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2017 Kidmunicate’s 100 top blogs and websites for SLPs ~ OMazing Kids on the list again

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It is an honor and blessing to see OMazing Kids on the list again this year! That’s three years in a row. 2016 was quite a year on OMazing Kids. As we start 2017, OMazing Kids has had a total of 1,245,083 hits on the blog, 12,984 followers on Facebook, 1,684 followers on Twitter, 2,753 followers on Pinterest, 143 subscribers on YouTube and 443 followers on Instagram (just started exploring that social media platform in 2016.

I invite you to check out all the fabulous blogs and websites on the list. It’s a great way to find new SLP sites to follow: http://kidmunicate.com/100-top-blogs-and-websites-for-speech-and-language-pathology-for-2017

Their description of my blog this year made me laugh since I had no idea I wrote that many posts in 2016 and couldn’t do a headstand to save my soul…. lol! I actually avoid any inversions like that with patients due to the contraindications for kids with seizures and several other diagnoses.

Out of all my blog posts this year, here are the 8 posts that I spent countless hours writing with the intent of passing along knowledge and resources to other speechies as I am getting closer to retirement:

1) To help SLPs find iPad apps useful in our work, this mega post is sorted by goal area and only contains apps that I have personally used and are still currently available. I’m in the process of adding several more apps to the list. The post about this list has gone viral on my Facebook page:

 

I knew there was a big need for this list… but to see that over 75,000 folks have seen the post so far blows my mind. https://omazingkidsllc.com/2016/12/31/the-ipad-the-slp-in-2017-app-list-for-slps-sorted-by-goal-area/

2) Because every child deserves a “voice” and I was seeing way too many posts from fellow SLPs who thought their only options were to try free or very cheap AAC apps with kids, I spent hours compiling get this post to help spread the word about how they can get FREE access to several robust AAC apps as well as info about potential funding sources: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2016/06/11/aac-tips-how-slps-can-get-free-access-to-aac-apps-aac-app-user-groups-funding-options-more/

3 & 4) Because every child deserves to be able to play games: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2016/07/26/adapted-games-for-inclusive-play-candy-land/ & https://omazingkidsllc.com/2016/07/28/no-prep-slp-tips-candy-land/

5) To help enlighten folks to the amazing potential of the iPad as a tool in the SLP toolbox: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2016/06/09/the-ipad-the-slp-toolbox/

6) To share an example of how I teach these challenging concepts through a combination of visual supports & AAC: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2016/05/18/teaching-prepositions-spatial-concepts-free-printable-preposition-and-spatial-concept-activity-cards-for-the-fisher-price-laugh-learn-puppys-activity-home-and-gotalk-now-plus-aac-templ/

7) Because I’ve been doing this for 27 years and had no idea that there was research about a developmental sequence for acquisition of irregular past tense verbs. Totally changed how I teach them: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2016/05/11/free-printable-irregular-past-tense-cards-research-on-developmental-sequence/

8) Because I still enjoy combining kids yoga & great kids picture books to help kids with special needs to see they are wonderful just as they are: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2016/01/06/a-color-of-his-own-the-mixed-up-chameleon-lesson-plan-ideas-free-printables/
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I look forward to seeing what 2017 had in store!
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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:
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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 27 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.

15+ Apps to Encourage Vocalization (updated 1/1/18)

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15 Apps to Encourage Vocalization (listed in alphabetical order, prices were verified and all were available in the USA App Store at the time of this post):

* Bla | Bla | Bla by Lorenzo Bravi, FREE, https://appsto.re/us/iJBRz.i

* ChatterPix – by Duck Duck Moose by Duck Duck Moose, Inc., FREE, https://appsto.re/us/-NiWR.i

* ChatterPix Kids – by Duck Duck Moose by Duck Duck Moose, Inc., FREE, https://appsto.re/us/UEkWR.i

* Create and play with masks! WA!SK by PPP inc., FREE, https://appsto.re/us/C_Kx0.i

* DuckyDo HD – The Animal Impressions Learning App featuring a Cat, Cow, Duck, Dog and a Monkey by Rubber Duck Labs Inc., FREE, https://appsto.re/us/jcREV.i

* Eric Carle’s Brown Bear Animal Parade by StoryToys Entertainment Limited, https://appsto.re/us/YQtGdb.i, $1.99

* Furry Friend Plus by Plutinosoft, https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/furry-friend-plus/id438137149?mt=8

* Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? – Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, $3.99, https://appsto.re/us/Ic-0z.i (see full review: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2015/10/18/great-app-for-early-speech-sounds-mr-brown-can-moo-can-you/)

* Outloud Citymals by Outloud, https://appsto.re/us/m2mQhb.i, $3.99

* SmackTalk! Bundle (4 apps) by Marcus Satellite, $.99, https://appsto.re/us/8HU64.i
(I use these 2 apps from that bundle: SmackTalk! Kids & PupTalk!)

