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My Speech Universe: January 2015

21 January 2015

The Frenzied SLPs!

Hi everyone!
I am so excited to be a part of this great group of SLPs!  The Frenzied SLPs is a Facebook group designed to bring you tips and treats to help you get through your frenzied SLP life.

Today, I am going to introduce myself and provide a quick tip.

 I am:
1.  A Michigan Girl:  I was born and raised in Michigan.  I left for a while to go to grad school, but returned to be close to my family.  I love Michigan for the seasons, however, I have to admit to getting pretty sick of winter weather about now.  We have an ice rink in our backyard this year that my husband built for the kids, so that has made this winter a little more tolerable.  I absolutely love summer in Michigan though.
2. A Runner:  I guess I never really considered myself a runner until this last year.  I always dabbled in running small distances, but this year really got into it and entered (and finished) a half-marathon.  I love the way running clears my head.  I get some really great ideas while I am running.  Now if I could just write and run at the same time...
3.  A Mom of Boys:  I have two boys at home with me.  They are super close in age (first and second grade), and really fun to hang with.  They both play soccer, and because of the ice rink this year, they both really want to play hockey now too.  They keep us pretty busy!
4.  A Coffee Addict:  I never thought that I would be such a coffee person.  I started drinking it just a few years ago, and I have to admit, I am hooked.  I bought an awesome cup from Teavana this year that keeps my coffee hot for a long time.  I usually sip on a large cup in the morning, so it is nice that it stay hot for so long.  I make my coffee at home, but as a treat, I do love Starbucks too.
Well, that was a little bit about me.  Now, for my tip this month.
I'm sure a lot of you know how to do this, but I also know that some teachers that I work with did not know about this.  It has to do with how you record your students.  I used to have an ancient tape recorder that I had purchased when I was in undergrad from Radio Shack.  I would have to guess where I had started recording my students and then rewind my tape again and again to get everything that I needed out of my recording. 
The iPad has changed the way that I record.  I use an app called Quick Voice which is a free app offered on the iPad or iPhone.  It is super easy to use, plus, I can label all of my recordings so that I know exactly where to go to listen to what I need.  The app will save the title that I give the recording, as well as the date, time, and length of recording.  Quick and easy!
I also have another app called Recorder Pro.  This app is sold for $1.99 at the app store.  This app allows you to create folders and subfolders, make private folders that can be locked with a password, make ZIP of files so that you can email the recordings.  I haven't used this one as much yet, but I love all of the capabilities in this one.
I hope I am not the last person on the planet who found out about digital recording on your iPad, and hope this tip was useful to at least a few of you!
Thanks for letting me introduce myself as one of The Frenzied SLPs!  Hopefully you have "Liked" the page so that you can continue to get lots of tips and treats that will be offered.

19 January 2015

Interactive Articulation Books!!!!

Have you been using interactive books with your students?  I have been using them for a variety of  themes for a while now.  I especially love to use them with my students that need extra visual supports. 
Interactive books have been a huge hit with my students.  

One day I had a winter themed interactive book sitting out on my table, and a group of articulation/fluency kids came into my room.  They were totally intrigued with these books!  I told them that they could use them, but had to focus on their fluency and articulation goals while they said the sentences.  I think what they loved most about these books was moving the pieces around using the Velcro!   

After this session, I thought, why not make articulation books?  I started with two different initial /k/ books, as this was the sound my Velcro excited kids were working on.  My students loved them!  I shared them on my Facebook page for a day to see if you all would be interested too, and the response was unanimous!  Interactive Articulation Books rock!

I have created six books for each sound.  Each sound has two books for the initial position, two books for the medial position, and two books for the final position.  The books differ by the types of sentences that are included. 

Level 1 has repeating sentences such as: "I see a cat."

Level 2 has changing sentences that differ for each item.  E.g., "My cat likes to play with yarn."

I have also included a data sheet for each position of sounds.  I think these will really help with progress monitoring. 

Here is everything you can make with the Interactive Articulation Books: K and G packet:

I have started to organize my books in a file box so that I can easily access each sound and progress monitoring sheet when I need it.  Each position of a sound has its own file.

I am so excited about these books!  So far, I have created books for k, g, f, v, s, z, p, b, m, th,
l-blends, r-blends, and s-blends.  You are able buy each of these sound packets separately, or as a huge savings, you can purchase these books in a bundle for 20% off.  This is a progressive bundle, so as sounds are added, you will be able to download the latest files for no additional charge if you purchase the bundle now!
Interactive Articulation Books are a great way to target your speech and language students sound goals in words in isolation as well as simple and complex sentences.  Students of all ages love moving the pieces!

You can find these products at my TpT store:

I hope you enjoy these as much as my students and I have!