Tips on where to find info now that I’m retiring

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Yup…. I’m really retiring in 1 week. I’ve been doing this for 28 years and am very excited to “despeechify” my life and start a whole new adventure. Info about my retirement sale can be found on this post: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2018/04/14/omazing-kids-slp-retirement-sale-what-i-have-where-i-will-be-selling-it/.
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I have received numerous messages asking “What will happen to your blog?” & “Where can we find info about apps that are free or on sale for a great deal?”. So I wrote this post to pass along info.
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What will happen to my blog and social media sites:

I am planning on leaving my blog and social media sites up for 12 months after I retire to allow folks plenty of time to save any free printables, workshop presentation handouts, the big post listing apps for SLPs by goal areas, the big blog post with tips about how SLPs can get FREE access to AAC apps, AAC app user groups, funding options & more, AAC core vocabulary ideas, kids yoga lesson plans and other info that I have shared over the years. I’ll decide later what to do with my blog and social media sites beyond that.
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Reviews:

I am not accepting any requests to do any new reviews for products, books or apps. I have a couple of reviews that are currently in process but those will be the last ones that I do.
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Blog:

I will not be doing any new blog posts or updates to previous posts since I will be focused on selling off my stash of materials and getting our house sold so my husband and I can move to the mountains in Colorado and do some traveling.
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If you run into dead links on old blog posts please do not message or e-mail me about that. All links were active at the time that blog post was done. Please use Google to look for whatever that resource might have been.
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If you are looking for something on my blog, please use the “search” feature.
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How to find info about app deals:
If you still have an iPad running something prior to iOS 11, then these are the two ways that I use to find apps that are either free or on sale for a great deal that day:

* AppZapp HD Pro – daily new Apps, best hot deals & free Apps by ConIT AG, https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/appzapp-hd-pro-daily-new-apps-best-hot-deals-free-apps/id428248004?mt=8 (free app, iPad only, will not work with iOS 11)
* The AppShopper website: http://appshopper.com/all/prices/free

I’ve also gotten a couple of good apps for free by checking this app: Apps Gone Free & Daily Tips by AppAdvice.com, https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/apps-gone-free-daily-tips/id470693788?mt=8.

Unfortunately most of the large app review sites have either disappeared, post very infrequently or have moved on to focusing on reviews for products. To be honest by the time some sites post about an app being free I have already found it myself using the methods listed above.

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AAC App Sales:

Be sure to follow Lauren Enders’ Facebook page for the most reliable info about upcoming AAC app sales:

https://www.facebook.com/LaurenSEndersMaCccSlp

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Questions about specific AAC apps, recommendations for type of iPad, types of cases, other apps, etc.:

* Join the Facebook users group specific to that app. Folks are quick to provide support and most groups have an Admin (or several Admins) that works for that company. See links on this post: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2016/06/11/aac-tips-how-slps-can-get-free-access-to-aac-apps-aac-app-user-groups-funding-options-more/

* If you are a SLP, join the AAC for the SLP Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1539830846285663/

* Looking for iPad case options? Check out Lauren Enders Pinterest boards. She has a separate board for every model of iPad:

https://www.pinterest.com/lasenders/

The AAC for the SLP is also a helpful group to brainstorm case options.

* Looking for non-AAC apps with certain features or to target specific goals? Since I will no longer be doing therapy I won’t be keeping up on these details. Unfortunately I don’t have a specific place to refer you to for this.
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I rarely check the e-mail that I have associated with this blog since it is flooded with spam mail and after retirement will not be responding to questions on Facebook unless they are specifically related to my retirement sale. It is hard for me to walk away from something that I spent so much time on but need to do so to focus on the future.
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Thanks to everyone who has left kind comments or messages. I’m glad that you have found my posts helpful over the years 😃.
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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC

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70 Kids Picture Books to Target Core Vocabulary for AAC

 

Here is a list of 70 kids picture books with lots of opportunities to target Core Vocabulary that I recently sold (60 in a large SLP buy sell trade group on Facebook and the remaining 10 on my own OMazing Kids SLP Retirement Sale page). As part of my original post I had included a list of the books and the core words in each. Unfortunately the SLP admin of that group blocked me from that group, froze the post and now deleted it. She did not respond to my messages asking why this was done. I followed all the rules of posting in that group. Anyways…. this soon to be retired SLP does not have time or the energy to deal with that craziness. So I will no longer be posting items for sale in that group.