* Speech & Language Warm-Ups by Super Duper Publications, $3.99, https://appsto.re/us/OV2Aab.i (see full review: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2016/06/15/app-review-speech-and-language-warm-ups-by-super-duper-publications/)

* SpeechStickers by Seriously Sticky LLC, $14.99, https://appsto.re/us/9aM_z.i (although the app is designed to target production of specific vowels or early developing consonants, I’ve also used it to reinforce any vocalization. Kids LOVE the stickers & animations. See more info: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga/photos/a.1039368119447526.1073741892.174264525957894/1143606255690378/?type=3&theater & https://omazingkidsllc.com/2016/08/02/no-no-no-dealing-with-challenging-behaviors-slp-hacks/)

* Talking Baby Hippo for iPad by Outfit7 Limited, FREE, https://appsto.re/us/QFVTw.i (this is the only app by the makers of Talking Tom that doesn’t have ads, in app purchases or inappropriate content)

* Talking Carl by Tayasui, $.99, https://appsto.re/us/aYj4y.i

* Talking Carl & Gugl by Tayasui, $2.99, https://appsto.re/us/Cj36z.i (for a great deal, take a look at the bundle of 5 apps for $3.99 or you may be able to “complete my bundle” for less if you already purchased one of the apps)

* Talking Faces by Bubl: Learn Professions and Emotions by BUBL GmbH, $.99, https://appsto.re/us/4DYW4.i

* Talking Shamrock – St. Patrick’s Day Talking 4 Leaf Clover by Emoticon LLC, https://appsto.re/us/U8h4W.i

* Talking Turtle HD by FIPLAB Ltd, https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/talking-turtle-hd/id464655738?mt=8

* Talking Valentine by Emoticon LLC, https://appsto.re/us/z7x9V.i
(rare exceptions of apps with ads that I recommend. These are fun to pair with that holiday theme. Turn off the ads by using your iPad in “airplane” mode and block access to the button leading to the App Store via Guided Access)

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Update 8/14/17: *** WARNING: Stay far, far, far away from any apps by Blub Blub, Inc. (First Blubs or Speech Blubs). That app developer is misusing names of several SLP bloggers to promote his apps, is charging ridiculously high subscription rates & is luring parents and therapists into trying their “free trial” to then end up paying for a subscription. See my in depth post here: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2017/07/03/app-warning-do-not-install-the-update-for-first-blubs-concerns-i-have-regarding-the-pricing-on-the-new-speech-blubs-app/ & here: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2016/08/21/free-app-alert-first-blubs-unlock-all-22-animals-free-this-week/. It took a social media blitz and support from my friends at Tech in Ed to finally get the developer to remove my OMazing Kids name from the app description and website but at the time of this post update he still had not removed the other SLP bloggers’ names)

 

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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: 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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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
Angela Moorad is the founder of OMazing Kids, LLC and is an ASHA certified & licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Kids Yoga Teacher with 27 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} With Any Luck, I’ll Drive a Truck by David Friend

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{Book Review} With Any Luck, I’ll Drive a Truck by David Friend

Bulldozers and back-hoes, pavers and plows, trailers and tractors–the world is filled with so many types of trucks! Imagine the fun you could have if you could drive them all! And what if you could bring your best friends along with you? Hop along for a thrilling ride! This playful romp is sure to delight truck lovers everywhere!

  • Age Range: 3 – 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books – Penguin Young Readers Group (June 14, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399169563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399169564
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches

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Here’s what I love about this book

  • fun rhyming text in a large easy to read font
  • colorful detailed illustrations fill each 2-page spread. Every time I read this book, I find more fun things hidden in the details
  • full of lots of great vocabulary, descriptive words & actions
  • several opportunities for teaching prepositions (in, out, up, down, under, etc.)
  • includes lots of vehicles….. perfect for my patients who have a high interest in anything with a construction or transportation theme

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I’m excited to have my latest “read-play-talk” activity ready for several patients in OMazing Kids speech therapy tomorrow built around this book! The text is very inviting so kids will be motivated to request “read” as I pause and wait expectantly after each two page spread. I will also be targeting key vocabulary via aided language stimulation in the Speak For Yourself AAC app (go, drive, dig, spread, help, cat, cow, and most of the vehicles: crane, fire truck, fork lift, garbage truck, bulldozer, moving van, tanker, snowplow, tractor, cement mixer, dump truck, excavator/backhoe, combine, wrecking ball, flatbed trailer & semi truck). Then we will play with a toy dump truck and a set of colored balls to fill the back and dump out (more great opportunities for requesting colors & the vocabulary “in”, “out” & “go”). And a couple of the patients will get to play a construction themed app on my other iPad or do a coloring page for a couple of minutes as a reinforcer at the end.

