Tuesday, February 24, 2015

What's In Your Cart? {Linky Party}

It's that time again--time for another sale!!  My wish list has been growing and growing, and I just couldn't wait much longer for another sale!  This Teachers Pay Teachers sale will be February 25th (Wednesday).  Be sure to use the code HEROES at checkout to save up to 28%!

Jenna over at Speech Room News is hosting another linky party for this sale!

One of the newest items in my store is my Tall Tales Unit.  It's a fun unit that your older students will love!

Get it here!
You can check out the rest of my store here!

Now for my wishlist:

Articulation Grab-N-Grow Books

Phonology Progress Monitoring Tool

Story in a Can

Daily Language Book

I'm also looking at some clipart!   I'm sure I will go back for more several times!

What's in your cart?

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Chicken Soup for the SLP Soul Blog Hop

Welcome to your next stop on the Chicken Soup for the SLP Soul Blog Hop!  I'm so glad you're here!  I hope you've been enjoying all of the stories so far. 

I want to tell you a story from this fall.  This is my first year as speech pathologist (I just graduated from graduate school in May).  I've been busy learning the tricks of the trade, and one of those is learning how to get students motivated.  I've also had to learn various strategies for writing, such as the Step-Up to Writing method.  One of my students has a goal for writing a 4-6 sentence paragraph with an introduction, conclusion, and at least three details. Well around Thanksgiving time, I wanted this student to write about what he did over the break.  I figured it would be a fairly easy prompt for him, especially since he loves food and Thanksgiving is all about food.  I gave him the outline, and he quickly wrote an introduction and four details.  He needed some prompting for the conclusion sentence, but he was able to create one.  When he began transferring it to a paragraph format, he began adding more details with minimum cueing from me.  In the end, he had an 11 sentence paragraph.  I had promised him some Cheese-Its, so he wrote it for me.  It was a breakthrough moment for him because he had never written anything that long before and had never written a narrative.  I immediately called his mother to brag about him a little bit.  It was in that moment that I realized how important it is to call parents to share positive stories (and not just the negative ones). 

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Check out these amazing prizes that you can win by participating in this hop!

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Task Cards for Language Skills {product review}

Note: This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. 
This week on Educents, there is an offer for Printable Task Cards for Language Skills!  Educents has been a great resource for me for educational activities, but I always get excited when I see something from a fellow SLP! 

Let's start with the basics, directly from Educents:

"Concepts covered:

ELA, vocabulary, grammar, reading comprehension, word meanings, prepositions
What's included?

  • 130 cards addressing categorization; some with visual cues and some without, with a total of 84 different questions.
  • 24 different multiple meaning words cards. Many words in English language have more than 1 meaning.  For some students with severe language disorders, the ability to learn a limited number of vocabulary words for a larger number of contexts is an advantage.  For others with less severe language disorders, this can be confusing.  Reading comprehension can be impacted by inability to understand word meanings.
  • 48 cards addressing plural nouns,  24 cards for possessive and 20 for pronouns.  Some have picture choices for responding.
  • 32 prepositions cards, in a multiple choice format, with visual cues.  Those cards are repeated without the choices, for a fill-in format. There is a game board and a spinner, with answer forms and student response forms for all sets."

That's a lot for one set, right?    Well this week, I had the opportunity to check out the "category" section.  Like it says above, there are 130 cards in total.  

There are various types of questions on these cards.  One: Find the category with and without visuals. 

 There are also multiple choice questions:



What I Like:
I like that there are so many different task cards, including but not limited to categories. I could find task cards in this set, one for every language goal my students have.   I like that these task cards provide many opportunities for my students to work on their goals.  I really like that she included some with visual supports. 

What I'd Like To See Improved:
This is not a huge deal, but there is a lot of waste space on these cards.  There is a lot of white space.  While this is appreciated for some students, there is not a lot of visual appeal to the cards.  

If you're interested in this set, you can get it on Educents HERE this week!  It's 35% off it's normal price of $32, so you can get all of the activities for $21! 

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Goals for Second Semester

We are one week in to second semester at my school, and I have done a lot of reflecting over the past few weeks about my goals for this semester.  I learned a lot during my first semester on the job.  I learned how to be more efficient when doing paperwork, how to manage my time so that no group is cut short on their minutes, how to see groups of 5-6 if needed, how to work with teachers, how to most effectively schedule meetings, and more.  It was a great first semester.  I cannot wait to see what second semester holds!

