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!

Let’s Be Social! App Review

If you’re anything like me, you’re always looking for quality apps for social skills! They can be TOUGH to find!

Enter in the fabulous “Let’s Be Social” app. According to the app, it models and teaches solving problems, forming friendships, recognizing emotions, and predicting outcomes. Everything in the app was created by SLPs which is fantastic! Additionally, the app makes it super easy to create your own custom content to fit the needs of any pragmatic kiddo on your caseload!

The app is organized incredibly well for how much material it contains. It has the following categories:

Personal Interactions
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Navigating the Community
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School Behavior
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Handling Change
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Social Relationships
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In each “story” shown above, there is a short story and then an interactive quiz/lesson afterwards:

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As stated above, you can also create your own categories and your own stories (either in your category or one of theirs). Check out how easy it to to do below:

Add a book, including a short description/story, a title, and a cover picture.
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Then, create questions for your story! The app makes it incredibly easy & intuitive, and even provides easy tutorials (shown below):
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And just like magic, your book shows up! You can add to current categories or make your own!
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Pros:
-Very kid friendly language
-Good selection of stories
-Very easy to customize (can even use your own pictures!)
-Covers material I didn’t have an iPad app for prior
-Good use of graphics (not too much, not too little)
-Intuitive, easy to use layout

Cons:
-The stories themselves might be a little long/hard to remember for some kids. (see the example above to see typical length)
-Currently no data tracking if that matters to you!
-No visuals for the answer choices

At the time of this review (01/16/14) the app was $14.99 in the App Store! Definitely worth it! Check it out here.

Disclaimer: This app was given to me in exchange for my review. No other compensation was provided. The opinions expressed are mine.

Language Trainer App Review

As you may know from my prior app reviews, I love Smarty Ears apps – every single one of them! So when offered the opportunity to review their newest app, I was thrilled!

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Language Trainer looks very different than other Smarty Ears apps that I have. It is very simple, with little to no distractions/extra graphics. Because of this, it could easily be used with ANY age group, from pre-k to adult.

 As with all Smarty Ears apps (at least all that I own), you can upload student profiles from their free app, Therapy Report Center. Makes keeping track of student data across multiple apps/days/goals SO easy!

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After choosing the user/student, you proceed to the following page where you can choose what part of the app you want to use:

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As you can see, there are 4 sections: picture identification, picture naming, divergent naming, and sentence completion. I’ll provide an example of each section below:

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In this section, the iPad tells the student which picture to touch. For example, “cherry”. In the settings, you can change the items shown on screen, ranging from 2, as shown, up to five. You can also set the iPad to automatically increase the difficulty level if the student is successful.

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This section is pretty straight forwards. A picture is shown and the student is asked to name it. You can mark the response as correct, incorrect or cued. You can also record the student’s response.

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This section asks the student to name things in categories, for example, “Name two languages”. Like the Picture Identification section, you can increase the number of desired responses up to five. You can see in the picture above that I marked the first answer as correct by the green box. I like this setting because it provides instant visual feedback to our students about correct or incorrect answers! It’s easier to see how they are doing in this format vs. a sound or a percentage (this app also uses both of those).

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Last, we have sentence completion. Again, you can mark answers as correct, incorrect, or cued. You can record answers. While some, like the one shown above, have fairly limited answers, some were more open ended such as, “Joe packed his ________” or “Victor listened to the __________”.

When you’re all done, you can see the data from each section of the app in the data section as shown below:

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Overall, I think this app is fantastic! I sooo wish I would have had it back in September when I started my adult externship because then I could have used it with both adults and children. I really think it’s appropriate for both, which is rare! I like it’s simplistic layout and it’s obvious lack of graphics/distractions.

A couple weeks ago, somebody asked me on my Facebook page if I knew of an app that could be used for assessing a child’s vocabulary. I threw this one out there even though I hadn’t really checked it out, and now I think it would really be perfect for that!

If you’re interested in buying this app (you should be), check it out in the iTunes store here! And make sure to “like” Smarty Ears on Facebook. They post interesting things and often haves sales on their apps!

