ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - Shoe the Goose Doodle Application Reviews and Giveaways

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - Shoe the Goose Doodle Application Reviews and Giveaways image
The next application I am reviewing is great for creativity, pretend play, and following directions. It was also recently featured on Autism TV Today as a part of their first television segment (which you can view online here - http://www.proactivespeechtherapy.com/AutismTv.html). Children will have fun while decorating cookies, cakes, shoes, t-shirts - you name it! Continue reading for my review of all of the Shoe the Goose applications and giveaways for each!

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - Pocket Charts From Good Neighbor Press Reviews and Giveaways

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - Pocket Charts From Good Neighbor Press Reviews and Giveaways image
I think this may be one of the biggest giveaways I have done in one review as Good Neighbor Press, Inc. has graciously donated application codes for 13 of their applications! Holy moly! Not only did Good Neighbor Press donate codes for their all-inclusive Pocket Charts Pro but also the Ending Letter Sounds, Consonant Blends and Digraphs, Spelling 3-Letter Words, Position Words, Beginning Letter Sounds, Long and Short Vowel Sounds, Shapes, Colors, Upper and Lowercase Letter Matching, Compound Words, Word Family Match Game, and Rhyming Words applications! Continue reading for my review of Pocket Charts Pro, which includes all of the Pocket Chart applications created by Good Neighbor Press, Inc. Then, enter the 13 giveaways for your 13 chances to win!

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - Touch and Write & Cursive Touch and Write

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - Touch and Write & Cursive Touch and Write image
Due to allergies and the mess, it is not always feasible to practice writing in different textures with your fingers in a classroom setting. FizzBrain solves this problem by taking out the mess and the worries! You can write with just about anything from jelly to chalk to chocolate pudding! This allows for a visually stimulating, sensory filled app that works on writing at the same time! Continue reading to learn more information about Touch and Write as well as Cursive Touch and Write, and to enter a giveaway to win one of the two apps!

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - Alien Buddies Review and Giveaway

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - Alien Buddies Review and Giveaway image
Artgig Studio had created aliens that aren't scary, they're adorable and fun to learn with! In fact, I may not mind if these aliens invaded Earth! With their bright colors and cute little faces, the application is motivating for young children! Continue reading for more information about how to use this application in speech-language therapy and for a giveaway of the application as well!

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - Shake-A-Phrase Review and Giveaway

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - Shake-A-Phrase Review and Giveaway image
One of the first applications I downloaded for my iPod Touch was Shake-A-Phrase by Artgig Apps. I loved the sound that the application made when I shook it and my students got a lot of laughs out of the random sentences as well! By the time I finally got an iPad, it was updated with a Quiz and Story Starters which made the application 2x more exciting and educational! Continue reading for my review of Shake-A-Phrase as well as a giveaway of the application!

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - The Quirkles Application Reviews and Giveaways

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - The Quirkles Application Reviews and Giveaways image
Everyday speech-language pathologists in the schools adapt therapy to the students' curricular needs. A speech-language pathologist must be a jack of all trades. He or she must know about science, art, math, language arts, gym, computers, foreign language, history, and so on. The Quirkles books are perfect for working on science curriculum in the speech-language therapy room! The Quirkles books are all about "exploring phonics through science", and that is definitely apparent when you read them! These books are available in hard and soft cover format and now on the iPad! Continue reading for my review of how to use The Quirkles apps in speech-language therapy and for a giveaway of some of their applications!

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - SimpleSort Review and Giveaway

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - SimpleSort Review and Giveaway image
Sometimes when I am working on categorization skills with my students, I have piles and piles of objects to be sorted. Objects, no matter how big or small, take forever to put away between sessions and are often thrown in bags to carry between classrooms with other things. Finally, I found a great application that solves this problem - SimpleSort from KidsAndBeyond! This portable application has 18 different categories with images associated with them to place into the different categories such as vegetables, shapes, clothing, food, sports, electronics, animals, and more! Continue reading for my review of SimpleSort and a giveaway of the application as well!

