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Below are some other small, independent developers, who, like ourselves, are practising clinicians who have put their ideas and experience into resource materials for general distribution.
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Innovative Communication Programming is an organisation comprised of 2 Speech Pathologists (AAC specialists) Ylana Bloom and Dolly Bhargava. They have produced products for individuals with with severe communication impairments.
- The Participation through Communication Guide
- A user friendly manual containing information on the assessment and intervention of pre-intentional communicators.
- Let's Read Together Part 1 & Part 2
- These books provide explanations and examples of methods to develop literacy, using AAC strategies, personalized materials, and commercially available books.
- Let's Talk Together (Original & Update)
- These books include an assessment and an intervention section for using AAC systems to create an interactive environment. The Update focuses on ways to link AAC systems within an activity to support communication.
- Assessment of intentional and symbolic communicators
- This tool provides a comprehensive step by step guide for identifying appropriate communication strategies and options.
- Using Visual Connectors and Question Maps in the Classroom
- This manual provides explanations and examples for identifying needed AAC systems in the classroom environment.
- Softpics with Fantasticpics
- This is a picture software package with more than 2500 images for creating displays for behavior support, communication and literacy development.
Contact:Angelique Marcus, DECD Special Education Resource Unit (SERU), +61 (08) 8235 2871
A resource for developing speaking, listening & literacy skills in preschool and school aged children. Developed by South Australian Department of Education and Children's Services, Brooke White and Sue Lawless, Speech Pathologists.
- News Talk for Teachers
This CD presents great ideas in a simple, easy but exciting format for teachers to use to create an effective newstelling programme. It describes how a developmental perspective of newstelling can build upon each child's current oral language skills and increase success in speaking, listening and literacy. Newstelling is an essential part of your curriculum.
The CD includes:
- Many video clips of children and teachers demonstrating news
- Video of key teaching strategies and ideas for implementing newstelling
- Comments from teachers about their current newstelling programmes
- Short interactive quizzes where teachers can test their understanding of the key concepts
- Voiceovers explaining key concepts
- A package of useful handouts with ready to use colourful visual strategies and checklists for tracking progress
- News Talk for Speech Pathologists
This CD is a resource for use by speech pathologists to support preschool and junior primary teachers in developing speaking, listening and literacy skills. It is an interactive resource full of creative, practical ideas teachers will love. It has 2 major components:
- A dynamic workshop that is visually stimulating and ready for speech pathologists to present to teachers. The workshop package contains:
- Many video clips of children and teachers demonstrating news
- Video clips demonstrating key teaching strategies and ideas on how to set up news
- Case studies and activities
- A package of useful handouts with ready to use colourful visual strategies and checklists for tracking individual progress
- A self study package for teachers (News Talk for Teachers)
PELICAN TALK Speech Therapy Resources have been created by Speech Pathologist Lucia Smith based on her experience in clinical practice.
The full product list includes:
- The Speech Sound Set
- Sound pictures for 27 speech sounds.
- Get those oral muscles working. A disk to promote agility, direction and strength. Slideshows, cards to print out and pictures galore! Six fun characters make oromotor practice fun!
- The Speech Vowel Set
- Sound pictures for the 21 vowels that occur in English. Spelling options also included.
- Monkey Sounds- Teaching Short Vowels in the Early Years
- Let the five monkey characters teach you about the five short vowel sounds. Great for early literacy.
- Fun with Sequences
- A whole disk full of 2 and 3 stage sequences. View as slideshows, print out the book - or print the scenes out as cards.
- I Can Say S Clusters
- A whole program to address the phonological process of S CLUSTER REDUCTION. Activities from single word practice to games for generalization.
This software was created by independent developer Bartek Rajkowski - a Speech Pathologist who specializes in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of literacy difficulties. The software design is based on Bartek's clinical experience, and on research into the underlying deficit in dyslexia and the mechanisms of literacy acquisition.
ReadingDoctor Software is a unique, self-adjusting visual/auditory/articulatory mnemonic system that identifies and strengthens areas of weakness in order to:
- Establish and strengthen letter-sound relationship knowledge (including single letter sounds, consonant blends, consonant digraphs, vowel digraphs, diphthongs and other common graphemes, as well as common prefixes and suffixes)
- Teach and improve phonological awareness skills such as blending and segmentation (using the patterns taught in the letter-sound relationship building exercises)
- Establish and strengthen a sight-word vocabulary of the most common irregularly spelt sight words
- Teach common sound/spelling rules (such as the 'magic e' rule)
- Improve auditory discrimination skills
- Improve visual discrimination skills
- Improve vocabulary
This software allows clinicians to:
- Quickly customize activities based on specific criteria (eg creating a blending activity which contrasts CVC words with 'b' and 'd' at the beginning, or a segmentation activity in which only CCVC words containing 'st', 'sp' and 'sl' are included, or an auditory discrimination activity in which only pictures depicting words starting with /k/ or /t/ are included)
- Print flashcards of all included targets, with or without visual mnemonics to support successful recognition
- Use a sophisticated testing facility to test and record the accuracy and reaction times of students using the software to establish progress levels and determine areas of weakness
- Provide activities for use by clients at home
This unique series was created by Hilary Henshaw and Dr. Beverly Joffe. The three titles in this new series each consist of a double CD pack (including an instrumental only CD, enabling adaptation of each activity to suit the child/ren's needs and interests) and a book which includes music and words, clear concise notes about how to use and extend each activity and specific learning outcomes.
