First Phrases HD 4+

Hamaguchi Learning & Development, LLC

Designed for iPad

    • 4.1 • 11 Ratings
    • $15.99
    • Offers In-App Purchases

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(For the iPAD)An awesome speech therapy app to help your child learn how to combine 2-3 words into phrases!

From "In my opinion, the full version is a must-have for parents of children working on increasing expressive vocabulary, as well as the therapists and teachers who support their learning. First phrases is creative, utilizes the iPad’s features in effective ways, and is engaging for young children. Highly recommended."

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 or 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) 72 different verb + noun combinations, such as: eat the carrot, blow the bubble, ride the bike, throw the ball, sleep on the bed, put away the toys, and more. Check out your YouTube video for a demonstration of this app:

With 6 different characters performing them, there are 456 possible animations so your child will never be bored!

There are 17 simple verbs such as drink, eat, wash, and 12 verb + preposition forms such as jump on, take off or turn on. Each verb form is paired with various nouns to make a logical phrase. It is also a great way to teach the article “the” in a meaningful phrase context. In addition, it includes user settings for up to 15 children, making it an excellent choice for professional use by a speech-language pathologist or special needs classroom at a fraction of the cost of traditional educational software, with no additional “professional” version fees.

How you play: Tell the cute animals 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 the animal of their choice (bear, mouse or cat) perform the command to help associate the words with their meaning. Now it’s the child’s turn to say it and tell the animal what to do! Touch the microphone and record, listen again, and watch the animal follow your direction. Use the optional visual support to help your child remember what to say!

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, girl or boy voice models, presentation of the phrase in 3 segments (verb + the + object) or 2 segments (verb + the object).

A perfect speech therapy app for children with special needs!

PRIVACY POLICY: We do NOT collect personal data from our users and have no ads. Personal data regarding user performance on the tasks on this app are self-contained and not transmitted in any way. This app does include an in-app purchase. Here is a link to our privacy policy:

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

This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.

iOS 11 Optimization, extended recording time

Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

fortemac ,

Love this

I bought this app for my granddaughter to help with her speech. She is very young. I wish the recordings could be stored some way, maybe at the end of a session. It would be nice to look back and see her progress, as well as have something sentimental to save. I am sure teachers could use that function as an evaluation tool to share with students and parents. Great app.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for this very excellent suggestion. When we first made this app, it was not feasible because adding storage for audio recordings would make the memory requirements too large. However, when we reprogram it, we will see if there is a way we can do that, without eating up too much of your device's memory. Thanks for the suggestions!

LPetrizzo985 ,

One of my favorites BUT needs bug fixes!

As a speech therapist this is one of my favorite apps and I used it all the time with my face to face clients. I now solely do teletherapy and would love to use this app with so many of my clients. I use Zoom web platform and when I screen share my iPad, it starts out fine and then disconnects my screen share when the animation starts. This is so frustrating because I know I could get so much use out of the app, but with that glitch it makes it u unsable. Please fix so I can love this app again!

Developer Response ,

Please contact our tech support directly to troubleshoot any glitches with any of our apps. Their contact is

Mountain Spidergirl ,

Useful and easy to customize

As a preschool SLP, I have been looking for something like this! My children with autism are captivated, as are my children working on verbs, or those trying to increase their utterance length. Easy to customize depending on the capabilities of the child. Such a bonus that the kids get to record their own voices and that the characters respond! Two suggestions: I would like to see the targeted phrase with icons repeated on the all "pages" of each phrase. My kids tend to freeze up on the record page and could use the visual cues that they trained on on a previous page. I was a little disappointed that only the most recent recording is saved. After working hard to get a phrase imitated, it immediately is deleted when the next phrase is recorded. It would be nice if 5 or 10 could be saved for review at the end of the session. Overall a very useful and practical therapy tool. Thank you to the developers.

App Privacy

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