On the eleventh day of posting this Speech Lady gave to me, some ideas for the last week of therapy.
Back in the day when this Speech Lady had time to make all kinds of therapy activities I had not one, not two, but three winter posts here , here and here. Don't worry I'm laughing at myself thinking about a.) how busy I was at work and b.) my days in Austin and the snow. Chicago has no pity on me now.
On the 9th day of posting this Speech Lady gave to me, two apps that she uses all the time!!
The wonderful people over at Mobile Education have patiently waited as I've taken forever to put up this review. Trust me, it's not because I haven't been using it. These are some of my most frequented apps currently!
Language Builder has some pretty exciting awards such as:
Winner – 3rd best educational app of 2011 by AppsForHomeschooling.com
Winner – 9th best educational app of 2011 by SmartAppsForKids.com
This app is a wonderful addition to your arsenol as you increase MLU (mean length of utterance), increase your student's lexicon and work on syntax.
Below is the home screen.
It allows you to track by each child's name, choose hint level (see below) and pick the picture theme most appropriate for your students. Depending on the level of your child you can turn off the audio and you can also choose what hint level your student is at.
Level 1 Hint: A sentence is given with two blanks. The student can then fill in the blanks with appropriate words.
Level 2 Hint: Level 2 gives the student a carrier type phrase to help them start the sentence related to the picture.
Level 3 Hint: Gives the student an auditory clue. It gives them key words to use as they build the sentence.
Within each of these levels you can record the sentence your student produces. This recording can then be archived to send yourself or playback to your student as reinforcement or another teaching method.
I've used this a lot with my older kids that I want to increase the amount and complexity of their utterances. I would definitely recommend this one and you can get it here for $9.99
They were also generous enough to provide me with the code for Conversation Builder
Conversation Builder has also won an award.
Winner – 2nd best Educational App of 2011 by Smart Apps For Kids
Below is the homepage
Just like Language Builder it allows you to track progress by student's names. You can also decide what type of conversational exchange your are targeting, 1:1-4 exchange, 1:1-8 exchange and group conversation. You can also choose who the initiator of the conversation will be-student or peer. Then below that you have the option of a number of different picture modules. The pictures are clear and super engaging.
Below are some examples:
Student initiated conversation
Peer initiated conversation
This app is great for your social skills group as well as your older students working on expanding MLU, syntax, lexicon etc. I used this app with my Social Language class and while the conversations turned into 4 year old conversations, it definitely started conversations that were then easy to target initiating, conversational turns, on-topic comments etc.
On the 8th day of posting this Speech Lady gave to me, some friends for Superflex.
I've posted ideas from my friend Angela before (because she's pretty genius), and I couldn't help but want to post this as soon as I saw it. I mean Superflex has all these enemies, but he needs some sidekicks too, right?!?