It is Love it and List it time over at Speech Room News !  I love this link up!  I always get great ideas from other SLP's to use in therapy.  This month, the theme is language apps.  I have several apps that I use regularly with a variety of students.  Here is a list of my current most used apps: 1.  Prepositions Remix by Smarty Ears.  I have so many students working on prepositions right now!  This app is a great receptive activity that allows customization of each specific preposition that you would like to target. 2.  First Phrases by Hamaguchi Apps.  This is one of my most used apps ever!  My students with ASD absolutely love and request for this app.  They call it the "mouse" app.  They love it because they create a short phrase and then can watch a video of the actions requested.  There is also a record option so that students can hear their own voice tell the characters what to do. 3. ABA Receptive Identification by Nouns and Class by Kindergart...
I have been having a lot of fun lately with my students using bingo chip reinforce mats.  I originally made a fall set that I gave away as a freebie on my Facebook page.  I wanted to make a few more because my students were loving them!  I decided to make some Halloween and Thanksgiving mats. You can get the Halloween mats HERE . You can get the Thanksgiving mats HERE . If you look in the preview area of the product listing on TpT of either of the above mat sets, you might find a surprise FREEBIE! I hope your students enjoy these as much as my students have been! Jen ...
You might have seen people posting about the Spooky Facebook Frenzy.  This is going to be an awesome way to grab some fun Halloween themed freebie speech and language items! All you have to do is go to the Facebook pages of the pages participating and click on the icon that looks like the one above.  This will take you to a page that directs you to either "like" the page to get to the freebie, or it will show you an image that includes a link to the freebie if you already "like" the page. Here is a link to a map of all of the participating pages: Spooky Facebook Frenzy  (this link will take you to a google doc where you can highlight each page to click and link you to Facebook). Once you start, you will be able to just click on a pumpkin to take you to the next page for another freebie. You can start the hop by going to my (or any participating) Facebook page and click on the Spooky Facebook Frenzy button.  The Facebook Frenzy will last from Oct. 18-...
Smarty Ears Apps has done it again!  They have come out with an amazing new app called Sentence Ninja! I want to start this review by saying that I was recently asked to be a part of the Smarty Ears Advisory Board.  This position is purely voluntary.  I am in no way compensated by Smarty Ears, other than being able to see apps before they are posted.  The Advisory Board helps with suggestions of apps before they are released.  We are kind of like a testing crew.  I have not yet participated in giving suggestions on apps before they were released.  This app was finished up right when I was asked to serve on the board.  I can say that I am really excited to be a part of this great team of people! Now, onto the app! Please note, the opinions expressed in this review are all mine, and I was not compensated for this review.   This app was designed as a multi-player, multi-level activity designed to improve sentence structure skills.   You start out by selecting your players (y...
It's a linky party!  I love linking up with other bloggers, especially when it might or might not involve shopping!  I thought this idea from Teach Speech 365 was so fun.  The challenge was to go to the dollar store and spend $5 or less and create 3-5seech or language activities with the items that you purchase. Here is what I purchased: 1) mini pumpkin 2) pumpkin decorations 3) two cardboard doll houses 4) cardboard Halloween house Here are my activities that I am planning with these items: 1)  With the mini pumpkin, and decorations, I am going to play a Mr. Potato head requesting game.  I will take pictures of each of the face pieces and then use it with my students who have ASD.  They can use the pictures to request with PECS, or as visuals to help with verbal requests.  E.G., "I want the green mouth." 2) I bought two cardboard doll houses to work on following directions and prepositions.  I will set up two of the houses back to back.  Students can ...
I was inspired this week to create some reinforcer mats for some of my articulation students.  You could also use these mats for language activity reinforcement.       I love to use mats like these with magnetic bingo chips.  My students love to use the magnet to clean up after their trials.  They will use the mats multiple times in a session, just so they can clean them up!     You can get these free fall mats by liking my Facebook page and clicking on the free downloads button.   Enjoy, and happy fall!   ...
This year on my caseload, I have a student who is on the Autism Spectrum, and also deaf.  This student is using a combination of a cochlear implant, a communication device, and sign.  We try to get our students integrated as much as we can within the school community, so I wanted to figure out a way to expose as many people in the school as possible to some sign.  Most people leave the building by passing by my room, so I thought about making a bulletin board with some signs.  I came up with a sign of the week area, and let everyone know to try to take a glance at it every week to learn a new sign that our student uses. I found a great website called http://www.babysignlanguage.com  that had a lot of flashcards of signs. I'm not sure that they are all exact ASL, but so far, they have matched up with what our little guy is doing. I also looked up the signs on You Tube and made QR codes for each one.  People can scan the code and watch a video of the sign, to get a better ide...