Archive for December, 2009

Verbal Volley Featured in Saint Louis Suburban Journal Article

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

See pictures of and read about “Meet the Inventors” Day at Unique Toy and Game. The article appeared on Wednesday, Dec. 30  in the Saint Louis Suburban Journals, on the front page of the West edition. Here is the link to the story: http://suburbanjournals.stltoday.com/articles/2009/12/29/west/special_feature/1230wc-games0.txt

A Note from Kristin about the ASHA Schools Conference

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Hello, everyone. The ASHA Schools Conference was a great experience.  The courses were very interesting. The subjects ranged from play and language development to using active engagement in teaching vocabulary and language within the classroom. Those of us who were looking for information on implementing Response to Intervention were not disappointed.

I had a great time meeting everyone and playing Verbal Volley at the Mindfull Games booth between classes. This was the first conference where attendees wanted to try playing Verbal Volley in two languages simultaneously! I guess school-based SLPs are a bunch of polyglots. I knew many SLPs were using Verbal Volley for individual therapy, but I was happy to find out that we are filling a need for fun, classroom-based intervention for vocabulary, literacy and word finding. Thank you to everyone for your positive feedback. I hope you enjoy using the lesson plans I provided and that you keep the suggestions coming.

Bradburn’s Parent Teacher Stores Hosted Teacher Workshops

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Kristin Edmonds, M.M., M.A., CCC-SLP presented workshops at three Bradburn’s stores in Saint Louis, MO on July 9, 2009.  She discussed the importance of social interaction and oral language exposure for vocabulary development, and highlighted some evidence-based methods of teaching vocabulary. Visitors to the store had the opportunity to participate in some interactive wordplay using high frequency words and Tier 2 vocabulary words which are important for literacy.  The wordplay activities were suitable for classroom interventions for at-risk students.  Bradburn’s staff helped teachers find materials in the store which were related to wordplay for literacy and vocabulary.

Meet the Inventors Day at Unique Toy and Game

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

On December 19th, Unique Toy and Game of Wildwood, MO invited the owner/game developers of Mindfull Games, Around the Table Games and Jane’s Games to demonstrate their products to store patrons. The store was packed to capacity with holiday shoppers and even some members of the press. Jane Matthews (creator of Instructures), Beth Daniels (creator of Family Talk and other conversation games), and Kristin Edmonds (creator of Verbal Volley) spoke to the visitors about what inspired the teacher, occupational therapist and speech pathologist  to create socially interactive games that help expressive language.  Many parents, grandparents and children played the new games. The weather was brisk and so were the sales. Thank you to Unique Toy and Game for introducing us to your holiday shoppers.

Teams Play Verbal Volley at the November NAGC Convention

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

At the National Association for Gifted Children Convention in Saint Louis, Mindfull Games hosted an exhibitor session on socially interactive wordplay for unlimited vocabulary. Attendees filled our conference room to learn how to play Verbal Volley and to receive free copies of our Verbal Volley Showdown vocabulary tournament guidelines.  Participants shared some laughs while learning during our mock classroom team competition. Afterwards there was a run on our salesbooth, which was located outside the conference room door. For the first time, convention attendees were able to sign up to receive via email vocabulary research updates and  lesson plans to use with Verbal Volley. Thank you to all who participated in our exhibitor session.  We enjoyed meeting you and hearing your positive feedback. We hope you are enjoying the games you took back to your schools and homes.