Archive for March, 2012

If you are a parent or professional that interacts with someone with Autism on a daily basis I am sure you are very well aware of the fact that most children with Autism are almost completely oblivious to the great variety of emotions that people have. Most of my clients can identify the basic ‘happy’ and ‘sad’ pictures but do they really understand what these emotions mean or have they just been drilled to death with happy and sad faces on their daily school report card, visual schedules, etc…?

So let’s take a look at a few apps that can help children learn to identify and express emotions. The first one is somewhat basic but can be fun it’s called Emotions and Feelings .

With this app you are able to select emotions, draw emotions, and store and label pictures of your own emotions. It comes with six basic stock photo emotions pre loaded that are used as a model for you to base your drawings.

Once you select your emotion you then select if you want to be male or female

The emotions pictures within the app can be somewhat basic and abstract because a few babies are used, so with Custom Boards I created a simple chart of emotions.  I have my clients pick an emotion and then match it by drawing a picture of it.

Emotions Template  <–Here is the pdf  file to download.

Part 2 of this post will feature 4 more apps that  deal with emotions so stay tuned!

Social Networking for SLPs

If wasn’t for the advent of twitter the odds of you reading this right now would be very very slim. Since joining Twitter last year around this time and networking with fellow speech-language pathologists I have been on an amazing social networking journey involving Facebook, twitter, ASHA’s online community, and Pinterest. I have started my own blog, I am co-editor of an App review site, helping sell Smarty Symbols, and possibly on the verge of developing an app. These are all things of which would have never occurred if I never signed up for Twitter and started my social networking journey.  So that being said there is almost a guarantee that you are a part of some social network out there on the internet. In case of the slim chance that you aren’t not consumed with social media like I am let’s take a moment to define what a social network is:


“A social network is a map of the relationships between individuals, indicating the ways in which they are connected through various social familiarities ranging from casual acquaintance to close familial bonds”


This map of relationships almost certainly involves Facebook, but how does Facebook help a SLP out? You’re probably saying isn’t Facebook for sharing pictures of my baby wearing sunglasses and complaining about life? Well yes it’s all for that but where the networking really occurs is with groups.  Groups can either be open or closed (by invite only).  The main groups I belong to and help administer are called SLPeeps andSLPs Talk Apps . SLPeeps is a group of 755 + members who are also SLPs. It’s dedicated to sharing resources, answering questions, and in general helping each other out. There are also plenty of other groups dedicated to various topics. Some of these groups include: Augmenative Communication Resources & Help, Assistive Technology,, and state/region specific groups like Arizona Apraxia Support.



There are probably less of you out there on Twitter as I have found that Twitter is an acquired taste and a little too fast moving for some to keep up with, but it is very useful and highly recommended. Twitter uses what are called hashtags. Hashtags help you to denote your post as a specific topic using the “#” symbol. The main hashtag for speech-language pathology, which is also ASHA recognized, is #SLPeeps. So if you had a link you wanted to post or had a question to ask a fellow SLP you simply just add #SLPeeps and almost instantly you have a response which is super nice! The resources and links posted daily seem to be endless!!



The new social media kid on the block is Pinterest.  Pinterst has pretty much hit by storm and is quickly climbing the social media ranks.  What is Pinterest you ask?  It’s quite simple it’s actually  a giant bulletin board based on your interests. Be it recipes, photography, crafts, sewing or in our case speech therapy there is a board for virtually everything and and anything.  Where is comes in most useful is for therapy ideas. You are able to scan boards and boards for articulation, language, pragmatics, or even apps.  Here is an example page of what it looks like:





ASHA Community is a giant forum based online community for audiologists and speech-language pathologists. It allows you to subscribe to certain discussion forums such as ASHA SIGs, SLP private practice, SLP Technology, Audiology, Early Intervention, NSSLHA members, Research, SLP Health care, and SLP in Schools. ASHA community unfortunately gets the short end of the stick as far as what typically gets most of my attention because I am usually consumed by facebook and twitter, which is why it’s great that ASHA is involved in both facebook and twitter.




LinkedIn is similar to Facebook but instead with a business and professional network twist to it. LinkedIn helps users engage with one another about business ideas, resume help, job experiences, and about general interests similar to the ASHA community forum and Facebook groups. LinkedIn is also a way to highlight your experience and resume. You can post your resume, interests, and expertise in your profile where potential employers can find it.

Become DJ SLP

Falling Stars by Trident Vitality

Here is an app that my mom, a COTA, recommended that I check out. I checked  it out and I have been playing around with it most of the weekend. It’s quite addictive and creates very catchy beats and of course the best part is that it is free.  It is app put out by Trident Gum, yes a gum company. It’s easier to actually show you what this app does than attempt to explain it to you so press play on the vid below and enjoy.


Therapy Applications:

I haven’t used this in therapy yet but I think my main use for it will be motivating my clients. I also think it will come in handy with children with autism and sensory needs. I can see it being used to rev a child’s “engine” up or down depending on what kind of sensory needs they have.  It would make a nice metronome-ish background music to keep a client on task. There are probably even some language applications like ‘long’ vs ‘short when making the different vines.  Occupational therapists can work on forming letters, copying patterns, etc..

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