Internet Gold: It Keeps Getting Better!

By Judith Maginnis Kuster

Each fall this column has highlighted several web sites that are "Internet Gold" for speech-language pathologists in clinical settings. It is always exciting to discover new therapy resources. With the recent cuts in many budgets, it is even more exciting to find materials that individuals, groups, and commercial ventures are making freely available. Below are a few of the wonderful treasures discovered recently.

Voice

  • The NCVS (National Center for Voice and Speech) Guide to Vocology (www.ncvs.org/pubs/vocologyguide.pdf) by Katherine Verdolini, Kate DeVore, Scott McCoy, and Julie Ostrem is "a comprehensive overview of the many and diverse approaches to voice management. . . . Part I describes common conditions affecting voice, while Part II presents a wide variety of voice therapy programs."

    Fluency

  • Making My Own Way: Empowering Children Who Stutter (www.mnsu.edu/comdis/kuster/TherapyWWW/butler.pdf) is an updated version of a workbook by Jackie Biagini and Judy Butler, "designed to foster trust, self-confidence, and interpersonal communication skills with set goals and a plan to achieve them."
  • Staff was a newsletter published by Aaron's Associates from 1991 to 1995. Janice Westbrook (Staff Editor) gave permission for several treasures from the newsletter to be permanently available on the Stuttering Home Page (SHP) (www.stutteringhomepage.com).

    Speech Sound Disorders

  • Resources for Clinicians by Peter Flipsen includes focused auditory stimulation lists, a "Decision Tree" to help separate articulation from phonological problems in children, and a speech perception test. (web.utk.edu/~pflipsen/Clinical_Resources.html)
  • Story-Making Machine has simple stories and poems which can have specific target sounds highlighted. There are both pre-written stories submitted by children and a write-you-own-story option. (www.communicationconnects.com/stories.asp)
  • Speechers are Great Teachers by Lonn Swanson, contains many online speech sound activities. (www.quia.com/pages/speechersclass.html)

    Augmented and Assisted Communication

  • AAC Therapy Materials Things That Are Free from Gail M. Van Tatenhove, includes Vocabulary lists; Pronoun Phrases Flip Book - MinTalk; Manual Communication Boards; Minspeak Profile Protocol - Templates for assessing someone for a Minspeak; Phrase flip book for UnityEnhanced in Vantage/Vanguard; and more!' (www.vantatenhove.com/materials.html).
  • Intellitools Activity Exchange contains activities for IntelliKeys using Overlay Maker, IntelliTalk, IntelliPics and/or ClickIt! Works on MAC or PC. You don't need to own IntelliTools software to use activities from the Exchange. (www.intellitools.com/Activity_Exchange/home.htm)
  • The Art of Cueing has several video clips which demonstrate how to cue example words and phrases (web7.mit.edu/CS/Art/).

    Language

  • University of Queensland Aphasia groups site (www.shrs.uq.edu.au/cdaru/aphasiagroups/index.html) contains an Internet training package for people with a communication or literacy disability. (www.shrs.uq.edu.au/cdaru/aphasiagroups/internet%20manuals/Internetmanualsdownload.htm)
  • 1-language.com, an English as a Second Language site, includes grammar, writing, interactive quizzes and games, flashcards, phonics, streaming audio materials. and much more. (www.1-language.com)
  • Planning Language Therapy by Larry Rider and several contributors divide the various components of language, providing developmental information and linking to over 700 websites that address each component! (http://newton.uor.edu/facultyfolder/rider/)

    If you have developed clinical materials that are freely available online, please send the URL to judith.kuster@mnsu.edu

    Judith Kuster is in the department of speech, hearing, and rehabilitation services at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Contact her by email at judith.kuster@mnsu.edu. All of Kuster’s Internet columns are on the ASHA Web site in HTML format with active links http://professional.asha.org/news/news.cfm, although URLs change and there is no guarantee that links from previous articles are still functional.

    Kuster, JM, Internet Gold: It Keeps Getting Better!, ASHA Leader, October 7, 2003, p. 16-17