Technical Manual Developed by the Multicultural Committee
Here are some resources for individuals interested in learning more about reading, reading disorders, including dyslexia, disorders of written expression, and the role of language in literacy development:
May is Better Hearing and Speech Month
- ASHA Telepractice Portal
- Telepractice for Speech and Hearing Service (brochure)
- The ASHA Learning Pass offers free CE for ASHA Members through June 1. There is a telepractice course titled Apps and Web-Based Materials for Telepractice. Visit www.asha.org for details.
- Crash Course in Teletherapy for SLPs
- Facebook Group: Teletherapy Materials for SLPs
- Telespeech Therapy
- Get Ready for Telepractice: TECC Training videos
- Speaking of Speech – filter by target/disorder, use material to email to parents or “share screen” mode on
- Speech Is Beautiful – No Print Resources for Teletherapy Speech Therapy
- Boardmaker Online – Create interactive materials using PCS symbols (paid subscription)
- Communication and Behavior Solutions – Free digital materials on “Material Share Mondays”
- Judith Kuster’s Website – Links to sites with materials that can be used in teletherapy
- Storyline Online – Books read aloud by actors
- TheraSimplicity – Create printable and online speech and language therapy materials
- Telespeech Interactive Materials – Interactive games for students to ‘earn a turn’ after trials
- Ultimateslp.com – SLP supports, interactive games (30-day trial, annual subscription)
- Pink Cat Games – Educational review games (annual subscription)
- Vooks Animated Books (30 day trial, annual subscription)
- Lessonpix – Symbol library and pre-made materials (annual subscription)
- Theraplatform – SLP supports and interactive materials (free 30 day trial, subscription)
- BrainPOP – Stories (Free Access available)
- TarHeelReader – Online books (Free, alternate access capable)
- Super Duper– free access to all digital resources through August 15, 2020
- Speech Therapy Store – 279+ Free Digital Materials
AAC and Telepractice
- Supporting Children with Complex Communication Needs Through Telepractice
- Telepractice Therapy with AAC
- Examples of Materials That Can Be Adapted For Therapy – Standardized assessments in pdf form to evaluate students remotely
Parents and Clinicians
- Fun Brain – Interactive educational games including spelling, grammar, story-telling, sequencing etc.
- Academics Skill Builder – Free educational games for spelling, language arts, and math
- Story Online – Famous actors read children’s stories with visuals and graphics.
- Global Allied Health Games for Telepractice – Games and activities targeting speech, language, and executive functioning goals
Materials and Games by Skill Area
- Descriptive Words Visual
- Attributes Game
- Word Frog: Antonyms, Synonyms, Homonyms
- Clothing Vocabulary Dress Up Game
- Basic Concepts Boom Cards
- Personal Narrative Ring
- Fun Brain Books – Books for grades K-8, SLP’s can share their screen to use online books during telethearpy
Memory and Attention
Materials and Games by Grade
- ABCTeach – variety of print and interactive resources
- ABCya – Interactive games for PreK – Grade 5
- Berenstain Bears Kids Stuff – Interactive Games for Preschool and Early Elementary
- Busy Teachers Café – Printables for grades K-6
- Disney Games Free online games for elementary and preschool students
- E-learning for Kids – Interactive games for grade-school kids
- Family Learning – Preschool Interactive Games
- Fun Brain – Interactive games for elementary students (Grammar Gorillas, Plural Girls, Mad Libs, and more)
- Fun English Games – Reading, writing, spelling and word games for elementary students
- Into the Book – Interactive games addressing reading strategies for elementary students
- Newsela – News articles, writing prompts and quizzes that can be modified by grade level
- Nick Jr. – Games and videos for preschool and early elementary students
- PBS Kids – Language arts games and other interactive activities for preschool and elementary students (Between the Lions, Martha Speaks)
- Professor Garfield – Interactive and print phonological awareness activities (Reading Ring, Orson’s Farm)
- Story Place – Preschool online interactive games and videos
- Scholastic Student Activities – Online and print activities for preschool – middle school students
- Quia – Interactive quizzes for speech and language therapy for elementary and middle school students
- PPCN Implementation Instructions
- Adult Pain Scale
- General Needs – 12+ target
- General Needs – 24+ targets
- NJ Division of Deaf and Hard of Hearing COVID Communication Card – English and Spanish
- For Patients Recovering at Home – Nutrition and Hydration: Key Weapons in the Fight Against COVID-19 (English)
- For Patients Recovering at Home – Nutrition and Hydration: Key Weapons in the Fight Against COVID-19 (Spanish)
- For Patients Recovering at Home – Nutrition and Hydration: Quick Facts for COVID-19 Patients (English)
- For Patients Recovering at Home – Nutrition and Hydration: Quick Facts for COVID-19 Patients (Spanish)
Tips and Tricks to Minimize the Impact of Hearing Loss During This Time of Physical Distancing
- If you are having trouble understanding what is being said tell the person with whom you are communicating. Good communication is your right!
