Cupertino, California – First Words International 1.0 for iOS is the first truly multilingual learning app for young children and joins 5 other speech and language-learning apps in the iTunes store by Hamaguchi Apps, a leader and pioneer in the app market for speech development. Patti Hamaguchi, M.A., CCC-SLP is a licensed and practicing speech-language pathologist and author of several books including, “Childhood Speech, Language & Listening Problems” (Wiley, 2010), speech expert panelist on, and columnist for Autism Bay Area magazine. She created this app to help the multilingual children at her practice learn words in both their native tongue, and English.

Apple! Manzana! Pomme! How many ways can you say it? The app has a core of 50 objects, which are shown 10 or more ways on a solid white background so the child with special needs (especially autism) can more readily generalize their meaning and learn the words with the necessary repetitions. For example, “chair” is shown as a wooden chair, a blue plastic lawn chair, an overstuffed upholstered chair, a rolling desk chair, and even a plastic toy pink chair.

There are 3 activities: Learn the Word, Find the Word (receptive vocabulary) and Say the Word (expressive vocabulary). In the Learn the Word activity, the child is taught the name for the word by a native speaker of the selected language by hearing and seeing it 5 times. In the Find the Word activity, the child is shown 5 pictures and is asked to find the requested object. The Say the Word game features a fun spinner and recording feature. The word is then played back and the user can compare to the model for that word, in whatever language has been chosen. Responses can be scored and progress tracked if desired.

Text can be “on” to support early reading skills, or “off” to support early listening skills.

Device Requirements:
* Requires iPad with iOS 4.3 or later
* 177.0 MB

First Words International Home HD 1.0 is $5.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category. A Pro Edition, for up to 30 users, is available for $9.99 for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

First Words International 1.0
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YouTube Video
First Words International (French)
First Words International (Spanish)
The iMum (Review of First Words International)

Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language and Auditory Development creates colorful and interactive mobile apps that support and strengthen a child’s speech, language and listening development. We make learning language FUN! Founded and developed by a licensed speech-language pathologist. Copyright (C) 2012 Hamaguchi Apps. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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