Friday, August 19, 2016

Save Time When You Start the Year Off Using Easy To Follow Monthly Lesson Plans

Planning is something we all have to do.  I like my therapy sessions to be centered around themes and holidays, so when Scarlette from Speech is Fun created a monthly Visual Lesson Plan Linky it matches the way I plan therapy perfectly.The last week of the month I think about what I need to do next month.  I am excited to share my monthly plans with everyone.    I am so excited to share my therapy room with you all year.

I go back to school 9/6 and the first week is spent developing my schedule and conducting screenings.  My room is still in the process of being cleaned so I decided to get a head start on my September lesson plans.   I work in a small Elementary school that has less than 200 students. I am full time in the building due to the placement of 2 functional skills classrooms.  I see the student in the functional skills classroom 4-5 days a week.  I have organized my plans into 6 different groups:  Articulation, Apraxia, Kindergarten RTI, Functional Language skills, Language skills for 1st-2nd grade and Language skills for 3rd-5th grade. I hope that you find some ideas for your own caseload as I share what I will be doing this year.

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It feels good to have September mapped out.  Now I just have to get my room set up.


Sunday, August 7, 2016

Engage Your Students in Learning by Using QR Codes That Will Make Therapy Fun

QR Codes?

A year ago I had no idea what a QR Code was and how I could use them in therapy.   I am so glad that I stumbled across them and gave it a try.  My 2nd-5th graders love them.  It is the activity that they always choose when given a choice.

There are a lot of QR Code activities available on tpt.  In order to use them you need to download a QR Code reader on your phone or tablet.  I like to use QR Code scanner on my ipad.  It is free and works great. I place the ipad on the center of the table and the students move so they can use the scanner.  That way we don't have to pass the ipad around and my students get to move.
QR Code Readers

My favorite game to play is QR Articulation Wild Card.  I select the target sounds that the students are working on.  The activity comes with QR cards that contain the following hidden messages:  Try again, Say your sound 5 times, Think of a word with your sound, Make a sentence with an R word, and WILD CARD YOU WIN! I like to use 3-5 of each QR Code message mixed in with their articulation words.

When we play the game I set the ipad up in the center of the table and spread the cards around in front of it.  The students reach behind the ipad to use the QR code reader. The students are only allowed to select a card that has their sound on the back.
QR Code Articulation Game R sounds

If the student selects a picture they practice the word.  When a QR code is selected they put the card behind the ipad and allow the reader to uncover the message. If they found a WILD CARD YOU WIN! they keep it in front of them.  I like to have multiple winners, so game play continues.  When the session is over we count up the number of wild cards each student has found.  That student with the most wild cards is the grand winner.  We all congratulate the winner.

I made the QR Code Articulation Initial F Game free so that therapists could try it out.  I know that my students can't get enough of QR Games and I hope that your students will feel the same.
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This has been such a surprising hit with my students I made it for multiple sounds, irregular past tense verbs and irregular plurals.  It is a fun and easy way to get a large number of productions during the speech sessions.  This is now one of my favorite activities.