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Available for purchase:

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review. No compensation was received to review it and my opinions are strictly 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 26 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} Speech and Language Warm-Ups by Super Duper Publications

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{App Review} Speech and Language Warm-Ups by Super Duper Publications

I have several tough-to-motivate patients with severe speech sound disorders who have been easily engaged with use of this new app. It is affordable and full of several great features. Speech & Language Warm-Ups targets following directions, breath support, production of individual sounds, and lip, tongue, and jaw movements. The Speech & Language Warm-Ups app includes:

  • 24 engaging activities
  • Video models of each exercise that can be enlarged or hidden
  • Audio of each poem (tap on the text to speak or pause)
  • Animated illustrations (tap on the pic to pause)
  • Ability to use built-in camera so student can view his/her own productions (can be enlarged or hidden). This allows you to customize the experience for individual patient needs. I had one patient who was very self conscious about being on screen but once I toggled the camera off he loved the app. All my other patients were in love with seeing themselves on the iPad… lol!
  • A full screen split screen can show either the camera and the animation at the same time or the camera and the video at the same time.
  • Ability to select specific exercises
  • Option to create sequences of activities
  • Quick Play option
  • Can be used in landscape or portrait orientation

Targeted Skills:

  • Hungry Cow — jaw and tongue mobility
  • Dog’s Tail — tongue mobility
  • Giraffe’s Neck — tongue mobility
  • Circle (Pinwheel) — tongue mobility
  • Scared Turtle — tongue mobility for “G” and “K” sounds
  • Toothbrush — tongue mobility
  • Clock — production of “T” sound
  • Snake — production of “S” sound
  • Zipper (Kangaroo) — production of “Z” sound
  • Tire — production of “F” sound
  • Fan — production of “TH” sound
  • Teacher (Rabbit) — production of “SH” sound
  • Scratch an Itch (Cat) — tongue mobility for “R” sound
  • Horse — tongue strength and coordination for “L” sound
  • Paintbrush (Mouse) — tongue mobility for “L” and “R” sounds
  • Lion — production of “G” and “R” sounds
  • Old Car — production of “K” sound
  • Thirsty Kid — production of “G” sound
  • Wind — breath support and control for “W” sound
  • Play a Song — velum closure and awareness of nasality in air flow
  • Make Friends — lip control for “R” and “S” sounds
  • Say Good-bye — lip strength and coordination for “P,” “B,” and “M” sounds
  • Balloon — lip closure, lip control, and air pressure
  • Mountain — breath control

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Wishes for a future app update (submitted via e-mail to the app developer on 6/8/16): For the activities that target specific speech sounds, it would be helpful to have the sound labeled on the top right colored corner of those cards to make it quicker to find a specific sound when working with a patient. This would be helpful both in the quick play and sequences areas. Currently that info is only found under the “?” button.

Update 4/29/20: I made this free visual since the targeted skills are still not easy to determine when selecting activities in the app:

Free visual for Super Duper Speech and Language Warm Ups app

Speech and Language Warm-Ups app by Super Duper (visual for skills targeted in each activity) – made by Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP at OMazing Kids

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I highly recommend this app! You could easily spend more than this on a printable of just the rhymes if such a thing even existed on TPT and this app has the rhymes, animated illustrations, video modeling and visual feedback like you would get in a mirror. It’s a perfect example of how an app can be better than the “old school” way of doing speech therapy. See this post for more about use of the iPad as a tool in your SLP toolbox: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2016/06/09/the-ipad-the-slp-toolbox/.

