ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps/Apraxia of Speech - Speech Stickers Review

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SpeechStickers, developed by Carol M. Fast MSPA CCC-SLP of Serious Tree LLC, was created for children with Apraxia of Speech or severe articulation disorders. Children can practice early developing consonants and vowels at the phoneme, CV, or VC levels. This application is great for young students because of the multi-sensory way to practice as well as the age appropriate images and animations. Continue reading to learn more about the application as well as to read my review of the application.

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps/Apraxia of Speech - Apraxia Picture Sound Cards Pro Review

ABCs 4 SLPs Apraxia Picture Sound Cards Pro

Apraxia Picture Sound Cards Pro, created by Lynn Carahaly M.A. CCC-SLP, contains three of the Speech-EZ Apraxia Program card sets - Picture Cards, Sound & Number Cards, and Hand Cue Cards. This application is "the equivalent to the Speech-EZ Materials Kit" which can be found and ordered online at http://www.speech-ez.com/. This application includes 775 picture cards, 45 phonogram cards, 10 number cards, and the Speech-EZ Hand Cues card set including a video for each card to show the hand cue accompanied by the sound. Lynn provided me with a copy of application for this review. To learn more about the application, continue reading.

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Aphasia - Resources for Aphasia Awareness Month

ABCs 4 SLPs Aphasia Awareness Month

June is Aphasia Awareness Month and there are many resources available for people who have aphasia as well as those who work with them. Here are some websites where you can find more information and help raise awareness about aphasia:

The ASHA Leader's Aphasia Resource List - This aphasia resource list compiled in the ASHA Leader includes websites of organizations and foundations that work with people who have aphasia or research aphasia, community support groups around the US, university programs and treatment centers that specialize in aphasia treatment, and software useful for people who have aphasia. I have added the organization/foundation websites for aphasia to my resources page as well.

App-titude: Apps to Aid Aphasia - This list/article in the ASHA Leader, written by Megan Sutton (speech-language pathologist), discusses 25+ applications available for the iPad that can be used in therapy with people who have aphasia.

Help Raise Awareness (From Understand Aphasia) - This page on Understand Aphasia's blog contains posters, banners, and public information films that raise awareness about aphasia.

Aphasia in the Movies - Consonantly Speaking (this website) has compiled a list of films/documentaries that feature a person who has aphasia.

June is National Aphasia Awareness Month Poster -The National Aphasia Association has created a poster for June is National Aphasia Awareness Month that can be found and printed from their website.

National Aphasia Association's Regional Speaking Out! 2012 Conference -The National Aphasia Association is holding their regional Speaking Out! Conference on June 29th, 2012 in Las Vegas. To view more information, click on the link.

The National Aphasia Association's 25th Anniversary -The National Aphasia Association is celebrating its 25th anniversary and is asking for donations for their $25 for 25 campaign.

Help Get National Aphasia Awareness Month Recognized and Proclaimed in the House of Representatives -The National Aphasia Association is working to get National Aphasia Awareness Month recognized/proclaimed in the United States House of Representatives. To learn how you can help, click the link above.

Facebook Links for More Resources - Many of the organizations/foundations have Facebook pages in which you can follow for up-to-date information. Click on the names for the links - National Aphasia Association, It's Still Me!, Aphasia: The Movie, Aphasia Corner

Be sure to spread the word and promote aphasia awareness! Feel free to comment with any other great resources!

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Aphasia - Aphasia in the Movies

ABCs 4 SLPs Movies Featuring Aphasia

Due to the fact that it is Aphasia Awareness Month, I feel the need to also post films and documentaries that relate to aphasia. There are not as many films featuring people who have aphasia as there are films featuring people who have autism but here is the list of films I have found below.

