App Review: GoSequencing by Smarty Ears


I'd like to share with you an app from one of my favorite speechie companies - Smarty Ear's GoSequencing. You can watch a detailed video about the app here -

Here's what I love about this app! First of all, it is from Smarty Ears. This company makes apps by SLPs for SLPs! As usual, this app contained quality content with relevant targets for speech therapy. You can probably guess from the title that this app is all about sequencing. 

When you first open the app, you will notice that you can select one player or add more. I love that the app allows for more than one player at a time so that I can use it with my language groups at school.

The default starting point is at Level 1, however you can modify the level if you know a student can handle greater difficulty. You can also have different students working on different levels during a group session! 

The easiest level works on identifying what happened first or last in a short story. As the levels get higher, the work gets more difficult with sequences up to 6 steps. The levels are also scaffolded in prompts. The earlier levels provide images, text, and audio information, but this is reduced to just text (which can be read aloud for non-readers by clicking on the text) and audio information. 

Students must sequence the story and earn 10 stars (not sequentially) before they can go to the next level.

The sequences are generally about non-fiction and functional information.

Because of the variety of difficulty levels, I would say this app is appropriate for pre-school to 5th grade. The graphics are definitely geared more towards elementary-aged students.

This app also stores each student's data and tracks their progress in his or her profile! It even makes a graph so therapists and students can easily see the progress.

•Pros: Can be single-player or multi-player, multiple difficulty levels, scaffolded prompts, engaging and motivating, options available to make your own sequences (great for sequencing functional life skills adapted to individual students!),  tracks student progress, available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese

•Cons: Only non-fiction sequences are available right now

Overall I think this is a great app! It can be used with a variety of students because of the varying levels of difficulty available. I love that it can be used in groups and can even have students working at different levels at the same time. The ability to create customized sequences is great for students working on learning and recalling functional skills. 

This app is available for $21.99 in the iTunes store. This app was provided to me for review, but the opinions are all my own! 



Liebster Award


I am excited to share that I won an award! This award is given to new bloggers to help shine a spotlight on up and coming blogs.  Thanks to Angie over at Glimmers of Learning for nominating me for the Liebster Award!

The rules of the nomination are simple:

  • Thank the blog that nominated you and link back to their blog
  • Display the award on your blog
  • Answer 11 questions from the blogger that nominated you
  • Nominate up to 11 bloggers to receive the award next
  • Give your new nominees questions to answer about themselves

The questions from Angie for me to answer are:

  1. What is your job and how long have you been doing it? I am an SLP! I work with preK through 8th grade, as well as PRN work at a rehab hospital. This is my 4th year in this profession.
  2. How long have you been blogging? I started my blog this past summer.  I have loved getting to interact with the online SLP and special education community!
  3.  What is the story behind your blog name? I chose the name "Word of Mouth" as a play on words... word of mouth... speech therapy... blogging... get it?!
  4. What is your favorite subject to blog about? Speech therapy of course! 
  5. What is your goal with creating the blog? I like to share therapy ideas and practical tips to help busy SLPs working in the schools.
  6. Who are the top three bloggers you love to follow? I am a big fan of Sublime Speech. I have been following her for years! I also love to cook, so I routinely read posts from food bloggers. Some of my favorites are Naturally Ella and Pinch of Yum.
  7. Where are you right now, while you are blogging! At home, relaxing on my couch - my favorite place to be after a busy day!
  8. What gets you out of bed in the morning? Coffee and NPR. Those smiling faces waiting for me at school might help too.
  9. If you could travel to one place, where would that be? I have always wanted to travel to New Zealand. It looks so beautiful there!
  10. What is your favorite food? Bagels! There is nothing as comforting as a warm fresh bagel.
  11. What are your hobbies? I enjoy cooking, being outside, playing with my dog, and playing in my local community band.  
I have nominated:
All bloggers above, answer the following questions and complete the rules above!
  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. Where does your inspiration for blogging come from?
  3. What is your favorite quote?
  4. What makes you laugh out loud?
  5. What did you want to be when you were a child?
  6. What is your favorite social media?
  7. What is your dream job?
  8. What invaluable experiences have you taken away from your current job?
  9. What is one thing you must always have with you when on the go?
  10. Who is one person you idolize?
  11. What is one book you think everyone should read?

Have fun and support fellow bloggers!