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Top Assistive Technology for Speech Difficulties

These picks help students with speech difficulties communicate. Many leverage the mobility and visual, touch-based interfaces of phones and tablets, and use sound and text-to-speech to give kids a voice. There areĀ also picks that help students express themselves creatively and build storytelling and narrative skills in concert with speaking skills.

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Speech Journal

Audio wed to images for multiple learning/teaching goals

Bottom line: Journal is easy to use, but sharing option is weak.

Scene Speak

Social stories and visual displays connect words and concepts for kids

Bottom line: This useful tool can help kids communicate and learn words in context.

Articulation Station

Pricey but definitely worth it for kids struggling with pronunciation

Bottom line: For helping students with letter and word pronunciation, this highly valuable tool is worth the cost.


Wh- questions taught in concrete ways for kids with language delays

Bottom line: A solid, if basic, approach to teaching question words and concepts to students with significant language issues.

Proloquo2Go - Symbol-based AAC

Brilliant tool helps kids with speech difficulties communicate

Bottom line: The price is hefty, but Proloquo2Go carries its weight by providing students and teachers an effective, one-of-a-kind communication tool.


Unique way for kids with limited verbal skills to express themselves

Bottom line: Expensive but worthy investment can pay off in helping non-verbal kids learn to communicate thousands of things.


Fabulous tool can help kids create social stories

Bottom line: Pictello is a great way for kids to create social stories that can help them find their unique voice and prepare for internal and external struggles.

ClaroSpeak US

Give kids a voice with supportive, quality text-to-speech tool

Bottom line: It's easy to use, and the multiple settings and functions make this app well worth the price.

Speak it! Text to Speech

Communicate out loud with easy, accurate text-to-speech tool

Bottom line: Accurate, easy to use, and includes playback voices that sound surprisingly natural.

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