Monday, January 29, 2018

Valentine's Day Speech Language Therapy Plans

I honestly don't spend a ton of time on my Valentine's Day theme. I usually start on February 1st and spend the first two weeks of February targeting a Valentine's Day Theme. Anyway, here are my Valentine's Day Theme Plans and ideas.

1.) I love these no prep articulation packets. They have great activities for early and late elementary students to target articulation. Plus the worksheets can be sent home for additional practice. And they are NO PREP!

The money saving, year round bundle is available here.

2.) This activity from Monae's Speech House is new to my arsenal. I plan on using it to target pronouns, articulation, basic reinforcement, etc. It looks super cute!

3.) I also have this cute sensory bin activity for my PK-2 aged students to target articulation. It works great as basic reinforcement.

4.) I'm using this Language Packet for my language kiddos. It includes materials to target concepts, grammar, social skills, Tier 2 vocab, etc. It also includes a parent handout to send home at the beginning of the unit. This packet has tons of low prep, print and go, black and white worksheets that require only crayons or a pencil. It also has a few flashcard sets and color ink activities that I printed and laminated to use over and over again.

5.) I love this 100 Hearts Valentine's Day Challenge from Peachie Speechie. It's great for drill with flashcards. The students love using dot markers with it. Low prep and motivating!

6.) I also love this quick drill, pair with any flashcards game. It's called Valentine's Day Zoo. The students are supposed to help the zoo keeper deliver valentines to all the animals in the zoo. They draw animal cards and cross the animals off as they "deliver the valentine." The student who crosses them all off first, wins. This is also great to reinforce animal vocabulary. 

7.) We will read "There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose" and "Love Monster" during the Valentine's Day Unit. There are a ton of cute activities to go with these books. A quick search on TPT will turn up just about anything you would need. 

8.) I bought this packet when my district first started implementing inclusion based speech therapy. I will use the Valentine's Day portion of this packet during my push in therapy activities. This packet is GREAT! It includes TONS of themes and topics, is highly portable, and allows you to easily gather some sample data for the concepts you're teaching. It's not something you are going to get a lot of trials from, but I don't typically "drill" students during push in therapy sessions anyway as I'm trying to work in a more naturalistic context to promote generalization.

9.) I love a good interactive book. I have this cute one from File Folder Heaven to work on spatial concepts. It's great for PreK and Kinder kiddos.

10.) And, of course, I like to keep some themed picture scenes around for a variety of goals. This one is from Katrina Bevan an it's a Freebie!

11.) I also like these play doh mats for my PreK kiddos. They are great for data collection, but I also like to use them as a general reinforcer. For my students using PECs or AAC, we also work on requesting play doh, asking for a specific play doh color, asking for help getting the play doh lid off, etc to complete the pictures. 

And that's it! Most groups should be covered through these activities. I can target a ton of goals and these items are all easily transportable among the various buildings I go to. Lesson Plans for the next two weeks are DONE! :) I hope you found something here that you can use in your therapy room. Thanks for stopping by! 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Di-Cut Parent Handouts

Last year (the 2016-17 school year), two of my professional goals included increasing my communication with parents and changing out my door decorations more frequently (I'm embarrassed to admit that I left the same door decoration up for the entire 2015-16 school year). However, my work life is incredibly busy and I needed a way to do this simply and with minimal prep. Hence, the Di-Cut Parent Handout was born! 

Step 1 - Cut out seasonal di-cuts. Have your students brainstorm target words/prompts to write on the dicut. This is a great opportunity to talk about what they are working on in therapy and to help them take ownership of their goals. 
Step 2 - attach to your door. I had apples and leaves on a tree, ornaments on a Christmas tree, mittens on twine, shamrocks/eggs/flowers hidden in "grass," and fish swimming in a sea. 
Step 3 - When you are ready to move on to the next season, take down the dicut and attach them to these handouts. Send them home and you've got parent communication done. 

These handouts provide a space for the di-cut. But they also provide easy activities for parents to do at home - along with prompts and ideas for moving forward. It highlights the importance of practicing a little bit each day. I have gotten excellent feedback from my parents. 

