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By Erin Wilkey Oh, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Speech tool has custom options but several limitations.

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Accessibility tools are rarely cheap, so the fact that SOUNDINGBOARD is free makes it very appealing. However, the app's slightly clunky design creates several limitations. SoundingBoard opens to a text-only menu, which would be confusing for younger kids or kids with limited literacy skills trying to use the app independently. The existing boards list is also heavily text-based with the exception of a small icon for each board, which again, could make navigation tricky for some kids. In addition, when kids see a board of cards, they are often unable to see the entire text that goes with a card if it's longer than a few words. This means kids have to rely on the images to know what the card will say when tapped.

Educators and parents can alleviate some of these issues when creating custom boards. Carefully selecting the images to represent the various boards can help kids navigate to a relevant set of picture cards. And limiting the text for each card can help kids find the phrase they want to express more easily.

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