Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Sale is ON!

If you love TpT as much I do, then you have to love the site-wide sale they put on! Time for another one, and the Frenzied SLPs are hosting a linky to help you decide what you can't live without! 
In my store (Old School Speech), I have a new product that combines all of my Team Games in one place. (Click on the picture to be taken directly to any of the products listed.)
Team Games Seasonal Bundle
Another bundle I have is a couple of book companions:
Aliens and Underpants Combo

Here are a couple of products from some friends that you won't want to miss:
Camp In Speech and Language
I love to camp (in my "glorified tent"!), so Camp-In from Sparklle SLP intrigued me. It has a little bit of everything you need with a camp theme.
Editable Vocabulary Playing Card Decks
I don't have middle schoolers or high schoolers, but if you do and are looking for something to hold their interest, Vocab-U-Decks from Doyle Speech Works should do the trick!
For more fantastic products to check out, click on the links below and see what's being recommended.
Don't forget to use the code CELEBRATE for additional savings! And, as always, make sure you left feedback on previous purchases for credits that can be used to save even more!!!

Oh, and don't forget to follow The Frenzied SLPs on Facebook! Just click here.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

GoSequencing {App Review}

The following is an app review. The views are my own. I received the Smarty Ears app “Go Sequencing” in return  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!

When I had the opportunity to receive the Go Sequencing app from Smarty Ears, I jumped at the chance. I knew it would be a quality product, and, if I had any technical needs, they would be quickly tended to.

Appreciated Features:
*13 levels with increasing difficulty. Level 1 begins with identifying what happened first or last.

Level 13 (the most difficult) is a 6-step direction with only words, no pictures.
*Visuals so the student can see progress through the levels. (If you don't want to see this step, just double tapping on the screen will allow you to move to the next screen.)
*Options galore! There is the option to have the story read prior to sequencing, during sequencing, and/or after sequencing, as well as having text with the levels that have pictures. There is also an option for Spanish and Portuguese. You can turn off the instructional audio once you don't ned it.
If you aren't a fan of the music, just turn it off. 

*If all of those options aren't enough for you, you also have the option of making your own sequences and adding your own pictures!
*Multiple students can use the app at one time, even if they aren't on the same level. The students take turns sequencing. 
*One thing I really like about Smarty Ears Apps is the data collection and the reports that I can generate from them.

 Smarty Ears broke the report card down even farther. If you want to see the chart in almost-full page, just tap it.
Likewise, the numbers can also be shown almost full page (again by just tapping the graphic.).
*The Sharing Options. 

What I would like to see:
When the student puts the sequence together correctly, the last sentence is not completely heard. 
The jack-o-lantern sequence pictures were left out.

Additional Comments:
I am very impressed with this app. I've used other sequencing apps before, but this one has so many options. 
With the graphics, I can use this with my older elementary students without having them feel like they're using something "babyish". 

How I plan to use the app:
I have students on my caseload who are working on story-retell, and memory. This app is perfect for those students. It is also perfect for working with my students who are working on producing grammatically correct sentences, as well as those students who are working on MLU. 

GoSequencing is available for purchase for $21.99.  To view in iTunes, click here.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Yes No Barn: An App Review

The following is an app review. The views are my own. I received no compensation for expressing my opinions.  Links (in blue) are provided for your convenience. Want to see larger pictures? Just click on one and scroll through!
As soon as I saw this app from SmartyEars, I had to have it. I knew it would be perfect for my students who have difficulty with answering yes/no questions.

Appreciated Features:

Choices of types of questions presented, as well as whether to display text, play audio, audio feedback, and audio instructions can be turned on or off.
Language selection: English, Portuguese, or Spanish.
Report Card: Breaks down the types of questions and provides an overall accuracy.
As with all Smarty Ears Apps, you have the ability to share the results.
Yes No Barn gives the SLP the opportunity to determine if the variable answer is correct.

