Archive for December, 2015

OMazing Kids’ favorite new iOS apps released in 2015

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Check out OMazing Kids’ favorite new iOS apps released in 2015. It’s a list of over 50 apps…. yes I know that’s a lot but I use a huge variety of apps in my work as a pediatric SLP and kids yoga teacher serving kids with a wide range of special needs, ages birth to 21 years. It was fun to look back through the hundreds of apps released this year to create this list. It was a particularly good year for new social skills apps. Feel free to contact me via Facebook Messaging on my OMazing Kids page if you have questions about any of the apps on the list. I have only included apps that I have and have used extensively (listed in alphabetical order, prices not included since they change rapidly with no notice):

Actions With Splingo by The Speech And Language Store LLP
https://appsto.re/us/LKbI5.i

Adjectives by Teach Speech Apps by Teach Speech Apps, LLC
https://appsto.re/us/QNS16.i (several faves from this developer)

ASL Kids – Sign Language by Bas van der Wilk
https://appsto.re/us/8XEx5.i

Big City Vehicles – Cars and Trucks for Kids by The Melody Book
https://appsto.re/us/8DtE7.i

Billy’s Coin Visits the Zoo by Spinlight Studio
https://appsto.re/us/B6bc6.i

Breathing Bubbles by Momentous Institute
https://appsto.re/us/CHGx5.i

B-R-I-D-G-E Communication by Bioprism, Inc.
https://appsto.re/us/QIxO6.i

Chili Fish by Chilikids
https://appsto.re/us/pOie2.i

Chill Outz® by Mind-Out LLC
https://appsto.re/us/ukGR2.i

Choo Choo Park by Justin Cordova
https://appsto.re/us/V2G_9.i (all of their apps are faves)

City Cars Adventures by BUBL by BUBL GmbH
https://appsto.re/us/WB575.i (also love the Talking Faces app)

Clever Tots Toddler Learning by Thisness Ltd
https://appsto.re/us/S14c5.i

Clicker Communicator: AAC for children & young people by Crick Software
https://appsto.re/us/g9BM3.i

Colorforms® by Colorforms Brand
https://appsto.re/us/i51R9.i

Domi Domi Nature Shapes by YELLOW DOT Sp. z o.o. Sp. K.
https://appsto.re/us/up6a9.i

Dr. Panda’s Swimming Pool by Dr. Panda Ltd
https://appsto.re/us/xKWM2.i (also love the Ice Cream Truck app)

Focus 1-2-3 by Oranda
https://appsto.re/us/v0j54.i

Funny Directions by Speecharoo Apps by Syndy Margot
https://appsto.re/us/IK3T3.i

GoSequencing by Smarty Ears
https://appsto.re/us/T0KP7.i (also love Yes/No Barn)

i Can Spell with Phonics by Michael Harvey
https://appsto.re/us/bt148.i

iDo Food – Kids with special needs learn dining skills (Full version) by C.E.T – THE CENTER FOR EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY
https://appsto.re/us/pQ4I3.i (all of the apps in the iDo series are faves)

iN2Token (Autism Token Board) by Stephen Park
https://appsto.re/us/qEJE7.i

Jigsaw Wonder Puppies Puzzles for Kids by Eggroll Games LLC
https://appsto.re/us/Xk695.i (all of their puzzle apps are faves)

Key Verbs with Steffy & James by Language And Learning Steps Pty.Ltd
https://appsto.re/us/WqZH5.i

Labo Leaves – 18 Leaf Crafts & Activities for Kids 3+ by Labo Lado Inc.
https://appsto.re/us/XA-5-.i

Listening Power Preschool HD by Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development
https://appsto.re/us/w-A76.i

Multisyllabic with words, phrases and sentences for speech therapy and special need education by Abitalk Incorporated
https://appsto.re/us/dQQH5.i (also love the Comprehension Builder apps)

MyMemo – Customisable kids memory matching game for educational use by App Family AB
https://appsto.re/us/bG189.i

My Town : Daycare by My Town Games LTD
https://appsto.re/us/Uwuj_.i

Pepi Garage by Pepi Play
https://appsto.re/us/a0Me9.i

Picture This! Sentence Structure Development Bundle by Alana Noakes
https://appsto.re/us/fyZe-.i (several great apps from this developer)

Popup Pairs by Code Dads
https://appsto.re/us/8Jyn6.i

Retype – Typography Photo Editor by Sumoing Ltd
https://appsto.re/us/USlr6.i

Rhyming Bus: sounds for spelling + reading by Therapy Box Limited
https://appsto.re/us/P7ft9.i

