An app I’m using this week (5/1–5/5)

An app I’m using this week (5/1–5/5)

I’ve been working with a kindergartner for awhile now. After a really positive conversation with his school therapist, I have taken a new course in his therapy. I discovered this Speech Therapy for Apraxia by Blue Whale apps over a year ago, and had trouble fitting it into my therapy with some kids. I saw the benefits of it, but didn’t have the match with the child yet. Now, I can see the real value of the material within the…

Read More Read More

2 apps that I am using this week…

2 apps that I am using this week…

One of my students has fluency and articulation/phonology issues and I have been loving the Conversation Paceboard (Aptus) app recently. (Tap each button to mark syllables or single words- might be as good as using an egg carton!) It it is fantastic for helping with slowing rate of speech to help children with fluency issues. I have found it helpful for articulation as well because it allows children to slow down and focus on production of their target sounds. A…

Read More Read More

Never is a promise, so always keep your promises

Never is a promise, so always keep your promises

Image from http://gratisography.com/ “Never is a promise, and you can’t afford to lie.” -Fiona Apple Our language shapes our world. Our language colors how we think, what we do, and how we interact with others. The words we use can limit us, or keep us on the right track. The words that others use can keep us moving towards our goals, or stop us dead in our tracks. Look to the work of Steven Pinker, Angela Duckworth, Carol Dweck, and…

Read More Read More

What you can do with “Artie’s Magic Pencil”

What you can do with “Artie’s Magic Pencil”

When working in Kindergarten, it never hurts to review some basic concepts.  SLPs often go back to our concepts to help in following directions.  Spatial (above, below) and temporal (before, after) concepts are tried and true.  You can’t go wrong with supporting your kids with those important direction following concepts.  We can’t overlook other concepts such as shapes, colors, and numbers (while even sprinkling in some higher level vocabulary). I discovered “Artie and the Magic Pencil” while doing one of…

Read More Read More

…all the fun you can have with Mr. Potato Head!

…all the fun you can have with Mr. Potato Head!

The value of Mr. Potato Head as a speech/language therapy tool cannot be overstated.  Receptive and expressive language activities abound when a child is engaged with it.  Follow directions to put the pieces on? Yes. Follow multi-step directions to put more than piece on in sequence? Yes yes. The child verbally expresses what they put on it? Yes yes yes! As a review, verbally sequence the order in which it was put together? Yes yes yes yes!!   For a…

Read More Read More

Transform articulation and phonology therapy with Sketches Pro

Transform articulation and phonology therapy with Sketches Pro

Image template from Canva.com   First of all, Tayasui Sketches Pro is the best drawing app out there. Simple, easy to use, and able to help you make all kinds of art.  My 6 year old uses it, I use it, and I recommend it to anyone who wants to try their hand at digital art.  No knock against Procreate or AutoDesk, I have just found this one to be the best. I often find drawing to be an outlet…

Read More Read More

The hidden power of stuttering…

The hidden power of stuttering…

  What would you do if your biggest weakness could be turned into a strength (and you didn’t know it)? In “Give and Take” by Adam Grant (2013), the concept of powerless communication is discussed through a variety of concepts.  While ideas such as tentative talk and using modesty are intriguing in the face of common assumptions about persuasion, I am most interested in the idea of how vulnerability can be used to your advantage. As a speech-language pathologist (SLP)…

Read More Read More

How to go paper free with OneDrive

How to go paper free with OneDrive

Toward the end of last school year, my school district made a switch over to using OneDrive on our PCs.  When they asked for early adopters, of course I jumped at the opportunity.  Like anything else, there was a learning curve in getting to know how to use it.  I was a Google Drive person for a long time, and being a Mac/Apple person at heart, I have tried to make iCloud Drive work for me (but alas, not as…

Read More Read More

5 extra ways to help students with following directions…

5 extra ways to help students with following directions…

We are beyond just repeating back and breaking down steps to help students with following verbal directions.  Let’s dig a little deeper into the toolbox to find some other ways to help our kids out! Be Specific In the flow of a typical school day, we can sometimes lose our focus.  Managing behavior, phone calls from other classrooms, annoucements over the loudspeaker, and transitioning from one part of the day to the next can be overwhelming sometimes.  When we are…

Read More Read More

5 more tips for making following verbal directions easier…

5 more tips for making following verbal directions easier…

There’s so much more than just asking a student to repeat the direction… Let’s be real, there are many ways to help our students with following verbal directions in classrooms and small groups.  Not one tip will work for everyone, so let’s dive a little deeper and talk about some other ways to help.  Of course, we will include 2 tech resources which can quickly become our student’s favorite ways to practice. Break it down! In the flow of the…

Read More Read More