Articulation Apps

Assistive technology in the classroom is very beneficial and can help engage students while learning.  In SLF classes, apps are a great way for fun learning.  There are so many apps out there that sometimes it becomes overwhelming on which ones to use in therapy sessions.  While these apps entertain the students, teachers need to make sure that there is still student-teacher interaction.  Apps are “assistive technology” and do not take the place of the teacher!

Articulation is one of the main topics that are worked on in therapy sessions.  While notecards with sounds and words written on then are beneficial, they can get boring and the student can get distracted.

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You want the student to be excited to come to therapy, excited to learn!  Times are changing and so is technology!  How do you expect to engage a student with cards of cats and apples when all they do when they leave the school is look at a screen.  Weather it’s a TV screen, iPad screen, iPhone screen, or some gaming system screen,  Therefore, why not teach with an iPad?   There are so many great apps that are wonderful to use in articulation therapy sessions!

1.  ArtikPix

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Flashcards and matching game.  Ability to record the student and collect data and progress.  Audio of each word and sentence available.  The app is available to iPod and iPad and is $29.99; however, a free light version is available

2. Tic-Tac-Toe R

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Tic-Tac-Toe game with pictures of words that have the /R/ sound.  Available for multiple sounds.  Great to use as a game.  Allow the students to take turns and in order to pick a space, they have to pronounce the word that goes with the picture of that space.  App is $4.99 for the iPod and iPad.

 

3. Smart oral motor

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A duck performs various oral motor movements for students to imitate. This will entertain them for hours!  They love to watch a duck rather than a person and find it funny.  The app is $4.99 and $9.99 for all movements.  Available for the iPod and iPad.

While there are so many more great apps, these are some of mu personal favorites.  Apps are a great way to engage students.  Student-teacher interaction is essential an no app or assistive technology device should replace that; it should just enhance it!

Until next time…

GOOOOO DAWGSSSS!

Asking the Professionals…

For this blog post I decided to go beyond Google and ask some SLP’s first hand about their experience with technology in the field. To do this, I went on twitter and Facebook and connected with SLP’s and asked them how they each use technology in their work place.

I connected with two people on Twitter and each of them use technology in their everyday therapy sessions.  In particular, Apple I-Pad apps. Both of them highly suggested looking at the pocket SLP website and checking out all of their apps and blog posts.  Some of the apps that they love are:

1. Describe it:

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Describe It is the latest by Pocket SLP developed to increase children’s semantic language skills. It works to provide children a framework of reference to describe words/objects

2. Articulation Station Pro

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Articulation Station Pro by Little Be Station, is designed to help children, as well as adults, learn to speak and pronounce their sounds more clearly – offering practice at the word, sentence and story levels.

3. Phonics Studio

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23. Phonics Studio, by Grasshopper apps, makes learning how to pronounce words fun and easy. Mastering pronunciation, your students will also greatly expand their existing vocabulary since the app comes fully loaded with over 2,500 gorgeous flash cards.

My Twitter friends were more then helpful when it came to tips and suggestions on the apps they love and how to use them in therapy sessions.  In addition, they allowed me to see first hand how using technology to connect with others in social media can be so beneficial and rewarding.  There are so many people out their who want to help, answer your questions, or share their ideas with you.  So why let all of those resources go to waste!

In addition to my new twitter friends that I made, I also made some Facebook connections. I do have to say it was a little harder to find other SLP’s to connect with on Facebook.  I am not sure why, but it took me longer to post the question and get an answer.  After posting on three SLP group pages and posting a status, I finally got a response to my question of how they use technology in their workplace.

She explained to me how much she loved technology and how important it is to stay on top of it due to the change in the way things are taught.  As time will tell, technology is only growing more and more everyday. This generation is filled with students who are only engaged if it involves an ‘I-something’ she explained to me. Therefore, she uses many apps in her therapy sessions and has a Facebook and Twitter to stay connected with all of the students parents. She is able to give tips to the parents on how they can help their child outside class, and tweet about current events in SLP.  Overall, she loves technology and all it has to offer.

If I had to sum up my research on the use of technology in SLP, I would say that many individuals take full advantage of technology and all of the resources it provides to them to help them excel in their profession.  Technology is always changing, and one of the responsibilities of working with others is being able to keep up with it.  Student learning is ever changing, and if you do not hop on board current technology available, the student will never be as engaged as they could.

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Social Media Taking SLP by Storm…

First off, HOW BOUT’ THEM DAWGS!! They pulled off a big win against South Carolina this weekend!

South Carolina Gamecocks Georgia Bulldogs

30 – 41

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South Carolina 3 21 0 6 30
Georgia 10 14 10 7 41

As for today’s blog post, I chose to explore social media and the benefits it offers SLPs .

Question: How does having a Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest benefit the quality of your therapy sessions.

Social media networks are often used to enhance professional knowledge. There are many advantages that SLP’s gain from using social media.  Some of these benefits include the ability to expand your professional learning networks, to comment and engage in online discussions with other SLP’s, educate themselves and fellow colleagues, inform parents, students, and clients about upcoming events and child’s progress, and lastly to promote their business.