Sago Mini Boats by Sago Sago
https://appsto.re/us/h8u55.i

Sesame Street Alphabet Kitchen by Sesame Street
https://appsto.re/us/Dsl_9.i (also love the Sesame Street and Autism app)

Shape Gurus by Colto
https://appsto.re/us/atDH8.i

SocialCue by CodeJib
https://appsto.re/us/0g1P8.i

Social Detective by Social Skill Builder, Inc.
https://appsto.re/us/5udi6.i

Social Skills for Autism by Doodle Creative (Mission Rescue Kloog)
https://appsto.re/us/RJq55.i

Sounds with The Speech Wizard by The Speech Wizard
https://appsto.re/us/jKrU4.i

Steam Train, Dream Train by Oceanhouse Media
https://appsto.re/us/L5Up4.i

Sticker Steve and Sasha: Basic Emotions by Paul Johnson
https://appsto.re/us/qo3R6.i

Talkie Articulation by SLPlay
https://appsto.re/us/wbDM2.i

The Breathing Butterfly by Tip-Tok
https://appsto.re/us/HRCk6.i

The Social Bunch: Perspectives by First Words
https://appsto.re/us/JL9H9.i

The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Friends – First Words by StoryToys Entertainment Limited
https://appsto.re/us/ohmw1.i

Thinkrolls 2 by AVOKIDDO
https://appsto.re/us/OXuV5.i (also love DNA Play)

Tiggly Story Maker: Make Words and Capture Your Stories About Them by Tiggly
https://appsto.re/us/03AX5.i

TinyHands First Words 2 – Full Version by TINYHANDS APPS EDUCATIONAL LEARNING GAMES FOR BABIES TODDLERS AND KIDS LTD
https://appsto.re/us/7jno5.i

Toddler Animals: First Words Flashcards and Quiz for Preschool Kids by Rico Roberto Zuniga
https://appsto.re/us/DK9X9.i

TouchMe Pairs Pro by LIFEtool Solutions GmbH
https://appsto.re/us/BRmh5.i (switch-capable app)

uChoose by InteractAble by InteractAble Inc
https://appsto.re/us/Azi63.i

Veggie U A+: My Farm My Table by Veggie U
https://appsto.re/us/cQH35.i

We Discover Wildlife: Forest Quest – family board game with questions and answers about forest animals by Kindermatica Ltd.
https://appsto.re/us/Ecxq7.i (several faves from this developer)

World Racers: Family Board Game by Tipitap Inc.
https://appsto.re/us/KV4g4.i (also love the Planet Racers app)

YouTube Kids by Google, Inc.
https://appsto.re/us/U1q23.i

Zooper ABC Animals by Zooper Dooper Edutainment Inc
https://appsto.re/us/NVJ29.i

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Interested in more apps? I have two albums on Facebook:

* Album 1: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.562317480485928.1073741841.174264525957894&type=3 (reached the max of 1,000 pics so started Album 2)
* Album 2: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1039368119447526.1073741892.174264525957894&type=3
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Feel free to “like” my OMazing Kids Facebook page & “join” my AppPeeps Facebook group. I post frequently about apps that are free or are a great deal and also frequently receive app promo codes from developers for giveaways.

Apps are typically only free for a few hours and codes always go quickly in giveaways so be sure to stop by my page frequently. See this post for info about how to see all the posts: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2015/12/09/tip-how-to-get-all-the-facebook-posts-from-omazing-kids-and-other-pages/.

I am not paid to do any reviews or giveaways, only post about apps that I have actually downloaded to try out and have over 25 years experience as a pediatric SLP…. the reason I say this is to assure you of my honest / unbiased thoughts on apps. When I find glitches or concerns, I contact app developers to provide suggestions for improvements. I only post about iOS apps since I don’t own any Android devices.
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Looking forward to seeing what exciting new apps will be released in 2016!
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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 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 iOS 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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How to use Guided Access to prevent exiting an app – Best. Feature. Ever!

