Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Verbal Reasoning: App Review!

I was recently contacted by Virtual Speech Center about their newest app, Verbal Reasoning.  This app is perfect for those working with older elementary and older students.  Keep reading to learn more about this great app:

This app is easy to use and navigate.  If you are familiar with other Virtual Speech Center apps, it follows a similar layout/format.  It isn't "too cutesy" since it is designed for older students.

Here are some settings you can alter according to your students' needs:

You can enter in student profiles and use it with multiple students at a time.  Once you are ready, you can check off the names of the students in the group and hit next to decide which stimuli you want to work on.

You can select multiple stimuli per student and you can work on different goals for the different students in the group.  I recommend in one session to work on just one per student.  You can select receptive (multiple choice) and expressive options (no choices).  

Activities included:
- Identifying problems, possible causes, and solutions
- Stating problems, possible causes, and solutions
- Identifying what will happen next
- Predicting what will happen next
- What would you do if…?
- What would happen if…?
- Stating pros and cons
- Stating similarities and differences between items
- Answering why-questions
- Answering negative wh-questions


Once you have selected the activities, it is time to play/work!  The students switch off answering/responding.  Real images and situations are used which is great.


I set my activity that after 5 tries, the students will each individually be rewarded with the puzzle game.  The game is motivating and challenging (even I had some trouble HA!).

Once you are done with the tasks or just ready to be finished, you can click done to receive the score report.  On one page, you get the all the reports for the group worked on.

At any time, you can access the puzzle games and the score reports from the main screen:

Learn more about this $12.99 app at iTunes!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Graphic Organizers FREEBIE!

Have you seen, used, and/or enjoyed either my Winter Graphic Organizers or my Spring Graphic Organizers?  How about a fun little freebie to use for St. Patrick's Day?!
In this file are 3 freebie graphic organizers!  You can use them with listening/reading comprehension, sequencing, and building vocabulary! Yes, you read correctly, it is a 3-in-1!

Grab this freebie download HERE!
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Monday, February 25, 2013

Reading Comprehension Camp: App Review!

You might have seen advertisements on Smarty Ear's website or Facebook page for their newest app, Reading Comprehension Camp!  This app is PERFECT for SLPs working in a public school setting and other professionals working on reading/auditory comprehension.

This app uses an adorable camping theme.  You can set student profiles to collect data.  You can work with up to 4 students at a time using this app.

Here are the settings you can alter for the overall activity:

Once you decide which students you want to work with, you can select the story from a wide variety and levels.  You can also create your own story and questions as well!  This is great if you have students with specific interests.


Level 1 is designed for early readers (2nd & 3rd grade).
Level 5 with a Flesch-Kincaid readability level of 6-7 grades, is designed for older students.


Once the story opens, you can read the story to your students, record and play back audio of the story, or have students read/record themselves.  The stories come with an image to help illustrate.  

Here are the settings available from the story page:

Once ready, you can click "quiz" to take the students to the questions.  You can select the question types (basic or higher level thinking):

You can select on top which students you want to answer each question type, it does not switch the students for you.  Students can check their work right after responding to the multiple choice questions.  If the answer is correct, a soft chime is heard. If the answer is incorrect, the wrong answer is eliminated.  

They can also click "hint" which is a great feature to help students learn to locate the clues in the story!!

Here is an example of an easier story and basic wh- question quiz:



Once all question types are answered or you are finished with the activity, you can click done.  You can access score reports from the "lounge."  You can share these scores via email or can send to the Therapy Report Center.


Learn more about this $19.99 app by visiting iTunes!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Spring Word Fun!

It is so cold out!!  I am trying to think warm thoughts and decided to finish my newest creation, Spring Word Fun!!  Check it out:


-Wh- Question Card Game:  Students will pick a card and answer the wh- question provided.  After accurately responding, the student can hold onto their cards.  If they pick the “lightning” card, they will lose a turn.  The student with the most cards at the end is the winner.

-Object Function Board Game:  Students will express functions of the objects provided while playing the board game provided.


-Context Clues Kites:  Students will pick a card and use the context clues to determine the meaning of the underlined/bolded word.  Each card has a point value (1-5).  Students will add up their points at the end of the game to determine a winner.


-Birdhouse Describing Fun: Use the visual provided to teach students how to describe.  Students should select a card and use the visual to describe it.  For each description said, they will earn a point.  Once the student runs out of describing words, they next student will get a turn.  At the end, all points should be added up to determine the winner.


-Expressing Multiple Meanings:  Students will pick a card and express at least 2 different meanings of the words provided.  After accurately responding, the student can hold onto their cards.  If they pick the card, “Spring Is In Bloom,” they get an extra turn.  The student with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner.



