Colourful Semantics is an exciting app from London Speech Therapy that is based on independent research carried out in the UK (in 1997* & 2011**) to work on developing a child’s:
- spoken sentences
- answering WH-Questions
- use of nouns, verbs, prepositions and adjectives
- story telling skills
- written sentences
- written language comprehension
Children work through the 5 levels of the Colourful Semantics programme to eventually produce grammatical and informational sentences:
Level 1 – Who? “the man”
Level 2 – What doing? “is eating”
Level 3 – What? “the sandwich”
Level 4 – Where? “in the kitchen”
With the end result being: “The man…is eating…the big …sandwich…in the kitchen”
Level 5 – Conjunction (Scene 1 + Scene 2)
With the end result being: “The man…is eating…the big …sandwich…in the kitchen” + Scene 2
What is unique about this approach is that children learn to associate different ‘types’ of words with particular colours whereby:
Level 1 – Who? “the man” (Subject – Orange)
Level 2 – What doing? “is eating” (Verb – Yellow)
Level 3 – What? “the sandwich” (Object – Green)
Level 4 – Where? “in the kitchen” (Location – Blue)
- Multiple students can use the app, with the app personalised for each student
- Choose the level each student is working on, with questions focusing on Who, What doing, What, Where and Describe. Each level has the Colourful Semantics colour coding in place.
- Select from a small library of scenes within the app, or make your own using the iPad's Camera Roll or even take a new photo with your student(s)!
- Choose the number of scenes you want to use in each session
- Fun animation and music to engage and entertain
- Uses vibrant Widgit symbols, used in classrooms across the world
- Review each student’s progress, then print or share the report.
- Use your own images and record your own voice for the questions, to enable use in a range of countries and settings
Colourful Semantics is used with a wide variety of clinical presentations including:
- Language delay or disorder
- Specific Language Impairment (SLI)
- Autistic Spectrum Disorders
- Hearing impairment
- Mild and Moderate Learning Disabilities
- Cerebral Palsy
Links to independent reviews:
*Bryan, A. (1997) Colourful Semantics: thematic role therapy. In Chiat, S., Law, J. and
Marshall, J. (Eds) Language Disorders in Children and Adults: Psycholinguistic approaches to therapy. London: Whurr.
- This study found that the key with Colourful Semantics is not to highlight the grammatical structure of a sentence [e.g. subject, verb, object] but to illuminate the meaning relationships of the sentence through coding the thematic roles that the words represent. This sounds very technical, but in practise the basic coding is very simple. Whatever question you ask to get the information that is the colour you use for the words!
** Bolderson et al in (2011) Colourful Semantics: A Clinical Investigation. Child Language Teaching and Therapy October 2011 vol. 27 no. 3 344-353.
- This study revealed "RAPT information and grammar scores and the Bus Story information and mean sentence length scores all improved during therapy but not in the baseline. These results obtained under clinical conditions are encouraging and warrant a larger study of this approach".
- To download our instructions please visit the 'Support URL'.
- To ensure you get the complete pre-installed library please update your iPad to the latest iOS software.
- New jazzy design
- Crash fixes
- In-app purchasing of new pre-made scenes
- Introduction of "and" to link 2 sentences
- Introduction of the conjunction level
Ratings and Reviews
Don't be exploited
Extremely disappointed, would be zero stars if I could. Was expecting something sophisticated and extensive for the price. It is ridiculously almost laughably overpriced for a very basic app that does not engage my autistic 5 year old in the least. Would not recommend this to anyone and very angry that I spent so much money on it on the recommendation of my SaLT. Very slow and crashes when I try to record. Some of the pictures are impossible ie the picture of boy blowing bubbles is supposed to be at school. How are you supposed to guess that when there is no background??? Yet another instance of exploitation of special needs parents/professionals in order to make a quick profit. Don't let them exploit you as they have done me.
New update, more scenes
Thanks for updating your app and introducing another level to help move my child on. We love being able to buy more scenes too as this saves a lot of time!
Love the update!
Whilst I wasn't too fond of the previous version I must say I LOVE the updated app. Much smoother interface and the ability to purchase new scenes for my class is a real godsend :)
- London SLTS LTD
- 275.3 MB
- Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © London SLTS Ltd (London Speech Therapy)
- In-App Purchases
- All Scenes Free
- Lady Sleeping £0.99
- Pouring Tea £0.99
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.