Bluebee Pals app is an interactive app which brings your Bluebee Pal to life! No Bluebee Pal is needed to use the app or you can use your own Bluebee Pal. The app features activities of daily living like bathing, brushing teeth and washing hands this app can also be used to help your children understand the steps necessary to complete tasks.
The app features four rooms each with specific tasks: living room where you can tap on objects to hear their names; kitchen where you can eat a meal or have a snack; bedroom where your Bluebee takes off their shoes and goes to sleep; bathroom where your Bluebee Pal takes a shower, dries off, brushes their teeth and more!
The playroom has fun educational games including ABC’s, puzzles, building a robot, racing cars, find your Bluebee, matching colors and more! In a parental gated area there are access to suggested apps to use with your Bluebee Pal, resources on ways to use your Bluebee Pal with your children, app reviews and more. App encourages role play, use of imagination and allows kids to explore with no time limits!
Many people ask me how to connect their iPad to their computer. There are several ways to do this!
I found the easiest way via an app called Smart Mirror. With this paid app, I can mirror my iPad in any virtual platform.
The Bluebee App is fun and interactive and wonderful, which is ideal for teletherapy. Here are some tips:
Have your mirroring up and ready for screen share.
Begin by choosing a Bluebee Pal. This is a perfect opportunity for your child/student to either use their speech and/or AAC communication device.
Enter your name! Ask your child/student either spell their name (great literacy opportunity) via verbalization or their AAC communication system.
Choose your favorite color. Worked on creating sentences by modeling, “My favorite color is _____.” This is also an opportunity for choice making and commenting.
What activity will you begin with? I use annotation via zoom to circle choices. If you are using google meet, you can go through the choices verbally. I use custom cursor (free as add-on) which can also be very helpful!
Then choose a room for your daily activity. Since you are mirroring the screen, your child/student will have either verbalize the room they want or use their talker to tell you. When in the room, encourage your child/student to communicate different actions such as “open”, “get up”, “close”, “eat”, “drink”, etc.
Play the games on Bluebee app! There are so many ways to play this via teletherapy. For example, in one game you need to “find the bluebee pal”. This can be a great way to work on language that describes where Bluebee is such as “next to”, “up”, “down”, etc.
Lesson Pix an affordable, versatile and wonderful resource for creating custom printable materials. I love this website and have used it consistently for teletherapy since the pandemic began. I use it to create visual supports, power point social stories, games, schedule boards and much more!
Lesson Pix includes 40,000 symbols and gives you the ability to also upload your own photos. The website also includes over 500 templates.
Lesson Pix is a paid subscription that can be used individually or as a group.
Now that you learned all about Lesson Pix, let’s talk about how Bluebee Pal can join the fun!
Here are some quick tips!
Download a Lesson Pix game and have Bluebee Pal take turns with the spinner
Make a story about Bluebee Pal
Make a communication board to go with the free ebook, Bluebee Pals and the Techie Rangers here.
Upload a picture of Bluebee Pal and create schedule with Bluebee included.
Connect Bluebee pal via an AAC app and give Bluebee pal voice output. The Bluebee Pal can join in and have conversations with your child/student via teletherapy. For more information about connecting Bluebee Pals via AAC apps, click here.
Create a Bluebee Pal board game via Lesson Pix by uploading pictures of Bluebee Pal!
Play a describing game by making a communication board of different adjectives (big, soft, little, cute, etc.) and play “Tell me about Bluebee Pal”
Create a sequencing board for Bluebee Pal! You can read, play, or even dress up Bluebee Pal!
Download “having a conversation pdf” book via Lesson Pix and practice with Bluebee Pal!
Make a word wall of key core words to practice with Bluebee Pal. For more information about making word walls, click here.
Are you looking for a free text to speech app that pairs with Bluebee Pal?
Check out this free AAC app that can used for a variety of conditions including aphasia, autism, and other speech and language disorders. It’s a unique text to speech app that predicts the words you want next. You build real sentences quickly on your iPad or iPhone the app will speak it automatically. When you download this free app, you get a specific amount of premium words to use (495 words) for the trial period. Within the app, there is also the ability to use a qwerty keyboard and access quick phrases that can be edited and modified. If you want to continue with the premium features, there is an option for a subscription which is $12.99 per month or $99.00 per year. However, the app can be used without the premium features and can be excellent for trial purposes and short term use of AAC (e.g. hospital, nursing home, etc.).