That’s all for now! I’ll keep you posted as I use it and how my students enjoy it! Back to snuggle with this cutie…. :)

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Disclaimer: This app was given to me in exchange for my review. No other compensation was provided. The opinions expressed are mine.

Speechy Musings Blogiversary: Gripcase iPad Case Review

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Welcome to day 8 of this exciting blogiversary celebration! Speechy Musings has been around for a whole year! If you want to see the lineup of giveaways for the blogiversary, check out the post here! Today is the last giveaway of the bunch but I’ve had so much fun!! Thanks to you all for participating!

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So this case is AWESOME. I even took off my “adult” case and took my iPad to Mexico in this case!! Check it out:

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I love, love, love the handles on this case! I didn’t realize how much of a difference simple handles would make, but it’s so much easier to stare endlessly at my iPad now ;) Below are some pictures of front and back of the case:

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Additionally, you can purchase a stand (needs to be purchased separately, not included in the giveaway) for the case! Again, LOVE this stand. Check it out below:

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I like that it can hold the iPad in multiple positions. I didn’t get a good picture of this, but there is also a nice slit in the bottom of the stand, which is genius for charging your iPad when it’s in the case!!  The area in the back would be nice for storing a stylus!

I should mention that I had this case on while I was taking pictures for another review and I just straight up dropped my iPad (first time ever!!!) and it landed screen down… nothing happened!! It didn’t even sound like a hard landing. The handles are raised a bit from the screen so I think they take a lot of the pressure on a fall like that.

One critique (and I think it’s mostly how I put the case on) is that my iPad screen protector was kind of pulled up after I kept the case on for a few weeks. I wasn’t happy about this because I had an expensive screen protector, but it wasn’t bad. I took the case off to shake the sand out (true story) and when I put the case back on I was careful to make sure the case didn’t tug funny on the screen protector. I took it off a week later and the problem seemed to go away, so I think you just need to put it on carefully!

Overall, this is my favorite iPad case, and I sadly have four. It definitely makes the iPad bulky, if you’re not into that, but I feel like it provides the iPad with security and it’s so easy to hold!! Even the patients I work with at the nursing home have no trouble holding it, and they felt uncomfortable holding the iPad before that! Success!

Gripcase is a wonderful company and has offered to give one Speechy Musings reader a Gripcase of their own! Note: This giveaway is for the case only, not the stand! Enter the giveaway below:

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Speechy Musings Blogiversary: Badge Blooms Review

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Welcome to day 9 of this exciting blogiversary celebration! Speechy Musings has been around for a whole year! If you want to see the lineup of giveaways for the blogiversary, check out the post here! There will be 10 days of giveaways so make sure to check back often so you don’t miss anything!

Next up is an SLP badge reel from Badge Blooms. It came in this cute little box:

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The badge I am giving away is shown below:

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Click here to see the Badge Blooms store item mine was based on. Melissa over at Badge Blooms is fantastic and will customize them as you want!

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I think these would be PERFECT as a gift for an SLP you know! They are so so so cute and I cannot wait to use mine.

Are you interested in them? Check out the Badge Blooms store here or the specific item I based mine on here. Again, you can customize these as you want! Enter the Rafflecopter below to win a replica of the one shown above!

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Speechy Musings Blogiversary: KidBox iPad Case Review

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Welcome to day 8 of this exciting blogiversary celebration! Speechy Musings has been around for a whole year! If you want to see the lineup of giveaways for the blogiversary, check out the post here! There will be 10 days of giveaways so make sure to check back often so you don’t miss anything!

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So so excited to share my review and giveaway of the KidBox iPad Case from KaysCase.

And do I have a story for you guys about this one!! I had time one afternoon and was so excited to put this case on test it out. I took some pictures of it while it was packaged, and then unwrapped the whole thing. When you open it, it comes with a plastic insert, probably to keep the product from bending or flattening during transit.

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Well being stubborn like I am, I just went to town on this case attempting to pull the plastic piece out of the case. It WOULD NOT budge. So I pulled, and pulled, and pulled, and broke the piece of plastic!