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Sharing this again since many SLPs, teachers & parents may have received a new iPad for Christmas. If you will be using the iPad with kids, then Guided Access is your new BFE (Best. Feature. Ever!). It can be used to disable the home button and lock the child into an app. Especially critical if you will be using the iPad as an AAC device or using it in therapy with kids with poor impulse control. Here is the PDF guide that I share with families. It shows how to set it up step by step: http://schools.nyc.gov/documents/d75/technology/assistive/Quick/iPad%20Update%20-%20GUIDED%20ACCESS%20(PDF).pdf

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Updated for 2020: That handout from 2015 is no longer available. See this info from Apple for the most current info and step by step directions: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202612

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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 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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{Book Review} Nice Work, Franklin! by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain

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Nice Work, Franklin! by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain is a cool new kids picture book about Franklin Roosevelt. I especially like the messages of persevering despite setbacks & disabilities. It would be a nice addition to classroom lessons on the USA presidents, the Great Depression and/or disabilities.  It’s not necessarily a book that I could see myself using much in speech-language therapy sessions or kids yoga classes so I’ll be passing along my copy to one of the teachers at the facility where I work 🙂

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As one of our most inspirational and determined presidents, Franklin Roosevelt overcame his disability to lead the country out of the Great Depression.

Franklin Roosevelt idolized his cousin Teddy Roosevelt. He started wearing eyeglasses like Teddy, he spoke like Teddy, and he held the same public offices as Teddy. But then one day his life changed—he got sick. He developed polio and he could no longer walk. But Franklin also had Teddy’s determination, so after physical therapy and hard work, he ran for governor of New York and won. Then a different kind of sickness, the Great Depression, spread across the country: Banks were closing, and thousands lost their jobs.

Franklin said that if you have a problem, solve it. If one solution doesn’t work, try another but above all TRY SOMETHING. So Franklin ran for president, and on Inauguration Day, he made it clear that together they would conquer this sickness. He got to work creating jobs and slowly America started getting better.

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  • Age Range: 5 – 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten – 4
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books (January 5, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803738005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803738003
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.3 x 11.4 inches

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Pre-order / Purchase:

http://www.amazon.com/Nice-Franklin-Suzanne-Tripp-Jurmain/dp/0803738005

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http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/305114/nice-work-franklin-by-by-suzanne-tripp-jurmain-illustrated-by-larry-day/9780803738003/

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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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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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{Book Review & Free Printable} Shh! Bears Sleeping by David Martin

Shhh Bears Sleeping

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Check out this awesome new addition to the OMazing Kids collection of fabulous kids picture books: Shh! Bears Sleeping by David Martin (due to be released Jan 05, 2016 | 32 Pages | 3-7 years).

I love the gorgeous illustrations & simple rhyming text. As an added bonus there are several opportunities for kids yoga: tree, bird, humming bee breath, flower, cross crawl hike, fish, yawning stretch, squirrel toe-ga with brown pom-poms as acorns, bunny breath, snowflake (standing star with wiggling fingers as falling snowflakes), coyote (up dog), owl, deer, wake up shake. There is also a 2-page spread of bear facts.

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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 coloring page that I made for the book: Shh Bears Are Sleeping Coloring Page – OMazing Kids

Shh Bears are Sleeping Coloring Page - OMazing Kids - click pic to open PDF

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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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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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12 Calming Apps for Teens

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Holidays can be also be stressful times for teens with Autism & other special needs. Here are a dozen calming apps geared towards teens that can help:
 
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{note: Prices were verified in the Apple App Store at the time of this post but can change at any time. I only included iOS apps since I don’t have any Android devices and have only included apps that I have and use}
These can be incorporated with other strategies such as keeping some predictable routines, use of visual supports, being in tune with the teen’s sensory needs & knowing when they need a break to chill out. There is a high incidence of clinical levels of anxiety in teens with ASD so it is important to also seek out the help of a trained mental health professional when dealing with these issues.
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Looking for 12 apps for calming (mostly geared towards younger kids)? See this post: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2015/12/28/12-calming-apps/
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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

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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.


12 Calming Apps

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Holidays can be stressful times for kids with Autism & other special needs. Here are a dozen calming apps that can help:

  •  Wellbeyond Meditation for Kids by Wellbeyond Inc.

https://appsto.re/us/-65Iab.i, free

Very nicely done! Great hand painted illustrations, short guided relaxations with pleasant voiceovers & gentle music. It is worth it’s weight in gold! I used it today with great success. I am a speech-language pathologist and kids yoga teacher who works with kids with severe disabilities. Many are nonverbal and have limited means of self regulating. One was so upset this morning that she was engaging in self injurious behaviors. I got her into a quiet room, laid her on a bean bag chair and turned on the “sleep” guided relaxation in this app. Within less than a minute she calmed down, quit banging her head and fell asleep. This app has earned a rare permanent spot in the valuable limited memory real estate on my therapy iPad. Definitely will be recommending this free app at OMazing Kids.

