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Created by Erik X. Raj, M.S., CCC-SLP, Listen Close Articulation is a unique speech therapy game that challenges players to memorize and repeat an ever-increasing string of articulation word sequences. It features a comprehensive collection of over 600 sound-specific articulation words designed for speech-language pathologists to use with individuals who exhibit difficulty producing the following speech sounds: S, Z, R, L, S/R/L Blends, SH, CH, and TH.

Listen Close Articulation has been compared to the classic electronic game of memory skill called Simon. If you love Simon, then this speech therapy game is just for you!


-Tons of words: with just a tap of a finger, players can discover and practice over 600 sound-specific articulation words that are perfect for the speech therapy setting.

-Hear the words: each new round consists of exciting cartoon faces that verbalize the articulation words in a manner that keeps all players engaged.

-Remember the words: each new round provides a new string of articulation word sequences that will keep all players on the edge of their sears.

-Child-friendly interface: simple, intuitive, and NO in-app purchases or external links.


With tons of fun and exciting articulation word sequences to memorize and repeat, Listen Close Articulation will trigger a tremendous amount of smiles in your speech therapy room. The ever-increasing string of articulation word sequences are intended to aid in the remediation of articulation impairments, as well as auditory memory difficulties because clients often need practice in more than one area of communication.

Listen Close Articulation is both challenging and exciting. Traditional speech therapy that focuses on improving articulation abilities can usually get stale and boring, but through this game, speech therapy can easily become an enjoyable competition that strengthens students’ listening ears, talking mouths, and thinking brains. A round of Listen Close Articulation consists of buttons (faces) saying articulation words in a random order, after which the student must reproduce that order by pressing the faces in the correct sequence. As the game progresses, the number of faces to be pressed increases. It is the hope of this speech-language pathologist that by encouraging students to participate in this game, they will be able to practice their pronunciation in a way that can lead to fabulous gains toward mastering their speech therapy goals and objectives.

The structure of Listen Close Articulation is a departure from traditional articulation drill work and is effective for students ages 6 and up. With this game, clients have a blast challenging their friends and classmates outside of the speech therapy room, further practicing their articulation skills and thereby facilitating the sometimes difficult stage of carrying over newly-acquired skills. By playing Listen Close Articulation with the client, paraprofessionals in the classroom and/or parents at home can reinforce the client’s skills while sharing a fun activity. Practicing communication skills in environments outside the speech therapy setting increases opportunities for generalization of communication skills.

So, what is the longest sequence you can hold in your head? Keep the pattern going as long as you possibly can and try to hit a new high score! I invite you to use Listen Close Articulation to spice up your speech therapy sessions. Regardless of when, where or how this game is used within the speech therapy session, one thing is certain, children (as well as clinicians) will have a blast giving this game a try . . . and in the process, your students will continue to practice the correct pronunciation of their sounds at the word level.

What’s New

Version 2.0

+ Tweaked, polished and fully updated for iOS 11.

Ratings and Reviews

3.0 out of 5
1 Rating

1 Rating

Mary Lu hu ,

Ok, could be better

The presentation of words is very slow which is fine for some but I expect many kids will get impatient. It would be nice if the time between words could be adjusted by the therapist. Love the idea though!

WyoSlp ,

Another Great App!

My upper elementary students love the challenge of Listen Close. Sadly, many of them don't know the game Simon on which this is based, but they catch on quickly. This is a fun an engaging way to get lots of productions at the word level. I wish an option for rating productions was included. That would make it a five star app. Very happy with this purchase.

JackieBryla ,

Perseverance is a result of this app

Listen Close has become a favorite among the kiddos (especially boys) working on /s, z, r, l, j, sh, ch and th/. The kids love to beat their high score which allows them to really concentrate on their productions and the sequencing of words. The app allows the kiddo or the teacher/therapist to choose the target words for play; I like to practice all the words on the cards prior to play for both a warm up session and for appropriate word choices based on productions during practice. Great options for choosing initial, medial, final or a combination (mixed) of the phoneme. Suggestions for the developer for future updates to make a great app even greater would be to track the production success/error. In the meantime it’s perfectly fine to take data on correct and incorrect productions for tracking progress. I give this a thumbs up and so do the kiddos that use it….they don’t want speech time to come to an end because they are so focused on their words!


Erik X. Raj, LLC
81.3 MB

Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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  • Family Sharing

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

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