Speech News

February 2017

February The month of Love

Idiom of the Month

February Topic: A Review of Apps used for Speech and Language Therapy

“to wear your heart on your sleeve”

If you tend to “wear your heart on your sleeve,” this does not mean that you have an actual heart sewn on your sleeve. Instead, this idiom refers to someone who expresses their emotions freely and openly, for all to see.

Did you know…? To “wear your heart on your sleeve” was actually derived from the custom at middle ages jousting matches? Knights are said to have worn the colors of the lady they were supporting, in clothes or ribbons tied to their arms

What doesn’t belong?

 With the growing world of technology – iPhones, iPads, tablets, etc., also comes a world of amazing apps! Many educational apps can be easily incorporated into the therapy setting and also used at home for extra practice and carry-over of speech/language skills. While too much time spent on a device can have negative side effects, a set amount of time using an educational app can have many benefits!  Speech and Language Pathologists may use apps in the therapy setting to collect data, record conversational samples, motivate students, be used as an augmentative assistive communication device (AAC), and more. This month, we will review a few of the most popular apps used by SLPs and also ones that can be used at home  ***Note: There are MANY more apps available then what is listed in this newsletter; this is just a review of some of our favorites. Always do some research to see what would work best for you!

Three of the following words have a connection, but one of them does not. Which one doesn’t belong in the category? Apple, fire truck, banana, stop sign. How are the three words related?

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February 2017

I. Articulation apps: For students working on specific sounds in speech therapy, AKA their articulation, here are some popular apps that can be used in speech therapy or in the home for carry-over:  Webber Photo Articulation Castle: This application has 3,000 photo words with 24 sounds for students to practice their articulation skills at the word, phrase, and sentence level. To keep children engaged, Artic Castle has three different learning activities. Fun app for all ages!  What’s the Pic Artic? This app uses voice activation to motivate players to say their target words; includes 25 sounds in all word positions. This app encourages MANY productions, so it’s great for practicing your target sound!  I Dare You Articulation: This application is a great motivator for students working on carry-over and who are of reading age; it’s an interactive app that features 600 child-friendly dares with their target sounds within the dare. Only includes “s, z, r, l, blends, sh, ch, and th.”  Other popular articulation apps: Articulation carnival, Articulation Station, Speech with Milo Board game Articulation, Articulation Flip Books II. Language Apps: Many apps are available to practice a student’s receptive and expressive language skills; here are a few of our favorites!  WH question cards by Super Duper – picture cards to help students practice their ability to answer WH questions (who, what, when, where, why); 4 different games and activities are available to practice.  Language Adventures – This is a game board application targeting categories, inferences, and WH questions. Good for elementary through high school-aged students.  Toca Boca apps (i.e. Toca Kitchen, Toca Hair Salon, etc.) – These apps are not only fun, but can target many language skills. Some example language skills to use with this app are: requesting (Can I have…?), future tense sentences (he will eat the lemon), irregular past tense verbs (He ate the lemon), prepositions (in, on, under), and many more! These apps are especially fun for our younger students.  iLearn with Language – This is a fun app for younger students to work on vocabulary, sentence formation, and listening comprehension  Other popular language apps: interactive books (a great way to read to students who aren’t interested in books), sentence builder apps (Card Stack sentences, Abitalk Sentence Builder, First Phrases), Category apps (I Can Do Apps: Categories, Sort it Out 1&2, Category Therapy), Sequencing with Milo, and more!

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III. Pragmatic/Social Skills Apps: Many students need extra help or practice to learn appropriate pragmatic/social skills. Here are some apps targeting these skills:  Touch and Learn Emotions: This app helps students read body language and understand emotions by looking at pictures and figuring out which person is expressing given emotion  Social Detective: This app teaches students how to appropriately engage in everyday situations: it teaches them how to use their eyes, ears and brain to make smart social guesses and investigate clues to see how others’ emotions and responses are connected to their own behavior  Between the Lines: Geared towards upper elementary students and older, this app uses real photographs, voices and short mini-clips of a variety of social situations and expressions to help students practice interpreting vocal intonation, facial expressions, perspective-taking, body language, and idiomatic or slang expressions  Look in My Eyes: Train Engineer: A fun app to work on eye contact! IV. AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication): For students who need to supplement existing speech or replace speech that is not functional  Text to Speech – Produces natural sounding synthesized text from the words that you type in  Verbally – Tap in what you want to say, and verbally speaks for you! This is for older students; only words and no pictures  Tom Taps Speak: A picture-based communication system that allows students to express themselves with colorful picture cards, organized into categories V. Other/General Apps: A few general apps we like to use…  Working 4: A visual reinforcement system that allows students to see what they are working for and earn a set amount of stars before earning their reward. This can be used for lessons in school, chores at home, getting children to eat their vegetables, and more!  Bla bla bla – A fun visual app to help students raise their speaking volume.  Quickvoice – This app records a student’s voice and is a great way for students to hear/monitor their own speech errors or acknowledge their correct productions! Don’t forget to show your loved ones how much you care this month!

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