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Record Your Own Speech Therapy News Segment with Newscaster Articulation

Record Your Own Speech Therapy News Segment with Newscaster Articulation

Lights, camera, action! Have you ever wanted to be a television newscaster? Well, today is your lucky day. Newscaster Articulation is my latest speech therapy app (iPad or iPhone) and it sets the stage for a mock television broadcast by taking advantage of video camera technology. Through Newscaster Articulation, students are able to video record themselves presenting realistic-looking television news segments.

Whoa really?!

Yes! All a student has to do is choose which speech sound he or she is working on. Pick from either /S, Z, R, L, S/R/L Blends, SH, CH, or TH/.

Let’s say your student picked the /S/ sound. Now, go ahead and get even more specific with the /S/ sound sound.

Let’s do the initial /S/, shall we? Once your student finalizes his or her choice by tapping on it, he or she will be shown a sound-specific picture prompt at random that can be used as a visual reference to talk about. For example, here’s a sailboat (/S/ in the initial position).

Oh, not the biggest fan of a sailboat? No problem! Just have your student tap on the die and he or she will be given another sound-specific picture prompt. This time, it’s a soccer ball (/S/ in the initial position). Nice!

Now your student is ready to start his or her news segment! After tapping on the check mark, the video recording screen appears with the sound-specific picture prompt in the corner (in this case, the soccer ball)! Encourage your student to make up and verbalize a story about a soccer ball (or soccer, in general) while Newscaster Articulation video records the news segment. Afterwards, review the news segment by watching it together with your student to discuss his or her /S/ articulation progress and further practice proper /S/ pronunciation and /S/ articulation strategies.

The format of Newscaster Articulation is a departure from traditional articulation drill materials and is effective for students ages 6 and up. Because of the mock television broadcast approach, students enjoy video recording news segments with their friends and classmates outside of the speech therapy room, further practicing their communication skills and thereby facilitating the sometimes difficult stage of carrying over newly-acquired skills. By talking about the news segments with the youngster, paraprofessionals in the classroom and/or parents at home can reinforce the targeted articulation skills while sharing a fun activity. Practicing these skills in environments outside the speech therapy setting increases opportunities for generalization.

My invitation to you!

I invite ya’ll to use Newscaster Articulation to spice up your speech therapy sessions. All of the sound-specific picture prompts are intended to initiate excitement and humor. And in all honesty, each news segment has the potential to spark stories that could lead almost anywhere. Even a sound-specific picture prompt that appears simple can trigger a unique thought that surprises all parties involved.

In closing . . .

Regardless of when, where, or how Newscaster Articulation is used within the speech therapy session, one thing is certain, children (as well as clinicians) will have a blast video recording news segments and talking about them . . . and in the process, all of the youngsters will continue to practice the correct pronunciation of their sounds. So what are you waiting for? Let your imagination run wild and have fun with this one of a kind video-based speech therapy material!

Making Articulation Speech Therapy More Fun with Wacky Selfie Articulation

Making Articulation Speech Therapy More Fun with Wacky Selfie Articulation

Like it or not, ‘selfie photos’ are now a modern fact of life and people of ALL ages enjoy taking selfies. The iconic self-portraiture has been finding it’s way into every aspect of daily living, so why not let selfies exist within the speech therapy room? If you can get behind that idea, and I know you can, let me introduce you to my brand new app called Wacky Selfie Articulation because it allows you to take speech therapy selfies.

Speech therapy selfies?! HUH?!

Let me explain. Wacky Selfie Articulation, which is available for your iPad and/or iPhone, takes advantage of camera technology to create a truly unique speech therapy experience for all students who love taking selfies. This app gives a youngster the opportunity to snap a selfie of him or herself and, like magic; the app randomly adds a sound-specific sticker right on top of the student’s head (hence, making’ the selfie VERY wacky and VERY speechie)!

Here’s an example of the app in action:

After you choose the sound you’re working on and it’s position within the app, simply place your face in the displayed outline and tap the red button to snap your selfie!

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How about a soapy selfie!?

Since this child chose the /S/ sound in the initial position, his selfie shows that he has some soap on his head! Now he can easily say some silly /S/ sentences that revolve around the fact that there’s some soap on his head.

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How about a seafoody selfie!?

If he wants to see other random initial /S/ things on his head, all he has to do is tap the Randomizer icon (the die picture at the top) and the app will generate another sound-specific selfie sticker. Anyone hungry for some seafood?! HAHA!

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Lots and LOTS of sound-specific selfie stickers!

Wacky Selfie Articulation features a comprehensive collection of over 450 hilarious sound-specific selfie stickers for the following speech sounds: S, Z, R, L, S/R/L Blends, SH, CH, and TH. Are you excited to try out this app yet, or what?!

Personalized fun for ALL students!

The format of Wacky Selfie Articulation is a departure from traditional articulation drill materials and is effective for students ages 6 and up. And because of the personal selfie approach, students enjoy talking about the various selfies of themselves with their friends and classmates outside of the speech therapy room, further practicing their communication skills and thereby facilitating the sometimes difficult stage of carrying over newly-acquired skills. By talking about the selfies with the youngster, paraprofessionals in the classroom and/or parents at home can reinforce the targeted articulation skills while sharing a personalized fun activity. Practicing these skills in environments outside the speech therapy setting increases opportunities for generalization.

The possibilities are endless!

I invite you to use Wacky Selfie Articulation to spice up your speech therapy sessions. All of the sound-specific stickers are intended to initiate excitement and humor. And in all honesty, each selfie has the potential to spark conversations that could lead almost anywhere. Even a selfie that appears simple can trigger a unique thought that surprises all parties involved.

