Sunday, November 27, 2016

Winter Break Speech Practice

Wow! It's hard to believe we are already counting down winter break...not that I'm complaining. ;) I am definitely looking forward to two weeks off to enjoy family, friends, shopping and of course, TpT-ing! 

If you're like me, you find it difficult to make use of all your resources for December given that it's a short "therapy" month. As winter break approaches, I look thorough my December bin and realize I was not able to use all of the activities I created or purchased for December. So, here's a possible solution: send the resources, specifically the "no prep" pages, home with your students as carry-over activities. I always send home calendars with my students over summer break, but two weeks off for winter breaks provided multiple opportunities for home practice as well. 

During the winter break parents can help their child maintain communication skills learned during the first semester. Providing students with fun, engaging activities is a great way to make practicing target skills more enjoyable. I attach a calendar with daily activities to target their child’s communication along with a few activity pages that target their specific IEP goals. I have 3 separate calendars for articulation, language and fluency. Activities are designed to be completed in 10-15 minutes and can be done as often as their schedule allows. I encourage my students to return the calendar when school resumes to receive a small prize to reward them for their hard work.

You can grab the calendars for FREE by clicking the image below or pin this image to save it for later!  

Looking for "NO PREP" activity pages to attach to the calendars? Check out these resources below: 

Winter Dice and Dot For Speech and Language by Ashley Rossi 

No Prep December and Christmas by The Speech Bubble SLP 

Arctic & Antarctic Themed (No Prep) Speech & Language Unit by Whitney Smith 

No Prep Winter Articulation Homework by Simply Speech  

Sunday, July 31, 2016

"What's in Your Cart" Link Up

Hey everyone! I can not believe that summer break is almost over. I will definitely miss all of the time I was able to spend with my little one. Now is the time that I am searching Pinterest, Instagram and my favorite blogs for new resources and activities to implement in my classroom at the beginning of the year. So, cue the Teachers Pay Teachers "Best Year Ever" Sale! This is always a great opportunity to stock up on must-have items for the beginning of the school year. 

For this sale, I am linking up with Jenna from Speech Room News for "What's in Your Cart" link up. All of the items in my store will be 28% of when you the code: BESTYEAR. I have been working extremely hard this summer on updates and creating new resources so I am very excited to share a few with you. 

First, up are my Articulation Progress Trackers
Trackers allow you to track progress at each level using the sticker chart provided on the first page. Users are able monitor progress at the word, phrase and sentence levels and target sounds presented in the initial, medial and final positions. These are perfect for collecting baseline data, monitoring progress or supporting teachers with collection of Response to Intervention data. 

Looking for an alphabet that is uniquely designed for your speech room? Check out my Speech Sound Alphabet.
Each sound has a name that will help students remember how/where the sound is made. There are two different styles included with target word list for each sound. Word lists are organized into initial, medial and final target sounds. 

Finally, I have my NO PREP Growing Bundle! 
I love shopping and shopping on TpT from home in my yoga pants and messy bun is even better! Here is what you can find in my cart!

Autumn Speech Therapy: Dice and Dot by Ashley Rossi 

Hope you all have the best time shopping! Don't forget to check out other amazing resources at the "What's in Your Cart" link up. 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Earth Day: Planet Saving Starter Kit

Hey everyone! I wanted to bring you this quick post for an "Earth Day: Planet Saving" starter kit that I put together for my students. Many times, it's young, fresh ideas that help ignite change in families. What better way to support that, than with a starter kit to promote reducing, reusing and recycling at home? My hope is that my students will take these kits home and implement a few changes to help our planet whether it be saving water, turing off the lights or creating a recycling bin. So, what have I included? 

You can grab all of the items in this kit (not including the seeds) in my Teachers Pay Teachers store for free or CLICK HERE! You can create the entire kit or just use certain items for Earth Day. 

