Kids in Action! Interactive Verb Books!

I am so excited for this new product that I created!!!  I am always looking for ways to target expanding utterance length, working on verbs, and working on pronouns.  I have visuals that I use with different pictures that I own, but I wanted it all in one place that would be super easy to grab and go.

With all of this in mind, I created Kids in Action!  Interactive Verb Books.

This is a set of six books.  Each book provides visual supports to expand utterance length and target verbs by use of interactive icons.  There are two books with boys (he) in action, two books with girls (she) in action, and two books with kids (they) in action.




The pictures in each set are identical.  The difference is in the subject or pronoun used.

I have used these books with my students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with great success. The kids love manipulating the icons in the books, and I love the language expansion and vocabulary building that I get from them.

If you are interested in these books, you can find them HERE.

Listening Power K-3 {App Review}

I am always so excited when Hamaguchi Apps contacts me about a new app to review!  Their newest app is Listening Power for grades K-3.  I'm still using the Preschool version that I reviewed in June, and loving it.  I was so excited to check this out and share it with you!

I love that all of the Hamaguchi Apps follow the same format for adding users and adjusting settings. This makes it so easy for me to figure out a new app.  First, you add your students.  You can add each student individually, and then organize students into groups.  Once you add your student or group, you hit "play."

Next, you will look at the settings.  You can adjust the activities, answer choices, levels, reward game, and whether or not you want to track data.

Now you are ready to play!  Here are the different activities available within this app:

Listening for Descriptions:
In this activity, students are presented with an auditory description without any pictures paired with it.  After the description is read, the pictures appear.  Students must listen to the description and then recall the description to make a selection.  There are three levels for this (easy, intermediate, and advanced) with 50 descriptions in each level.  I love that you can also choose how many choices the students will have (2, 3, or 4).

Listening for Meaning:
This activity is similar to Listening to Description, however students are listening for a specific word in the sentence.  Students must listen to an auditorally presented sentence, and then answer a question to associate the word and its meaning.  Again, there are three levels with 50 vocabulary words each.

Listening for Grammar:
In this activity, students must listen to sentences and select the one that "doesn't sound right."  Grammar areas included are: plurals, verb tenses, pronouns, preposition concepts, and negation.  Students select the one that is not correct, and then are able to hear how the sentence should sound.  Again, there are three levels with 50 grammar questions each.

Listening for Word Memory:
Students listen to a series of 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 words.  Nine pictures are then shown, and students are asked to remember and touch the words in the correct order.  Because of the variety of word choices, the three different levels of difficulty, there are endless combinations available in this activity.  This means no item memorization in this activity!

Listening for Stories:
There are three levels for this activity.  In the easy presentation, a story is read with accompanying pictures and sound effects, followed by questions about the story such as who, what, and where questions.  The intermediate presentation is a bit more difficult with pictures only at the beginning and the end of the story, and more difficult question types.  The advanced level did not have pictures in the stories that were presented to me, however the app developers do state that pictures are available on non-fiction and science type stories in this level.

When your students are finished with activities, they can earn a quick game.  There are two to choose from, and you are able to determine how many activities your student needs to complete to earn either of the games.

Door Game
Shoot the Basket

At any point during these activities, you can click "end session."  This will stop the activities, and allow you to look at data that was collected (if you chose to do so).  When you are ending your session, do not click the home button- you will lose any data that was collected.  In examining your data, you are able to view your session results, email them, print them, save as a pdf, or delete them.  One great feature here that I don't usually see in apps is the ability to play the missed items again.  What a great feature!

This data is so comprehensive.  I love that the data sheets tell you which items the student got correct, and which items the student missed.  This will definitely give me great information about what I should be targeting with different activities.

Well, all I have to say is that Hamaguchi Apps has done it again!  Another great app to help supplement my work with students!  This will be wonderful for working on listening for grammar, vocabulary, descriptions, and story comprehension.  With the data collection done for me, it will be a breeze to progress monitor some of these areas!  Thanks Hamaguchi Apps for another great opportunity and great app!

Headbanz with the EET!

Today we had fun using the game Headbanz along with the Expanding Expression Tool (EET) for describing.  Normally, the game Headbanz has students asking about what is on their head.  They are supposed to ask questions that will guide them into figuring out what item is on their head band.

My students and I had an idea today to use Headbanz with the EET.  We decided that instead of asking questions, we would have to describe what is on other people's heads using the EET.  We also decided that you would "win" the card if the person guessed what item was on your head.

I got some great descriptions from students using this game and the EET.  They all tried to guess the items after just a few beads, but I made them describe using the entire string.  I got a lot of "oooh, oooh, oooh, I know it, I know it!"  But, I made them wait so that the other student got practice with describing.

My students especially like when I play the game with them.  I may get a few looks from passersby, but it is so fun.  I love to get a grin from someone passing by my room, and the great laughs from my students when I look like this:

You can check out the game Headbanz here (this is an Amazon Affiliate link):

I'll try... to make lunches the night before...

This week, your Frenzied SLPs are bringing you some ideas that they are going to try in the new year to make your frenzied SLP life a little easier.

My tip/ idea that I am going to try this year has absolutely nothing to do with my SLP life specifically, but more with getting my family ready for school in the morning.  I love my husband dearly, but, lets be honest, most guys just don't get it in terms of how much really goes on behind the scenes before the kids go to school and mom goes to work.  I am lucky that he does make sure they eat before they leave (especially important for my son with Type 1 Diabetes), but everything else kind of falls on me.

My tip/idea that I am going to try for January is to make everything for lunches the night before.  I know this isn't an earth shattering idea or something that nobody has ever thought of before, but it is something that I want to really try and see if it makes my mornings a little easier.  I used to work out in the morning, and would really like to get back to that.  I think that making lunches the night before may open up a little more time for me in the mornings.

So, for January, I am going to make my boys's lunches as well as my lunch for the next day at night before I go to bed.  I am going to stick to it for the four weeks on January, and hopefully, it will become a habit for me, and open up a little time in the mornings.

Have a great week back from break!

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