Multiple students can work on the app at the same time. The numbers in the stars indicate how many answers each student has answered correctly.

What I would like to see:
The Yes and No seem to be backwards to me. “Yes” is usually on the left and “No” is usually on the right.

During variable answers, if the student answered the question correctly and you touch “yes”, you will hear the spoken word. I would think that would be a little confusing the student, who would hear “yes” if the answer to the question is “no”. It would be nice if only the written word was available.
Additional Comments:
The good graphics go without saying. This is a Smarty Ears App, after all!

There are some questions that ask if both pictures have/are something, but only 1 picture is shown. Hopefully Smarty Ears will have an update soon to remedy this.
How I plan to use the app:

As previously stated, I use this app with my students who have difficulty answering yes/no questions.

Instead of having the student touch yes/no, I have him verbalize the answer, then show them which word to touch (See the first comment under “What I would like to see”.)

Yes No Barn is available for purchase for $5.99.  To view in iTunes, click here.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Faith Restored

In 2013, I wrote a post titled Where Graduate Programs are Lacking. It really pained me to write that post; I’m a firm believer that those of us who have been in the field for a long time should give back to the young ones just starting out. I really had lost faith in a nearby university’s graduate program. I am ecstatic to now say that my faith has been restored.
I questioned myself about having unrealistic expectations, of having set my expectations too high. I spoke with my principal at the time & other SLPs who were supervising students. My principal told me not to lower my standards; my colleagues assured me their interns were performing to the standards I thought they should have been.
So, what is the difference? One thing that may make a difference is when an intern completed undergraduate studies in Communicative Disorders. I believe that makes a big difference; I think it gives them a good foundation on which to build.
Another thing that may make a difference is the personality. Some people are just wired to be good with children, and to have good instincts when it comes to modifying activities when a child is having difficulty with a task.
I will say this: I think that graduate programs should be up front with their students. The instructors in the university programs should have a sense of what kind of therapists the students are going to be. They need to have the guts to tell those students that speech/language pathology may not be a good fit for them. They need to tell them before too much time and money has been spent. You would think they would do this before they get out in the field; it’s not going to look good on the university if someone gets out in a setting to do her practicum and doesn’t know what she’s doing.
I don’t expect my interns to be perfect; I expect them to ask questions and accept constructive criticism to want to become a good therapist. I expect them to have a good foundation with their discrimination skills, and to have common sense when it comes to developing activities for their students. I also expect them to be aware of the students’ performance and know that something needs to change, even if they aren’t sure exactly how to go about it.
Most of all, I expect them to come to me with a new-found love of what they’re doing, as well as an excitement to help my students. And ask questions. Lots of questions!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Things an SLP Should Always Say: {A Frenzied SLP Linky}

A couple of weeks ago, we discussed Things SLPs Should Never Say. We're following that up by discussing things we should say. Thanks again to Doyle Speech Works, Sparklle SLP, and All Y'all Need for being such fantastic hosts this month!
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1. I love your child. Every parent wants to hear that. But, don't say it unless you mean it. And, if you don't mean it, maybe it's time to look for a different setting.

2. Hello. Seriously. Some grown-ups don't even say hello to students, much less ask them how their day is going or how their weekend was. Take time to talk to your students. So what if something takes up some of your therapy time? You may just find that there's a teaching moment within the conversation.

3. During meetings, be positive. Even with those tough kids, find something positive to say. Put yourself in the parents' shoes. Would you want to hear only bad things about your child?

4. Any words of encouragement. We all have those /r/ kids who just aren't getting it. Sometimes we work on just getting an /r/ in isolation for more than a year, and everybody starts getting discouraged. Even words of encouragement such as "almost" or "that was a little bit better" may give them the encouragement to continue and not give up.

What words of encouragement do you use with your students/parents? If you're an SLP blogger, we'd love to have you link up! If you're not a blogger, a Facebook post will work! Just click below, complete the information, and you're IN!

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