Research Study Survey: SLPs who use iPad apps in therapy

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Speech-Language Pathologists are invited to take part in a research study survey to identify the factors that they feel are important when using iPad apps for language intervention with children.

Who is being asked to participate?

Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) in six predominantly English speaking countries (South Africa, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and United States of America).

SLPs who use iPad apps in their intervention with children with language impairment.

I just completed the survey and it took about 15 minutes.

See more details and complete the survey at: Continue reading

Best of SLP Bloggers FREE e-book

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Best of SLP Bloggers FREE e-book from Activity Tailor on TPT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Best-of-SLP-Bloggers-2363198

“There’s a wealth of information out there, but you need to know where to look. This ebook brings together sample posts from over 70 SLP bloggers and provides indexes to find specialized information from AAC, adult or EI resources, fluency, ESL to hearing impairment. Resources for pediatric language and speech sound disorders abound!”

{ honored to have OMazing Kids included :) }
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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness & educational activities for kids of all abilities
Home E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com
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Boardmaker Share: http://www.boardmakershare.com/Community/FriendsProfile/10916/Angela-Moorad
Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com
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Angela Moorad is the founder of OMazing Kids, LLC and is an ASHA certified & licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Kids Yoga Teacher with over 25 years experience working in a variety of settings (early intervention, schools, teletherapy & a nonprofit pediatric rehab hospital for children with developmental disabilities). She is an app beta tester for educational & therapeutic app developers and loves sharing info about great apps, products, books & toys to use with kids of all abilities.

Great video: Aided Language Input for AAC

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Nice short video about Aided Language Input: https://youtu.be/vUY6oQoSTXw. A little less than 5 minutes…. definitely worth watching it all. :)

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#AAC #SpecialNeeds #SLPeeps
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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness & educational activities for kids of all abilities
Home E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com
Facebook Messaging for OMazing Kids: https://www.facebook.com/messages/17426452595789
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga
AppPeeps Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OMazingKidsAppPeeps/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/amoorad
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/amoorad1
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/110305433538768736741
Boardmaker Share: http://www.boardmakershare.com/Community/FriendsProfile/10916/Angela-Moorad
Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com
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Angela Moorad is the founder of OMazing Kids, LLC and is an ASHA certified & licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Kids Yoga Teacher with over 25 years experience working in a variety of settings (early intervention, schools, teletherapy & a nonprofit pediatric rehab hospital for children with developmental disabilities). She is an app beta tester for educational & therapeutic app developers and loves sharing info about great apps, products, books & toys to use with kids of all abilities.

{Book Review} Little Bitty Friends by Elizabeth McPike, free printable + ideas for kids yoga & speech-language therapy

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Check out this awesome new addition to the OMazing Kids collection of fabulous kids picture books: Little Bitty Friends by Elizabeth McPike (due to be released 2/2/16; hardcover, 32 pages, $16.99; the book description indicates that the book is for ages birth to 3 but I can definitely see myself using this book into early elementary ages).

  • I love the adorable illustrations and the rolling-off-your-tongue fun to read rhyming text.
  • The book has lots of great opportunities for language with unique verbs (march, tickle, reach, fly, peek, nibble, sway, sneeze, chatter, play, nuzzle, nap, rest & hug) and nouns (boy, girl, knee, nose, lap, caterpillar, flower, sky, bird, tent, snail, mouse, strawberry, tree, swing, cat, wagon, chipmunk, ladybug, grass, rock, turtle, rabbit, basket, blanket, puppy).
  • As an added bonus there are lots of opportunities for kids yoga activities based on the illustrations and text (cross crawl hike, ant (warrior 1), caterpillar (group happy baby), flower, stretch to sky, bird, tree, snail, tent (triangle or rooftop partners), mouse, weeping willow (crescent moon), swing (standing forward fold with arms on top of each other like swing seat), cat, chipmunk (toe-ga with brown pom poms), ladybug, turtle, bunny breaths, resting puppy savasana & big self-hug).

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Here is a sneak peek at a few pages inside the book:

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Here is a free printable that I made to use with this book. I have several kids that I see for speech-language therapy who respond well to getting to color or splat a small ball of playdoh on a small picture after saying a certain number of articulation target words or naming pics (Tip: When using playdoh splat mats it helps to already have small balls of playdoh pre-rolled). In my kids yoga classes, I use coloring sheets both as a visual support for kids to pick a pose to do again and as a coloring sheet to do during relaxation at the end or to take home.

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Little Bitty Friends - coloring page from OMazing Kids

https://omazingkidsyoga.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/little-bitty-friends-coloring-page-and-playdoh-splat-mat-from-omazing-kids.pdf

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The book is available for pre-order purchase at: http://www.amazon.com/Little-Bitty-Friends-Elizabeth-McPike/dp/0399172556 & http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/317196/little-bitty-friends-by-elizabeth-mcpike-illustrated-by-patrice-barton/9780399172557.