Twitter:

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Twitter is the second most popular social media website. Twitter allows users to ‘tweet’ with a max of 140 characters at a time. SLP’s that use Twitter are able to engage in chats and discussions that are relevant to the Speech Pathology subject.

A great way to start a conversation or have a question answered by other SLP’s is to tweet it with a hashtag. Some of the most popular hashtags to follow and use are as follow:

  • #SLPeeps – SLP’s on Twitter, discussing SLP related information.
  • #SLPChat – A focused topic of discussion for a pre-determined time and date to join in
  • #AUDpeeps – AUD’s on Twitter, discussing AUD related information
  • #SLPbloggers  – SLP’s who blog and share blogging resources
  • #ASHA12 – The official hashtag of the ASHA 2012 Convention @ashaconv

An example is listed below:

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Facebook:

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Facebook is one of the more well known social media networks. It allows individuals to interact and create information in the form of posts. Users are also able to post links, videos, and photos. Creating your own Facebook page and joining/liking other pages SLP’s can share speech therapy related discussions, gain information, and network with other professionals.  One organization that a SLP should join is the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).  This Facebook page can be used to obtain new information, stay up to date on research and current events.  In addition to forming a network,  Facebook is also a great place to inform parents/clients of upcoming events, tips for practice at home, and also current events of SLP.

Pinterest:

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Pinterest is  a pinboard-style social photo sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections such as events, interests, hobbies, and more. Users can browse other pin-boards for inspiration,”re-pin” images to their own collections or ‘like’ photos. Pinterest is a great place to connect with other SLP’s and view activities that they have made/suggest.  If you are looking for a new articuation activity, just click on the search box and type ‘articulation therapy activities’ and then access the endless ideas of activities you can replicate.  You can also click on the pin and you will be taken to the original website, and from there view other activities made by the same people.  Pinterest is a great way to make boards of therapy ideas and helpful tips and tricks to use in your therapy sessions.

In conclusions, one can see the many benefits of Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest for a SLP’s. It is imperative that SLPs understand and embrace the world of social media that is taking our profession by storm. Social media has become an invaluable resource for communicating with colleagues and staying on top of recent research and trends. Everyday there are SLPs sharing information, resources and supporting one another in their daily professional lives. The participants are located around the world, and are a fountain of information that anyone can tap into on a daily basis. So why sit back and ignore this wealth of knowledge?

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My 20% Project

Question: With the increased use of technology in the classrooms, how can speech language pathologist in the school setting jump on the bandwagon and use technology in their therapy sessions?

I am so excited for this 20% project and can not wait to explore how speech language pathologist can incorporate technology into their therapy sessions.  I chose this topic due to my interest in speech pathology in the school system.  I have noticed and read many articles about the rapid increase of technology based learning in the classroom.  That got me thinking…what about other classes in the school like special education, speech, physical education, etc. How do they jump on board and also incorporate technology?  I hope to learn as much as I can about SLP (speech-language pathology) based technology and then inform all of my readers about my favorite finds :). I Hope you enjoy reading my entries as much as I had writing them!

To start off my research, I decided to google ‘technology in SLP’ and after skimming a few blogs I came across an awesome article that explored the topic of why incorporating technology in your classroom is important.  So I decided to take that article and use it to form my first topic of interest…

The importance of incorporating technology into your therapy sessions.

(Side note:  I like to find random pictures or cartoons that somewhat relate to the topic, or that I feel like you will get at good laugh at, so enjoy 🙂 )

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(Okay so maybe it does not have to do with technology but I though it was funny)

So back to the question of the day…why is it important to incorporate technology into your therapy sessions.  School-based SLPs have a unique opportunity in that they have access to a growing number of children on their caseload with all different needs to be treated. The use of technology can aid in the efficiency of treatment of speech/language disorders by keeping the attention and motivation of the students.  Kids these days love technology and find it more fun and entertaining than listening to the teacher or filling out a worksheet.  Anything to keep the students engaged is worth giving a try. It is especially important for SLPs to keep an eye on the ever-growing technology because the technology that is devoted to speech and language development is just beginning. The amount of information out on the web in growing more and more everyday with tips, tricks, and ideas from other SLPs for you.  If this information is out there why not use it!

As a SLP, there are going to be times when you are stuck with how to help a student.  Maybe you can not seem to reach the student, or they have hit a plateau. More then likely you are going to be the only SLP in the school, so who are you going to go to for advice?  That is when the internet will be your new coworker. So many others SLPs have been/are in your situation and they have ideas and suggestions for you!

While technology has many benefits such as being able to engage students and allowing SLPs additional resources for extra help and ideas, technology itself can not be used solely alone to teach in therapy sessions.  Language is spoken, therefore the best way to learn speech is to do.

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Next week we will explore the use of social networking.  More specifically, how having a Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc., can benefit the quality of your therapy sessions.

GOOOOO DAWGS, BEAT SOUTH CAROLINA!!

South Carolina v Georgia