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Description

Special Words

Award-winning app for children with learning disabilities of all ages as well as 0-5 year olds.
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Speech Link

Speech Link is our original package used to identify and support children with developmental speech sound difficulties
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Educational Impact

Special Words

improve attainment88%
save school money88%
provide school data50%
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Speech Link

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improve teacher knowledge80%
improve teaching efficiency78%
reduce teacher workload66%
 
Recommended Usage
30 minutes per week
We would recommend practising targeted speech sound 3-5 times a week for between 10 and 20 minutes.
Most Helpful Reviews

Special Words

Gina Robinson, Teacher: Excellent for children with additional needs and children who learn to read using sight vocabulary and not phonics
Laura Corkin, Teaching Assistant: It is an absolute gem of an app and I am so proud to be using it.
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Speech Link

Liz Webb, Speech and language coordinator /TA: Speech link is always evolving. The resources are excellent. Also if I have a question or need help nothing is considered a silly question. Help desk is brilliant.
Wendy Springett, Assistant SENDCo: We have support from our NHS SALT team and use Speech Link internally only as an initial assessment
Karen Smith, Teaching Assistant: The package is brilliant. I use it at least weekly. The children love the listening games, as they are very child friendly. The children do not realise that they are working on their sound. They are having too much fun!
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Case Studies
Age Range

Special Words

0-4, 5-7, 8-10, 10-11, 11-13, 14-16, 17-18, 19+, 19+ 

Speech Link

5-7, 8-10 
Features

Special Words

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Speech Link

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Accessibility

Special Words

Vendor has not supplied this information 

Speech Link

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Policies

Special Words

Privacy Policy
GDPR
Terms of Service
 

Speech Link

Privacy Policy
GDPR
Terms of Service
 
Requirements

Special Words

Equipment needed are include:
  • iPads with iOS8 or above installed
  • Android tablets
  • Chromebook
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    Speech Link

    Available Offline
    Internet - Low Bandwidth
    Internet - High Bandwidth
    Desktop - Mac
    Desktop - Windows
    Desktop - Chromebook
    Desktop - Linux
    Mobile - iPhone
    Mobile - iPad
    Mobile - Windows
    Mobile - Android
    Radio
    Television

    An internet connection (wired where possible) is required and good quality speakers. As the assessment is adult-led we don't recommend using iPads.

     
    Training

    Special Words

    The app is very easy to use, there is a quick start guide, user documentation alongside videos on our website.
     

    Speech Link

    In Person
    Live Online
    Webinars
    Documentation
    Videos

    Included in the Speech Link package are 4 training videos that guide the user through each stage of the package.

     
    Set Up

    Special Words

    Vendor has not supplied this information

    Speech Link

    Vendor has not supplied this information
    Support

    Special Words

    24/7 Live Rep
    Phone Support
    Email/Help Desk
    FAQs/Forum
    Knowledge Base
     

    Speech Link

    Vendor has not supplied this information 
    Home Learning

    Special Words

    Not available To parents
     

    Speech Link

    Not available To parents
     
    Screenshots

    Special Words

    Vendor has not supplied any screenshots
    Video

    Special Words

    Not available

    Speech Link

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    Pricing

    Special Words

    For organisations that buy apps through Apple School Manager VPP there is a 50% discount with 20 or more apps purchased.

    Speech Link

    Free Version
    Freemium
    Free Trial
    Paid Subscription
    One-Off Fee
    Hourly Rate

    Speech Link pricing starts from £180 / year

    Speech Link has a one off start up cost of £150+VAT and then an annual subscription of £180+VAT (£320+VAT in the first year)*

    The subscription is paid annually and is for as many children and computers as the school has.

    * Multiple packcage discounts are available if school purchases Speech Link in conjunction with Infant or Junior Language Link.

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