Archive for February, 2012

Story Lines

Story Lines

Story Lines is the old fashion game of ‘telephone’ that has been appified with a pictionary twist to it.  Someone selects the word or phrase and then passes the iPad to the next player who in turn has to draw the phrase, they then pass it on to the next player who has to label it. The game can be played with 3 to 9 players which makes it a great app for use in language groups. I have been using this app with my older clients and esspecially my social group that has a few teenagers in it.

What can you target with this app?

  • social language- using social scripts and having them draw it out
  • figurative language- discussing what the literal and figurative meaning of the phrases are
  • vocabulary- using targeted vocabulary words in phrases or sentences
  • articulation- creating phrases or sentences with target sounds for them to draw and repeat

I have found that its a great tool for teaching that abstract figurative language.  The student has to interpret what the phrase means by analyzing the literal and figuartive interpretation and then has to represent that by drawing it.

Here is an example video using the figurative term ” It’s raining cats and dogs”

This is a free app that comes in two versions:  Story Lines and Story Lines for Schools.  The Story Lines for Schools has built in Suggestions- pulling ideas from Elementary Words, Intermediate Words, Quotes, and SAT Words.

The coolest thing about this App is that you are even able to use it as an “app” right from your Chrome Browser. So if there are still those of you out there that has yet to take the plunge and get and iPad  well then pull out your laptop because you can use this too!!

Chrome Link:

Upon entering the field of speech-language pathology, I certainly didn’t expect to become the next millionaire, but I did expect to be able to live very comfortably.

In a recent post on an SLP Facebook page, a young lady inquired about the average annual salary for speech therapists. She was inquiring because her parents were discouraging her from entering the field as they didn’t think she would make ‘good’ money once she graduated. Having spoken to a number of SLPs from around the country at the 2011 annual meeting for the Association of Speech–Language–Hearing Association (ASHA), the average salary seems to vary greatly from region to region and per setting.

So let’s prove those parents wrong and take a look at salaries. National surveys by ASHA break down salary information between two settings: healthcare settings and schools. Both reports look at salary expectations by region, setting and experience.

Key findings from the 2011 ASHA Health Care Survey:

  • Median annual salary was $65,000 for clinical service providers and $90,000 for administrators.
  • Median salaries varied by region; for example, $65,000 in the Midwest and $80,000 in the West.
  • Experience pays. The median salary with one to three years of experience was $58,048; $88,750 with 31 or more years of experience.
  • Median annual salary for private practice owners or independent contractors was $65,000.
  • Rural positions pay more than those in suburban areas.

Key findings from the 2010 ASHA School Survey:

  • Salaries for working a nine or 10-month school year averaged $58,000 in elementary schools; salaries for working an 11- or 12-month school year averaged $65,000.
  • Median academic year salaries for clinical service providers ranged from $55,934 in special day/residential schools to $61,000 in secondary schools.
  • Salaries increased with years of experience. The highest median academic year salary was $78,304 and was achieved by SLPs who worked in secondary schools and had 28 or more years of experience in the profession.
  • New Jersey reported the highest median academic year salary ($80,000); Missouri the lowest ($44,000).
  • Rural salaries tended to be lower than suburban or urban salaries.
  • The median hourly wage was $50.00.

Move Your Body! There are Crows Coming

Crows Coming by VisionHacker

Do you have clients or students that simply can’t access the iPad due to limited  limb mobility but have good head control? Crows Coming created by Vision Hackers is using some cool camera technology that offers a fun experience without having to use the touch interface.

VisionHacker is a team of computer vision researchers and top programmers that have come together to create brand new MoveYourBody (MYB) games. They use the coolest and latest computer vision technology and mobile sensors to define a new and exciting genre of mobile games.

MYB stands for Move-Your-Body. Sick of playing games with only a touch interface or have users that simply can’t access the iPad due to the touch interface? In MYB games you can use your head, hands, and legs to access the game.

The premise behind Crows Coming is that you are a scarecrow attempting to ward off an onslaught of crows coming to eat the crops in your field.  By moving your head left and right to control the scarecrow you must “block” them from getting to the crops.  The more you block the more points you’ll score.


Title Screen

Calibration Screen

Game in action

If you are going to use this app with someone who has limited mobility you will most likely need a good adjustable stand or will have to hold the iPad for them.  It takes some adjusting the iPad up or down in order to achieve the best setup.  Once you do set it up, the tracking software appears to do a very good job being able to track head movements and is fairly sensitive.

The best thing is that this is a FREE App so go get it and have fun!

iTunes Crows Coming 



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