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Keyword Understanding

Sentence Level Comprehension Therapy

Language Therapy: Keyword Understanding App

Keyword Understanding 

Improve listening and reading comprehension skills while working on attention to detail, auditory processing and working memory. 

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Keyword Understanding App - Following Directions in Speech Therapy

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Keyword Understanding is a comprehension app suitable for:

  • children with developmental language delay or disorder who need to work on vocabulary, the understanding of basic concepts and the ability to understand and follow directions of increasing keyword length

  • children with autism and auditory processing or comprehension difficulties 

  • adults with aphasia and comprehension difficulties following stroke or traumatic brain injury

  • adults with cognitive-communication difficulties after stroke or brain injury

Following Directions in Speech Therapy

  • Target auditory processing, auditory comprehension (listening), reading comprehension, attention to detail, and working memory (holding information)

  • Improve the ability to follow directions of increasing keyword/information-carrying word length

  • Develop the understanding of adjectives (size, colour)

  • Boost the ability to follow temporal directions (that include the concepts 'before and after') and sequential directions (that include the concepts 'first and then') 

Keyword Understanding -comprehension therapy activities

Comprehension Check : Vocabulary, Sizes & Colours

Language Therapy & Assessment of Compreh

Check understanding of vocabulary and the concepts of size and colour in Comprehension Check.

Select the vocabulary items, sizes (small, big) and colours you wish to include in Settings. 

Temporal Directions : Before & After 

Following Temporal Directions in Speech

Work on the concepts of Before/After in a variety of position in a sentence e.g.

  • Start of sentence: Before you touch the hat, touch the car

  • Middle of sentence: Touch the hat before you touch the car

Following Directions: Object, Size & Color

Following Directions - Object, Size & Co

Choose a level (2-6 keyword level)

  • 2 keyword level e.g. Touch the red balloon​

  • 3 keyword level e.g. Touch the small, green umbrella 

  • 4 keyword level e.g. Touch the yellow chair and the blue candle

  • 6 Keyword level e.g. Touch the big pink cupcake and the small green glasses

Sequential Directions : First & Then

Following Sequential Directions in Speec

Work on the concepts of First/Then in sentences of increasing keyword length

  • Level 1: First touch the book, then touch the flag

  • Level 2: First touch the red paintbrush, then touch the pink clock

  • Level 3: First touch the big, pink candle, then touch the small, red box


others say about Keyword Understanding

Dan Fitch

CCC-SLP, It's All Language blog

Keyword Understanding is a comprehensive auditory processing and receptive language application. You can set levels, monitor data collection, and help your students with multiple listening challenges. I have already found success with it for some of my students with autism as well as language delays.

Helen Coleman

SLT, Speech Blog UK

Every child I have used it with has been very engaged by the lovely, brightly-coloured pictures, and has quite happily kept on listening and following the instructions. 

Tatyana Elleseff

CCC-SLP, Smart Speech Therapy

This app is great for children with processing difficulties which need to improve their ability to follow directions with a variety of embedded concepts.


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