This packet contains 18 handouts for articulation, categories, object functions, quantity concepts, describing words, spatial concepts, temporal concepts, fluency strategies, multiple meaning words, body part/clothing vocabulary, generic vocabulary, following directions, wh questions, irregular plurals, regular plurals, irregular past tense, regular past tense, and present progressive verbs. Di-Cuts are not included. You can use any dicuts that your school has on hand. I chose these because they went along well with my therapy themes and my school had them readily available. I spend maybe 15 minutes cutting the dicuts before the unit and 20 minutes afterwards to prepare the parent handouts. Not bad for door decorations, a therapy activity, and a parent handout for 70+ students! 

If this is something you can use, please check it out here.

Thanks for stopping by! 

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Winter Themed Speech - Language Therapy Plans

As I am getting ready to head back to school after Christmas break, I am starting to think about my January Speech-Language Therapy plans. This month will mostly center around a Winter Theme. Here are some of the materials I will be using:

1.) Winter No Prep Articulation Packet - I will use this to target articulation skills for my 3rd-5th graders the entire month. I will use some pieces of this packet for my PK-2nd graders later in the month. With over 200 pages of material, this packet can literally last you the entire month!

2.) Mitten Search - I will use this to target articulation skills in PK-2nd grade early in the month. It's a great sensory bin activity. I fill my sensory bin with cotton balls and hide the mitten cards. This also pairs very well with the book The Mitten by Jan Brett.

3.) Winter Speech and Language Packet - this packet is loaded with worksheets to target a variety of concepts, grammar skills, wh questions, following directions, negation, pronouns, etc. I will use this packet with my students working on language skills. The packet also has a Winter Bingo game. I will use the game to target vocabulary and as a reinforcer during drill activities. This packet also includes a parent handout to send home at the beginning of the unit.

4.) Don't Break the Ice - we will play this game across several grade levels. I will pair this game with flashcards, articulation drill, pragmatic skills, etc.

5.) Snow Day Open Ended Game from Mia McDaniel - this is another good way to spice up drill with those students who really need it. Due to varying nature of the snowflakes, it also lends itself well to describing activities.

6.) Books - We will be reading There Was A Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow and The Mitten. There are several great book companions on TpT for these books, but there are my favorite ones:

7.) We will also use Mitten Di-Cuts as an easy craft and as door decorations. We will cover the Mitten DiCuts with articulation words, spatial concepts, sequencing words, describing words, plurals, verb tenses, vocabulary words, etc... the possibilities are endless.

At the end of the unit, I will attach them to these dicut handouts to send home with the students to practice.

8.) I will also be bringing in winter clothing items - scarves, hats, earmuffs, gloves, mittens, etc - to work on winter clothing vocabulary.

9.) I also like the Ketchapp Winter Sports app to use as a reinforcer and a way for students to experience winter themed activities within the school setting.

10.) Dough and Data Mats are one of my new favorite things from Jenna Rayburn Kirk at Speech Room News. I will be using her winter themed ones with my Pre-K kiddos.

11.) Jenna also has awesome parent handouts for preschool aged students.

12.) There are some winter themed/arctic animals that we will also be talking about. I have animal figurines for moose, penguins, polar bears, seals, walrus, rabbits, etc. These animals can be used for describing. We can also compare and contrast animal qualities - I use a blank Venn Diagram visual for this. We compare and contrast arctic and non-arctic animals as well. I will target part whole relationships by having students label or identify various body parts on the animals. I use them for spatial concepts by placing them in various places throughout the room and having the students find the item in a specific place or have the students verbally express where they are. We can also use them for vocabulary building and play based therapy - verb tenses, demonstrating verbs, etc. For some older students, I will be working on the characteristics of these animals that make them suitable for the arctic climate.

13.) Nicole Allison has some great resources that I will use with my older students. One that I like for Winter is her Nonfiction Reading Passages - Winter Edition.

