General What is Speech Blubs? Speech Blubs is a speech therapy app with more than 1,500 activities, face filters, voice-activated activities, and educational bonus videos. The app uses video modeling with peer “experts” to improve children’s speech and pronunciation, their imitation and interaction skills, and motivate sound and word production. This unrivaled tool can uplift any young child’s speech. Even more, it can work outright miracles for kids with speech delay, Down syndrome, apraxia, or autism. We suggest you take a look at our Speech Blubs User’s Guide to learn all about our app! What age is Speech Blubs suitable for? The app was designed for 2-8 years old. However, parents and therapists use our app with great results with kids as young as 16 months. But please be very careful with screen-time dosage. Just 10 to 15 minutes a day of speech-blubbing is more than enough for a 3-year-old. If your child is younger than 2 years, use it 5 to 10 min a day max. We invite you to read our blog post about screen time, where you will find professional guidelines and also suggestions on how to implement quality screen time! In What Languages are Speech Blubs Available? Speech Blubs is available in English (both, American and British), Spanish, French, and Portuguese! We will continue listening to our users and work hard to provide content in in the languages that reach the most children. Why use an app to work on speech? First reason: because kids need frequent, even daily speech therapy practice, so the app is a perfect tool to dial-up exercises for at-home speech therapy. We have created great posts on these topics for you to read; Should parents work on their child’s speech goals at home, speech therapy homework ideas, and when to stop using Speech Blubs. How much time should my child spend practicing with Speech Blubs? We recommend 10 to 15 minutes a day, at least an hour before bedtime! We advise you to have fun and look for the activities they like to do! If your child is just starting to talk, this experimenting can be very useful. We usually advise progressing through the exercises (as a flow) from top to bottom, but also realize that their choice will determine how engaged they are from the beginning. Before starting a section, ask questions about what they think they will see. Is screen time good for my child? Screen time, if used wisely, can be beneficial for a child’s development. Different authorities on speech recommend different amounts of screen time, depending on the child’s age. Even though it is advised to avoid screen time at a very early age, it can show great benefits in later ages. It also depends on the type of screen time your child is exposed to. We distinguish between passive, structured, and unstructured screen time. It is not just about the time spent on devices, but also the level of parent engagement. Studies show that if parents are actively engaged, the kids will benefit. We suggest you read some general recommendations and how to implement it in our blog post about screen time. For further reading, we suggest you read our case study on TV and screen time and if quitting TV will help your child talk. What are the benefits of working on speech at a young age? Speech is a complex area that requires consistency and repetition. Working on speech with your little one will help him progress faster and help his/her overall development! It also improves overall academic success, it helps kids gain social skills, and raises their self-esteem later throughout their lives. My child has Down syndrome. Will Speech Blubs help him with his speech? Speech Blubs was initially developed for children with autism, Down syndrome, and apraxia of speech, so definitely yes! We also did a case study in the beginning with Daniel, an amazing boy with Down syndrome. Read about his story here! My child has autism spectrum disorder. Will Speech Blubs help him with his speech? Most definitely YES. Actually, Speech Blubs was initially developed for children with autism, Down syndrome, and apraxia of speech! Also, note that the app uses video modeling, which is a proven method for engaging kids on the spectrum. Read about video modeling in our blog post! Our “Emotions” section, for example, was created for children with autism in mind. We know they have a hard time recognizing and expressing emotions. In this section, they learn about emotions while practicing speech! Check our website’s testimonial section, and hear the stories of Speech Blubs helping non-verbal children say their first words.