District Speech and Language Therapy has reached the end of another countdown! Our final favorite speech and language app!
This week: My PlayHome
My PlayHome is one of our favorite apps when working with ages 2-6 years. Our kiddos request to play “the home” often and are always happy with their choice!
This app has won many awards, including ‘Best of the Year’ by AppAddict.net and has been featured in the New York Times… all for good reason. My PlayHome is essentially a digital doll house, with several different rooms, an entire family to play with, and the ability to use everything in the house, even the closet, tv, and shower. You can feed the family from the refrigerator, pour juice in your cup, blow bubbles, and jump on a trampoline in the backyard. The ways in which a child can interact with this app are endless!
My PlayHome – An Exciting and Captivating App for Language Development
While working with the My PlayHome app and your kiddo or client, there are many ways you can use it to target language.
To work on receptive language, you can provide various one-, two-, and even three-step directions, as well as complex directions, depending on the kiddo and their level. Examples of directions include “give Mommy the apple”, “put the ball on the shelf and turn off the lights”, and “give the boy the two full glasses of juice”.
This app is also great for targeting expressive language, specifically making requests, commenting, and/or providing an explanation. Have the child request to use the game, go to a different room, and/or complete a specific activity in the house. For example, “Can I go into the kitchen?” or “I’m giving the baby a bath”.
And finally, our favorite area to target with this app… basic concepts. Have your client or child identify or name basic concepts including colors, shapes, and common opposites including on/off, up/down, in/out, wet/dry, open/close, and empty/full. For example, if working to identify the concept, say something like “which cup is empty?. If working to name the concept, say something such as “What are you doing with the curtains?” or “Is the girl wet or dry?”.
Thanks for joining us during this countdown. We hope you enjoyed it! Check back next week for an exciting new post!
As always, if you live in the D.C. area and have concerns about your child’s language or articulation and would like to seek additional help beyond what your school based speech language pathologist may be able to provide, visit www.districtspeech.com for more information on our assessment and therapy services for children of all ages.