Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Food Themed Speech and Language Lesson Plans

For the next couple of weeks, I will be doing a Food/Cooking Themed Unit in my therapy room. The skills and vocabulary covered in this unit is beneficial for so many daily life skills. They can apply so much of what they learn in the real world. But we can also have TONS of fun with this theme. Anyway, here are my plans.

1.) For many of my articulation students, we will do some interactive articulation activities. I love these activities because they are motivating, fun, and they usually incorporate some kind of fine motor work as well. I have two that I use with my Food Theme. The first one is "Grill It Up!"

The kids can "grill" their burgers and hot dogs. They can "flip" them with a little spatula. I just use a cooling rack to serve as the "grill." You can find it here.

I also have a cookie version that the kids LOVE. It pairs well with the book "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie..."
You can find it here.
2.) For my language kiddos, I use this packet that contains a TON of worksheets to target various vocabulary, concepts, wh questions, categories, verb tenses, pronouns, social skills, Tier 2 vocab, listening comprehension, and more. It also contains a quick parent handout and a bingo game to use with any flashcard set.

This packet is a life saver! I can use it with nearly EVERY student on my caseload. Most activities are black and white, no prep worksheets. But there is a nice mix of color flashcards, a bingo game, and a pronoun activity that you can prep once and use again and again. You can find it here.

3.) I also love some good games in therapy! We will play these games throughout the next couple weeks.
I will pair these games with articulation and language card decks just to make therapy more motivating. I also have These Candy Town Language Cards from Jenna Rayburn at Speech Room News to pair with Candyland. I own both language sets and the phonology set. They are great! I know there are some good companions available on TpT for Yeti in my Spaghetti as well. I just haven't purchased one yet to give a recommendation. And, perhaps the most favorite game in therapy, Pop the Pig! 

4.) We will use so many books in therapy! Here are just a few of my favorites!
That "Healthy Eating" Mini Book is from this resource. It's an awesome packet of themed mini books for push in therapy. And I love them!

I also have a felt pizza set that I pair with Barney Bear's Pizza Shop as well. I guess I just don't have a picture of it. But I do love using this resource with it as well. I have no idea where I got it, so if someone knows let me know and I'll give them credit! But it's great. I use it for categorizing and basic vocabulary. 

We will also use the "If You Give A..." series of books. I have a great companion for "If You Give A Dog A Donut." You can find it here.

5.) I also love some good picture scenes. These are the ones I use. They are both from sets from Katrina Bevan.

6.) Interactive books are WONDERFUL with my minimally verbal students or any student that benefits from some visual support. I have this packet of 5 interactive books that I use a lot. 

7.) I like to use the Peekaboo Fridge App with my students using symbol support to communicate. It's also great for kids with lower vocabulary levels. I pair it with some Boardmaker symbols to work on answering questions and commenting (I see ______). 

8.) And, of course, play food for DAYS! You can get so much language with a good play food set! I have the Melissa and Doug wooden sets. They are a bit more expensive, but so worth the money. The velcro ones that can be cut apart are awesome and highly motivating for kids. We work on requesting the knife, counting, color words, turn taking, etc. I also have the sandwich sets, which are fun. We work on seeing who can make the "tallest" or "biggest" sandwich. We also stack items "on top" or "under" sandwich pieces. I also have a set of play dishes that we can use as well. If you are doing inclusion, most Pre-K classrooms already have this stuff in them. No need to buy anything new! 

Those are my plans for my Food and Cooking Unit. I hope there are some ideas you can implement. What are some other fun Food Themed ideas??

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.

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