Popular Apraxia Speech Therapy App Available for Android
In October, the National Association for Child Development and Blue Whale Web Apps announced that the Speech Therapy App, a popular download for Apraxia previously available only for Apple devices, has been re-engineered for Android platforms. You can get it at Amazon or the Barnes & Noble Appstore for $4.99. The Speech Therapy App has been the top medical program seller in the iPad store since its launch in April.
It only makes sense for developers to start catering to tablets other than the iPad…there are more than 7 million Kindle Fires alone in the hands of consumers. Factor in the B & N Nook, the Nexus 7, the Samsung Galaxy, the Asus Android, the Motorola Xoom, and all the other tablets on the market, and ignoring the Android platform would be crazy.
About the Speech Therapy App
The reason for its popularity is probably the fun, easy-to-use interface. The app is designed for parents and SLPs to help youngsters with childhood apraxia of speech/dyspraxia and also deliver articulation practice and vowel articulation for adults with apraxia. The colorful interface and easy navigation features phonemes in a progression that offers continuing challenges to build motor planning skills. Starting with syllables, the app progresses through increasingly challenging sequences. Colorful pictures and precise audio accompanies each task and users can choose to repeat levels as often as necessary, start over, or move forward. Eight consonant groups represent 19 consonant groups to focus on. Each consonant group has escalating levels in logical progression.
Who is NACD?
The National Association for Child Development is an organization geared toward supporting brain growth and neurological development. Over the past 30 years, NACD has served tens of thousands of clients. The app was developed by the National Association for Child Development team including a certified Speech-Language Pathologist. The team worked closely with developers at Blue Whale to develop a quality learning app. Other programs developed by NACD include Targeted Sound Intervention (TSI), The Listening Program, and The Sound Health Series, programs that use classical music to enhance listening skills and address auditory tonal processing skills and stimulate the brain with broad spectrum frequencies and complex melodical structure, and Music for Babies, a music-based early development tool.
Does this app look helpful? We’d love to hear from you if you use Speech Therapy in your practice or at home, and how it compares to other speech therapy programs.