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!

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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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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What’s In Your Cart Linky

I cannot wait for the upcoming Teachers Pay Teachers sale. Up to 28% off my favorite speech sellers?! Yes. Please.

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Below are my recommendations from my store for this sale. Just click on each image to see the item on TpT.

{MY CRAFTIVITIES}
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Craftivities are my new speech room favorite. I’ve made packets containing step by step books/pictures with real pictures, communication boards, worksheets and tons more!

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There are my other new/seasonal products you may be interested in!

 {OTHER SELLERS}

Below are my must buy recommendations from other sellers on TpT:

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Articulation Booklets from Busy Bee Speech: These are so, so, so fun and great for kids working on carryover!

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What Do You Know About /r/? from Sublime Speech: These cards are so much more fun than straight drill, but I’ve found I can get a ton of trials in with them as well.

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Language Candy Board Games from The Speech Bubble: When things get crazy, I love easy pull and go activities like this!

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Candy Math Word Problems for Language Disorders: So many of my students struggle with math because they don’t understand the language! This has been a huge help.

I’m sure I’ll find 100 things I want before checking out!! To see what other SLP bloggers have in their carts, click here to see the linky at Speech Room News.

Love It & List It Linky: Social Skills Materials

Jenna over at Speech Room News is hosting another fabulous Love It & List It Linky Party!! This time it’s for our favorite social skill materials! I absolutely cannot wait to see what other bloggers and readers recommend.

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Below are my absolute favorite materials for social skills:

(1) Buddy Talk

Buddy Talk is great for conversation starters, even for those hard to engage teenagers!! Very portable!

(2) All About Social Skills – Packet One
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This is a packet I created recently. I plan to make similar ones targeting other social skills in the future, but I love using social stories and activities to teach social skills, hence why I made this packet!

(3) Apps
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I couldn’t pick just one, so I picked two. My favorites are Conversation Therappy (Tactus Therapy) and Conversation Builder (Mobile Education Store). Click on the images above to check out each.

(4) Elephant and Piggie Books

So many of these books talk about important social skills in an easy to understand and hilarious way! Click here to check out an old post I wrote about these books and to see some recommendations for  speech therapy! These have to be my all time, absolute favorite thing to do in speech therapy, so if you don’t own these books, check out the ones above!! You will not be sorry!!

Not to toot my own horn, but I’m pretty proud of the social skills materials I have in my TpT store, and use them often! Check out each of them below. Just click on the picture to check them out in my store or click here to see all of them!

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Thanks for reading! To head on over (or back) to Jenna’s party, just click here. There, you’ll be able to see tons of other blog posts!

Articulation Carnival App Review

So excited to share my latest app review/giveaway with all of you!! It is really fun and motivating for your artic clients!

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Introducing Articulation Carnival by the Virtual Speech Center!  From the home screen you can “Start” (pick clients/sounds), just “Play Games”, adjust “Settings”, view “Reports”, watch tutorial videos under “Info” and see “More Apps” from the developer. See some screenshots of each page I just mentioned below:

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So once you “Start” and choose the student, you can choose the sounds you want to work on. These will save each time for each student, but it confirms each time you start the game as well.

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 One important thing (for me) for articulation apps is the quality of pictures. I like high quality, real (not clip art), and salient. I really like the quality of pictures in this app! Below are some examples:

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In the pictures above you can also see the general set up of the app! Starting in the upper left corner and moving counterclockwise we have… Finish, which will end your session and take you to the data section. Then, below that you can see the student(s) names who are active in the session. Below that is the sounds that are being targeted (changes when you scroll between students). Then, we have the position you are targeting (initial, medial, final). Last in this column we have if you are targeting the sound at the word, phrase, or sentence level. Each of these  customization options can be scrolled through (by swiping) at any time.

On the right side of the screen you can take data (correct, approximated, incorrect), see the current accuracy percentage, change the settings, and record your student producing the word/phrase/sentence.

To go from word to word, you simply swipe the current picture! (this took me a minute to figure out haha)

The app comes with the setting to bring up the games page after 5 words (doesn’t matter if they are correct or incorrect). The games options are below:

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All of the games are really fun, easy to play, and motivating! My one recommendation would be for the app to have a timer option! The only game that automatically uses a timer is the basketball one. I would LOVE the ability to choose to add a timer to all of them because they could last forever!

One thing I really like about this app is the data tracking section. I love the graphs they make! Below are some screenshots of the data section! It’s really useful and I love how you can email the data as well.

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One feature I really like is the ability to add your own words/picture. Check out how easy it is to do below:

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Just select the phoneme, placement, and type the word/add a picture!

Below is an example of what the app looks like when you play with multiple students (love that this is an option). My one concern with this is that you have to manually switch between students! I would like it if there was an option that did it automatically for you every other turn! (same with sounds, etc..)

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If you want a quick overview of what I’ve stated above, below are my overall pros and cons:

PROS:
-Extremely motivated
-Well designed, great use of graphics
-Great quality pictures
-Very useful data tracking
-Intuitive and fun to use (lots of swipe technology)
-Good settings/options to customize
-Ability to add your own words/pictures

CONS:
-Have to manually switch between students, phonemes, etc…
-No timers on 3/4 games
-Some text overlapping in the data section

OVERALL:
This app is fantastic! I love that is it just like the other articulation apps I use all of the time, except that it has built in reinforcers that kids will love! The app is intuitive and looks great. Additionally, it takes useful data and provides multiple ways to view the data (including graphs). I would absolutely recommend this app to other SLPs looking for a motivating articulation app for their own students! One important thing to mention is that you can buy all the sounds together (for $36.99) OR buy sounds individually (prices vary) which I think is AMAZING when recommending this app to parents! They definitely don’t want/need every sound!

