Descripto Dinos, available for $54.99 by Super Duper Publications, is a fun and engaging game that will have the children you work adding those pesky attributes to nouns in no time. Want to play? Well its easy to start! Have the child select their favorite colored game board and game chips. Each game board has a different dinosaur on it. You roll the foam dice, which Super Duper includes with virtually every product right? I mean they must have a whole warehouse dedicated to these dice. The number you roll determines how many attributes the child has to say in order to earn the ‘square’ . For example if they roll a two and just say “It’s yellow” and point to the mustard you would prompt them to ” Tell me more.” You would want them to expand it to “It’s yellow and you put it on hot dogs” etc.. There are multiple items on each board that are similar in category, shape, color, functions etc.. to help the child add more attributes to their description. There are a variety of ways to play but the main goal is whoever puts all their chips on the board first wins!
You said it’s yellow? Do you mean the couch or the mustard?
Example game board, dice, and chips.
The game includes the following :
- 14 colorful, laminated games (7 boards printed front and back).
- A total of 1,036 picture-words across the 7 game boards
- 90 game chips in red, green, orange, yellow, purple, and blue!
- Foam die
- Instruction book
The instruction book is handy because it lists all the words on every game board. The list can be used to adapt the game to work on things like articulation. You can do this by finding the game board with most of the particular sound you want to work on.
The game can also be adapted for things like expressive language by having the child build sentences using the word or by simply expanding vocabulary. With receptive language you can work on things like following directions using different colored chips, concepts like next to and under, or by finding objects by function or category.
Check out the example video from Super Duper:
I have to admit I was pretty skeptical from the get go about Speech Buddies, but I like to welcome new technologies to the field so I was eager to see what they had to offer. Speech Buddies are a series of speech therapy tools, by Articulate Technologies,to help children learn correct tongue positioning for five speech sounds. These are sounds that typically are the most difficult for some children to produce. These sounds are – R, S, L, CH, and SH.
Speech Buddies were designed by a team of speech-language pathologists and engineers who understand the challenges associated with speech therapy and treating speech disorders.
It’s very important to note that Speech Buddies are not oral motor therapy. What they do is essentially help the child increase the kinesthetic awareness or sensory biofeedback of their articulators. Here is a diagram of how they work.
I used the Speech Buddies for about a month with clients that ranged from minor articulation errors on /l/ and /r/ to apraxia. I was pleasantly surprised by the results that I was seeing after using the Buddies for one or two sessions. I found that they worked best for clients who did not have any cognitive deficits as they were somewhat resistant to utilizing the Buddies in their mouths and for those that did tolerate it they often wanted to take the Speech Buddy from their mouth and then play therapist on me. ( Rubbing alcohol is used to sanitize between uses). Another issue I had was with missing dentition which didn’t offer the speech buddy support to cue the sound. For some of my clients who were working on one or two of these sounds they enjoyed using the Buddies on themselves and were able to instantly hear and feel the difference between their incorrect production and the production with the Speech Buddy. Overall I would recommend using the Speech Buddies, especially if you are a therapist that treats a caseload filled with clients with poor speech intelligibility.