Saturday, March 21, 2015

Mothers Day, Play-doh, Oceans, Summer, Sports, Visual Supports, and Links!

I use my blog as a quick resource at work. Last week when a link to visual supports did not work, I knew that it was time to update. I thought that I would be able to do this in a day or so, but now know that it will take many days and nights. I will post as I add and correct links. 

Beginning with my first ever post in 2012 - Both links now work at Parking Lot Games. Download free Parking Lot Games for articulation and language. Make your own with my templates.
Shape your therapy with Play-doh - New links and activities.

Find Mother's Day ideas, Sports theme - Part 1 and Part 2, Ocean activities and more for summer.

Visual supports can be found at Kizclub (great story props), the Miami-Dade CountyPublic Schools prekindergarten site, and a lot of links here!


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Sunday, February 22, 2015

25+ Dinosaur Themed Resources for Speech and Language Therapy

Dinosaurs is a theme in our early childhood special education curriculum and a colleague recently asked me for some speech and language therapy ideas. The dinosaur theme is one that students always enjoy and there are so many great resources for speech-language therapy on the Internet.

Pteranodon, Alamosaurus, Yangchuanosaurus, Dimetrodon, Brachiosaurus, Zhejiangopterus, Ankylosaurus, and Zigongosaurus!  Definitely a good way to practice multisyllabic words and /r/ and /s/ sounds. Check out the Field Guide at Dinosaur Train on the PBS website. Learn how to pronounce all of those dinosaur names and know your dinosaur facts before beginning therapy sessions.  And, while you are at the site, look at the games and videos.

Play with your dinosaurs to teach verbs – eat, drink, sleep, jump, run, hop, walk, go, sit, stop. Take pictures of your dinosaurs eating, jumping, sitting, etc. Use the photos as visual supports or create a book. A nice example is Dinosaur’s Busy Day by Gaige at Tar Heel Reader. It would be fun to make a book with your students and “their” dinosaurs.

While you are at Tar Heel Reader, look at the many dinosaur books. Use them as is or download and modify to meet your student’s needs. Dinosaurs Lived Long Ago is perfect for early childhood groups.

Don’t have dinosaurs? Print and laminate the story props for Dinosaur Roar by Paul Stickland at If you have access to this book, use it to teach describing words - meek, fierce, fast, slow, weak, strong, short, and long.

Also at Kizclub, a dinosaur book to use in therapy or send home - expand sentences, work on vocabulary, ask and answer who questions. 

At Mother, find Printable Dinosaur Masks for Prehistoric Play.

The FREE Colorforms app has a dinosaur themed playset.

Would a dinosaur be a good pet? Visit to see this activity. Follow up by reading the story Dino Store, a free interactive story app. This could turn into a good writing activity.

Speech Days in the Pre-K made a FREE Dinosaur Language Pack containing 19 pages that target categorizing, vocabulary, regular past tense verbs, and pragmatics.

FREE dinosaur themed items found at Teachers pay Teachers include

A dinosaur sensory bin would be one way to teach descriptive vocabulary such as rough, smooth, bumpy, hard, and soft. Check out the sensory bins at FantasticFun and and Happy

Find a paleontologist emergent reader at Making Learning

Discover fun /s/ blend actions with dinosaurs while playing along with Keri at My This is one of my favorite dinosaur finds. You and your students can play along with Keri during this 12 minute video while practicing s-blends, working on verbs, final consonant deletion, following directions, wh questions, and much more. It’s so much easier to get data when someone else is teaching. 

More from SLPs. 

Read digital books at We Give There you will find dinosaur books appropriate for the very young to age 10.  Three of several include Skippyjon Jones and the Big Bones, DK's Let's Look: Dinosaurs and  Meet the Dinosaurs.

If you are going to talk about volcanoes, look at V is for Volcano from Preschool Alphabet. The Classic Erupting Volcano would elicit much language, but using the Mini Volcanoes (with eye droppers) would be very conducive to group work. 



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Sunday, February 1, 2015

50+ Links to Creative (and Budget Priced) App Ideas for Speech and Language Therapy

Tablets and apps have changed the way that most of us work with our students and clients. The wide variety of apps available is great, but it is what you do with these apps that is even better! Here are links to more than 50 creative ideas to help you make the most of your budget priced apps.

Visual Supports for Apps

Use visual supports to increase communication for those with limited expressive language skills as they use apps. You can find visual supports for apps at Boardmaker Online and at Teachers Pay Teachers. Here are just a few of many available.

Toca Band Visual Support (Boardmaker)
Pepi Doctor (Boardmaker)
Play Home Lite (Boardmaker Studio)
Therapy with Toca Boca Hair Christmas app  (TpT) Free visual supports and more!
Don't see visuals for your favorite apps? Don't have Boardmaker? 

