Derby Fun!

I love this Derby PowerPoint and I use it every year!  (*I did NOT make it, but someone shared it with me a long time ago). It is great for vocab and Wh questions. I can make it basic and simple for younger kids or use it in a more complex way for older kids. We can take vocabulary or ideas from it and “research” them more.  It really hits all the components of Derby, which can be broken down and expanded however you want.  It always surprises me every year that so many kids (especially our ELL) know so little about our city’s most famous event!  Great springboard for many activities.  Enjoy!

**UPDATE** Here is the picture from Lindsey’s comment below:

Thanks, Ladies!!


Tech Tuesday

Jessica Oliver shares:

I have always enjoyed using iPads in therapy with students.  In the last few weeks, I have spent several hours looking for free apps to address the needs of my students at my schools.  I really started using my iPad around the Valentine’s Day holiday.  It took me a while to get into the hang of using the iPad during group therapy.  Initially, I used it for showing short video clips for working on a variety of skills.  Video clips can be used in a thousand ways.  I wrote a previous post about the Simon’s Cat videos and using them for inferencing, problem solving, describing, and a lot more language based tasks.  I also use videos for holidays that give historical information that are appropriate for middle school students.  This allows for detail questions, main idea questions, inferences, drawing conclusions, predictions, articulation opportunities, and more.  

In addition to using an iPad for video clips, there are several free and low cost apps that can address goals that your students may have.  I have a few students working on following multiple step directions from elementary school.   I don’t have a lot of materials specific to following directions as they aren’t goals I often work on, so the iPad was a great way to work on them.  I found the Hearbuilder App, which allows students to work on a variety of types of directions with multi-steps.  Directions are temporal, sequential, basic, spatial, and more.  The students really enjoy it and it has built in reward games.

I was also able to find several apps that engaged my more difficult to engage students.  I have students who are working on language activities and questions with a response field of 4.  Several apps were free and available.  My students were able to make selections and match question cards to answers on the device and this was enough to hold their interest for an entire session!  I was also able to find a few sorting, matching, and organizing game apps that were great for rewards for MSD students who need to earn a reward on a star chart to work.


Other apps that I have found are ones that can be used for describing similar to EET type goals. They break describing into function, visual components, parts, where you find it, ect.  There was also an inferencing app that has pictures that let students inference about jobs, emotions, conversations, seasons, thoughts, social situations, and more!  My MSD articulation students were included in the use by playing spelling games after producing sounds.

Overall, the addition of an iPad to my therapy room has given my students a variety of ways to address their communication needs.  It has reduced the amount of materials I have to travel with and greatly increased the interest of my students during sessions!

Harry Potter Literacy Unit

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by [Rowling, J.K.]

This month’s Literacy unit is based on the Harry Potter series. These are the suggestions that stemmed from our September work session:

  • Receptive Language Activity-Jeopardylab website–categories are always “wh” questions. (May not be advisable to set it up like jeopardy–Could be too difficult for kiddos to answer in the form of a question.) Takes about 10 min to set up-saves online (You have to remember what you called it but can call it up at anytime.) Set it up for any number of teams. Can connect to a smart board, computer, switch access, etc. Can also make this multiple choice
  • For a chapter book we do a board for each chapter
  • Expressive Lang Act– Sorting hat– take out a question and ask the person the question, they have answer on topic back and ask an appropriate question back–great for students with autism.
  • You can use the sorting hat for vocab words–EET style, synonym, antonym, etc.
  • Artic-/r/–how about the characters (it is middle and high)! Reading aloud, answering questions
  • Cast spells using the words they are practicing

How do you use chapter books with your older kiddos?

Tech Tuesday

Pam Schmit shares:

I found a great free app called “Easy Bake,” and yes, that refers to the “easy bake oven.”

It is colorful and the foods look very realistic.  A particular food is selected, and associated choices grow from there.  One can “choose” a cake flavor, drag it into the bowl, actually stir it, watch the batter expand, then transfer it to pans.  An oven color is chosen, foods slide in, a timer alerts you to slide the food out, then you select your frostings, candy decorations, letters, numbers, and even candles you can light and actually “blow” out.  So many concepts and so much vocabulary can be targeted! Students can describe, wait, take turns, and read (instead of automatically pressing whatever message displays).  My high school MSD students are able to learn the steps of varied preparation processes.  My elementary students are having fun while they describe, retell using past tense verbs, and make choices using their target sounds.

Thanks, Pam!

Tech Tuesday

Becky Owens shares:

With thanks to the Crusade for Children for the generous grant allowing purchase of new iPads for student use, I would like to share about a few of my favorite apps to use in speech therapy.

Pocket Artic

I frequently use this app for students to work on speech sound production.

I find it most helpful to use with older students because it allows for quick practice, and the target phoneme and word, phrase, or sentence prompts can be changed very easily.

You can also select more than one student, and the app will provide alternating prompts for the students selected.  You can quickly record correct, approximate, or incorrect speech production and the app will keep track of student performance during the session.  You can also record and immediately play the recording.

Clue Catcher

This app provides a quick, fun way to practice using sentence context clues to determine the meaning of new vocabulary.  One of my students is motivated to score 100 Correct, and has re-answered his incorrect words to maintain a zero Incorrect score.

Inference Ace

I am new to this app.  I used it with a group of second graders this week.  I like how it incorporates WH – question vocabulary.

WH Questions

This app is made by Super Duper Publications.  I like to use the Drag ‘n Match 1 Question format.

One trick with this app is to make sure students say their response before they drag the picture.  Otherwise, they can get by without saying their responses.

One final suggestion… I also like the Webber HearBuilder apps for Following Directions and Auditory Memory.

I look forward to seeing how other SLPs are using their iPads to enhance student learning.

Thanks, Becky!