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - Memory Train Review and Giveaway

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - Memory Train Review and Giveaway image
The media often focuses on memory skills for the elderly or older adults who have disabilities, but there are also many children who can benefit from working on memory skills and strategies as well. There are lots of applications out there that work on memory skills for adults, but not as many that are appropriate for children. Pi'ikea Street has created an adorable application that works on memory skills for children called "Memory Train". Hop on board the review train as I will discuss how to use the application in speech-language therapy and drop you off at the giveaway point at the end!

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - Interactive Alphabet Review and Giveaway

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - Interactive Alphabet Review and Giveaway image
Tired of teaching ABCs with flashcards and repeating letters over and over again? Pi'ikea Street has the solution to your problem with its innovative alphabet application that is perfect for infants, toddlers, and Kindergarteners alike! Each letter of the alphabet is stated aloud and written as its letter name, phonetic pronunciation, with a word, and an interactive, animated image to match the word. Continue reading my review of the application to learn about how you can use this application with young children in speech-language therapy as well as to enter a giveaway for the application!

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - Mask Jumble Animals Review and Giveaway

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - Mask Jumble Animals Review and Giveaway image
Ever wondered what you would look like as an animal? You no longer have to wonder with the newest application from Pi'ikea Street - Mask Jumble Animals! This is one of the first of its kind, a children's augmented reality application! Just choose the animal you want to look like, line up your face on the application, and press on the screen to see yourself as an interactive animal! Continue reading to learn how to use the application in speech-language therapy as well as to enter a giveaway to win the application for yourself!

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - Talk About It: Objects Review and Giveaway

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - Talk About It: Objects Review and Giveaway image
Looking for a receptive and expressive language application that involves describing various vocabulary items but is also fun? Wow, that seems like a lot to ask, but don't worry! Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language and Auditory Development has got you covered! Talk About It: Objects has a carnival theme and works on all of the skills discussed above with flair! With recording, different levels of cues, real-life images, and data collection capabilities, this application is a perfect addition to your therapy application collection! Continue reading for my review and a giveaway of Talk About It: Objects!

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - You're the Storyteller: The Surprise Review and Giveaway

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - You're the Storyteller: The Surprise Review and Giveaway image
Working on narrative language may be fun using flashcards, pictures, and illustrated images, but have you ever tried it using an animated film? Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language and Auditory Development has revolutionized storytelling in their application You're the Storyteller: The Surprise. No longer do you have to carry dozens of flashcards, pictures, and images around to get a narrative language sample! Try out this exciting application and you'll have your students creating fun stories about a little boy and a cute little puppy in no time! Continue reading for my review of You're the Storyteller: The Surpise as well as a giveaway of the application.

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - First Words International Review and Giveaway

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - First Words International Review and Giveaway image
Working on vocabulary with toddlers and preschoolers? Need a beginning receptive language application to help your students who are English as a Second Language? First Words International is the perfect application to focus on these skills! With application play in seven different languages and fifty different objects in eight different categories, this is a great starter for your students! The application incorporates both receptive and expressive language activities using both real-life and illustrated images to help students learn all types of images associated with a specific word. Continue reading for my review of First Words International and for your chance to win a copy of the application as well!

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - BubCaps Review and Giveaway

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - BubCaps Review and Giveaway image
At the beginning of the month, I wrote about a revolutionary product for the iPad called "BubCaps". Before BubCaps, students could exit out of educational applications in which they did not want to participate in to try to play a non-educational game. BubCaps provide the extra buffer to prevent children from pressing the button to exit an application. You can read my original review here. Paperclip Robot, creator of BubCaps, has generously donated two different packs of BubCaps (the Explorer 6-Pack and the Pro 2-Pack) for my readers to enter to win! Continue reading for some more information about BubCaps and your chance to win a pack for your child, therapy room, or students!

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - Story Dice Application Review and Giveaway

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - Story Dice Application Review and Giveaway image
A few days ago, I posted about some different ways to use dice in speech-language therapy sessions. I included Thinkamingo's Story Dice and Name Dice in my discussion. This review is going to specifically discuss how to use Story Dice in speech-language therapy. I got this application a while back because I was very interested in the creativity that could come out of it! Since then, I have figured out how to use Google Hangout and participated in some discussions on App Friday/Technology in Education's pages which have caused me to bump into co-founder Ann Adair quite a few times. I would have to say that she is one of the most entertaining, creative, fun hosts I have seen so far! One very cool fact is that she participates in NaNoWriMo (like me) and one of her applications was developed with that in mind! Continue reading to learn more about this simple, yet creative application, how you can use it in speech-language therapy, and enter a giveaway to possibly win a copy of Story Dice!