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App Store link: Speech & Language Warm-Ups by Super Duper Publications
https://appsto.re/us/OV2Aab.i, $3.99, iPad only, requires iOS 8.2 or higher
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Disclaimer: I purchased this app at full price and my opinions are strictly 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 26 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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{Four Faves} 4 apps from Virtual Speech Center: Apraxia RainbowBee, Articulation Games, Social Norms & Social Skills with Billy

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{Free Printable} Simple Problem and Solution Puzzle Pairs

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Ever look and look for materials to target a goal for a patient but just not find what you are looking for? Happens to me frequently so that’s why I end up making so many materials. I have a 6 year old patient with Autism who amazes me every week with his progress so I am constantly writing new goals. I recently added a goal for very basic problem solving since the ability to do that ties into the ability to function in social situations. But all the materials I found were way too complex as a starting point. So here is a printable with a set of 12 simple problem and solution puzzle pairs that I made to use with him. I purposefully made the puzzle shapes the same so he can’t just guess based on which ones fit together correctly (yup… I’ve had numerous patients do that with self-correcting puzzle pairs). Sharing it here since I’m sure other SLPs could benefit from having these 🙂

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Free 2-page PDF:

simple problem and solution puzzle pairs – free printable — made by Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, OMazing Kids

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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 26 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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{Book + AAC} Wild About Us! and the GoTalk Now Plus AAC app

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Excited to have a fun activity prepared for OMazing Kids speech therapy this week! Wild About Us! by Karen Beaumont has a wonderful message of diversity and loving who you are plus it’s full of lots of great descriptive language and animal vocabulary:

Warty Warthog
Toothy Crocodile
Wrinkly Rhino
Long-Nosed Elephant
Lanky Tall Giraffe
Pink Flamingo
Plump Potbellied Pig
Slow Tortoise
Spiky Porcupine
Spotted Leopard
Wiggly Hippo
Big-Eared Chimp
Huge-Footed Kangaroo
Tiny Pesky Fly
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I bought my new hardcover copy of the book on Amazon for less than $5.00: http://www.amazon.com/Wild-About-Us-Karen-Beaumont/dp/0152062947

I programmed a communication page in the GoTalk Now Plus AAC app & will be using this free printablehttp://lovetolearn2012.blogspot.ca/2015/06/wild-about-us-freebie.html

I’m trying to upload the communication page as a template to the GoTalk Now Online Gallery…. in the meantime here is a temporary link to a PDF: http://share.gotalknow.net/Temp-PDF-D7B120AE-6520-4CAF-9D55-711171B82C9B-6633-000001B297F47F66.pdf

{Update: It finally uploaded to the Online Gallery. Search for “wild” and you’ll find it}

Love using the GoTalk Now Plus AAC app to make communication pages to use with books! It’s amazing to have access to the PCS Boardmaker symbols, SymbolStix symbols, GoTalk symbols and easily search online for pictures all within one app. Plus it’s easy to export the whole page as a PDF to then print and cut apart the symbols to add to kids PECS books. Thanks Attainment Company, Inc.! The kids I serve at our non-profit hospital and I greatly appreciate it 🙂
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GoTalk Now Plus AAC app: GoTalk NOW PLUS by Attainment Company
https://appsto.re/us/LlfpS.i

This app is super easy to program and is full of other great features such as being able to link buttons to music or videos on your iPad, link to YouTube videos, transmit pages over WiFi to another device, scanning, backup/restore with DropBox, upload/download pages via the GoTalk Now Online Gallery, each page can have a different grid size (choices of 1, 2, 4, 9, 16 or 25 buttons per page), and more.
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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 26 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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{Five Faves} Five of my favorite apps by Smarty Ears: Phono Learning Center, Minimal Pairs Academy, Fun & Functional, Go-Togethers & Basic Concepts Skills Screener

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{Five Faves} Five of my favorite apps by Smarty Ears: Phono Learning Center, Minimal Pairs Academy, Fun & Functional, Go-Togethers & Basic Concepts Skills Screener.

I’m sure by now all of my SLPeeps have heard of Smarty Ears apps. They have a large line of apps specifically designed for SLPs by SLPs. This post is highlighting five of my faves chosen because they each meet a unique need. My comments are based on the features available in the most recent version of the app in the USA App Store at the time of this post. The cool thing about apps is that dependable app developers continue to improve apps over time based on the feedback that they receive from users and release updates to keep apps compatible with the latest iOS operating system.

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Phono Learning Center by Smarty Ears
https://appsto.re/us/aqv6M.i

How it’s unique: Specifically designed for using the Cycles Approach when working with kids with very poor intelligibility and several phonological process disorders.