Make your own with screenshots

Try  or Sen Teacher

Class DoJo (FREE)

Visit Allison Nichole, at Speech Peeps, to see how she creates visuals for Class DoJo.

Use PowerPoint to make custom visual supports (this would be my choice). Make each slide a visual and print the slides as handouts - two or six slides to a page depending upon your desired size.  PrAACtical AAC has a FREE tutorial for this on TpT. 

And, for those of you who need visuals for app rules and iPad guidelines, try these visual supports at Boardmaker Online.

Toca Boca

Toca Boca Tea Party $
There were a few Toca Boca mentions above. I don't know anyone who doesn't like Toca Boca. They are not usually free, but definitely budget priced. My favorite remains to be Toca Boca Tea Party. This trailer from the Toca Boca site demonstrates a perfect therapy activity. Imagine all of the language possibilities in this activity alone! 

Toca Kitchen
Monsters (FREE)
TocaKitchen Monsters is a FREE app and another favorite. Read how Katie Millican uses this app in therapy at ActivityTailor and more suggestions for using this app from PrAACtical AAC. 

Speech Language Neighborhood has some FREE printable language activities for Toca Store, Toca Robot Lab, Toca House, and Toca Kitchen.  

QR Codes

Qrafter - QR Code
and Barcode Reader and
 Generator (FREE)

Want to use QR codes? The SLPs at Sublime Speech and Crazy Speech World tell you how. 

Freebies at TpT include QR Code Receptive Vocabulary Task Cards {Autism}: Feature, Function, Class and Individual Student Rewards with QR Codes.

Great Ideas from SLPs

Sock Puppets (FREE)

There are a lot of good articulation apps, but read how Heather Hetler, at Smart Apps for Kids, uses non-articulation apps such as Sock Puppets, Garfield Daily,  ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard and Stack the States to work on target sounds

Speaking of Apps blogger, Jeremy Legaspi, wrote about What's the Saying?, a free app that he uses when teaching students about idioms and figurative language. 

Pocket SnowStorm
Visit Chapel Hill Snippets to see how Ruth Morgan uses Pocket Snow Storm! in therapy. 

Read the blog, speechymusings, to see how this SLP grad student uses Story Creator to teach language and articulation skills.

Make Dice
Lite (FREE)
Trading Cards
Make Dice Lite, isn't an app that would pop up in a search for speech and language apps, but Abby, at School House Talk, creates dice for articulation, language, and fluency therapy. 

Speech Techie, always a great resource, uses the MarcoPolo Weather (Free) app to talk about the weather, creates photo comics with Story Me, and develops descriptive schema with Trading Cards

TinyTap (FREE)
You can do so much with TinyTap. Check out the blog posts below to see more!

Word Clouds
A past post from The Budget SLP - Word Clouds for Your Therapy Sessions.

Another past post - Educreations for Speech and Language. Since this post was written, Educreations has added a paid version to their inventory. The free version still allows for most of the exceptional features of this app. 


Beth Oliver made Kid-Friendly /b/ Initial Word cards to be used on the FREE app, SlideShark Presentation AppMicrosoft PowerPoint is also FREE to use for viewing and minor creating and editing.  

Balloonimals $

I follow Elizabeth Harmon's blog, sync up autism. I like her use of core words and her recent post demonstrating video modeling. Go to her blog to see how she uses apps such as Build a TrainToca Hair Salon, and Balloonimals.

Apptivities and App Smashing

Apptivities and App Smashing are terms that we are beginning to see more frequently. Apptivity is defined at Apptivity Bank as a learning activity using mobile apps. App Smashing is defined by Greg Kulowiec as the process of using multiple apps in conjunction with one another to complete a final task or project.

Below are links to apptivities - some that involve app smashing!

Story Maker HD (FREE)
Apptivities found at iEducate incorporate listening, speaking, vocabulary comprehension, and critical thinking skills. 

Visit iLive 2Learn iLove 2Grow to see a good example of app smashing. Three free apps (Story Maker HDBalloon Stickies Plus, and Pic Collage) were used to learn weekly vocabulary words. 

Everything $

You're the
Detective $
Look at Inference iLessons by ilesson lady. Her students practiced making inferences with a Kenny Chesney song, followed by using the app You’re the Detective, and lastly, assessment was made using the app, Explain Everything.

My Playhome Lite(FREE)

Lisa Johnson wrote about ways to use My Playhome Lite in her post,  Surprisingly Educational, Entertaining, and Engaging. Two of her many suggestions were to pair it with Popplet Lite to work on sequencing and use it along with Doodle Buddy to create a dialogue based on what the characters are doing in the house. 