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways: Sentence Builder Teen Review and Mobile Education Store Application Giveaway

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways: Sentence Builder Teen Review and Mobile Education Store Application Giveaway image
There are plenty of applications on the market geared towards elementary school students, but what about those who are in middle or high school? The Mobile Education Store realized that teenagers still needed to work on their sentence structure and answered our calls for more great apps by creating Sentence Builder Teen! With real-life images, this application will motivate your students and help them learn how to form grammatically correct sentences at the same time! Like the original Sentence Builder application, each sentence is matched with a picture to help the student determine the correct way to form the sentence. Sentence Builder Teen joins a legacy of award-winning Mobile Education Tools applications as the 2010 IEAR Language Arts App of the Year. Continue reading to learn more about Mobile Education Store's Sentence Builder Teen and to enter a giveaway to win one of the Mobile Education Store applications!

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - Sight Words & Spelling With Pixopop Review and Giveaway

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - Sight Words & Spelling With Pixopop Review and Giveaway image
While on the Educational App Talk forum within their Facebook group, I spoke with many developers. It happened to be math related on the day that I got into conversation with app developer Marcel Widarto, creator of Sight Words & Spelling With Pixopop as well as Sight Words Hangman. The conversation with all of the developers was animated that evening as we were all hungry for cookies while discussing the Chocolate Chip Cookie Factory: Place Value application. After a fun discussion, I was reading through my e-mails and realized that Marcel had contacted me a month or so prior about reviewing his Sight Words & Spelling With Pixopop application, and I have missed the e-mail! Luckily, he was still interested, so here is the review of Sight Words & Spelling With Pixopop! Make sure to continue reading to learn about how to use this application in speech-language therapy as well as enter a giveaway for a copy of this application!

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - Questions2Learn Review and Giveaway

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - Questions2Learn Review and Giveaway image
Instead of throwing you a bone, I am going to throw you a new review and giveaway! Although, if you are the two dogs featured in this application, you would probably prefer a bone. Questions2Learn developed by Speech Pups LLC, created by Leanne Pool M.S. CCC-SLP, features adorable dogs Moca and Dakota as the stars of the show. However, you may feel like you are the speech star after using this application and seeing the smiles on your students' faces as they start to answer WH questions accurately more frequently! Continue reading for my review of Questions2Learn and to enter a giveaway to win a copy yourself!

ABCs 4 SLPs: i Learn With Boing Ice Land Adventures and Savannah Adventures Reviews and Giveaways

ABCs 4 SLPs: i Learn With Boing Ice Land Adventures and Savannah Adventures Reviews and Giveaways image
Boing is a cute little blue alien who wants to help children learn basic math, science, and literacy skills on his planet and yours! I have already written a detailed review of i Learn With Boing: Ice Land Adventures, so in this post I will write a summary of that review as well as a new review of i Learn With Boing: Savannah Adventures! Whether you're taking a trip to a world of ice or to the savannah, Boing is going to make sure you learn something along the way! Continue reading for my reviews of Ice Land Adventures and Savannah Adventures, plus a giveaway of each app!

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - iBaby Buttons and Felt Board Reviews and Giveaways

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - iBaby Buttons and Felt Board Reviews and Giveaways image
Two giveaways in one post? That's isn't seen very often! Well guess what, on this entry I am going to talk about two applications by the developer Software Smoothie (iBaby Buttons and Felt Board) and at the end of the post, you can enter to win one of the two applications! I have already reviewed iBaby Buttons, and I will link to that post, but I have not reviewed Felt Board. So get on board and continue reading for the reviews and giveaways from Software Smoothie!

