Friday, August 30, 2013

SLP Back to School Blog Hop!

Hi Everyone!

Happy Friday, and happy SLP Back to School Blog Hop Day! I really hope you guys are enjoying this as much as we are!

These are the fabulous prizes up for grabs:

I made a FREEBIE for you on matching school supplies with their functions. I hope you guys like it! You can download it in my TPT store by clicking HERE or the pictures below!

 You're letter from me is:

Click on the following pictures to go back to the first blog or to go forward to the next blog! Thanks so much for following us, and good luck with the giveaways!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

A Baby and a Back to School Blog Hop!

Hi Everyone!

I have some very exciting news! Many of your favorite bloggers are teaming up for a blog hop just in time for Back to School! Not only will you have access to 20 FREEBIES, but there are also some amazing prizes offered as well!

The Back to School Blog Hop is scheduled for TOMORROW, Friday, August 30 and will start with Jenn at Crazy Speech World!

In other *really* exciting news, Halle Jane Smith was born Monday, August 26th at 1:35 am. She was 7 lbs, 7 ounces, 20.5 inches long! She is amazing, and I'm completely in awe!

See you all tomorrow for the HOP!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Speech Room Tour, 2013 Edition

Happy Friday!

I've had several requests to see how I've set up my room, so I thought I'd give you a peek inside my classroom at school!

A view of my room from the door. I just re-covered by chair with colorful fabric! 

Close-up of Children's Books. Got paint stirrers from Home Depot (for free!) and added stickers to divide the themes! 

This big blue ugly thing is in my room, and I have no idea what is in there or what it's for. (I think a lot of wires). Anyway, Winnie the Pooh and Friends have a nice home on top.

 It's magnetic, so I use it for letter work! 

Spray-painted letters from Michaels work wonders for a blank wall! 

My desk: Admittedly, it really is always this clean when I go home for the day :/

The CLEAN board. Love my Story Grammar Marker magnets! 

The ever-changing bulletin board. The kids usually have a 5 minute phonological awareness activity to warm-up. I hung strips and clip books from whatever theme/holiday we're on. These are all books for back-to-school!

My bookshelf. Top row: SLP books. Second row: Therapy books/materials. Third row: Children's books. Bottom row: Student Notebooks, empty binders, and RtI Workgroup info I'm working on. 

Storage cabinet top: Decorations, SGM, Artic on left. Tests, Art supplies, and Language on right. 
Storage Cabinet Bottom: Games, games, and more games! 

The top of the storage cabinet is a great place for storing Book Buddies and Ned's Head! 

Story Grammar Marker Section: Note Braidy's and student braids hang on walls with command hooks! 

Felt-covered science-fair board makes a great Story Grammar Marker Velcro board! 

Therapy In a Boxes. On top are complete sets of character books (such as Junie B. Jones) 

Filing Cabinets. Labeled with dry-erase markers, so I can erase and change the drawers as needed! 

The "card deck" shelf. True to my SLP/OCD nature, Language on top shelf, Artic on bottom shelf. The crayon art was a Christmas gift from a friend. Art supplies, stickers, etc. are in the bins to the left. 

Hope you found some of this useful! Do you have any organization tips that save your sanity? 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Smarty Ears' Basic Concepts Skills Screener {An App Review}

Hello Friends!

I'm back today with another app review from one of my favorite App Companies, Smarty Ears! Jonathan contacted me about reviewing a new assessment app: Basic Concepts Skills Screener. This app targets basic concepts such as prepositions, size, emotions, amount, and more in a receptive format, where the student has four choices to choose from.

When you first open the app, you are prompted to choose your preferred language. This can be changed at any time by clicking on the "Settings" tab on the top right.

When you click "Add Student," you enter the students name and date of birth, and the app automatically calculates their chronological age for you (yay!)

As with all Smarty Ears apps, you can click the "Info" tab in the top left corner to find additional information, contact support, watch tutorials, and more!

When you click "New Test," you are asked to choose between a full screening (79 items) or a quick screening (30) items. Because this is a screener, each student is done one at a time.

The student is then presented with four picture choices and a verbal and written prompt. When the student chooses an answer, a box surrounds their choice.

Here is another example of the types of questions presented.

Even though this screener targets a student's receptive abilities, you can add notes during the test to include anecdotal data, observations, or expressive answers as well.
When the test is complete, this screen provides reinforcement for the students. Auditory reinforcement sounds are also provided throughout the test after each answer for motivation!

When the test is complete, a complete report is generated based on the student's results.

A breakdown of each concept is provided as well as exact percentages.

Performance graphics are also provided with a great color-coded system to show the student's abilities in each concept type, as well as a breakdown of the concepts that should be mastered by each age level.

You can pull up the reports at any time, and the reports can be sent via email or pulled up in TRC as well!
There are several things I love about this app:

  • I'm always looking for a quick, painless way to screen students, be it for RtI, language concerns, or baseline data for new students to know where to begin
  • This app is a great way to identify areas where a student is struggling and get ideas for new goals
  • I love that there is a countdown during the test to show you how many questions are left
  • I love that the results can be exported into TRC (Therapy Report Center)
  • The results can be printed or emailed, to keep in students' files, or to show parents
  • The breakdown of each concept in the detailed report is very thorough and provides great information on where the student is and what is expected by their age
  • I like that you click "next" when you are ready to move to the next question instead of it automatically moving on (this gives me extra time to make notes or gives the student time to comment expressively)
  • I love the color-coded percentage graphs in the report, which are easy to explain to parents or other professionals
  • The app uses Smarty Symbols pictures, which my students are already accustomed to. These same symbols can also be used to teach the concepts that the student needs to learn
Suggestions for updates:
  • My only suggestion is that it would be great if you could "pause" a screener and pick it back up in case you run out of time. Though you can always click "done" to exit a screener, if you have not finished all of the questions, you are unable to go back and finish. Sometimes I only have 5 minutes here and there to spend with a student, so to be able to start and stop (especially on the full screener) would be awesome!
As always, Smarty Ears has delivered yet another amazing app to make the lives of SLPs easier! This app is available in iTunes for $11.99!

Have you used this app yet? If so, what do you think? If not, could you see it being a helpful addition to your SLP tools?