App Review: iPractice Verbs

Smarty Ears consistently makes some of my favorite speech & language iPad apps! So excited to share THREE with you this week (with givewaways) so stay tuned!!

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Today, iPractice Verbs is up! As always, click on any pictures throughout the review to check out more about the app in the App Store!

When you open the app, you have the choice of either doing Flashcards or Find It. I’ll discuss both below:

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 For both, you can customize the word lists used. I love this feature!

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Flashcards is exactly what it sounds like! The page that comes up will look like the image below:

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As you can see, you can chance the test (present, present progressive, past) and the utterance length (word, phrase, sentence). You can also see whose turn it is on the right side! Data can be taken quickly in the bottom right corner as well.

Check out some of the images below to see what changes as I play around with the features a bit.

First, I change the verb to past tense.

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Then, I changed the length from word to phrase.

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Here is another flashcard. You can see my stars building on the top. Your student gets a star up there for each correct response!

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After you collect 10 stars, your student will earn a card which gets kept on their sticker page!

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After you’re finished and exit out, you will see three options:

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You can view the sticker page (see the image above). You can also see progress cards (see image below).

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Last, you can make certificates for your students that are customizable!

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As I mentioned wayyyy back at the beginning of this review, you can also utilize a “Find It” option instead of Flashcards. This option is customizable:

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When the activity begins, it will look something like this:

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When you find the correct answer, it becomes larger:

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If you press an incorrect answer, it goes away and an empty white box is shown instead:

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And here is an example of a sentence cue instead of a single word:

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Great right?

OVERALL:

This app is a good one for practicing and using verbs of varying tense! I like that it has both an expressive and receptive component. Smarty Ears apps are some of my favorites, and I appreciate that they can upload data to the free Therapy Report Center. The pictures in this app were clear and everything is very intuitive! I like the simple use of graphics because sometimes I think apps overdo it in the graphics department :) The app is available for $9.99 in the App Store and I think it is definitely worth that price! An easy and effective way to target verbs!

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Real Vocabulary Pro App Review

Lately, I feel like my motto has been, “When life gets crazy,  use apps!” Things have been insane around here lately and having go-to apps to use has been amazing. That’s why I’ve dedicated this week to app reviews! Come back each day this week for another app review to help you finish the school year strong!! Some might even have some giveaways ;)

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Up today is… Real Vocabulary Pro by Virtual Speech Center Inc. Click on any of the pictures throughout this review to check out more about this app, or click here!

When you open the app, you are able to customize what your students see. You can choose a grade level and activity: synonyms, antonyms, idioms, definitions, or multiple meaning words. Just check what you want (you can choose multiple things to target at the same time) and go!

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Then, you can customize whether you want the app to target expressive or receptive language.

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As you can see from the screenshots above, the app allows you to take data as well! The fork shows you how many trials you have done.

Check out some of the images below to see the some of the various types of questions/levels included in this app:

Antonym (What is the opposite of ________?)

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Definition (What is _______?)

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Multiple Meaning Words (What else can _________ mean?)

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Idioms (What did he/she/they mean?)

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Like I said earlier, the app also takes data!! Check out some examples of what it can do below:

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Another thing to note is that the app also includes mini games you can play (chef/restaurant themed) which is great when you need a quick, related reinforcer! They are quick and easy to learn!

Overall:

Vocabulary is SO important and I target it often. I love having an app to pull up quickly. The graphics are cute I like the fact there are reinforcer activities built in for kiddos who need it! Virtual Speech Center is great and I appreciate having the vocabulary words broken up by grade level for easy differentiation. Additionally, you can customize words lists as well. One thing I wish I could add is that the app gave you a way to teach the vocabulary. I consider this app more of a progress monitoring tool because it is set up like a test. It doesn’t necessarily teach the vocabulary words or give your student an opportunity to interact with the words.

 If you’re curious, this app is $29.99 and available in the App Store here!

Speachy Feedback: April 2014

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I love reading feedback. For real. Check out this amazing feedback I got recently on my Common Core Binder for SLPs Binder:

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“To be honest I was hesitant to buy this product because of the price. I read the comments and saw how much others liked it. I bought it and was not disappointed. What a great product… it has everything… and I mean EVERYTHING! I love it. I love the screening tools, data collection, and how its organized. Great product and worth the money! Thanks for sharing it on TPT!!!”          -Beth Hartmann

Beth, you made my day! Email me at speechymusings@gmail.com for a free product from my store!!

If you’re interested, check out the product here.

Thanks everyone for your feedback! Click here to see all of the Speachy Feedback posts this month to see if you’ve won!

Take the TpT Plunge!

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I LOVE TpT and I hope many of you do too! Felice over at The Dabbling Speechie had an amazing idea to share two resources we use all the time, and one that we made that we think others would love! So many people I know rely on Teachers Pay Teachers for the free products. Being a graduate student, I totally get that. To be honest, I search for free items before looking through paid ones when I need something. But VERY often, I end up purchasing products for several reasons:

1) They are super comprehensive. Oftentimes, when I buy a whole packet, it gives me ideas I would never have thought to search for! I love this, and I really think it makes me a better SLP.