You can find Articulation Carnival here in the App Store or check it out on Virtual Speech Center’s website here.

Thanks for reading!

Disclaimer: This app was given to me in exchange for my review. No other compensation was provided. The opinions expressed are mine. Prices were accurate as of 01/20/2014.

Enter the giveaway below! One very lucky reader will win a copy of Articulation Carnival for themselves!

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S…peachy Feedback for January

I am so excited to join Allison’s Speech Peeps again for the Speachy Feedback Linky Party!! I didn’t participate last month because I’m a terrible blogger and took some time off ;)

I just recently got this feedback on my newest product and LOVED it so I decided to share.

I appreciate detailed, kind, amazing, wonderful, thoughtful feedback more than you could ever know!!
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I recently made a fun packet of worksheets that I think is perfect for those of you who work in a middle and/or high school! You can use them with music lyrics and artist information! Meagan Jones wrote:

“I was SO excited to see this product! I have many students who are very into music and I love the idea of incorporating music into therapy. I love how you have taken a topic of interest that can be used with such a wide variety of students and applied it to so many aspects of our job. This is such a wonderful multi-purpose, functional and motivating tool that I will be using with my students from 1st – 5th grade and groups ranging from articulation to fluency to language to social. Thank you so much!”

FANTASTIC! If you’re interested in seeing this product, click here! It’s definitely a motivating one!

Thanks for reading, and Meagan Jones: email me for ANY product from my store!

 Check out the entire linky party here to see if you won any products from other sellers!

SLP Blogger Secret Santa!

When I started blogging, I had no idea what I was getting myself into… and I mean this in the most wonderful way possible. Through blogging, I have gotten very close with many fellow bloggers. I proudly hung many of their Christmas cards in my apartment and think about them often.

A group of us decided to do a Secret Santa gift exchange this year and it was SO.MUCH.FUN.

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Thanks to the amazing Speech Time Fun for the adorable graphic!

The group of us used Elfster to switch names (thanks to Kristin from Simply Speech for setting it all up) and the website couldn’t have been easier! We were able to create general or specific wish lists too!

I was THRILLED to see that I drew Jenn from Crazy Speech World. I am a HUGE fan of her blog and was excited to find something for her.

About a week after I sent out her present, I got a package in the mail and tore into it like a 4 year old!

My present was Nicole from Allison’s Speech Peeps! I’m in love with her blog and products, and the gift she gave me!!

I got…

A Starbucks gift card (which sadly is almost all gone)… We have a Starbucks practically in our backyard so it’s very tempting!

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And a personalized SLP clipboard! The color scheme on it is SO me and it will definitely be used at my externship this semester!

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Thanks for reading, and to each and every one of the amazing SLPs that I’ve gotten to know over the last year!

Edublog Awards: PLEASE VOTE

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I NEED YOUR HELP!

I hope by now you’ve heard about the amazing Edublog awards! Many speech bloggers have been nominated this year, so click here and head on over to vote in each category for your favorites!

You can vote for as many people as you like, but you can only vote once per person!

I am SO THANKFUL to have made the final cuts in two categories (Best New Blog and Best Resource Sharing Blog). To make it easy for you, you can vote below!

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Click on the up arrow in the bottom left corner of the Speechy Musings box (or whoever you are voting for). You will have to choose an account if you don’t already have one through listly. Simply click on Google+ if you have a Gmail account, Facebook if you have a Facebook account, etc… and log in! You may need to go back and click the up arrow again to make sure your vote has been registered! If it worked, you should see the number go up one and the up arrow will turn blue!

If you have ANY questions, please comment below or email me at speechymusings@gmail.com anytime!!

I appreciate EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU for your vote, as do all of the other amazing SLP bloggers that have been nominated!!

Again, I’ve only shown the 2 categories I was nominated in above, but feel free to click here to vote for all of other categories! Show your speech pride! You can read a post by Sublime Speech here that details what speech bloggers were nominated in each category to make it easy!

Great Gift Ideas for any SLP

 **This post contains Amazon Affiliate links for your convenience!**

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I assume you are here because either a) You know an SLP (coworker, friend, supervisor) and need gift ideas, OR b) You are an SLP and are curious/want to treat yourself!! Welcome!! Below are some of my favorite gift ideas for SLPs. They are appropriate year round, so bookmark this post and refer to it anytime you get stuck trying to come up with gift ideas for a fellow SLP! You’ll thank me later ;)

Just click on the pictures if you’re interested!

This post may be long, but I think longer is better so you can hopefully find something for ANYBODY! Enjoy!

{SLP Gifts: These gifts are for the proud SLP!}

(1) SLP Necklace

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(2) SLP Tumbler

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(3) SLP Plaque

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(4) Keep Calm and Speech On Canvas Bag

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(5) Anatomy Sticky Notes

For some really extra nerdy SLP related gear, click here for tons of ideas! Or click here for other wonderful SLP products!

{iPad Related Gifts: Perfect for SLPs with iPads}

(1) iTunes Gift Card

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(2) iPad Case (multiple options shown)

(3) Stylus for iPad (multiple options shown)

{Other Gifts I Recommend}

(1) Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card

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(2) Laminator and Lamination Paper

(3) An iPad (if you can afford this, this is THE gift to get!)

(4) Super Duper Gift Certificate

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So those are my recommendations!! If I missed anything you think an SLP would love, please leave a comment and I’ll add it! Have fun shopping!