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Special Needs Apps for Language Skills

These engaging, thoughtful, and accessible apps help kids with speech challenges build foundational language skills and alternative means of expression.

Starfall ABCs Publisher: Starfall Education
ABCs and phonics integrate with fun images, animations, and activities
Grades Pre-K-K
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 3
Articulation Station Publisher: Little Bee Speech
Pricey but definitely worth it for kids struggling with pronunciation
Grades K-2
Type App
Price Free to Try, Paid
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
LanguageBuilderDeluxe Publisher: Mobile Education Store LLC
Audio, visual prompts help boost kids' communication skills
Grades K-3
Type App
Price $9.99
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
ConversationBuilder Publisher: Mobile Education Store LLC
Themed scripts help kids practice successful social exchanges
Grades K-6
Type App
Price $19.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
QuestionIt Publisher: Language Learning Apps LLC
Wh- questions taught in concrete ways for kids with language delays
Grades K-7
Type App
Price Free to Try, Paid
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Proloquo2Go - Symbol-based AAC Publisher: AssistiveWare
Brilliant tool helps kids with speech difficulties communicate
Grades K-12
Type App
Price $249.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
News-2-You Publisher: AssistiveWare
Draw kids into weekly news with powerful symbols and voice narration
Grades 2-6
Type App
Price Free to Try, Paid
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5