Lately I’ve been trying out random apps on my phone and tablet to find some ways to entertain myself. Most of them end up getting scrapped, but my latest find seems to be sticking around! It’s called “4 Pics 1 Word.” As you may guess, the task is to look at 4 pictures and infer a word that they all have in common. There are some letters given, and boxes with the amount of spaces for letters in the word.
Now, how can this help clients, children or adults, with speech disorders? I think it’s very beneficial for receptive language, as you must take in the given visual images and conclude what they all have in common . This also helps enforce that some words/morphemes have multiple semantic varieties. One example is given with the pictures: present with a bow, a person leaning forward, a bow and arrow, and a ship. All four of these illustrate four different meanings that the word “bow”, as in: (1)the bow on a gift, (2) the verb “to bow”, (3) bow (and arrow) and (4) the bow of a ship. These also can be used for teaching morphophonological variation, phonemes and help with phonological disorders since there are two separate ways to say the word “bow” in the above examples. You could ask the client if any of them are said differently and, if so, how to say all the different possibilities. (Along with asking how each one is different, despite having the same word). In this example the possibilities would be [bau] (2&4), and [bou] (1&3). As a side note, not all of these are concrete definitive words, instead some are concepts like “heavy” and “new.”
Best of all, it’s free! I’m sure there’s plenty of other apps that can help with these, but I thought I’d share this random find of mine. Please feel free to suggest anything you have found as well. I’d love to hear them!
*pic found at this link.