Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Word Vault Pro Update {review and giveaway}

Awhile back, I wrote a post about Word Vault. You can read about that here.   In January of this year, the app got a major update.  I wanted to tell you about it so you can see how awesome it is!

The first thing I noticed was how colorful it is!  This re-design is really appealing to my eyes.

The second thing I noticed was how comprehensive each of the sections were.  Check out all of the options below.  They had these sections before, but they added a lot to each.  You can also add your own to each!!

Another thing I love about this update is the use of real photos:

Other awesome features:
-You can track data.
-You can set up profiles for each student and you can set up groups for them as well.
-You can add your own words.
-Each word has audio with it.
-There are 1800+ flashcards in 25+ categories.

In summary, I really really really LOVE this update.  I use this app all the time.

If you want this app, you can purchase it on the iTunes store for $49.99 (at the time of this review).  BUT, I have some awesome info for you--It will be 50% this Wednesday, May 20, 2015 before midnight Eastern!! That is, it will be $25!!  That is a STEAL!   Don't miss out on this Better Hearing and Speech Month deal!  

Wait....there's more!!  Home Speech Home has generously donated a code for a lucky reader!! Enter the rafflecopter below for your chance to win!  Good luck!

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PS.  If you want to try the app out before purchasing the full version, check out Word Vault Essential.
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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Yes/No Barn {app review + giveaway}

Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're enjoying the TpT sale that's happening right now!  I have been checking out some new apps recently, and I wanted to share them with you as part of Better Hearing and Speech Month!

The first one I want to share with you is Yes/No Barn from Smarty Ears!

One of my favorite features about this app is how intuitive it is.   Just simply set up your player(s), hit play, and you're off!

The questions are all yes/no questions (as the title of the app suggests).  The students simply answer the question and press the left duck (no) or the right duck (yes).  Some of the questions use clipart images:

Others use real photos:

Some of the questions are about what the student is doing, wearing, etc.  They look like this:

In this case, the child will give you an answer, and you will mark whether or not they answered correctly.

All Smarty Ears apps feature an awesome report section, and this app is no exception!   It separates the reports by date and also by type of question asked.

Overall, I really like this app.  It's a great way to target yes/no questions.  It is very intuitive.  The report section is very detailed, and the reports can be shared or printed.   Students enjoy the app, and the images are not too difficult for them to figure out.  This is a great option for individual therapy, group therapy or for center time!

If you are interested in this app, you can purchase it on the iTunes store for $3.99 for Better Hearing and Speech Month.  It is normally $5.99, so grab it while it's discounted!

Smarty Ears is generously offering one lucky reader a code for this app.  Enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win! Good luck!

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Monday, May 4, 2015

What's in Your Cart {linky party}

As you probably know, this week is Teacher Appreciation Week!  Well, we aren't teachers, but a lot of us do work in the education world!  Our school celebrates all staff this week (teachers, SLPs, OTs, PTs, etc), so we should all celebrate too!

Jenna from Speech Room News is hosting another linky party for us to show you some of our new products and what's in our cart!

First up is my new Simplified Speech Therapy Planner!

Another new game is Speech War!  Check out Later Developing Sounds 1, Later Developing Sounds 2, and Early Developing Sounds.

Now for what's in my cart!

Triangles of Meaning from Schoolhouse Talk

Artic Deck by Nicole Allison 

Enjoy the sale here!! Remember to use the code: ThankYou at checkout!! 
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Sunday, April 26, 2015

I Can Have Conversations With You {app review}

I am always looking for new ways to target social skills and pragmatics.  I was recently contacted about a new app called I Can Have Conversations With You!  This app is specifically designed for those students with autism, PDD, Asperger's syndrome, or social communication disorder.  IT is for students who are 6 years or older, able to read, able to use the iPad, and can speak in sentences.  Check it out with me!

Let's talk a little bit about the features of this app. This app features video modeling of conversations, interactive cues, a "role play" aspect using the child's voice, hundreds of conversational exchanges, and custom progress reports complete with strengths and areas of improvement.

Check out this video for a tour of the app:

The students will work through modules like the one below.  First, they will complete the activity receptively.  They answer multiple choice and yes/no questions.  At the end, they will do an SLP-led role-play and complete an expressive activity.  They will fill in what they think the answer should be.

Throughout the module, Karen comes on the screen to give some positive reinforcement.

Here's the menu for SLPs.  You have options to re-watch the greeting, create an assessment, view the results for the student, purchase more modules, and more!

Here's what I love about this app:
This app has a lot of different scenarios.  These scenarios are relevant to my students' everyday lives, which makes this app very practical for them.  You can create an assessment for the student within the app.  The app also creates detailed reports for you.  I really like that the app gives you recommendations on the next step and gives strengths and weaknesses.  Finally ,this is a good app to suggest to parents for students to practice at home.

What I would love in future updates:
The app is designed for a single player right now.  I would love to see a way for it to be multi-player and track data for multiple students.   I would also like for it to show data at every step, not just at the end of a module.

Interested in this app?  You can purchase it on the app store for $29.99!

Note:  A copy of this app was provided for my review.  No other compensation was received.  All opinions expressed are mine.  

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Everyday Speech Social Skills Videos {product review + giveaway}

Are you familiar with Everyday Speech?  They created the apps called Let's Be Social, Let's Learn Emotions, and Let's Use Language!  They have had so much success with the videos included included in the Let's Be Social app, that they decided to make more.  I was so excited when they told me about this because these are PERFECT for my students!   Check them out below:

Everyday Speech is selling these videos as a stand alone package.  You can buy them individually, in bundles, or subscribe for full access!  You will be able to watch these videos from a computer or tablet.  You will also be able to stream them or download them for later use.

Here is the list of videos that they plan to include in this package:

These videos use real kids and discuss real life scenarios!  There are options for younger kids and older kids.  Here's some sneak peeks of what the videos may include.

These videos are such a fabulous resource.  I am so thankful for them.  As I mentioned, they are perfect for a couple of my students.  They correlate perfectly to the students' IEP goals!  This videos are also short--about 2 minutes on average.  Here's an example of a video:

Here's the amazing part:  Everyday Speech is giving away TWO free packages to Home Sweet Speech Room readers!  All you have to do is sign up for their waiting list!

For the site that has the most people sign up for the waiting list, they are giving EVERYONE who signed up through that site a free package.  WOW!!  

Wait...there's more.  Everyone who signs up for the waiting list with the link below will also get 50% off the package if you do not win a free one!  Isn't that amazing?

In summary, signing up for the waitlist will get you these things:
-50% off the video package price
-An entry to win one of two free packages for Home Sweet Speech Room readers
-If we have the most people sign up, everyone who signed up on here gets a free package!

So sign up HERE!

Once you do that, tell me what you think! I'd love to hear it!

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Guest Post at Speech to the Core

Today, I'm writing about a day in my life over at Speech to the Core!   I would love for you to go check it out.  Here's a sneak peek:  

Happy Monday!

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