Happy Monday everyone and welcome back to our District Speech and Language Therapy Blog! Today we continue our countdown of great apps that promote speech and language. Next up:\u00a0Peekaboo Barn Peekaboo Barn is on my shortlist of favorite apps when I work with the birth to three years old kiddos. Although it is a very simple app, it immediately engages my clients without fail. How it works When you open up the app, the first thing you see is a barn door.\u00a0 Then the child hears knocking as well as the sound of a farm animal. When you tap on the farm door, the doors open and a farm animal appears. It makes a cute animal sound, the doors close, and the knocking starts again, but this time with a different animal behind the door. That\u2019s it. \u00a0Very simple, but\u00a0incredibly effective and perfect for stimulating a host of pre-linguistic and linguistic skills. How you can use it Intentional communication\u00a0- I often use Peekaboo Barn as a way to incentivize kiddos to communicate because so many of my kiddos are eager to play with it when I bring it out.\u00a0 Depending on the child\u2019s stage of development, I may try to encourage they make eye contact with me to show interest, demonstrate intent, or use actual words\/phrases (e.g., open, I want more, close door). The key is to not move on to the next animal until the child gives you the communication you are looking for. Once they do, they get a turn on the iPad (e.g., press a button, swipe on the screen).\u00a0 This helps reinforce the behavior you are targeting.\u00a0 Because there are so many animals to see in the app, it naturally provides a lot of repetitions to help develop the skill. Functional vocabulary development\u00a0- As mentioned above, you can use this app to target basic vocabulary (e.g., open, close, bye, more) as you open and close the barn doors.\u00a0 Peekaboo Barn can also foster the skills of labeling animals, making animal noises, and making simple inferences based on the animal noises heard (e.g., open, bye, close, naming animal, animal sounds). That\u2019s all for now everyone. Check back next week for the last app\u00a0in our countdown! If you live in the D.C. area and have concerns about your child\u2019s language or articulation and would like to seek additional help beyond what your school based speech language pathologist may be able to provide, visit https:\/\/districtspeech.com for more information on our assessment and therapy services for children of all ages.