In depth info: http://smartyearsapps.com/service/phono-learning-center/

Here’s what I love about this app:
* All of the target words were carefully selected for each sound level with co-articulation and facilitation considered.
* Easy user set up.
* If using the Cycles hierarchy, only one process at a time may be targeted. Targets are easily changed by editing the profile. If you chose not to be restricted to the Cycles hierarchy, it is possible to target multiple sounds at once.
* You can change the scoring style. The Standard scoring is incorrect, almost correct, and correct (or missed, almost, and got it). The Level of Prompts scoring incorporates the errorless learning theory suggested in the Cycles technique. With this style, it is expected for the student to be nearly 100% accurate and the level of prompts is used to mark if the word was produced prompted, imitated, or spontaneously correct.
* Includes an auditory bombardment activity
* Includes four game activities (inflating a hot air balloon, matching, shooting hoops with crumpled paper & filling in a jigsaw puzzle) and it’s very easy to switch between them without having to start over. Kids with severe phonological disorders can be challenging to engage in speech therapy so game-based activities like these are worth their weight in gold. Ever had a patient have earth shattering meltdowns at even the sight of traditional flashcards? You seriously need to consider other ways to entice engagement and this is a fabulous tool to have in your speechie toolbox.
* Single and multiplayer options
* Data collection and reports
* Lots of free printable homework sheets
* My wishes for a future app update are adding an option to slow down the pace of the auditory bombardment & make it more obvious when a target has been selected by either having a check or a darker highlighting around that item. It would also be nice to be able to see specific items missed in the user reports, to be able to share a report from a specific session and to be able to delete data from a particular session without having to delete the user.

Video tutorial:

More info about the Cycles Approach:

How to Use the Cycles Approach for Speech Therapy

Click to access ebp_v5_article2_old.pdf

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Minimal Pairs Academy by Smarty Ears
https://appsto.re/us/oVi1C.i

How it’s unique: Targeting phonological processes via minimal contrast pairs.

In depth info: http://smartyearsapps.com/service/minimal-pairs-academy/

Here’s what I love about this app:
* Easy user set up.
* Includes auditory bombardment, auditory discrimination, production (large card facing up that has the target word and a smaller card facing down that has the corresponding minimal pair) & fill in the blank phrases.
* Targets lots of different phonological processes (cluster reduction, deaffrication, devoicing, final consonant deletion, fronting, gliding, initial consonant deletion, prevocalic voicing, stopping & stridency deletion – many broken out into sub-categories) with the option to edit lists within each to deselect particular word pairs.
* In-app recording option
* Single and multiplayer options
* Data collection and reports
* My wishes for a future app update would be the addition of printable worksheets like those available in Phono Learning Center and a mini reinforcer game. It would also be nice to be able to see specific items missed in the user reports, to be able to share a report from a specific session and to be able to delete data from a particular session without having to delete the user.

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Fun & Functional by Smarty Ears
https://appsto.re/us/rskUD.i

How it’s unique: Goes beyond your typical name or identify vocabulary apps to get kids to think about the function or use of common items in the context of Wh-questions.

In depth info: http://smartyearsapps.com/service/fun-functional/

Here’s what I love about this app:
* Targets receptive and expressive language skills. Great options in settings area select to do just receptive, just expressive or alternate between them.
* Easy user set up
* Option to adjust the field of choices (2, 3 or 4) in receptive activities
* Options for setting what happens when an incorrect answer is selected (keep going, remove the item or buzz)
* Several categories with the option to toggle each on/off
* Option to select receptive vocabulary that is less similar to make the activity less challenging or more similar to make it more challenging
* Data collection and reports with basic info.
* My wishes for a future app update would be to have the option to toggle off the “yeah” auditory feedback on correct answers (it gets a little over stimulating after awhile) & to add a multiuser option to this app to make it more useful in groups. It would also be nice to be able to see specific items missed in the user reports, to be able to share a report from a specific session and to be able to delete data from a particular session without having to delete the user.

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Go-Togethers by Smarty Ears
https://appsto.re/us/FfRGE.i

How it’s unique: Targets the ability to identify and generate words that “go together” in semantic associations (a critical language skill that relates to vocabulary and word retrieval)

In depth info: http://smartyearsapps.com/service/togethers/

Here’s what I love about this app:
* Easy user set up
* Lots of categories of vocabulary and the option to select just the ones you want included. Easier categories are in Level 1 & more challenging ones on Level 2.
* The receptive activity can be done by either drawing a line with your finger to the correct answer(s) or tapping them. Some kids have difficulty swiping in a specific direction on the iPad so it’s helpful to have tapping as an option.
* The expressive activity includes scoring options for the child naming items that go with the pictured item separately from telling why
* The ability to delete data for a particular session without having to delete that user.
* My wishes for a future app update would be an easier to read font for the users names, add the option to toggle off the auditory feedback on correct answers (it gets a little over stimulating after awhile), add a multiuser option to this app to make it more useful in groups, make it more obvious on how to get to the category lists in the settings area and to be able to share a report from a specific session.

