ABCs 4 SLPs: B is for Books - Ice Cream Monsters Book App Review and Giveaway

ABCs 4 SLPs: B is for Books - Ice Cream Monsters Book App Review and Giveaway image
There are so many book applications on the market for the iPad, but not many address social skills. Ice Cream Monsters, a story written and narrated by Erik X. Raj M.S. CCC-SLP, focuses on the social skill of understanding that everyone is created different and should be treated with respect. In addition, the book is repetitive which is great for students with special needs and similar to the repetition of social stories. Erik is on a mission, to make sure that every child is included and has high self-esteem, and he will bring you to Mars (or should I say Planet Amazing Yummy) to make children smile! Continue reading for my review of the application and a giveaway!

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Angry Birds - Using Angry Birds Board Games in Therapy

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Angry Birds - Using Angry Birds Board Games in Therapy image
If you have/work with children or own an iPod/iPad, you know what Angry Birds is. I have not met anyone who did not like the game Angry Birds. Many SLPs and therapists have used Angry Birds images on worksheets and board games that they have created. However, Rovio recently contacted Teachers Pay Teachers to state that there were some copyright violations and requested that all Angry Birds worksheets be taken down from Teachers Pay Teachers. You must always be careful when creating your own worksheets to be aware of copyright laws.

Anyhow, Angry Birds is not only an application - they now have three board games and a card game available for purchase! You can buy them at Target/Meijer/Walmart or online at Amazon.com. Continue reading to see how I use Angry Birds board games in speech-language therapy!

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps - Using Applications With Physical Objects in Therapy

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps - Using Applications With Physical Objects in Therapy image
Applications do not have to be used by themselves. They can be used to research information for a project, to type answers from the board, as visual cues, or for communicating with others. Applications can also be used with physical objects in many different ways. In this post, I will highlight a few different applications and how to use them with physical objects to help students learn in a multi-sensory way!

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Articulation - Making Articulation Fun With Fun Decks and Toy Cars

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Articulation - Making Articulation Fun With Fun Decks and Toy Cars image
Before I move on to the letter "B", I need to throw in another post about making articulation drill fun with Super Duper Fun Decks! After all, that's how a lot of my posts on this website began! Today's way to make articulation fun is to combine the Super Duper Fun Deck cards with toy cars!

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps/Action Words (Verbs) - Speech With Milo: Verbs App Review

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps/Action Words (Verbs) - Speech With Milo: Verbs App Review image
I have been waiting by my mailbox recently because I knew my cute little Milo was coming and he is now here! Poorani Doonan sent me a Milo plushie in the mail and he is super cute (just like in the apps!).

Milo the mouse

As a thank you for an adorable mouse of my own, I am writing a review of her application, Speech With Milo: Verbs, and how to use the Milo plushie with the application. Read on for my review and fun pictures of Milo in action!

1,000+ Pinterest Followers and a New Button to Share My Site!

1,000+ Pinterest Followers and a New Button to Share My Site! image
Prior to creating this website, I worked a lot on my Pinterest account - http://pinterest.com/speechpins. I wanted to make sure that I had all of my bookmarks categorized and built a base of knowledge. Finally, after sitting back and watching for a few months, learning how to use social media to promote my website, I finally decided to create this website. What a blast it has been and I was pleasantly surprised to find out that my Pinterest account hit 1,000 followers yesterday! Thank you to everyone who is following me on Pinterest and I hope that I am helping you find some great resources! I know that Pinterest has helped me create my own speech projects as well as find great resources that others have created! I should probably do a "thank you giveaway" soon!

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I would love it if I could begin growing my website on other social medias as well! Feel free to share my new button (which can be found on the right hand side of my website) and link it back to my website - http://consonantlyspeaking.com

Here's what it looks like on the side of my page (but when you copy the code, it will only copy the button itself):

Share Consonantly Speaking's Site Button

I can also be found on the following social media websites and would love it if you would follow me. Right now I am about 1/5 of the way to 1,000 on each of the other social media sites. Here are the links for you to follow me (which can also be found on the right hand side of my website):

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/consonantlyspeaking

Twitter: @consonantspeak

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/speechpins

Teachers Pay Teachers: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Consonantly-Speaking (Only free application lists posted so far; worksheets/fun to come soon!)

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/ConsonantlySpeaking (Nothing posted yet, but will come soon!)

Thanks so much for all of your support and you have my permission to share! I love hearing from my followers!