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At this point, I am frustrated and wondering how I’ll ever write this review if I can’t even get the plastic out, let alone my iPad in!! As I stand up I see the instructions, notice that there is a slit in the back of the case which is how you take the iPad in and out of the case.

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UGH. So lesson learned. Read the instructions!!

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Once I figured that out, I really loved this case!! I was initially worried about some of the Amazon reviews that said the iPad didn’t stand up well with the stand. I put mine on a table and on carpet with the stand on.

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Every time I poked it, it did wiggle a little, but it never fell or got close to falling. I suppose if a kid poked hard it might tip, but then at least it’s got a case on it :) If you are worried about it falling, you can always put it like this:

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Or just lay it flat! Check out how the case looks flat (front & back) below:

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See that nice slit that I somehow missed?! Haha. I really like how the stand can work as a carrying case as well:

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Overall, this case is great. The only weakness I could see is if your iPad spends most of it’s time upright. Otherwise, it’s incredibly durable, a great material (flexible but your iPad isn’t going anywhere), pretty and colorful, and very functional! OH! I should also mention that it is incredibly reasonably priced when compared to other cases at only $19.99 on Amazon. Check out the link below:

KaysCase is amazing and is giving one of these fabulous iPad cases to a wonderful reader! Enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win 1 KidBox iPad Case from KaysCase!

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Speechy Musings Blogiversary: SLP Plaque Review

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Welcome to day 7 of this exciting blogiversary celebration! Speechy Musings has been around for a whole year! If you want to see the lineup of giveaways for the blogiversary, check out the post here! There will be 10 days of giveaways so make sure to check back often so you don’t miss anything!

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This next giveaway is another fun one that is perfect for a gift for coworkers, friends, supervisors, and other SLPs you know! Or yourself! It’s small enough (3 inches by 6 inches) so it would be perfect to put on your desk if you got a stand for it! Check it out:

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It comes packages in a simple plastic covering, which is good so it doesn’t get scratched or anything!

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The back of the plaque looks like this:

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Makes it really easy to hang up!

At $10, you cannot beat this as an inexpensive way to celebrate speech-language pathology! Check it out in DPPhotography’s Etsy Store here or the entire store here. The store is filled with these plaques for anybody and everybody in your life!

DPPhotography has offered to give one of these amazing SLP plaques away to one Speechy Musings so enter the Rafflecopter below:

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Speechy Musings Blogiversary: EBP Binder Review

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Welcome to day 6 of this fun blogiversary celebration! Speechy Musings has been around for a whole year! If you want to see the lineup of giveaways for the blogiversary, check out the post here! There will be 10 days of giveaways so make sure to check back often so you don’t miss anything!

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I’m so excited to share my thoughts on the Evidence-Based Practice Quick Reference Binder by Carissa at Home Sweet Speech Room! We decided to do a little material swap because it’s her blogiversary too! So many bloggers must have started in November/December! Check out her post about my Articulation by Theme product here.

We are co-hosting a giveaway for a bundle of both products at the end of the post so keep reading! One lucky reader will win both products!!

The Evidence-Based Practice Quick Reference Binder (EBP Binder for short) is a wonderful resource that I think could benefit so many SLPs who want to implement therapy that will be evidence-based and effective, but don’t have time to read 100 articles to do so!! Carissa has done all of that work for you. I can’t imagine how long it took to create this binder.

So what exactly is in this binder?

Good question. Carissa has compiled tables of EBP articles organized by topic! See below for some example pages:

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Additionally, she has included app lists for each topic, and blank app lists so you can continue to add your favorites:

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For each topic, she has compiled really handy reference pages containing some of the most important information she found on each topic:

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You can see the whole table of contents below:

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Overall, I really love this product! There is a reason I printed the entire thing!! I love reading through it when I’m watching TV. It keeps me thinking in an evidence-based way when planning my sessions.

There is a reason this is her number 1 best-selling item! For more information, check out her TpT product post here OR read her blog post, OR watch a video where she takes you on a tour of the product!