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Basic Concepts Skills Screener by Smarty Ears
https://appsto.re/us/I1h8N.i

How it’s unique: It’s an awesome quick way to assess understanding of basic concepts and is especially helpful for kids who are too old for standardized tests targeting those concepts.

In depth info: http://smartyearsapps.com/service/basic-concepts-skills-screener/

Here’s what I love about this app:
* Motivating format for assessing understanding of basic concepts
* No negative feedback is provided. The user gets the same feedback regardless of their answer.
* The app will not progress to the next screen until the NEXT button in the bottom right corner has been tapped. The picture that is selected when the NEXT button is tapped is the one that is scored. If no picture is selected when the NEXT button is tapped, a pop-up message will show explaining that there must be a selection made.
* The display in the corner lets you know that you have completed ____ of ______ items.
* The report provides a wealth of details about specific items missed, data by type of concept (comparative, quantitative, spatial, temporal) & percent by typical age of mastery (age 3, 4, 5 & 6)
* Options to do a quick screening (30 items) or a full screening (79 items). I always pick the full screening and can easily get it done in one session. But if needed, you can save the screening and continue later.
* My wishes for a future app update would be to make a couple of the images a little clearer (ex: beginning to grow – the plant in the hand is too similar to the smallest one in the ground; old – very few of my patients have tapped on the picture of the elderly man. I have wondered if it may be due to that Smarty Symbol not having clothes and the other 3 do) and to add the option to either turn off the auditory feedback when a selection has been tapped or to make it quieter (it can be a little over stimulating for some patients but I don’t want to turn down the sound on the iPad due to that impacting the loudness of the voiceovers on the testing prompts).

This app is seriously one of the most used on my iPad. I work with kids up to 21 years of age and most are not functioning anywhere near their age level. This app has come in very helpful in identifying gaps in understanding of basic concepts so treatment can be more specifically targeted.

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Disclaimer: I received all 5 of these apps via promo codes from the developer. No compensation was received to review them and my opinions are strictly 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
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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 26 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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{Awesome Book} “Social Skills Matter!, Grades PK – 2: Social Narrative Mini-Books” by Christine Schwab & Kasandra S. Flora, M.S., CCC-SLP

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Wow! Look what arrived today: “Social Skills Matter!, Grades PK-2: Social Narrative Mini-Books” by Christine Schwab & Kasandra S. Flora, M.S., CCC-SLP.

I’m very impressed with this book full of 84 reproducible social skill mini-books + award certificates. I bought my copy on Amazon for $24.54 with free shipping. That’s a bargain at $.29 per social story. It was co-authored by a SLP and by how well written they are I would guess that she has extensive experience working with kids with Autism. My go-to resources these days are mainly things I can grab and go. Yes I occasionally write my own social stories to fit very specific needs but having a book like this is worth it’s weight in gold for a busy SLP. Can’t wait to use these in OMazing Kids speech-language therapy 🙂

http://www.amazon.com/Social-Skills-Matter-Grades-Mini-Books/dp/1483800156
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See a more extensive peek inside the book on the publisher’s website: http://bit.ly/27igQgh

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Including a few screenshots here from that preview:

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It’s very important to be respectful of kids sensory needs when teaching eye contact. I often teach kids how to approximate eye contact by periodically glancing at anything in the facial region to “check in”. Love this illustration from the book:

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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
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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 26 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} Irregular Past Tense Cards & Research on Developmental Sequence

Irregular Past Tense Cards and norms

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I stumbled across research on the developmental sequence for irregular past tense verbs as I was writing new goals for one of my 6 year old patients. I had always found myself a bit frustrated with the existing card decks available to target irregular past tense when first introducing them to young kids. Now I realize why. There is a wide range of ages in which these develop. So I created cards in Boardmaker to target the earliest developing ones. I am also sharing a data collection sheet with the norms included.

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Click here for a 3-page PDF of the cards & data collection sheet:  Free printable cards and data collection sheet for Irregular Past Tense Verbs – ages 3.5 to 6.5

Click here to read the research article: Irregular Past Tense – research on developmental sequence

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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
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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 26 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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