Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Are your students tired of coloring?

Are your students tired of coloring? Although I love using articulation and language craft projects my kids do get tired of coloring. I try to keep the excitement up by changing it up. I recently decided to use water colors to make a flower pot craft. We practiced the targets on each flower and then painted it. The next session we practiced again as we cut them out and assembled the pots. My kids loved painting and had a beautiful project to take home.
Flower pot articulation and language craft
 I also like to use dot art markers for other craft projects. They were a perfect way to complete an Easter egg project this year.
Easter articulation and Language Wreath
 Simply changing the crayons can be fun. I found these scented silly crayons that my kids love. I call them my "special" crayons and they ask for them all the time now. Markers are always a big hit too. Small stickers are another way that I decorate craft projects.

 Sometimes I like to use color paper and just assemble it.  My Unicorn characters look get without any additional coloring.
Articulation and Language Unicorn characters
The next time you decide to use a craft project in therapy try using a different medium other than crayons. Here is Freebie from my store that you can try out.  Decorate the gumballs with dot markers, paint, markers or "special" crayons.  This freebie targets past tense verbs.  I hope your kids love doing it as much as mine do.
FREE Past Tense Verb Craft

Sunday, May 6, 2018

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Easy Summer Speech Practice

Summer! Is there no better time of the year? I love it, but I do worry about my articulation students regressing over the summer.  Last summer I sent home Summer Lap books that my kids LOVED.  They were full of games and fun activities.  We made the lap books during one our sessions.  I sent home calendars with lots of interesting things my kids could do. I also sent home articulation decks that they could play with whenever they wanted. 

We made a cover that the students could personalize.
Inside had production cues, calendars and a place to store articulation cards.
They were fun to make and my kids have already asked for them again this summer. My plan is to make them the last month of therapy again this year.

Have a great summer!

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Using Adapted Books in Speech Therapy

Adapted books are one of my favorite ways to teach new skills.  They are fun and interactive. During the session they keep my students focused and engaged.  I love using them with my students to teach them how to answer who and what questions. I am going to go through how I use my adaptive who and what books with my students. 

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Vocabulary
The first skill I use these book to teach is vocabulary.  I go through the book with both who and what questions, labeling each pictures.  I have my students repeat the names or point to the picture.  The small choice pictures can be used to match with the larger pictures in the book.

Sorting people vs Things
After reviewing the vocabulary we sort the small choice pictures into people and things.  I have them velcro the people on the who grid and the things on the what grid.
Answering Questions
I start my students using the what book that has no people in it.  I read the question “What is next to the house?” The student finds the answer and places it on the sentence below the picture.  I then read the answer.  When my students are able to read the sentences and respond verbally they are encouraged to do this.  As my student become proficient in answering what questions, I introduce the who book.  We continue to sort people and things each session to help the students differentiate between who and what questions.  As my students master this skill I introduce the book with both who and what questions. For students that struggle with the transition to this book I will limit their choices to only people when a who question is presented.

Themes
Each month I switch to a different set of who and what books, so my students do not memorize the books without truly learning the skills.  This BUNDLE of adapted books includes the following:
  • Adapted Family who and what questions
  • Adaptive Fall who and what questions                                                                            
  • Adapted Halloween who and what questions 
  • Adapted Thanksgiving who and what questions
  • Adapted Christmas who and what questions
  • Adapted Snowman who and what questions
  • Adapted Valentine’s Day who and what questions
  • Adapted Leprechaun who and what questions
  • Adapted Spring who and what questions
  • Adapted Beach who and what questions 
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I hope this helps you use these books to improve your students vocabulary skills and ability to answer who and what questions.


Saturday, March 10, 2018

Basic Concepts for SLPs

Building vocabulary skills are so important for my students.  One area that always needs to be targeted is basic concepts.  Everyday in school my students are expected to understand basic concepts, but they often struggle to be successful.

My students have a great deal of trouble with the concepts of most, least, fewest and equal.  We play a fishing game to work on that.  As we fish we talk about who has the most, least or are the number of fish equal. We play this game frequently to reinforce these concepts. Click on the link below to get a copy of this free resource.

Free Fishing Concept Game
Every month we make a small basic concept book that is related to the season or a holiday.  These books target next to, beside, between, in front, above, below, under, over, left and right.  I use the pages that have concepts my students need to learn.  The monthly repetition helps my students learn to understand and use these concepts. I can also add concepts as my students master them.

Target basic concepts every month


Play-Doh is one of my favorite toys to use in therapy.  One last activity that I use with my students is  basic concept Smash mats.  They target whole, half, all, some, first, second, third, between, through, above, below, left, right, around, in, out and next to. I select mats that target the concepts each individual child needs to learn.

Basic Concepts Seasonal Mats
It is always exciting when my students start to learn their concepts.

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Preschool Games for Speech Therapy

Games! Games! Games! It is one of the reasons I love being an SLP.  The tricky part is turning commercial games into therapy tools.  My students love to play games, so what better way to motivate them to practice their speech targets.  I love to use Pop Up Pirate, Jumpin Jack, Shark Bite, Pop the Pig, the Sneaky Snacky Squirrel, Yeti in my Spaghetti and Fishing games.


One way you can use them is with articulation or language decks.  The students practice their sounds or language target and then take a turn.  Quick and easy.  I have also started to use Game Companions that go along with each game. These game companions replace the dice or spinner that comes with the games.  The spinners have targets that the students practice before they take turn.

Shark Articulation and Language Game Companion
For the games that do not use dice or spinners I use game mats that have articulation or language targets on them. When you remove game pieces from Fishing games or spaghetti from Yeti in my Spaghetti you place the game piece on the mat.  There are targets on the mats that the students practice.  These can also be used as Smash mats.

Yeti Spaghetti Articulation and Language Game Companion
I have created 2 Freebies that I wanted to share with you.  I created free K sound spinners that I use with Jumpin Jack.  The spinners can also be used by themselves as a game.
Free Rabbit Game Companion for K sounds
Another Freebie that I have created is for commercial Fishing games.  It includes mats that target early apraxia syllables.  There are mats for VC, CV, CVCV and CVC syllables.
Free Apraxia Game Companions for Fishing Games
Games are such a great motivators for our students.  They are a great way to work with those mixed groups that always present a challenge in therapy.  I hope these spinners and mats are helpful.

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