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps/Articulation/Apraxia of Speech - Articulation, Phonology, and Apraxia of Speech Application Features Comparison List

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps/Articulation/Apraxia of Speech - Articulation, Phonology, and Apraxia of Speech Application Features Comparison List image
Once I purchased my iPad, I spent a lot of time evaluating articulation, phonology, and apraxia of speech applications to decide which applications would best help my students in therapy. After I purchased some of the applications and had others donated, I felt that I had enough experience with articulation/apraxia of speech applications that I could compile an application features list to compare these applications to each other. This way, others would be able to decide which application(s) to purchase. With limited budgets and so many applications to choose from, I hope this application list helps you. Continue reading for the policies on how this list may be used as well as the list itself!

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps/American Sign Language - Applications for Learning/Using Sign Language List

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps/American Sign Language - Applications for Learning/Using Sign Language List image
Here is the newest application list that I have created showcasing applications for learning and using sign language. Applications included are not solely for American Sign Language, but also for British Sign Language, Japanese Sign Language, Thai Sign Language, Spanish Sign Language, and more. It includes the current app icon, current application name, a short description of each application, and the current price at the time this list was released/updated. Applications on this list are for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, and Nook as listed below each application name. Read more to find the list at the end of the post.

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps/Apraxia of Speech - Speech Stickers Review

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps/Apraxia of Speech - Speech Stickers Review image
SpeechStickers, developed by Carol M. Fast MSPA CCC-SLP of Serious Tree LLC, was created for children with Apraxia of Speech or severe articulation disorders. Children can practice early developing consonants and vowels at the phoneme, CV, or VC levels. This application is great for young students because of the multi-sensory way to practice as well as the age appropriate images and animations. Continue reading to learn more about the application as well as to read my review of the application.

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps/Apraxia of Speech - Apraxia Picture Sound Cards Pro Review

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps/Apraxia of Speech - Apraxia Picture Sound Cards Pro Review image
Apraxia Picture Sound Cards Pro, created by Lynn Carahaly M.A. CCC-SLP, contains three of the Speech-EZ Apraxia Program card sets - Picture Cards, Sound & Number Cards, and Hand Cue Cards. This application is "the equivalent to the Speech-EZ Materials Kit" which can be found and ordered online at http://www.speech-ez.com/. This application includes 775 picture cards, 45 phonogram cards, 10 number cards, and the Speech-EZ Hand Cues card set including a video for each card to show the hand cue accompanied by the sound. Lynn provided me with a copy of application for this review. To learn more about the application, continue reading.

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Aphasia - Resources for Aphasia Awareness Month

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Aphasia - Resources for Aphasia Awareness Month image
June is Aphasia Awareness Month and there are many resources available for people who have aphasia as well as those who work with them. Here are some websites where you can find more information and help raise awareness about aphasia:

The ASHA Leader's Aphasia Resource List - This aphasia resource list compiled in the ASHA Leader includes websites of organizations and foundations that work with people who have aphasia or research aphasia, community support groups around the US, university programs and treatment centers that specialize in aphasia treatment, and software useful for people who have aphasia. I have added the organization/foundation websites for aphasia to my resources page as well.

App-titude: Apps to Aid Aphasia - This list/article in the ASHA Leader, written by Megan Sutton (speech-language pathologist), discusses 25+ applications available for the iPad that can be used in therapy with people who have aphasia.

Help Raise Awareness (From Understand Aphasia) - This page on Understand Aphasia's blog contains posters, banners, and public information films that raise awareness about aphasia.

Aphasia in the Movies - Consonantly Speaking (this website) has compiled a list of films/documentaries that feature a person who has aphasia.

June is National Aphasia Awareness Month Poster -The National Aphasia Association has created a poster for June is National Aphasia Awareness Month that can be found and printed from their website.

National Aphasia Association's Regional Speaking Out! 2012 Conference -The National Aphasia Association is holding their regional Speaking Out! Conference on June 29th, 2012 in Las Vegas. To view more information, click on the link.

The National Aphasia Association's 25th Anniversary -The National Aphasia Association is celebrating its 25th anniversary and is asking for donations for their $25 for 25 campaign.

Help Get National Aphasia Awareness Month Recognized and Proclaimed in the House of Representatives -The National Aphasia Association is working to get National Aphasia Awareness Month recognized/proclaimed in the United States House of Representatives. To learn how you can help, click the link above.

Facebook Links for More Resources - Many of the organizations/foundations have Facebook pages in which you can follow for up-to-date information. Click on the names for the links - National Aphasia Association, It's Still Me!, Aphasia: The Movie, Aphasia Corner



Be sure to spread the word and promote aphasia awareness! Feel free to comment with any other great resources!

