Presently, Literacy Speaks! comes in 3
separate kits, each covering a wide range of phonemes. Each kit costs
$197.00, and contains all the materials you need to support the 7
learning steps outlined above. The hefty, spiral-bound book and CD for
each unit contain letter-tracing and coloring pages, simple sound-loaded
books, plus suggestions for "going on a letter hunt" and joint reading
activities. All playfully illustrated pages are reproducible. Each kit
also comes with a sturdy box of colorful, laminated cards, color-coded
for easy sorting into initial and final target sounds related to the
kit. I've had the opportunity to use these materials with my own
caseload, and have been very impressed with the high quality of both the
content and the presentation/packaging of the materials.
In addition to the
resources in the Literacy Speaks! kits, I would highly
recommend that you check out the Literacy Speaks! website:
There you will find online games for students, lists of sound-loaded
books and other materials for SLPs and teachers, plus information for
parents to aid them in literacy development. You will also find
information about Keli Richmond's superb workshops and can view video
demonstrations of the materials. I'm sure you'll find Literacy
Speaks! a great addition to your therapy "bag of tricks!"
Product: SLP FIELD KIT - Consonants
For more information: www.tutor-apps.com
To purchase: go to the apps store at iTunes
Target Audience: all ages for articulation and accent reduction
- SLP Field Kit aids the Speech and Language Pathologist in the field with testing and building phonemic awareness and
auditory discrimination (this module covers consonants).
- Going beyond just replacing card decks and flash cards, SLP Field
Kit incorporates 8 powerful interactive activities that add dynamic
training experiences that challenge and focus your clients. Traditional
card decks have been difficult to sort into multi-card activities. Now,
at the touch of a button, the cards are presented in powerful
combinations that truly focus the client.
- In addition, SLP Field Kit incorporates phoneme buttons as part of
the activities, something cards could never do.
- The recorded speech provides stability of pronunciation that
promotes consistency in testing.
- 361 audio word cards, which are spoken words illustrated by
photographs and drawings along with the text of the words (the text is
hidden when appropriate)
- 8 progressively difficult activities to
build and to test phonemic awareness
- 198 lessons
- Over 3000 exercises
- Records scores and sends them to email
- Select between International Phonetic
Alphabet and the English /sound/ notation
1 PRACTICE: REVIEW THE WORDS
2 WHICH PHONEME IS IN THE WORD?
3 WHICH WORD CONTAINS THE PHONEME?
4 IS THE PHONEME AT BEGINNING, MIDDLE OR END?
5 CHOOSE SIMILAR WORD BY HEARING THE WORD
6 WHICH PHONEME IS IN BOTH WORDS?
7 WHICH SIMILAR WORD CONTAINS THE PHONEME?
8 FLIPBOOK FOR YOUR ACTIVITY
To the standard 24 consonant phonemes of American English, /nk/ and
/hw/ have been added for the purpose of creating minimal pairs with /ng/
and /h/ respectively.
This application is available for both the iPod Touch ($29.99) and
the iPad ($49.99). The graphics are and spoken target words are very
high quality, and the choices for therapy are great. Students are
motivated to practice on this quick and attractive alternative to flash
cards. Progress can be stored and emailed. For SLPs who typically have a
car trunk or wheeled cart full of materials, this inexpensive app for
your iPod or iPad will certainly lighten your load!
Product: 5 Minute Therapy
Authors: Sue Sexton and Linda Eve Seth
For more information: www.5minutekids.com
Target Audience: articulation practice for all ages
The very talented ladies who brought you the "5 Minute Kids"
articulation therapy program and the "G.R.O.W.S." ("Get Rid Of
Worksheets Now") series of language and basic concepts lessons for
classrooms have joined forces to produce an exciting new series of
articulation therapy books called "5 Minute Therapy." Each of the six
volumes in this series is devoted to single or groups of phonemes: /r/,
/s,z/, /sh/ch/, /l/, /k,g/, /f,v,th/. Each volume contains the
Data sheets at the word, phrase, and sentence levels
Word bank lists of words containing the target sounds in the initial, medial, and final positions
Reading lists of words, phrases, and sentences containing words with
the target sound in the initial, medial, and final positions
Quick and easy games for therapy and homework
A variety of activities to promote carryover in school and at home
Charts for calculating percentages
Whether you are using the innovative "5 Minute Kids" therapy approach or
delivering services in a more traditional model, you will find these
materials to be a fantastic resource -- a "must have" for your therapy
bag of tricks! I have used these materials very successfully in
conjunction with Artic-U-Checks
and Speech on the Go
(see below for description), and highly recommend them!
