Children with autism or hyperlexia are literal thinkers. As a result, idioms, metaphors, and figures of speech can be tricky for these kids because they interpret them so literally.
I've discussed this issue of understanding idioms before (see point #10), but here are some wonderful speech apps for kids to practice idioms, metaphors, and other figures of speech.
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Apps for Working on Idioms, Metaphors, & Figures of Speech
1. Popular English Idioms
This app focuses on 10 popular idioms (just like the title suggests!) and uses cute animated videos to teach the idioms.
2. Idioms in Conversations
Sorted into nine different themes, this idioms app uses audio stories to show how the idioms are used in the context of a conversation. It also gives a written description of the idiom's meaning.
3. Idiom Land
With over 1000 idiom cards (you can get 50 cards for free to start) to explore, this flashcards style app uses a lovely illustration to show a literal translation of the idiom. When you swipe the card, the definition, as well as a sample sentence, is shown. It reminds me a lot of the book It's Raining Cats and Dogs: An Autism Spectrum Guide to the Confusing World of Idioms, Metaphors and Everyday Expressions.
4. The New Animal Metaphors & Idioms
This app is a little busy for my liking so if you have a child that gets overwhelmed by visual stimuli, then this one is likely not the best choice for you. However, the kids will enjoy learning about animals as they learn about animal themed metaphors and idioms. Definitely try out the lite version first.
5. English Idioms Interactive HD
This app is best suited for older children, teens, and adults and presents common idioms in the form of comic strips. You can try the lite version first to decide if it will be a good fit for your child.
6. In The Loop (English & Urdu)
This app features lots of idioms and can be sorted by definition, category, or even alphabetical. Each idiom has an animated video to explain the idiom. Please note that the videos are in English and Urdu, but it still presents lots of great information.
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