I was given the opportunity to check out some materials from SpeechPage this school year. With my new caseload of children with severe Autism who are nonverbal and utilize AAC to students with articulation errors only, diverse materials are music to my ears. Here are the products that I previewed:
The first thing that I got to take a look at is the “Tic Tac Toe w/S, R, &/or L“. These boards have 126 different pictures in a seven SpeechPage set. They are in heavy-duty laminate which is great! They are also already hole-punched for easy storage in binders. We use wet-erase markers or tokens when we are playing. I also love that students with different sounds can play together. There is also a blank template included so you can work on other sounds, vocabulary words, etc. This set retails for $16.95!
I also had the opportunity to use the “Intro to AAC Requesting Puzzle Activity“. Each set (they have several available) has four request for puzzle pieces SpeechPages. As you can see below, there is a light outline of the puzzle on the sheet with velcro on it. Students then request a brightly colored puzzle piece with velcro on the back in a few different ways. We began by touching/handing the square symbol/item picture to me to request the piece. Then we transferred the skill over to their device. It was a much easier transfer of skills than other methods we had tried. Also, the puzzles are motivating for students and they enjoyed the activity. A therapy suggestion sheet is also included. Each set retails for $26.98 (on sale at the time of this post for $21.58).
Finally, I have had the opportunity to trial “AAC Ask for 2-Step Outcomes” SpeechPages. These are designed to allow the client to expressively communicate two specific requests to gain a desired outcome. We utilized the bubbles and ball sets with one of my clients on multiple occasions. They were able to tell me to dip the wand and blow or lift the ball and throw it. We were then able to transfer this skill/vocabulary to their device and add to it as they could use other steps. It has twelve different activities with 2 images each. It also comes with a therapy suggestion sheet included. This set retails for $21.99 (on sale at the time of this post for $19.99).
SpeechPages offer many other items that you can find on their site. They have picture AAC & Autism sets, Articulation sets, Therapy Games & Motivators, Language sets, Life Skills, and binder bundles. There are definitely some neat and practical sets available through SpeechPage. We have utilized the sets above on several occasions this school year. I am most impressed by their ready-made materials for AAC/Autism which is the most difficult thing for me to find for my clients. Check it out!Disclosure: SpeechPage provided copies of these materials for review. No other compensation was provided and all opinions are that of the author.