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Fortunately I still have the list that I had posted and decided to share it here. These are not all the books that I had or used for Core Vocabulary. They are just the ones that I hadn’t sold yet when I decided to sell Core Vocabulary book bundles.

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* A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na (when, go, some, make, up, open, all)
* A Dark, Dark Cave by Eric Hoffman (through, in, up, down, what, this, out, who, to, play)
* A Fish Out of Water by Helen Palmer (like, more, all, big, no, not, put, in, stop, up, can, down, help, come, to, do)
* An Island in the Sun by Stella Blackstone (I, see, my, little, in, by, on, me, beside, together, play)
* Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman (on, here, want, eat, get, away, out, where, my, look, up, not, see, down, go, no, big, get, stop, want, put, in)
* Away in My Airplane by Margaret Wise Brown (in, my, over, through, up, fast, not, out, down, look)
* Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff (down, in, up, who, that, see, me, what, good, those, let, off, look, close; also have used for targeting colors)
* Big Yellow Sunflower by Frances Barry (little, what, you, be, under, out, up, come, big) (kids love the unique way the pages flap open and form a sunflower)
* Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin & Eric Carle (what, you, see, look, at, me; also have used for targeting colors)
* But Not the Hippopotamus by Sandra Boynton (board book) (not, in, on, to, with, come, go, yes)
* Count to 10 with a Mouse by Margaret Wise Brown (little, in, look, through, there, see, what, here, up, around)
* Down by the Cool of the Pool by Tony Mitton (down, by, in, can, you, like, me, I, not, you, see, all, stop, no)
* Duck in the Truck by Jez Alborough (board book) (this, in, where, down, help, can, not, out)
* Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow (board book) (put, on, off, no, more, can, go)
* From Head to Toe by Eric Carle (I, am, can, you, do, it; also have used for targeting body parts)
* Go! Go! Go! Stop! by Charisse Mericele Harper (board book) (little, go, like, new, into, to, up, look, here, there, stop, not, across)
* Goodnight Little One by Margaret Wise Brown (little, on, close, in, stop, no, all)
* Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss (I, am, that, not, like, here, there, in, with, on, you)
* Hooray for Hat by Brian Won (up, go, away, on, look, give, not, want)
* Hot Rod Hamster by Cynthia Lord (I, need, you, want, which, more, now, go, where)
* I Could Be, You Could Be by Karen Owen (I, can, be, make, all, in, on, like, up, me)
* I Like Bugs by Margaret Wise Brown (paperback) (I, like, in, on, big)
* I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont (oversized board book) (I, like, myself, me, no, be, my, different, same, fast, slow, go, do, down, all, want, not, look, stop)
* I See Summer by Charles Ghigna (I, see, at, in, with)
* I Went Walking by Sue Williams (board book) (I, what, you, see, look, me)
* If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Numeroff (if, you, give, go, with, up, take, in, look, find, put, need, want)
* If You Give a Dog a Donut by Laura Numeroff (if, you, give, some, go, it, when, drink, all, up, more, make, up, want, play, get, need, off, around, finished)
* If You Give a Pig a Party by Laura Numeroff (if, you, give, want, put, on, to, look, all, be, there, take, play, finished, come, make)
* If You Take a Mouse to the Movies by Laura Numeroff (if, you, take, give, want, on, see, make, need, finished, help, go, up, get, look)
* If You’re Happy and You Know It: Jungle Edition (if, you, it, your, give, up, around, go, do all)
* Inside, Outside, Upside Down by Stan & Jan Berenstain (go, in, down, out, on, to, off, come, up)
* Let’s Go Visiting by Sue Williams (paperback) (go, what, you, play, no, more)
* Like a Windy Day by Frank Asch (I, want, play, like, down, through, turn, in, make, help, big, on)
* Little Bitty Friends by Elizabeth McPike (little)
* Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson (my, little, not, help, you, big, me, come, no, not, her, she, over, that, where, go)