Each volume (80+ pages each) sells for $18. The entire set is available for a discounted rate of $99.
Product: Think-ets Teacher Edition
Author: Randy Compton
Source: Think-a-Lot Toys, 1600 Zamia Avenue, Boulder, CO 80304
For more information: www.think-ets.com
Target Audience: articulation, language, fluency, memory -- ages 5+
Think-ets is a "tiny trinket game of imaginative play." The Teacher
Edition is a plastic divided box (similar to those used for sorting
beads) filled with miniature objects that can be used for a wide variety
of articulation, expressive language, vocabulary, memory, and other
therapy goals. Also included is an activity booklet with lesson plans,
writing prompts, and directions for competitive and cooperative
My students enjoyed the novelty of Think-ets
. One group played a
"giving descriptive clues" game, a fun way to extend a unit on
adjectives. Another group used the trinkets in serial storytelling
activity that worked their imaginations and memory. A third group was
challenged to compare and contrast pairs of items. We've done similar
activities with picture cards, but having 3-D objects elicited greater
language and enthusiastic involvement. To help those "too-concrete"
thinkers, I first introduced each of the items, engaging the students in
a brainstorming session of labeling, categorizing, real-life size,
function, parts, and consideration of always/sometimes/never, etc. For
instance, the wooden goblet -- the trinket is wooden; is a real goblet
wooden? What else could it be made of? What is is used for? Where have
you seen one before? This session was a great way to tap into prior
knowledge and set us up for the next session when we started playing the
games. The Think-ets Teacher Edition
has a myriad of uses and is compact, always a plus for the SLP on the go.
Authors: Pat Mervine and Michele Burton
Publisher: Mayer-Johnson Company
Contact: www.mayer-johnson.com or 800-588-4548
Description: ARTIC-U-PRINT is a HUGE symbol-based articulation
curriculum on CD that you print and use with students of all ages. This
CD, available in MAC and WIN versions, includes:
•Articulation Screening of all consonant sounds, blends, and vocalic /r/ in all positions,
•Probe Pages for each sound for easy baseline and periodic data collection for IEP development and progress reporting,
•Auditory/Visual Discrimination Cards of all sounds in initial and mixed positions,
•Speech Sound Posters for students’ folders and display in the therapy
room that depict the place, manner, and voicing features of each sound,
•ARTIC-U-WEAR: fun, fashionable, hands-on projects for consonant speech sounds that students can wear,
•ARTIC-U-PLAY: colorful, customizable gameboards for speech practice of any sound at any level,
•Sentence Level Practice Pages for reinforcement at home
•CALC-U-LATOR: a handy card for reporting a student’s performance in percentages
ARTIC-U-PRINT is a valuable teaching tool for:
•SLPs and Teachers of the Deaf: to work on articulation, phonology, vocabulary, and auditory/visual discrimination
•OTs: to work on fine motor skills (Artic-U-Wear) related to the early elementary language arts curriculum
•Classroom Teachers: to work on phonemic awareness and “Sound of the Week”
•ESL Teachers: to work on articulation, vocabulary, and language
BOARDMAKER is required to use ARTIC-U-PRINT.
Title: "R" in the Car: 10 fun songs to practice the /r/ sound in the car, at home, anywhere!
Authors: Alida Engel, CCC-SLP, BRS-FD
Publisher: Center for Speech and Learning
Contact: www.CenterForSpeechand Learning.com
Price: $19.95 + $2.50 shipping within the US
Description: How many times have you heard students and even parents say
that they just don't have time in their busy lives for speech
homework? Soccer practice, dance lessons, karate competitions, baseball
games! Sometimes it seems that the only time that kids and parents are
together is when they are in the car going to and from all of these
extra-curricular activities. So, thought Alida Engel, why not find a
creative way to incorporate speech practice into today's busy lives?
And so, her audio CD, "R" in the Car, was born.