- Take advantage of telemedicine services that may be available by your audiologist.
- Wash your hands before and after handling your hearing aids or cochlear implant processors. Remember they are close to your eyes and mouth.
- Use a communication card like that available on the NJ Department of Human Services website.
- If possible, ask individuals with whom you are interacting to use a facemask that has a clear window. There are several companies that make these masks (e.g., www.safenclear.com, www.theclearmask.com) Please note that supplies are limited. If you do a quick search of YouTube will find many DIY videos to make clear masks for yourself.
- Use smartphone apps to facilitate communication. There are many available in the Google Play Store or the App Store. As with most smartphone apps, there is a range in quality and price. Many are free. (Review this abbreviated list, derived from a presentation at the Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary.)
- Apps that convert speech to text so that what is being said can be seen by your eyes.
- Apps to allow home hearing tests that allow you to monitor your hearing and provide results that can be shared with your audiologist.
- Apps that can function as limited hearing aids.
- Use YouTube to find tips and tricks to troubleshoot and maybe even fix a simple problem with your hearing aid like wax build-up.
- Consumer devices that function as personal listening devices are available online. They range in price and quality so be sure to verify the return policy of any product you may purchase.
- If you have to go out, be prepared with a statement about your hearing loss, use a communication card. If you plan to use an app practice with it before you enter a challenging communication situation. The Hearing Loss Association of America has many resources on its website that you may find useful.
Remember hearing loss can create social distancing so let’s think about managing COVID-19 by using physical distancing not social distancing.
Impact of COVID-19 on Hearing and on Individuals with Hearing Loss
COVID-19 as a Cause of Hearing Loss?
- Many individuals with hearing loss are at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 because they are in the age group (over 65) that has been shown to be more susceptible to the virus.
- Individuals in this age group are also more likely to have diabetes, heart disease and hypertension which has also been associated with susceptibility to the effects of the virus.
- COVID-19 affects different people in different ways but there are some common symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath and fever).
- At this point there is not much information regarding the role of COVID-19 as a possible cause of hearing loss.
Impact of COVID-19 on Individuals with Hearing Loss
- Individuals with hearing loss face communication challenges on a daily basis which are exacerbated by the steps that are being taken to “flatten the curve”.
- Sheltering in place for the nearly 48 million Americans is likely to create communication difficulties especially if access to audiology services are limited.
- Broken hearing aids can create a sense of social isolation and loneliness that can cause stress that may weaken the immune system making individuals more susceptible to the effects of COVID-19.
- Use of facemasks and social distancing are major tools used to limit the spread of the virus.
- Typical facemasks that are in use create several problems for people with hearing loss.
- Covering the mouth eliminates the possibility to speech read
- In a recently published an article the authors showed that masks can make speech sound softer and muffled
- Typical facemasks that are in use create several problems for people with hearing loss.
Ideas to Minimize the Impact of COVID-19 on Individuals with Hearing Loss
- Broken hearing aids may be able to be fixed remotely so reach out to an audiologist.
- Use a speech to text app on a smartphone phone to change speech so that it can be read.
- Use a communication card that is available from the NJ Department of Human Services.