In addition, within the app is the ability to choose your own voice, and personalize the predictions which are very nice features for a free app! Other features include using large print, dark mode, and modifying the keyboard for quicker communication. Spoken also has the option to “predict using my past speech” which can also increase the speed of communication.
Within the feature words, are additional visuals which can be helpful to recognize text. These visuals are discrete and provide visual cues.
Literacy and language development is an ongoing goal for all children. The more our children use text within a meaningful way, the more their literacy skills will improve.
Here are activities to practice with Bluebee Pal and Spoken Tap to Talk AAC
Use this app to have a short conversation about your day. Start off with greetings and then use the predictive language to ask questions about the day. Take turns with your child and work on creating grammatically correct sentences by using predictive text. Using this app can help build sentences and also help teach syntax and grammar.
Practice Asking Questions
The third and fourth row contain question words such as What, How, When, Who, Why and Where. Use these question words and the predictive text to ask questions such as “What are we doing tomorrow?” I like this app because it requires very little navigation and can help children learn how to build sentences that are grammatically correct.
Change the voice of Bluebee Pal and Comment
With the variety of voices available, Bluebee Pal can have so many voices! Go through the different voices, try them out and then make a comment. Does your child like that voice or want a different one?
Are you looking for some ideas for your teletherapy sessions? Do you have students using AAC communication systems?
Check out this free e-book titled Bluebee Pals Techie Rangers that was written by myself and Laura Jiencke, President of Bluebee Pals.
When Andy gets separated from his class on a field trip, he needs to be rescued. Who comes to the rescue? The Bluebee Pals Techie Rangers! Join Andy and his Bluebee Pal friends on an adventure to return back to the Rainbow School. This book, which helps target language and learning tips, is an excellent tool to help children learn about Bluebee Pal, an affordable and beloved assistive technology tool. In addition, it helps broaden understanding of children with complex communication needs that use AAC as their “voice”. With hits captivating illustrations, all children will want to come on an adventure with the Bluebee Pals!
This fun Activity Guide provides links to Preschool, Kindergarten and First-Grade Common Core/State Standards.
Game boards: Letters, Sounds, Sight Words and Math.
Created by Educators: 61 Pages of Black/White and Color Activities with PRE-K1 Curriculum
How to Use Bluebee Pals Techie Rangers For Teletherapy
There are many ways to incorporate this book and Bluebee Pals into your teletherapy sessions. Here are some quick tips!
Share your screen via your virtual platform and read the free digital e-book here!
Download Bluebee Pals Techie Rangers on Kindle and with screen mirroring, you and your student can read the book together.
Invite one of your Bluebee Pals to be your partner in teletherapy! Bluebee Pal can help read the book with you and your student.
If you have the paperback of Bluebee Pals Techie Rangers, you can have your Bluebee Pal turn the pages for you!
Use shared reading strategies when reading the book. Point out objects in the illustrations and comment about the actions in the book. Relate the events in the book to real life scenerios. For example, when Andy gets lost, talk about the feelings of being lost. Would you be scared? sad? How would you ask for help? To learn more tips about sharing reading with AAC users, visit my website here!
Are you looking for some fun and user-friendly speech apps to try at home with your Bluebee Pal? As an app reviewer, I have reviewed many apps that are easy to use for parents at home to help facilitate speech and language. To see all of my app reviews, click here. I have reviewed many speech and language apps as well as AAC apps.
These apps can span many years and target various speech and language goals. For example, Actions in Video can help build longer sentences with a verbal individual and help an AAC user learn to combine symbols and create more grammatically correct sentences on their talker. Below are some excellent early learning and speech apps to try with your Bluebee Pal at home
The Eli Explorer App was created by early childhood experts designed to encourage kids to explore while learning. This app helps facilitate language and learning in a fun educational and interactive way. When you open the app, press play and then see Eli sleeping! How do you wake her up? Press on Eli, and she is ready for an adventure. Take your finger and help guide Eli through a fun and stimulating journey through different scenes. To read the full review with tips for parents, click here.
