We all have our favorite apps for everyday speech therapy.   Halloween should be no different.  I have a few that I really like.  I work with mostly toddlers to preschool age right now, so I tend to use “not so scary” apps.

1.  Starfall Pumpkin:  It has 2 great activities.  I used this app a lot during pumpkin week.  For tots, it’s great for them to make jack-o-lanterns.  Preschool age can work on following directions and telling about their pumpkin when they are finished.  Young school age kids can use the other activity “Weigh Pumpkins.”  A pumpkin is placed on the scale and the child has to place weights on the other side to even the scale.  I love it!  This app makes the kiddos think about how to level the scale without going over.  (HINT: Critical thinking and problem solving!!)

2.  Parents (Magazine) Carve-A-Pumpkin:  The child chooses a pumpkin and can either “carve” it or decorate it.  Great for language!  I have the kids tell me what they are going to do (HINT:  MLU expansion!!)

3.  “Dingle Dangle” Scarecrow:  Kids can make a scarecrow to scare away the crows from the garden.  Kids can also work on answering “where” questions and vocabulary skills by playing “Where Do They Sleep?”

4.  Halloween Word Search:  This app is made by Finblade.  It’s really great for older school age kids.  I like to use word searches in speech therapy.  Once we find the words, I have the child choose 5-8 words and use them in sentences to work on sentence structure and grammar.

5.  Zombie Halloween:  Think the Halloween version of “Whack-a-mole.”   Different Halloween characters pop up in the pumpkin patch and you must tap them.  I like to use this app as a reward for hard work during the session.

6.  Plume’s School Halloween: Good for several ages since it has 3 levels.   Skills range from shape to picture matching, object identification, picture to word identification, and letter matching (to create Halloween words).

7.  Peekaboo Trick or Treat:  This one is my FAVORITE!!  I love using it with the kids.  When I use this app, I place my IPad out of the arm’s reach of the child.  When the doors start to shake, they must sign/gesture/verbalize “OPEN.”  Then they can open the doors to see the Halloween character dancing.  Then we use 2 word phrases to tell the character “BYE {Monster}” and close the door to wait on the next character.  I made a playdough SMUSH mat for this app.  You can find the FREEBIE here!!  As we go through the app, the kids can smush playdough on the characters that we see.  We can also work on MLU expansion with sentences like “I see a {robot.}”

So there’s my favorite speech therapy apps for Halloween.  What are some of yours?

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