The UDL Educational Technology Guide 2019-2020: Technology for Special Education

John F. O'Sullivan

Section 5 Early Intervention


The best time to address speech and language deficits is as early as possible. When a young child interacts with an app, the experience is highly engaging. For someone with very limited ability to express an idea, this gives a child a powerful tool. No one ever says, when a child has a problem. “we should have waited.” In some cases, a student’s verbal ability and ability to follow abstract directions and language can be so low that you need to start with an early intervention app. When picking an augmentative and alternative communication, there is often one need that sticks, out and that can dictate what you pick. If you work with Augmentative and Alternative Communication, you should see this as a resource for students.  


My First AAC Honorable Mention 

This app is designed for 18 months and older. It is designed to promote language with children that are in an early developmental stage. I like this app. 


This app gets young children to practice the basic sounds they need to learn. This is just an all-around a good idea for someone with a speech delay. 

Letter Muncher

This app teaches the basic sounds of letters to children learning to read. 


Posco AAC

This is a simple but effective AAC app. It is designed for basic communication. Best of all, the cost is low. This app is good for young children or students with lower communication skills.

Disfluency Index Counter

This is another good app by Smarty Ears. You can count correct words and syllables with this app. This app does a very good assessment at a reasonable price.

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