I appreciate you.

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Just wanted to take a minute to say that even on those hard days, you are SO appreciated!

I love the entire blogging community, both readers and fellow bloggers, and don’t know what I’d do without every one of you! We do important work!

Thank you so much for reading Speechy Musings!

FREE Data Sheets Round-Up

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This semester I’m trying to revamp how I take and keep data! To do this, I searched and searched through Teachers Pay Teachers for data sheets by other SLPs! Always great when you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. I found tons and tons of great, FREE data sheets and thought I’d share my collection with all of you!

Because I’m so new, I plan to print and use several of these to see which I like best!

 Just click on any picture below to be taken to the site to download the data sheet!

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Busy Bee Speech (includes FIVE different sheets)

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Speech Time Fun

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Crazy Speech World

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Crazy Speech World 

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Carrie’s Speech Corner

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The Speech Bubble

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Simply Speech

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Super Power Speech (editable in Word)

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Allison’s Speech Peeps

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Speech Room News (editable in Word)

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Let’s Talk Speech Therapy (for 5 minute kids)

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Let’s Talk Speech Language Pathology

Hope that helps! Anything I missed? What’s your favorite?

{THANKS FOR READING!}

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Practicum Organizational Freebie

This semester at my school externship I wanted an easy to way to stay organized, learn each student quickly, and keep track of everything!! Those of you die hard Speechy Musings fans may remember my organizational freebie that I uploaded a while ago! I do love, love, love the pages I made for that freebie, but I needed a few extras to stay organized at my school!

Cue the Practicum Organizational Freebie!! This is perfect for those graduate students out there, or SLPs who supervise graduate students!! Download it here.

Included is:

-Binder cover sheet
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-Clockhours spreadsheet
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-Student information sheets
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-A weekly planner/organizer
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-Schedule sheets for each day of the week
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To check out my original Organizational Kit Freebie which has tons of more useful, organizational printables I’m sure you could use, click here!

Click here to download the practicum freebie!

Thanks so much for reading. Hope these pages are useful for you!

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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Balloon Darts
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Basketball
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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!

Articulation Disorders Resource Page

I started these references pages a while back because I wished that I could find something similar online! Something I could look back on when I got stuck, or wanted more ideas, or wanted an easy one stop shop for a particular topic! So far I’ve done dementia and dysphagia.

This time I’m taking a more child focused topic: articulation disorders.

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Below are links to my favorite resources for articulation!

Materials:

Teachers Pay Teachers: There are tons of articulation materials on Teachers Pay Teachers, some paid and some free. Definitely worth checking out if you haven’t already! This is my favorite website for materials because everything is super budget friendly! Click here to see my store.

Speaking of Speech: Bunches of articulation materials created by SLPs, organized by sound, and free.

Linguisystems: They have many materials for articulation and phonology including worksheets, cards, books, and more!

Super Duper: Again, a company that makes tons and tons of speech products including ones for articulation. Check out their articulation products at the link!

Say It Right: A company that has amazing materials for /r/ as well as other articulation sounds.

Super Duper: Again! This time I want to highlight Super Duper’s Handy Handouts. Click here to see all of the handouts. You can sort them to only see ones for Articulation and Phonology. Lots of great information for you & parents! Some examples of handouts on articulation are: Types of Articulation Errors – A Simple Guide, Speech Practice at Home, and Stimulability for Speech Sounds.

Testy Yet Trying: Offers free articulation cards for download.

Therapy Ideas:

Articulation Games Using Bottle Caps: Activity Tailor

Articulation Therapy Using Cariboo: Speechy Musings

A Semester’s Worth of Articulation Ideas: Speechy Musings

Using Twister for Articulation Therapy: Speech Language Pirates

Articulation Jenga: Schoolhouse Talk

Card Bowling: Consonantly Speaking

Quick and Easy Artic Craft: Crazy Speech World

Speech Club Product on TpT: Super Power Speech

Pinterest Boards:

Articulation Board by Speechy Musings

Articulation Board by The Thrifty SLP

Specifically Articulation Board by PediaStaff

Websites:

Mommy Speech Therapy: The first website I recommend to others just starting out with articulation or who want simple, free materials! This website has free cards for each sound in words, sentences, and stories along with printable screeners and tons more! START HERE.

Articulation Placement Videos: From the University of Iowa. Great phonetics website where you can see videos of each sound in the initial, medial, and final contexts.

Research:

Systematic Reviews on Speech Disorders – Articles from ASHA

Speech Disorder Guidelines for Preschoolers – ASHA

Speech Disorder Guidelines for School Age Children – ASHA

Apps:

Love It & List It Linky Party for Articulation Apps: Tons of blog posts about great articulation apps all in one place from Speech Room News.

Articulation Station Pro: This is my personal favorite articulation app!

Erik Raj Apps: Erik Raj is a fantastically creative SLP that has also made several articulation apps that are a ton of fun and sure to spruce up your articulation sessions.

CEU Ideas:

SpeechPathology.com: Links to their articulation/phonology/speech disorder CEU courses. All courses are available for $99 a year.

Super Duper: Offers free CEU courses. As of the date of this post (01/16/14) there was a course titled “An RTI Program for Articulation to Improve Outcomes and Reduce Caseload Size”.

Northern Speech Services: Offers many CEU seminars including ones on articulation.

Anything I should add? Please let me know at speechymusings@gmail.com so I can add it! Thanks for reading!

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.

Make Your Own Winter Sport Freebie

I am thrilled to have been invited to join the collaborative blog – Speechie Freebies! This is my first freebie that will be shown on the blog. I love it, and I hope you do too!

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This freebie makes a mini book, where your students design their own winter sport. They have to name their sport, decide on the rules, design a uniform & medal, and more! This type of activity provides so many language opportunities, and is fun and motivating! Check out some of the preview images below to see if you could use this mini book in your speech room!

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Think you could use this in your speech room? Download this product FOR FREE in my Teachers Pay Teachers store here!

And if you’re curious, here’s a peek into my life since the last update:

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I moved from VA to WI and finally set up a speech closet!

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And I took Harper on a mini field trip downtown so she could get used to the hustle and bustle instead of our quiet neighborhood. She loved watching people go in and out of the capitol!

There you have it! Enjoy the freebie and stay warm!