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Mobile apps have proven to be effective tools in speech therapy for children. Speech therapists report that many children enjoy working with apps which are easily accessible enabling children to practice with their family in the safety of their own home.

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), approximately 80% of children between the ages of three and 17 have a disorder related to speech, voice, language, or swallowing.
Speech difficulties can be caused a wide range of disorders, such as cleft palate, stuttering, autism, and more.
In all of these situations, speech therapy can be a highly effective treatment to help these children learn to communicate more effectively.
Thanks to the technology many mobile apps for smartphones and tablets have shown the potential to greatly increase and speed up children's development, especially for parents who don't have the budget or time to bring their children to speech-language pathologists every day.
Unfortunately, a lot of these apps are made for iOS platform only, while speech therapy apps for Android are really rare.
Here, we have listed some of the best apps for children, their parents, and their speech therapists.

Speech Tutor App

Speech Tutor app is intended for speech andlanguage pathologists (SLP), SLP students, and parents of children with speech delays.
The app provides 132 animations showing the areas of the face that impede the view of tongue placement and positioning. Animations for the following sounds are included:
P, B, T, D, K, G, N, M, ING, F, V, S, Z, SH, CH, J, L, R (retroflex and bunched), TH (voiced and voiceless) and 4 new vowel animations - /i/, /u/, /a/ and /æ/.
Users can choose a "Side View" and a "Front View" of each sound, which can be viewed at 3 different speeds (slow, medium, fast) and paused.
The app is available for iOS only for $19.99.

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Links: iOS

Word Vault Pro App

Word Vault Pro app is another useful tool for SLPs, teachers, professionals, and parents to teach articulation, language and social skills. 
The app enables users to quickly find and use functional words, phrases, sentences, flashcards, and audio by sound, difficulty, concept, and more.
Word Vault Pro app provides more than 1800 high-quality real-world picture flashcards, 25+ categories with images or interactive activities, and over 20,000 audio recordings for every word, phrase, sentence, story, question, and more.
Users can also add their own custom words, phrases, pictures, or record their own audio.
World Vault Pro app allows SLPs and professionals easily create and edit client profiles and groups to maximize therapy time and practice. The app allows working with up to 10 clients at a time and recording data for each individual, whose progress can be emailed to them.
The drawbacks of this app are its price and availability. World Vault Pro costs $49.99 and it is only available for iOS.

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Links: iOS

Silly Sentence Articulation App

Silly Sentence Articulation is an interactive app for iOS devices that features a collection of over 500 sound specific silly sentence questions (also known as absurdities) designed for speech-language pathologists to use with individuals who exhibit difficulty producing certain speech sounds.

Truth is that the silly sentence format provided in this app is unusual and it is a departure from traditional articulation drill work.
But this format helps children and teens develop problem-solving and decision-making skills in two ways. First, it helps them logically analyze information, thus applying common sense reasoning to communication. 
Second, it helps them recognize absurdity as being a key component of humor, which assists in building intellectual growth and emotional balance.
As said, the app is available for iOS only for $4.99.

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Links: iOS

Missing Letter Articulation App

Missing Letter Articulation app comes from the same 'kitchen' as the previous app. 
It also uses interactivity features instead of traditional speech therapy drills that can get boring.
The app features over 1,000 sound-specific articulation word puzzles (words that are missing one letter). Children and teens using this app need to figure out which letter is missing before the timer runs out. The word puzzles provided in the app were designed for speech-language pathologists to use with individuals who exhibit difficulty producing the following speech sounds: S, Z, R, L, S/R/L Blends, SH, CH, and TH (like in the Silly Sentence Articulation app).
By using this app, individuals with speech difficulty can strengthen their attention, concentration, and pronunciation with the help of their speech-language pathologist.
Missing Letter Articulation app is available for $4.99 on iOS devices.

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Links: iOS

Articulation Station Pro App

Articulation Station Pro app was created by a certified speech-language pathologist to help children, as well as adults with speech difficulties, learn to speak and pronounce their sounds more clearly. 
The app provides 8 engaging articulation activities that feature high-quality images representing target words and 22 sound programs targeting sounds in the initial, medial and final positions of words, sentences and stories. The majority of sounds have 60 target words each, with over 1,200 target words in total.
There are also over 1,200 flashcards, 192 stories (Level 1 and 2), in-depth scoring and data tracking for each child/student, and more.
This is more than enough features, but the users can also create their own custom word lists, as well as record their own voice and save the recordings.
The price of Articulation Station Pro app can be a major put-off to some users. It costs $49.99 and it is only available for iOS.

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Links: iOS

Sono Flex App

Sono Flex app is an easy to use AAC vocabulary app that turns symbols into clear speech. It is intended to help users who are not yet in full control of literacy.
The app combines the core and topic-based vocabulary in a unique and dynamic way, with more than 11,000 SymbolStix symbols.
It comes with 5 US English, high-quality voices (boy, girl, two women and one male voice), and offers great flexibility in tailoring the vocabulary to individual and situational needs
Sono Flex app is intended for SLPs, teachers, parents, caregivers or other communication professionals.
It is available for iOS only for $99.99.

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Links: iOS

Articulation Essentials App

Articulation Essentials app is the only app on this list which is available for Android besides iOS. 
This app is designed to facilitate speech therapy for speech delays, apraxia, aphasia, stuttering, autism, and other conditions that affect speech.
It can be used to practice articulation and pronunciation techniques taught in speech therapy by parents and teachers with or without SLP supervision.
Articulation Essentials app provides around 1400 words and associated images for articulation practice, an extensive library of word flashcards which cover a full range of sounds that children often have difficulty pronouncing, articulation techniques for speech therapists for 22 consonant sounds coupled with blends, multi-syllabic words, sentences and phrases in the English language, stimulating activities and articulation games, and more. 
The app costs $9.99.

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Links: Android, iOS

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