Disclaimer: Tiga Talk provided me with a free copy of this app to review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a giveaway.
I love sitting next to him, iPad planted confidently in his little hands while he practices his sounds loud and clear, trying to accomplish the task that Tiga Talk has placed before him. What will we practice today? Will he say the /b/ sound to make the boat race across the water? Will he say the /z/ sound to launch the rocket to the moon? Will he say the /t/ sound to bust up the pile of tires that the race car is hiding behind?
Each time we play this game, Lil’ Man is always up for the challenge. He’s excited, motivated, and focused, knowing that his voice controls winning the game. Although we are currently using a couple of iPad speech and learning apps, Tiga Talk was our first purchase and still continues to hold his attention.
This app has been a great tool for reinforcing the sounds that Jake is learning in speech therapy. Typically we do his speech work in the evening after his bath because that’s when my other two boys are finally settling down. I make him do the sounds he is working on in speech therapy (b,p,t,d,w,h,m) and if he pronounces it incorrectly, I say it the right way, along with a hand cue.
When he completes these basic sounds, I let him choose whatever game catches his eye. The /ch/ sound that is more difficult is usually a front-runner for him because he loves to move the logs that are blocking the train from chugging down the track. He calls them “Jobi logs” just like he reads about in his Thomas the Train books.
What do I like about Tiga Talk other than the fact that it makes my boy smile when he does his speech homework? I love that it is user-friendly and that the sounds are listed in the main menu from easiest to hardest as opposed to alphabetical order. I also think the mouth icon on each game screen is beneficial. Jake likes to tap it to see a close-up of a real, live mouth saying the sound aloud. He will then imitate it, which primes him for the burst of sounds he’s about to make.
Jake would like to give Tiga Talk a thumbs up!