Sunday, September 14, 2014

Arrrr! Pirates: A Speech and Language Unit

If you are celebrating Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19) or costumes, or are simply just having a Pirate theme in your room, this packet is perfect for you! It is designed to meet the needs of all of your students in just one packet. This includes various speech/ articulation and expressive/ receptive language goals.  

These activities are included in the packet:

-Articulation Cards (pages 4-38): includes cards for /s/, s-blends, /z/, voiceless th, voiced th 

-WH Question Cards (pages 39-42): includes who, what, where, when, why, how questions with wild cards (take another turn, put a card back). Note these wild cards can be used with the articulation cards as well. 

-Writing Prompts (pages 43-45): includes three prompts about pirates, including making up an adventure and summarizing information learned 

-Synonym/Antonym worksheets (pages 46-47): includes two worksheets (one synonym, one antonym) with 20 questions each

--Following Directions (pages 48-50): includes cards with 1-step, 2-step, conditional, and before/after

-Cannonball Cause/Effect (pages 51-52): includes two worksheets (one filled in, one blank) with cause/effect boxes

-Problem/Solution (pages 53-54): includes two worksheets (one filled in, one blank) with problem/solution boxes

-Description Web (pages 55-56): includes two describing graphic organizers (one male, one female)

-Simple Story Sequencing (page 57): includes one worksheet with boxes for first, then, last

-Paragraph Writing Organizer (page 58): includes one organizer to assist students in writing paragraphs with topic, detail, and concluding sentences

-Reinforcer Game Board: A game board to be used with any lesson.

If you are interested in purchasing this packet, you can find it in my Teachers Pay Teachers store!  

I cannot wait to use this with my students this week!  If you use this with your students, please send me pictures! 

P.S.  I'm not sure why the words are getting cut off on these pages.  On the actual packet, the words are NOT cut off.  

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Scheduling in the Schools

One of the biggest tasks of a school SLP is scheduling.   My school placement in graduate school was not until the spring, so I didn't have any practice trying to schedule 40, 50, 60 kids.  When I got to my school this summer, I realized I had double the caseload I thought I would and knew scheduling could turn into a nightmare.

To make it easy for myself, I created a schedule paper for the teachers.  I asked the teachers to fill out the form and return it to me ASAP.  I also kindly let them know that I have approximately 70 students that need to be scheduled, so I would appreciate their flexibility.

Once the teachers returned these forms, I was able to make my first draft of the schedule.  Honestly, I only had a few tweaks when I went to confirm it with the teachers.  Most of them were extremely understanding and actually told me whatever I need to do will work for them.

What are your thoughts?  How do you make scheduling easier?

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Monthly Must-Haves: September

Some of the bloggers and I have teamed up to bring you a new sale that we are calling "Monthly Must-Haves."  One item that we would consider a must-have in our stores will be 50% off today (September 7) ONLY.  You can get some great products at a great price!

My must-have product for this month is my Making Sense of Idioms packet!  It is all about the history and use of idioms!  You can find it in my TpT store.    It will be on sale today from 9am to 5pm Central time!

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Let's Learn Emotions {app review and giveaway}

Thanks for sticking with me as I've adjusted to the life of a busy school SLP!    Today, I bring you a BRAND NEW app!  There may be a giveaway later, so read on!

There are three activities as part of this app: matching game, discussion game, and flashcards practice .  There is also a section called manage emotions, where you can add your own emotions to the set.

The first is matching.  A question is listed at the top and then the student selects the picture that answers the question.

If selected correctly, it will highlight it in green.  If it is incorrect, it will highlight it in red like below:

The next activity is called Discussion Game.  It is straightforward- a discussion prompt and an emotion pull up.  The student then talks about it.

If the student would benefit from a picture cue, just touch the emotion word card and it flips to the picture.

The third and final activity is flashcards.  There is a picture that pops up.  Click on it, and the emotion as well as an explanation for how you can determine it pops up.

The final area is where you can add your own emotions:

If you want to change any of the settings, you can go to the settings page from the main menu:

or you can change the settings within each game:

Things I Love About This App:
-It targets goals my students are working on.
-It's engaging for my students.
-It uses real life photos.
-There are a variety of activities.
-You can add your own emotions/photos!
-It is really easy to use.

For Future Updates:
-Some of the pictures confused my students with autism.  For example, my students thought proud was excited.  I would love it if the pictures were a little more distinct, but I can also just turn off the confusing ones.
-I would love for there to be a way to take data in the app itself.  Not essential, but it would be nice.

Do you think this is something your students would enjoy?  You can find it in the iTunes store NOW for $2.99 here!

Everyday Speech is giving away one copy to a lucky reader!  Enter below for your chance to win.

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Note:  A copy of the app was provided for my review.  No other compensation was received.  All opinions expressed are mine. 
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Back to School Boost Sale

If you were like me, you spent early August trying to figure out the schedule, your caseload, the staff relationships, and all of that.  So when the TpT sale happened, I wasn't completely prepared with what I should buy, to be completely honest!  

