I am a bag lady. Really, I bet you all are. Raise your hand if you have more than one work bag. I have my everyday work bag (always contains my computer, ipad, calendar, and random therapy items.) I also have my ‘extra’ work bags. For when I’m traveling between buildings or hauling things to preschools. I won’t even get into my rolling cart of fun. That’s what is so amazing for the traveling SLPs about the ipad. I have two kinds of apps on my ipad. I have apps that do things I could never do with traditional materials (like animated social videos in The Social Express) and I have apps that replace my traditional materials and help me lighten the load as a bag lady. That’s the category that the Super Duper Inc apps fall into for me. Recently Super Duper reached out to me and asked if I wanted to become a reviewer of their apps. I didn’t hesitate to say yes because I am TIRED of being the bag lady! I bet you are too. These 4 apps are all in my “Eliciting Expressive Language” folder in my ipad. Super Duper provided me with a free copy of these apps, but the opinions in this review are all mine. What’s Being Said? is the newest app released by Super Duper. Each photo shows some characters (animal or human kind!) that are in a conversation evoking situation. You can collect data right in the app and then email it to yourself at the end of the session. These open ended apps are my absolute favorite. I can use the app for prediction like the app is intended or I can use it to target a variety of other goals within the same session! This week I used it with a group of second grade girls. We worked on objectives for sentence creation and word order, pronouns, irregular plurals and using compound/complex sentences. I LOVE an app that not only relieves me of my bag lady status, but also let’s me target multiple goals therefore saving some precious memory on my ever filling ipad! Currently $5.99 in the itunes store. Let’s Predict is the other brand new fun deck, turned app from Super Duper. Prediction is such an important skill for our language impaired students. It’s a skill I often work on with our kids who have difficulty with reading comprehension. I usually find that making a prediction based on a picture is a good place to start in scaffolding this skill. If I can teach a child to use the clues in a picture to make a prediction, then I can teach them to make a mental image or look for clues in writing to make predictions and inferences. The visual is always a great place to start and Super Duper makes it easy with this new app! It’s another great app for getting the kids chatting and I like to use open ended apps like this for informal assessments for articulation, language and fluency. This app is currently $5.99. Understanding Inferences is one of my favorite apps. Mostly because this app can elicit some of those ‘kids say the darndest things’ moments (inferences and idioms are funny speech days!) It’s also one of those skills that can be elusive to a language impaired student. Making logical inferences is just tough for some kids so I use this app a ton. There are 52 cards in this app and each card gives a prompt that is specific to the picture. The verbal prompt coming from the ipad is much more entertaining than if I provide the verbal prompt myself! One thing I wanted to point out is that you can select which cards students see. So if you have a student having a lot of trouble, you can use mostly cards he understands and just ‘fold-in’ the new scenarios a few at a time. A great strategy for teaching new information and keeping the student feeling successful. It’s currently $5.99 Story Starters is the last in my round up of apps for Expressive Language. The 60 pictures in this version are perfect for the elementary aged student. They draw giggles and stories right out! The app is wonderful for working on skills such as Beginning, Middle, End, and idea generation/organization in preparation for writing. Quick Overview: + Four apps that can be used in open ended scenarios to target a variety of expressive language goals. + Data Collection included + 52/60 Photos in each deck, gives lots of opportunity for practice + Price is manageable for apps that can be used broadly – Photos are those in the Fun Decks – No interactive component The apps are available for Android users too! Fun Decks for everyone! No more SLP Bag Ladies! Some of you might be getting a funny picture of my life as a 25 year old. I’ve now admitted to being both a Crazy Cat Lady (who doesn’t like cats) and a Bag Lady. Anything for you guys! Do you have a favorite Super Duper App? Do you have a favorite Fun Deck that you are wishing would be the next app? Leave a comment and let me know!
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I also have the SD “What Are They Thinking” app. I like it for exp lang, prob solving and social skills. It is similar to “What’s Being Said”, but I think it is a little less money ($3.99).
Jenna, you mention that you have these apps in your “Eliciting Expressive Language” folder on your iPad. I would love to see how you arrange your apps within folders. Is there any way you can post a screen shot of your ipad screens so I can see what folders you have for your speech/language apps?
Jenna Rayburn says
Hi Teri! YEs! But if you want to see that then you’re going to want to see what’s in each folder! So that’s on my ‘summer list’ of things to do! Is to post my folders and the apps! (is it summer yet?)
That would be so awesome!! Thanks Jenna! (Summer yet? I was just asking myself the same question this morning on my way back to work after having 9 days off for spring break!) 🙂
Thanks again!! I’ll keep my eye out for it this summer!
I was wondering if you could share how specifically you used the what is being said app to teach sentences and irregular plurals- are the students producing the sentence orally only or are they writing it. I love your suggestion of how to use this app, would love to implement it in my sessions.
I was thinking the same thing….Jenna, can you give us some suggestions?
Jenna Rayburn says
To work on grammar or other non-intended goals with the What’s being Said App – I just turn the volume of the ipad off. Then I ask the students Q’s that will elicit plurals. The student knows we are trying to find multiples of things to get to plurals. So for the picture of a girl opening presents I might ask, How many presents are there? And the student answers ‘I see two presents’ or “I see two boxes’. After a little bit they know they are looking for multiple of items so they might just yell out ” I see two feet!” before I can ask the question. They like to try to beat me and its great for carryover! I do like to have them writing sentences too some sometimes i give them white boards and they write those kinds of sentences. I think it helps them to write it!
I desperately wish they would do an is/are app! I work with a lot of kids who have copula use goals and currently I am using the Language Builder app and having them create sentences, but it doesn’t take data or teach that skill explicitly.
(FYI, I use the Language Builder app pretty much every day in therapy. It is so versatile!)
Jenna Rayburn says
I hope they make that one too! They are working on making them for every fun deck so we will just have to impatiently wait! I use language builder all the time too! It is so flexible!