Positive Reinforcement Charts by 187kWMFt


									Positive Reinforcement Charts
iEarnedThat – An interactive puzzle enables children to monitor their progress as they
work toward goals.
iReward – Use this motivation chart to choose the behavior, the reward from your photos,
and optional praise.
iRewardChart – Use this motivation chart to assign tasks, track progress, and pay rewards
for achievements.

Social Skills
Model Me Going Places – 6 locations (e.g., playground) including photos (with
narration) of children modeling social skills.
StoryKit – Create individualized social stories with text, personal photos, and voice
recordings, then upload the story to a website.

TimeTimer – Improves time management with a visual depiction of time, and optional
audible and vibrate signals
VisualTimer – 60 minute timer with a graphical display that plays a sound and/or vibrates
at intervals or when the time expires.

Visual Schedules
First Then Visual Schedule – Create personalized visual schedules with stock images or
personal photos and voice recordings.
Picture Scheduler – To aid in recall of details, record audio and video notes to accompany
photos in a listed schedule.

*Many of the app descriptions are based on my SCRIBD list of apps.

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Internet resources for behavior interventions
Posted on May 24, 2010 by egolfer6

                        Over the weekend, I was interested in Internet resources for
behavior interventions. I wanted them for addressing student behaviors and to share with
colleagues. So, I posted on one of my favorite places for resource sharing: the QIAT
listserv. QIAT members replied with fantastic resources which I really appreciated. Using
Diigo, I bookmarked the sites with a behavior tag, and I shared them with one of my
Diigo groups, Special Ed in the 21st Century. Click the behavior tag link to view the
resources. If I find other websites for behavior interventions, I’ll add them there.

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FLASHA Annual Convention
Posted on May 22, 2010 by egolfer6

                                             The Florida Association of Speech-
Language Pathologists & Audiologists (FLASHA) Annual Convention will be held in
Orlando, FL May 27-30, 2010 at the Caribe Royale Resort. The title of the convention is
FLASHA Forward: A Glimpse of the Future. I think it’s great that the convention is
interested in how speech-language pathology can have an impact on the future. My
philosophy is aligned with FLASHA’s because my primary focus as a speech-language
pathologist is to implement modern technologies with my students to prepare them for
their future.

I was fortunately asked to be a featured speaker for the 2010 FLASHA Convention. I am
looking forward to traveling to Florida for the 1st time and to present at the convention. I
will be delivering two presentations at the convention. If you’re planning to attend, check
them out:

      Session #115: Discovering iPod touch Applications as Assistive Technology for
       Students with Special Needs. Saturday, May 29 1:45-2:45 p.m., Caribbean V.
      Session #116: Web 2.0 in Speech-Language Pathology. Saturday, May 29 3:00-
       4:00 p.m., Caribbean V. Handout.

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The price is right: Enables access for all, even me
Posted on May 20, 2010 by egolfer6
                 One of the many reasons I like the iPod touch and iPad is the price. The
8GB iPod touch is $199 or less, and the 16 GB iPad is $499. The prices enable the
opportunity for children to have a great educational solution at school and/or home. It
also allows me – as a speech-language pathologist and assistive technology specialist –
to have a great tool for professional use.

When special education hardware was/is 1000′s of dollars and software is priced at 100′s,
it prohibits access. Not just for children, but for me as well. My organization won’t pay
for it, and I can’t justify purchasing it out-of-pocket. But, now, with Apple mobile
devices priced reasonably, and many apps priced at free-$4.99, I can have access.

I can have 24/7 access because I purchased Apple mobile solutions out of pocket. At
work or home, I can easily prepare for trainings and therapy. For example, I’m able to
easily learn the ins and outs of an augmentative communication solution such as
Proloquo2Go. It enables me to be so much more competent with equipment, as a
presenter and a clinician.

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iResponse for BrainPOP
Posted on May 18, 2010 by egolfer6

iResponse (iTunes link) is a remote responder app for the iPhone and iPod touch. I
downloaded it on iPod touches for my students to use during multiple choice quizzes.
Recently, I set up iResponse for one of my middle school language groups to utilize after
presenting BrainPOP Featured Movie (iTunes link) on an iPad. BrainPOP – for those of
you who don’t know – involves a captioned video of Tim (the boy) and Moby (the robot),
followed by a 10 question quiz. I’d like to explain how I administered the lesson.
After installing the iResponse software (free), I created a 5 question multiple-choice

quiz.                              Then, I showed the BrainPOP Featured Movie regarding
Miranda Rights, pausing it throughout for comprehension checks. Once the movie
completed, I transmitted the BrainPOP quiz via Wi-Fi to my iPad. I read each question
aloud with answer choices, as my students read along on their iPods. They responded by
tapping a button for A,B, C, or D. After each response, I saw their answer on my laptop,
and they received feedback for correct, or incorrect with the right answer. At the end of
the quiz, I received a data report to save. My students said they liked iResponse, and I
liked how they received immediate feedback following each answer.