"R" in the Car" is a delightful CD of lively songs that are loaded with
initial, vocalic, and blended /r/ sounds, written and performed by Jay
Mankita and the Grooveniles. Interspersed with the 10 songs are
suggestions by Alida for producing the various target sounds. On the Center for Speech and Learning web site, you'll find printable activities for each song, along with downloadable sheets of song lyrics.
While this CD would be ideal for "on the go" speech practice for
individual students, I have also found it to be a useful tool in the
therapy room. My students
enjoyed the novelty of
singing in therapy, and the lively tunes and rhythms helped to increase
the muscle tension they needed for /r/. The printable activities were
great for auditory bombardment and discrimination practice. I shared
this CD with a kindergarten teacher in my school and she is now using it
in her classroom. I would highly recommend this CD for anyone
interested in a new way to teach and practice /r/.
Speedy Speech Therapy Program – School Edition
JoAnn Tuttle and Tamara Truax
Volumes for /s, r, l/ are available for $179.99 each, or
$519.97 for all three. There are also Home Editions for /s, r, l/ for $179.99 each.
, a “quick artic program,”
is designed to be used in 10-minute, intense
1-1 drill sessions, 3-4 times per week, to correct common articulation
The features of the
a comprehensive manual in a sturdy, colorful
step-by-step instructions and expert tips
oral motor diagrams
auditory bombardment materials
drill sheets of more than 360 words, phrases,
and sentences per target sound, arranged in a binder, including minimal pairs
resource materials such a parent and teacher
letters, therapy logs, caseload form, and monthly homework calendars that
encourage awareness and practice of words relevant to the student
therapy tools in a refillable pouch, including
toothettes, flashlight, mirror, timer, stickers and more
The binder of materials breaks therapy down into 7 stages
from Sound in Isolation to Sound in Conversational Speech. Tips are provided on identification and
assessment, scheduling, establishing a therapy routine, homework, motivation,
progress monitoring, and collaborating with classroom teachers. All of the therapy materials in the binder
are printed in color on heavy cardstock.
Samples of these materials can be viewed on www.speedyspeechtherapy.com,
along with videos that show the materials in action and an interview with an
SLP who made the change from traditional 30 minute sessions to the Speech
There is certainly a trend in the field to move to more
frequent and more intense 1-1 therapy models.
The materials and tools in Speedy Speech are of high quality, and are
well organized for the “SLP on the move” for what I affectionately call “hit
and run therapy.” I have found the
materials to be equally useful in a traditional therapy setting, and lend
themselves well to RtI settings as well.
Title: Acting Out - Listen: Do & Say
Authors: Linda Seth and Debbie Hisam, illustrated by Mary Jane Helgren
If you have ever attended a workshop by Linda Seth, coauthor of the G.R.O.W. (Get Rid of Worksheets) series, then you already know she is a “class act.” (If you haven’t had the pleasure, be sure you do! You can see her schedule and request a training for your district or region through the site, http://makefunoflearning.com/).
Linda’s latest book, coauthored by Debbie Hisam and illustrated by Mary Jane Helgren, is all about “class acts” that you can use in therapy. Acting Out, Listen: Do & Say is a 120-page book full of delightful, short (10=15 minute) stories that promote better listening and speaking skills in children, grades K-3. Ideal for small and large group settings, including all tiers of RtI, these stories engage students in listening, auditory memory, turn-taking, cooperation, pretending, following directions, choral speaking, vocabulary, grammar, non-verbal communication, articulation, fluency, and appropriate use of voice. Talk about differentiated instruction and hitting multiple IEP goals at once – these teacher-lead stories offer all this and more! Participation is the key to learning, and that’s exactly what these stories encourage. Each story includes useful information for the teacher or therapist: a list of vocabulary, directions on eliciting student participation, modifications to simplify or increase complexity of student responses, and the targeted communication skills.
For any SLP or special education teacher who is looking to liven up instruction and increase active student involvement learning, Acting Out is a MUST! I will be getting a new special needs kindergarten class in my school this fall, and will continue to work with other elementary students who have speech, language, and/or auditory processing deficits. I am sure this book will be an important part of my “bag of tricks” when planning lessons for all of these students.
Dancing in the Kitchen: Songs that Celebrate the Joy of Food
and Happy Mealtimes with Happy Kids: How to Teach Your Child
About the Joy of Food!