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness & educational activities for kids of all abilities
Home E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com
Facebook Messaging for OMazing Kids: https://www.facebook.com/messages/17426452595789
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga
AppPeeps Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OMazingKidsAppPeeps/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/amoorad
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/amoorad1
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/110305433538768736741
Boardmaker Share: http://www.boardmakershare.com/Community/FriendsProfile/10916/Angela-Moorad
Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com
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Angela Moorad is the founder of OMazing Kids, LLC and is an ASHA certified & licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Kids Yoga Teacher with over 25 years experience working in a variety of settings (early intervention, schools, teletherapy & a nonprofit pediatric rehab hospital for children with developmental disabilities). She is a kids book reviewer with a focus on great picture books, a kids toy / product reviewer with a focus on those that are helpful for kids with special needs & an app beta tester for educational and therapeutic app developers. She loves sharing info about great things to use with kids of all abilities.

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{Currently FREE} Detailed printable elephant coloring page from PlayKites Designs

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{Currently FREE} Check out this cool detailed printable elephant coloring page that’s currently free from PlayKites Designs (usually $1.49). Grab it quickly since it will only be free for a week:
https://playkitesblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/27/free-coloring-page-elephant/

#coloring #KidsYoga #TeenYoga
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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness & educational activities for kids of all abilities
Home E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com
Facebook Messaging for OMazing Kids: https://www.facebook.com/messages/17426452595789
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga
AppPeeps Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OMazingKidsAppPeeps/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/amoorad
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/amoorad1
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/110305433538768736741
Boardmaker Share: http://www.boardmakershare.com/Community/FriendsProfile/10916/Angela-Moorad
Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

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Angela Moorad is the founder of OMazing Kids, LLC and is an ASHA certified & licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Kids Yoga Teacher with over 25 years experience working in a variety of settings (early intervention, schools, teletherapy & a nonprofit pediatric rehab hospital for children with developmental disabilities). She is an app beta tester for educational & therapeutic app developers and loves sharing info about great apps, products, books & toys to use with kids of all abilities.
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{App Review} Listening Power Grades K-3 HD by Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development

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I was thrilled to have the opportunity to try out and review Listening Power Grades K-3 HD! It’s the newest app from Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development. I’m a huge fan of all of their apps. They are one of the few SLP app developers to offer “lite” versions of apps that actually have enough content to be helpful in therapy sessions and to let the user know whether or not that app is a good fit for their needs before purchasing the full version.

This app is excellent and I highly recommended taking a look at it for kids who need to work on listening & auditory processing skills. Here is what you get in the full version of this app. I’m including screenshots that I took while using the app so you can see more than what’s already visible in the iTunes App Store.

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I love apps that include instructions within the app itself! I always suggest that the therapist or parent read all of this info, watch the video overview & play through any app themselves before using it with the kids. That way you will know what to expect and will be able to customize the app to that particular child’s needs and goals. If you have used other Hamaguchi apps the settings area will look familiar but each app has some settings unique to that app so it’s worth the time to take a look.

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Listening for Descriptions: Listen to the description and find the picture that shows it. There are 50 questions in each level; 150 description questions total.

A sample of this activity at the “easy” level + field of 2 choices. I toggled on on showing the text for the purpose of illustrating the content but you would typically have that toggled off when working on true listening skills.

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Intermediate level:

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Advanced level:

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Listening for Grammar: Listen to the sentences and find the one that “doesn’t sound right.” When selected, hear how it SHOULD sound. There are 50 questions in each level; 150 grammar questions total.

Easy level:

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Listening for Meaning: Listen to a sentence that includes a key word. Answer a question about it to help associate the word and its meaning. There are 50 vocabulary words for each level; 150 vocabulary words total.

Intermediate level:

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Listen for Word Memory: Listen to a series of words. Touch them in the correct order. There are hundreds of tasks on this activity due to the many possible combinations. There are always 9 pictures to choose from. There are 51 pictures that are in the activity.

The Easy level has a 2-3 word series, the Intermediate level has a 4-5 word series & the Advanced level has a 6 word series. One of the few suggestions / wishes that I have for a future app update would be to allow the adult to chose the number of pics shown in the field of choices here like they are all the other activities in the settings area. A field of 9 pictures was a bit much for my patients who are just beginning to work on this skill. It would be nice to have options for fields of 3, 6 or 9.

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Listening for Stories:  There are 25 stories for each level. The Easy level is spoken slowly and includes pictures–similar to their preschool story app format. The Intermediate level includes a picture at the beginning and at the end of the story. The narrator speaks closer to a normal rate. The advanced level features non-fiction and science-fiction stories and the narrator speaks at a normal speaking rate. There are some photos to accompany biographies or other non-fiction content. There is a background noise button option to help practice “tuning out” distractions.

