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25Feb2016

I was so excited to get to review the Sunny Articulation Phonology Test Kit App from Smarty Ears Apps because I have multiple preschoolers on my caseload with phonological disorders. Assessing them quickly and monitoring their progress is vital and this app will definitely help with that!

Getting started with the app is very easy. Simply enter in a child’s name, gender, and birth date and you are ready to go!

The Sunny Articulation Phonology Test Kit is unique in that you can choose to do a quick consonant screener, a full evaluation (you can choose whether or not to include vowels here, love that option!), or just an R screener (also love this option so I don’t have to waste a bunch of time for kids with just “r” problems!) You can see your choices in the image below.

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For this review, I chose to do a full assessment. Once you click to start the assessment, you will be taken through a series of pictures. The word being tested is written phonetically at the top of the screen. The phonemes being evaluated are highlighted. If a child makes an error, you simply tap on the phoneme in error and a menu will come up where you can select the type of error made. In the picture below, you can see that the child I was testing exhibited cluster reduction on the /sn/ in “snake”. Entering substitutions/omissions/etc. is so quick and easy! I love it! Another great feature is that you can record the child’s productions which is very helpful for later reference.

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The full assessment (without vowels) is 46 pictures long. A little long for my preschoolers attention span, but the iPad helped with the attention aspect! I found the pictures to all be very appropriate for even preschool age students with only a few exceptions (olive was tough!). After you complete the assessment you can also choose whether to also assess at the sentence level which is a fantastic option. You also enter in a subjective judgement of overall intelligibility rate at the single word and conversational level.

After your assessment is complete, you can then generate a very in-depth report that analyzes the child’s errors by phoneme position, manner of articulation, voicing feature, the specific word errors, place of articulation, and phonological process. It gives an incredible amount of information with no extra work from you! Awesome! You can also add your own recommendations into the report.

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Another nice feature is that you can turn on or off whether you want articulation sound norms to show up in the report. My district has specific norms we use so I appreciate the option to take this out. You can see this option and the other setting you can change in the image below.
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I found the app very user friendly. It provided me with a wealth of information about my articulation and phonology students. It will be a terrific resource for progress monitoring, quick screenings, and full evaluations!

The Sunny Articulation Phonology Test Kit is available in the iTunes store for $49.99.

Disclaimer: I was provided a free copy of this app for review and no further compensation. All opinions expressed are my own.

24Feb2016

Even if you don’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day it is a fun theme to use in speech therapy! Here is a list of fantastic FREE speech and language activities to help with your planning!

First up, a freebie from the Communication Window TPT store!

Spring Roll a Dice

Spring Roll a Dice Freebies – Open Ended, Synonyms, and Compare/Contrast

Here are some other freebies I have found:

Pot of Gold Go Togethers: cute associations game with pictures for non-readers

Lucky Leprachaun’s Listening Comprehension: 14 short stories with comprehension questions, works well as a no-print activity!

St. Patrick’s Day Following Directions Before/After Concepts: fun seasonal activity for before/after concepts

St. Patty’s Directions: avoid the leprachaun and practice 1, 2, and 3 step directions!

St. Patrick’s Day Categories: low-prep activity for practicing categories

Logical Leprechauns Problem Solving: cute scenarios for students to practice problem solving and “what should you do?” type questions

Idioms: Worth Their Weight in Gold Task Cards: 10 task cards and a recording sheet for practicing idioms

Follow the Clues: St. Patrick’s Day Edition: fun game for practicing descriptive language and inferencing

St. Patrick’s Day Build Your Own Bingo: love these for vocabulary, describing, inferencing, and following directions

St. Patrick’s Day Comprehension and Bubble Map Sheets: great for reading comprehension and using graphic organizers to describe

23Feb2016

I use interactive books almost everyday with my preschoolers so I am constantly making and putting together new ones! I use two styles of interactive books with my students. One style has the interactive picture symbols along the bottom of the page like the book below. The other style has the pictures along the right side of the book. This how to focuses on how to assemble a book in the style with the pictures along the bottom of the page.Where Questions Vehicle Book Actual Picture smallMaterials needed: printer, laminate, adhesive velcro, scissors, book rings or binding coils

Step 1: Print out all the pages of the book. Cut along the dotted lines near the bottom of the pages. Cut out the picture symbols. Do NOT cut the page that has blank squares along the bottom.

Do Not CutStep 2: Laminate all pages. Place rough-sided velcro on the picture symbols and soft-sided velcro on the blank squares throughout the book.

2013-12-09 08.31.35Step 3: Decide whether you would like to assemble the book with book rings or with binding spines. If you are using book rings, either use a two-hole punch or a hole puncher to punch two holes in the upper 2/3rds of the book. Then use book rings to assemble the book. The full-size page with the blank squares along the bottom is the last page of the book.

2013-12-09 08.41.14Step 4: Place the picture symbols on the blank squares on the last page of the book. Your book is ready to go! Have fun reading it and seeing how engaged your students can be with interactive pieces!

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I have interactive books that cover dozens of themes and language concepts! To see all the interactive book sets available click here!

Communication Window Books

23Feb2016

Welcome to the new website for Communication Window! While it is still under construction, I am very excited to be building a new site that will offer a ton of useful information and materials for speech pathologists, teachers, special educators and parents.

This site will focus on providing information for facilitating speech and language growth in children, especially children with speech and language delays and/or autism. It will also provide links to load of free or low-cost materials for working on many different speech and language skills!

Please come back soon to see all the great things I have in store!