Producer/Author: Melanie Potock, M.A., CCC-SLP
CD is $13.95, or $11.00 for MP3 download, book is $15.16
Most little kids go through a "picky eater" stage, but
for some children who have physical, neurological, or other issues,
mealtime can be a nightmare for everyone involved, resulting in upset,
frustration, and in some cases, malnourishment. Pediatric Feeding
Specialist Melanie Potock has used her years of experience to create a
book of "practical and surprising tips" for parents and others involved
in feeding children who, for one reason or another, are resistant to
exploring new tastes and textures. Happy Mealtimes with Happy Kids
is a well-written, easy to understand paperback book full of very
useful information on such topics as positioning, utensils,
self-feeding, exploring and tolerating new foods, drinking from a straw,
toothbrushing after meals, and understanding and managing
gagging/choking. The humorous chapter headings and gentle but thorough
explanations will help parents relax as they apply the techniques that
will help children become better eaters. This book would be an
excellent baby shower gift for any new parent, and would be especially
useful for parents, caregivers, and IEP teams of children with special
While the book is written for adults, the delightful CD, "Dancing in the
Kitchen," will appeal to adults and children alike. Written and
performed by Joan Huntsberry Langford, a full band, and a children's
chorus, the songs are varied, catchy, and full of fun. Imagine, a
calypso, a march, and -- yes -- an operetta about Peas! Don't believe
me? Check out the video of the Peas Operetta on YouTube.
Beethoven, Handel, and a few other classical composers may be spinning
in their graves, but you will love it! The eleven tunes on this CD
are "designed for fostering joyful, stress-free mealtimes" and are sure
to become a happy, entertaining, and even soothing part of a home and
school meals. I have no doubt this CD will have you and your little
ones "dancing in the kitchen!"
Title: Practical Test of Articulation and Phonology (PTAP)
Author: Beth Boozer, M.A., CCC
Quick. Easy. Flexible. All of these
words describe the new Practical Test of Articulation and Phonology
(PTAP) by Beth Boozer, an SLP who knows how important "quick, easy, and
flexible" are to busy SLPs. This criterion-referenced instrument,
comprised of 36 colored photo test items, measures 23 phonemes and 7
phonological processes in just minutes. Use the PTAP as a screener, an
assessment, and an RtI tool for pre-testing and progress monitoring.
The color-coded data form makes scoring easy, and includes an intake and
oral motor exam form. Analysis of the PTAP results will help the
clinician make a differential diagnosis between an articulation delay, a
phonological disorder, or a combination of both. If you are looking
for something quick, easy, and flexible, check out the PTAP.
Title: The Pirate Who Couldn't Say "Arrr!"
Author: Angie Neal, M.S., CCC
$9.99 (also available as a CD or digital download)
Description: This delightful, 28-page book
tells the story of poor "Red Legs" Lamar, a pirate who couldn't say
"AAAR!" A crusty old pirate gives him instructions and then, after lots
of practice (no surprise there!), Lamar finally lets loose with "AAAR!
all over the world. I read this book with my own "AAAR - impaired"
kiddos and they loved it! The instructions for placement and production
include the same "do's and don'ts" that I've been saying for years, but
having a pirate say it somehow has more power and validity (or so it
seemed). The kids enjoyed practicing the the list of pirate-related
vocabulary, too. This book, with its clever rhymes and cute
illustrations, can be used anytime, but it will be especially fun for my
students on September 19 when we celebrate "Talk Like a Pirate Day!"
(Who knew?!) Author and SLP Angie Neal has come up with loads of
curriculum connections including vocabulary, pirate jokes, ideas for
writing activities, and so much more! I already had some pirate-related
activities in my own bag of tricks that worked very well with this
book. If you have students who struggle with AARRR then -- shiver me
timbers! -- you'll want to dig up this treasure.
Title: Common Core Early Language Screener
Author: Smarty Ears
Source: www.smartyearsapps.com and from the App Store
Description: SmartyEars recently released the “Common Core Early Language Screener,” a bright, colorful, easy-to-score screener for pre-K and K students (although it can also be used with older students who may be functioning at a lower level). Twenty-three skills are assessed, including letter and number recognition, prepositions, various phonological awareness tasks, following 1-2 part directions, vocabulary, categories, and auditory memory. Directions and prompts are presented on one screen; stimulus items and simple scoring are presented on the next. The number of test items varies with the grade level of the child (pre K, early K, late K). At the conclusion of the test, a report is generated which shows each skill, the number of correct and possible answers, and accuracy percentage.
