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My First Words-Flashcards app for Speech Language Therapy

speech language therapy iPad appMy First Words-Flashcards app for Speech Language Therapy

 

Are you inundated with iPad apps? With so many apps out there it is hard to know which are worth your time and money. Chicago Speech and More recommends My First Words-Flaschards by Alligator Apps  for helping to improve your child’s expressive vocabulary skills. This app can be a great addition to speech language therapy sessions.

My First Words-Flashcards is available on both the iPad and the iPhone and is a great tool for parents and speech pathologists. The app provides over 200 interactive and colorful flashcards to engage and motivate toddlers. My First Words-Flashcards is split up into a variety of functional, early developing language categories. You can choose to target specific categories such as: accessories, actions, animals, baby things, body, clothing, feelings, food, mommy’s purse, on wheels, shapes and toys.  Where you start depends on your child or client’s language needs.  There are 8 fun and exciting game modes to play. Oh, and just one small thing. It’s Free.

My First Words-Flaschards is a multi-sensory learning tool that can boost any speech language therapy session. In addition to the colorful and engaging graphics, the words are written and spoken with each flashcard. As your child begins to master the various levels, the sound can be switched off to encourage independent language production.  Don’t like something- don’t worry. This app is fully customizable. Don’t like the font? The size of the font? The case of the letters? Change it! You can even delete or add cards within a category.

I have incorporated this app into my speech language therapy sessions and it’s great. Not only do I find this app to be extremely successful, my clients LOVE it.  The little ones enjoy tapping the pictures to see the next flashcard.  With so many categories, my clients never get bored.  I have seen great progress when this app is used as part of a speech language therapy program.  Chicago Speech and More highly recommends My First Words-Flashcards.

What makes My First Words-Flashcards so great is that with just one app, you have hundreds of picture cards spanning a ton of categories at your fingertips.  Say good-bye to lugging (and buying) twenty packs of vocabulary cards and hello to the future of speech therapy.

Chicago Speech and More recommends Letter Factory by Leap Frog

Chicago Speech and More recommends Letter Factory by Leap FrogChicago Speech and More recommends Letter Factory by Leap Frog

 

There are so many toys, video games and DVDs to choose from.  Chicago Speech and More recommends the DVD Letter Factory by Leap Frog. If you are looking for something engaging and educational, Letter Factory is it.

Letter Factory is a fun and successful way to encourage early reading skills.  Popular Leap Frog characters take your children on a wacky phonics adventure. The video teaches the alphabet, letter names and letter sounds through fun and catchy sounds. Just wait, after a few viewings you will be seeing the songs along with your kids.

This video REALLY works.

After hearing and seeing the great success this video had with my students, I bought it for my four-year old nephew’s birthday.  I wasn’t sure if giving him a DVD for his birthday would start a major melt-down, but I figured it was worth a try. Honestly, how many toys can one little boy have?  When he opened the gift he didn’t get too excited but he didn’t cry either.  Thinking the video might not be too popular, my sister put in her car DVD player.  At least this way she could make sure it was watched. About a week later my sister called to tell me that not only was my nephew addicted to the video, my two-year old niece was as well.  After a few weeks both of them could identify every letter and provide the sound it made.  It was amazing.

I know there is some controversy over letting your children watch too much TV. While I wouldn’t encourage placing them in front of the tube for hours on end, the 35 minutes of Letter Factory will do more good than harm. Chicago Speech and More knows reading is so important! It is never too early to introduce pre-literacy and early reading skills to your little ones. Letter Factory is a great supplement to reading and discussing books with your toddlers and pre-kindies.

Leap Frog makes a bunch of great products but Letter Factory is by far my favorite.  I can’t stress it enough—the success is mind-blowing.  I have seen it work in numerous children and even those in my own family! I suggest it to friends, relatives and even my client’s parents.  Do your children a favor and purchase Letter Factory by Leap Frog as soon as possible.

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Letter Factory video by Leap Frog

 

Chicago Speech and More Recommends Decoma Day Camp

Decoma Day Camp

Chicago Speech and More Recommends Decoma Day Camp

 

Even though the snow is falling, the summer season is fast approaching.  It might not feel like it but the time to enroll your child in camp is now.  Don’t miss out on giving your child the best summer possible. Chicago Speech and More recommends Decoma Day Camp.

Day camp is extremely fun and it encourages social and communication skills.  At Decoma  children have the opportunity to explore new activities under the supervision of experienced counselors.  Campers learn to get along with others and work together as a group.  Decoma Day Camp offers team-building opportunities through various team sports, special event days and group collaboration.  Children also get to challenge themselves in individual activities such as: rock climbing, archery, mountain biking, arts and crafts, swimming and so much more.  Campers participate in creative and stimulating activities designed for their developmental level.

At Decoma Day Camp your child is treated like family.  Each of the directors prides themselves on getting to know your child personally.  Parents receive phone calls, progress reports and newsletters throughout the summer updating them on their child’s activities and progress at camp.  Decoma Day Camp offers an open-door policy and invites parents to drop-in to visit their little ones during their camp day.  Counselors and staff members are either school teachers or college students working toward a degree in education or recreation.Decoma Day Camp

Chicago Speech and More knows that sending your children off to camp can be scary. One conversation with Gary at Decoma will alleviate all your fears. Decoma Day Camp works with your family to provide the best possible summer experience. At Decoma each child is treated as an individual. Parents can rest easy knowing that their children are having the time of their lives in a secure, non-competitive environment.