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - Verbs News Application Giveaway

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - Verbs News Application Giveaway image
About a week ago, I reviewed an amazing application that works on different verb tenses. Not only that, it has a news theme throughout the application. The app is called "Verbs News" and it was developed by Virtual Speech Center. Verbs News is a one-of-a-kind application that teaches children about verb tenses (regular and irregular simple present, past, simple future, and present continuous), motivates students via the "My News" reward (allowing children to record themselves as a news anchor), and is adaptable for students learning at different rates (Auditory Bombardment, Fill-In, and Make Up Sentences). In addition, Verbs News makes it easy for therapists to keep data within the application, e-mail it to themselves in a grid format, and use the application in a group setting. Continue reading for a link to my previous review complete with step-by-step instructions and visuals through the application, how to use the application with students who have speech and language disorders, and more information. Also, continue reading for a giveaway of Verbs News on this post!

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - QuestionIt Review and Giveaway

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - QuestionIt Review and Giveaway image
Do your students need the inside scoop on how to answer WH questions? Look no further than QuestionIt! This application has it all and with different levels of visual and auditory cues for students at different levels of mastery! It also has four different types of ways to practice depending on a student's level of mastery. With a whole new voice and so many different options, it is a must-have for speech-language pathologists! Continue reading for my review and a giveaway of this great application!

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - Compare & Contrast Fun Deck Review and Giveaway

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - Compare & Contrast Fun Deck Review and Giveaway image
What do the words "Consonantly Speaking" and "giveaways" have in common? Well, Consonantly Speaking is this website right here that is giving away apps, and on this post, the Super Duper Publications Compare & Contrast application is being reviewed AND given away! What do the words "Super Duper Publications" and "awesome" have in common? Super Duper Publications is awesome for providing codes of their Compare & Contrast application for my readers! Continue reading and you could be awesome too and win a copy!

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - Carnival Grammar: You're and Your

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - Carnival Grammar: You're and Your image
Step right up! We've got an exciting review and giveaway for you today! That's right, read the review of Electrokite's Carnival Grammar: You're and Your, then try your luck at winning a copy of the app! Great for the classroom as well as in speech-language therapy! You heard me! Best of all, it's aligned to the Common Core Standards! You won't believe your ears! Continue reading for the review of Carnival Grammar: You're and Your and the giveaway of this great application at the end.

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - The Grumble Noise Review and Gift Card Giveaway

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - The Grumble Noise Review and Gift Card Giveaway image
Erik X. Raj, speech-language pathologist and author, has written another great book application available for the iPad! This time, the story ventures into the world of a young goy's imagination at bedtime. Erik describes his new application as one for bedtime rituals, and I couldn't agree more! Based on his childhood with an awesome imagination that his grandmother helped create, this app is a must-have for children who are anxious at bedtime about monsters in their closets! Continue reading for my review of The Grumble Noise and an iTunes gift card giveaway from the author at the end!

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - Choiceworks Review and Giveaway

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - Choiceworks Review and Giveaway image
As a speech-language pathologist and a blogger about speech applications, I often get asked about AAC applications. None of my students require assistive technology to communicate, but a few use visual schedules, social stories, and keyboards to type their responses during assessments. One visual schedule application that I have used is Choiceworks.

Choiceworks, developed by Bee Visual LLC, is available for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad for $14.99. Based on the physical product (Choiceworks Visual Support System), you can create schedule boards, a waiting board, a feelings board, and read social stories all in one application! Continue reading my review of Choiceworks below and enter the giveaway at the end.

ABCs 4 SLPs: F is for Following Directions

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"Read this blog entry!" Did that direction go in one ear and out the other - do you need your hearing checked? Hello! I'm typing here about following directions! Many students who have ADD or auditory processing disorder often have difficulties following directions. They may hear the beginning but not the end or vice versa. They may be distracted. They may even be trying their hardest but the directions are too long for them to remember! This post is all about following directions, how you can help your children/students follow directions more easily, and products/apps that work on following directions. Are you focused now? Alright, I want you to continue reading this blog entry for real this time!

ABCs 4 SLPs - E is for Emotions/F is for Feelings

ABCs 4 SLPs - E is for Emotions/F is for Feelings image
Feeling happy? I know I am with all of these fun posts for my ABCs 4 SLPs series! Here's the next one transitioning between the letters E and F. This post is all about emotions/feelings, how to teach them, and fun activities/products/apps to use while teaching them! Continue reading for all of the fun!