Part of my responsibility each spring as a school-age SLP is to visit local preschools and private kindergartens to do the transition evals for students already identified through early intervention. My load was lightened this year when I switched from a traditional (bulky) articulation test to my new favorite “Sunny Articulation Test,” an iPad app also by SmartyEars. This coming spring, I can lighten my load even more. No more lugging boxes of testing materials for language! Armed with my iPad and this new Common Core Early Language Screener, I can now do articulation and language screening in a format that the little ones respond well to, that produce useful reports, and that keep my travel light. And, as with the Sunny Articulation Test, there are no test protocols to purchase, ever. Love it!
Title: Custom Boards-Premium
Author: Smarty Ears
Source: www.smartyearsapps.com and from the App Store
Description: At last! An app that allows the user to create symbol-based materials! Custom Boards contains a over 100 pre-made templates for activities, worksheets, and game boards, signs and labels, schedules and calendars, communication board grids, and overlays for switches and communication devices. The app also offers 11,000 Smarty Symbols, arranged by category. Populating the grids with symbols, text, and colored backgrounds couldn't be easier. Simply select the category you want, scroll through, then touch the desired symbol to select it. You can also use the search box to locate symbols. In addition, you can import symbols and photos imported from your camera or the Internet. Once your page is created, touch the check mark to preview, print, email as a PDF, save, or add to your photo library.
While Custom Boards is quite intuitive, the in-app tutorial is very well done and worth viewing to get you started. You can also view this tutorial on the Smarty Ears website as a way of previewing the app before buying.
I would definitely recommend the Custom Boards app as a quick, easy way to create personalized materials for communication and so much more!
www.smartyearsapps.com and from the App Store
I am a strong proponent of drill, drill, drill for artic (see “Drill, Baby, Drill” post for details), so I was delighted to find a a new app for the iPad offers lots of practice at the word, phrase, and sentence level in a format that doesn’t slow down the session or take away from valuable practice time. As a bonus, it offers some unique features that are quite useful to the student and the therapist. The app is “Articulate It!” by Smarty Ears.
Like a lot of the newer Smarty Ears Apps, this one communicates with the Therapy Report Center, an app which lets you add the student info once, then pull it into other Smarty Ears Apps for quick play. When the activity is done, the data transfers to the Therapy Report Center, so you can see at a glance the apps a student has used and his performance on each one. Up to six students can use this app at one time.
There are two main games — Flashcards and Matching. Within each of those activities, you can select from phonemes, phonological processes, manner of articulation, and number of syllables. Within each of those categories you can choose the specific area(s) that you want to work on, and you have the opportunity to view the word list and deselect any you won’t want included in the game. In the Matching game, a stimulus photo is shown and the label is spoken. The student(s) have to locate the match by touching and naming the photos that are revealed. The SLP touches the check mark or X to score the student’s production for each turn.
My favorite game is Flashcards. As above, you select the skill(s) and specific parameters that you want to target. A “flip chart” appears with a photo in the center and three tabs below, labeled “words, phrases, sentences.” This makes for very quick and easy selection of levels for each student in a mixed group. Also as above, the SLP can quickly score each production. The SLP can also make notes about the student’s performance on any of the words, and the student can record his/her production and play it back for immediate feedback. But one of the coolest features is the ability to use the iPad’s camera as a mirror so the student can watch his/her production! Another great feature: you can add your own photos and words to the game.
This app is so well designed. It offers the SLP control over features of the target presentation, provides extensive choices of target words and photos, allows the SLP to customize by adding even more words, and will generate a detailed report when the session is done. The photos (over 1,000 of them!) and sound quality are excellent. I love the fact that “Articulate It!” is quick and easy to play — no sound effects, silly reinforcement interludes, or other delays that take away from therapy time — and it can be effectively used in small groups. There are other matching games and other flashcard apps out there, but none as versatile and as near to my therapy philosophy as “Articulate It!” With this app, my students get all the drill that I want them to have in a format that they enjoy. This app sells for $38.99 at iTunes. More information can be found atwww.smartyearsapps.com.