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Speech Outside the Box

Spring is here and I am absolutely loving this weather! What are your favorite springtime activities? I have created a few activities that will help bring your therapy room outside. While these activities are designed for the outdoors, many of them can be completed inside as well. 


For this activities you will need bubbles and the "Make Your Speech POP" recording sheet. (Grab it HERE). To play, blow the bubbles. Then, have students count how many words they can say with their speech sound(s) before all of the bubbles pop. Students can record their totals in the bubbles. 

Nature provides so many opportunities for language development including describing, comparing and contrasting, following directions, answering questions and so much more. For this activity, provide each student with the "Nature Walk" activity sheet (grab it HERE) and begin your nature walk! Instruct students to color the items as they see them on your walk. Students can describe each item as they find them (category, function, attributes, etc.). They can also compare and contrast the animals, insects and plants that they see. 
This activity requires no prep and I'm sure many of your students have played this game before. Have students practice describing by "spying" an item outside and describing it to the group (category, function, attributes, etc.). The others students in the group will guess the items. You can also do this activity with students working on articulation by having them describe items with their speech sound(s). 

For this activity, you will need chalk. I found this 20-piece set at the Dollar Tree. 
Once you draw the hopscotch, instruct your students to take turns tossing a rock or bean bag to any number. Students must first, say that many words with their speech sound (having a word list will help with this activity, but it's not necessary). Then, students will complete the hopscotch, but skip the number with the rock or bean bag. For example, if I tossed my rock on "6," I would say 6 target words and then skip the number 6 while doing the hopscotch. To make this a friendly competition, I let students keep score until the end of the session.  

This activity is a spin on "Write the Room." For this activity, you will need the "Write the World" activity sheet (grab it HERE). Instruct students to make a list of items they see with their speech sound(s) as you take a nature walk. At the end of the walk, have students write a sentence using two words from their list. 

Hope you and your students enjoy these activities outside! 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

"Blow Me Away" Valentine's Day Card

Hey everyone! I hope you are all off to a great start in 2016! I have been so busy with my sweet baby that I have not had time to actually blog. Hopefully, I will be able to visit with y'all a little more frequently and continue to share ideas and resources for your classroom.
Today, I wanted to share a quick Valentine's Day card that my students will be making next week. It's super easy, does not require a lot of time and I know parents and loved ones with greatly appreciate them!

The first thing you'll need to do is "set the stage." I used black butcher paper and hung it over one of my bulletin boards. Then, I used our die-cut machine (literally, the only time I have used it all year) and cut out pink hearts. I used two different sizes to give the effect that the hearts were floating away. Tape the hearts onto the butcher paper, mostly in the top left corner.
Now it's time to take the pictures! Have your students stand sideways with their hands "cupped" at their chin. Then, instruct them to blow as you take the picture. My students said they felt extremely silly, but once I showed them their picture, they were so excited for me to print them.
Finally, print your pictures and the Valentine's Day cards (GRAB HERE). Then, attach the pictures! That's it! 

Already have a Valentine's Day craft? Pin this and save it for later!
Hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day!  

Monday, November 2, 2015

Supersize Your BIGmack

Communication is a powerful tool. Helping a student access functional communication is extremely rewarding. Assistive technology can help students with disabilities increase independence as well as access their education. For some teachers and SLPs, working with non-verbal students or students with limited verbal abilities can often be challenging and at times, overwhelming.

Selecting the appropriate aided communication system or device is important in promoting daily use and implementation from the user and communication partners involved. There are numerous levels of technology from low to high tech to consider when selecting a mode of communication. One option to consider when introducing functional communication to new learners, is a single message speech generating device such as the BigMack. This will help demonstrate the power of communication to the user.

I know what you're thinking. If I was only able to communicate a single message all day or all week, I might get a little frustrated; however, if you unlock this power for a non-verbal student, the reward is abundant and their world will be changed forever. So, how do you "supersize" or get the most out of your target words/phrases? When selecting a message, there are a few questions that are important to consider. 
After you've consider these three factors, you are ready to select your target words/phrases. Here are my top five words/phrases to target when introducing a single message button. 

