Speech Therapist in Chicago Recommends the LanguageBuilder App to Help your Child with Speech Development | Chicago Speech Therapy

Speech Therapist in Chicago Recommends the LanguageBuilder App to Help your Child with Speech Development

Beyond knowing vocabulary, a crucial component of children’s language development is the ability to bring words together into a grammatically correct sentence to communicate their ideas. Speech therapists work on this with many of their students, and great iPad and iPhone apps like the LanguageBuilder app by Mobile Education Tools help parents to work with their own kids on the same skills with the touch of a button.

LanguageBuilder encourages kids to demonstrate their language abilities by showing them a bright, vivid picture and showing a sentence describing the picture but with blanks in it. The child verbally fills in the blanks in the sentences, which involves what speech therapists call receptive and expressive skills. The receptive skills include understanding the sentence and the photograph and being able to identify what should go in the blank. The expressive skills are the child’s ability to actually articulate the words they desire to say.

Additionally, LanguageBuilder records your child’s voice as they fill in the sentence. When your kid listens to his voice played back, he becomes more aware of the way he sounds when he pronounces words. He is also better able to hear his improvement over time. Recording and playing back pronunciation are common techniques used by speech therapists when they work with children in language development.

When using the app, your child can choose one of three levels and has access to all 300 cards that are efficiently and compactly sorted in an iPhone or an iPad. Having this great resource in your pocket and at your fingertips is great for keeping your young child occupied while out and about or at home. Speech therapists also benefit from being able to travel with their necessary tools without having to lug around piles of flashcards.

According to reviews on iTunes, many speech therapists in schools comment on the effectiveness of LanguageBuilder at drawing out longer and more complex sentences for students. The app is geared to kids between the ages of 3-6, but many people have commented on how effective the app is in engaging and teaching special needs students, including kids with autism spectrum disorders and children with hearing loss.

One of the most unique aspects of this app is the creativity it entails. Without concrete wrong or right answers, the kids have the ability to use their imagination and personal style to complete the blanks of the sentences based on the picture prompts. Through this, LanguageBuilder appeals to a wide variety of ages. Younger children may fill in the blanks with one or two word answers as they begin to grasp sentence structure and correct grammar, whereas older, more advanced children might respond with longer and more complex answers to push the limits of their understanding of grammar.

Reviews for the app on iTunes rave about how easy and engaging LanguageBuilder is and how much kids enjoy using it. LanguageBuilder is a useful resource for both parents and speech language pathologists to help foster your child’s language development. Try this app for a way to encourage your child’s creativity and speaking skills!

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"Elizabeth was an incredibly communicative and supportive therapist for our daughter. We saw impressive improvement quickly, and our 2yo often looked forward to their weekly sessions. Our daughter just graduated from speech and we're so grateful for Elizabeth's expertise, empathy, and support over the past year!"

"We had the most wonderful experience with Chicago Speech Therapy! Our speech pathologist, Miss Megan, developed a bond with our son almost immediately. By week two, he would await her arrival by the window in our front door! She quickly discovered all of his favorite things and would bring so many toys of her own that would keep him engaged and wanting to talk! She gave us (parents) tons of strategies to work with on our own in between her weekly visits. Our son made consistent progress under her care and has now been released from speech therapy ~ which actually makes us so sad ~ simply because we miss Miss Megan! She basically became part of our family and will be dearly missed. I couldn’t recommend Miss Megan and Chicago Speech Therapy more!"

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