14.) For my students struggling with pragmatic skills, we'll use these flashcards to target various winter-themed social scenarios from several view points - working in problem solving, social skills, and theory of mind all in one activity. 

That should keep us busy for most of the month! I love using activities that can spread across multiple groups and therapy targets. Hopefully, these resources will work for you as well!

What are you doing in therapy for winter?

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Parent Handouts for Articulation

This year, my school is short a speech language pathologist. So my caseload has become quite large. I am also supervising a clinical fellow and traveling between 5 buildings. So time is of the essence. I want to communicate with parents as much as possible, so I created these quick parent handouts for articulation. 
 Each handout includes a visual model of the correct mouth position, an explanation about how to practice, a word list, a checklist for level of difficulty, and a checklist for prompts common to that sound. There is also a place to write your own prompts or comments for more customized practice.
These have been such a life saver this year. There is no need to send home fancy homework packets. I can prep these for my entire caseload in about 30 minutes. And I have gotten excellent feedback from parents! 

You can check them out here.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Targeting Articulation in Conversation

I don't know about you, but sometimes I feel like targeting articulation sounds at the conversation level can get kind of monotonous. It's also so hard to elicit some of those infrequently - occurring sounds, like /z/ or "j." So I set out to create a resource that would be fun for my students and would elicit their target sounds. That's how the Articulation in Conversation Mega-Pack was born. It includes 7 different activities that can span across 10 or more sessions! All designed to elicit target sounds for lots of data!  

First up - warm up activities. These come in single sheet and flash card format. They include making up sentences with target words, repeating sentences, and repeating tongue-twisters. These are designed to help your students get some intense practice quickly. It gets them thinking about the sounds. 

Then there are two fictional reading passages loaded with the targeted speech sounds. Each passages includes at least 10 initial, 10 medial, and 10 final target words. Vocalic /r/ passages include 5 target words for each variation of vocalic /r/. Prevocalic /r/ includes 30 target words per passage. Each reading passages comes in a regular version and a version with bolded target words to act as a prompt for students. You can also use the bolded sheet as a way to take data while the student reads the regular version. Each passage also includes 5 comprehension and 2 opinion questions. 

This packet also includes a functional reading passage for each sound. These include things like menus, schedules, resumes, advertisements, etc. Each functional reading passage also includes 15 comprehension questions and 5 opinion questions. 

There are also 19 conversation prompts per target sound. The conversation prompts are designed to elicit the target sound. I keep them on a binder ring for easy access. This packet also includes a Would You Rather game - 19 cards (except for vocalic /r/, which has 30 game cards). The choices both include the target sound, creating plenty of opportunities to gather data as the students answer the questions. There are also 19 Fact or Fiction cards per target sound. These "facts" contain target words. I have the students read them to gather even more data. The "facts" often prompt further conversation, increasing the number of words containing the target speech sound. 

This packet currently includes all the above listed activities for prevocalic /r/, vocalic /r/, /s/, /z/, /f/, /v/, "ch," "sh," "j," and "th." I will be adding /l/, /l/ blends, /r/ blends, /s/ blends, /k/ and /g/ to the packet as I get them done. The product is currently priced at $5 and can be found here. However, as I add each sound, the price will increase. Get it now so you can get access to the new materials for free! 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Importance of Playing Games - Free Parent Handout!

As a speech language pathologist, I often incorporate game play into therapy. Sometimes it's a game specifically created to target language/speech goals. But sometimes I am using a regular ol' board game. No matter what kind of game it is, I am always amazed at how many of my students have no concept of playing a game. They struggle with counting spaces, remembering which marker is theirs, rolling dice, etc. Sometimes I feel like I spend more time teaching them how to play a game than targeting their therapy goals. This frustration lead me to create this: 
There is one handout for preschool/early elementary and one handout for late elementary/middle school students. The handouts highlight the different areas of development that games can help - social skills, fine motor skills, various academic skills, problem solving, language/vocabulary. It also give game suggestions for each age group. You can grab it for FREE here! 

Thanks for dropping by!