* More Spaghetti, I Say! by Rita Golden Gelman (play, with, me, can, on, by, no, not, eat, you, do, it, I, need, more, love, with, look, that, look, away)
* Mouse by Zebo Ludvicek (have, not, more, all, me, like, look, can, up, see, here, go, no, you)
* Mrs. McNosh Hangs Up Her Wash by Sarah Weeks (out, big, take, all, on, up)
* Natsumi! by Susan Lendroth (small, big, not, fast, want, like, help, yes, open, come, look, all)
* Not a Box by Antoinette Portis (why, you, in, not, it, what, on, I, this, around,
* Oh, No! By Candace Fleming & Eric Rohmann (in, help, no, not, down, get, out, slow, on)
* Old MacDonald’s Funny Farm by Roxanne Lanczak Williams (small paperback) (no, not)
* One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root (board book) (down, by, in, help, who, can, to, no, all, we, out)
* Over in the Garden by Jennifer Ward (over, in, on, where, through, by, up; includes facts about the creatures in the book)
* Over in the Meadow by Ezra Jack Keats (over, in, all, where, on, by, we)
* Peek-a-Moo by Marie Torres Cimarusti (who) (fun flip down flaps)
* Put Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire (I, will, go, in, want, see, it, do, like, this, where, will, you, here, not, out, why, put, me, can, look, all, more, on, make, up, there,
* Say Boo to the Animals! by Ian Whybrow (off, we, go, through, some, up, in, not, you, who, that, what, now, this, where, want, play)
* Say Hello to the Baby Animals by Ian Whybrow (this, go, want, hello, look, me, I can, see, you, love, in, love, who, go, here, down, goodbye)
* Sitting in My Box by Dee Lillegard (in, my, let, me, over, all, no, this, it, go, not)
* Ten Apples Up on Top by Dr. Seuss – includes small character pics on Velcro inside front cover (up, on, look, you, I, can, do, it, more, on, me, not, stop, let, come, this, want, they, get, out)
* The Itsy Bitsy Spider by Iza Trapani (up, down, out, again, off, no, go, in, next to, me, stop, done)
* The Napping House by Audrey Wood (board book) (there, where, in, that, on, who, no)
* The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle (board book) (on, want, go, not, eat, on, in, who)
* The Wheels on the Bus: read-along sing-along trip to the zoo by Jeanne Willis (all, on, go, at, down, off, we)
* There Was an Old Martian Who Swallowed the Moon by Jennifer Ward (there, old, with, why, I, off, not, down, on, it, after, over, this, done)
* Tiptoe Joe by Ginger Foglesong Gibson (fast, slow, hello, come, with, me, you, see, what, under)
* Trashy Town by Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha (put, on, in, big, down, look, stop, there, by, it, around, no, behind, all, yes, up, love, off, go) (very fun to read)
* Warning: Do Not Open This Book! by Adam Lehrhaupt (put, this, want, let, out, why, not, like, no, what, can, you, stop, that, make, love, all, need, away, go) (hilarious to read…. I seriously lol every time)
* Way Far Away on a Wild Safari by Jan Peck (far, away, on, for, me, I, hello, see, you, goodbye, find)
* We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen (board book) (we, go, on, big, not, no, through, over, under, that, get, open, up, in)
* We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen (paperback) (we, go, on, big, not, no, through, over, under, that, get, open, up, in)
* We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzer (we, go, on, not, under, over, up, those, away, over, through, around, what, that, it)
* We’re Going on a Lion Hunt by Margery Cuyler (get, put, on, use, we, go, on, big, look, what, can, not, over, around, through, under, up, see, out, close,
* We’re Going on a Nature Hunt by Steve Metzer (we, go, on, what, look, not, in, to, down, up, through, over)
* What Will Grow by Jennifer Ward (what; also lots of great adjectives and includes facts about seeds)
* Where are You Going, Smitty Baby? by Meridith Smith (where, go, look, let, me, see, can, I, know, have)
* Who’s in My Garden by Phyllis Gershator (oversized board book) (who, see, between, across)
* With Any Luck I’ll Drive a Truck by David Friend (at, when, myself, make, in, with, my, that, yes, I, can, on, all, like, if)
* Worms for Lunch? by Leonid Gore (who, eat, not, me, like, love, more)