ABCs 4 SLPs - E is for Expanding Expression Tool (EET)

ABCs 4 SLPs - E is for Expanding Expression Tool (EET) image
When I first learned about the Expanding Expression Tool, it was before I had even started my undergraduate degree. Sara L. Smith was seated at a booth at the Michigan Speech-Language Hearing Association's annual conference in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, and I was giving a presentation with my previous employer about using volunteers to model appropriate social, speech, and language behavior for children with disabilities. I stepped over to her booth and asked about the product, as it reminded me of a cute wiggle-worm. From then on, I knew that I wanted one for myself, so the first thing I bought when I started speech-language therapy was the Expanding Expression Tool Kit. Since then, the Expanding Expression Tool Kit has expanded. It now has many add-ons. To read more about the Expanding Expression Tool (EET), EET lessons, and more, continue reading!

ABCs 4 SLPs: D is for Data Collection

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Now that we're heading back into school, there is one "d" word that we all don't want to hear. "Data". It is time to start taking data again and if you are not organized at the beginning of the year, you may find yourself lost. In this post you will find links to different speech-language pathology bloggers who have created various data collection forms as well as applications that help with data tracking!

ABCs 4 SLPs: C is for Cubes/D is for Dice

ABCs 4 SLPs: C is for Cubes/D is for Dice image
I could not figure out which category to place some of these next items in. Cubes or dice? Luckily, dice are the same shape as cubes and some of these cubes can be used as dice. So, as a transition from the letter "C" to "D", here are some great ways to use cubes and dice in speech-language therapy! There are more activities that I could write about related to this topic than numbers on a twenty-sided die (although, I am not sure I will write about all of them...). Continue reading for ideas, DIY printable materials, products, and apps related to "cubes" and "dice"!

ABCs 4 SLPs: C is for Captions

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You may have seen those funny cat images with captions online (LOL Cats), read the New Yorker caption contest/played the game, or written captions for social pictures. There are many fun ways in which you can use captions to develop speech and language skills. This post will outline some different ways to use captions in speech-language therapy.

ABCs 4 SLPs: C is for Categories

ABCs 4 SLPs: C is for Categories image
Categorization involves placing items together in a group that share a common feature. Some items may share more than one feature while others may only share one feature. Categories can also be seen as broad or narrow. Sometimes if I want children to discuss features of items, I will show a chart starting with a broad category and have them help me narrow it down to a more specific category. Here is an example of moving from a broad category (birds) to a more narrow category (birds that don't fly and swim underwater) using a flow chart:

Category Chart

Another way we compare/contrast objects in categories is by using a Venn diagram. Within the circles of the Venn diagram, different descriptions and categories are written in. Here is an example comparing penguins and robins:

Venn Diagram Example

Finally, another way in which we work on categories is to see how many items a person can list in a given category. With some students, I use basic categories and with others I get more specific. For example, basic categories include shapes, animals, plants, foods, letters, etc. More advanced categories may include names of African animals found in a zoo or fun things to do in New York. Continue reading for some ideas of how to work on categories in speech-language therapy, DIY category tools, and cool therapy products related to categorization skills!

ABCs 4 SLPs Upcoming Event - G is for Giveaways!

G is For Giveaways Banner Consonantly Speaking

When I first started the ABCs 4 SLPs blog series, I thought I would be through all the letters by the end of August. Wishful thinking I guess. I also did not know I would be hosting a giveaway event. When I saw so many peoples' lives impacted by the iPad, apps, and events as well as the community of bloggers and companies helping each other online, I just could not help myself. Ended up coming up with "G is for Giveaways" and figured it wouldn't hurt to ask developers, bloggers, companies, authors, and more if they would be willing to donate an application code, product, book, or material from Teachers Pay Teachers.

In exchange, I am reviewing all of the products, books, apps, and more which I hope will help my readers understand all of the hard work that goes into creating an application, book, material, or product as well as understand how each one can be used in speech-language therapy. I hope everyone will follow these companies/bloggers/authors as they have been truly generous to myself and my readers by donating items to give away. I also hope that everyone will thank these wonderful people for what they have done regardless of if they win a giveaway or not. Finally, I hope that they will discover some different products/apps/books/companies/blogger's materials that will work for speech-language therapy and the reviews will help them determine which apps they would like to purchase to use or recommend to others! Now share away!