2) It saves you time! For example, purchasing a phonology packet for multiple processes saves you time from finding a free material for each process.

3) Your things match. Let’s be real… most of us are Type A and enjoy things that match and go together. I sure do!

So check out my faves and then head on over to The Dabbling Speechie here to read everybody else’s post!

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(1) Alphabet File Folder Songs for Basic Language by Super Power Speech

I’ve been absolutely loving these file folder songs lately! I haven’t even made them all, but I probably use at least one a day!

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(2) Articulation Placemats: Homework Sheets and Drill Activities by Figuratively Speeching SLP

Again, I use these almost every day! They were definitely worth the cost. I actually use them in the speech room (instead of as homework) but my students are about 100x more motivated when they get to use a spinner. I bought cheap snap on ones on Amazon that work great and make drill much more fun!

One newer item I’d definitely recommend from my store is my WH Questions Interactive Book.

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I put the entire thing in a binder and use it several times a day. My kiddos have really responded well to this book, and have began answering WH questions much more accurately! I’m on a kick lately making interactive products so check out my store here for more!

And make sure to head back to The Dabbling Speechie here to read others’ recommendations!

I Can Do Apps!

I LOVE apps!! They are so perfect for grab and go sessions, or filling a couple minutes between activities. Recently, I was introduced to I Can Do Apps. These apps are all SUPER affordable, created by an SLP, and really useful!

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I was lucky enough to check out five of their apps: Following Directions, Object Identification, Guess What, Guess Who, and Guess Where. I’ll describe each briefly below, but stay tuned in future blog posts to hear even more about these great apps!

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Following Directions

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Object Identification

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This app is GREAT for use before a tool like the EET. It targets receptive vocabulary and so much more than simple object identification. You can have your students find pictures using adjectives AND verbs! Example pictures of each level are above!

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Inferencing!!!

These three apps are so great I gave them their own folder on my iPad! You can have your students guess who, where, and what based on four clues. Check out some screenshots below:

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As you can see from the picture above, you can guess (click answer) after just two clues. Great for those kiddos you want to push to see how early they think they know what it might be. I have my students write revised guesses with each clue and this app is great for that because the clues come up one at a time.

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Overall, EVERY app I used from I Can Do Apps was fantastic! I use them a lot. The graphics are simple and nondistracting. The concepts targeted are functional and perfect for speech-language pathologists. One thing I need to mention is that these app makers are fantastic and their apps range in price from  $0.99 to $2.99 which is A STEAL in app terms!!

Click here to check out their website and see all of their apps!

Carrie was kind enough to share SIX codes for free apps below. I’ll be giving away 3 copies each of Following Directions and Guess What. Use the Rafflecopters below to enter:

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Trains Visual Text + Questions Freebie

I love working on expository text, even with my younger and lower level students. I made a text similar to this one as part of my spring packet and have been absolutely loving it, so I decided to make another. This time, it’s all about trains! {and it’s free!!!}

Check out what I’ve included:

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Then I’ve included 11 cards asking various WH questions about the story:

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If you’re interested in this freebie, click here to check it out in my Teachers Pay Teachers store!

{thanks for reading!!}

The best visual schedule/motivator ever.

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The title says it all! I am so excited to share this idea with you all!

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This idea began when I began working with a very hard to motivate student. She was very smart, but wasn’t really interested in stickers or other rewards I  use for the other students. Additionally, her classroom teacher had concerns about her task completion skills. If the teacher didn’t tell her each step of a process, or what to do next, the student would sit there or get into things!

 I needed some sort of motivational visual schedule! Below is what I came up with, and I can tell you it was a HUGE hit. She loves using “her boxes”!

First, I purchased/printed all of the materials in the picture below. I used Boardmaker and made the icons 1 inch. To make the reward strips, I put 3 empty boxes and then a fourth with a ribbon in it, indicating they had earned a reward.

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You can see some of the icons I printed in the picture below. I cut them out as I need them. Many are classroom related for carryover.

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I put a soft piece of Velcro on each box of a pill box, and the reward strip. Then, I put rough Velcro on the icons and the fake money (I used only the nickels).

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Next, I put the icons on the pill box like a visual schedule.

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Inside each compartment was a fake nickel with Velcro on the back. I told my students that they needed to finish each task and fill up their reward strip to earn painting time at the end of the session! They were excited to get to work.

After each activity, the student opens the pill box, puts the nickel on their reward strip, and puts the icon (e.g. writing) in the pill box to indicate the activity is all done.

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This continued until the reward strip was full.

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This activity can be modified in SO many ways, which is why it is great!

1) You can make the reward strip longer and use a bigger/longer pill box (see some of the longer strips/bigger pill box in the picture of all the supplies).

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2) You can fill the boxes with other things. I plan on putting pom poms in the boxes and having my students each pom poms to glue on do a dot pages. You can also put small items like stickers and beads in there as well. One thing I hope to do in the future is put a bead in each compartment for classroom use. Then the student can keep a string in the classroom and see how many beads they can earn each day.

