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How to Find Consonantly Speaking at the ASHA Convention

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For the ASHA photo scavenger hunt, many of you are probably wondering how to find me. Or maybe I want to you to wonder because I want to meet you! (It's the latter for sure!)

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Today I was at the Mobile Education Store's booth #914 the entire day! I will be there tomorrow as well for the mostpart. Most likely, I will be attending a session or two as well as meeting up with some other great SLP bloggers, but hopefully you won't miss me! I'm the one with the bright red hair! On Saturday, I am hoping to attend a session on cleft palate/hypernasality, but I will be at the booth as well as spending some money on all of the great products I have been staring at all day today (more like not spending money since my car broke down...)!

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ASHA Photo Scavenger Hunt and Giveaway

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Are you going to ASHA? I am! So is Carissa Ten Hoeve from Home Sweet Speech Room! We are teaming up to hold an ASHA Photo Scavenger Hunt!

Post as many items below as you can on Instagram (or if you don't have Instagram, e-mail the images to homesweetspeechroom@gmail.com) with the hashtag #ASHAphotohunt. We will choose a winner to win $10 worth of products from Home Sweet Speech Room's TpT store and an item from my TpT store!

Over the course of the next few days, take pictures of the following things you see.  You may take just one or all of them!

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And just for fun, me or Carissa - this one will be somewhat difficult.  If you can find me or Carissa in the masses, and take a picture with one or both of us, you will get some extra credit!

We can't wait to see your pictures!

Consonantly Speaking's 1,111 Facebook Follower iTunes Giftcard Giveaway!

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It is almost my 1 year "blogaversary" (Feb. 15th to be exact) and I just recently hit over 1,000 fans on Facebook (1,111 to be exact). Yes, I do have over 6,000 of you on Pinterest, hundreds on Twitter, and I'm sure more via Google Reader, RSS Feed, and those who check my site every-so-often. However, for some reason, I feel that getting to 1,000 followers on Facebook is a feat. Companies and blogs on Facebook can connect more closely with their readers without being limited to a number of characters or an image. Therefore, having 1,000 followers means a lot to me.

I started this blog to share my thoughts, ideas, and materials for speech-language pathology. Then, on February 1st, I expanded this onto a new website - Speechie Freebies - so that other bloggers who are speech-language pathologists could give back to their readers via free materials for speech-language therapy.

I will blog more about Speechie Freebies and my past year blogging within the week. This post is all about giving back to you!

I have heard so many great stories and received so many great comments from you over the past year that have really enforced the reason why I keep blogging. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, ideas, stories, suggestions, and more with me! Also, I am very thankful for the speech-language pathology blogging community, who look out for each other. I am so glad to have made new friendships and to have collaborated with so many different people to do such great things! I look forward to continuing to bring you new content, materials, reviews, giveaways, and more!

To enter my 1,111 Facebook follower giveaway for your chance to win one of two $10 iTunes gift card codes, enter the Rafflecopter below:

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Consonantly Speaking's Favorite iPad Apps to Use in Speech-Language Therapy Sessions 2012 Edition: Part 2

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Here is the second post in the series of my favorite applications for the iPad in speech-language therapy. You can view the first post here. This post will encompass the remainder of therapy tools on my iPad as well as my favorites in the following categories (and more):

  • Receptive Language
  • Auditory Processing/Following Directions
  • Questions
  • Categorization
  • Story Sequence
  • Story Comprehension
  • Social Stories
  • Social Story Creators
  • Social Skills
  • Emotions
  • Idioms

Again, before I begin the long list, I want to write a disclaimer here. I do not believe that applications or software of any sort are a "cure" for speech and language disorders or that they should be used as the sole-treatment method. One should not use a speech and language application for therapy purposes without consulting with a speech-language pathologist or other qualified professional first whether it be for speech-language skill practice at home or therapy. Some applications should be used solely under the observation of the speech-language pathologist or other qualified professional. Applications and software for therapy purposes should be used as tools/materials for the speech-language pathologist to assist in remediation of communication disorders after reading information on how to use the application and appropriately use it under evidence based practice. Not many applications have been researched for use with people who have speech-language disorders and others are "based on" research but have not been researched themselves.

