Darcy Lanham shares:
Ahhhhhh Preschoolers! How do you keep little, busy, three year olds (with language disabilities) in the same spot and engaged? Well, I definitely do not have the answer to that question, but their eyes get wide with amazement when I ask the question, “Who wants to play on the iPad?”
Here are some of the apps I have used with my preschoolers: Toca Boca, Articulation Station, Mr. Potato Head, Coloring Farm, and Animal Sounds. Articulation Station and Photo Artic are both a series of flashcards and games that you can use to keep data as you go. It is a great activity for articulation drill and practice, but also to address labeling and wh-questions. My speech kiddos are so happy just to get to swipe to the next screen. I use the Toca Boca, Pepi Bath, and Animal Sounds as a way to facilitate language, identify pictures, and make requests/comments. All of these apps have a lite (free) version so you can try it out before buying it. A lot of the vocabulary presented in these apps seems to align well with the classroom vocabulary from the Big Day Curriculum.
This week I used Mr. Potato Head in therapy. Specifically, I was targeting deletion of final consonants (“nose”, “eyes”, “mouth”) and also answer function based questions (“What do you use to hear?”). Following using the toy Mr. Potato Head, we completed the same tasks using the Mr. Potato Head app. This transition seemed to help my students who can identify objects but are having difficulty transitioning to picture understanding.
To be honest, I was a little weary to accept the iPad. I’m not a very tech savvy SLP, so I worried about how I would incorporate it into my daily therapy sessions. I’ve been hitting up all my Speech Friends, asking them, “What is your favorite app for preschoolers?” I’m truly grateful that the WHAS Crusade supplied me with an iPad. It really has benefited the children on my caseload. It is always a challenge to change the way we do therapy, but the challenge is always worth the reward. It helped me to better engage my students and motivated them to communicate.
Ashley Becker shares:
As an overload therapist, I am constantly carrying materials back and forth between schools. I felt like the i-Pad would allow me to decrease the amount of “things” I was lugging around on a day-to-day basis. Since having the i-Pad, I have honestly just “gotten my feet wet” in all of the speech programs that it has to offer. There have been a couple of apps that I have found to be useful and want to begin using more frequently with my speech students.
- Articulation Test Center-Articulation & Phonology Test—I just downloaded the lite version, which allows you about five trials. The full version (which I would love to be able to buy) is $59.99. This app is perfect for completing speech screenings as well as a “quick check” on my current speech students’ progress with their sound production. The app allows you to select an age group, which presents pictures that the children are familiar with and targets age appropriate speech sounds. When presenting the pictures you are able to mark sounds produced in error as well as make notes while screening. At the end, you are able to print or email yourself a report that details the child’s error sounds. The printout has been great to provide to parents and teachers.
- Quick Artic—This is a free app that is perfect for those days when you need to collect solid data (and do some drill practice). It allows you to practice articulation skills for the most common articulation sounds (/f, g, k, l, r, s, ch, th, z, l-blends s-blends and r-blends/) in all word positions on a word level. It contains real pictures and allows you to track correct and incorrect answers.
- WH Questions (by Super Duper)—This app is the “WH” question fun decks for “who,” “what,” “when,” “where” and “why” questions. There are four games for each “WH” set of cards (secret decoder, multiple choice, matching and drag and match). It allows you to keep data, which is great for tracking student progress.
I look forward to exploring more apps on the i-Pad to use with my students and am very grateful to the WHAS Crusade for Children for the donation!
Julia Tabler shares:
The ipads engaged the students to answer ‘wh’ questions about a topic they chose for their passion projects. The student had to think of a topic they felt strongly about such as: feeding the hungry, saving ocean animals or basketball. Then the students researched their topic via the internet using the ipad. Next, the student’s had to answer the following questions from what they learned from their research: what, where, why, who, and when. Last, the students put all the information they researched on a poster board and drew a picture about their topic. In addition, the passion project exercise facilitated the students to learn research strategies. The ipad was an instrumental tool in incorporating project based learning in the speech therapy setting.
Hope you all have the happiest of holidays! Enjoy some much needed peace and relaxation!
Nicole Bowling shares:
I am very thankful for the generous donations of the iPads from the WHAS Crusade for Children.
I have also used both the wh question app and articulation apps previously mentioned blog posts!
One app I hope you all may also find useful is Describe it to me!
I have recently begun implementing my EET kit more and more for a variety of goals. Since doing so I have found the app, Describe it to me, that pairs nicely with EET. The app allows you to change between expressive and receptive language targets. It provides a variety of pictures and multiple choice options that my students have really found helpful, especially when we introduce new items. You can also switch to expressive language mode when they begin to understand the targets.
You can also customize word/pictures for the session, if you choose. Some of the targets you can access with this app include
- Salient features
- Object function
The app has the ability to track individual students, their data and their progress monitoring over time, a feature I have not fully explored but could be very useful.
It is a paid app, I believe it’s $10 but it has been very nice way to connect students with the EET kit and hold their interest!
Thrifty Therapy Thursday starts TODAY!!! (Even thought its Friday! :))
I wanted to go ahead and post these items, as they are timely:
(I will even deliver them personally so that you don’t have to wait for them to come in the PONY!)
***See the previous post for details and don’t forget to post ideas by EOD Monday!!***
Therapy materials are expensive! Sometimes it takes a
little creativity a lot of creativity to plan interesting and engaging sessions without spending a fortune on materials! Because of this, many SLPs have become masters of “making something out of nothing.” The idea of “making something out of nothing” inspired this blog’s newest series of posts: Thrifty Therapy Thursday!! (I have to confess, I tried this once before and didn’t get much response– but I thought I’d give it another go now that the blog is more established…) Here is how it will work:
• On Thursday morning (the second Thursday of the month), there will be a post containing a picture and desription of an item found at a thrift store, on clearance or “salvaged.”
• Once it is posted, you will have the opportunity to comment with what you would do with the item to transform it into a useful therapy tool.
• The deadline for comments/ideas will be 10am the following Monday morning.
• A winner will be announced by Tuesday morning. The prize for posting the best idea will be the actual item, which will be sent to the winner via pony mail.
Hopefully, this will be a fun way to create a little friendly competition that results in someone walking away with a prize! The only caveat is that it only works if YOU participate!! The first item will be posted NEXT THURSDAY! If you have any questions, comment below! GOOD LUCK!!