Easy level:

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Things that I love throughout the app:

  • high quality voiceovers
  • high quality graphics
  • well designed content & lots of it (you definitely get your money’s worth)
  • varied positive feedback and no aversive / negative feedback for incorrect answers. The child has a the opportunity to try again until they select the correct answer. The only exception to this is the Listening for Word Memory activity. If the child selects an incorrect item, the narrator says “Good try. Let me show you the words I said”.
  • lots of settings to be able to pick which activities you want to use and then to customize that activity to the child’s needs
  • data collection within the app & the options to view previous data, print or e-mail the results or to “play missed items”
  • option to toggle off the data collection scores showing on the screen (helpful when working with kids with anxiety over not being at 100%)
  • option to have the app automatically adjust the difficulty level contingent on the child’s performance
  • option to have to manually show the choice options. This provides the opportunity for the child to work on expressive language before selecting from the field of choices

The app has two reinforcer games that you can choose settings for the selected game to appear after 1, 3, 5, 10 or 15 completed activities or toggle the feature off.

Hidden door game

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Basketball game – one of the few other wishes I have for a future app update would be to add an option in the settings for how easy or hard this game will be. I have several patients who are easily frustrated so I’d like to increase the odds that they will make most of the baskets.

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Watch this YouTube video for a good overview of the features of this app:

[Tip: if you have difficulty viewing the embedded video, head over to their YouTube channel to view it there: https://www.youtube.com/user/HamaguchiApps]

And read more about this line of apps on the developer’s website: http://www.hamaguchiapps.com/listening-power-apps.html

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Available for purchase: Listening Power Grades K-3 HD by Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/listening-power-grades-k-3-hd/id1065753089?mt=8
(iPad only, $19.99)

They also offer a “lite” version of the app for $.99… it’s a great way to try before you buy:
Listening Power Grades K-3 Lite HD by Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development
https://appsto.re/us/YE3U_.i  (iPad only)

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Looking for this type of app for younger kids or for older kids who are working on skills at an easier level? Be sure to also check out this one. I won a copy of the full version in a giveaway on another SLP blog and it’s fabulous as well:
Listening Power Preschool HD by Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development
https://appsto.re/us/w-A76.i

I’m including the video overview here so folks can compare it to the K-3 version to decide which app may be the best fit for their needs:

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They also have a version of this app for older kids…. but I don’t have the full version of that app yet so I’m not able to comment on it’s content.

Website: http://www.hamaguchiapps.com
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Hamaguchi-Apps-for-Speech-Language-Auditory-Developmen t-299529220125194

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Disclaimer: I received a free promo code for the full version of this app but did not receive any compensation for posting a review.  Opinions expressed are my own.

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness & educational activities for kids of all abilities
Home E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com
Facebook Messaging for OMazing Kids: https://www.facebook.com/messages/17426452595789
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga
AppPeeps Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OMazingKidsAppPeeps/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/amoorad
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/amoorad1
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/110305433538768736741
Boardmaker Share: http://www.boardmakershare.com/Community/FriendsProfile/10916/Angela-Moorad
Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com
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Angela Moorad is the founder of OMazing Kids, LLC and is an ASHA certified & licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Kids Yoga Teacher with over 25 years experience working in a variety of settings (early intervention, schools, teletherapy & a nonprofit pediatric rehab hospital for children with developmental disabilities). She is an app beta tester for educational & therapeutic app developers and loves sharing info about great apps, products, books & toys to use with kids of all abilities.

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Free printable symbols for Tiggly apps & styluses

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My favorite therapy activity today was using the Tiggly Safari app with the shape styluses on my iPad to create lots of opportunities for language, listening, matching, sustained attention, joint attention and tons of fun! This particular patient is a preschooler with Autism and newly emerging verbal skills. I use symbols with him in a combo of PECS communication, as a visual support for choices and as aided language input. His smiles & giggles were the highlight of my day. :)

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There are currently 10 Tiggly apps and three different sets of styluses. Here are some free printable symbols that I made for my patients who use PECS to be able to choose a particular Tiggly app as well as which stylus they want to use. Now that I have the images created, I can also import them into a variety of AAC apps as fringe vocabulary for a couple of my patients who have a high interest in these particular apps.
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For those of you who have Boardmaker, I saved it out on the Boarmaker Share website: http://br.boardmakershare.com/Activity/1908065/PECS-symbols-for-Tiggly-Apps–Styluses
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For those who don’t have Boardmaker, I also saved a PDF version in Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/s/8nthta3ufmlshhw/tiggly%2520apps%2520and%2520styluses.pdf?dl=0
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Want more info about Tiggly? Check out their website: https://www.tiggly.com & their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Tiggly. Link to the application for their their Tiggly Educator program: http://goo.gl/forms/x8g0Pr3ZGE

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness & educational activities for kids of all abilities
Home E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com
Facebook Messaging for OMazing Kids: https://www.facebook.com/messages/17426452595789
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga
AppPeeps Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OMazingKidsAppPeeps/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/amoorad
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/amoorad1
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/110305433538768736741
Boardmaker Share: http://www.boardmakershare.com/Community/FriendsProfile/10916/Angela-Moorad
Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com
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Angela Moorad is the founder of OMazing Kids, LLC and is an ASHA certified & licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Kids Yoga Teacher with over 25 years experience working in a variety of settings (early intervention, schools, teletherapy & a nonprofit pediatric rehab hospital for children with developmental disabilities). She is an app beta tester for educational & therapeutic app developers and loves sharing info about great apps, products, books & toys to use with kids of all abilities.

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