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My Speech Universe: December 2012

31 December 2012

Using Guided Access on your iPad

Today for Marvelous Monday, I am not going to tell you about a product.  Rather, I am going to tell you about one of my favorite things to use on my iPad- Guided Access!

Have you ever directed your student to an app, and they quickly push a few buttons and are out of the activity?  Their progress and data are sometimes lost when they do this.  Guided Access can solve this problem for you.

To enable guided access on your computer, you just have to follow a few simple steps.


First, launch your settings app.

1. Tap “General”
2. Scroll down and tap “Accessibility."

Scroll down and under Learning, tap “Guided Access”.
1. Slide on “Guided Access”.
2. Tap “Set Passcode”.

Type in a 4 number passcode.

Now you are ready to use Guided Access with one of your favorite apps!


First, select and open the app that you want to use guided access with.  I am going to use it with Auditory Workout.

Triple click (three quick clicks) your home button on the ipad or iphone.

After triple clicking the home button, you should get a screen that looks like this.  Use your finger to trace around the areas of the app that you do not want students to access.  I chose the 'repeat' button and the 'finish session' buttons to block out.

A box will pop up where you drew your circle. You can move, stretch, and shrink the box.

Trace as many boxes as you need to, and then press "Start" to begin Guided Access.

Guided Access is now enabled.  Students will not be able to press the home button and escape the app, nor will they be able to access the buttons you have blocked.


To exit Guided Access, triple click the home button on the iPad.

The passcode box will come up.  Type in your passcode that you set.

Tap "End" to exit guided access.

The app now returns to normal.  All functions of the app and the iPad will work now.

I hope this tutorial was helpful.  I know that some people at my school were not aware of Guided Access and how it works, so thought I might share it here.  I use it almost everytime I use the iPad with students, especially my students with ASD.  They are experts at getting out of the apps I set them up with!

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30 December 2012

Auditory Farm

I really liked how my Auditory Circus came out.  My students enjoyed the theme, and I liked having some new stories for them to retell.  I decided to make another set similar to this called...
Auditory Farm! (click here for my TpT link)

The activities are very similar to Auditory Circus, but with a different theme.  The first activity is Auditory Memory For Sentences.  Students are asked to repeat a sentence exactly as it is read to them.  Sentences are 10-14 syllables long.  If the students get the sentence correct, they can move a game piece on the game board provided.

The next activity is Barnyard Riddles.  You read the clues out loud, and the students guess what the farm item is.  If they get it correct, they can put their card in their "barn."  I have not used this packet with students at school yet, but my six year old was begging for me to read more of these riddles to him!

The third activity is Auditory Memory for Farm Stories.  Each story is 2-3 sentences in length.  There are three comprehension questions following each story.  There is also a simple picture for each story. 

The last activity is Farm Story Retelling.  A short story is read to students and they are asked to retell the story.  There are no picture cues for these stories, they are purely auditory.  There is a rubric provided for scoring the story retell.

The graphics for this activity are from kpmdoodles.com and graphicsfactory.com

You can find this activity at my Teachers Pay Teachers store here: Auditory Farm


28 December 2012

The Snowy Day

As you might already know, I work with a Kindergarten intervention group, and our focus is on phonemic awareness skills.  In this group, I mainly focus on using literature to target the phonemic awareness skills of syllables, rhyming, and sound awareness.  We work together for a half hour, four times a week.  When we get back from the break, we are going to use the story The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.  I have created a companion pack of activities to accompany the story.

The Snowy Day Phonemic Awareness Companion Pack is available at my Teachers Pay Teachers store. 

How Many Syllables- This is a worksheet activity that focuses on counting the number of syllables of words from the book.

Blending Syllables- This is one of three activities that can be played with the game board.  Students are asked to listen to two syllables, and then state the word that they hear.

Generating Rhyme- Students are given a word, and asked to state a word that rhymes with it.

Blending Monosyllable Words- Onset and Rime-  Students listen to an onset and rhyme and state the word that they hear when the sounds are blended.

I also made a handout to send home at the end of the week.  Here is the link: The Snowy Day Handout

Click here for the activity at my Teachers Pay Teachers store: The-Snowy-Day-A-Phonemic-Awareness-Companion-Pack


21 December 2012


I finished my new bulletin board for the year this afternoon.  I am always looking for ways that students can have a fun way of identifying their goals.  In 2013, we are going to write our "Speecholutions"!  I thought this would be a fun way of identifying goals.  I already wrote mine and added it to the board.  Here is a picture of my bulletin board:

Here is a link to the pages students will write their goals on:  "Speecholutions"

Have fun if you use these with your students!

Wishing everyone a very relaxing break!


20 December 2012

Auditory Circus!

In Michigan, it has been dreary, without any snow.  I needed a little pick-me-up of color!  I made Auditory Circus to target auditory memory for sentences, riddles, and stories. 

This activity pack contains four different activities.
The first one is Auditory Memory for Sentences.  I have a few students with ASD who really benefit from repetition of auditory sentences of increasing length.  They have done really well with this activity.  There is also a game board included with this activity that could really be used as a reinforcer for any card based activity that you are working on.


The second activity is Big Top Riddles.  Students listen to three clues, and have to guess what the item is.  If they get it correct, they can keep the card and put it on their "big top" mat.

The third activity is Auditory Memory for Circus Stories.  These are two to three sentence detailed stories with three questions for each story.

***Updated 10/20/2014: I have updated these cards to include pictures that can easily be printed on the back of the story cards.  Simply choose print both sides of the paper, and they should line up.  Make sure to check your printer settings to see which side of the paper is flipping.  You could also print one page at a time, and simply flip the paper over to print the other side.

The final activity is Circus Story Retelling.  In this activity, students are asked to listen to a very structured story that contains a character, setting, problem, feelings, action, consequence, and ending.

Check out this new activity at my Teachers Pay Teachers store...Auditory Circus
Hope you like it!