Speech Apps

Here is list of speech apps both free and paid that we are continually updating:

Word Flips – $29.99 on iTunes

Word FLiPS App is a must for children with limited speech, unintelligible speech, and/or childhood apraxia of speech! Teach functional vocabulary words, such as greetings and requests (for example, “hi,” “go,” and “bye”) while practicing up to three repetitions of sound sequences.

Features:
• Choose words according to articulatory placement: Bilabial, Alveolar, Velar, and Palatal.
• Choose words according to syllable structure: CV, CVC, CVCV, or custom.
• Choose all words (including nonsense words) or only the suggested “real” words.
• Includes audio of all syllables.
• “Free Play” mode allows you to flip through the cards or randomly generate syllable combinations.
• Record a student’s productions and replay audio clips.

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The CHAT Bag – $35.00

 

What is the Chat Bag?

The CHAT bag was inspired by Lori’s beautiful daughter Hannah who has Down Syndrome, Autism, and Apraxia. She currently uses an iPad to communicate with. Lori wanted to create a versatile bag that had adjustable straps, soft fabric with colorful designs, and have the screen exposed at all times for easy access. Now she can carry her bag anywhere and CHAT (Children Have A Tool) with us.

I was so excited to receive this bag as my son loves using his ipad.  Although my son doesn’t use it for communication I love that he has the ability to have it protected and has the ability to carry it with him.  This will help promote responsibility for his stuff.

Assisted technology like ipads and smartphones are becoming more widely used in schools and during therapy sessions.

Here is a link to my son using the ipad during his speech therapy in school. http://youtu.be/8EqzDotOjfk

The CHAT bag fits Apple Ipads 1, 2 and 3.

You may even special order if you don’t see a fabric that you like or if you have a different tablet size.

If you are looking to buy this for a loved one, but don’t know what fabric they would like Lori has gift certificates available.  Click here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the bag that I received for my son:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lori graciously sent me my own CHAT bag, yes they do have Adult CHAT bags.  Here is the
one she sent for my ipad:

 

To order directly from Lori at CHAT Bag please click here.  Please make sure to reference the SpecialMoms Special Needs Holiday Gift Guide.

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Disclaimer: I received the above product(s) at no cost to me by the company or representing PR agency. All opinions are my own. You may read more of my disclosure here.

 

 

Introducing Your Child to Their School With a Student Snapshot

Beginning a new school year can be overwhelming to any child and their parents, but if your child has special needs it’s even more nerve wracking.

As the expert on your child, you as the parent or caregiver have valuable information that needs to be shared with the school community.  Who is the school community; these are people that interact with your child during the school day, besides their IEP team, it may include office workers, nurse, playground assistants, aides, teachers, bus drivers, or cafeteria aides you want them to know more about your child in order to assist them during their school day.

This is where a “Student Snapshot” can come in handy.  If the only information people have about your child is a special education label, they may make their own assumptions about your child that may be inaccurate.  Let’s say your child is on the playground and the aide, keeps calling your child to come in but your child doesn’t respond.  The aide may get frustrated with your child, not realizing your child has a hearing impairment.

This is where the “Student Snapshot” is perfect; it’s a simple, quick, concise way for you to share information quickly and accurately without long emails, missed phone calls or relying on others to relay the information.  This one page snapshot is more likely to be read and remembered.  Click for  Student Snapshot

Tips:

  • Keep it simple, like 5 bullets
  • Keep it short (one side)
  • Bulleted lists are easier to read
  • Avoid medical terminology since some people may not understand that important detail (layman’s terms)
  • Prioritize – just a few of the most important considerations that all staff should be aware of don’t duplicate the IEP.
  • Personalize it – put a photo on it so people can recognize your child
  • Decide who will need a copy of the “Snapshot”
  • Distribute it at a back to school night event, IEP annual conference and make sure to give a copy if any of these personnel change

 

How did you introduce your child to their school, teachers, students, etc?