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Saturday, 19 May 2018

Little Stories Pro- App Review

https://creatingcommunicators-mindy.blogspot.ca/2018/05/little-stories-pro-app-review.html

I just found Little Stories Pro. It is from the makers of Little Bee Speech. It is such a great new app. It targets articulation, reading, comprehension, wh questions, sequencing and more! 
 https://creatingcommunicators-mindy.blogspot.ca/2018/05/little-stories-pro-app-review.html

 
I love it 💕 there are stories 100 words and they are categorized by reading level, phonemic target (artic. sound), story title and theme. The pictures are so bright and exciting.



READING AND LITERACY
• Reading Fluency
• Reading comprehension
• Story structure awareness
• Story tradition and genre exploration

RECEPTIVE LANGUAGE SKILLS
• Attention and listening
• Vocabulary acquisition
• Story structure and comprehension
• Question processing

EXPRESSIVE LANGUAGE SKILLS
• Speech production
• Phonemic awareness
• Story sequencing
• Story retelling
• Question answering

https://creatingcommunicators-mindy.blogspot.ca/2018/05/little-stories-pro-app-review.htmlYou can read the stories, read to the student from the app or the student can read it themselves.  There are also flash cards for each story that you can use to practice artic sounds or tackle those tricky words. I like this app for those kids are at carrying over and reading stage. I love that you can work on new vocabulary with the stories, and story retell. It is such a great app that I almost want to use it all day long!




In the app, you can also keep score on their reading, and their articulation errors in the story. So easy!
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https://creatingcommunicators-mindy.blogspot.ca/2018/05/little-stories-pro-app-review.html



 I am absolutely in love with the ease of this app! Have you tried it?

 Have you tried it? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Leave me a comment.

Friday, 11 May 2018

TouchChat

Did you know about TouchChat? I have kids who have been working on it, and I recently attended a day of training using the app. It was a perfect day, and I learned a lot about how to use the app and got some great info.




 Did you know that you chat editor and make and edit pages and then upload them to the app? For example, I wanted to make a generic page for all of my kids to start on. It is so easy! Using Chat Editor with TouchChat
Chat Editor is a supplemental program that runs on a Windows desktop or laptop computer. It allows you to customize vocabulary files. Although customizing is also possible on the device itself, the Editor allows the family and professionals to customize the vocabulary when the device is not present.


Here are some of the basics of using any AAC!
Download it here for free!


The Basics of Using an AAC
There are also online Training for Parents-  you can register here! There are also some online support videos here!



TouchChat 60 Basic video!

And don't forget it's 50% off May 8-11to support May Better Speech and Hearing Month!

Monday, 7 May 2018

MAY SLP Must Have

1 month of Speech Therapy 




 



I missed it last month but I'm on my game this month!


Here is everything you need for that last month of therapy in June!!


It is only $6! That is a lot of activities for only your entire month!

Ok, gotta go! I am super busy and I am sure you are too
Thanks for stopping by!

Cheers, Mindy!

Tuesday, 1 May 2018


According to SAC

Many of us take our ability to communicate for granted, but the ability to speak, hear and be heard is much more vital to our everyday lives than most of us realize. For those who have difficulty communicating, everyday interactions can pose significant challenges. A communication disorder may prevent an individual from performing well at work, asking for help, hearing instructions at school or even saying ‘I love you’.
Each year, Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) dedicates the month of May to raising public awareness about communication health. We work to highlight the importance of early detection and intervention in the treatment of communication disorders, and the role that our members and associates play in helping people to “Speak well. Hear well. Live well”.


There are so many resources on the SAC website like posters, and Info sheets and much more, check it out!

Friday, 27 April 2018

Social Skills


Social Skills are an important topic. If we are working with kids who have delayed language skills, it is important that they have good social skills. They can help carry them through some sticky situations and they will help them when their language skills are lacking. 


https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/KinderSocialSkills-Kindergarten-Social-Skill-Curriculum-3207227

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If you've ever been here before you know I love Tara West! Her products never disappoint and her prices are amazing for the amount you get! I recently purchased her Kinder Social Skills Curriculum. It, of course, didn't disappoint! I am going to use it with my elementary aged kids. You can take a look at how she describes it here:

What is the structure of KinderSocialSkills? KinderSocialSkills consists of 75 two-day lesson plans. Day one is an introduction of the skill and a social story. Day two is a review of the skill and a hands-on approach to applying the skill. On the second day the students are also asked to deeply think and apply the skill to their own lives. On both days the students will interact with their peers through verbal discussions. The teacher will lead the initial conversation and then turn it over to the students for their opportunity to have collaborative peer discussion. KinderSocialSkills also includes a follow-up independent writing sheet for each skill. This is a way for the students to put the skill on paper and for parents to be connected with the skill of the day. There is a note at the bottom of each paper so parents can track the social skill and hopefully continue the discussion of that skill at home.



