Speech With Milo - Adjectives Application Review

Speech With Milo - Adjectives Application Review image
Last week, I received an awesome hand-written note in the mail from Poorani Doonan, the creator of Speech With Milo apps! In the envelope I received 10 cute little Milo stickers!

Speech With Milo stickers

I cannot wait to share these stickers with my students! Therefore, as a thank you for these adorable stickers, I want to share the first app review I ever wrote, which was for the application: Speech With Milo - Adjectives. Check out my review below.

What Does Better Hearing and Speech Mean to You? Worksheet

What Does Better Hearing and Speech Mean to You? Worksheet image
Last week an idea came to me at dinner - I wanted to know what better hearing and speech meant to my students. Immediately when I got home, I threw together a document for my students to answer that question through coloring and writing. Then, I posted their drawings and sentences outside my classroom so everyone could see what we do in speech! Here is what the entrance to my office looks like:

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Here is a preview of the document:



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I posted the document at the end of the post, so feel free to use it with your students! In addition, click "Read More" to see my students' awesome art!

Discounts on Speech Apps/Products for Better Hearing and Speech Month - Part 2

Discounts on Speech Apps/Products for Better Hearing and Speech Month - Part 2 image
The app sales have continued throughout this month and I missed out on posting about Smarty Ears' second app sale. However, there are a few hours left to cash in on some Memorial Day weekend sales, some more BHSM month giveaways, apps sales, and an awesome BHSM event coming up tomorrow! See below for a list of which apps are on sale, speech-language products that are on sale, and which apps/products are being given away for the rest of this month in honor of better speech and hearing:

How Consonantly Speaking's App Lists Were Compiled and More App Resources for You!

How Consonantly Speaking's App Lists Were Compiled and More App Resources for You! image
Due to the popularity of the application lists that Consonantly Speaking has developed and released, it is important to recognize the amount of work that others have done as well in compiling lists of applications for children with special needs. Due to questions from readers and collaboration with others in the field, I would like to provide a document of application lists, websites, trainings/webinars, social media websites, search engines, and articles related to applications for children with special needs that I used while I was compiling my lists. I did not copy anything from any other websites, but there were a couple of times I quoted developer descriptions from iTunes and placed them in quotations. When developing the lists, I spent time after school and on the weekends to compile the lists and used multiple resources to help including the following:

  • Attended an Apple training through my public school
  • Attended a Super Duper Publications webinar about applications
  • Read Application Lists created by others and compared/contrasted them against my own to make sure I had all of the apps I needed on my lists
  • Browsed websites of other speech-language pathologists/therapists who used applications
  • Browsed company websites every few weeks to make sure I had all of their applications, including new ones, on my lists
  • Discussed applications on Forums and Facebook groups to learn other speech-language pathologists' experiences with apps
  • Followed companies that developed applications on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest
  • Followed speech-language pathologists on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest
  • Entered to win applications on Facebook websites and Rafflecopter giveaways to test and review
  • Read newspaper/website articles and watched YouTube videos about applications
  • Collaborated with other professionals in the field by discussing applications
  • Used search engines, including the one within the iTunes software, to type in key-words to find speech applications
Put this all together over the course of 6 months and you come out with a giant, 82-page application list! If you are interested in hearing the story of how I got started creating these application lists or grab the document with all of my resources (8-10 pages of websites, application lists created by others, app-related social media accounts, etc.) please continue to read on. The document will be attached at the end of the post.

Social Skills and Autism Spectrum Disorders App List

Social Skills and Autism Spectrum Disorders App List image
6 months. 6 months to the day and I have finally completed this list. When I first took on this app project, I did not know what I was getting myself into. It was a lot of work, but the benefits have outweighed the amount of time it has taken me to research applications. So now, I present to you (following the break) my largest application list to date; the Social Skills and Autism Spectrum Disorder Related App List!

i Learn With Boing: Ice Land Adventures! App Code Giveaway From A4CWSN

i Learn With Boing: Ice Land Adventures! App Code Giveaway From A4CWSN image
The iLearn With Boing: Ice Land Adventures! is the latest in the iLearn With educational series. The opening screen is shown in landscape format with a cute alien and some arctic animals on the main screen. Click the arrow that is labeled "Ice Land Adventures!" to get started. You can also log-in or register an account to save your child's scores and progress. Then, you will have the ability to choose between three different educational games: Letters (The Bears), Phonics (The Penguins), and Words (The Seals).

In "The Bears" game, your child must help each bear to the correct slide by matching upper and lower case letters. In "The Penguins" game, one can play on his or her own or two-player. The child must then combine vowels with consonants to create a syllable. In "The Seals" game, the child must place seals with letters on their hats in the corresponding letters places on top of a whale in order to spell a word. This app is great for young children to learn early reading skills including letter recognition, upper/lower-case letters, syllables, and how to spell short words. Reinforcements to motivate children to keep learning include rewards and medals. Finally, there is a a progress tracker for parents to view their childs' progress on the app.

Apps for Children With Special Needs is an amazing community and they have given me 5 codes to give away for this new application. To learn more about the A4 community as well as recommendations, reviews, and videos for applications that are appropriate for children with special needs, visit their website. Apps for Children With Special Needs also gives away lots of iPads for those who need it, so if you are interested in donating apps, time, or money towards their iPad giveaways, I would also recommend stopping by their website. They can be found at http://a4cwsn.com or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/a4cwsn. To enter the giveaway, complete tasks on the Rafflecopter below:

Another Super Duper Giveaway! - 5 Let's Predict App Codes From Super Duper Publications!

