October 25th, 2012 | Posted in Listening Skills

App Sale and a Memory Game — “What now?”

“Okay kids, find your favorite color pencil, open your book to page 9, and pick what animal you’re going to talk about today! And don’t forget to move your bookmark!”

Would your child be able to listen, process, and carry out those steps? Or would he have to check around to see what his neighbors are doing, slipping into a pattern of following his peers?

All children sometimes have trouble following directions. Children with language or listening difficulties struggle a lot more. Since school is FULL of spoken directives, auditory sequential memory skills must be mastered.

ListenLoveLearn methods include lots of special ways to help kids listen to, remember, and execute sequential steps. The One Step Two Step memory game for iPad app combines these successful techniques into one, fun game. There’s a Lite version for parents and their kids, and a Pro version for speech language pathologists who work with lots of kids.one step two step ipad app

An Addicting Memory Game App for iPad

The app presents 25 scenes and almost 500 different directions; players listen to instructions, drag shapes and pictures, and color. A separate “game” mode lets kids follow and give directions, keeping score.

When children playing One Step Two Step Lite and One Step Two Step Pro successfully following instructions, their efforts bring brilliant pictures to life!

Buy One Step Two Step Lite iPad App from iTunes (great for parents)

Buy One Step Two Step Pro from iTunes (great for speech-language pathologists)

Game: What’s next?

  1. Pick a room of the house other than the one you and your child are in.
  2. Tell the child what room she’ll have to go in to complete the instructions, and give her two sequential tasks.
  3. Examples: “You have to go to the living room to do this. Find a magazine on the table, and hide it under the sofa.” Or, “This is for the playroom. Give your big teddy bear a hug and then do a somersault!”
  4. Don’t forget to switch — next, your child gets to give you two instructions to follow, too.


  • You can start with just one step to carry out in the other room. Once your child gets two steps right most of the time, try three.
  • Goofy instructions can help!
  • If your child is struggling to remember the directions, give them instructions that take place in the same room you’re already in.
Lois Kam Heymann, M.A., CCC-SLP

11 Responses to “Play the “What now?” Game [auditory sequential memory skills]”

  1. Arlena Boyle says:

    A favorite way to play a memory game for preschoolers — play cafe or restaurant and have students take your order, return to the dramatic play area, and complete the order. I’d like 1 red apple, 1 yellow banana, and 2 cups of juice. Kids will think they are playing when they are actually using a memory skill.

  2. Jane Trueblood says:

    My students were often able to do one or two steps in the directions. However, adding in the third step was difficult for them. The student would return to my room and ask me to repeat the steps they had forgotten. Very interesting when teachers often ask the students to complete many steps involving the office, library, cafeteria, etc. Also, getting in touch with you for the free download.

  3. Jody says:

    For therapy, I’ve started using lids with magnets and cheap dollar bin trinkets as memory items. We state the items and then take turns removing an object or lid. It’s great for memory, language and articulation skills. Thanks!

  4. Lisa says:

    I often use a barrier type game. Students sit on each side of a magnetic/dry erase board. They take turns giving the other directions and follow the directions using themed magnets or drawing. We start with one, two, and then three step directions. The students love making sure their pictures match! Thank you!

  5. Michelle says:

    Lisa, I love your barrier type game you that you mentioned! :0) Thank you all for the great ideas to expand our students’ receptive language skills. The app will be greatly appreciated! MM

  6. Cari Van Fleet says:

    We do this often in my speech room to get the process down. Now we will branch out! great idea.

  7. Brenda says:

    I love adding movement into direction following activities! Always a great idea to do body integration activities along with speech/language therapy! Thanks.

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