke."

Best for Apraxia: Apraxia Therapy at tactustherapy.com

"Designed to help people with apraxia say what they want correctly and consistently."

Best for Stuttering: DAF Pro at speechtools.co

"Helps users who struggle with stuttering or stammering to slow their speech down."

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Articulation Station

Articulation Station

Apple

Articulation Station from Little Bee Speech is one of the most comprehensive articulation apps designed for children to learn how to pronounce and practice different sounds. The program allows users to practice at the word, sentence, and story level in 22 sounds that target the initial, medial, and final positions of words. Most of the sounds have 60 target words.

Users can choose from these six different practice activities:

  • Flashcards: Practice sounds with over 1,200+ pictures.
  • Matching Game: Match like items while practicing the sounds.
  • Rotating Sentences: Practice target sounds with rotating words in a fixed sentence.
  • Unique Sentences: Practice each target word and sounds in a new sentence.
  • Level 1 Stories: Short and silly rhymes that come with picture prompts and comprehension questions.
  • Level 2 Stories: Short and creative stories with comprehension questions.

As a bonus, you can tailor the experience to your child’s needs by creating your own flashcards with custom images. Articulation Station is free, and it’s available on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. For a more comprehensive program, you can upgrade to Articulation Station Pro.

Best for Toddlers: Splingo

Splingo

Apple

The Splingo app from the Speech and Language Store offers children a way to learn listening and language skills by playing a fun, interactive game with aliens and spaceships. The app was designed by speech and language therapists to focus on nouns, verbs, prepositions, and adjectives. It comes with a range of age possibilities, including early language development to a much more complex level of combining several aspects of language at once. In order to customize the app to each level, Splingo breaks the content down further into four groups.

  • Level 1: Uses one main word. Appropriate for 18 months and older.
  • Level 2: Uses two main words. For kids with a developmental level of two to three-years-old.
  • Level 3: Uses three main words. For kids with a developmental level of three to four-years-old.
  • Level 4: Uses four main words. For kids with a developmental level of four-years-old and older.

The Splingo app costs $2.99, and it is available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It does require iOS 8.0 or later.

Best for Elementary: Speech Tutor

Speech Tutor

Apple

Speech Tutor from Synapse Apps uses 2-D animated movies that allow you to see a side view and front view inside the head. These views give you the opportunity to see each sound production without the tongue getting in the way. In other words, you can actually see inside the mouth to watch sounds being made. This helps you understand exactly how to place your tongue or move your throat to make a specific sound — something you can’t do on your own. With 132 animations available, this comprehensive app gives will prompt you to select a sound, watch how it is made, and then practice making the sound. It also comes with tips from licensed speech and language pathologists (SLP’s).

Additionally, you can play the movies at three speeds including, slow, medium, and fast. Plus, as you practice target sounds, the app will record you, then play it before and after a correctly modeled production.

Speech Tutor app costs $19.99 and it is available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It does require iOS 8.0 or later. If you’re looking for something more advanced or you’re a speech therapist, consider upgrading to the Speech Tutor Pro. This extensive app costs $39.99, but you also get two screens, an SLP-friendly screen, and parent-friendly screen.

Best for Adults: Conversation Therapy

Conversation Therapy

Apple

The Conversation Therapy app from Tactus Therapy was designed to spark conversation between people, including small and large groups. The app is an excellent addition for anyone who has difficulty expressing themselves clearly, including stroke survivors, those living with Autism and Asperger’s, and anyone with speech or language impairment, Alzheimer’s, dementia, or traumatic brain injury. To use the app at home, start by choosing from one of the 12 categories of interest such as health, current events, or hobbies. When the picture is displayed on the screen, you can touch any of the 10 buttons to see a question ranging from simple sentence starters to more complex questions that require advanced answers.

The app includes over 300 pictures with 10 questions for each photo, which means combined with the 12 categories you have over 3,000 question prompts to choose from when looking for conversation starters. And it features 10 languages including English, Dutch, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Zulu. Conversation Therapy costs $24.99, and it requires iOS 9.0 or later. The app is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Best for Stroke Patients: Naming Therapy

Naming Therapy

Apple

Naming Therapy from Tactus Therapy aims to tackle one of the most challenging tasks a stroke victim has to contend with: anomia or being able to recall names of people and words for everyday objects.

