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SLP Trivia Fun Welcomes Rinki Varindani Desai from Texas

SLP Trivia Fun Welcomes Rinki Varindani Desai from Texas

It’s June, and for all you clinicians that work in a medical setting, you know that June is National Dysphagia Awareness. So with that in mind, episode number 6 of SLP Trivia Fun revolved around the topic of swallowing. I was lucky enough to be joined by my good friend Rinki Varindani Desai who is a clinician that really knows her stuff, with regard to dysphagia. Also, Rinki is the co-founder of the Swallowing Training and Education Portal, also known as STEP, so that right there shows ya that she TOTALLY knows dysphagia.

Let’s chat about some world records, baby!

Recently, I’ve been a bit obsessed with Guinness World Records so I made it a point to unearth a bunch of world records that have to do with the tongue, teeth, throat, and such. All in an effort to pay a bit of homage to the subject of dysphagia. Some questions I threw Rinki’s way were:

  • How long is the world’s longest tongue?
  • How many tongue piercings does it take to hold the title for having the most tongue piercings?
  • And more!

In closing . . .

You won’t believe some of the world records we talked about. And hey, if you every wanted to learn how to speak Hindi, you’ll find this episode especially interesting. I don’t want to give TOO MUCH away, but yeah, we did speak a bit of Hindi during the episode. So what are you waiting for? Give episode number 6 a listen HERE and let me know what ya think of it. Thanks! You’re the best!

SLP Trivia Fun Welcomes John Gomez from California

SLP Trivia Fun Welcomes John Gomez from California

Hooray for the 5th episode of SLP Trivia Fun! It was honestly a pleasure to have John Gomez, from Los Angeles, California, on this latest installment to talk about a bunch of movies that kinda have to do with communication difficulties or disorders. And here’s the thing, John really knows about movies because in addition to being an awesome SLP, he’s also a documentary filmmaker. But not just any documentary filmmaker; he’s the man behind the award-winning documentary called When I Stutter.

Grab a tub of popcorn and let’s get rockin’!

Would you consider yourself a movie buff? If so, this episode is for you! John and I explored some questions that included:

  • Who played the part of Temple Grandin in the 2010 biographical drama film of the same name?
  • Who played the part of King George VI in the 2010 historical drama film called The King’s Speech?
  • And more!

In closing . . .

There really are so many similarities between being a clinician and being a documentary filmmaker and I throughly enjoyed exploring all of that with John. This episode is jam-packed with goodness and just so you know, if you’re a fan of Star Wars and Arnold Schwarzenegger, you’ll giggle A LOT during a couple of parts. Trust me. So yeah, give episode number 5 a listen right HERE and let me know what you think. Thanks!

SLP Trivia Fun Welcomes Lucas Steuber from Oregon

SLP Trivia Fun Welcomes Lucas Steuber from Oregon

Boy oh boy, do I have a treat for you? Episode number 4 of the SLP Trivia Fun podcast is now live and ready for your ears. Lucas Steuber, from Portland, Oregon, is here for this installment where we talked about all things tech. And I can’t think of any clinician better to have fun, tech conversations with because he’s one of the hosts on the Talking With Tech podcast and the co-founder of SpeechScience. I’ve personally known this gentleman for many years and anytime we have the opportunity to get together, it’s always a good time.

Apps, iPhones, and iPads, OH MY!

The theme of this episode was tech, but more specifically, trivia questions that had to do with the Apple products that we all love. Here are some questions that we explored:

  • When was the first generation iPhone released?
  • What other names were considered when Apple was discussing the product that would eventually be called the iPhone?
  • And more!

In closing . . .

From tech discussions to random conversations about the 90s sitcom Saved By the Bell, this episode will absolutely bring a smile to your face. Give it a listen right HERE and let me know what you think!

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.

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