The intention of the SGM® App is to help children think, communicate and learn. Since 1991, millions of children worldwide have benefited from using the colorful, patented icons of the Story Grammar Marker® (SGM®), a research-based tool for helping children with telling and retelling stories, comprehension, writing, reading comprehension and social communication. Now, the SGM® has come to life in the form of an App with exciting animation and engaging features that allow kids to see, listen, touch, move and interact with the icons to tell create a story!
Teachers, speech language pathologists, reading specialists, literacy coaches and parents can use this App with kids to help them “Become a Star Reporter” and create & tell their story or re-tell something they have read, seen or experienced. This app will help children to organize their thoughts for expressing or writing. It can help them with critical thinking and problem solving skills as well as to make connections among texts, themselves and the world around them.
The icons in this App are designed to “free up” working memory by giving kids a visual representation of the parts of a story that they can see, touch and move! They can type, draw, import images or import pictures from the camera roll to create a unique story or to retell a story from a book, show or movie. After creating each story, they can use the SGM® to assist them in telling their story and recording it. They can then become the SGM® Star Reporter and hear themselves telling their story! Each story can be saved and/or emailed to parents/teachers/specialists to monitor progress.
The Story Grammar Marker® can be used to support Common Core State Standards. This app is fun and engaging — and the methodology is research-based! Enjoy!
How do educators use differentiated instruction and formative assessments to plan for student success? The Essential SGM® includes key elements of Story Grammar Marker® and is designed to teach professionals to use our evidence-based techniques. Its easy format and corresponding PowerPoint and activities will prepare you to move theory into practice! College professors will find this vital in their journey to teach students how to facilitate the development of narrative discourse and critical thinking skills.
The Essential SGM® includes key elements of Story Grammar Marker® for professors/instructors to teach graduate students learning evidence-based therapeutic techniques. This resource is designed to put theory into practice in narrative discourse development. Narratives assist students in the areas of oral expression, comprehension and written expression as well as social cognition and communication. These “essentials” link narrative development with thinking and talking about situations and events in books, media, real life and current events!
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The Teacher Story Grammar Marker® is a 24-inch removable icon-based manipulative. The marker is designed to assist education professionals in the instruction of narrative development to their students.
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ISBNs: 978-0-9791307-0-0 (0-9791307-0-0)
Braidy the StoryBraid® Doll is a motivating hands-on tool that appeals to early childhood education students. The iconic structure of Braidy scaffolds narrative and oral story telling following the developmental sequence of language acquisition. Targeted lessons foster meaningful conversation skills, problem solving, and comprehension for your youngest students! A must-have for early childhood educators!
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It’s All About the Story! An Interactive Guide using Story Grammar Marker® for Parents and Educators of Children with Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism and Related Communication Disorders is the first book in the Autism series. Educators and parents can learn how to use the Story Grammar Marker® specifically with children with Social Learning Challenges.
This Autism series relates how to use Story Grammar Marker® methodology to help children develop social communication with the goal of facilitating relationships at school, during academic activities, and at home. Specially designed materials are included for developing the understanding of narrative structure, Critical Thinking Triangle®, and pragmatics. Books may be purchased individually or as a 3-book set, or with included games and activities in The Autism Collection.
This book offers a tutorial in MindWing’s research-based narrative development methodology. It then analyzes and provides a “script” for direct instruction in each element of the Story Grammar Marker® (character, setting, initiating event, internal response, plan, mental states, planned attempts, direct consequence and resolution) in a convenient Flip-Chart form for easy delivery to a child and/or students. The focus of this book is on the personal narrative, comprehension and expression of children’s literature and verbal organization all relating to social situations.
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Making Connections! Perspective-Taking, Theory of Mind and Pragmatics Using the Critical Thinking Triangle® of the Story Grammar Marker® applies to ALL students:
This book is Volume 2 in the Autism series and covers using the Critical Thinking Triangle® in academic and in social situations for: perspective-taking, Theory of Mind, critical thinking, pragmatics (social uses of language), inferencing and characters’ and personal motivations. It is filled with visual, explicit, research-based lessons, activities and projects revolving around kick-offs, feelings, mental states and plans in children’s literature and social situations.
