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This interactive, beautifully illustrated and animated app for the iPHONE is perfect for the toddler or speech-delayed child who is learning how to put two-three words together or any child who is learning basic English phrases. It provides many opportunities to both hear (receptive), see, and say/record (expressive) 10 different verb + noun combinations, such as: eat the carrot, drive the train, close the door, drink the juice, sleep on the bed, turn on the light, and more. A delightful cat performs them, with 28 possible animation combinations. It is also a great way to teach the article “the” in a meaningful phrase context.

**For more verb and character choices, we suggest upgrading to the full version of this app.

First Phrases Lite includes user settings for up to 3 children.

How you play: Tell the cat what to do! By touching the illustrated parts of the phrases in order (verb+ object forms: “eat the carrot”) the child hears the pre-recorded spoken phrase modeled. The user has the option to repeat this action once, twice or three times in the settings for maximum auditory input. The child then watches an animation of the cat performing the command to help the child associate the words and their meaning. Now it’s the child’s turn to say it and tell the cat what to do! Touch the microphone and record, listen again, and watch the animal follow your direction. Use visual support if needed by tapping the shapes above the microphone.

This format is especially powerful for children with speech delays and autism spectrum disorders who need strong visual support with as little background clutter as possible, and for use in speech therapy sessions. The format also is a terrific way to support early literacy for left to right orientation, reading (with text on feature) and word boundaries. Options include text on/text off, recording feature on/off, presentation of the phrase in 3 segments (verb + the + object) or 2 segments (verb + the object).

Developed by noted speech-language pathologist and author of Childhood Speech, Language & Listening Problems: What Every Parent Should Know, Patti Hamaguchi, M.A., CCC-SLP.

Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development is committed to bringing you the highest-quality interactive and colorful apps at the most affordable prices.

PRIVACY POLICY: We do NOT collect personal data from our users and have no ads! Personal data regarding user performance on the tasks on this app are self-contained and not transmitted in any way.

To find out more about this app and our other upcoming projects, visit our website: www.hamaguchiapps.com

 $0.99 in iOS App Store


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Version History

Launched Dec 07, 2011 (over 7 years ago).

Releasing new versions every about 1 year, on average.

Jan 31
Version 1.5

iOS 11 optimization

Oct 25
Version 1.4

iOS7 compatibility

Aug 05
Version 1.3

- More Animations
- Able to play completed verbs again
- Minor enhancements

May 07
Version 1.2

We've added optional visual support to the recording page, created a more user-friendly Settings page, taken out the ability to pause an animation by touching the animation and improved the recording responsiveness.

Mar 27
Version 1.1

1. Fixed the issue with iOS 5.1 incompatibility
2. Fixed the title display issue in iOS 5.1

Dec 07
Version 1.0

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