Check out Sean Sweeney's (SpeechTechie's) List of Social Apptivities at Diigo. 

Even More Resources!

Animoto (FREE)
Over 100 iPad activities to work on vocabulary skills, grammar, literacy, and more (all with task cards) can be found at Louisiana’s Calcasieu Parish School Board’s Technology Training Center. The cards are made with PowerPoint so that you can easily change cards to meet the individual needs of your students. 

At Mesquite Student iPad Camp find many creative ways to use the FREE app, Animoto.  

ALL Grasshopper Apps can be customized to meet your students needs. And, a bonus - Free CVC activities can be found at their TpT store


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Saturday, January 10, 2015

35 + Mitten Links and Activities for Speech and Language

I have been working with a co-worker to provide some resources to use with the book, One Mitten by Kristina O'Connell George, and realized that I had gone overboard; however, I now have enough resources for my first post in several months. Enjoy!

One Mitten

Currently available at
Scholastic Reading Club Online
for only $1.00
One Mitten by Kristine O'Connell George is about a young girl who has lost her mitten. This book can easily be paired with many winter themes. 

Find a description of the book, One Mitten, and great ideas for using it in language therapy at The Picture Book Teacher.  Download the cause and effect activity and writing activity. 

One Mitten in the classroom at Kristine O'Connell

The Mitten Book, by Maria Flemingcan be introduced with any book about mittens - great for teaching actions and verb tense. This can be found at Scholastic's Teacher Express for $.99.  
Two songs about mittens, The Mitten Song and Mittens Song, can be found on YouTube.

Talk about winter clothing while reading these PowerPoint books from Tar Heel

Download my Boardmaker Activities found at Boardmaker Online.

Red Mitten .. Red Mitten .. What Do You See? - a color activity demonstrated on YouTube.

Match The Mittens - Found on Boardmaker Online, describe and match these patterned mittens.

My Cute Graphics has free Mitten clip art for your projects. 

Download My Mittens are Soft. Made from the free graphics at My Cute Graphics, this PowerPoint book reinforces the concepts hard and soft. 

Play Mitten, Mitten, Mitten, Glove (or Mitten, Mitten, Mitten, Sock) - A teacher or student gives an item to each student. Most students receive a mitten, but one or two students will receive gloves (or socks). Great activity for answering questions or practicing negations. Who has a mitten? Who does not have a mitten? Is that a mitten? What color is your mitten? What is that? 

The Mitten 

Find animal masks, games, and many other activities related to The Mitten at Jan Brett's website. Make sure that you use her "search" to find the numerous mitten activities.

Download W is for Winter {Mommy School} and check out the author's suggestions for a "Magical Mitten Day" where all of the activities are focused on the story "The Mitten."

Download The Mitten (KinderReaders FREE SAMPLE Title) - NEW EDITION from A to Z Teacher Stuff. The 87 page download includes a book that is leveled so that the story is offered on four different levels, plus a wordless version. Included are a printable sequencing activity, sight word and vocabulary cards, and a large book for reading aloud. 

The Mitten - Retelling and Sequencing,  The Mitten Sorting {FREEBIE} – Winter Themed Animal Sorting Activityand The Mitten Emergent Reader are free from Teachers pay Teachers. There are many, many, extremely creative activities relating to mittens on TpT and most cost less than a cup or two of coffee. 

A wonderful Language at Home printable for The Mitten from Heard in Speech. 

Find The Mitten at Tar Heel Reader - a very simple version of the story with beautiful photographs of the animals. 

Read The Mitten, by Jan Brett, at We Give Books.

Useful printables for The Mitten activities can be found at Home School Creations, Home School Share, and 1plus1plus1plus1equals1.

At find suggestions for discussing this book with elementary aged students.

Visit to find story props for The Mitten.

Sing The Mitten Phonemic Awareness Song at Mrs. Jones' Classroom. 

Three Little Kittens

Visit to find story props for the Three Little Kittens by Paul Galdone.

Play easy to create mitten games from Step by Step Child Care  

Free felt story set for the Three Little Kittens at Teachers pay Teachers

Find many Three Little Kittens Rhyme and Speech Activities from Ricki's Preschool Speechie.

I like the reversible Three Little Kittens puppet printables at Let's Play Music

Read Mama Cat has Three Kittens, by Denise Fleming, and teach verbs after downloading the free play-dough mat from Growing Book by Book

Comprehension questions about The Three Kittens can be found at

Your students/clients can pretend to be three kittens. One child can be Mama Cat.  The props are easy. Buy or make kitten masks. Each kitten needs mittens. Mama can wear an apron and serve pretend pie from a foil pie tin. OR, use the story props from Kizclub.


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