The Autism series relates how to use Story Grammar Marker® methodology to help children develop social communication with the goal of facilitating relationships at school, during academic activities, and at home. Specially designed materials are included for developing the understanding of narrative structure, Critical Thinking Triangle®, and pragmatics. Books may be purchased individually or as a 3-book set, or with included games and activities in The Autism Collection.
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Facilitating Relationships! Six-Second-Stories™ and Other Social Communication Strategies: An Interactive Guide for Educators and Parents of Children with Social Learning Challenges by Maryellen Rooney Moreau, M.Ed. CCC-SLP and Gwynne McElhinney, M.S., CCC-SLP (Creator of Six-Second-Stories™, Lab for Social Intelligence, Boise, Idaho), is the third book in the MindWing’s Autism series.
Topics are: using Cumulative Narrative Chunking™ to build central coherence, blending Story Grammar Marker® and Social Thinking® methodologies, Six-Second Stories™ for conversation initiation & repair and MindWing’s Social Problem Solving Model. It includes cutting-edge research as well as engaging activities and lessons for practical implementation with students.
The Autism series relates how to use Story Grammar Marker® methodology to help children develop social communication with the goal of facilitating relationships at school, during academic activities, and at home. Specially designed materials are included for developing the understanding of narrative structure, Critical Thinking Triangle®, and pragmatics. Books may be purchased individually or as a 3-book set, or as a kit with included games and activities in The Autism Collection.
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MindWing’s Universal Magnet Set is a 33-piece set of large, colorful magnets depicting MindWing's patented icons. They can be used with both narrative and expository text instruction and intervention.
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For those “fans” of Story Grammar Marker®, Braidy®, ThemeMaker™ and Talk to Write, Write to Learn™ who may not be interested in the Autism Collection books and activities, you now have the opportunity to incorporate these NEW games and activities into your classroom and therapy.
The Game Set includes:
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8 wood-mounted, rubber stamps of the patented icons of the Story Grammar Marker®.
Using MindWing's Icon STAMPede! students can...
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This colorful, eye-catching deck of cards (standard 52-card deck with 2 jokers) is for use with Narrative as well as Expository text. Each “suit” represents an “episode” of a narrative and the Jokers depict expository text features.
There are 10 suggested games for use with the cards, in conjunction with children’s literature & MindWing’s methodology, that incorporate lessons for working on language, thinking and social skills.
These cards, by nature, are fun for all ages! And, they may be a particularly appealing manipulative for some adolescents (as opposed to Braidy the StoryBraid® or Story Grammar Marker® manipulatives).
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MindWing’s Two-In-One Wristbands – Set of 5
Give your students the ability to “carry” SGM® and Six-Second-Stories™ techniques with them throughout their day, even if they don’t have pockets!
Used as a positive behavioral support, the patented icons engraved on the reversible wristbands can be used in academic settings for language and literacy, as well as in social situations for conversation initiation and repair and social problem solving.
SquiGuMs are appropriate for adult use, too, since our students will benefit from consistent support across multiple environments (playground, cafeteria, activities, classroom and home), provided by multiple members of a school staff (teachers, aides, specialists), as well as parents.
This handy wristband is a “go-anywhere” tactile-kinesthetic tool designed to bridge the gap between therapy, the classroom and the Real World. Attractive to both students and their peers, SquiGuMs reflects years of expert professional experience. It does not replace the iconic hand-held Story Grammar Marker® for modeling and guided practice—SquiGuMs enhances and expands its use.
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This book, and the activities it supports, make vocabulary building an active, enriching experience, helping students to expand their vocabulary and word choices in a way that is fun. It is a graphic thesaurus that students can use independently to visualize word relationships through visual “word clouds.”
Features 41 illustrations with a total of 491 words. Designed for children in grades 2-6. Click here for a review of this book.
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The ThemeMaker® Student Tool is an expository (information text) tool made up of four pages including plot outline suggestions and a student progression “tracker.”
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Our new product, Stories for Teaching and Modeling Narrative Text Structure with Story Grammar Marker®, was developed to answer the requests of Braidy® and SGM®’s biggest users! As you may know, Braidy®/SGM® tools are adaptable to any story (personal narratives, children’s books, novels, TV shows, movies, plays, etc.), making it a versatile approach to learning.