My goals for second semester:
-Rely less on games and instill in my students that drill is ok
-Have the students take more ownership of their data and be able to interpret it
-Continue planning interdisciplinary lessons that tie in with the Common Core
-Map out IEP meeting schedule for the rest of the semester
-Read up on hypernasality
-Continue to try to not take work home (it's inevitable sometimes, but I like to be done for the day when I come home)

Goals for my students:
-Be able to use their data
-Improve scores on district and state assessments
-Make progress on their speech, language, social language, voice, and/or fluency goals

My personal goals:
-Drink more water
-Sleep 8 hours/ night
-Read for fun
-Go to the gym 3x/ week

Those are just some of my many goals!  I'll let you know in May/ June how they turned out!

What are your goals for this semester? 

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Top 10 Apps of the Year (2014)- Yapp Guru Expert Linky Party

Hope you all had a fantastic New Year!   As you are probably aware, I am part of Yapp Guru, serving as an "expert" app reviewer.    As part of being an expert, we were asked to list our top ten apps of the year.

I have used my iPad a lot this first year on the job.  It has been an easy go-to when I've had a busy day and haven't had time to prep the materials I wanted to (again, still learning!).  My students find the iPad extremely engaging, and they are still working on their goals. What more does an SLP want? ;)

So without further ado, here are my top ten apps of 2014!

This is one of my favorite apps because you can target so many different goals in one therapy session.  I also love that it is multi-player.  The areas it targets are figurative language, vocabulary, WH questions, sequencing, predicting, and inferencing.  

This app has been my go-to this year to get quick data for myself when a referral comes in or a transfer student with a current IEP comes in.  I like to get update information for myself in addition to the information already provided in the IEP.  It is a great tool!  It may seem expensive at first, but it is definitely worth the price.  The quality of this app is phenomenal!

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This is another app that I use a lot with my students.  They love that it's a board game, and I love that it keeps them engaged.  Again, you can work on multiple goals in one session, and it is multiplayer!  It focuses on antonyms, synonyms, and multiple meaning words! 

Verb Quest- $19.99

I have one student in particular that is working on verbs and using them in a sentence.  This is a great way for him to practice determining which one (from a choice of 2) goes into the sentence.  He can work on it independently while I'm working with other students!  Students love the wizard theme, too!

This app is one of my students' favorites and therefore one of my favorites.  Erik has created an app that allows the students to get many productions of their sounds while having tons of fun and great discussions!

 This is one of my students' favorite reinforcer apps!  When they earn a prize and choose 2 minutes on their choice of game on the iPad, this is often what they choose.  I also use it for following directions and WH questions regarding what they have made. 

Word Flips- $29.99

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Word Flips is a book that I was first introduced to when I did my clinical rotation at a Children's hospital.  Then I found out that they made an app version!  I was so excited.  My students with apraxia enjoy this app and "flipping" the pages to a new word! 

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This app is another one my students enjoy!  Something about board games really gets them interested.  I use this with my students of all ages (K through 5).  It is a fun way to practice articulation targets and take data! 

Social Quest- $21.99

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This app is another go-to for me when I need something quick to pull out for my students working on these skills.  It addresses situations in various locations that you would be in throughout your normal day (classroom, kitchen, etc).  

Lego Juniors- FREE
 Again, this is one of my students' favorite reinforcers, another game that they always select for their prize time.  It's popular with both the boys and the girls!  I also use it for describing, following directions, and WH questions.

It was a great year, and I have learned to love these apps and many more.  Check out more blog posts from Yapp Guru experts here!  

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Monday, December 29, 2014

TalkPath Therapy: Cognitive Exercises {app review}

Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!

If you remember way back to July, I wrote a review for an app called TalkPath Therapy.   You can find my initial review here.    Today,  I want to take a look at their newly added cognitive exercises!

Check out this video explanation here:

As before, there are activities for listening, speaking, writing, and reading.  Now, they have added activities for memory, reasoning, and ADLs.

When you first log in as an SLP, you see this dashboard.  It allows you to view exercises, make changes.

There are three types of cognitive activities: memory, reasoning, and ADLs.