This download is available in my TpT store!  Click HERE!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Spring Graphic Organizers for SLPs!

My Winter Graphic Organizers pack was such a hit, that I decided to create a spring version!  This HUGE download is filled with graphic organizers and activities to practice using them!

In this file:

-Basic Sequencing Chart

-Listening for Wh- Questions 

-Cause & Effect:  Either use the sample provided or the blank form to use with stories or own concepts

-Main Idea & Supporting Details:  Use the two samples provided to teach determining a main idea and details based on information provided.  A blank form is provided to use with own stories

-Key Story Elements

-Venn Diagram:  Sample compare/contrast for spring items/stories are provided and a blank for own use

-Compare/Contrast Matrix

-Vocabulary Frayer Square:  Sample pages provided and a blank for varied use as well

-Inference Chart:  Use to help identify and use schema and clues

-Spring Word Hunt:  Students can try to determine a spring word that starts with every letter of the alphabet.  Can be used as a game, vocabulary practice, or even articulation.

-Words That Describe Web:  Some sample pages are provided with spring nouns.  A blank form is provided as well for varied use.

-Author’s/Speaker’s Purpose

-Asking Questions During Reading Process: This will help encourage students to express questions  based on what they have read/heard and develop their own answers.

-Character Traits: Graphic organizer with a spring theme to use with any spring related story

-A Vocabulary LINCing Routine

There are several ways to use this pack and make it as functional as possible:

  • Want to reduce usage of colored ink? Make laminated books for the amount of students you have in your largest group.  This way, you can easily grab and use these graphic organizers and they become dry erase!! Easy to reuse with various groups! 
  • You can also just print some in blank-and-white ink too if you want students to use pencils! 
  • I heard from several SLPs that purchased my Winter Pack that they printed the entire pack and placed it into a binder with page protectors.  This way they can easily grab and make photo copies when necessary.  Grab this HUGE and helpful download HERE!



Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Superhero Sentence Comprehension FREEBIE!

After reviewing the Auditory Processing Studio App, I decided to create a fun freebie to work on auditory comprehension.  Specifically, comprehension at the sentence level!



How to use this activity?

•Have students read the sentences on each card or you can read it to them.
•Each card contains a sentence and a question based on information in the sentence.
•Great for working on auditory memory/comprehension and answering wh- questions.


Grab this fun freebie that can be used with any motivating game/activity HERE! 
Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Introducing: Auditory Processing Studio (App Review)

I was recently contacted by the developers, Virtual Speech Center about their app recently released, Auditory Processing Studio.

 This app utilizes a bottom-top approach to working with students with Central Auditory Processing Disorder.

Settings you can alter:

  • User alternate count
  • Enable audio
  • Show instructions
  • Automatic Paging
  • Random Paging
  • Enable Reward
  • Award Counter
  • Enable Background Noise
  • Background Noise Volume
  • Background Noise

Auditory Processing Studio includes 2450 stimuli in the following activities: - Auditory Discrimination- 16 levels of difficulty. Each level contains 50 trials; making a total of 800 stimuli. 
Auditory Closure - 17 levels of difficulty. Each level contains 50 trials; making a total of 850 stimuli. 
Phonological Awareness- 16 levels of difficulty. Each level contains 50 trials; making a total of 800 stimuli. 
Figure-Ground - The above activities can be practiced in the presence of competing noise.

You can input students profiles and select which to use in a session.  Then  you can select their goals from a list of specific skills per category.

I chose to work on one goal per student.  There is no visual distractions (only audio if selected).  Students are presented with their verbal prompt.  They can record and play back their answers.  Then you can score them or they can score themselves.  I like to make it so that students learn from each other (keeps them engaged while they are waiting for their turns).  I like to let the other students rate the student (yes, I have rules so they are polite and caring!).

The activity is introduced by an adorable animation.





I set it so that my students had to get 5 awards in order to get the "game."  For the reward game, students can play the drums to make music.  They can select buttons on top for background beats!  How fun?!


You can go through the 50 trials, if you have time.  I decided to just go to the first reward session due to lack of time.  Then I was able to click "done."  I was able to access my score reports which can be saved and emailed.  You can always review a student's progress by clicking on reports from the main page.  This is great if you forget which goal was previously worked on.  

I suggest probing informally to see which level of auditory processing your students are at and which goals they should work on.  Then I would go in order down the list.  I wouldn't move on until they show mastery.  Since there are 50 stimuli per goal, you don't have to worry about quickly repeating!

Learn more about this $29.99 app by visiting iTunes!
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