This new product provides a series of FIVE specific original stories to be used to implement narrative structure that is particularly useful for differentiated instruction. Using a consistent format, there are four (4) pages to each of the five stories:
This product contains:
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SGM® Mini Magnets are our newest manipulative tool based on the Story Grammar Marker® for narrative intervention. The Mini Magnets can be used in therapy, classroom centers, push-in, small groups, and for individual students to assist them in re-telling, telling and writing stories as well as for comprehension, perspective-taking and social problem solving.
The most exciting part is that the SGM® Mini Magnets are ideal for parents to use at home to help their children express personal narratives and solve problems. Using the SGM® Mini Magnets on the refrigerator, parents can help their children to answer the often elusive question “What happened at school today?” This is the perfect tool to help build that home-school connection!
Each of the 13 magnets in this set has a colorful, child-friendly icon that represents a part of a narrative/story episode (components of the Story Grammar Marker®).
The first 12 magnets are 1.5" x 1.5" with the SGM® icons for:
The 13th magnet is 3" x 3" and portrays the Critical Thinking Triangle® including the Mental State (thinking verbs) Thought Bubble.
These magnets are designed to be used with Story Grammar Marker® Methodology.
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The Critical Thinking Triangle® In Action! Thought Process Manipulative has been created because the Critical Thinking Triangle® is the crux of the Story Grammar Marker®, our tool for narrative development, story-telling, personal narratives, comprehension, writing and social communication.
This Manipulative is a enhancement to Story Grammar Marker® and contains 5 elements that connect and interact among each other to enable students to think about their thinking: to infer, solve problems, resolve conflicts, take perspective and more!
Thinking deserves its own hands-on tool. This new tool makes it possible for children to actually manipulate, talk about and comprehend the elements of the Critical Thinking Triangle® including:
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THESE NEW PENS are packed with discourse development information using Story Grammar Marker® and ThemeMaker® visuals and methodology.
Each colorful pen contains a retractable, 7" x 2.5", double-sided banner. One side depicts a definition of “narrative,” the SGM® visual of the 7 Stages of Narrative Development, as well as the Story Grammar Marker® tool with each story icon identified. The other side of the banner contains the ThemeMaker® diagrams for the 7 Expository Text Structures of description, list, sequence, compare/contrast, cause/effect, problem/solution, and persuasion/argument, as well as examples of where expository text can be found.
Aside from the obvious use of these pens for writing, the retractable banner contained in these pens can be used...
Let us know if you have find a new and different use for this new tool!
Each set contains (4) pens.
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What do you get when a teacher—Dita Rose—who is also a singer/songwriter collaborates with a speech language pathologist—Maryellen Rooney Moreau—who created the Story Grammar Marker®?
You get to bring to life a magical tune to help children learn the parts of a story for telling personal narratives, comprehension and writing. Musician and educator, Dita Rose, was inspired to write lyrics and music to teach her students the story elements of Braidy the StoryBraid® and Story Grammar Marker®. After working with Maryellen Rooney Moreau, creator of the SGM®, and making a few tweaks, the amazing THE BRAIDY SONG is now available on multiple digital platforms for only $0.99.
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For teaching purposes, here are the lyrics. This song can be used as a companion to the Story Grammar Marker® and Braidy the StoryBraid® by MindWing Concepts, Inc.
THE BRAIDY® SONG© by Dita Rose
Lalalala… Lalalala…. Lalalala. Lalalala…
I’m talking about Braidy and I’m steppin’ out
To tell you about something that will make you shout.
You need to tell a story and you don’t know how.
Just listen to me baby, and I’ll show you now.
I’m asking who (Who) is this all about?
A girl, a boy, a character, and what they’re like
And tell me when (When) did it all go down?
Where did the setting happen? Just look around.
Now tell me what (What) the kick-off is.
What set events in motion... make your story spin?
And say goodbye, (BYE) to the ho-hum day
‘Cause something made the story go another way.
Hmmm….. Hmmm…… Hmmmm… Hmmmm…
Lalalala…. Lalalala…. lalalala….. Lalalala
I’m talking about feelings like happy and sad.