In Immediate Memory, you have six choices of activities.  In unfamiliar items, the patient is asked to indicate which item is not familiar between a series of pictures. They are then asked to identify the picture of the item that does not belong.   In related word recall, the patient will find words that share a common theme.  The app gives two words aloud. The patient is then asked to select the words that they have just heard.  In letter recall, the patient is shown a letter and then is asked to identify the letter from a couple of choices.  In picture recall, the patient is shown a picture and then is asked to identify the picture from a couple of choices. In number recall, the patient is shown a number and is then asked to identify the number by typing it into a calculator. In unrelated word recall, the patient is given two words that are not related.  They are then asked to identify each of the words from a couple of choices.

In recent memory, there are three activities to choose from.  In paragraph detail, the patient answers questions about key points from a paragraph.  The paragraph is read aloud to the patient.  In sentence detail, the patient listens to a sentence and answers specific questions about the sentence. In delayed memory, the patient is asked to remember a set of words spoken aloud after a brief distraction.

In remote memory, there is only activity: general knowledge.  The patient is asked to recall facts about general knowledge.  For example, "How many days are in October?"  or "What is the capital city of the USA?"


In categorization, there are three activities: parts of a whole, name the category, and what belongs?
In parts of a whole, the patient is asked to identify elements of a given word.  In name the category, the patient is given a set of words and has to identify the category in which they belong.  In what belongs?, the patient is given a set of words and then has to choose the word that belongs from a set of choices at the bottom of the screen.

In general reasoning, there are four choices of activities: inference, signs/symbols, what's wrong?, and symbol machine.  In inference, the patient will listen to a sentence and then answer the question written on the screen/that is spoken aloud. In signs/symbols, the patient is asked to use their knowledge of signs and symbols to answer questions about their function.  For example, an "x" means multiplied by. In what's wrong?, the patient is asked to look at a picture and then locate the inconsistency/ what's wrong in the picture.  In symbol matching, the patient is given a symbol and has to identify the symbol that matches most closely to it.

In math, there are five activities: addition, division, mixed, multiplication, and subtraction. In addition, the patient performs addition problems with the help of an on-screen calculator.  In division, the patient performs division problems with the help of an on-screen calculator.  In mixed math, the patient is asked to apply knowledge to problems that have more than one step (e.g. (7/7) x 20 =  ___ ). In multiplication, the patient performs multiplication problems with the help of an on-screen calculator. In subtraction, the patient performs subtraction problems with the help of an on-screen calculator

Activities of Daily Living (ADLs):

In Finding Information, there are five categories.  In All About Dogs, the patient uses the table of contents from a book called All About Dogs to answer various questions. In Cookie Index, the patient uses information from a book about cookies to answer questions. In Food Label, the patient practices reading food labels and answers questions about them.  In Languages of the World, the patient uses the index of Languages of the World to answer various questions. In Prescription Label, the patient will locate appropriate items on the given prescription label.

In Reading Menus, the patient is given a menu and is asked to answer questions/ follow directions. For example, "Touch the grilled chicken."  There are four menu options.

In Getting Around, there are three options: city map, shopping mall, and train schedule. In city map, the patient practices navigating through a city using the given map.  In shopping mall, the patient uses  map of the mall to answer questions.  In train schedule, the patient will practice reading and using the given train schedule.

In Telling Time, there are two activities: reading analog clock and setting analog clock.  These activities are just as they sound.  The patient will practice reading the clock by matching it with the digital display of the same time and will practice setting a clock to the correct time.

In Scheduling Events, there are four activities.  In reading calendars and schedules, the patient will answer questions based on a given calendar/schedule.  In Oscar's Best and Sunrise Cinema, the patient will use a flyer to answer questions about movie showings.  In Party Invitations, the patient will practice reading and using a party invitation by locating important details.

One of my favorite features of this app is the reports section.  They are so detailed, breaking it down by day and activity completed.

Things I Love:
-The different levels for every activity
-The indepth reports
-The large number of questions under each activity
-The practicality of each activity
-Visuals for correct and incorrect answers (green check mark and red X)
-The multiple choice set up for questions
-These can be assigned as homework and can be completed by the patient without the SLP present (as homework)
-The client can have their own log in

Overall, this continues to be a great app for use with adult clients.  I can see many uses for these activities with some of my elementary students as well.  These activities make for practical therapy sessions while keeping the patient engaged.  Additionally, they make for easy homework for the patient.

Do you see yourself using this app? 

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Monthly Must-Have Sale: December

Happy December!  The 7th of another month, so that means another monthly must-have sale!

Polar Express Expressive Language will be discounted today only.  Get it while it's on sale!!

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