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Aphasia - Aphasia in the Movies

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Due to the fact that it is Aphasia Awareness Month, I feel the need to also post films and documentaries that relate to aphasia. There are not as many films featuring people who have aphasia as there are films featuring people who have autism but here is the list of films I have found below.

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Autism - Autism in the Movies

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Autism - Autism in the Movies image
As I have stated before, one of my other favorite subjects other than speech-language pathology is film. I remember one of my first assignments in my Introduction to Communication Disorders class was related to watching a film that was about a person with a communication disorder. The film had to be fictional. Then, we had to discuss if the communication disorder was accurately portrayed or not in the film. I cannot recall the film in which I chose to analyze, but from then on, I made it a goal to watch as many films about people with communication disorders as I could. There are many different types of communication disorders shown in films, and one of these is autism spectrum disorders. Therefore, I thought it would be great to compile a list of films/documentary related to autism spectrum disorders or that have a character with autism/aspergers. Keep reading to see my list.

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Autism - The Golden Hat: Talking Back to Autism Book Review

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Autism - The Golden Hat: Talking Back to Autism Book Review image
It is not very often that my own mother finds out about and purchases a resource related to my field of study before I do. However, this time it was personal. A family friend was featured in this book and I was unaware.

The Golden Hat: Talking Back to Autism is a book written by Kate Winslet (yes, the Oscar-winning actress), Keli Thorsteinsson (a person who has been diagnosed with autism), and Margret Ericsdottir (Keli's mother). This book was created as a part of a project and foundation inspired by a documentary created by Margret Ericsdottir titled "A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism" (aka. "The Sunshine Boy"). The film, which I had watched via Netflix months before reading the book, follows Margret in her journey from Iceland across the world to learn more about autism, diagnosis and treatment of autism, others' stories about autism, research on autism, statistics related to autism, never giving up on her son and getting to know him as an individual, and her own story/her son's story in regards to his autism diagnosis. The film was released in 2009 and shown at the Toronto International Film Festival and on HBO. More information can be found about the film on its IMDB page and by viewing the trailer for the film below:


Kate Winslet, who narrated the film, was inspired by Margret Ericsdottir and her son, Keli Thorsteinsson, to create the Golden Hat Foundation. The Golden Hat Foundation is a non-profit foundation titled after one of Keli Thornsteinsson's poems titled, "The Golden Hat", published in the book itself. This foundation's goal is to eliminate barriers for people with autism around the worlds and promote a positive environment where people with autism are seen as "intellectually capable". This includes helping people with autism communicate, receive an education, receive training for various jobs, and participate in community activities. To further promote the foundation and raise donations, the book The Golden Hat: Talking Back to Autism was created. Read my review of this book and find out how you can donate to the Golden Hat Foundation below.

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps - Updated Application Resource List to Help You Find Appropriate Speech-Language Apps for Therapy

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps - Updated Application Resource List to Help You Find Appropriate Speech-Language Apps for Therapy image
Ever since I released my Application Resource List, I have received a lot of feedback and found a significant amount of websites I missed (I know, how is that possible?). In addition, I found some more topic areas that I wanted to place on the list including:

  • Other Application Resource Lists (Special Apps Special Kids' and Speech Gadget's Lists)
  • Additional Social Media Websites to Follow (Scoop.it! and YouTube websites)
  • Divided Topics Between Newspaper/Articles, Hot Topics, and How To's
  • More Application Rubrics
  • Grants/Websites For Funding iPads
  • Books About Applications
  • Websites to Find Discounted Apps
  • Information on iPad Accessories/Accessibility
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My Application Resource List has now jumped to 21 pages! I also cut out the beginning discussing my specific journey to creating the list and added a disclaimer. You can read about my 6+ month journey to creating the Application Resource List as well as other Application Lists for Articulation/Apraxia of Speech, Voice/Fluency/Hearing/Dysphagia, and Social Skills/Autism here.

Topics also included on this Application Resource List, as well as the previous version, include:

  • Training/Webinars
  • Application Lists by Others
  • App Review/App List Websites
  • App Developer Websites
  • Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest)
  • Search Engines For Apps
I know this Application Resource List may feel extremely overwhelming; however, even reading a few articles or visiting a few websites will help you be on your way to determining the best and most appropriate applications for your students to use as a tool in speech-language therapy. Feel free to pass the list on and share it with others as long as you do not sell it for profit or claim it as your own. The list is attached as a PDF file at the end of this post.

