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Christmas colouring app FREE


So I thought I’d look for a fun app, a free one as we need to save the pennies this time of the year! This may look like a simple colouring book but it can reach a wide range of needs. Here is a screenshot of the App Store, I downloaded the first one although the others are also free and will do they same job,



This app has easy to follow instructions and is easily picked up by a child of any ages and abilities

20121129-142359.jpg have a quick read then pass to the child.

There is a good choice of images if you are using this for S&L (speech and Lang) then I would start with the basic Christmas tree first

20121129-142526.jpg I would ask “What colour is a Christmas tree?” Then say to the child,” Find the green crayon and colour the top of the tree” that statement has thre information carrying words within it and three instructions, this will help you determine what amount of instructions your child can follow and how to then help them to progress. So the first word is green the child needs to understand what green is to be able to locate it. top the child needs to understand the concept of top or bottom and be able to know where the top of the tree is. By putting the two sentences together this will determine how many instructions they can follow. They might find the green and just colour anywhere on the page, you have to find out is this because they don’t understand top or that the instruction was too long, simply say point to the top.

20121129-143127.jpg As you carry on you can build up the instruction, to make them very complex like, First colour the square present blue then Santas hat red and then the ribbon green. This is of course a complex sentence but I’m sure you get how to build it up now.

This can be used like the Splingos app which I have already reviewed.


For fine motor skills this whole app is great, just by encouraging the use of the finger to colour in, start with big pictures then work on to the ones with more detail. Don’t put any pressure on the child if they go out the lines or seem to upset they are not neat reassure this is just fun and to just try, if its too much just stop.

Ill be back soon hope you enjoyed this.


Proposed changes to Special Educational Needs services

Proposed changes to Special Educational Needs services

From a quick look, this looks as if there will be potential problems for children with Speech and Language Needs in schools unless they have a statement. As it is ti is a very long process just to get a child assessed with a Speech and Language Therapist due to government and local authority cutbacks, the paper explains more in detail about the comments that the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists have submitted to the House of Commons.

Brilliant Speech and Language App


Splingo’s Language Universe

This is by far the best app I have found yet for speech and language, it has uk voice which we all know is essential when teaching S&L this game is colourful and very interactive, there are thousands of word and sentence possibilities and the reward system I this is brilliant the child gets to add parts to splingos rocket and help to get him to each planet. At the beginning you have the choice of how you want to set this up for the child :


The App is based on information carrying words and starts from level 1 with instructions of find the apple etc


Then you can make the sentences more complex and suit it to the child, the child has full ownership on this they can press splingo if they need to listen to the instruction again.

Here is an example of the screen.


This instruction was put the egg next to the duck, in this the child would need to understand egg and duck, and next to as opposed to behind or above.

You simply choose the concept you need to work on and take it from their.

Here is another image of a more complex sentence


This was give the boy with the small clock the house.

Here is a few shots of what happens when they complete a few tasks






This app is only £1.99
In my opinion more than worth it, it you have a child who needs a bit support with concepts like big and small, in front , behind, on etc this is great, my son has no speech and language needs but this is his favourite app as he’s achieving every time, he is getting through to very complex sentences now with 3 or 4 instructions and I do believe this is helping him a lot in every day life.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me for any speech and language needs I have a range of apps I intend to review but I also have stacks of paper based ideas too. I am qualified to level 3 accredited Elklan Speech and Language in the primary classroom.

Thanks xxxx