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Get Ready to Smile Because Your Face Learning Is Officially Live

Get Ready to Smile Because Your Face Learning Is Officially Live

Attention educators, parents, and all of those magical people who are both educators AND parents! The learning tool of the future is here and let me tell you, it rocks! It’s a customizable experience like no other.

I’m pumped to introduce you to Your Face Learning!

Your Face Learning is an app that allows young learners to fully immerse themselves into what they’re learning. Through the use of your iPhone or iPad’s camera, you can snap a picture of your child or student and, just like that, his or her face is automatically added to a massive amount of category-specific early learning worksheets that can be printed out.

Wow! Just. WOW!

For example, let’s say I’m a child and I’m working on my alphabet. And let’s say on this particular day that I’m specifically learning about the letter “E.” Well, thanks to Your Face Learning, I now have access to the “Letters” category within the app that contains the following awesome worksheet:

Yes, that indeed is me riding on the back of an elephant!

And because I’m learning all about the letter “E,” it’s no coincidence that I’m holding an egg and the planet Earth. Oh, and did you notice my baseball hat? Yup, there’s a capital “E” on that. And did you notice my shirt? Yup, there’s a lowercase “e” on that. Pretty cool, huh?

Seeing your face in your worksheet is POWERFUL!

In my experience, the ability to see yourself in the finished products that Your Face Learning creates, well, it facilitates an emotional connection to the content, and it all really does trigger immediate and enhanced learning!

It’s easy and intuitive: after only a few taps on your device, your young learner will be riding elephants in no time!

So what are you waiting for?

Your Face Learning is free to try. Head on over to HERE. If you love it and want full access to the growing number of early learning worksheets, you can start a monthly subscription. Dozens of new worksheets are being added each month!

Create Hilarious Speech Therapy Pictures with Sticker Picture Articulation

Create Hilarious Speech Therapy Pictures with Sticker Picture Articulation

Welp, my latest speech therapy app is now live and I’m beyond excited. It’s called Sticker Picture Articulation and it has to do with exactly what you think it has to do with . . . STICKERS! In short, Sticker Picture Articulation gives a youngster the opportunity to snap a photograph of his or her surroundings and, with a few taps; they can add a number of sound-specific stickers right on top of the photograph to create their very own articulation-specific picture!

Articulation-specific picture?! What do you mean?!

Well, let me walk you through the app so you can see how cool Sticker Picture Articulation is. First, you snap a picture of anything you want through the app. Like, let’s pretend that this is your speech therapy room:

Then, as seen below, the app will direct you to choose your target articulation sound (pick from S, Z, R, L, S/R/L Blends, SH, CH, or TH).

Next, let’s choose the /S/ sound at the initial position of words. As you see below, the app brings you over to a bunch of initial /S/ stickers that can be placed on top of the photo you took. Scroll up and down to see all the stickers!

Once you find a picture that tickles your fancy, all you have to do is tap the “ADD” button and BAM! You now placed the ‘sandwich’ sticker on that photo you took!

And you don’t have to stop at just that one ‘sandwich’ sticker. Sticker Picture Articulation allows you to add as many stickers as you want. So go nuts with your articulation-specific picture! Stickers galore! Woo hoo!

Oh! So THAT’S what an articulation-specific picture is?! That’s so cool!

You bet it’s cool! Dare I say that this is one of the coolest speech therapy apps out there. And I know, I know, I’m the one who created the thing, so yes, I’m totally biased. But really though, this speech therapy app is oodles of fun and it really get’s children excited to practice their articulation.

App highlights:

  • A child-friendly interface: simple and intuitive, a wonderful experience from start to finish!
  • Tons of sound-specific stickers: with just a tap of a finger, children and clinicians can instantly add one of over 450 sound-specific stickers directly to their photo!
  • Loads of giggles: before, during, and after each sticker picture is created, oodles and oodles of laughter will fill the speech therapy room!
  • A spectacular save feature: after looking at and talking about your sticker picture, tap the Save button to save it directly to your device’s camera reel!

The power of pictures!

I invite you to use Sticker Picture 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 articulation-specific picture you or your clients create has the potential to spark conversations that could lead almost anywhere. Even an articulation-specific picture that appears simple can trigger a unique thought that surprises all parties involved.

In closing . . .

So what are you waiting for? Let your imagination run wild and have fun with this one of a kind digital speech therapy material! More information about this app can be found right HERE.

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.

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