App Speakaboo

Speakaboo is an app developed by Kentalis that allows a speech therapist to screen the speech development of a multilingual child in its mother tongue in only 10 minutes. A speech language therapist or interpreter can use Speakaboo to elicit target words with the help of small interactive games.
Speakaboo can be used with children aged 3-6 years. The program includes additional tools to help speech language therapists assess speech production in single words in languages not spoken by the therapist. 
 

Developmental Language Disorder
A Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) is a neurological developmental impairment. People with DLD have difficulties in developing their language, whereas the general development, hearing and intelligence show no problems. This means that he/she for example does not say very much, may struggle to find the right words, and does not always understand what is said. It is an invisible disability, which often leads to misunderstanding and has consequences for behaviour and participation. 

Multilingual children
Lack of knowledge about language acquisition in multilingual children makes it hard to distinguish between typical development, a deprivation in language or a language impairment in multilingual children. Multilingualism does not cause Language Impairment, in fact there is evidence that multilingualism gives certain cognitive benefits. Speech development screening in multilingual children by a non-native speaker Speakaboo is a tool that allows a speech therapist to screen the speech development of a multilingual child in their mother tongue in only 10 minutes. A speech language therapist or interpreter can use Speakaboo to elicit target words with the help of small interactive games. The app can be used with children aged 3-6 years. The program includes additional tools to help speech language therapists assess speech production in single words in languages not spoken by the therapist. 

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Does the child show difficulties learning a second language, or is a speech sound disorder in one or both languages indicated? Screening with Speakaboo helps answer these questions. If the child is dominant in the home language, using Speakaboo is an efficient way to start assessing the child’s speech in that language.

The application is currently available on tablets and is available on iOS and Android.


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