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP

Founder of OMazing Kids

Soon to be retired and doing something totally new 🏔😎🌲

OMazing Kids SLP Retirement Sale: What I Have & Where I Will Be Selling It

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OMazing Kids SLP Retirement Sale

There have been LOTS of folks interested in what is happening to my stash of materials, books, games, toys, etc. when I retire. I have been flooded with Facebook messages on my personal account and on OMazing Kids. So much so that I realized that I need to write this blog post with details to make it easier to share.
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First off here’s what I DON’T have: no tests, no test protocols, no Kaufman apraxia kits, no decks of articulation cards, no materials for feeding & swallowing. The hospital where I work has those. Plus I typically use my iPad with high quality apps to work on articulation. I am not selling my Boardmaker CD.
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Here’s what I DO have and where I will be selling those items. I am only shipping items within the USA:

  • Books (regular kids picture books that I have organized by themes): I have LOTS of these books. All are in great condition (may have name on cover). A few are board books, a few are paperback and most are hardcover. These can be shipped inexpensively via media mail shipping. I am selling these books  in my own OMazing Kids SLP Retirement Sale group since the group has gained quite a few members and things are now selling pretty quickly there 😃.
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  • Plush Book Buddies: I have a few that I will be selling as a Book + Book Buddy set and several plush Book Buddies that I will be selling separately. Prices will vary and will be included in that post in my own OMazing Kids SLP Retirement Sale group. Plush Book Buddies cannot be shipped via media mail. The shipping costs will be based on the weight, size of box, how many zones it crosses in shipping, etc.
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  • Books for targeting Core Vocabulary for AAC users: I will be selling these in my own OMazing Kids SLP Retirement Sale group. These are priced a little higher than my regular book bundles due to their unique usefulness in targeting specific goals.
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  • Specialty books (books for kids yoga, books to target specific speech & language goals, etc.) – I will be selling these in my own OMazing Kids SLP Retirement Sale group. These are priced a little higher than my regular book bundles due to their unique usefulness in targeting specific goals.