But TpT heard everyone and has decided to throw a one day sale- today, August 20.  Everything will be up to 28% off!
Check out the sale here and fill up those carts!  Happy shopping!

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Articulation Test Center {app review}

As I have begun to plan for the school year, I've thought a lot about what I will need for my predominantly articulation caseload.  I have had my eye on the Articulation Test Center app ever since I saw it at ASHA in Chicago this fall!   Check it out with me.

The first thing you will notice is that there are two options: a screener and a full test.  They are both great tools to use, so let's look closer.

You will likely get a screen like this pretty soon after opening the app for the first time:

I highly recommend you watch these videos.  They could explain how to use the app way better than I could in a blog post.

Watch the Full Test tutorial here:

Watch the Screener/Quick Test tutorial here:

Another great place to start is the information tab:

Administering the Tests:

Once you start either the screener or the full test, the child will see a series of picture prompts and be asked to say what it is.  You can record the child speaking during the test, which makes it easy to go back and listen later.

To score:
The targeted sounds will be green.  If the child produces it incorrectly, simply click on the sound and it will change to red.  If it is an approximation, click on it again, and it will change to yellow.

If the child omits it completely, drag the sound upward and the symbol below will appear.  You can also mark substitutions and phonological processes.  Just drag the process to the sound, and it will mark it for you!

Once the child has completed all items, this screen will appear:

After the test, there will be a section for a speech sample.  You have your choice of scenes.  Once you're in the scene, click around and various prompts will appear:

Record the student during this time for review later.

Once you have this completed, the report section will appear.   You have several options.  The first is the words tested tab.  This will show all of the words tested and how you marked the errors.  It will also include any notes that you made.  

The next section is errors marked.  This will show the total percentage correct of the errors and the sounds that were incorrect.  These errors are compared to normative data or when the sound is normally developed.

Based on those errors, a report is generated and recommendations are made.  You have the option to print or email the report.  You can also add more conclusions that you may have to the report.  

What I Love:
-I love that it's a one-stop shop.  It has both a full test and a screener.
-I love that it's portable.  Maybe the place for the child to be tested is not the most convenient for us.  This app helps us out in this situation because we don't have to carry bulky test materials everywhere.
-I love the built-in report feature.  This makes for quick progress monitoring and saves me so much time!
-I love how comprehensive the data tracking is.  You can track omissions, substitutions, approximations, phonological processes, and other notes.
-I love the recording feature.  I cannot count the number of times I've wished I could have recorded what a child said and review it later.  This solves that problem!
-I love that the student's data is kept, so you can compare different reports and monitoring progress.
-I love that real pictures are used.  Sometimes symbols can be confusing, so this is an awesome feature.
-I love that it's pretty easy to use!
-I love the speech sample portion.  We learned in grad school how important this is, so I was very happy to see it included.
-I love the variety of settings and options to turn on/off to customize it to each student's needs.
-It is evidence/ normative data-based.  In the report section, you can see the research used cited at the bottom.

For Future Updates:
-Even for screenings, I like to collect a short speech sample.  Sometimes I cannot truly hear if a child has a sound in their phonemic inventory or not until a conversation.  So that being said, I would love for there to be a speech sample section as part of the screener.
-This is a long ways off and would take lots of research, but I would love if this app would be standardized.  Districts require standardized scores for formal testing most of the time, so this wouldn't qualify for that.  (However, it would be perfect for progress monitoring, as I mentioned, so I will definitely use it for that!).
-I would love it if the app could be programmed to automatically identify the phonological process.  It is just a picky little thing, but it would definitely save the tester time!

Bottom Line:
This is an amazing app that every SLP should have in their back pocket.  I cannot wait to use it in my speech room this year to assist with progress monitoring and screening!  

This app is currently listed at $49.99 in the iTunes store.   BUT from August 12 through August 14, both this app and their best selling Articulation Station Pro will be on sale for 30% off the normal cost.  That brings the price down to $34.99!!  This is their biggest sale of the year, so plan to get these apps while they are discounted!

Note: A code for the app was provided for my review.  No other compensation was received.  All opinions expressed are mine.   

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

What's In Your Cart? {linky}

It's time for another sale!!!!! I am so excited to tell you that the big Back to School sale on Teachers Pay Teachers is August 4 and 5 (Monday and Tuesday)!  Enter the code BTS14 at checkout and you will get up to 28% off all products in my store!  

Now let's talk about what's in my cart.  Jenna at Speech Room News hosts a linky party every sale for bloggers to show you what they're buying.  Check out all of the blog posts here.

Recommendations to buy:

I have a couple of new products in my store that I would love for you to take a look at.  The first is my new Owl Speech Room Decor set.

The second are my Speech War sets.  Later Developing 1, Later Developing 2, and Early Developing.

Finally, check out my new packet on Idioms.

Now for what's in my cart:

If You Take a Mouse to School Book Companion from For His Glory

I Can Posters from Natalie Snyders

Speech-Language Pathologist Administrative Portfolio from Nicole Allison.

I am not at all close to being done looking through all of the amazing products out there. I'm sure I will go back and checkout a couple times!

What's in Your Cart? 

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