Winner of the Speech-EZ Giveaway!

Thank you to everyone who entered the Speech-EZ Giveaway, and took the time to get informed about the new Apraxia Picture Sound Cards app.

I was so excited to hold my first Giveaway on my blog, but I had no idea how hard it would be! After reading all of the comments, and hearing the brief descriptions of Apraxia kids around the Country, I wanted everyone to win! I hope at the very least, my readers feel informed about the app, and the Speech-EZ Apraxia program. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you have about the Apraxia Picture Sound Cards app. I’m here to help! sheilatufano@gmail.com

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Congratulations to…
Steve Greer!

Steve lives in New York, and is the father of a 7 year-old boy with Apraxia. Congratulations Steve, I hope you AND your SLP love the new Speech-EZ app! I know you will!

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If you’re curious about how the lucky winner was randomly chosen, I’d love to share the fun and easy website that I used. I toyed over using anything from Rafflecopter, to the good old-fashioned, names in a hat. I landed on a website called classtools.net, and it drew me in with it’s colorful wheel that is reminiscent of the classic show, Wheel Of Fortune. I manually put in all of the names, and in the exact order I received the entries. Maybe someday I’ll get fancy enough for Rafflecopter, but this was fun! Click on the link below to see the actual wheel with the winning name :).

http://www.classtools.net/random-name-picker/35_TjR32E

If you didn’t win, don’t be too discouraged! Speech-EZ is having a HUGE 48hr SALE today, Friday, August 7th at 12:00pm Eastern Time on all SPEECH-EZ® apps! Click the links below to learn the details of all the Speech-EZ apps.
Apraxia Picture Sound Cards (Pro) from $299 to $89.99
Apraxia Picture Sound Cards (Parent) from $179.99 to $79.99
Hand Cue Sound Matching from $29.99 to $4.99
Sound Matching from $29.99 to $4.99
Syllable Counting from $29.99 to $4.99
Auditory Figure Ground from $29.99 to $4.99
Auditory Rhyming from $29.99 to $4.99
Target Sound Identification from $29.99 to $4.99

As you can see, Speech-EZ pretty much covers the gamete on building speech/language/communication, and all based off of the Speech-EZ method.

I am passionate about the Speech-EZ Apraxia program for one simple reason; it changed my daughter’s life. Just nine months ago, Gia was a shell of who she is today. It’s the only method we’ve used, so the only one I can give my informed and educated opinion on.

When I called FDH to make my daughters first evaluation appointment, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that they were located just 5 minutes up the street from my house. I thought, “Well that’s nice and convenient!”

Fast-forward to meeting and talking with dozens of Apraxia parents – Nice and convenient?! More like, won the lottery! I had NO idea how many families were struggling to find not only the proper treatment for their child, but find someone that had ever even seen a child with Apraxia. It’s CRAZY! I know families who have picked up and moved across the country to Arizona. I know families that drive an hour each way, 5 times a week. Gia and I were extremely fortunate, and these stories were a huge reality check for me! Every child should have the same access to treatment, but until that becomes a reality, I want to point them in the direction of the most helpful and useful resources; which brings me back to the Speech-EZ apps.

My personal advice to those considering purchasing a Speech-EZ app would be this:

1. These are SIGNIFICANT discounts! Take advantage! Yes…..they’re worth every penny!

2. You are DEFINITELY getting the most bang for your buck with the Apraxia Picture Sound Cards (Parent). This is the app that will cover all of the needs of children in the beginning and middle phases of recovery. The children coming down the final stretch (yay!) may not need everything included in this app, but could really benefit from one of the others.

3. Consider the phase of of Apraxia/Phonological Disorder recovery that your child is in. Your little fighter may have reached a point of having very few specific needs being targeted in their ultimate mastery of communication. Apps like Auditory Figure Ground, or Syllable Counting, may be exactly what your child needs.

4. Get the whole family involved! If you decide to purchase a Speech-EZ app, make it something that parents, siblings, and even grandparents can enjoy with your child. This will be fun for your child, and make everyone who loves them feel like they’re helping. You may be providing therapy, but it doesn’t have to feel like it!

I decided to get Gia’s brother, Nicholas involved in helping Gia. I attached two short videos of the two of them using the Picture Cards portion of the APSC app. That day we worked on some CVC words, with /p/ and /s/ sounds. So I taught Nicholas those two Hand Cues and told him to give it a whirl! It was awesome!

I had trouble for a long time with Nick’s jealousy of Gia, and his resentment of the ways her disorder had changed our lives. It breaks my heart that he was hurting, but he didn’t really know why. He was acting out quite a bit, and only recently has seemed to let go of his anger. I’m always trying to find ways to make him feel special. If you watch him closely at the end of each video, you’ll see the pride in his face.

What have you done to get the family involved? I’d love to hear your ideas and stories!

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