Continue reading to learn about the rest of the applications I have on my iPad and which ones are my favorites!

Consonantly Speaking's Favorite iPad Apps to Use in Speech-Language Therapy Sessions 2012 Edition: Part 1

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Many speech-language pathologists and other professionals have asked me questions like, "What's on your iPad?" and "Which iPad applications do you recommend?". I am quite the iPad addict and our school is full of iPads for our students and teachers to use. So, I am always talking about apps. In this post, I am going to give you a look at my iPad, how I organize my applications, and what my favorites in each category are. I am not going to go into detail about each and every app, but just show a screen-shot of my apps and state my favorite in each of the following categories and more!:

  • SLP Tools
  • Articulation Apps
  • Apraxia of Speech Apps
  • Fluency/Voice/Hearing Apps
  • Syntax Apps
  • Grammar Apps
  • Story Creation Apps

Before I begin the long list, I want to write a disclaimer here. I do not believe that applications or software of any sort are a "cure" for speech and language disorders or that they should be used as the sole-treatment method. One should not use a speech and language application for therapy purposes without consulting with a speech-language pathologist or other qualified professional first whether it be for speech-language skill practice at home or therapy. Some applications should be used solely under the observation of the speech-language pathologist or other qualified professional. Applications and software for therapy purposes should be used as tools/materials for the speech-language pathologist to assist in remediation of communication disorders after reading information on how to use the application and appropriately use it under evidence based practice. Not many applications have been researched for use with people who have speech-language disorders and others are "based on" research but have not been researched themselves.

Continue reading to learn about the applications I have on my iPad and which ones are my favorites! (This is only Part 1; Click here for Part 2!)

Consonantly Excited for Consonantly Zombies! (A Game For You To Play)

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I'm not sure if I posted this on my "About" page, but the whole reason that this website is able to exist is because of my boyfriend. I sketched out what I wanted it to look like and he made it a reality. He programmed the whole thing and helps me constantly update it.

I debated on sharing this personal information with readers, but since part of it has to do with the website, I can't help but share it. Yesterday he proposed to me (I said yes of course)! As part of his proposal, he created a game for me called "Consonantly Zombies" (loosely based on Plants Vs. Zombies)! You can click to play the game at the end of this post!

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Above is the starting screen.

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There are the vowels and J for Jessica!

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Here I am protecting the vowels by shooting pellets at the zombie consonants!

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The zombies are coming!

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Oh no! The "A" got bit!

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Oh no!

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Game Over!

This was only a part of his proposal, he really went all out! It took him an hour to propose but it was well worth it! There were flowers, photos, a painting of us, a custom made deck of cards, Legos - everything I could dream of!

The Ring

The ring! :)

Click here to play the game my fiance created for me - Consonantly Zombies!

(Doesn't work as well in Internet Explorer, better on Chrome and Firefox)

(No swearing/kid-friendly)

Use it to teach about letter recognition if you wish! Or just have fun playing!

Instructions:

Press space bar to shoot pellets at the consonants.

Use the up and down arrow to move between rows.

Darkened consonants are faster and take more than one pellet square to make them disappear.

If a zombie consonant reaches a vowel it will first turn red, then disappear, and then if a consonant makes it through or all the vowels disappear, it will be game over.

If the letter J gets hit by any consonant, it will jiggle. If it gets hit 2-3 times, it will be game over.

Eventually there will be so many letters that it causes the game to lock up a bit. So basically eventually you lose because it goes on and on and on.

1,000+ Pinterest Followers and a New Button to Share My Site!

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Prior to creating this website, I worked a lot on my Pinterest account - http://pinterest.com/speechpins. I wanted to make sure that I had all of my bookmarks categorized and built a base of knowledge. Finally, after sitting back and watching for a few months, learning how to use social media to promote my website, I finally decided to create this website. What a blast it has been and I was pleasantly surprised to find out that my Pinterest account hit 1,000 followers yesterday! Thank you to everyone who is following me on Pinterest and I hope that I am helping you find some great resources! I know that Pinterest has helped me create my own speech projects as well as find great resources that others have created! I should probably do a "thank you giveaway" soon!

