iPad Apps

These iPad applications aren’t MERLD specific, but you can use them to address unique issues within the realm of your own child’s educational needs.

Apraxia Specific Apps

Apraxia Picture Sound Cards
MouthWorks
SpeechStickers

Good For Apraxia But Not Apraxia Specific

Blow Bubbles and Balloons
Blow Champ
Clouds
Pronunciation Power- Free
SmallTalk Phonemes- Free
SmallTalk Consonant Blends- Free
SmallTalk Oral Motor Exercises- Free
Smart Oral Motor

Auditory Processing

Fun With Directions HD Lite- Free
Picture the Sentence HD
Speech EZ Apraxia Programs Apps New apps coming soon: Auditory Figure Ground and Auditory Word Discrimination

Language

Conversation Builder
First Phrases HD Lite- Free
Guess’em Free
Kids Learning – Photo Touch Concepts
Language Builder
My PlayHome
Preposition Builder
Prepositions Remix
Question Builder
QuestionIt Lite Free
Rory’s Story Cubes
Speech Journal
Speech with Milo: Prepositions
Speech with Milo: Sequencing
Speech with Milo: Verbs
Sentence Builder
StoryBuilder
The Social Express
Understanding Inferences Fun Deck
What Does Not Belong?- Free
What Goes Together?- Free
WHQuestions

Phonological and Articulation Apps

Articulate it
Articulation Station - Free, but you only get /p/. Can buy additional phonemes for 9.99 each.
Articulate It!
ArtikPix
Minimal Pair Pack
Pocket Pairs
PocketSLP Apps
R Intensive
Speech Trainer 3D
Speech Tutor
SLP Minimal Pairs
SLP Minimal Pairs Lite- Free
Sunny Articulation Phonology Test

Phonological Awareness

Auditory Rhyming
Beginning Sounds Interactive Game- Free
Montessori Crosswords
Phonics Tic-Tac-Toe Interactive Game- Free
Sound Match- Free
Syllable Counting SC
Target Sound ID
What Rhymes?

Fluency

DAF Assistant\

Story Books

JibJab Jr. Books for iPad Free
PLAY-DOH Play-Dates Free
Speech with Milo: Interactive Storybook
Story Patch

Creative

BrainPOP Featured Movie Free
Creative Genius On-the-Go!

 

Science Fair Projects

Time to look ahead to spring science fairs. Here’s a way to get a head start on a project perfect for your second grade child. What kid doesn’t love playing in dirt and sand? You both will love the simplicity of “Mighty Fortress,” an erosion experiment you both can do together in under a few minutes!

http://www.education.com/science-fair/article/erosion-experiment/#

I’d appreciate a “like” when you go to the page and feel free to share with others on Facebook and Twitter!

IEPs

IEPs are Individualized Education Programs that your school should have set in place for your child. If you don’t have one and need to learn about what IEPs are and what your role is within them, check out this informative link:

http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/iep.index.htm

Also, I ran across a blog that I think is excellent. Have a look.

http://writermotherwifeme.blogspot.com/2007/03/saving-world-1-stand-up-for-what-i.html

Hoping all is well in your MERLD World! Take care…Cie

 

Reading IS Fundamental

Kids with MERLD have difficulty comprehending the written word. They are too busy trying to figure out (decode) what a word is than they are reading to comprehend a sentence or passage.

Specific reading components:

  • Phonemic awareness: recognizing that sounds create words
  • Phonics: the relationship between letters and sounds
  • Reading fluency: read text accurately and quickly
  • Vocabulary development: learning word meaning and pronunciation
  • Reading comprehension strategies: strategies to understand. remember and communicate what is read.

What can you do as a parent to help your child’s reading comprehension?

  • Read everyday with your child
  • Point to words as you read

You want to help your child associate that the word being said is the word that your child is seeing.

Ask questions and make visually oriented comments as you read, taking care to make reading fun and interesting. If you have read about Christopher Columbus, you might say: “That Christopher Columbus (point to his picture if available) was quite the explorer. What kinds of things do you like to explore, Cody?” Be age appropriate.

Remember that if your child can’t read, your child can’t learn to live a quality life in the real world on his own.

Resource Rooms

The number one problem facing the education of children with MERLD is lack of a resource room. Private and parochial schools often do not have the funding for such rooms. How do teachers compensate? What about public schools already strapped due to poor financial management or have had funds reduced that can’t even provide basic classroom supplies or textbooks? How do you approach your child’s educators about making sure that your child gets the necessary educational support he or she requires?

Discipline and MERLD

When part of or everything you hear seems foreign or scrambled, it can be frightening. Imagine yourself in a foreign country and trying to communicate using another language. It’s frustrating, it can be disconcerting and scary. People of all ages with MERLD live with this every day. One of the toughest parts of parenting is communicating with your children in the best of circumstances. Often, people with MERLD, especially children, hone in on one thing–a toy, a person, an interest, a situation. They like routine and knowing what to expect.

Like every child, children with MERLD need boundaries. They need routine. They need consequences when they do something wrong, explained so that they understand the reasons why. One of the fears and complaints that I get most from parents is about how to discipline their child. The answer is simple. Just like you would with any other child with one exception. You need to make sure to explain specifically what the discipline is all about, what the consequences are if your child doesn’t do what you ask.

Some kids with MERLD, especially severe MERLD, do well using laminated cards. Create one (and you can find these online) depicting what you need your child to do. For instance, make your bed in the mornings. Show your child the card, them demonstrate, then show the child the card again. Talk normally. Get down to eye level with your child. Children with milder forms of MERLD may simply need reminders and star charts for jobs well done.

Every person with MERLD is unique because their brains are unique, their emotions and family life are unique. Don’t be afraid to play around to see what works for you. And as always, find the blessings in your MERLD World!