Files:

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps - Speech4Good Review

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps - Speech4Good Review image
A week ago I updated my Apps for Voice, Fluency, Hearing, and Dysphagia List and included Speech4Good on it. This is due to the fact that you can record a sample of a students'/clients' speech and play it back for them as well as view the oscilloscope for visual feedback for voice/articulation therapy. Also, a person who stutters can use the app for Delayed Auditory Feedback. Balbus Speech contacted saw the list and contacted me about writing a review of Speech4Good. Read more below to find out what I thought about their app!

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apraxia of Speech - "Speaking of Apraxia: A Parent's Guide to Childhood Apraxia of Speech" Book Review

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I have heard stories of therapists, researchers, doctors, and professors of whom have been told "why don't you write a book?" in regards to various specialized topics in speech-language pathology. I have read many books in graduate school about people who have communication disorders themselves. What I have not heard much of is for therapists recommending parents to write books about a communication disorder. After all, parents and guardians spend the most time with their own child, significantly more than I do, and should be considered as experts on their child(ren). That is why they are included in IEP/initial therapy meetings as a part of the team to help create a therapy plan for their child.

Leslie Lindsay, R.N., B.S.N., author of Speaking of Apraxia: A Parents' Guide to Childhood Apraxia of Speech and parent of a child who has Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) did just that. Through research, talking to experienced speech-language pathologists and therapists, experiences of others with children who have CAS, and her own experiences with her daughter, Lindsay wrote a 450 page book discussing referral for CAS, diagnosis/assessments for CAS, speech-language pathology terms, diets, practice at home, IEPs, coping with CAS, and resources for CAS. Lindsay herself provided me with a copy of her book to review for my website. Read on for my review of Speaking of Apraxia!

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps and Autism - Emotion Detective Review

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps and Autism - Emotion Detective Review image
When I initially created and released my Apps for Social Skills and Autism list, I missed placing a great application on the list. Was it because it was released about two weeks before my list was released or was it because the application was Australian and I live in the United States? Either way, it missed the first boat, but I will not forget to include it on an updated list. This application that I am talking about is Emotion Detective, perfect for children who are working on social skills and specifically emotions. Read more about the application in my review below.

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps - The Enchanted Dictionary 4-6th Grade Review and Giveaway

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps - The Enchanted Dictionary 4-6th Grade Review and Giveaway image
Looking for an application that incorporates grade level vocabulary with speech and language skills? The Enchanted Dictionary 4-6th Grade is a great application that will save you time running between each teacher to determine the vocabulary each student is working on for his or her grade. This application is available for the iPad and is on sale for $0.99 for App Friday! Check out my review and giveaway for the application at the end!

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps - iBaby Buttons Review and Giveaway

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps - iBaby Buttons Review and Giveaway image
Working with children in grades K-12, I do not own many applications for ages younger than 5. I was pleasantly surprised that I could customize the application to use with slightly older populations in my elementary school setting. However, in addition, over the past three weeks, I have been working with a two year old. Therefore, when I was given the opportunity to check out the application iBaby Buttons, I was excited because I had recently worked with a younger child! Continue reading for my review of this application as well as a giveaway for the app!

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps/Articulation - Articulation Scenes Review and Giveaway

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps/Articulation - Articulation Scenes Review and Giveaway image
Put on your fancy shoes and head down the red carpet with Smarty Ears' newest application: Articulation Scenes! Smarty Ears has definitely put a lot of time and effort into this application and it shows through every aspect. With movie theater themed screens, activities, and buttons, this application is truly the best looking of the articulation applications currently on the market!

When Smarty Ears first started showing previews of this application, my mouth was watering. I don't know if I stated this before, but I am a huge movie buff! I used to work for a movie theater at the same time as I went to college, and I actually started a movie review blog before I started this one! So, I knew I had to have this application. I stalked the Smarty Ears page on almost a daily basis waiting for it to be released, not only because I wanted to use it with my students, but I also wanted to add it to my updated Articulation/Apraxia of Speech application list (to be released later today) as a new star! Finally, it came out in iTunes at a discounted price, and I contacted Barbara Fernandes to find out the new price, and she was generous enough to give me a promo code for this review (not at all what I was expecting, how awesome is that?)!

The application came out just in time for me to give it a try with my students before the summer. Keep reading for my review as well as to learn what my 5th grade student thought of the application! The giveaway is at the end of the post!