Cranky, aggravated... now just relax.
What’s your plan (plan), to make it right.
Tell me all about the story line.
We’re counting 1 (one) 2 (two) 3 (three) 4 (four)
Review the story actions and tell me more.
I’m talking about Braidy and I’m steppin’ out
To tell you about something that will make you shout.
You need to tell a story and you don’t know how.
Just listen to me baby, and I’ll show you now.
It’s time to see (see) how the story ends.
What is the resolution and the consequence.
How did it feel (feel) when the story stops?
Use some inspiration, make the story POP.
Hmmm….. Hmmm….. Hmmm….. Hmmm…..
Tag: Now wait! (WAIT!) and take a break.
All this thinking is making me stretch my brain...(AHHHHH)
because I’m…. talking about Braidy… (to end)
Maryellen Rooney Moreau, creator of Story Grammar Marker® and Braidy the StoryBraid®, is a Speech Language Pathologist. One day, in 1991, while co-teaching a writing lesson with third grade children at the Curtis Blake Day School where she directed the curriculum, an eight-year-old boy approached her with his conventional “beginning, middle and end” graphic organizer. He had tears in his eyes and said, “I don’t know what to put in my boxes—I never know what to do with my boxes!”
Inspired by this interaction and cognizant of research and experience in language development and early literacy, Moreau designed a hands-on, multi-sensory tool to assist this boy to tell his story. She assigned a colorful, meaningful icon to represent each part of the story! To create the Story Grammar Marker® Maryellen took the icons and placed them on braided yarn to symbolize the strands of oral language that are woven together to make up the backbone of the story or the information being communicated. Her intention was for children to use it to “mark” the part of the story as they told/write it. The icons were grouped into Beginning, Middle and End: the beginning (character, setting, kick-off, feeling, thinking verbs and plan), the middle (the actions the character took to carry out the plan) and the end (the direct consequence or tie up, and then resolution or moral/lesson). With colleagues Carolyn West, Ph.D., and Holly Fidrych, M.S., CCC-SLP, Moreau field-tested the tool at the day school and other local public schools – both children and teachers LOVED it!
About 20 years later, Maryellen introduced Story Grammar Marker® and Braidy the StoryBraid®, for young children, to the teachers at Currey Ingram Academy in the Nashville area, which is a school for students with learning differences and unique learning styles.
Dita Rose, a teacher there as well as singer/songwriter began to use SGM® and Braidy® tools. Dita Rose is the artist who wrote the music and lyrics for “The Braidy® Song,” based on the Story Grammar Marker® narrative (story) icons. As a teacher, Dita tries to make learning fun and engaging for her students with music. She makes up little melodies sometimes on the spot just to get their attention or make a new concept stick. When she started using the Story Grammar Marker® puppet, Braidy the StoryBraid®, she started brainstorming ways she could use Braidy® elements in a song.
One night, Dita couldn’t get to sleep and her brain was overflowing with thoughts. The song melody and words just came to her and Dita started recording the song on her phone in the dark, trying not to wake her husband! It took a few tries to get all the Braidy® elements in, but she managed to get the song finished and her students loved it! She played and sang it together with students in her classes many times over the next few years.
Upon hearing the song, the Assistant Head of School, Dr. Hannah, encouraged Dita to send the song to the folks at MindWing Concepts to see if they liked the song and might want to publish it. Maryellen Moreau and Sheila Moreau LOVED the catchy tune and colorful lyrics. After collaboration and a couple of tweaks, it was ready to be released for educators to use and inspire students in their classrooms.
Maryellen Moreau has played the piano and organ for 60 years, so she was thrilled to see her professional life’s work put to music! She and her husband Gerry, who also played the organ and sings have three children and five grandchildren—all of whom love to sing and tell stories, so they absolutely love “The Braidy® Song!”
In addition to teaching for the last 17 years, Dita and her husband have been doing music together as “The Rose Factor” for many years and they have three beautiful children. Dita is so thankful for the opportunity to share this song with others. Maryellen and Sheila are thrilled that Dita shared her talents with them in order to make this song a reality! Dita hopes “The Braidy® Song” brings joy to many students and makes reading and writing comprehension engaging and fun.