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  • Kids music CDs – I have a lot of great kids music that I used when teaching a variety of groups and during therapy sessions. I also have kids yoga CDs. I will be selling all of them either in my own OMazing Kids SLP Retirement Sale group or my garage sale. Prices vary. See list on each post. All in very good condition. May have name on cover and/or on the CD. These can be shipped inexpensively via media mail shipping.
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  • Kids DVDs – I have several kids yoga and mindfulness DVDs and a few other kids DVDs. All are in good condition (may have name on cover). Prices vary. They will be sold in the CD post described above. These can be shipped inexpensively via media mail shipping.
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  • Therapy books – including several books from Hanen, books for teaching social skills, books for teaching self regulation skills, books with strategies for stuttering, language, Autism, early literacy, AAC manuals, etc…. Prices will vary. all are in good condition (may have name on cover) and can be shipped inexpensively via media mail. These will be sold in my own OMazing Kids SLP Retirement group. Some may be sold as part of “Build your own specialty book bundles” (see info above).
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  • Therapy card decks & materials: I have a few Super Duper fun decks (Function Match Up, Yes/No, Multiple Meaning Words, Syllable Drilling, What Does Miss Bee See, Rebus Infer a Word, Auditory Memory for WH questions fun deck, Phonemic Awareness). Also have from Super Duper: Anytime Go Togethers, Webber Inferencing Big Deck, Sequencing Verb Tenses. Lots of other language stuff from various companies. All are in good condition (may have name on box). Several are hard to find since they are no longer available from that company. These items cannot be shipped via media mail. The shipping costs will be based on the weight, size of box, how many zones it crosses in shipping, etc. (I’ve seen conflicting info about whether “flash cards” are considered eligible for media mail. I asked in person at my local post office and even they did not have a definitive answer…. so it’s not worth risking especially since many are in metal storage tins.). Given the shipping costs I anticipate selling most of these items at my in home garage sale (see details below).
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  • Therapy games: I have a few games specifically designed for language, spatial concepts, storytelling, categories, colors, shapes, articulation, early literacy, etc…. These items cannot be shipped via media mail. The shipping costs will be based on the weight, size of box, how many zones it crosses in shipping, etc. Given the shipping costs I anticipate selling most of my therapy games at my in home garage sale (see details below).
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  • Games: I have lots of games. All are in good condition. I even have the much sought after Cranium Cariboo (in pristine condition – Update: SOLD) and also much sought after Candyland Castle (also in pristine condition). Due to the demand for those two games I will be selling them on my own OMazing Kids page or my OMazing Kids SLP Retirement Sale group. Games cannot be shipped via media mail. The shipping costs will be based on the weight, size of box, how many zones it crosses in shipping, etc. Given the shipping costs I anticipate selling most of my games at my in home garage sale (see details below).
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  • Toys: I have a ton of toys. All are in good working condition. I have several items by Melissa & Doug, Fisher Price, Playskool, etc. Also have several sensory items. Toys cannot be shipped via media mail. The shipping costs will be based on the weight, size of box, how many zones it crosses in shipping, etc. Given the shipping costs I anticipate selling most of my toys at my in home garage sale (see details below).

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Other stuff:

  • Materials for making PECS books & visual schedules
  • Storage containers, work bins, finished bins
  • AAC stuff
  • Visual supports & Time Timers
  • Things that have been symbol adapted
  • PECS teaching materials
  • a Sensory Storytime kit for “Dog’s Colorful Day”
  • an Owl Bumpidoodle cushion & things for a “calm down” kit
  • Tiggly stylus sets
  • Kids styluses
  • Props used in kids yoga classes
  • Kids yoga card decks
  • iON Clipster Bluetooth speakers (used to amplify iPad for AAC)
  • Bluebee Pals Bluetooth plush animal speakers
  • Posters
  • Clipboards
  • Award certificates (what I used when kids “graduated” from therapy)
  • Other random stuff….. etc….
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Tips for Facebook buy-sell-trade groups:

  • join my OMazing Kids SLP Retirement Sale group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/121442208430173/
  • be sure to change the settings for “notifications” to “all posts”.
  • Payment is made via PayPal. If purchasing a bundle you must have the minimum number of items or $ amount for that bundle. Then I will send an invoice via PayPal. Please make sure your mailing address is correct in the PayPal system. After you pay your invoice that is the address that I will use to ship items to you.

*** UPDATE: I will no longer be selling things in any BST group other than my own OMazing Kids SLP Retirement Sale group. Too many fishy shenanigans going on in other groups. ****

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In Home Garage Sale: For those of you who live in Oklahoma (or want to make a road trip here) here are details about my in home garage sale. I have my living room set up with shelving, bookcases & tables full of all the stuff listed above. I’m trying to sell off most of the stuff that can be shipped via media mail before then…. ’cause right now there is barely a path. I knew I had a lot of stuff but the sheer magnitude of my speechie hoarding is now very apparent that I have it all in my living room (and have totally taken over the tables in my kitchen and dining room as I sort, weigh and prep for mailing items. You should have seen the looks that I got lugging my huge tub filled with boxes into the Post Office to ship earlier this week 👀 Yup. I was “that” person we all hate being behind 😂🤣). I’ll post a pic on my page and group once I get everything organized and priced so you can see what I mean by a “SLP hoarders stash”.

When: Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 9:00am-1:00pm CST

Where: in the living room of my home in Norman, Oklahoma. Please send me a private Facebook message for my address. Please only message me if you will be coming and please don’t pass my address along to anyone else. I don’t want the general public showing up. This is a specialty sale geared towards therapists (SLP, OT, PT) and teachers.