Children often wonder why they can’t attend Decoma Day Camp every day of the year. It’s no wonder Decoma Day Camp is celebrating their 65th summer.  There really is no better place on earth. You owe it yourselves and most of all to your children! Chicago Speech and More recommends Decoma Day Camp as the answer to your summer needs.

What are you waiting for? Call today for information (847) 945-4455.

Chicago Speech and More Recommends “Wheels on the Bus” App

Chicago Speech and More recommends “Wheels on the Bus”Chicago Speech and More Recommends "The Wheels on the Bus" appApp

 

With so many apps out there it is hard to know which are worth your time and money! Chicago Speech and More recommends the “Wheels on the Bus” app by Duck Duck Moose for encouraging your child’s language and motor development.

 “Wheels on the Bus” is available on both the iPad and the iPhone and is a great tool for parents and individuals that work with children. Singing and reading activities are very important for children’s skill development. The “Wheels on the Bus” app combines both (singing and reading) in a fun and engaging interactive-musical book.  Each verse of the popular children’s song has its own page. Children can tap various parts of the page to elicit sound effects and fun movements.  Touch the wheels to watch them spin,  tap the birds to hear them tweet, or push the horn to hear “beep-beep”.

The “Wheels on the Bus” app is a great way to work on language and motor skills with your children.  Sing along with the app and demonstrate the motions. Show your child how to roll their arms for the wheels or “swish” their arms to look like windshield wipers. My clients absolutely love this app and will request it each session.  Chicago Speech and More encourages you to try this app with children of any age.

To see other iPad and iPhone apps recommended by Chicago Speech and More, visit Sam’s Blog archives.

Chicago Speech and More Recommends Learn to Talk First Words app

Learn To Talk First WordsWith so many apps out there it is hard to know which are worth your time and money! Chicago Speech and More recommends Learn to Talk First Words by Thunderloop for helping to improve your child’s expressive vocabulary skills.

Learn to Talk First Words is available on both the iPad and the iPhone and is a great tool for both parents and speech pathologists.  The app provides numerous, interactive and colorful flashcards to engage and motivate toddlers. It is designed to enhance and aid in children’s language acquisition. The app is arranged in a hierarchy mirroring language development.  The deck includes high impact words (e.g., all done, bye, hi), objects and actions (e.g.,  ball, balloon, airplane), actors (e.g., baby, dog, daddy), one word actions (e.g.,  bath, cry, dance), and two word actions (e.g., blow bubbles, drink milk, eat apple).  Where you start depends on your child or client’s expressive language level (high impact words being the most basic and two word actions the most complex).

In addition to the colorful and engaging graphics, the words are written and spoken with each flashcard. As your child begins to master the various levels, the sound can be switched off to encourage independent language production.  Once your child has mastered the entire deck, you can move onto Learn To Talk More Words app.

Not only do I find this app to be extremely successful, my clients LOVE it!  The little ones enjoy swiping their fingers across the screen to see the next flashcard. I have seen great progress when this app is used as part of a speech therapy program.  Chicago Speech and More highly recommends the Learn to Talk First Words app.

What makes Learn to Talk First Words so great is that with just one app, you have hundreds of picture cards at your fingertips.  Say good-bye to lugging twenty packs of vocabulary cards and hello to the future of speech therapy.

Speech Therapy and Yoga

Chicago Speech and More recommends the ABC Yoga Cards for Kids.

 

We live in a fast-paced, stress filled world. We could all use a little yoga in our lives. For the past six months I have been starting my mornings with a yoga class and it has changed my life. At first when the alarm went off at 5:30 am I wanted to throw it across the room. These days, I find myself only snoozing once and then rolling up my yoga mat to hit the studio. As someone who stresses out A LOT, I can honestly say that yoga is a must!ABC Yoga Cards for Kids

I started using the Learn with Yoga: ABC Yoga Cards for kids with my students in our speech therapy sessions last year with great success. The ABC yoga cards are colorful and easy to follow. In addition they also provide great language activities. Research has shown that learning is enhanced through movement.

Incorporating just 3-5 minutes of a yoga warm-up started our speech therapy sessions off right. My students were more grounded, engaged and calm. After just a few weeks, students had memorized the “flows” and knew which position came next and how to execute the poses. Their yoga practice improved, as did their language skills.

Why not start your day, speech session, class, or activity with yoga? There is no better way to get your kids ready to learn!

Speech therapy and yoga go hand in hand.

 

Chicago Speech and More reccomends ArtikPix app

Chicago Speech and More recommends the ArtikPix iPad app for improving your child’s articulation.

With so many apps out there it is hard to know which are worth your time and money! Chicago Speech and More recommends the ArtikPix by Expressive Solutions LLC for helping to improve your child’s articulation skills.

ArtikPix is available on both the iPad and the iPhone and is a great tool for both parents and speech pathologists.  The app provides numerous, exciting and colorful pictures that target speech sounds in all word positions (initial, medial and final).  ArtikPix uses flashcards and matching games to engage children and provide repeated opportunities to produce target sounds—as an added bonus, kids learn new vocabulary words along the way!

Whether using the app for traditional articulation drill therapy or for a game of “memory”, ArtikPix has a built in scoring feature that allows you to keep accurate data of up to four children at a time.   This is especially helpful for school speech-language pathologists. Imagine- a fun activity and an accuracy tracker all in one!

What makes ArtikPix so great that with just one app, you have hundreds of picture cards at your fingertips.  Say good-bye to lugging twenty packs of articulation card cases and hello to the future of speech therapy.

 

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