I recommend BrainPOP and iResponse because they’re great apps for a combined total of

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Blogging for Speech-Language Pathologists
Posted on May 16, 2010 by egolfer6

Until this week, I wasn’t blogging much. I started posting more after reading a post by
Seth Godin: Do you have a media channel strategy? (You Should.). The post explains
how everyone has a media channel, and I was reminded that blogging is mine. People
have expressed an interest in reading my speech-language blog. I enjoy sharing the
information, so I just needed a little extra motivation.
Blogging has enabled me to make connections that extend far beyond my hometown. I
receive comments and emails from all over the world asking me about items in my posts.
It’s an honor for people to ask for my advice. I also have people at conferences introduce
themselves as avid readers of my blog. I enjoy this because it allows me to learn about
my readers.

Not only do I hope to continue blogging frequently, I hope that others will blog more or
even begin blogging. It’s not technically difficult to blog with tools like blogger.com and
wordpress.com. The services provide many templates and helpful tutorials. If you’re
looking for more inspiration, I recommend taking a look at a blog called Speech Techie.
The blog’s author, Sean Sweeney, is a speech-language pathologist who posts regularly.
Sean shares great resources with thoughtful ideas for implementation. He has become one
of my new favorite bloggers to follow via Google Reader.

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Voice Memos
Posted on May 14, 2010 by egolfer6

          Voice Memos is an audio recorder app for the iPhone, iPod touch (requires
external mic, such as Thumbtacks), and iPad. The iPhone and iPod touch with OS 3.0 or
later comes with a free Voice Memos app. The iPad does not ship with it, but Voice
Memos for iPad (iTunes link) can be purchased on the App Store for $.99.

For implementation in a school setting for speech-language services, I’d like to provide 3
ways to use Voice Memos:

   1. On the iPhone, record a meeting such as an IEP. Place it in the middle of the
      group for recording everyone’s voices. When the recording is completed, it’s
      stored automatically in the app, and it can also be emailed to your computer for
      further storage. *Note that I have personally experienced a 30 minute limit for
      Voice Memos recordings – in an IEP meeting, nonetheless – on my iPhone. There
      are 3rd party recording apps, such as iTalk (iTunes link), that supposedly don’t
      have limits.
   2. On the iPod touch (with an external mic such as Thumbtacks), ask a child to
      practice recording a reminder. I think it’s important for children to learn an
      alternative to texting. Audio reminders are used commonly by adults (including
      me) in situations when it’s better than texting (e.g., in the car, for long messages).
      For a child to practice the skill, ask him/her to record their homework assignments
      and/or chore list.
   3. On the iPad, ask a child to record a sample (e.g., what he/she did over the
      weekend) to address articulation, voice, fluency, or language skills. During
       playback, the child can self-monitor via tallying with pencil and paper or
       Percentally (iTunes link). To learn more about how children self-monitor via
       recordings, view my related post: 3 Ways to Use a Webcam in Speech-Language

Since the iPad is a new device with apps that function differently than their iPhone and
iPod touch counterparts, I’d like to explain how I use Voice Memos for iPad. I use the
app in landscape mode because it shows previous recordings without accessing a
popover. I just tap record, then record a message, and tap stop. The message is
automatically stored in the left pane at the top. The message can then be tagged by
tapping the arrow, and shared (with a $.99 in app purchase) via email or iTunes.

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TapSpeak Button for iPad
Posted on May 12, 2010 by egolfer6

           Last Friday, I posted a message regarding TapSpeak Button for iPad (iTunes
link) on the QIAT Listserv. I now want to post a slightly modified version here on my

TapSpeak Button for iPad was released on May 7, 2010. The app is a single message
communicator which allows a verbal individual to record messages for a nonverbal
individual to access via tapping a big circle. TapSpeak Button was previously available
for the iPhone and iPod touch. Prior to the iPad app’s release, I had the pleasure of trying
a beta. Almost immediately, I thought the iPad’s larger screen was much better for the
app. It will make it so much easier for individuals with physical disabilities to access
single messages.