 

  • The Breathing Butterfly by Tip-Tok
  • Focus 1-2-3 by Oranda
  • Calm Kids with Mamaphant by James Golding
  • Smiling Mind by Smiling Mind
  • 1-Min Calm by For Jack and Jill, LLC
  • Super Stretch Yoga HD by The Adventures of Super Stretch, LLC
  • Super Yoga Bedtime by Cheeky Yogi Ltd.
    https://appsto.re/us/SGcGdb.i, $2.99 (see full review https://omazingkidsllc.com/2016/10/30/app-review-super-yoga-bedtime-by-cheeky-yogi/)
  • Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame by Sesame Street
  • fluidity HD by nebulus design
https://appsto.re/us/fUMZx.i, free (has IAP so be sure to disable the ability to download them in your iPad settings. Can also block out the area with Guided Access)
  • Zen Studio: finger painting to relax & focus by Les Trois Elles Interactive
https://appsto.re/us/2qNQ-.i, free (has IAP so be sure to disable the ability to download them in your iPad settings)
  • Wa Kingyo – Goldfish Pond by Masataka Hakozaki
  • Calm Talk by James Munro
https://appsto.re/us/deU1N.i, $1.99 (several built in features for visual supports & activities for self calming)
  • Chill Outz® by Mind-Out LLC
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{note: Prices were verified in the Apple App Store at the time of this post but can change at any time. I only included iOS apps since I don’t have any Android devices and have only included apps that I have and use}
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These can be incorporated with other strategies such as keeping some predictable routines, use of visual supports, being in tune with the child’s sensory needs & knowing when they need a break from the festivities.
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Looking for apps geared towards teens? See this post: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2015/12/29/12-calming-apps-for-teens/
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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

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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.


$24.99 Social Skills app currently FREE!

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Wow! This special needs social skills app is usually $24.99…. currently FREE! I have no way to know how long it will be free so grab it quickly: 
 

http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga/photos/a.1039368119447526.1073741892.174264525957894/1050415195009485/?type=3&theater 

 
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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 

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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 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.


Book Review, Lesson Plan Ideas & Free Printable: Breathe by Scott Magoon

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Check out this awesome new addition to the OMazing Kids collection of fabulous kids picture books: “Breathe” by Scott Magoon.

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I saw it mentioned by my friend Jenny at Happy Planet Yoga and got a great deal on a new hardcover copy for only $1.98 + shipping for a total of $5.97 on Amazon!  I always check out the options for purchasing a new or used in good condition book before purchasing to find the best deals.

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I love the calming illustrations & short text on each 2-page spread. Every few pages there is a reminder to “Breathe”.  This book would be perfect for a whole session devoted to various yoga breathing techniques or you could go with an arctic ocean-themed kids yoga class based on the opportunities in the illustrations (whale, fish, crab, puffin, jellyfish, sun, sea kelp (forward fold), sunken ship (boat), mountain,  mindful listening to ocean sounds, polar bear, etc..). The book also has several great messages that could be used as mantras:  Breathe. Explore. Make new friends. Fear not. Find another way up. Love and be loved. Dream big.

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The “Under the Sea” guided relaxation on page 38 in “Imaginations Fun Relaxation Stories and Meditations for Kids” will be perfect for this theme.

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Here is a free printable beluga whale & mantras coloring sheet:

beluga whales and mantras coloring page for Breathe by Scott Magoon

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Fun free printable craft:

Whales-Book-Printable

 

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http://scottmagoon.com/breathe/

https://www.facebook.com/scottmagoonbooks/

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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 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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Speech & language ideas for the book “Happy” by Pharrell Williams

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Speech & language ideas for the book “Happy” by Pharrell Williams:

* say (saying words with articulation targeted sounds)
* sunshine (name 3 things that are hot, 3 things at a beach, 3 things you see on vacation)
* break (multiple meaning: give another meaning for the word break)
* hot air balloon (name 3 things that can fly)
* space (multiple meaning: give another meaning for the word space)
* air, care (rhyming, working on vocalic /r/)
* happy (name 3 things that make you feel happy)
* truth (tie into an activity on listening for facts vs. opinions or true vs. false)
* I’ll be just fine (learn 3 strategies to deal with stress or teasing)
* can’t nothing bring me down (discussion on things they can do to be in control of their own emotions)
* synonyms for: say, break, baby, happy, true, bring
* contractions: I’m, she’s, I’ll, don’t, here’s, level’s
* idioms: walking on sunshine, full of hot air, went through the roof
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Most good kids picture books are full of opportunities for tie-ins to speech & language goals. The key is to look at the text & illustrations for inspiration and to think outside the box. 🙂
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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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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga
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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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Penguin Young Readers 12 Days of Picture Books Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway Day 12 – “The Day the Crayons Came Home” by Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers

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“The Day the Crayons Came Home” by Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers

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This sequel is hilarious! Each two page spread contains a postcard from one of Duncan’s beloved crayons each asking for help to find their way back home.  Poor crayons…. they have been through being broken, melted, eaten, sharpened and more. Will they all make it back home safely?  You’ll have to read the book to find out 😉

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**** Giveaway ****

Want a chance to win a copy of this hilarious book? Head over to the Penguin Kids Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/penguinkidsbooks . This is where all of the giveaways will be located in the Penguin Young Readers 12 Days of Picture Books Blog Tour & Giveaways. Look for a post on their Facebook page for the giveaway for this book on 12/17/15. That post will contain all the specifics on how to enter and the rules for the giveaway.
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Also be sure to check out the Penguin Young Readers Holiday Gift guide where you can build and share your own wish list from a huge assortment of kids’ books for all age groups: http://penguinyoungreadersgiftguide.com/

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Every time you use the hashtag #everycrayoncounts on social media, Penguin Random House will donate $5 to The Crayon Collection. The campaign runs through December 31, 2015, and up to $2000 will be donated! Limit one entry per person per social media platform. Learn more: crayoncollection.org

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crayon coming back

http://www.crayonspicturebooks.com/

Free crayons postcard printable: http://www.penguin.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Crayon_Postcard.pdf

postcard crayons come home

(I used that to make a version that is all on one page and is in black and white: postcard printable)

Free educator’s guide: http://www.crayonspicturebooks.com/assets/pdf/CrayonsGuide.pdf

crayons educators guide

Free printables: http://www.crayonspicturebooks.com/assets/pdf/maze.pdf (includes maze, coloring page, dot to dot and spot the differences) & http://www.crayonspicturebooks.com/assets/pdf/crossword.pdf (includes a word search, creative drawing page, maze and dot to dot)

free coloring page

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Check out this fun free crayons craftivity on TPT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Color-Pals-Writing-Craftivity-821922

crayon craft

See this post for info about the first book: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2013/09/07/the-day-the-crayons-quit-got-2-paws-up-from-my-golden-a-free-coloring-sheet/

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And check out the participating blogs:
https://omazingkidsllc.com/

OMazing Kids

http://sleepingshouldbeeasy.com/

Sleeping Should Be Easy

http://www.houseofburkeblog.com/

House of Burke

http://homegrownfriends.com/

Homegrown Friends

http://www.growingupmadison.com

Growing Up Madison

http://inrandom.com/

InRandom

http://craftymomsshare.blogspot.com

Crafty Moms Share

http://insatiablereaders.blogspot.com/

Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

http://inspirationlaboratories.com/

Inspiration Laboratories

http://www.clarkscondensed.com/

Clarks Condensed

http://bookrockbetty.com/

Book Rock Betty

http://www.kidlitfrenzy.com/

Kid Lit Frenzy

http://boredmommyblog.com/

Bored Mommy

http://www.delightful.life/

The Delightful Life

http://www.readsandrecipes.com/

Reads and Recipes

http://www.kidscreativechaos.com/

KidsCreative Chaos

http://www.thechirpingmoms.com/

The Chirping Moms

http://cuteeverything.com/

Hello Happy

http://www.sparkandpook.com/

Spark and Pook

http://funhandprintartblog.com/

Fun Handprint Art

http://www.mamasmiles.com/

Mama Smiles

http://craftulate.com/

Craftulate

http://imaginationsoup.net

Imagination Soup

http://totsandme.blogspot.com/

Tots and Me

http://www.designofthepicturebook.com/

Design of the Picture Book

http://www.gravitybread.com/

Gravity Bread

http://www.creativefamilyfun.net/

Creative Family Fun

http://www.futureflyingsaucers.com/about/

Future Flying Saucers

http://www.sightandsoundreading.com/

Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading

http://jamonkey.com/

JaMonkey

http://coquette.blogs.com/maman/

Coquette Maman

http://growingbookbybook.com/

Growing Book by Book

http://tabanderika.blogspot.com/

A Little Bit of Everything

http://happilyevermom.com/

Happily Ever Mom

http://littleearthlingblog.com/

Little Earthling

http://www.thelittletourist.com/

The Little Tourist

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#Sweepstakes #Giveaway ##EveryCrayonCounts #KidsLit

@DrewDaywalt @OliverJeffers

 

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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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