Payment Options: Cash only at the in home garage sale.

Note: I picked the date & time to avoid conflicts with most graduation ceremonies. Since severe weather can be possible here in May please check my OMazing Kids page (https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga/) or OMazing Kids SLP Retirement Sale Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/121442208430173/) for announcements regarding weather related changes.

Items will be for sale first come-first served.

I cannot hold items since I need to get everything sold and paid for quickly to be able to prepare for selling our home.

Also there are no returns or exchanges for this same reason.
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Feel free to message me on Facebook with any questions.
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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC
Facebook Messaging for OMazing Kids: http://m.me/OMazingKidsYoga (note: Facebook frequently changes the link to messaging so if this one doesn’t work head over to my page and click on the “Send Message” button)
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga

Spanish AAC Apps, Devices & Resources (Hablo con CAA)

Spanish AAC Apps, Devices & Resources (Hablo con CAA)

It can be challenging to find information about and resources for AAC in languages other than English. Since Spanish is the most common language after English in my state I have compiled a list to make it easier to share with parents:
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Hablo con CAA is a great website in Spanish: https://habloconcaa.wordpress.com. They also have a Facebook page & Facebook group. Most posts are in Spanish.

https://www.facebook.com/habloconcaa/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/habloconcaa

Prompting hierarchy: https://habloconcaa.wordpress.com/2017/10/01/repensar-la-jerarquia-de-peticiones-en-la-caa-aac-prompting-hierarchy/
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Video about Aided Language Stimulation – in Spanish:


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The Communication Matrix assessment is available online in Spanish: https://communicationmatrix.org. See this post in Spanish explaining the website: https://habloconcaa.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/evaluando-la-caa-la-matriz-de-comunicacion/
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Saltillo webinars in Spanish: https://saltillo.com/videos/x/webinar/es
Saltillo Core Vocabulary handout: https://saltillo.com/downloads/chat/escogiendo-el-vocabulario-clave-el-acercamiento-de-actividad-primero-choosing-core-vocabulary-act/Escogiendo%20el%20vocabulario%20clave%20El%20acercamiento%20de%20actividad%20primero.pdf
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PRC Spanish info: https://www.prentrom.com/prc_advantage/unidad-espanol-language-system
LAMP Words for Life Quick Reference Guide in Spanish: 

http://file.prentrom.com/2097/17908v1_1-LAMP%20WFL%20SE%20Vocab%20Quick%20Reference-Español.pdf
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Assistiveware’s resources for Proloquo2Go in Spanish: http://www.assistiveware.com/es/producto/proloquo2go/recursos
Core Word Board: front: http://coreword.assistiveware.com/uploads/db6476/original/1X/1f0f35191fd7c602c2016dfec3f5f3980d4255f2.pdf, back: http://coreword.assistiveware.com/uploads/db6476/original/1X/8ffa70e175c74006c2b60b7d0a229ff1ab8f7d2d.pdf
Core Word Poster: http://download.assistiveware.com/assistiveware/files/A0-840×1189-CoreWord-Poster-es-ES.pdf
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More printable options:

* AAC Core Words to Go in Spanish Picture Communication (available for purchase on Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/AAC-Core-Words-to-Go-in-Spanish-Picture-Communication-1829593)

* Spanish Communication Flip Board (FREE on Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Spanish-Communication-Flip-Board-2838262)

* Graduated Core Word Photo Boards with Flip Fringe Vocab & Spanish Version (FREE on TPT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Graduated-Core-Word-Photo-Boards-with-Flip-Fringe-Vocab-Spanish-Version-3127128)

* 72 Spanish Graduated Core Board (FREE on TPT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/72-Spanish-Graduated-Core-Board-2865788)

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More materials:

