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

John F. O'Sullivan

Section 6 Every-Day Language for Children

Often times, speech and language pathologists have a need to work on everyday language and common names. This is important for younger children. This can be done a number of ways. You can use pictures, worksheets, have a conversation, or use a device. Students usually do better with strong visuals that are interactive. There are a number of low-cost apps that show examples of everyday items that a student can interact with. This gives good visuals in the context that a person would see the items in the real world. The fact that you can engage the student in an interactive, hands-on activity makes this even better. I recommend that you consider the apps below for common language about common objects. 

Sorting learning game for kids
This app has pictures of common objects, food, sporting equipment, and much more. A young child can sort related items and talk about them. 

Scene Speak
This app is designed to talk about a specific topic with a student.

My PlayHome
With this app, you can teach common everyday language to young children. Think about it as an electronic doll house but much cooler. The fact that the app gets high ratings is a plus.

My PlayHome School
This shows a number of common scenes within a school setting that you can talk about and interact with. The app also gets good ratings. 

Toca Life: Town
This app is an entire town that you interact with. 

Draw and Tell
You can draw on a number of scenes and talk about what you are doing. 

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