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Get Rid of Red All Levels Walkthrough

As I’ve said in the video above, a bunch of my friends have reached out to me about SLP Video Games, and more specifically about how they are getting stumped on certain levels in certain video games. So, I had the idea of creating some “walkthrough” videos where I show you how you can beat each level of a video game over at SLP Video Games. And the first “walkthrough” video I made for you is one walking you through Get Rid of Red.

Do you like that video game?

If so, Get Rid of Red is one of many video games over at SLP Video Games. Be sure to check out SLP Video Games so you can experience some of the video game goodness. The world needs more video games, ya know? At least, that’s what I think. Haha!

SLP Video Games is Now Live

Here we are – it’s October 2020 and many of us practicing clinicians are involved in lots and lots of teletherapy. I don’t know about you but when COVID-19 took away the joy that is face-to-face therapy, it really threw me for a loop.

*SIGH*

Of course I consider myself a person who “gets” technology but even I wasn’t truly prepared for the massive shift to almost exclusively all virtual delivery of speech-language therapy services.

Growth is a choice.

I took an honest look at what my colleagues and I were doing. How were we presenting our speech-language therapy activities to our caseload? The stuff that we were bringing to the “digital table,” was it presented in a manner that resonated with 21st century learners? I tried my hardest to think deep about this question and I tried, to the best of my ability, to look at all of this through the lens of today’s youth. Through thoughtful discussion and a real willingness to learn from my clients, I realized that I could be doing a better job. I needed to grow into the potential. I needed to explore video games.

Video games?!

One of the most common things that my elementary and middle school-aged students shared with me is how much they value and enjoy video games. Video games come in loads of different shapes and sizes, but long story short, I wanted to do something that allowed me to appropriately introduce video games into the work that I do together with my clients.

And so SLP Video Games was born.

From about April 2020 until just a few days ago, I kept my head down and I did the work. I learned all about Construct, which is an HTML5-based 2D game editor. I immersed myself in video games in ways that I never have done before. Loads of playtesting with loads of young people helped me to see that I was getting there. I was on my way to creating something that excited lots of learners. If used appropriately, video games can open up many doors for legitimate communication that connect to almost all speech-language therapy goals and objectives.

In closing . . .

As of a few moments ago, SLP Video Games is now launched and live. I shot the above video to show you what it’s all about. It would mean the world to me if you gave the video a watch. SLP Video Games might be for you. Might you give it a try?

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.

*** FREE resource?! Download it HERE!! ***

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