Another Super Duper Giveaway! - 5 Let's Predict App Codes From Super Duper Publications! image
After my previous Super Duper App giveaway, Ashley at Super Duper Publications contacted me and stated that they were feeling very generous this BHSM. Super Duper Publications has given me 5 "Let's Predict Fun Deck" app codes for my readers! To enter, complete various Rafflecopter entries below following the article and review:

Giving Back to Our Teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week

Giving Back to Our Teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week image
It's Teacher Appreciation Week and boy do I feel blessed to work where I do with an amazing staff! The parent club has spoiled us all week with cute little treats in our mailboxes and a Hawaiian luncheon today! I even received a gift of hand sanitizer and candies from a student! Even though some of us work alongside teachers and feel like teachers, we can still give back to them during Teacher Appreciation Week!

Two speech-language pathologists have already written some posts about informing teachers about speech and language disorders as well as vocal hygiene. Live Speak Love wrote a post that included information pages for teachers (and parents) in regards to how to encourage correct sound production, language performance, strategies to help support students with autism, and how to state expectations positively in the classroom. Speech Room News shared a handout from graduate student Jenna Williams that detailed vocal hygiene for teachers.

Next week, I plan on placing a few informational handouts on the tables at lunch for the teachers to look at while they eat and perhaps share a little speechie snack.

Making Sure to Say Thank You For BHSM App Donations, Giveaways, and Sales

Making Sure to Say Thank You For BHSM App Donations, Giveaways, and Sales image
With all of the giveaways happening around the web for iTunes applications, it is important to say thank you. Many people say a little thank you sentence on a developer or a website's Facebook page. Some people forget to say thank you at all. With all of the giveaways, sales, and donations of applications for Better Hearing and Speech Month, it is important to say thank you to those who have played a part in sharing applications with us to help others communicate better. Written thank you notes are still appreciated, so I created a few different thank you notes for my students to sign and send to the people who made it possible for us to use speech and language applications!

Super Duper Publications App Code Giveaway!

In honor of the generosity I have seen from other companies this Better Hearing and Speech month and having won some codes for my students as well, I would like to give back too. I am giving away three iPad applications from Super Duper Publications. One is for their newest app, released on May 3rd 2012, Listening For Absurdities. The others are for the iPad applications: How Would You Feel If... and Irregular Verbs. I know a lot of you have purchased these apps do to the fact that they are currently on sale, however, if you haven't or if you know someone who is in need of one of these applications, feel free to get involved in this Rafflecopter giveaway!

To enter to win one of these apps, you must have a Rafflecopter account. Please complete as many forms as you can by following Consonantly Speaking on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. I would love it if you would comment on a blog entry sometime as well! This helps me know how many people I am reaching and who is benefiting from what, so that I can write even better posts in the future!

Here are the Rafflecopter giveaways (click "Read More" to see the giveaways):

Better Hearing and Speech Month Coloring Page With Suggested Homework Activities

Better Hearing and Speech Month Coloring Page With Suggested Homework Activities image
Week 2 of Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) is upon us and I decided to create my own sort of coloring-page/homework page for my articulation and language students! Each letter of BHSM has three activities that students can do at home to practice their speech sounds or language skills.

Are Your Apps Research Based?

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Today I was speaking with a colleague at work who was interested in hearing about my application lists. In addition, she was observing me work with a student with my iPad. After the session was complete, she asked me if the apps I used were research based. This is an excellent question as all speech-language pathologists need to make sure that they are using evidence based practice to ensure appropriate speech-language therapy for their students/clients.

This led me on a quest to determine which applications could be considered appropriate under the evidence based practices model. In the iTunes app store, many applications claim to be research/evidence-based, but how does one determine whether they are or not? Anyone can say an app or program has been researched and proven to work with students, so we must protect ourselves and our clients accordingly by researching each individual application prior to use.

Better Hearing and Speech Month Sales, Non-App Giveaways, and Gear!

Better Hearing and Speech Month Sales, Non-App Giveaways, and Gear! image
Better Hearing and Speech Month is just getting started so strut your stuff! Promote Better Hearing and Speech Month in your community by showing your style with speech-language pathology gear, help your knowledge grow to help your students/clients by earning CEUs, and win cool speech and language software/products to use with your students/clients! You will find discounts and giveaways in all of these categories this month. See the list below for links to sites where you can enter to win giveaways and purchase discounted products/CEU courses:

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Non-App Giveaways:

  • Dreamcatcher Weighted Blanket (closes May 8th) - iMums Blog
  • The Social Express for MAC computers (closes May 8th) - iMums Blog
AT4ASD Verbally Premium Video Scavenger Hunt (at 700 Likes on their Facebook page):

  • Grand Prize (3): Verbally Premium, BIG Grips iPad 2 Cover, $10 iTunes Gift Card, and your choice of REMLE Project Swag
  • 1st Place Prize (3): BIG Grips iPad 2 Cover and your choice of REMLE Project Swag
  • 2nd Place Prize (5): Choice of BIG Grips iPad 2 cover or REMLE Project Swag
Discounted CEUs:

Discounted Products:

SLP Gear (Not Necessarily Discounted):

 

Now get out there and check out this cool speech stuff!

Free Printables for Better Hearing and Speech Month!

Free Printables for Better Hearing and Speech Month! image
Looking for materials to use with your students for Better Hearing and Speech Month? Look no further! Here is a list of some websites that have worksheets and printables available to print for free to promote better hearing and speech!

I hope that you find these materials created by other speech-language pathologists and professionals helpful this month to share with your students, colleagues, and parents!

Speech App Discounts and Giveaways for Better Hearing and Speech Month!

Speech App Discounts and Giveaways for Better Hearing and Speech Month! image
The app buzz is going around this Better Hearing and Speech Month! Apps are what's in this year, motivating our students while they are learning better communication skills! See below for a list of which apps are on sale and which apps (for iPod/iPad) are being given away this month in honor of better speech and hearing:

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