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I would love it if I could begin growing my website on other social medias as well! Feel free to share my new button (which can be found on the right hand side of my website) and link it back to my website - http://consonantlyspeaking.com

Here's what it looks like on the side of my page (but when you copy the code, it will only copy the button itself):

Share Consonantly Speaking's Site Button

I can also be found on the following social media websites and would love it if you would follow me. Right now I am about 1/5 of the way to 1,000 on each of the other social media sites. Here are the links for you to follow me (which can also be found on the right hand side of my website):

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/consonantlyspeaking

Twitter: @consonantspeak

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/speechpins

Teachers Pay Teachers: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Consonantly-Speaking (Only free application lists posted so far; worksheets/fun to come soon!)

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/ConsonantlySpeaking (Nothing posted yet, but will come soon!)

Thanks so much for all of your support and you have my permission to share! I love hearing from my followers!

How Consonantly Speaking's App Lists Were Compiled and More App Resources for You!

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Due to the popularity of the application lists that Consonantly Speaking has developed and released, it is important to recognize the amount of work that others have done as well in compiling lists of applications for children with special needs. Due to questions from readers and collaboration with others in the field, I would like to provide a document of application lists, websites, trainings/webinars, social media websites, search engines, and articles related to applications for children with special needs that I used while I was compiling my lists. I did not copy anything from any other websites, but there were a couple of times I quoted developer descriptions from iTunes and placed them in quotations. When developing the lists, I spent time after school and on the weekends to compile the lists and used multiple resources to help including the following:

  • Attended an Apple training through my public school
  • Attended a Super Duper Publications webinar about applications
  • Read Application Lists created by others and compared/contrasted them against my own to make sure I had all of the apps I needed on my lists
  • Browsed websites of other speech-language pathologists/therapists who used applications
  • Browsed company websites every few weeks to make sure I had all of their applications, including new ones, on my lists
  • Discussed applications on Forums and Facebook groups to learn other speech-language pathologists' experiences with apps
  • Followed companies that developed applications on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest
  • Followed speech-language pathologists on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest
  • Entered to win applications on Facebook websites and Rafflecopter giveaways to test and review
  • Read newspaper/website articles and watched YouTube videos about applications
  • Collaborated with other professionals in the field by discussing applications
  • Used search engines, including the one within the iTunes software, to type in key-words to find speech applications

Put this all together over the course of 6 months and you come out with a giant, 82-page application list! If you are interested in hearing the story of how I got started creating these application lists or grab the document with all of my resources (8-10 pages of websites, application lists created by others, app-related social media accounts, etc.) please continue to read on. The document will be attached at the end of the post.

Welcome to Consonantly Speaking!

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Welcome to Consonantly Speaking!

This website was created by a licensed speech-language pathologist to share information, materials, therapy ideas, and thoughts on the field of speech-language pathology. It is called "Consonantly Speaking" because as speech-language pathologists we are constantly speaking, whether in therapy or at home, and we are teaching about/using consonants.

Please feel free to use my ideas and materials in your therapy or at home. If you link to them on your website, Pinterest, Facebook, or other social media account, please credit Consonantly Speaking as the creator. You may print and use my creations (worksheets/graphics/visuals) for personal or professional use, however, you may not re-sell them, publish them without my permission, distribute or produce mass quantities of them. Please do not steal my ideas and credit them as your own -  when in doubt, credit the author. Thank you for your cooperation in this!

Prior to reading more or using information, materials, and ideas written/posted on this website, I strongly encourage you to read the Policies and Disclaimer page on the right hand side of this website. It will give you information regarding copyright, use, accuracy, privacy, individualized treatment and external links posted on this website.

I am looking forward to sharing ideas with you and collaborating with other professionals in the field of speech-language pathology! Welcome!

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