Soaring into Space! Articulation Game!

Speech-Language Pathologists are always looking for more materials to target articulation. I took a poll on my blog to see what sounds you were looking for. You asked, I answered!  Introducing, Soaring into Space!

This fun, space themed board game will address /k/, /th/, and /r/ in the initial, medial, and final position of words in isolation. Most words included are CVC (some multi-syllabic words are included). How to use this download? Print and laminate the game board. Print and laminate the game cards. Grab your game pawns and a dice or spinner. 
 
Students roll/spin and move their piece along game board. Each piece they land on has a number. That number is the amount of times they must produce the card you present to them. Want to work on the phrase, sentence, or conversational level? Instruct your students to use that word at that level! You can also use the words to boost vocabulary, answering questions, and improve fluency as well! 

Want a sneak peak of more? 

Initial /k/:
Final /k/:
Medial /k/:
Initial /th/ (voiced and voiceless included):
Final /th/:
Medial /th/:
Initial /r/:
Final /r/:
Medial /r/:
Other ways you can use this download?  Print each game card twice and use the cards for matching/memory games!!  Enjoy practicing your articulation sounds with this fun space activity!!  Think this activity will be useful in your therapy room?  Visit my TpT page!

Dino Dash Giveaway!

I have reached over 400 likes on facebook!  Thank you all for your kind words and feedback!  To celebrate this milestone, Labor Day, and last weekend before I go back to work, I am hosting a giveaway on my facebook page!!  Winner will win a copy of my Dino Dash Wh- Fun Download!  Check out my TpT page or my blog post to see what you can win!!
Spread the word!!  You don't want to miss out on this opportunity!!  To jump quick to my facebook page -- click here!

Dino Dash! Wh- Question Fun!

I have been working hard on this next activity pack!  I listen to the poll results and you have requested wh- materials.  Introducing, Dino Dash!  Graphics were purchased from KPM Doodles. 
One strategy I use in my therapy room is teaching students that each type of question form answers a certain type of question.  I use visuals from various websites that help illustrate this strategy.  I believe it is very important to provide visuals to assist speech and language students.  To practice this skill, I created a sorting activity.  Students sort the answers to questions with the dinosaurs that have the various question forms.  You can leave the sorting page as is and laminate.  You can also cut it apart and place across a table to allow moving around.  How to sort:
  • who: people
  • what: things and descriptions
  • where: places
  • when: time, date, seasons

Now it is practice time!  Students can play the board game I created using the dino theme.  Play as you see fit but I like to play: provide question, answer correctly, roll dice or spin spinner.  If incorrect, provide assistance then can still make a move.  All you would have to do is print and laminate.  Grab game pawns and dice/spinner.
As you can tell, I only used "who" "what" "where" and "when" for those two activities.  I left "why" separate because it is the most difficult and hardest to work on.  Students must understand cause/effect and have the vocabulary in order to respond.  I created a visual which I included in this activity pack.  It illustrates what the response should tell and the words used in the answer.
After the visual, there are "why" question cards to use with any motivating game/activity to practice responding.
All you have to do is print and laminate the visual.  Then it is ready to hang while working on "why" questions.  Print and laminate game cards and grab your favorite game: Jenga, CandyLand, Chutes and Ladders, Connect 4, Jeopardy, Trouble, and MANY more!

Want to check it out?  Visit my TpT Store here!  Let me know what you think!  I think you will LOVE this one!

Learn more about Pocket SLP apps!

As an SLP in the schools, I am busy getting my iPad ready for the school year.  I am researching which apps are most appropriate for targeting the goals of my students.  There are TONS of developers out there.  Today, I will be featuring PocketSLP!  You may have seen their free apps, Pocket Lexi and SLP Break RoomThey were generous to provide me with two of their apps to review and share with you!  Remember, the opinions are all mine!

Category Carousel:

This app addresses exactly what it says!  Categories!  Using cute graphics, this easy to use app allow students to verbally express and sort pictures into categories.  They are provided with verbal prompts as they touch the various pictures.  There are two ways to play, sort by category or into subcategories.  For example, if you want students to sort by season, touch "summer" and "winter" then press "begin."
To sort by subcategories, press a category such as "transportation" and then click begin.  Students can drag all or some of the pictures toward the "transportation" logo up top.
 Once completed, click the "transportation" logo and students will be provided with subcategories to sort into using the pictures they dragged into there.
Subcategories of food:




Categories and subcategories found within:
Animals (birds, bugs, farm, water, jungle, forest)
Transportation (land, water, sky)
Clothing (body, head, feet)
Food (breakfast, deserts, drinks, meat, fruit, vegetables)
Household (cleaning, furniture, toys, tools, bathroom, kitchen)
Instruments
Occupations
Summer
Winter
Reinforcement:  Students are rewarded with a cheering sound and a rewarding graphic.
You can choose to play again or "go back." 

Things I like about this app:
  • Easy to use and navigate
  • Common categories used
  • Works on more abstract concepts with subcategories
  • Can stop at any time
  • Students are rewarded and prompted when incorrect
  • Pictures are easy to decipher what they are supposed to be
Things I would like to see in an update:
  • Score keeping/data collection
  • Use with multi-players for group therapy
  • Reduction in price.  Some might find $9.99 too much to spend on one app.
Learn more by visiting iTunes.

iBook: Billy Goats Gruff:


Pocket SLP created a brand new app that is run through iBooks.  They took the classic Billy Goats Gruff story and provided it in a storybook and video form.



