Monday, April 7, 2014

Take the TPT Plunge Linky Party!



TpT and I have been great friends for a very long time.  Back when I began this blog and was creating materials and hosting them through Google, etc. I thought that there had to be a better way to host the materials.  When I ran across an article about the now-famous Deanna Jump and looked into this "Teachers pay Teachers thing".  It wasn't long before some of my now-favorite SLP bloggers were populating their shops with amazing materials that have forever transformed my therapy and career!

However... I did hesitate to make my first purchases on TpT!  When I finally did make the move from Freebie Downloader to Paid Materials Purchaser I found some of the best materials!  My first purchase was from the amazing Nicole Allison at Allison's Speech Peeps.  Her "K-5 Common Core Standards Supporting IEP Goals for English Language Arts" has become a go-to for me in developing CCSS-aligned goals and has, to no surprise to me, become the #1 Best-Selling SLP material on TpT!

I also purchased an amazing social skills material from Jenna at Speech Room News.  "Yellow Brick Road Social Skills" has been used with all of my elementary students with pragmatic language skills goals and has been a huge hit.  It's very motivating and thorough!

My new No-Print materials have saved me a TON of time this year.  My favorite is my "No Print I 'Mustache' You a Question: Answering and Formulating Questions" material!  These No-Print materials are perfect for use with Smart Boards, iPads, and computers with PDF readers and they act like apps!  Plus... they are MUCH cheaper than apps with the same amount of material included!

Are you ready?!?

Check out the other great bloggers linking up over at The Dabbling Speechie for this great linky party!  Enjoy!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Appy Friday ~ iName It from Smarty Ears


Smarty Ears has recently asked me to take a look through one of their apps - iName It.  It is described as a an app designed to help individuals with difficulty recalling the names of common items found in the home.  Here's more...
 Once the app is open, this is the screen you begin with.  The simple design of this app makes it perfect for use with all ages.


This app is a single-player app.  You access players through the "Start Practice" option on the home screen.  Choose a player and begin.

 You then come to the choice of five visual scenes.  Each scene comes with ten vocabulary words and each vocabulary word includes five levels of cueing.  

 Once in the scene, all of the items to be found are shown at the bottom.  By pressing the eye icon, only those items remain in color.  This option can be toggled at any point.

When an item has been tapped, it will remain in color while all others are greyed out.  You can have the client name the item at this point.  If correct, simply tap the check mark and this will be recorded as a correct response.  If not, click the magnifying glass to move to cues. 

At any point in the cueing, you can mark that they got the item correct.  Initially, the item is only magnified (L).  The pencil shows the word completion cue (R).

The book shows semantic cue (L) and the square shows sentence completion (R).

 The speech bubble shows phonemic cue (L) and the ABC cue is the written cue (R).
After all cues have been given, a final Got It/Missed will be shown for data tracking.

 At the bottom you will see the green check or red X on the items completed.

After sessions are completed results are available in the Results section of the app.  These are broken down by cues and visual scenes.  It also gives you which cue is most successful which is great information for families and caregivers.

 If you'd like to see more about this app, check out Smarty Ears' video below:

Overall this is a useful and straightforward app for all ages, particularly the adult population and any clients who have been diagnosed with Aphasia.  Here is my quick pros/improvements list:

Pros:
  • Nice, realistic, stimulus visual scenes.
  • Clear voice on stimulus items.
  • Data collection for each client is included!
  • Built-in compatibility with Therapy Report Center helps with report writing and progress monitoring.
  • Great app for use with adult clients.
  • Good price for such a comprehensive app.
Improvements:
  • I would like to be able to use this with multiple clients at one time.  At this time only one client can be selected at a time.
  • It would be great to be able to record clients in the app to assess sentence creation and other expressive tasks.
  • I would like the got it/missed displayed with all cues so you can track accuracy with each cue type.
     (Reg Ed children/schools)
(adults/rehab or severe population children/teen)

Overall a comprehensive and useful app!  It is currently available for only $14.99:

We're hosting a giveaway of this app!  Check it out and enter below!


Disclosure: Smarty Ears provided a copy of this app for review.  No other compensation was provided and all opinions are that of the author.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Appy Friday ~ Secret Mission Articulation from Erik X. Raj

Psssssst... this just in: Evil robots are invading your articulation sessions and they must be stopped!


You know that good ol' standby, "hangman"?  It's a great game but a totally worn out format.  Erik X. Raj has re-vamped this classic to appeal to our articulation clients of now in his new app, "Secret Mission Articulation".  Here's more about this newbie app...

 This fun and animated screen welcomes you to this app.  There are commonly misarticulated sounds ready for you in every position and blends!  This app is a collection of 600 (no typo!) sound-specific words for articulation practice.  And the huge bonus is... it is totally MOTIVATING (gasp)!  This app has quickly become a favorite of my elementary artic students.

 Simply choose a sound and then a position (or mixed which is awesome for carryover or multiple clients!)

Students are then shown this secret mission screen.  You can choose to hear the hilarious Erik Raj tell you about your mission by choosing "Hear your secret mission" at the top of the screen.  Or, you can be boring and just begin guessing letters.  For added fun, and practice, we say an articulation word before guessing and they are only allowed to guess a letter that is in the word they just said.  Otherwise, you can just play the plain ol' method which is much like hangman.

As you guess, your letters are turned yellow and correct letters are added to the word strip below.

 When you have finished the word, click "enter" to solve the secret mission.

After each completed mission, you will see this animated screen.  You can practice the word here.  We use it in sentences or phrases depending on the level of the client.  You can hear the word said to you or select to try another mission.  You can also access the home screen from here.

So, overall, this is one of my favorite artic apps for 2nd grade and above (or your smarty pants 1st graders)!  Let's be honest, I totally love Erik's other apps (I Dare You Articulation, Multiple Choice Articulation, and Listen Close Articulation) because they spice up Articulation therapy for my students and they look forward to the apps after a week of drill!  They are excellent for RtI work, quick and easy to use, and affordable for families for at-home practice!   Here is a quick run-down of Pros/Improvements:

Pros:
  • Totally motivating.
  • Great for younger students as well as hard-to-motivate older students.
  • Inexpensive - $4.99!
  • Colorful.
  • 600 sound-specific words.
  • "Mixed" words option is great.
  • Perfect for use/extra practice at home.
Improvements:
  • A built-in data collection method would be sweet.

For more information about the app, watch the sweet video.

And, as always, the amazing Erik X. Raj and I are teaming up for a giveaway.  Enter below for your chance to win a copy of the "Secret Mission Articulation" app AND a $25 iTunes Gift Card AND any articulation material from my TpT Store (excluding bundles)!  Can you say TOTALLY TUBULAR?!?