Pick from the Web: 10 Children's Picture Books About Love

by lisakehoe 14. February 2011 10:03

Happy Valentine's Day! Sixty Second Parent Magazine has posted 10 Children's Picture Books About Love on their website!

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Training: Learn About Boardmaker Software Family and Receive ASHA CEUs

by lisakehoe 11. February 2011 05:24
Earning ASHA CEUs with Mayer-Johnson has never been easier or more convenient. We are now offering two live web classes each month, offering ASHA CEUs and our collection of recorded classes offering ASHA CEUs is growing at a fast rate! All of our classes can be accessed by visiting www.mayer-johnson.com > Support.



Live Web Classes
Each month we offer two classes that offer ASHA CEUs. One class is taught by a Boardmaker Software Family specialist from Mayer-Johnson and the second is often taught by an outside speaker. Follow these three easy steps to join us:
1.    REGISTER – visit http://www.mayer-johnson.com/training/online/ and register for the class.
2.    JOIN – using the registration information in your confirmation email, join us on the day of your class. We recommend joining 10-15 minutes before the scheduled start time, especially if it is your first time joining us! You will be able to hear the class through your computer speakers or you can choose to call-in using a phone.
3.    FOLLOW UP – within 24 hours of your class you will receive a follow up email. This email will include: directions for receiving ASHA CEUs, a CE Participant Form, Certificate of Attendance, Quiz (required for ASHA CEUs) and a copy of the handouts.
** Featured upcoming live web class:
A 4-Step Instructional Formula for Adapting Math taught by Phyl Macomber, a phenomenal AT Specialist and speaker!
Date: Mar 23, 2011 at 3:30 PM EST
Recorded Web Classes
Not able to join us for a live web class? No problem! Each of our live web classes for ASHA CEUs is recorded and is posted as recorded classes. You can view these classes at your convenience and still have the added benefit of receive ASHA CEUs. Follow these three easy steps to view a recorded class:
1.    PICK YOUR CLASS – visit http://www.mayer-johnson.com/training/recorded/ to view the listing of recorded classes available. If the class is eligible for ASHA CEUs there will be a “yes” in the column titled “ASHA CEUs.”
2.    VIEW THE CLASS – select the title of the class you wish to view. Under “Associated Documents” you will find all of the handouts and necessary paperwork for viewing the class and receiving ASHA CEUs. If you aren’t already logged in to the Mayer-Johnson website, select “Login to watch video”and select “Watch Video”
3.    FOLLOW UP – after you view the class follow the directions in the handout titled “Directions for receiving ASHA CEUs” to learn the steps you need to complete to receive ASHA CEUs for this class.
** Featured recorded web classes:
Getting Students with ASD Organized using Boardmaker Studio
On the Go: Itinerants Effectively Using Visual Supports
Boardmaker Studio: A Support to 4-Blocks Literacy Learning

Questions? Email us at training@mayer-johnson.com

February 2011 Activities and Symbols of the Month

by lisakehoe 4. February 2011 05:11
February 2011 Activities of the Month for Boardmaker Plus!

A February Poem Book Picture/Vocabulary
   10 picture/vocabulary words are introduced on this talking board. Students can explore the vocabulary related to the electronic book prior to beginning the activity. This talking board can be used to answer questions in off-computer activities related to the book, A February Poem. This page can also be printed for off-computer activities. (Idea to reinforce vocabulary – have the student find the picture on the computer when you point to it on the paper sheet or vice versa).

A February Poem Book
   The book consists of 22 page layouts with simple text and graphics. Trainer can use the text-to-speech option or narrated version of the talking book. Please note this book can also be used in the Slideshow mode for scanners.

February Matching Word to Pictures (3 Choices) Activity
     Given a word, the user will find the corresponding word from a field of three. An “Option Button” allows the trainer to change cuing features within the activity.

Download the February 2011 Boardmaker Plus! Activities of the Month



Additional activities available for Boardmaker Studio only:

A Menu Page will allow easy navigation to the activities included in the project titled February Fun.

A February Poem Book
   The book consists of 22 page layouts with simple text and graphics. The book is narrated using Text-to-Speech.

February Matching Game
   Students will match eight matching pictures related to the month of February. This activity reinforces facts stated in the electronic book, A February Poem.

February Multiple Choice
   Students will answer eight questions from a field of two answers. The questions are directly related to the electronic book, A February Poem.

Download the February 2011 Boardmaker Studio Activities of the Month

Editor Highlight: Electromagnetic Spectrum Activity

by lisakehoe 17. January 2011 08:54

MHolt's Electromagnetic Spectrum activity is a great example of how to support the understanding of an abstract science activity with a simple to understand, visual interactive onscreen activity that can used with Boardmaker Player, Boardmaker Studio, and Boardmaker Plus v.6.

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Editor Highlight: Electromagnetic Spectrum Activity

by lisakehoe 17. January 2011 08:54

MHolt's Electromagnetic Spectrum activity is a great example of how to support the understanding of an abstract science activity with a simple to understand, visual interactive onscreen activity that can used with Boardmaker Player, Boardmaker Studio, and Boardmaker Plus v.6.

