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This interactive, beautifully illustrated and animated app for the iPAD 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.

To view a demonstration of the full version of this app, please check our YouTube demonstration to learn about its features: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXw4WPlrmwg

**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.
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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 the optional visual support by tapping on 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.

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What’s New

Version 1.9

iOS 11 optimization, extended recording time

Ratings and Reviews

3.0 out of 5
2 Ratings

2 Ratings

Hegherardini ,

Good app

First Phrases HD Lite has clean, simple graphics and it is easy to understand how to use this app. It has great parental settings for different elements of the app like Narrator, Levels, Phrase Format, Repetitions, Verbs, Characters, and Recording.
This will be a great app to work on simple sentences with my 4 year old son who has autism and developmental delays. This lite version makes me want to get the full version!

Amymvr ,

Great for speech therapists!

Kids love this app, I have had great success using it to get longer phrases and repetitions.

Developer Response ,

Thanks! We're really glad the app is working for you! (Sorry for the delay in responding--Apple is just now allowing developers to respond to reviews.)

specialappssk ,

A favorite for use with young children

One of my favorite apps! The lite version gives you a very nice taste of what the full version contains- it is actually very full featured for a "lite" app- my young students are really engaged by this app- I use it with my preschool students with special needs- this has been enjoyed by young students with apraxia, autism and/or language impairment. They really seem to think they are "telling" the character what to do. It is great for children with speech and language impairments.


Hamaguchi Learning & Development, LLC
96 MB

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.



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  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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