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3) You can put the icon of what the student is earning over the ribbon!

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 4) Or you can put the reward activity in the last pill box so it’s a surprise to the student when they finish their work!

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Really, the possibilities of this visual schedule/motivator are endless! And how cute are these owl pill boxes?! :) I actually purchased extras of these boxes after realizing how great they function as storage for my millions of icons flying all over the place.

The picture below shows how I store all of the money/icons in the pill box:

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Easy right?

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What is great about this tool is that it can easily be implemented in the classroom. Did you notice how many of the icons I printed are classroom subjects? This is because this tool now functions as a way for students to increase their task completion and to be more independent. And the students love the reward aspect of it!

 I purchased these pill boxes at Walgreens. Not sure if everybody has access to a Walgreens, but the link to see the product is below:

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It looks like you can’t order them online. If you’d rather order online, the pill box below on Amazon looks very similar! I also like how it says 1, 2, and 3 on each box.

Hope this helps motivate some of your students. Thanks for reading!

Speachy Feedback: March 2014

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It’s time for another Speachy Feedback! This time I picked a winner that left feedback on one of my newest products: Interactive Visuals for Guessing Games, Describing, and Inferencing.

It’s one of my favorite products I’ve made and I’m happy others are loving it too! Check it out in my store here.

If you’re Lovely S. email me at speechymusings@gmail.com for a product of your choice from my store!

To see the main post and see if you’ve won a product from another blogger, click here or on the image below:

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Teaching WH Questions

So many kiddos have WH question goals… in some form or another. The ability to answer WH questions is important, in all settings: school, home, in conversation, etc…

I knew this, but I always wondered how to teach WH questions without feeling like I was testing the kiddo. I didn’t want to repeat the question over and over, emphasizing the first word anymore. I didn’t want to point to my WH questions poster that they had seen 100 times but hadn’t fully understood. I wanted to give them an activity where they could succeed, and reflect back on later as the questions got more difficult.

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So what’s an SLP blogger to do? Make something! I made a WH Questions Interactive Book. This book is AMAZING for actually teaching the concept of WH questions. Almost every single kiddo I’ve used this with has been able to be successful with it almost immediately. Below are some ideas for teaching WH questions. Have fun!

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I follow the steps in my WH Questions Interactive Book. Below are more pictures of the book. Basically, you can use the first couple pages to sort/teach the basics.

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Then, have your students find three icons for each page: one that describes the who, one for where, and one for what. The book contains eight scenes, 8 people, and 8 items. Each picture is simple so you can use this to teach a variety of levels!

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I also included icons for each type of WH question, and example questions for how, when, and when for each scene.

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 I work at this level for quite a while with each student. I really want them to understand all of this!! Before moving on, I like my students to be able to independently fill in the boxes for each page, AND be able to answer my WH questions about each page when I mix up the order of the questions asked.  For example, I might turn to a page and ask “where” first once, and then “who” first the next time. I usually point to the icon on the bottom of the page when I ask the questions.

After they are able to do this, I use the following worksheets which are also included in the book:

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These are also great for mixing it up, to ensure your students really understand what is being asked.

After these interactive materials, I move to more typical WH Question activities. You can find these all over Teachers Pay Teachers depending on what you’re looking for.

I LOVE the visuals I found at Speaking of Speech. I glued them on the back of paint chip cards and they fit perfectly. An easy way to have your students reference visuals! Check it out!

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The last way I love to teach WH questions is to use Story Cubes.

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I absolutely love the freebie worksheets from Sublime Speech. Click here to check them out! I would recommend having your students plan the who, where, what, why, how, and when for their stories, and then use the one from Sublime Speech to write the story! I may or may not be working on a Story Cubes freebie myself so stay tuned!

What creative ideas do you have for teaching WH questions? I’d love to hear!

Click here to see my WH Questions Interactive Book in my Teachers Pay Teachers store!

My Fluency Favorites

Jenna over at Speech Room News is hosting another fantastic linky party. I love these because they are great reference pages when I need more therapy ideas on a specific topic. This time, it’s fluency!

Click here to see Jenna’s post and check out other bloggers’ posts!

My fluency favorites are below:

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1) My Mega Fluency Packet

This packet is actually my number one best seller in my Teachers Pay Teachers store… and I really love it! It includes tons of visuals, activities, homework, assessment pages, etc… Check out my blog post about it here or click here to see it in my store!

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2) Color Me Fluent

I’ve always thought Color Me Fluent is a really child friendly way to approach fluency. Definitely worth checking out if you haven’t already. Click here to see it from Super Duper!

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3) Fluency Tools Treatment Packet by Busy Bee Speech

I love thinking of fluency techniques as “tools” for our students, and this product does just that! Click here to see it in the Busy Bee Speech store!

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4) My Fluency Bingo Game

Last, I love my Fluency Bingo for increasing utterance length of our students with fluency goals! Click here to check it out in my TpT store!

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Those are my four fluency favorites! Hope you saw some new things! Click here or on the image above to go back to Jenna’s post to read all of the other fluency idea from other bloggers!

{thanks for reading!}