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Pick from the Web: Art Projects for Kids

by lisakehoe 17. January 2011 08:33

Art Projects for Kids is a website full of art projects that have been used in the classroom and can be used at home and school. As art is a form of communication and learning for many of our kids, this website will be very useful for teachers and parents alike.

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January 2011 Activities and Symbols of the Month

by lisakehoe 4. January 2011 06:28
January 2011 Activities of the Month

Boardmaker Plus is needed for these interactive lessons:

Download the January 2011 Activities of the Month for Boardmaker Plus!

Building a Snowman Picture/Vocabulary
   15 picture/vocabulary words are introduced on this talking board. Students can explore the vocabulary related to the electronic book prior to beginning the activity or use this talking board to answer questions related to the Building a Snowman book. This page can also be printed for off-computer activities.

Building a Snowman Book
   The book consists of 16 page layouts with simple text and graphics. Trainer can use the text-to-speech option or narrated version of the talking book. Please note this book can also be used in the Slideshow mode for scanners.

January Sorting Activity
   Students will sort ten activities related to activities that may or may not typically happen in the month of January.


Boardmaker Studio is needed for these activities:

Download the January 2011 Activities of the Month for Boardmaker Studio

A Menu Page will allow easy navigation to the activities included in the project titled Winter Sports.

Building a Snowman Book
   The book consists of 16 page layouts with simple text and graphics. The book is narrated using Text-to-Speech.

Snowmen Hidden Pictures
   Students will click on a series of 9 buttons to uncover a photo related to the activity. Four photos are included in this activity.

Snowman – Words to Pictures
   Students will match 10 words to 10 related symbols.

Counting Snowman
   Students will count objects on a series of 5 pages.

Pick from the Web: Choosing the Perfect Gift

by lisakehoe 20. December 2010 09:14

Doing some last minute holiday shopping? This article, from the Kansas City Star, suggests strategies for choosing gifts for children with disabilities.

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Pick from the Web: PBS Kids

by lisakehoe 17. December 2010 05:38

The website PBS Kids website may keep your child happily occupied while he/she is on the computer during the winter break by maintaining his/her academic skills with games, videos, and music.

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Exciting Results with Boardmaker Studio

by lisakehoe 16. December 2010 03:48

Will is a brilliant and inspirational 6 year-old boy with a diagnosis of schizencephaly; a rare disorder that appears similar to cerebral palsy, resulting in limited range of motion of his upper and lower extremities. Given his recent transition to the more demanding 1st grade we were working on literacy-based word sorts, spelling, and phonemic awareness tasks. Although Will tried hard, he was easily fatigued trying to draw lines to match pictures or moving letters and picture cards around to spell or complete word sorts.

Having a solid background in using software programs to generate curriculum-based activities, as well as communication supports, I was aware that I could create or customize software activities in an effort to target Will’s goals. However, with a full caseload and participating in a full-time PhD program, the task was too daunting. It really wasn’t until I was exposed to Studio that I even considered it.
I first learned about Boardmaker Studio at Closing the Gap, 2010. After the first 5 minutes of the two-hour session I was convinced that the program was going to dramatically change the quality of my AAC and speech/language intervention, as well as support Will. I downloaded the trial version as soon as I returned home from the conference and after less than an hour of working with the hundreds of templates and gadgets I had created more than 15 language and literacy-based activities that I was going to work on with Will the very next day.


Boardmaker Studio offers hundreds of customizable templates and gadgets. When browsing the different templates, I was instantly drawn to the Word Study folder which had onscreen activities that targeted rhyming with an “onset letter” activity, word making using target letters, and a word scramble. I simply renamed the templates, added my target letters and pictures to each of the activities, and had three interactive activities that directly addressed Will’s intervention goals. I then went to the Sorting folder. Here I chose the “Sorting – 3 Groups 15 Items Template” and created 6 different activities that targeted digraphs (for example, sorting words with the initial sounds /c/, “ch”, and /h/). I created additional opportunities to practice working with the digraphs by creating a matching game using the “Go-Togethers – 8 Pairs” template.
I could go on describing how I adapted the different templates and used a number of gadgets (such as the “Coin Flip”, “Dice”, and “Spinner”) to create activities presented on a touch-screen computer to support my intervention plan, but I would rather mention the most important point: with these Studio activities Will was able to independently, efficiently, effectively, and successfully participate in the intervention for the full duration of the session. Will enjoyed completing the activities and was motivated by his ability to do so independently. In addition, he was able to complete the activities quickly, allowing us to do more in a session, which ultimately enhanced Will’s progress toward his goals.


I have just started using Studio, and I know there is so much more to discover. I take pride in creating customized activities for the individuals I work with, and I am relieved that there is a software program that allows me to do this quickly and efficiently, and offers flexibility so that my idea can come to fruition. I find the program user- friendly and I know I will have more success introducing the program to families and teams that are eager to offer support and be involved. Boardmaker Studio is a fantastic and versatile program (I know Will and his family agree); I strongly recommend it.

- Nerissa Hall MA.CCC-CLP

Nerissa is a full time doctoral fellow at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and works as a speech pathologist specializing in AAC at Holyoke Medical Center, in Holyoke, MA.

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