Enter the Rafflecopter below to win a copy of her Evidence-Based Practice Quick Reference Binder and my Articulation by Theme Resource!!

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Speechy Musings Blogiversary: /r/ Book of Elicitation Techniques Review

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Welcome to day 5 of this wonderful blogiversary celebration! Speechy Musings has been around for a whole year! If you want to see the lineup of giveaways for the blogiversary, check out the post here! There will be 10 days of giveaways so make sure to check back often so you don’t miss anything!

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I have a feeling this giveaway will be a hit with all of you wonderful readers. It’s for the Book of Elicitation Techniques by The Entire World of R Series and Say It Right.

This is an awesome book, and filled with information that is stuff I wish they taught you in school!

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Before I begin my review, please head on over to the Say It Right site here and read the information they provide on the book. They also show example pages!!

My basic overview (which is nothing compared to the info they provide on their site) is that this book provides information and tips on eliciting /r/. It’s incredibly useful to read and really just makes sense. It includes really useful pages such as probe lists, worksheets, and data sheets.

It provides information on a huge variety of techniques which I love because if one technique doesn’t work for one client, you have many more to choose from.

Let me just try and explain how much information is included in this book. The book covers: all about /r/, evaluation (screenings, probes, checklists), other products, treatment techniques (cueing, cognates, coarticulation, whisper technique, nonsense words, carry-over), elicitation techniques (for er, ar, air, ear, ire, or, prevocalic r, rl, r-blends), oral movement, data/homework, AND case studies. And  that’s not even everything!!

Below are some of the sections I’ve found particularly useful:

1) Cueing: These pages provide examples of many, many types of cueing. It’s a great reminder for me to use multiple modalities for cueing including auditory, visual, and tactile cues. This book provides examples of each of these types of cues specifically for producing /r/.

2) Coarticulation: I knew how important coarticulation can be for effective and efficient therapy but I love how this book explains it, and makes it specific to /r/.

3) Carry-Over: As any good therapy book should, this book contains a section on carry-over which I found to be really useful! This section describes Controlled Randomized Practice, which I had never heard of before but it really makes a lot of sense!

 Okay so those are three of the hundreds of amazing sections included in this book! If you need help with /r/, GET THIS BOOK.

You can see some example pages of the book below:

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Again, if you are interested in this book definitely check out the Say It Right website here to read more! They describe it perfectly. Overall, I would absolutely recommend this book. It taught me so much about eliciting /r/ and will be a valuable resource to read when what I’m trying just isn’t working!!

Say It Right is wonderful, and is giving one of these books away to a lucky Speechy Musings reader! Enter the Rafflecopter below:

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Speechy Musings Blogiversary: SLP Canvas Tote Review

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Welcome to day 4 of this wonderful blogiversary celebration! Speechy Musings has been around for a whole year! If you want to see the lineup of giveaways for the blogiversary, check out the post here! There will be 10 days of giveaways so make sure to check back often so you don’t miss anything!

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Okay this giveaway is really awesome! Maybe I’m weird, but I LOVE bags! This one is perfect for toting (ha!) my binders/materials to my externship. I love it!

This is how my beautiful bag came packaged. I love when sellers do this, as it makes it all just that much more exciting and special!

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 I also love how small it packages up! Great for gift giving when space is an issue. And also for hoarders like me :)

Below are some pictures of the bag so you can see it’s approximate size!

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In those pictures, it is holding 3 binders and 1 stuffed folder. I’d say that is probably the max to this bag, unless you had skinner and tall items to fit in next to the binders.

Below you can see the bag from the front:

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I can assure you that the bag is quality. It has been through some torture situations at my externship including getting dragged across the floor after getting stuck under a rolly chair and getting drenched in the rain! Still looks like new!

You can see these bags in Louisiana Bling’s Etsy Store here and see her entire store here.

I should mention that the bag comes in different colors too, so see her store for options. I went with red because I love how it looks with the canvas and because red reminds me of my Wisconsin Badgers!

Louisiana Bling has graciously offered to give away one bag to a lucky Speechy Musings reader, so for your chance, enter the Rafflecopter below:

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