Speech-Language Pathologist are some of the most creative people I know. Since we service clients of all ages with a wide variety of disorders, it is necessary to adapt our therapy to meet the client’s needs. I have never met a SLP with an unlimited budget so we have to be creative to find what works best for our clients. I am beginning a linky party that will post the third Tuesday of each month. The title of this linky party is Unexpected Therapy Finds (UTF for short). Whether you found it in a dollar store, pantry, grocery store, or an online search, please share what you have found successful for your clients that is not typically meant for speech-language therapy. Each month the core topic will change. Please include information about:
- where did you find the item
- how you used it to address speech-language goals
- what age level would you find it helpful for
You can post about one unexpected item for that topic or several. Please copy and include the linky image to identify your UTF post. At the bottom of the page complete the information to include your post in the linky party. Use the URL for the post and not your general website. This helps others follow the UTF Linky Party more efficiently. If you don’t have a website but have a UTF of your own please post a comment about it. The first topic is APPS. I love using my iPad in therapy and with so many apps available it makes it easy to find apps that work in the therapy room. Here are a few of my go to apps: 1. Talking apps (Tom, Bird, Gina Giraffe, etc) I have used these apps to address articulation, fluency, and expressive language skills. When using it to address articulation, make sure that the voice playback is clear enough for the client to hear the misarticulation. In fluency therapy it adds a fun way to help clients identify when they stutter and what type of dysfluency they produce. The Talking apps are lots of fun when asking and answering question, checking grammar and sentence structure, and retelling events. This app can be used for children ages pre-k through middle school. Voice changing apps can be used in the same way to target different areas or to just add some excitement to boring target drills. 2. Decide Now! This app allows the user to make custom spinners. I have created spinners to play with games and to address different goals in therapy. Sections I add to the spinner to address articulation include: say the word 2x, say the word 3x, say the word in a sentence, antonym, synonym, definition. When I use the spinner to address vocabulary, I include sections titled: define, draw it, act it out, make a nym (synonym, antonym, homonym), in a sentence, speech part, reminds me of. I am so excited to see what other unexpected apps SLPs have used in therapy. Happy Linking! Here is next month’s topic so you can plan ahead to join the party!