Thursday, January 13, 2011

Interesting App- Singing Fingers

Singing Fingers is a FREE app from the folks at the MIT Media Lab's Lifelong Kindergarten Program, a very creative place.  The app allows kids to "fingerpaint with sound"- as you trace a design, sounds you make are recorded by the app.  When you re-trace your drawing, it plays the sound.

Singing Fingers is an iPhone/iPod touch native app; it also runs well on iPad.

I see this app as having a lot of potential in stimulating and reinforcing speech sounds, but I have to admit, I don't have a lot of artic/phonology/apraxia students historically or lately!  So, experts (with access to an iOS device), give this app a try and please let us know what you think in the comments.  I look forward to hearing how you might use this app, or why you might not.

Here's an article on Singing Fingers in the New York Times.  Thank you to Lillie's iPad for making me aware of this app.


  1. Hi Sean,

    I just heard of your blog from an article someone forwarded to our local Autism Society listserve. I downloaded this app and am looking forward to seeing how my son likes it.

    We are big fans of SuperFlex and also love to make movies. You can see one my son made with his OT at (includes the Lego he brought to the session but she managed to get the concept across nonetheless). So I think we'll have to check out xtranormal as well.

    Looking forward to reading more of your posts!

  2. I gave a presentation at the ASHA convention in Philly about using Apps for individuals w/ CAPD. After seeing your post about a dozen ideas came to mind on using this as a therapeutic tool. Moreover, I can't wait to finish hatching out these thoughts for my upcoming presentation at the annual convention for the American Academy of Audiology, AudiologyNOW 2011. Thank you for sharing this great find!

  3. Thanks for sharing that, Trish!!

    @brabitss, would you mind sharing some of your ideas? Or perhaps a link to your handout after your presentation? Thanks if you are willing to do that!