Monday, June 30, 2014

Thrifty Finds Linky

Jenna came up with this linky after going to garage sales & thrift stores.  I've gone into Goodwill a few times, and felt like I needed to take a shower when I got out of there!  Seriously, I was afraid to touch anything!  Except, I did have to snag this, even though there were only 3 balls included:
Cranium Cariboo
It's still down in my basement.  I need to clean it up, sterilize it, and figure out how to play it since it seems like a hot game!  The lady was going to charge me $5 for it, but I told her it was missing some pieces and was really dirty (I could feel the dirt & mold on it...I told you I had to clean & sterilize it!) & I wouldn't pay more than $2 for it, so that's how much I paid.
There is a Christian-based thrift store where I got these for $1.50 each:

BIG bonus:  I didn't have to clean them, and all the pieces are there!  The Rummikub is for camping, not therapy. 
I found these books at a "Friends of the Library" sale & paid $2.50 for all of them:

And, this wasn't at a Thrift Store, but Dollar General has these for $4:
Those were my big finds over the past year.  What did you find?
Visit Jenna at Speech Room News and see everybody else's treasure!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Sunny Articulation & Phonology Test Kit: a Review

sunny
Disclosure:  Smarty Ears donated this app to me free of charge and asked that I post a review on my blog.  The opinions below are my own.

Along with "Custom Boards", Smarty Ears also presented me with the Sunny Articulation and Phonology Test Kit to try out and review.  I received this app at the end of the school year, so I didn't have a chance to try it out on an actual student.  I've looked it over pretty thoroughly so I could give an honest review.
(To better view the pictures, click on them.)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Custom Boards App Review: Devices & Switches and other things

It's been over a week since I reviewed Custom Boards:  Activities & Games, so I figured I'd better jump back into Old School Speech and review some other aspects of this wonderful app that Smarty Ears was so incredibly nice to give me.
Just to review:  The home screen:
Tap on "New", and this screen will come up:

Monday, June 2, 2014

How Do You Use It: Clothespins

Oh, boy!  Another Linky!!!  Speech Time Fun has a great idea:  She comes up with everyday items that we use in our therapy room, and we share how we use that item.  This month it's Clothespins.
I don't actually use clothespins while doing therapy, but I do use them with my visual reinforcement.  This past year, I glued "cool dudes" ("Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Design") on them at one school, and used paw prints (Graphics from the Pond")the other school (since they are the tiger cubs).
This is a variation of Nicole's (Speech Peeps) idea.  As the student goes through the different stages of artic therapy, he gets to move his cool dude or paw up to the next level.  I wrote each child's initials on his dude/paw with a dry erase marker so they can be used again next year.
I saw some really cool clothespins at Michael's about a month ago, but didn't get any because I didn't have a plan for them.  I'm definitely going to go back and get some for my new "old" school next year.
Want to get some fresh ideas?  Check out other ideas at Speech Time Fun.

~Addendum:  After seeing The Speech Ladies' post on clothespins, I realized that it's their idea that I stole borrowed!  Thanks, Ladies! :) 

Custom Boards App Review: Activities & Games

I was completely shocked to get an email from Smarty Ears offering a couple of apps for me to review.  I already had several of their apps, so they were kind enough to send one that I didn't already have.
One of the apps they provided me is "Custom Boards".  As soon as I opened the app, I was excited!  I saw so many possibilities.  Since there are so many aspects to this app, I'm going to concentrate on "Activities & Games" in this post.  I'll follow up with other features in different posts.
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