Spring Into Speech Blog Hop - Stop 16

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Welcome to Consonantly Speaking! I am happy to be the second to last (16th) stop on your blog hop quest! For those of you who are new to my blog, my name is Jessica Chase and I am a speech-language pathologist who works at a K-12 school district. On this blog, I post information about speech-language pathology, materials for speech-language pathologists to use in their practice, therapy ideas, reviews on products and applications to use in speech-language therapy, and more. After you are done with the blog hop, I welcome you all to come back and visit my blog anytime!

For those of you who are regular followers, I am participating in the Spring Into Speech Blog Hop as the 16th stop! Continue reading to find more information on how to participate to download freebies for your therapy room as well as to enter to win prizes, the participants, and to download my free item for the blog hop as well!

Autism Awareness Day (April 2nd) Sales, Freebies, Giveaways, and Donations

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Autism Awareness Day is today, April 2nd, 2013. There are many ways to show your support, donate money, or get some discounts on products and apps. This year is no different, and for your convenience, I have compiled a list of app sales, giveaways, discounts, donations, etc. in support of Autism Awareness Day. Continue reading for categorized lists of these items! I hope you find them helpful!

Speech FlipBook Application Review

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You've seen the flipbooks made out of notecard flipbooks with binding on Pinterest. Images of these have been shared thousands of times. In fact, I had even created my own. Unfortunately, I often would misplace the small notecard flipbook, children would accidentally tear the pages when turning them, if you use marker, it will bleed through the paper, and if the edges were not cut the same way, it would be difficult and rather annoying to flip the pages. There is only one other flipbook application for speech, and it comes with one sound but is $9.99 for each additional sound. If you're anything like me, you cannot afford to pay that much for in-app purchases for multiple sounds. To read my review of this application, continue reading below.

Blast Into Spring With an Out of This World Giveaway!

I am so excited to be participating in yet ANOTHER giveaway! This time, it is with numerous speech-language pathologist bloggers and TpT materials creators! It is being hosted by the amazing Kathryn at Kids Games for Speech Therapy! The giveaway is titled "Blast Off Into Spring!" which I am incredibly excited to do! You can click the links at the end of the post to view the selection of sponsored products for yourself.

Blast Off Into Spring Giveaway

Prizes:

  • The 1st Prize Winner will receive a $25 Teachers pay Teacher Gift Certificate plus all of the following Speech Therapy product downloads.
  • The 2nd Prize Winner will receive a $10 Teachers pay Teacher Gift Certificate plus 10 downloads.
  • The 3rd Prize Winner will receive a $10 Teachers pay Teacher Gift Certificate plus 2 downloads.

You can enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter below:

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Continue reading to view a list of the prizes you could win!

First TpT Materials!

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It's been a long time coming. For months and months I have written so many ideas down in my notebooks about different materials that I wanted to create. Materials that would not only help my students, but that I could share with others! After a year of app reviews and free materials, I realized that managing a blog without a profit it very difficult. As much as I would LOVE to make everything free forever, I need to support this website, my new website (Speechie Freebies), my wedding, and make sure that the time I spend after the long school day doesn't only cause me stress, but something comes out of it.

Sales on Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT) rolled by and I sat by watching. Blog hops and giveaways passed and I had nothing to contribute. I created my first material around the beginning of winter, but I wasn't quite sure how to market it. Finally, I set my foot down and decided that I needed to have something completed by the St. Patrick's sale on TpT and our upcoming SLP giveaway (see next post). To see my latest products, continue reading!

Speechie Freebies 1-Month/1,000 Follower Giveaway!

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A month ago, myself along with 9 other speech-language pathology bloggers, started a collaborative website to share free, downloadable materials to use in your speech therapy sessions. As of March 1st, we celebrated not only a one-month anniversary of starting the website, but over 1,000 followers on Facebook for our website! As a thank you to our followers, we would like to celebrate with a giveaway! Read below to learn about the awesome gift cards and Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT) products we are giving away, and to enter to possibly win some of them!

So2Speak and So2Speak Plus Application Reviews

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I work on a regular basis with children who have various difficulties with speech and language, but when I was in graduate school, I worked with clients who had aphasia and/or suffered from a brain injury. It has been a few years since I have worked with an adult in speech-language therapy, but I still consider myself knowledgeable enough to give advice the area as I keep up on the literature. When I was contacted to review the So2Speak and So2Speak+ applications for the iPad, I was delighted to provide detailed information of how to use the application in speech-language therapy.

So2Speak and So2Speak+ are two applications that are strongly associated with each other in the fact that one is for speech-language pathologists to create a home practice program and the other is for patients to use the home practice program themselves. Created by Claire Mitchell, a speech-language therapist at the University of Manchester, this application works on oral motor exercises and techniques for patients following a stroke, brain injury, or diagnosis of aphasia. You can view more information on their website about the application and how it was made or the video below:

Continue reading for my review of So2Speak and So2Speak+!

Sort This Out Pack Application Review

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Choo choo! The categorization train is pulling into an iTunes store near you! TBox Apps has just released another great application called Sort This Out Pack! The game has a train theme, is customizable, and great for young children! Learn how you can use this application in speech-language therapy by continuing to read this post!

iTooch Elementary School Application Review

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As a speech-language pathologist, I always look for ways to incorporate academics from other classes into my lessons. I can get all of the vocabulary lists I want, but then I have to create lessons about the vocabulary and visuals and more. It can be quite time consuming, especially if I am not familiar with some of the terms myself (especially in math and science, which are not my fortes). I have reviewed lots of applications related to speech-language therapy, but not many related to academics. When I was contacted to review iTooch Elementary School, I was excited to check out an application that I might be able to use with my students who are working on vocabulary skills in different subjects! Continue reading to learn how to use this application in your speech-language therapy sessions!

Socially Speaking Application Review

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I have reviewed many applications over the past year, but I have never reviewed an application that could be used to assess or screen a students' speech and language. When Penina Rybak, M.A. CCC-SLP contacted me to review her Socially Speaking application, I was thrilled. The best part was that I was in the middle of assessing a students' social skills at the time. Continue reading to learn more about how to use this application in your speech and language evaluations!

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