Win A Free Copy Of Play 2 Learn: An iPhone / iPad App That Helps Your Child Learn To Read and Talk!

down syndrome special needs iphone ipad free appsAs a parent (and an Apple geek) I’m always on the look out for fun (and free) educational iPhone / iPhone apps. I mean who isn’t!? That’s why I’m excited to giveaway 5 copies of a new learning app that isn’t just fun, but helps your child learn to talk and read as well. Talk about a double win!

The app (Play 2 Learn) was created by a speech therapist who was inspired to create the app while working with one of patients; a little girl who born with Neurofibromatosis-1 (NF1.) (How cool is that!?) I think the fact that this app was created (and is being used) by an actual speech therapist is especially important. It’s nice to know there’s actually research and development behind the app, and that it’s goal is to help your child learn!

Play 2 Learn will help your child learn to read and talk by making learning fun as it integrates technology, colorful images, and fun sounds.f It works on all iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches, and we’ve got 5 copies to give away!

I can’t wait to get this awesome app into your hands!

Here’s a few details about the app:

Play 2 Learn: What Sound? is a fun and educational game that teaches your child to discriminate one sound from another. Being able to match a sound and the corresponding picture addresses your child’s auditory discrimination skills-this means your child’s ability to understand the differences between sounds and the ability to discriminate one sound from another. This motivating game will help to improve your child’s ability to discriminate the sounds in English, which will help speech development as well as literacy skills. The vibrant pictures and stimulating sounds provide a motivating activity so that your child will learn as they play!

And here’s a few screen shots of the app:

iphone ipad apps down syndrome special needs learning

Play 2 Learn works well on all your i-devices.

Grab a free copy, here’s how!

We’ve got 5 copies of Play 2 Learn to give away, and we’ve made it super simple for you to enter to win of of them….for free! In fact there are several ways for you to enter to win and you can do as many of them as you want. The more ways you enter, the better chance you have of winning!

The contest will run from today until Aug 14, 2012 at 12:01 am, EST. (In other words today through the end of Monday) and winners will be announced on Tuesday, August 14th!

Just click on the Rafflecopter box below to see all the ways you can enter to win a free copy of this app!

Update: This giveaway has ended. Congratulations to our 5 winners, and thank you to everyone who entered. Be sure to stay tuned for other giveaways. 

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About Rick Smith

Hi, I'm Noah's Dad and I'm passionate about giving the world a window into our life as we raise our son who was born with Down syndrome. I also enjoy connecting with other families, so let's stay connected.


  1. Audra-Lee Hodder-Zeats says

    Would love this app! My son has proloquo2go on his iPod touch with great success!!

    • Thanks for entering, and good luck!

      By the way, what is Proloquo 2 Go? I’ve never of that one.

      • Audra-Lee Hodder-Zeats says

        Proloquo2go is a full featured augmentative and alternate communication solution for people that have speaking difficulties. It has a broad range of words and sentences but you can also anything you want that is a personal part of the individuals day to day life. It’s a wonderful app. It’s pricey though. $189.99.

    • My little 6 year old uses Proloquo2go too! We love it. The littles at her home school group are thrilled when Ruthie “talks” to them!

  2. Would love to win this app for my son who will turn 4 in two weeks! My Kid’s Health app is a good one to keep track of medical information for all of your kids. It isn’t quite detailed enough (yet!) for all of our medical issues, but the basics are there and the developers are working on one for kids with special needs specifically.

  3. I am a huge fan of Noah and your blog! This app would be priceless for our niece Chloe, who has DS and autism. She is 4 and does not yet speak. Anything to help her, especially her ability to communicate, would be greatly appreciated!

  4. Melissa Bible says

    Ooh… sounds awesome. My kids favorite app is a simple “bubbles” app where they trace and bubbles appear, then you can tap the bubbles and they pop! Surprising how long they will play with such a simple app!

  5. We also love the Write My Name App, its got a place to make your own tags and add your own pics. Ru loves to “tag” her little brothers.

  6. Dorothy Schwetz says

    We like Umi Numbers and Words & Puzzles for our iPad!! 🙂

  7. We love some of the ABA apps. Simple and to the point..they are a good pace, have a plain white background, not too busy…my kids love them!

