ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps - Speech4Good Review

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A week ago I updated my Apps for Voice, Fluency, Hearing, and Dysphagia List and included Speech4Good on it. This is due to the fact that you can record a sample of a students'/clients' speech and play it back for them as well as view the oscilloscope for visual feedback for voice/articulation therapy. Also, a person who stutters can use the app for Delayed Auditory Feedback. Balbus Speech contacted saw the list and contacted me about writing a review of Speech4Good. Read more below to find out what I thought about their app!

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apraxia of Speech - "Speaking of Apraxia: A Parent's Guide to Childhood Apraxia of Speech" Book Review

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I have heard stories of therapists, researchers, doctors, and professors of whom have been told "why don't you write a book?" in regards to various specialized topics in speech-language pathology. I have read many books in graduate school about people who have communication disorders themselves. What I have not heard much of is for therapists recommending parents to write books about a communication disorder. After all, parents and guardians spend the most time with their own child, significantly more than I do, and should be considered as experts on their child(ren). That is why they are included in IEP/initial therapy meetings as a part of the team to help create a therapy plan for their child.

Leslie Lindsay, R.N., B.S.N., author of Speaking of Apraxia: A Parents' Guide to Childhood Apraxia of Speech and parent of a child who has Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) did just that. Through research, talking to experienced speech-language pathologists and therapists, experiences of others with children who have CAS, and her own experiences with her daughter, Lindsay wrote a 450 page book discussing referral for CAS, diagnosis/assessments for CAS, speech-language pathology terms, diets, practice at home, IEPs, coping with CAS, and resources for CAS. Lindsay herself provided me with a copy of her book to review for my website. Read on for my review of Speaking of Apraxia!

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps and Autism - Emotion Detective Review

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When I initially created and released my Apps for Social Skills and Autism list, I missed placing a great application on the list. Was it because it was released about two weeks before my list was released or was it because the application was Australian and I live in the United States? Either way, it missed the first boat, but I will not forget to include it on an updated list. This application that I am talking about is Emotion Detective, perfect for children who are working on social skills and specifically emotions. Read more about the application in my review below.

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps - The Enchanted Dictionary 4-6th Grade Review and Giveaway

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Looking for an application that incorporates grade level vocabulary with speech and language skills? The Enchanted Dictionary 4-6th Grade is a great application that will save you time running between each teacher to determine the vocabulary each student is working on for his or her grade. This application is available for the iPad and is on sale for $0.99 for App Friday! Check out my review and giveaway for the application at the end!

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps - iBaby Buttons Review and Giveaway

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Working with children in grades K-12, I do not own many applications for ages younger than 5. I was pleasantly surprised that I could customize the application to use with slightly older populations in my elementary school setting. However, in addition, over the past three weeks, I have been working with a two year old. Therefore, when I was given the opportunity to check out the application iBaby Buttons, I was excited because I had recently worked with a younger child! Continue reading for my review of this application as well as a giveaway for the app!

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps/Articulation - Articulation Scenes Review and Giveaway

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Put on your fancy shoes and head down the red carpet with Smarty Ears' newest application: Articulation Scenes! Smarty Ears has definitely put a lot of time and effort into this application and it shows through every aspect. With movie theater themed screens, activities, and buttons, this application is truly the best looking of the articulation applications currently on the market!

When Smarty Ears first started showing previews of this application, my mouth was watering. I don't know if I stated this before, but I am a huge movie buff! I used to work for a movie theater at the same time as I went to college, and I actually started a movie review blog before I started this one! So, I knew I had to have this application. I stalked the Smarty Ears page on almost a daily basis waiting for it to be released, not only because I wanted to use it with my students, but I also wanted to add it to my updated Articulation/Apraxia of Speech application list (to be released later today) as a new star! Finally, it came out in iTunes at a discounted price, and I contacted Barbara Fernandes to find out the new price, and she was generous enough to give me a promo code for this review (not at all what I was expecting, how awesome is that?)!

The application came out just in time for me to give it a try with my students before the summer. Keep reading for my review as well as to learn what my 5th grade student thought of the application! The giveaway is at the end of the post!

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps/Aphasia - Comprehension TherAppy Review and Giveaway

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June is National Aphasia Awareness month, but there is also another special holiday for an application developer in June. Tactus Therapy Solutions is celebrating their first birthday as a company and in honor of this, they have given 25 codes to 25 different websites to give away their Comprehension TherAppy app! You're looking at one of the 25 websites right now! I was also given a copy of the application to review, so let's take it away to the review and giveaway (giveaway is at the very bottom of the post)!

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps - Updated Applications for Voice, Fluency, Hearing, and Dysphagia List

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I have also updated the second list that I posted in March - Apps for Voice, Fluency, Hearing, and Dsyphagia. I also added some applications for auditory awareness/sound recognition. New applications on the list include Hearing Aid Tic Tac Toe by: Rule the School and Sound Touch. Also, I have done a lot more research into the applications for Android/Kindle Fire/Nook. As always, iPod Touch/iPhone/iPad applications are included on the list as well. It includes the current app icon, current application name, a short description of each application, and the current price at the time this list was released/updated. Read more to find the list at the end of the post.

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps - Updated Applications for Articulation and Apraxia of Speech List

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It has been 2-3 months since I released my first application list - Apps for Articulation Therapy. I kept working on it even after I posted it to make sure I had all of the applications I could included on this list. This includes applications for the iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad, Android/Kindle Fire, and Nook. This list was updated up until this post with new applications including Articulation Scenes by: Smarty Ears and Phonology by: Learning Fundamentals, Inc.

This list includes applications which have flashcards at the word/phrase/sentence level, multisyllabic words, minimal pairs, and those which repeat what students say. I have listed the application name, price at the time it was researched, a short description of the application, the icon, and if it is available on the iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, Android, or Nook. This document will be updated when I have the time in the future. Read more to find the list at the end of the post.

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Auditory Processing - HearBuilder Sequencing Super Fun Deck Review

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A couple of weeks ago, after my app review/giveaway with Super Duper Publications, I was contacted again but this time to do a product review! What was even better was they gave me a choice of what to review! Due to the fact that many students on my caseload have difficulty with auditory processing, especially recalling directions and information from stories read aloud, I chose the new HearBuilder Sequencing Super Fun Deck!

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