- provides interactive musical fun to enhance Speech, Language, Emergent Literacy and Musical skills in the early years
- incorporates songs, raps, dances, play-alongs, games and stories to develop listening, vocabulary, sentence structure, articulation, communication, self-expression, phonological awareness, alphabet skills, musical skills and music appreciation
- considers levels of complexity
- incorporates functionality
- is ideal for use at Home and in Early Years settings, Early Primary and Music Classrooms, Speech Pathology and Early Intervention Programmes
Grow Words is an Australian company that produces teaching resources for speech pathologists and teachers. Grow Words is owned by two speech pathologists, Shannon Wandschneider and Dr Sharon Crosbie, who are experienced in working with children across a range of educational and clinical settings. Their initial range of resources is a range of blackline master books based around popular classroom themes. Skills targeted in this range include vocabulary development and phonological awareness skills.
The key features of the resources include:
- Activities have been designed to minimise preparation time.
- Instructions are clear and easy to read, which make them ideal for teacher aide programs and for home practice.
- The illustrations are clear, appealing to children, and reproduce well.
- Each book contains a range of recording sheets that facilitate easy data collection.
- The mixture of games, activities and worksheets in each book makes planning for a range of service delivery options easy. They are ideal for individual therapy, small group intervention and whole class programs.
TheWord Whizzer, created by Polly Woodfine, is a therapy tool/teaching resource for use by teachers, speech pathologists and parents. It presents a new approach to literacy intervention supported by current research, and offers a therapy strategy to remediate word finding difficulties and develop receptive vocabulary.
The Word Whizzer game is designed to improve children's:
- Word finding skills
- Receptive vocabulary
- Oral language as a basis for successful literacy skills
- Reading and spelling skills
- Reading comprehension
- Descriptive writing skills
- And establish strategies to promote continual, independent word learning
The Building Language Series was developed by speech pathologists Jan Mackey and Robyn Dower of Words Work.
These resources are grounded in the theory of cognitive neuropsychology and the neuroscience of neuroplasticity.
The resources include:
- Building Language: Word Meanings (book and CD) A language programme to build understanding and recall of words by strengthening semantic processing.
- Building Language: Word Sounds (book) A language programme to build recognition and production of speech sounds and letters within words.
- Building Language: Community Cards (photo cards) 100 colour pictures around 5 semantic community themes.
The Online Cued Articulation course is by speech pathologist Helen Botham of Sounds for Literacy. The course is designed to teach Jane Passy's Cued Articulation to Early Years teachers, and teacher assistants, with a view to their use of Cued Articulation as part of their classroom Phonological Awareness program. It also provides strategies to help students with extra needs.
The course, which takes approximately 5 hours to complete, can be completed at the participant's own pace. The 11 modules contain videos, instruction, activities and practice.
During the course, participants learn:
- The 26 consonant and 20 vowel cues
- How speech sounds are made and thus how the cues relate to the articulatory features of sounds
- (if the "Aboriginal Course" is selected) the sounds of aboriginal languages, the cues for these sounds, and how Cued Articulation can be readily applied to working with aboriginal students
- ideas for applying Cued Articulation to their routine classroom practice
The Spelfabet materials are explicit, systematic synthetic phonics resources by speech pathologist Alison Clarke. They aim to strengthen phonemic awareness and spelling pattern knowledge.
All materials are available as PDF downloads in either Comic Sans or Victorian Modern Cursive font. PCS symbols are used to illustrate vocabulary in the workbooks, making them suitable for all ages including teenagers and adults with poor decoding.
The materials include:
- Workbooks designed for Tier 2 and Tier 3 decoding intervention, particularly with students with language difficulties who need very fine-grained materials. The workbooks explicitly target spellings of CVCs, CVCCs, CCVCs, vowels, consonants, homophones and spelling overlaps, and finally multisyllable words.
- Word-building games broken up into the same stages as the workbooks, designed for 2-6 players.
- A movable alphabet of the "first 100 spellings" - why teach 100 first words when you can teach 100 first spellings and use them to make thousands of words? - with suggested beginning teaching sequences.
Looking Learning is an Australian made, web-based resource created by Melissa Karydas. Melissa's background is physiotherapy and she developed Looking Learning over a 10 year period in response to the family challenge of a daughter born with a language disorder. The resultant resource is a uniquely configured, extensive online visual dictionary with more than 7000 words and phrases. The materials are intended to assist the teaching of English to ESL students, and to assist students with language difficulties.
The key features of the website include:
- A full range of words needed for good comprehension - all word types available
- Non-ambiguous images conveying clear word meaning
- Engaging imagery to encourage good memory retention
- Words able to be sourced in both their suffix and prefix forms
- Audio pronunciation buttons
- A "Picture sentence" function - see an entire sentence in pictures.
- A simple navigations system for all website functions
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