* http://aulaabierta.arasaac.org
* http://aulaabierta.arasaac.org/materiales-caa
* http://aulaabierta.arasaac.org/materiales-caa-recetas-de-cocina
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Adapted books: http://chapelhillsnippets.blogspot.com/p/spanish.html
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High Tech AAC for Spanish Speakers – in the ASHA Leader 3/18/16: http://blog.asha.org/2016/03/08/high-tech-aac-for-spanish-speakers/ (note: The AAC app world is constantly changing. Even though that article is less than 2 years old it is already outdated. LAMP Words for Life now has a bilingual Spanish/English option & Snap + Core First has been released and then updated to add a bilingual Spanish/English option).
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PrAACtical AAC: http://praacticalaac.org/?s=Spanish
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Boardmaker boards in Spanish: http://prekese.dadeschools.net/Resources/BMDSpanish.html
https://www.boardmakeronline.com/Activities/Search#?page=1&text=Spanish
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Dedicated Speech Generating Devices:

* PRC’s Accent series of devices with UNIDAD bilingual English – Spanish language system.
* Saltillo’s NovaChat series of devices. Several Spanish pageset options.
* Tobii Dynavox offers Snap + Core First in several dedicated devices. This vocabulary has a bilingual Spanish/English option.
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Robust AAC apps:

* CoughDrop by CoughDrop, Inc., https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/coughdrop/id1021384570?mt=8

How to translate a board in CoughDrop: https://coughdrop.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/115001290091-How-can-I-translate-a-speech-board-into-a-different-language-

* Proloquo2Go by AssistiveWare
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/proloquo2go/id308368164?mt=8, has a bilingual Spanish/English option

* Proloquo4Text by AssistiveWare, https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/proloquo4text/id751646884?mt=8 (has Spanish option)

* LAMP Words For Life by Prentke Romich Company
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lamp-words-for-life/id551215116?mt=8, has a bilingual Spanish/English option

* Snap + Core First by Tobii Dynavox LLC
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/snap-core-first/id1072799231?mt=8, has a bilingual Spanish/English option

* TouchChat HD – AAC with WordPower by Silver Kite
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/touchchat-hd-aac-with-wordpower/id412351574?mt=8, has 10 different Spanish pagesets options within the app

* Avaz Español – AAC App para el autismo (Software de comunicación aumentativa Imagen para Niños con Necesidades Especiales) by Avaz, Inc.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/avaz-espa%C3%B1ol-aac-app-para-autismo-software-comunicaci%C3%B3n/id923997149?mt=8 – Spanish only

* BRIDGE Communication by Bioprism, Inc.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bridge-communication/id983660714?mt=8 (has Spanish & English options in the settings area)
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVIr5fmx0b2WTA1yluY-MkQ
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Other AAC apps (not robust but can be helpful to meet specific needs):

* LetMeTalk by AppNotize UG (haftungsbeschraenkt), https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/letmetalk/id919990138?mt=8 (Android version: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.appnotize.letmetalk&hl=en)

* Verbal Me Español by fishdog.net, https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/verbal-me-espa%C3%B1ol/id747621945?mt=8

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If you know of other good Spanish AAC resources, feel free to let me know over on Facebook messaging on my OMazing Kids page.
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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
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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 28 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.

{AAC Core Vocabulary: Not} “Natsumi!” by Susan Lendroth

{AAC Core Vocabulary: Not} “Natsumi!” by Susan Lendroth

I love using kids picture books in speech therapy and am especially excited when I get a book that has repeated opportunities for teaching core vocabulary for AAC users. This cute new picture book will be released on 3/15/18. It has the following opportunities for teaching “not”: “Not so fast”, “Not so hard”, “Not so loud”. I love the spunkiness of the main character, Natsumi, and how her grandfather found a positive outlet for energy.
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Available for pre-order on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Natsumi-Susan-Lendroth/dp/0399170901
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I was off work for a snow/ice day today so I had extra time to see which of the AAC apps already have the following words in them and located in a way that is easy to access: not, fast, hard, soft. The following AAC apps passed that test: aacorn Plus, Avaz, LAMP Words for Life, Proloquo2Go with Gateway, Snap + Core First & Speak for Yourself.
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aacorn Plus

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Avaz

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LAMP Words for Life

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Proloquo2Go with Gateway

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Snap + Core First

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Speak for Yourself

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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
Facebook Messaging for OMazing Kids: http://m.me/OMazingKidsYoga (note: Facebook frequently changes the link to messaging so if this one doesn’t work head over to my page and click on the “Send Message” button)
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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 28 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.