The developer of TapSpeak Button for iPad, Ted Conley, created the app for his son who
has CVI. With the app, his son is now able to access communication. Ted emailed me
saying that it’s the only device his son can use because the iPhone was too small and he
doesn’t have the motor skills to activate a typical switch, such as a BIGmack. That’s
because the iPad only requires a touch, not a full key press. Ted is very happy that the
app enables his son to have a huge jump on learning cause-effect relationships.

TapSpeak Button for iPad is priced fairly at $9.99, and it supports portrait and landscape
modes. I prefer landscape mode because it offers a split view for your messages and the
big circle for communicating them. With help from someone selecting messages, it’s
possible for a child with a physical disability to communicate sequences. However, Ted
is working on TapSpeak Sequence for enabling children to sequence messages
independently. I can’t wait for that!

Filed under: iPhone iPodtouch iPad TapSpeak Button Conley Solutions | 2 Comments »

App Friday
Posted on April 9, 2010 by egolfer6

Posted on Moms With Apps for App Friday, the weekly link exchange of family-friendly
apps. Today we are featuring two apps: ArtikPix and Percentally. These apps were
developed by Eric Sailers and Jason Rinn in efforts to help students and educators tackle
speech delays. Their innovations do more than assist speech & language, but also
function as tools that chart a course for how mobile devices are used in education.
                                       What is ArtikPix about?
ArtikPix is an articulation app for the iPad that has flashcard and matching (3 levels)
activities for children with speech sound delays. The full version has 14 card decks with
40 cards each (560 cards total) for the following sounds: th, f, v, ch, sh, k, g, s, z, l, r, s-
blends, l-blends, and r-blends. The free app (coming soon) will have “th” cards and an
easy matching level, but in-app purchases enable the possibility of all 14 decks. In
ArtikPix, children tap and flick cards to practice their sounds in fun activities, as data is
collected, saved, and shared to email, clipboard, or Google Spreadsheet.

                                     Why is it special?
ArtikPix is a fun, child friendly app that makes traditional articulation drills more
enjoyable. Children have a great time flicking through the flashcards, and playing the
matching activity. Compared to a traditional deck of speech cards, ArtikPix offers a
variety of features including voice recording, auditory prompting, and data collection for
saving and exporting. Additionally, the portability of ArtikPix makes it an easy tool for
parents to use at home with their children and for children to practice independently.
                                 What is Percentally about?
Percentally is a tally counter for collecting data with notes that share easily to email,
clipboard, or Google Spreadsheet. Use it to keep single tally and percentage based data
for tracking progress on goals (e.g., special education goals). Adults and children can
track progress by the tap of a finger in tallies customizable for color.

Why is it special?
Time is of the essence for everyone. Percentally is a time saver because it is an easy-to-
use tool that makes a multi-step process simple. It enables you to collect and organize
tallies in an efficient manner and easily copy the data. Initially developed for educators, it
also has uses for athletics, nutrition, motivation, counting, or any area where someone is
interested in tracking progress.

What’s in it for me?
FREE, that’s what! DOWNLOAD ARTIKPIX from the App Store FREE, for a limited
time. Next, DOWNLOAD PERCENTALLY from the App Store FREE, this Friday. If
you are a parent with an iPad, ArtikPix should be a no-brainer. If you are a person who
needs to track progress on specific goals, then go grab a copy of Percentally!

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Presenting iPod touch Sessions: Tips, Tricks, and Tools
Posted on April 5, 2010 by egolfer6
*Image by Eric Sailers

In the last month, I presented one-hour iPod touch sessions at the CUE and CSUN
Conferences. Since I work in special education, the topics covered the iPod touch for
students with special needs. The sessions were divided into labs and presentations. The
labs involved iPods for participant use, whereas the presentations did not. I learned a lot
in the process of preparing for and presenting at the conference sessions. In this posting,
I’d like to share tips, tricks, and tools from my experiences. My hope is others will
understand the importance of and learn more about presenting mobile devices with apps
at conferences.

Presenting at conferences is not only about speaking to an audience for an hour. This is
especially true when it involves giving justice to a device with extraordinary software:
the iPod touch. There is a lot that goes into a successful session, which all begins with

During my preparation, one of the first tasks was procuring iPods for the labs. The next
task was building a slide show. I roughly followed Carmine Gallo’s guideline of 90
hours: 30 hours for organizing ideas, 30 hours of building slides, and 30 hours for
rehearsing. I also implemented other ideas by Mr. Gallo, who has great resources for
presenting like Steve Jobs:

      Video

      Slide show

Prior to building slides, I created a concept and I typed an outline. I included content for
the iPod touch as a learning tool, accessibility features, accessories, the SETT framework,
and apps by category. Once the outline was completed, I began building slides. I used
Keynote with my MacBook Pro 13” to create professional looking slides. My slides
involved more images than words, because my talk ultimately tells the story. Plus,
research shows that individuals recall more from images.
Once I created slides, I shared them with colleagues for feedback. The primary piece of
feedback was that I had too many lab slides. I agreed. I soon realized that labs require far
fewer slides to accommodate a sufficient period of hands-on time with iPods. I ended up
with over 30 slides for the one-hour presentations, and fewer than half the number for
one-hour labs.