Naming Therapy comes with four parts to help you practice recall skills:

  • Naming Test: Take a screening test to see how many pictures you can name.
  • Naming Practice: Practice naming 400+ pictures on your own. If you don’t get it right away, use one of the cues to help you find the name.
  • Describe: Learn how to describe an item to someone else by answer questions.
  • Flashcards: 700+ pictures you can flip through and practice saying. Touch the picture, and the name will be read aloud.

If you’re ready to move from the standard program, Tactus Therapy also offers an Advanced Naming Therapy app, which is the sequel to the Naming Therapy App. This is an excellent option for people with more mild language problems. It’s also a great tool to use when you leave speech therapy. Like the original Naming Therapy app, the price of the Advanced Naming Therapy is $24.99 and is available for iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, iPod touch, and Android tablets/phones. 

Best for Autism: LAMP Words for Life

LAMP Words for Life

Apple

LAMP Words for Life app from Prentke Romich Company is designed specifically for children with autism to be used with Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP). According to the website, LAMP Words for Life provides a consistent motor pattern for words and a systematic way to develop communication skills allowing for unlimited language growth opportunities.

There are three levels of vocabulary within the app that support language development from any skill level including introductory, which has 83 words, transition, and full vocabulary that gives you access to over 3,000 words. The symbols-based approach makes this app appropriate for beginning communicators, as well as older children with Autism that have advanced language skills. Every picture symbol on the front page represents a verb, noun, adjective, and category.

LAMP Words for Life costs $299.99 and it’s available for use with an iPad, iOS 9.0 or later. While the app is significantly more expensive than many other apps, the ratings among users are the highest in this category and you can expect to use LAMP Words for Life for several years.

Best for Non-Communicators: Proloquo2Go

Proloquo2Go

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Proloquo2Go app from AssistiveWare uses Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) to help people who are unable to speak, develop communication and language skills. The app is appropriate for all levels and you can customize it for a range of visual and fine-motor skills. You can also adapt it to fit your vocabulary and accessibility needs which makes Proloquo2Go an excellent choice for people with cerebral palsy, developmental disabilities, a traumatic brain injury, ALS, or have suffered a stroke.

Users are able to select a real recorded voice that speaks for them when using the symbols. Both children and adults can choose from 100 natural-sounding text-to-speech voices. For people who can learn to speak again, Proloquo2Go allows them to continue communicating as they work through speech therapy or rehab to build skills. 

Proloquo2Go costs $249.99, and it’s available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple Watch.

Best for Apraxia: Apraxia Therapy

Apraxia Therapy

Apple

Apraxia Therapy from Tactus Therapy is a comprehensive app designed to help people with apraxia, a speech disorder, overcome their ability to say what they want correctly and consistently. The app uses VSAT, or Video-Assisted Speech Therapy, to help users repeat what they hear and see by watching the model’s mouth movements on the video. As you listen, the app encourages you to tap along in rhythm, and also speak in unison, which gives you a tactile and verbal experience. When the audio begins to fade, you will be prompted to continue repeating what you see by continuing with the video.

The Apraxia Therapy app allows you to work at three different speeds, so you can tailor the program for your needs. It also features conversational phrases that you might use on a daily basis. Additionally, the app records your voice as you speak along with the video. You can then go back and listen to the recording to see how you are progressing.

Apraxia Therapy costs $24.99, and it’s available on your iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, iPod touch, Android tablets, and Android phones.

Best for Stuttering: DAF Pro

DAF Pro

Apple

The DAF Pro app from Speech Tools helps users who struggle with stuttering or stammering slow their speech down to make it clearer for others to understand. While originally designed for stuttering and stammering, DAF Pro is also recommended for people who have a neurological disease such as Parkinson’s. DAF, which stands for Delayed Auditory Feedback, is a speech and language therapy tool that was created to help people who speak at a fast rate to speak more slowly.

DAF technology allows you to hear your speech in an altered manner. First, you record your voice. Then, while DAF Pro runs in the background, you get to listen to your speech in an altered manner, which causes a disruption to the normal auditory feedback loop prompting you to slow your speech down. DAF Pro requires the use of headphones while using the app.

DAF Pro costs $2.99, and it requires iOS 10.3 or later. It is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It is also available on Google Play for $1.99. 

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