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps/Aphasia - Comprehension TherAppy Review and Giveaway

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps/Aphasia - Comprehension TherAppy Review and Giveaway image
June is National Aphasia Awareness month, but there is also another special holiday for an application developer in June. Tactus Therapy Solutions is celebrating their first birthday as a company and in honor of this, they have given 25 codes to 25 different websites to give away their Comprehension TherAppy app! You're looking at one of the 25 websites right now! I was also given a copy of the application to review, so let's take it away to the review and giveaway (giveaway is at the very bottom of the post)!

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps - Updated Applications for Voice, Fluency, Hearing, and Dysphagia List

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps - Updated Applications for Voice, Fluency, Hearing, and Dysphagia List image
I have also updated the second list that I posted in March - Apps for Voice, Fluency, Hearing, and Dsyphagia. I also added some applications for auditory awareness/sound recognition. New applications on the list include Hearing Aid Tic Tac Toe by: Rule the School and Sound Touch. Also, I have done a lot more research into the applications for Android/Kindle Fire/Nook. As always, iPod Touch/iPhone/iPad applications are included on the list as well. It includes the current app icon, current application name, a short description of each application, and the current price at the time this list was released/updated. Read more to find the list at the end of the post.

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps - Updated Applications for Articulation and Apraxia of Speech List

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps - Updated Applications for Articulation and Apraxia of Speech List image
It has been 2-3 months since I released my first application list - Apps for Articulation Therapy. I kept working on it even after I posted it to make sure I had all of the applications I could included on this list. This includes applications for the iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad, Android/Kindle Fire, and Nook. This list was updated up until this post with new applications including Articulation Scenes by: Smarty Ears and Phonology by: Learning Fundamentals, Inc.

This list includes applications which have flashcards at the word/phrase/sentence level, multisyllabic words, minimal pairs, and those which repeat what students say. I have listed the application name, price at the time it was researched, a short description of the application, the icon, and if it is available on the iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, Android, or Nook. This document will be updated when I have the time in the future. Read more to find the list at the end of the post.

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Auditory Processing - HearBuilder Sequencing Super Fun Deck Review

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Auditory Processing - HearBuilder Sequencing Super Fun Deck Review image
A couple of weeks ago, after my app review/giveaway with Super Duper Publications, I was contacted again but this time to do a product review! What was even better was they gave me a choice of what to review! Due to the fact that many students on my caseload have difficulty with auditory processing, especially recalling directions and information from stories read aloud, I chose the new HearBuilder Sequencing Super Fun Deck!

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps/AAC - SLP Words HD Review and Giveaway

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps/AAC - SLP Words HD Review and Giveaway image
Seven Infinity LLC has created multiple educational applications. One of its applications made specifically for speech-language pathologists is SLP Words HD. There is both a Lite and a Full version of the application available for the iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad. The iPod Touch/iPhone version is called "Word Buttons". Read on for my review, information about Seven Infinity's Mother Goose Project Kickstarter, and a giveaway (at the very end) for the application!

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps - Odd One Out Pack Review

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps - Odd One Out Pack Review image
Many of my students are working on categorization skills and vocabulary goals. I am always looking for new ways to focus on their goals, so when tbox apps contacted me to review their Odd One Out Pack, I was delighted to try it out with my students!

tbox apps is a UK based company that has currently developed four applications for the iPod Touch/iPhone/iPad - Odd One Out Pack, Minimal Pairs Pack, Predictable (in 5 different languages), and Scene & Heard. One of the founders and directors of the company, Rebecca Bright, is a licensed speech-language pathologist who has significant involvement in production of the company's applications. Read on for my review of the application and how to use it!

New Series - ABCs 4 SLPs

New Series - ABCs 4 SLPs image
If you have been following me on Facebook, you may recognize the icon associated with this post. This summer, I plan on blogging on topics related to different letters of the alphabet. I believe that I have seen the acronyms "ABCs for SLPs" used together before on another site, so that is not my original idea nor do I mind if someone else borrows it; however, in order to keep myself excited about blogging over the summer, I wanted to do something special.

Examples of what may be posted include:

A is for - apps, Apraxia of Speech, and Aphasia

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C is for - Common Core

M is for - Mad Libs

And much much more!

I am looking forward to posting as often as I can throughout the summer! I have a huge list of ideas for each letter, but who knows what I will have in store? This first week, look forward to my favorite: apps reviews, updated app lists, and app giveaways! (plus more things that begin with "A" because we all know that being an SLP is not all about apps)

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