SPEECH BLUBS: LANGUAGE THERAPY is tool to help expose kids to new vocabulary, which may ultimately encourage children to speak more. Kids have the opportunity to learn new vocabulary by watching short, repetitive videos of other children saying new words they might encounter in their day-to-day lives. In the video model, the child states the word and speaks it very clearly, many times, sometimes even using a coordinating physical gesture. The kid interacting with the app is encouraged to listen first and then imitate the word by speaking it as clearly as they can on their own. During the process, a fun photo filter will also appear on the screen. The child or parent can take a photo of themselves interacting with the word in more detail. Informative videos with illustrations and animations also share pertinent information about the word to enhance incidental learning and answering, "Who, What, Where, Which, When, Why and How" questions. A sticker will appear on the screen in the category, showing the words the kid has finished the steps practicing. Words, sounds, songs, riddles and gestures to imitate and interact with are sorted into 25 different categories including things like Early Sounds, Getting Dressed, Outdoor Wonders, Living Colors, Petting Zoo, and more. There are 1500+ different opportunities for learning to build skills within the app.
Immediately after signing up, parents are asked to answer questions about their child's language milestones and communication history,though they can skip this section. If they use it, a basic report is created immediately, which shares strategies for parents to promote next steps in their individual child's language and communication skills. In addition to practical strategies parents can offer at home to promote milestones, there are suggested games and activities to prioritize the child's needs, based on their parent's ratings of their present skill levels. Should there be red flags in the child's language development, the app makes suggestions to consider calling a speech language pathologist for further evaluation.Multiple users can be setup in the app, so parents with more than one child can personalize settings. Since practice and repetition aid learning, parents can set reminders in the app to use it on specific days of the week, for a certain timeframe. A progress section logs the amount of time the kid used the app each day.