1. Greetings/Social Phrases/Farewells (i.e., "Good morning," "Hello," "How are you doing today?")

These words/phrases are verbally reinforced immediately and can be targeted frequently throughout the student's day. Be creative with the locations that you teach and target these words/phrases. Greet the librarian, office staff,  and nurse. Having the student help out at the crosswalk is another great location that will provide multiple opportunities for greetings.

2. "More"

This word can be targeted during multiple activities throughout the student's day and easily carried over to other settings.  You can introduce the target word while doing a puzzle and have the student request, "more" pieces to complete the puzzle. Addressing this target word while playing with play-doh also provides multiple opportunities and immediate reinforcement. 

3. "Finished" or "All done"

My students love this one, especially is it's during a non-preferred task. This target allows the student to feel in control and can quickly teach the power of communication.

4. "I need help" 

When initially teaching this target phrase, sabotaging the activity works very well. Intentionally giving the student a "locked" iPad or placing desired toys in a closed container will prompt them to request help. 

5. Repetitive story line or verse in a song

While reading a repetitive story or singing a song, allow the student to participate by pressing the button for the repetitive line. One of my students loves, "The Wheels on the Bus." I programed the button to say, "all through the town," so that he is able to participate while the group is singing the song. The "Pete the Cat" series and "There Was an Old Lady" series are great books for repetitive lines. 
(Interactive adapted book was created by Jenna from Speech Room News)

Keep in mind, with any word or phrase that you select, modeling and repetition will be extremely important in the success of the student using any form of aided communication. Hope this post helps the task of introducing and targeting functional communication less overwhelming for you and more powerful for your student.  

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Halloween-Themed Language Tricks & Activities

Hey Everyone! I am so excited to be linking up with the Frenzied SLPs to share a few Halloween activities you can do this week in therapy.

My students love telling me about their halloween costumes and currently, the sales ads are full of costumes! This is the perfect opportunity to develop multiple language skills including comparing and contrasting as well as describing.    

For this activity, students select two costumes to compare and contrast. Students are prompted to provide the similarities and differences in the characters' super powers, abilities, location, mask vs. no mask, etc. Student can also describe the costumes (i.e., category, function, size, colors, etc.) using the sales ads. 
How cute are these pumpkin stickers from Hobby Lobby!? This is a great activity to target requesting, body parts and location words (i.e., top, middle and bottom). I also use them as a quick reinforcer while targeting articulation goals (i.e., "Say 10 words and earn a body part.")
Who's hungry? My students love any activity that involves food! These spooky eyes are super easy and fun to make during your therapy sessions. You'll need Oreos and brown M&Ms. This activity provides a great reinforcer for students that can identify one of their "'EYE' (I) CAN" targets for the day.

Last, I am targeting inferences this week with a Halloween twist. This inference set includes 18 inference cards and a "How to Make an Inference" poster to review with your students! 

Game Rules:
1. Print, cut and laminate all cards and “Trick or Treat” bags (one per student).
2. Use the “Inference Poster” to review concepts, if needed. 
3. Place all cards face-down on the table. 
4. Have students take turns turning over the cards and making their inference. Once they’ve made their inference, instruct students to place their card in their “Trick or Treat” bag. 
5. Watch out! If a student turns over a “Monster” card, they lose a turn.
6. Once all cards are claimed, the student with the most inference cards in their “Trick or Treat” bag, wins the game! 
One last treat...Pumpkin Poo! My students love this treat and laugh every year I give it to them! It's cheese balls in a snack-size bag. This is a fun alternative to giving them MORE candy! :) 
Click HERE to grab the label as my special treat to you!  

Thank you so much for stopping by! Check out other great Halloween therapy ideas at Doyle Speech Works!