Thursday, February 26, 2015

App Review: Speech With Milo Sequencing

The following is an app review. The views are my own. I received no compensation for expressing my opinions.  Links (in dark red) are provided for your convenience. Want to see larger pictures? Just click on one and scroll through!

I have used Speech With Milo: Sequencing (Doonan Speech Therapy) for a few years.  This app allows the child to put 3 items in the correct sequence, then has a "movie" option so that the child can see all three items in action.

Appreciated Features:
 The instructions are included in the app, so you can refer to them when you need them.

The sequences can be tailored to your student, and can be shown randomly. The ability to only use those sequences that are applicable to your student is greatly appreciated.

The student slides the pictures into their correct sequence. Touching "Phrase" (in the bottom left of the screen) will introduce the sequence. In this sequence, the phrase is Milo and Melvin are playing baseball.

For correct answers, you have the option to hear clapping; for incorrect answers, the option is a "bomp". There is background music that can be turned on or off.  The spoken (in the "movie" section) and written words (at the bottom of the above screen) explaining the  main idea of the sequence can be turned on or off.
 Following the correct sequence, touching "Play" will show a "movie" showing the sequence.

What I would like to see:
The ability to turn off the "ta-da" at the end of the "movie sequence".
Also, it would be great if you could turn off the "Take a Break" feature that occurs after 10 sequences.
Data. When I use this, I take the data on my labels. It would be great if the app would take the data for me so I could transfer the results to the label. 
I had a student in the past who would randomly put a picture in any of the blank spaces. For instance, she would not put the pictures in the correct space in order. She might start with #2 or #3. An option to prevent this would be ideal.

Additional Comments:
The app does not "talk the child through" each step. To me, that allows the SLP to interact with the student while working on the many skills that can be targeted through this app. It also allows the SLP to individualize the app to each student's needs.

How I plan to use the app:
 I use this during my 5 minute days during their independent time with students who have sequencing as a target.
The following skills can be targeted with this app:
story telling or recall
wh questions
increasing mean length of utterance
first, next, last

Speech with Milo: Sequencing is available for purchase for $2.99 To view in iTunes, click here.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Quick Tip Tuesday #6

 Kim is hosting "Quick Tip Tuesday". Posts that are short, sweet, and to the point...what could be better?
I pinned this on a Pinterest board, and the link went back to here, but I know that's not where I saw this:
I bought a 3-day pill box and put pictures for a visual schedule on velcro. Inside, you can put whatever you little guy likes goldfish, so there's 1 in each compartment. I velcroed the box onto card stock, along with adding an "all done" card at the end. After the child completes the activity, he opens one compartment and he can have whatever you put in. Now...if they only made 5-day boxes, I'd be set! (If you know of where I can get one, please let me know!)
Please visit Kim and see who else is linking up with good ideas!

Monday, February 23, 2015

What's in Your Cart?

Jenna at Speech Room News is hosting yet another "What's in Your Cart" linky, just in time for the big TpT sale that will be happening on Wednesday. You can get an extra 28% off by using the code "HEROES" when you check out.
Here's what's in my cart so far. I'm sure it will grow once I see what everybody else is buying! 
(Click on the product to be taken directly to it.)
What Are They DOING?  Printable Version    Superhero Sentence FormulationOn Topic Packet!  Activities to Teach & Improve Topic Maintenance
A Dab of Speech and Language for the YEAR {A Growing Bundle}

Don't forget to leave feedback to earn credit for your purchases! Every little bit helps!
Want to find other products you didn't know you couldn't live without? See what's in everybody's carts by clicking here.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Week in Review: 02/20/2015

I started this linky so that SLPs could go to 1 place to get ideas for therapy. Write a post about either what you did this week, or what you have planned for next week. All I ask is that you share a link back to my blog in your post.
(This post includes direct links to the products. Free products are indicated.

This past week was going to be a short one for us: Presidents' Day on Monday & a PD on Tuesday. Then, we got a little ice storm that also knocked us out of going to school this week. 
I was planning on taking it easy this week as far as planning was concerned.

Game Day:
I got this new game a couple of weeks ago and was looking forward to playing this game with my kids:
 Main Product Image
The game is like "Trouble", but if the penguin drops through the hole, it has to start over.

Sadly, we weren't able to make these (free) adorable penguins from Miss Kindergarten Love:
All About Penguins {shape craft}

What did you do this week in therapy, or what do you have planned for next week?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Teaching an Old Dog a New Trick

Right after I started this blog, I wrote a post outlining how I work with students on the /r/ sound. At the beginning of the year, I discovered "The Karla Technique".  I watched videos on youtube, and it looked simple enough, so I tried it with some all of my /r/ kids. They.Could. Do. It!!! All I had to do now was isolate that /r/. Easier said than done.
Enter Speaking of Speech. Luckily, she has the whole thing written down, ready for us to refer to. You can find it here.  
I'm not going to lie and say that all of my /r/ kids now have it. This technique has worked for a couple of my kids, in particular, one student who has been working on /r/ for 2 years. This is her 3rd year working on just being able to make that darned /r/ sound. (This is my first year with her.) When I met with mom in Oct., she asked, "What if she doesn't get it?" I assured her that she would get it (although I wasn't 100% sure she would) and that we would continue to work on it until she did. I tried "my" (or rather, Char Boshart's) technique, and she just didn't get it. Then I had her say "karla". We used the pvc pipe so she could hear that she could say it. She's now on the word level and is doing GREAT! She 's even starting to show some carryover into conversation! 
Bottom line: If you're having trouble getting that stinkin' /r/ sound, check out the "karla" technique. It's one more weapon for us to use in our arsenal!
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