What is included in KinderSocialSkills?

- 150 social skill lessons (75 skills spanning over 2 days each) *day one is a social story and day two is follow-up)
- 75 follow-up student sheets (2 differentiated versions included for non-writers and writers)
- paper clip art cat "puppets"
- notebook labels
- journal covers

What does the RESEARCH say about KinderSocialSkills?

Research shows us social skills are at times a bigger indicator for future success in life than academics (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2015). That statement is profound. A longitudinal study regarding kindergarten students and social skills was conducted by Drs. Damon Jones and Mark Greenberg, both professors at Pennsylvania State University, and Dr. Max Crowley, a professor from Duke University. The kindergarten students were tracked over a 20 year period and the results were astonishing. The predictions made in kindergarten based upon their social skills had a direct correlation with outcomes met in mid-adulthood and later adulthood. The study showed that utilizing social emotional health programs at a young age can help to improve these social skills. Furthermore, when students are given an opportunity to learn social skills, educators and parents are given the ability to notice those lacking these social skills and then set up immediate and intense interventions to correct this disconnect. The researchers believed that social skills are just as vital in the kindergarten classroom as academics. 




 KinderSocialSkills: Kindergarten Social Skill Curriculum


She has 75 stories and then follows up activities to all of the important topics kids deal with. My favorites are tattling and interrupting.
Plus its a good bang for your buck at $15!!



Wednesday, 25 April 2018

OT Ideas in Speech and the Clasroom

Here are some great ideas that teachers can use in the classroom for wiggly kids
or for in your next speech therapy session!~








 Interest-Based Learning. Use your student's interests to introduce academic concepts. 
If they are engaged in an activity, 
they are much more likely to focus and find success. 
These activities could be presented at Centre Time. 

These are examples below using Lego:
  •  Creating Letters. First, make the letter with the Lego pieces, trace it with your finger, 
  •  Patterns. Lego is terrific to use for patterns. Introduce A/B patterns with different colors of
·         Lego. Build towers with Lego using patterns. Build on this activity by adding in turn-taking to build the towers in a pattern. 
  • Counting. Work together to build a house but give him the dimensions. Ex: Tell the student the 
house must be ten pieces long and seven pieces wide. This is also a great way to target concepts and following directions. 


Remaining Seated. Many students have a difficult time remaining seated throughout the
 day, and many students need more movement in their daily routines. Frequently by purposefully adding movement, we find students are more attentive and ready to learn. 

Some ideas for home and school are below:
Dynamic Seating. 
Trial an air-filled cushion or wobble stool in the classroom with students. 
Theraband. By tying a piece of elastic band to either the front legs of the desk or
between the legs of the chair it allows the students to wiggle and fidget their feet without distracting the class.
Work Positions. We often have students learn while seated at a desk or table. 
Vary work positions. Ex: Looking at a book while sitting cross-legged on the floor, 
coloring while standing with a paper taped to the wall, counting jumping jacks or
while bouncing a ball rather than working with manipulatives.

 Making letters with sticks in the sand rather than pencil and paper. Add hands-on learning whenever possible.
Movement Breaks. If there is an activity that requires sitting for long periods of time offer movement breaks to students. Some ideas have been previously provided.
 Heavy Work.
 Heavy work activities engage the big muscles in our body and provide
 proprioceptive (body in space) and vestibular (movement) feedback for the student. 
By purposefully engaging these senses through heavy work we find students become more organized and have better attention following these activities. 

Some examples of heavy work activities are below:
 Home: help unload groceries from the vehicle outdoor chores - help shovel the walkways, sweep, rake the leaves or carry a bucket to water the flowers. Carry the laundry basket, vacuum, wash floors. 
Home/School: Participate in sports and active games. 
Ride a bike. 
School: help carry a stack of books to the library or restock the photocopier with a
package of paper. 
push the lunch cart to the classroom. 
outside play monkey bars, rock walls, push someone on a swing. 
Putting away and taking out gym mats and equipment.


Tuesday, 3 April 2018

How to make learning Verbs fun!

Working on verbs are a big thing in grammar and for speech therapy. I want to make it fun so I came up with a couple ideas.



Use videos:















Here are some of my favourite verb products:

 Say, Write & Wipe- Verb Tenses!          
 NO Prep-Making Verbs FUN!   

Everything You Need for Verbs


Hands-On Grammar Bundle

Lyndsey Kuster has some really great, unique and fun ideas in this bundle! I highly recommend!
She has some technology ideas as well as some hands on (act out the verb) ideas!
 
:)