Fingertip Sphere Breathing for Self Regulation & Calming

 

Fingertip Sphere Breathing for Self Regulation & Calming

I learned this technique during one of the webinars in the Preschool Mindfulness Summit in January. It was amazing to see how well it worked with one of my patients who has Autism (and possibly OCD and Explosive Disorder). This child has a very short fuse and when he explodes it is painful for everyone including him. We had tried several different strategies to help him learn self regulation and self calming skills with little success. The issue was in that explosive moment he was too out of control to use any strategies.

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During our last session he became obsessed over a particular page in a board book, insisting that he had to “see the page in the middle” and then exploding when I removed the book to prevent it from being damaged. I then closed my eyes, placed my fingertips together and slowly expanded them (like a Hoberman Sphere) as I took a deep breath in through my nose and gently pressed them back together as I blew the breath slowly out of my mouth. After about 3 breaths I heard him calming down and he asked “What you doing?”. As I continued my slow breathing process with my eyes closed, I softly said “Ms. Angela is taking a break. ________ (child’s name) yelling scared Ms. Angela. When I get scared I take deep breaths.”. Then I continued doing the fingertip breathing with my eyes closed. Within a second or two I heard him breathing, peeked and saw him imitating what I was doing. Once he was calm I gently placed a new activity in front of him. He started to re-escalate and obsess over wanting the book again so I closed my eyes and started the breathing again. He again imitated and this time calmed down and was able to maintain that state of calm for the rest of our session. I cannot express what a HUGE moment this was for him. As he took a play break after the session I talked with his mother to make sure she understood what I had done and how powerful it would be for her son to experience the ability to self regulate and calm.

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It is important to note that I did not tell this child to “calm down” or to “take a deep breath”. When I calmed and centered myself and modeled this breathing technique he began to imitate what I was doing and then got to experience the power of self calming.

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Moments like this are exactly why I sought out training in kids yoga and mindfulness seven years ago. When a child is totally disregulated they are not going to learn anything I had planned for that session. So I needed tools in the speechie toolbox to help my patients.

Of course I also make referrals as needed to good pediatric psychological services in our area.

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I have shared several resources for “breathing”, “self regulation”, “calming”, “mindfulness” and “social emotional learning” over the years on my blog. You can find those posts easily by doing a search for those terms. I have also shared additional resources out on my OMazing Kids Facebook page. Many of those posts are saved in the photos/albums area…. so feel free to look through those as well.

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This gif shows a Hoberman Sphere in action for those that may not be familiar with it:

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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
Facebook Messaging for OMazing Kids: http://m.me/OMazingKidsYoga (note: Facebook frequently changes the link to messaging so if this one doesn’t work head over to my page and click on the “Send Message” button)
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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 28 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.

{Video} Creative uses for the GoTalk Now Plus AAC app

A quick video of some of the ways that I use the GoTalk Now Plus AAC app from Attainment Company, Inc. It has several unique features that make it a “must have” on any speechie’s iPad 😃.
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In case you are wondering how the sound is that loud… This is my 9.7″ iPad Pro. It is in an original Gripcase USA case with handles on all four sides. I made a “bumper” out of a piece of pool noodle to prevent the bottom handle from getting bent out of shape when using my iPad on my lap.

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Little Light House Therapy Team’s post about how to make LAMP Words for Life CVI friendly: http://www.thelittleanchor.org/2017/03/10/how-to-make-lamp-words-for-life-cvi-friendly/.
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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
Facebook Messaging for OMazing Kids: http://m.me/OMazingKidsYoga (note: Facebook frequently changes the link to messaging so if this one doesn’t work head over to my page and click on the “Send Message” button)
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga
AppPeeps Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OMazingKidsAppPeeps/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/amoorad
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Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/
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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 28 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.