It was finally time to rehearse, which involved my slides and app demos. I rehearsed the
slides utilizing features in Keynote (in the play menu) for rehearsing and recording with
various time options. I also rehearsed with my girlfriend to make sure that everything
sounded fine when speaking in front of someone. For apps, I practiced demoing the ones
I had, and I downloaded the ones I didn’t. Some developers were generous in providing
me with promo codes.

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There was one last item to complete preparation: handouts. I needed handouts for the labs
and presentations. I created a one page handout with a list of apps on the front, and
accessories on the back. I also needed tutorials for the labs, so the participants could have
guided practice with the apps. I utilized tutorials that I previously created, along with
tutorials from the iPods 4 Special Needs Ning. Once I had the handouts in order, then I
visited a local Fed Ex Office for copies. I requested a sufficient number of handouts to
accommodate the room capacities for my sessions.

When I arrived at the session rooms, I organized my equipment. That involved the
following tools:

      Projector cable with mini-VGA Adapter

      iPevo Point 2 View camera

      iHome speakers (for rooms without a sound system)

      iPod touch

      Thumbtacks mic and earphones with mic

           o   Note: Amazon offers low-cost earphones with mic

I set up the iPevo Point 2 View camera so the iPod touch had high resolution at a
sufficient size. I began by zooming 1.25x with continuous focus, then I switched to single
focus after the iPod touch screen was focused. The result was a stable image in focus.
The camera image ran in the background, while my Keynote slide show ran full-screen.

Handouts were distributed for the presentation and lab sessions. In the case of labs, the
participants also received earphones with mic, and iPods in exchange for a picture ID. At
the end of the labs, the participants returned iPods to retrieve their IDs. My co-presenters
helped with distributing iPods, in addition to presenting slides and demoing apps. They
did an awesome job, and I couldn’t have done it without them. Rather than speaking on
their behalf, however, I will discuss my personal experiences with the sessions.

During the slide shows, I did my best to clearly articulate the information that I
rehearsed. I add-libbed a little, adding humor when appropriate, otherwise I stayed on
message. I also referenced the apps and accessories handout when it coincided with my
slides. During the slide shows, I intermittently hid Keynote to demo apps with the Point 2
View camera, then I returned to Keynote. The trick here is command H to hide Keynote,
then run Point 2 View camera in full-screen mode. When completed with the demo, press
the esc key, then return to Keynote via command tab.

As I mentioned, I demoed apps throughout the sessions. Prior to demonstrating with the
camera, I presented slides comprising screenshots and details regarding the apps. I
highlighted standard Apple features that appear in many apps, and features unique to
given apps. Additionally, the apps were presented in relation to categories (e.g.,
communication, organization, reading, etc.) that I determined, so the presentation didn’t
appear as a hodgepodge of apps. Then, using the camera, I showed a couple iPod touch
tricks, such as using the search for locating apps, and pushing the home button for
accessing the 1st page with settings. I also mentioned more tricks can be learned at Tony
Vincent’s Learning in Hand site. After that, I demonstrated apps that coincided with the
categories in my slides (e.g., Proloquo2Go, Percentally, Cat in the Hat). I tried my best to
show as many features as possible in 1-3 min. demos per app. Included in the demos were
selecting options and settings for apps because those features are often overlooked by
users. At the end of the sessions, I mentioned how I could only show so many apps. And,
if they wanted to know about more, they could access my list.

In labs, the participants had hands-on time with the iPods. Following app demos, they
tried the apps in association with the aforementioned tutorials. They also did self
exploration of the apps. As they explored, I circled the room to answer participant
questions. It was great helping the participants, and getting to know them.

As you probably noticed, I spent much more time preparing than presenting. I needed the
prep time to carefully think through the details of my sessions. The result was more
professional looking and useful information for participants. Plus, it made me feel much
more comfortable when speaking. Public speaking isn’t the easiest thing for me, but
sufficient preparation makes it a whole lot easier. In the end, it enables me to do
something I truly enjoy: share with others.

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