Friday, May 24, 2013

Speech Buddies Update and GIVEAWAY of a COMPLETE SET!!

Hello Speech2me followers and happy Friday!  I hope that you have enjoyed celebrating my one year blog-a-versary this May!  So far, I have raffled my favorite Smarty Ears app: Sunny Articulation and Phonology Test; posted one of my most popular Mother's Day Activity; and hosted TWO, fabulous guest bloggers who gave us some fun and functional activities for this summer! Rose, at Speech Snacks, shared an ice cream activity with a healthy recipe and Jenn, at Crazy Speech World, created: SPEECHMarks, which have simply stunned and amazed many of my client's teachers and caregivers!!  Be sure to check out these posts that my peeps worked so hard to put together!  Thanks again ladies!

Like the end of a fireworks show, I would like to close out my month long celebration with some show stopping giveaways from two more companies that have changed the way I service speech and language clients!  Next week, I will be holding a raffle for TWO of my most used apps from Kyle at Mobile Education Store: Communication Builder and Communication Builder Teen! Be on the lookout for the rafflecopter!

However, today I am starting the week long raffle for, hold onto your seats: A COMPLETE SET OF SPEECH BUDDIES!!!  This set valued at $300 includes user-friendly, kid approved tools that help manipulate tongue placement for the following target sounds: s, sh, ch, r, and l.  For more detailed information about Speech Buddies and the online site where you can gather and collect data, go to this link.  I was fortunate enough to receive a kit last October and trial several of these tools with some of my articulation only clients.  In January, I posted this review and raffled a Speech Buddy of the winner's choice!

Since my post in January, I have discharged three clients that used the s, sh, and ch tools!  While another client, a second grader, made remarkable improvement using the /s/ buddy, he will continue to receive speech services since he lost three front teeth prematurely this year.  His family has asked for information to purchase a speech buddy so they can implement it at home!   In February, I qualified another second grader and she has been using the /l/ buddy with success and will be starting the /s/ buddy when we return to school in August.  Finally, I submitted a proposal to present my results at ASHA for my use of the /r/ buddy with a fourth grader who also just qualified for services this school year.  She has gone from not being stimulable for the /r/ sound to achieving all but the final position in words!  We started the school year with traditional therapy utilizing the, "Entire World of R Sounds" protocol, and finished the second half of the year using the speech buddy.  I believe in these tools and have seen first hand the remarkable difference they have made with the population that I carefully chose to participate in trial runs!  All clients were in a private school setting and had just speech/articulation needs with no other cognitive concerns.  On another note, after speaking with my mentor from my practicum program back in 1999, she decided to purchase the /sh/ buddy for a client with aphasia post stroke.  I recently received an email message from her indicating that the speech buddy helped her client achieve speech goals in the matter of months!!  Finally, after over a decade later, I felt great about helping my mentor who taught me so much about counseling and clinical therapy in a hospital setting, not to mention assisting a geriatric patient with articulation!!

I hope to continue educating my peers about my success with Speech Buddy tools and I will keep my fingers crossed that ASHA accepts my proposal this July to present a poster session for Speech Buddies at the November 2013 conference in my kind of town: Chicago!  Until then, I am thrilled to host this raffle for a set of Speech Buddies!!  I can just hear those fireworks popping away!  Good luck with the raffle below and as always, thank you for following my little blog!!





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55 comments:

  1. Speech bloggers. I am dying to try them!

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  2. I forgot where I heard about them, but I've read a lot of reviews from other speech bloggers!!

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  3. I'd love to give these a try on the tricky R!

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  4. I learned about Speech Buddies by following the Speech bloggers and facebook.

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  5. Via speech blogs. My fingers are crossed as these have such awesome feedback! I would love to give them a try with my students.

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  6. I can't remember where I first heard of them, but I have the Rabbit Speech Buddy and I couldn't live without it! As a private practice SLP I have wanted a set of these for a long, long time but just simply don't have the funds. Keeping my fingers (and everything else!) crossed! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  7. Im unsure where I first heard of them. Maybe the ASHA leader?

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  8. Speech bloggers. I would love to try them!!

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  9. So much buzz about the speech Buddies! I start my CFY in elementary and middle schools in August and would love to have these in my "toolbox." I feel like I need so much and all supplies I get will be purchased out of pocket. Anyway, thanks for doing the giveaway!

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  10. I have heard about them from other speech bloggers, and also a speech path in my district recently purchased them with a grant.

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  11. I have heard about them from bloggers, such as yourself.

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  12. I heard about them from other bloggers, as well as a presentation by the company at one of our district wide speech meetings.

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  13. I herd about Speech Buddies from my externship supervisor in grad school. Now that I am looking for my first pediatric SLP position, I would LOVE to win these for my bag of tricks!! Thanks for the contest!

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  14. other bloggers and giveaways on facebook over the last few months. I would love to get my hands on these.

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  15. I think I first heard about Speech Buddies from blog reviews. I wish they weren't so expensive though!

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  16. I met a rep at a conference I attended. I would love to own a set of these!

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  17. I heard about them via several speech blogs. I want to try them out!

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  18. I've been very curious about Speech Buddies for a while. Nice review as well!

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  19. I'm very interested in using Speech Buddies with my students who are having a tough time establishing these sounds! They seem like a great tool, thank you for your review and give away!

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  20. Heard about them on Facebook

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  21. I heard about them from other bloggers that have done reviews on them!

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  22. I heard about them at TSHA.

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  23. I heard about them online and via email. I would dearly love to win a set ! Thankyou for the chance!

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  24. Heard about them online and really want to try them out.

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  26. I heard about these from various speech blogs that I follow. I'd love to win the set to use with my speech kiddos! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  27. I found them in a search online when I was looking for articulation therapy ideas. Would love to win a set.

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  28. Heard about them online and would love to win them!!! Thanks!

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  29. I learned about you through Pinterest and followed you on Facebook!

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  30. Oops. I learned about Speech Buddies through SLP bloggers/Pinterest!

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  31. I learned about speech buddies through SLP bloggers, but had stumbled upon them while looking up artic techniques. I would love to win this giveaway! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  32. Hi Speech2Me,

    THANKS for sharing your speech buddies with us! Your updated review was really helpful, because I wanted to hear from someone who has been using them for a while. I heard about Speech Buddies about 3 years ago from someone online and I've been trying to get hold of a set ever since. Thanks again! BTW, I love your blog!

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    1. P.S. I followed your blog (the join this site button) but under a different name.

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    2. You welcome! Thanks for the kind words and for following my blog;). Glad you enjoy it!

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  33. I heard about them through a colleague and read about them through blogs.

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  34. I think I first heard about Speech Buddies in Advance magazine, but it has been a while, so I'm not 100% sure. :) I've seen lots of other posts about them on Facebook and in blogs like yours since then, though.

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  35. I heard about them through various speech blogs that I follow. Thanks so much for the giveaway :)

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  36. I learned about them from the Advance magazine

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