You know you are a speech therapist when…

You can give at least 10 examples of a sound in all positions of words on the fly.

You have to cover your ears at the playground or a birthday party.

You can’t help be notice the visiting pastor lisps.

When your children give you referrals from their classes or comment on how they can speak a second language.  What is that,  esophageal speech!  When asked if they wanted to follow in my footsteps, one said: “no, I want to be something that isn’t so hard to say”.  I guess speech-language pathologist was a mouthful for a then 6-year-old.

When you watch an actor playing an American role, but hear something off in the vowels (my kids love when I do this, especially when I am right…not)…

You have toys on your Amazon Christmas Wishlist.

You have multiple laminators, just in case.

Ok, so there was a point to this blog, sorry I got side tracked… So today, I was working with a group of 4 tk/k students.  Three of them are working on s-blends and the other is working on k in isolation.  I had to laugh because I didn’t even need to open up my artic book or my articulation applications for the first few rounds.  I remember by CFY year when I had a tabbed Webber Jumbo Articulation book.    I would flip back and forth in a session…it was a pain.  Now the longer I have been an SLP, the more words are there in my brain,

I remember my CFY year when I had a tabbed Webber Jumbo Articulation book.    I would flip back and forth in a session…it was a pain.  Now the longer I have been an SLP, the more words I have memorized, but there are limits.  Thankfully, we have some amazing applications to make articulation therapy so much easier.

I have had an iPad since the first addition, and have a bit of an app-diction.  Applications have been a wonderful addition to my therapy toolbox!

One of my go to articulation applications is ArtixPix.  Just so you know, I have 20 articulation applications and like each for different reasons.  I look forward to sharing some of my favorite articulation applications on those.  Below is why this is in my “Top 5”.

ArtixPix

Pro:

  • Choose sounds by position
  • Option for word or sentence level
  • Can set up for at least 4 group members and their specific sounds
  • Flashcards or matching
  • Create your own decks and share (LOVE THIS)
  • Options:  automatically say the word or not, different settings for the matching game, flashcard autoplay, scoring, and more.
  • Ability to record and play back words

Cons:

  • You are not able to choose specific words, however, they now have the option to make your own decks.
  • Syllable length – Not many applications do this, but I would love to have the option to choose single syllable to multi-syllable.

So today once I went through the target words in my head, I opened my cell phone and quickly pulled up articulation targets.

What are you favorite articulation applications?