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Autism - Autism in the Movies

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As I have stated before, one of my other favorite subjects other than speech-language pathology is film. I remember one of my first assignments in my Introduction to Communication Disorders class was related to watching a film that was about a person with a communication disorder. The film had to be fictional. Then, we had to discuss if the communication disorder was accurately portrayed or not in the film. I cannot recall the film in which I chose to analyze, but from then on, I made it a goal to watch as many films about people with communication disorders as I could. There are many different types of communication disorders shown in films, and one of these is autism spectrum disorders. Therefore, I thought it would be great to compile a list of films/documentary related to autism spectrum disorders or that have a character with autism/aspergers. Keep reading to see my list.

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Autism - The Golden Hat: Talking Back to Autism Book Review

ABCs 4 SLPs The Golden Hat: Talking Back to Autism

It is not very often that my own mother finds out about and purchases a resource related to my field of study before I do. However, this time it was personal. A family friend was featured in this book and I was unaware.

The Golden Hat: Talking Back to Autism is a book written by Kate Winslet (yes, the Oscar-winning actress), Keli Thorsteinsson (a person who has been diagnosed with autism), and Margret Ericsdottir (Keli's mother). This book was created as a part of a project and foundation inspired by a documentary created by Margret Ericsdottir titled "A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism" (aka. "The Sunshine Boy"). The film, which I had watched via Netflix months before reading the book, follows Margret in her journey from Iceland across the world to learn more about autism, diagnosis and treatment of autism, others' stories about autism, research on autism, statistics related to autism, never giving up on her son and getting to know him as an individual, and her own story/her son's story in regards to his autism diagnosis. The film was released in 2009 and shown at the Toronto International Film Festival and on HBO. More information can be found about the film on its IMDB page and by viewing the trailer for the film below:

Kate Winslet, who narrated the film, was inspired by Margret Ericsdottir and her son, Keli Thorsteinsson, to create the Golden Hat Foundation. The Golden Hat Foundation is a non-profit foundation titled after one of Keli Thornsteinsson's poems titled, "The Golden Hat", published in the book itself. This foundation's goal is to eliminate barriers for people with autism around the worlds and promote a positive environment where people with autism are seen as "intellectually capable". This includes helping people with autism communicate, receive an education, receive training for various jobs, and participate in community activities. To further promote the foundation and raise donations, the book The Golden Hat: Talking Back to Autism was created. Read my review of this book and find out how you can donate to the Golden Hat Foundation below.

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps - Updated Application Resource List to Help You Find Appropriate Speech-Language Apps for Therapy

ABCs 4 SLPs Updated App Resource List

Ever since I released my Application Resource List, I have received a lot of feedback and found a significant amount of websites I missed (I know, how is that possible?). In addition, I found some more topic areas that I wanted to place on the list including:

  • Other Application Resource Lists (Special Apps Special Kids' and Speech Gadget's Lists)
  • Additional Social Media Websites to Follow (Scoop.it! and YouTube websites)
  • Divided Topics Between Newspaper/Articles, Hot Topics, and How To's
  • More Application Rubrics
  • Grants/Websites For Funding iPads
  • Books About Applications
  • Websites to Find Discounted Apps
  • Information on iPad Accessories/Accessibility

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My Application Resource List has now jumped to 21 pages! I also cut out the beginning discussing my specific journey to creating the list and added a disclaimer. You can read about my 6+ month journey to creating the Application Resource List as well as other Application Lists for Articulation/Apraxia of Speech, Voice/Fluency/Hearing/Dysphagia, and Social Skills/Autism here.

Topics also included on this Application Resource List, as well as the previous version, include:

  • Training/Webinars
  • Application Lists by Others
  • App Review/App List Websites
  • App Developer Websites
  • Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest)
  • Search Engines For Apps

I know this Application Resource List may feel extremely overwhelming; however, even reading a few articles or visiting a few websites will help you be on your way to determining the best and most appropriate applications for your students to use as a tool in speech-language therapy. Feel free to pass the list on and share it with others as long as you do not sell it for profit or claim it as your own. The list is attached as a PDF file at the end of this post.

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.

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