Speech goals this app can address:
-comparatives/superlatives
-articulation sound /g/, /l/, /f/
-adjectives
-sequencing/transition words (first, second, third, next, last)
-auditory comprehension
-character traits
-cause/effect
-predicting
Since this iBook was designed for SLPs, they created follow-up activities targeting auditory comprehension!
Yes/No Coloring:  Students listen to a question and must recall details from the story.  They are then prompted to click "yes" or "no."  By responding correctly they are rewarded with watching a picture from the story get colored. 
 Follow the clues:  Students touch the numbers to hear clues.  How many clues will it take them to guess the vocabulary word from the story?  Once they have touched all the numbers, they will be able to touch the circle in the middle to review the mystery word.
Story Retell:  Students touch a picture at a time to prompt them to retell the story in their own words.  They are provided with a verbal cue with transition words that were also used in the story with those pictures.  As they are retelling story, the next picture will be provided for them to continue.  This continues until they retell the whole story.  They are not marking correct/incorrect so yo must provide them reinforcement/assistance if incorrect.
Auditory Discrimination:  Students are provided with the following prompt "listen up touch the picture that says ____."  They are provided with words from the story.  They are then provided with four pictures (and the names of pictures are provided) and then they are reminded of the word they are looking for.  Students must listen, retain the word, and recall it and follow the direction.  In some cases, rhyming words are provided as the other choices.  They are reinforced if correct and provided with assistance, chance to correct themselves if incorrect.  They can advocate for themselves by clicking "hear again."
Things I like about this iBook app:
  • Designed for SLPs with auditory comprehension in mind
  • Took classic story and created a fun and motivating activity
  • Targets numerous speech and language goals
  • Easy to use and navigate
  • Can easily quit and jump around if necessary
  • Motivating for students
Things I would change/like to see in an update:
  • Score keeping/data collection feature
  • For story retell: allow for recording of student responses on the app for playback and self correction/reflection
  • Reduction in price.  $6.99 is a lot for an iBook although you are also getting four games with it.
To learn more at iTunes.

Opposite Day:


Last but not least is Opposite Day.  I works on exactly what it says, opposites!  This app allows for multi-users and collects data!!  It even has opposites in Spanish and English!!  This is great if you have ESL students on your caseload like I do!  I am SO excited to use this app this year with my students.  Keep reading.  Below you will see me entering students names and selecting programs per student.  You can see you can select language, receptive and/or expressive, and which types of opposites: prepositions, adjectives, nouns, and/or verbs.

Once all selected, you can hit "begin."  It splits between students and activities on own or in order depending on settings.
Now to "study":  Students are previewing the different opposites based on the settings.

Then you can start the quiz: 

Expressive: Students are providing a verbal prompt to say the opposite.  They can score or you can score for them by clicking the green and red buttons.  This is great for discussion and self-correction.

 Receptive:  Students are prompted to touch named opposite.  They can click the appropriate button below.  If correct they are rewarded with a graphic.  If incorrect they can keep going or correct it.  It provides time so you can discuss why correct and incorrect.
If they need help, they can request or click the "hint" button which shows them a visual:
Now onto my favorite part, the reports/data collection.  You can click "reports" at any time and get scores and email it to yourself.

The scores are split by receptive and expressive and by students.  The scores are very detailed and helpful.  If you click "done" in reports it brings you back to the home page.  You can access the reports from the home page as well.
Another button on the home page is "books" this prompts you to the "pocket lexi" app which has some books related to opposites.

Things I like about this app:
  • score keeping/email of data
  • multi-user and individualized program per student
  • receptive and expressive feature
  • benefits ESL students
  • self correction and time for discussion
  • "study" feature to introduce
  • easy to navigate and use
  • created with SLPs in mind!
Things I would like to see in an update:
  • Way to see how many trials were completed on the "quiz"
  • Way to select specific vocabulary within categories selected
To learn more about this fabulous app, visit iTunes. 

Have any of these apps??  Let me know what you think!!  The developesr promised to provides codes for giveaways.  Waiting to hear back from them to find out for which app and how many.  Feel free to begin entering and I will update the rafflecopter once I know more information!  Good luck!

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Alligator Antonyms

If you are going to teach synonyms (like with my superhero synonyms activity), the next activity typically is antonyms.  Building vocabulary is what we do as speech-language pathologists.  Many students struggle comprehending synonyms and antonyms.  A true test of understanding vocabulary is understanding there is an opposite.  In this pack, you will find materials (level 1 and 2) to work on antonyms.  Level 1 is more basic/common vocabulary.  Level 2 relates more to common core/classroom curriculum vocabulary.  This activity pack addresses antonyms in regard to receptive and expressive language.  It also utilizes auditory comprehension, verbal expression, answering questions, and addresses auditory memory.
Visual poster:  one strategy is to provide visual aids to assist students in recall and understanding.  It enables them to advocate for themselves and compensate for difficulties.  This pack provides a visual to laminate and hang while working on this skill.  It provides a sentence strip to use to also expand utterance length.
Matching cards: these cards come in the 2 levels (different graphics to help with sorting the two).  They can be used to introduce antonyms, drill, and play memory/matching games.  Can students use the sentence strip to express the matching pairs?  All you have to is print, glue to card stock or index cards and laminate.

Sentence substitution:  Students can draw a card and read it or you can read it to them to work on auditory comprehension.  Students must substitute the underlined word with an antonym.  Which version makes the most sense?  Some sentences will require some changes to help make the sentence flow and be grammatically correct.  Can they do that?  Again, this activity comes in the two levels using the vocabulary from the matching cards.  All you have to do is print and laminate.  You can use this activity with any motivating game: Jenga, CandyLand, Chutes and Ladders, Connect 4, or any other game your students are motivated by!

Review worksheet: I created a matching review worksheet in two levels to help with review.  This can assess understanding, recalling concept in a follow-up lesson or sent home for home practice.  Just print and go!
View this activity pack at my TpT store.  Let me know what you think!  I think you will find the two levels helpful and useful!

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