Here is a list of developers, bloggers, authors, companies, and more who are participating in this event:

  • Language Learning Apps LLC
  • Abitalk
  • Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development
  • Virtual Speech Center
  • Pi'ikea Street
  • Kids and Beyond
  • Brighter Futures for Beautiful Minds
  • Mobile Education Store
  • Pyxwise Software Inc.
  • Speech Pups LLC
  • Bee Visual
  • Artgig Studio
  • Thinkamingo
  • Erik X. Raj
  • Electrokite
  • SoGaBee
  • iHomeEducator
  • Jean-Eudes Lepelletier
  • Speech Time Fun
  • Little Speech Corner
  • RWH Technology
  • eSkills Learning
  • Fizz Brain Apps
  • Sascyn Publishing
  • Paperclip Robot
  • Night & Day Studios
  • Tribal Nova
  • Auryn Inc.
  • Kid's Academy
  • Good Neighbor Press
  • Speak in Motion
  • Speech Room News
  • Express SLP
  • Autism Language Learning
  • My First Puzzles
  • Pufferfish Software
  • The Quirkles
  • The Speech & Language Store
  • Sly Speech Apps
  • Heppi
  • SpeechPathologyApps.com
  • Tactus Therapy Solutions
  • Therapy-Box
  • Peapod Labs
  • Lois Jane Brady (author of Apps for Autism)
  • SN Squared Limited
  • SLP TechTools
  • Good Karma Applications
  • Speech Page
  • iGet It Apps
  • ARTEL Larsen
  • Super Duper Publications
  • Crazy Speech World
  • Look2Learn
  • Shoe the Goose
  • Table Topics
  • Sly Speech Apps
  • Apps by Auryn
  • Paperclip Robot
  • Peapod Labs
  • Luca Lashes
  • The Attainment Company

ABCs 4 SLPs: C is for Calming Down

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We all know that speech-language pathologists sometimes suffer from burnout, but we also must be mindful of our client's stress levels. There are many different strategies to help yourself and others calm down before or after a speech therapy session. This post will discuss strategies, music, exercises, and visuals related to calming down in stressful situations.

ABCs 4 SLPs: C is for Car Rides

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Over the summer and during school breaks, many families take vacations that involve long car rides. When I was growing up, my parents made sure that we weren't plugged into video games on car rides and keeping up with our education. Summer and breaks were not only time for fun, but they also wanted to make sure our skills were kept up over the summer, especially on the way to our cottage, vacation, the beach, and while running errands. To learn what great ideas I learned from my parents to keep up your children's skills over the summer/school breaks and other ideas to practice speech and language skills on your next car ride, continue reading!

ABCs 4 SLPs: C is for Cooking

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There's nothing like a good snack in speech-language therapy. If I had it my way, and had the money, I would have a snack available everyday during speech sessions! There are not many foods that I would not try, especially cookies and candies! I'm sure my students feel the same! In this post, I will discuss enhancing a persons' communication skills through cooking, how to use a simple recipe in speech-language therapy, some fun food apps to use in speech-language therapy sessions, and some other great speech and language websites that serve up some fine speech techniques along with their food!

ABCs 4 SLPs: C is for Cards

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Cue cards. Card games. Business cards. Conversation starter cards. Vocabulary cards. There are so many ways to use cards in therapy that I almost don't know if I can fit them all into one post! I'm going to try to show you as many ways as I can that you can use cards in speech and language therapy in this post. Can I do it or will it overload the page? How many different strategies can I fit into one post? To find out, continue reading my post on using cards in speech-language therapy!

ABCs 4 SLPs: C is for Comic Strips

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I'm not talking about your average Sunday morning paper comics. I'm also not talking about Batman and Robin saving the day with a POW! and a WHACK! I'm talking about using comic strips in speech-language therapy. Continue reading to learn about Comic Strip Conversations, other ways to use comics in speech-language therapy, websites that have resources to create your own comic strips, and comic strip apps!