In closing . . .

Regardless of when, where, or how Wacky Selfie Articulation is used within the speech therapy session, one thing is certain, children (as well as clinicians) will have a blast taking selfies and talking about them . . . and in the process, all of the youngsters will continue to practice the correct pronunciation of their sounds. So what are you waiting for? Let your imagination run wild and have fun with this one of a kind photo-based speech therapy material! Download it RIGHT HERE, my friend.

Start a Dance Party in Speech Therapy with Dance Party Articulation

Start a Dance Party in Speech Therapy with Dance Party Articulation

I love parties. Birthday parties and holiday parties are probably two of the most common types of parties out there. But do you know what my all-time favorite type of party is? A good, old-fashioned dance party! Crank up the tunes and get your boogy oogy oogy on because their ain’t no party better party than a dance party!

Am I right?!

As a form of non-verbal communication, dancing allows people of all ages the opportunity to express thoughts, feelings, and ideas in a manner that explores and encourages rhythmic body movements. In my experience, when most children are exposed to music and are given the chance to dance, they do so with a massive smile. That’s why I feel it’s essential that we, as speech-language pathologists, make a conscious decision to infuse music and dancing into our teaching activities whenever possible. It just makes learning that much more fun for school-aged students.

I made a new app for all you dancing fans out there!

After months and months of hard work, my latest speech therapy app called Dance Party Articulation is finally available for download on the Apple App Store (please download it to your iPad and/or iPhone today!). This musical app is a comprehensive collection of over 500 wacky and hilarious dance instructions designed for speech-language pathologists to use with individuals who exhibit difficulty producing the following speech sounds: S, Z, R, L, S/R/L Blends, SH, CH, and TH. It’s intended to aid in the remediation of articulation impairments, as well as auditory and language difficulties because clients often need practice in more than one area of communication.

For example:

Let’s say your kiddo is working on improving his /S/ sound. With Dance Party Articulation, all you have to do is tap on the /S/ section within the app and you’ll gain access to dozens and dozens of silly /S/ dance moves like, “Dance like you’re a superhero. Show your super power.” After you and your student work on saying that particular /S/ sentence and talking about the sentence, you both can tap on the Play button to start a random dance song that will allow for everyone in the room to dance like a superhero! Maybe you might flex your muscles to the beat? Maybe you might pretend that you’re wearing a cape and flying all around the room while the music is jamming? There’s no such thing as a wrong dance move, so let your imagination go wild!

In closing . . .

I invite you to check out Dance Party Articulation so you can use these dance instructions to spice up your speech therapy sessions. All of the dance instructions are intended to initiate excitement and humor. And in all honesty, each dance instruction has the potential for leading almost anywhere. Even a dance instruction that appears simple can trigger a unique thought process that happily surprises all parties involved. So what are you waiting for? Download Dance Party Articulation today and shake your groove thang while you practice proper pronunciation!

Game Show Articulation Is the Speech Therapy Trivia App You Have Been Waiting For

Game Show Articulation Is the Speech Therapy Trivia App You Have Been Waiting For

How would you like to win a brand new car? Or maybe win a pet elephant? What about winning a bag of popcorn that is bigger than a house? If you said yes, you’re in luck because you can absolutely win all of these things and more by playing Game Show Articulation! (Well, you can SORT OF win these things. Keep on reading and I’ll explain.)

Game Show Articulation?! What’s that?!

Game Show Articulation is my latest speech therapy app and I ain’t lying, you’re gonna love it. It’s a unique speech therapy game that turns your students into game show contestants and challenges them to answer super fun trivia questions for a chance to win cool prizes. The prizes are imaginary though, but that’s probably for the better because having a pet elephant sounds like it would be quite dangerous. Am I right?

Tell me more about Game Show Articulation!

Don’t mind if I do! Game Show Articulation features a comprehensive collection of over 600 sound-specific articulation words and questions designed for us speech-language pathologists to use with our students who exhibit difficulty producing the following speech sounds: S, Z, R, L, S/R/L Blends, SH, CH, and TH. This thrilling trivia game is intended to aid in the remediation of articulation impairments, as well as language and auditory memory difficulties because clients often need practice in more than one area of communication.

Can you share an example trivia question with me?

Sure I can. If your student was working on his initial /S/ sound, he might get a random question that reads “A green vegetable that is grown for its long light stems and leafstalks.”Your student has to choose between these words – SEPTEMBER, SUBMARINE, and CELERY. After being presented with minimal prompts and cues, he would probably be able to verbalize how September is a month and how a submarine is a type of underwater vehicle. So that would leave him with celery. If he goes with celery as his answer, ding ding ding, he got it right! Then, he would be presented with a wrapped box with a bow on top. Go ahead and tap on that wrapped box because it will happily announce to you, in a wonderful game show host voice, what has been won!

Kid tested, kid approved!

I have a pair of private clients right now and they both request this app over and over and over again. Because of Game Show Articulation, we are able to turn the kitchen table into a game show stage and they love to pretend like there are television cameras pointed at them as they answer these trivia questions. I always tell ’em, “ya gotta make sure you have some solid articulation skills if you’re gonna to be on a television game show!”They get a real kick out of that.

In closing . . .

Game Show Articulation is quickly becoming my most favorite app and my articulation kiddos are all about it, too. It’s simple and intuitive. All in all, I believe it to be a wonderful experience from start to finish, so it would mean the world to me if you gave it a try. Would ya? Pretty please? All ya gotta do is go HERE to download it from the Apple App Store. Thanks!

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