Shape Coding 4+

By Susan Ebbels

Moor House School & College

    • 3.0 • 2 Ratings
    • £19.99



Please try the free Lite version before purchase to ensure all functionality will work on your device.

SHAPE CODING® by Susan Ebbels is a flexible app designed for teachers and speech and language therapists / pathologists to use with children and young people who are having difficulties producing and understanding English sentence structure and grammar. It uses the SHAPE CODING® system which has been shown in several research projects to help children and young people with language disorders increase the length and complexity of sentences they can understand and use and to improve the accuracy of their sentence production.

The SHAPE CODING® system uses a visual coding system to show the rules for how words are put together in sentences, to develop the child’s understanding of spoken and written grammar and to develop their ability to use grammar successfully to express themselves. The system includes use of colours (word classes), arrows (tense and aspect), lines (singular and plural) and shapes (syntactic structure). These are all included in the app, but the professional controlling the app can choose which features display for individual students.

Multiple “teachers” can use the app and each “teacher” can have multiple students. The app is personalised for each student. The app is designed to be flexible so that professionals can adapt the levels and information displayed to suit the current levels and targets of individual students. The default first setting for each new student includes only basic sentence structures. Further complexity can be turned on (and off) by the “teacher” and individual settings are preserved for each student between uses.

The app is equipped with a basic set of words which can be inserted into the shapes to make sentences. However, additional words can be added for individual students, or indeed for all students working with a particular “teacher” (this can be useful for names and topics which are common across a class of students for example). These can either be added before a session with a student, or during a session and can be saved for future use if desired.

The app uses text-to-speech, so that students who struggle to read can also use the app.

This app assumes a certain degree of familiarity with the SHAPE CODING® system. For more information see Training on how to use the SHAPE CODING® system is available from

For a demonstration of some of the features of the app see, and for Frequently Asked Questions see:

Follow us on Twitter @ShapeCoding, Facebook @ShapeCoding and Instagram @shape_coding or if you have any problems or feedback, please contact us at

Please review our privacy policy

What’s New

Version 4.3

Bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

3.0 out of 5
2 Ratings

2 Ratings

FT1973 ,

Bug: don’t press the screenshot (camera) button

This has a lot of potential but the camera button in-app, obviously intended to take a screenshot of work produced is just kicking you back to the pupil selection screen and losing the work produced.

Bug replicated on both my own personal iPad Pro and also occurring on a set of iPads within the setting I’ve been working in.

Blethersslt ,

Crashes Every Time

I'd love to review the content of this app but I can't as I can't get past the student login page because it crashes every single time. I use the Shape Coding system a lot and was hoping to use the app to support my SLT clients remotely during the Covid 19 crisis. I have also spent the last half hour trying unsuccessfully to track down a contact for technical support. I don't expect an immediate response under the circumstances but at least an easily accessible email address would be helpful. Really disappointed.

Developer Response ,

Sorry to hear you had problems, This app is only suitable for IOS 10 and above and may crash with older systems, We have now added a contact email address to the app description


Inconsistent Log on

I think this app is great but after playing around with it for 5 minutes it now won’t let me log back in, standard username/password not recognised appears. I have uninstalled the app and tried again, it works fine on first log in but then won’t let me log back in...???

Developer Response ,

Once you have set a username and password, they should work every time. If you have forgotten either your username or password, please type “admin” in both the username and password boxes and you should be able to reset the password or set up a new username.

App Privacy

The developer, Moor House School & College, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary based on, for example, the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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