Create a social story with Pictello and make Bluebee Pal the reader of the story! Pictello is a versatile app that can be used to create stories with using photos, short video clips, and text. This app can use both synthesized and digitized speech. The app also gives you the ability to share easily with others is user-friendly to set up. Pictello also has the option to use many different languages and accents, which can be an excellent feature for many individuals. To read the full review and how to implement this app with Bluebee Pal, click here.
SymbolSupport App is an editing program that allows you to add symbols to your text, while SymbolReader is a free app that displays these symbolized documents. Both apps read the documents with a high-quality text-to-speech voice and word-by-word highlighting. The apps are compatible with the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. To read the full review and learn how to implement this app with the Bluebee Pal, click here.
Actions in Video is a functional app that was created by Geraldine Moran, speech-language pathologist to help individuals with complex communication needs build sentences for communication. This app can be used successfully with both individuals with speech and language disabilities as well as younger children learning how to combine words into sentences. Actions in Video is an app “that teaches a person to understand and use action words through the use of videos.” To learn more about how to implement this app with Bluebee Pal, click here.
Wh Questions: Why?Speech and Education Cards is an app that was created by speech-language pathologists and contains professional illustrations and scenes with educational content. The app includes 30 scenes which give you at least 30 different opportunities for answering 30 “why” questions. The app is free but only includes a select amount of pictures. To buy the additional set, an in-app purchase is available. Bluebee Pals motivate kids for the Why questions. This app is appropriate for both children who are typical ages 3 and up and can also benefit those individuals with speech and language disorders and delays. Since the questions are read to the reader (as an option in the setting), no reading is required to use the app functionally. The goals that the authors target with this app are the following: Cause and Effect Relationship, Receptive and Expressive Language Skills, Naming Actions and Describing Situations, Answering Wh Questions, Making Logical Conclusions and Reasoning by Using Hints and Creative Thinking. To learn how to implement this app with Bluebee Pal, click here.
Are you looking for more apps? Check out Bluebee Pal App and learn how to facilitate language and learning with this fun, free and versatile app!
Are you looking for an ideal literacy companion for the Bluebee Pal? Bluebee Pals Techie Rangers is an educational, colorful and engaging picture book about the Bluebee Pals and their new friend, Andy. This book, whose main character has complex communication needs goes an adventure with the Bluebee Team to find his school when he gets lost on a field trip. Bluebee Pals Techie Rangers can be read with the Bluebee Pal in hand or without since it stands alone as a story in itself!
Speech and Language Goals with Bluebee Pals Techie Rangers
When reading this picture book to my students, there are many highlights that I would like to share! For children who use talkers for communication, seeing other characters in a book use a talker is empowering and motivating. For many of my students, I received comments such as “boy talker” and “my talker”. There are not many picture book that feature other children using talkers, which makes this story unique. It can also be used to educate and promote diversity.
Both Laura, Erik and I wanted Andy to experience many emotions throughout the story. For example, he was “scared” and “sad” when he got lost. When he found Leo the Lion, he was “relieved” and “happy”. When he met other Bluebee Pals, he was “excited”. These are all descriptive concepts that can be modeled on a talker when reading the book. One of my students recently initiated communication by pointing to Andy crying and spelling out “cry” on his talker. If your student and/or child does not know emotion vocabulary, this book can be a wonderful way to start introducing these words.
Vocabulary and Using Descriptive Language Model
Reading children’s book is an excellent way to teach new vocabulary. As you are reading this book, define specific vocabulary related to the book. Words such as “park ranger”, “mission”, rescue”, “fellow”. If your child does not have that word on their device, use the descriptive language model by finding other words that describe that word. For example, rescue can also be defined as “help”. Park Ranger can be defined as “job nature”.
Recalling Information and Literacy
As you are reading the book, using different strategies to help your student/child recall information. For example, at the end of the book, ask your student, “Who did Andy meet?” If the child needs help, flip back to the book and show the child all of the Bluebee Pal characters, which can help recall the names of the Park Rangers. Since the names are not programmed in a child’s talker, encourage him/her to spell the name on the keyboard. The names of the students are also visible throughout the book which can be another opportunity to use the keyboard for spelling.