  8. So thankful for your open confessions of love for your amazing blessing! Noah is A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E (Ethan signs “cute when we spell this) Our Ethan is 2.5 and poised to start potty training tomorrow! He knows many signs and is a self-professed “smart cookie”. Hugs all around from him and us!

  9. My husband and I have found that we really like the Sign 4 Me app. Levi, who is two, really likes any music apps like Old Mac Donald and the Itsy Bitsy Spider.

  10. This looks like a great app! We love all the Auryn & Auracle Read to me books, Dr. Seuss Band and we just Love he Rover browser app that enables flash on the iPad and comes pre-installed with a lot of educational sites like!

  11. Lindsey Weisbruch says

    My 21 month old really loves the Fisher Price apps. They are free too. She loves that the voice and songs are the same as on the Fisher Price toys she has.

    • Those are fun apps! Noah has the apptivity iphone case, have you seen it? It’s pretty fun (and super child proof.) They also make an iPad case, but it seems sort of bulky.

      • Audra-Lee Hodder-Zeats says

        Cam has that case for his iPod. It has a build in speaker. We only use it when he takes his iPod to school so he doesn’t wreck it.

  12. Rita Worley says

    I really enjoy the app Tap to Talk. My 4 yr old enjoys it.

  13. Kathy Delzell says

    I am a special education teacher and a grandma to a two year old granddaughter. I’m always on the look out for good apps. A recent one that we love is Noah 360! Love the name….your Noah is so adorable!!

  14. Ann Barnes says

    I am fairly new to the Apple IPhone/iPod world, I haven’t got any apps for my lil one yet. Any suggestions?? I hope we win!!

  15. Joy Cheney says

    My son is just learning to talk so this app seems perfect for him!

  16. We do not have a speech therapist in our town and the closest one is 2 hours away. Our OT has been very instumental in helping us to get apps to help Josiah, my 4 1/2 year old with DS to talk and communicate. Our favorite one is “Talking Photos” Very helpful with the picture exchange and especially communicating with his peers.

  17. Chasity Hanners says

    This sounds like a great app especially as it was desinged/developed by a speech therapist. I am new to all of this and just started looking for apps for my son who will be 1 in September. But am excited to read through all the comments on this post to get ideas. Your blog is full of great information and the community here has invaluable information. Thank you for all your hard work.

  18. We have just started my 16 year old on an ipad and have just downloaded tap to talk. Since we’re so new at this we are definitely looking to hear from others who have found some good apps for non verbal communicators.

  19. Our 26 year old loves a number of apps (I don’t have the iPad with me, so I can’t name them), but one has a barnyard and animals, another allows her to drag letters around to match the ones in a word, which it then reads to her. She also loves the talking books.

  20. We’d love to win the Play 2 Learn app! My son’s favorite app is Lunchbox monkey. He’s 4 and is wild about it! Thanks, Ruth

  21. We’d love to win the Play 2 Learn app! My sons favorite app is Lunchbox Monkey!

  22. I would love to win one of these to send to my lovely grandson in Sweden. He also has down syndrome and we havent had the pleasure of giving him hugs and kisses because we live in the U.K..We often speak to him on skype and hope and pray he will soon be able to speak to us. xx

  23. Hi Noah!

  24. Casey Kerr says

    I am a special education teacher and would LOVE this app for my classroom! We have some iPads that we can use and this app would be an incredible addition to our library! All 8 students in my classroom have difficulties with speaking ranging in speech that is difficult to understand to no speech at all…YET! 🙂 We have all made amazing progress and aren’t about to stop now! Thanks for creating such a positive blog-you are an inspiration.

    • Casey, thanks for leaving your comment. I appreciate the great work it sounds like you’re doing! Good luck on winning the app.

      What are some of the apps you’ve used in your classroom that you (and your students) have enjoyed.

  25. I am a speech path. who works with the early intervention program, and would love to use this app. The children are so captivated by using technology that it grabs their attention and can keep it for the entire therapy session!

  26. We just got our ipad and are still figuring out all the apps that would be helpful. Even if we don’t win the free one I love learning about all the ones that are tried and tested. WE will definitely be checking this one out as our son Jameson is 11 months old and has 2 older sisters that are 2 and 4 that can benefit from it too!!