Verbs News Application Review

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Breaking News! This just in...a new application is that focuses on verb tenses is now available for the iPad! With a news theme and graphics as well as the ability to collect data, this application is revolutionary in the iTunes store! The application is called Verbs News, developed by Virtual Speech Center. To read my review of this great application, continue reading below.

ABCs 4 SLPs: B is for Better Hearing and Speech Month

ABCs 4 SLPs: B is for Better Hearing and Speech Month image
Lots of months have a special theme. February is Black History Month. June is Aphasia Awareness Month. April is Autism Awareness Month. A special month for speech-language pathologists and audiologists, sponsored by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association is Better Hearing and Speech Month each May! Throughout this month, speech-language pathologists and audiologists discuss strategies to promote better hearing and speech! In addition, resources are given, hearing screenings/tests are promoted, there is a significant amount of media promoting speech and language development, and more! Continue reading for more information and resources for Better Speech and Hearing Month!

ABCs 4 SLPs: B is for Boardmaker

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If you have not heard of Boardmaker, then I am not sure if you are a speech-language pathologist... Boardmaker is one of the must-haves for any speech-language pathologist who needs to make visual schedules, AAC communication boards, visuals, social stories, speech and language activities, animated speech and language games or books, and more! Boardmaker uses Picture Communication Symbols (PCS) to create consistency across products and thousands of images. If you have heard the word "Boardmaker" and would like to learn more about the Boardmaker software, continue reading!

PCS symbols

ABCs 4 SLPs: B is for Builder - Conversation Builder Application Review

ABCs 4 SLPs: B is for Builder - Conversation Builder Application Review image
There is no app out there today like Conversation Builder for practicing conversational turns. Winner of two awards, the Geek SLP Seal of Approval and the 2nd Best Educational App by Smart Apps for Kids, Conversation Builder uses real life, conversation-inducing photos of children in various situations; which are the closest to the real thing! Great for preparing students for taking turns in conversation, this app allows children to record and play back their own speech in conversation. Continue reading for my review of Conversation Builder!

ABCs 4 SLPs: B is for Builder - Story Builder Application Review

ABCs 4 SLPs: B is for Builder - Story Builder Application Review image
Children are the most creative of us all. With their young minds developing entertaining stories, capture their stories and narrative development with the Story Builder app. Winner of the Best Reading App of 2011 by the Huffington Post, this application assists in story organization, details, and story grammar to guide students to develop the best story they possibly can! Continue reading for my review of Story Builder!

ABCs 4 SLPs: B is for Builder - Question Builder Application Review

ABCs 4 SLPs: B is for Builder - Question Builder Application Review image
There is no question about it, the Question Builder application is great for speech-language therapy! Many of our clients work on answering WH questions and this application focuses on 3 different types! With the ability to collect data on a student and adjust the level of play based on the age, cognitive level, and grade of the student, it is no wonder that this application was named in the top 12 reading comprehension applications from ReadingRockets.com! Continue reading for my review of Question Builder!

ABCs 4 SLPs: B is for Builder - Preposition Builder Application Review

ABCs 4 SLPs: B is for Builder - Preposition Builder Application Review image
In, on, under, above, below, at, by – these prepositions and so many more are focused on in the Preposition Builder application. View an image to help your students complete a cloze sentence involving these apps, and have fun at the same time! With reinforcement through repetition of correct sentences and an animated story, this application will certainly keep your students’ attention and help them learn prepositions at the same time! Continue reading for my review of Preposition Builder!

ABCs 4 SLPs: B is for Builder - Sentence Builder Application Review

ABCs 4 SLPs: B is for Builder - Sentence Builder Application Review image
Need an exciting and innovative way to work on sentence construction with your students? Sentence Builder is the dream app you have been looking for! With animated characters, 3D visuals, and funny sentences throughout, this application will motivate your students and help them learn how to form grammatically correct sentences at the same time!

Sentence Builder, the 2010 IEAR Language Arts App of the Year developed by the Mobile Education Store, is an educational app that helps children learn how to form grammatically correct sentences. Each sentence is matched with a cartoon or clip art picture to help the student determine the correct way to form the sentence. This application is great for speech-language pathologists and teachers who are working on various grammatical concepts and sentence structure with their students! Continue reading for my review of Sentence Builder.

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