Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Good Free App of the Day: Silly Sentence Articulation for Speech Therapy FREE for a limited time!

Screen Shot 2015-03-11 at 9.02.24 PMErik X. Raj develops some of my favorite apps for speech-language pathology. And today, one of his apps (one I didn't yet have, even) has gone FREE! I'm so excited to use Silly Sentence Articulation in my therapy the rest of this week. I know it will make the sessions just a little more fun. Silly Sentence Articulation is good for my students who work on both language and articulation goals, and it's even fun to practice speech at home. Best of all, it's FREE! Download now to have it ready to go on your iPad!

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I have most of the other Erik X. Raj apps, and the kids at my school love playing them. They keep our articulation therapy interactive and a lot more fun than just reciting boring sentences or naming pictures. I love the idea of asking the kids to say why a sentence is silly--sometimes this is a hard skill. Students can recognize that it is silly, but can't quite articulate why. This critical thinking skill is easily practiced with this great app!

From iTunes:
SillyCreated by Erik X. Raj, M.S., CCC-SLP, Silly Sentence Articulation is an interactive app for your iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, and iPod touch that features a collection of over 500 silly sentence questions (also known as absurdities) designed for speech-language pathologists to use with individuals who exhibit difficulty producing the following speech sounds: S, Z, R, L, S/R/L Blends, SH, CH, and TH.

Features:

-Tons of content: with just a tap of a finger, children and clinicians can discover over 500 sound specific silly sentences and questions that are perfect for the speech therapy setting.

-Hear the sentence: each silly sentence has an exciting narrative audio component to it.

-Hear an answer: each silly sentence has an example audio response that children get a kick out of.

-Child-friendly interface: simple and intuitive, a wonderful experience from start to finish.

Information:

With over 2 hours worth of fun and exciting audio questions and answers, Silly Sentence Articulation will trigger a tremendous amount of fantastic conversation in your speech therapy room. It is intended to aid in the remediation of articulation impairments, as well as auditory and language difficulties because clients often need practice in more than one area of communication.

Silly2Introducing children to these silly sentences serves two purposes – both necessary in effective problem solving and decision-making. First, it helps them become more aware of the need to logically analyze information and apply common sense reasoning to communication. Second, it helps them to begin to recognize absurdity as being a key component of humor, which assists in building emotional balance and intellectual growth.

The silly sentence format within this application is a departure from traditional articulation drill work and is effective for students ages 6 and up. Because of this unique format, clients enjoy saying the silly sentences to their friends and classmates outside of the speech therapy room, further practicing their communication skills and thereby facilitating the sometimes difficult stage of carrying over newly-acquired skills. By reviewing the silly sentences with the client, paraprofessionals in the classroom and/or parents at home can reinforce the client’s skills while sharing a fun activity. Practicing communication skills in environments outside the speech therapy setting increases opportunities for generalization of communication skills.

Silly3I invite you to use the content within this application to spice up your speech therapy sessions. The silly sentences are intended to initiate exciting and lively conversations. Every silly sentence has the potential for leading almost anywhere. Even a silly sentence that appears simple can trigger a unique thought process and complex response.

Regardless of when, where or how these silly sentences are used within the speech therapy session, one thing is certain, children (as well as clinicians) will have a blast talking about them . . . and in the process they will continue to practice the correct pronunciation of their sounds at the spontaneous conversation level. Let your imagination run wild and have fun with this therapy material!

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MeHeather is sleeping while sitting up and typing. And that's not a silly sentence.

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