  27. I love the tab tale apps! Great ebooks
    From a speech therapy student

  28. Nerys Lewis says

    We haven’t got our ipad yet, but looking forward to getting it in the next mth. We have an iphone but the screen is too small for our sons little chubby fingers, so the ipad will be ideal for him to be able to use the apps. He loves the interactice storybooks and the flashcard apps with the animals i can’t remember what they are called at the moment and my partner has the phone with him at work so unfortunately i can’t go and look. We are going to do a workshop with the Down SYndrome Association of QLD when they run their next one on ipads and hopefully will be able to get proloquo2go education app too 🙂

    • Be sure to add some of your favorite apps / story books when you get time. I’d like to know which ones your children have enjoyed.

      By the way, I’ve never heard of proloquo2go before several people have mentioned it in this post. It sounds like a lot of people really like it. What do you like about it?

      • It looks great & wouldn’t mind checking it out, however, would be nice if they also offered Australian speaking children for our market too, esp for $199.99 here. Very interested to hear what others have to say about it too xx

  29. james brush says

    would love to get this app for our son. since we have been using them his speach has turned the corner

  30. I love the ABA flashcards apps for my boys:-)

  31. Thank you so much for this oportunity Rick! We too are apple geeks & love how technology through some amazing apps are helping our gorgeous 18mnth old daughter Penny w DS learn & play 🙂
    Best fun free games, without fear of them accidently hitting adds etc:
    Laser Lights – Penny loves making patterns of several different bright, firework like laser lights
    iTalk Smurf – this is like your usual ‘repeat speech’ app but Penny seems to have a thing for blue! She loves tickling him to hear him giggle but best of all is when her three older sisters (15, 12 & 11) & i start laughing in the car, it hilarious!! To hear his high pitch repeat just keeps feeding the laughter & is the greatest fun to see Penny belly laughing along too 😀
    iStoryTime also have some great stories & social story apps that Penny loves to listen to. Eg, Biscuit the Puppy series, The Monkey Pirate, Puss In Boots, etc, there are so many to choose from!
    Grimm’s Rapunzel is a great 3D, interactive, pop up story
    & the most magical iBook we have by far is Penelope Rose 🙂 the 3D graphics are amazing, using the tilt function (great for little Penny!)

    Best Baby Sign App:
    Baby Sign & Learn – this app has been fantastic! We picked up a free version & were more than happy to pay the extra $1.99 to expand to the full version! The app shows animated toddlers of both sex showing how to do the sign whilst saying the word too. They also have a flash card mode that incorporates all three options. For an another $1.99 we were able to choose the specific sign type for our country, Aust 🙂 list of countries avail: American First Signs Vol 1 (ASL), American Everyday Vol 2, American Toddler Signs Vol 3, Australian Baby Sign (Auslan), British Baby Sign (BSL), Hong Kong Begginer (HKSL-English Voice Only), New Zealand First Signs (NZSL)

  32. Audra-Lee Hodder-Zeats says

    Cam is not a “non-verbal” person per say. But his speech is not at understandable to strangers. At home, we are use to his sounds and gestures but outside it’s frustrating for him to get his point across.

  33. Hi Rick I am looking into getting an ipad mainly to use with my work with children with special needs. I have seen them used at a school here in toronto with amazing results
    I am not computer ipad savy etc sould i go 16 or 32 should 3g or 4g THE LONG AND THE SHORT OF IT I NEED HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • You’re leaving blog comments, so you must be pretty tech-savvy! 🙂 I just use the 16gb iPad myself, and it’s worked well for me. But if you don’t have a computer that may change things up.

      What sort of work do you do? Are you a teacher?

      • Thanks Rick I do have a computer and I am an Early Childhood Educator, I currently work privately with two families, My full time contract is with a little boy who has downs syndrome
        and for the past 6 years I spend my saturdays with ally, ally was born without part of his brain
        He has global developmental delay, an eye condition and seizures

        Justin attends a specialized preschool in the mornings during the school year and Ally attends a specialized school through the toronto district school board
        both kids have used ipads in their classrooms with tremendous success
        Besides this app are there any other apps you would recommend

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