Wednesday, April 30, 2014

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell!

Welcome back to Wild About Books Wednesday! Books are my favorite therapy tools and I'm always looking for new books and ideas. Feel free to link up this week with a new or recent post about how you use a specific book in therapy. The only rules are you have to link back to me and use the picture above! I hope you join in on the fun!

The Old Lady will be making one more appearance in my speech room before the end of the school year. She will help me kick off summer vacation by swallowing a shell!
This book companion can be found in my Teachers Pay Teachers store here.

I have many students who have never been to the beach, so this book is perfect for building a little world knowledge about the ocean! It is bursting with beach vocabulary. As I've mentioned before, these books are also perfect for targeting retelling and sequencing. If you have students with those types of goals The Old Lady series by Lucille Colandro will be perfect for them. Recently, I snagged all of the books at Half Price Books for around $3.00 a piece! An absolute steal!

First up, I designed two retelling activities. Students will feed granny cards as they retell the story and then they can also retell the story using a sequencing map. Typically, I have one student hold granny while another student retells the story by feeding granny the cards. I think this is a great way for each student to not only retell the story, but also hear a peer model. While those two students are busy, another student is putting the events in order on the sequencing map. If you have more than three students in a group... you can print off more sequencing maps, have a student re-read the book, or provide them with another activity from this companion! My students always have to be engaged in something. Time is too precious to just "wait" for a turn.

This companion also includes 18 comprehension cards that contain picture supports:
Of course, I always have to tie in following directions into my book companions. I have so many students who are working on directions and I like to get everything I can out of a book! This book is a perfect companion for teaching children time concepts (first, then, before, after, etc), so I created a card game that addresses temporal directions. It includes 24 cards! Students draw a card and then they read or the SLP reads the direction. If they follow it correctly they get to keep the card. Student with the most cards wins! But watch out for granny - she's hungry!
I know I say this book is perfect for targeting nearly every goal I mention, but it really is! This book is also loaded with rhyming words! So it's also great for therapy sessions that are focused on rhyming. I created a bingo game that contains rhyming words from the book. Simply ask a student to find a word that rhymes with the given prompt and they look for a rhyming match on their bingo board.
Put A Shell On It! In this activity students place shells on a sand bucket according to the preposition printed on the shell.

I also created some no-prep articulation activities! They are color, cut, and glue sheets. Just print n' go! There are two sheets for initial /sh/ and two sheets for final /sh/.

I love print and go activities! So I created two more: one for irregular plurals and another for irregular past tense.
These sheets are perfect for therapy activities or to give as homework!

I hope you enjoy this book companion! Also, it's currently on sale - 20% off until the end of the day on Thursday. Woot, woot!

Also, don't forget to link up with your book ideas. I love seeing what other therapists are doing! Have a wild Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

April showers bring speech flowers!

We've had a very rainy week in Greater Cincinnati. In fact, it's been so stormy that some of my tulips are now petal-less! Eeek! But that's okay, because my speech room has been filled with tulips lately!
These turned out so cute! It's amazing how excited students become when they see construction paper, crayons, scissors, and glue. It's definitely one of my favorite recipes for therapy!

Also, I hit a Teacher Pay Teachers milestone this week! I have been hard at working creating activities for my speech room and yours.... and I now have 20 products! I once read that a store isn't officially legit until it has 20 products. Well, I guess I'm finally too legit to quit! I'm celebrating my hard work with a sale. Check out my TPT store here.
I hope everyone has been having a great week! I'll be back tomorrow for Wild About Books Wednesday!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Love It and List It: Behavior Management!

This month, Jenna at Speech Room News is hosting a linky party highlighting one of the most important aspects of our job - behavior management! Let's love it and list it!
1) Sticker/Prize System:

For the past three years I have implemented a sticker system in my speech room. It requires minimum preparation and is effective! I use two sticker charts and I list all of my students according to their grade level. After students obtain five stickers they get to choose a prize from my prize shelf. Occasionally, we run out of stickers and then I just use a sharpie and draw a star instead! When we reach the end of the sticker chart, we simply start back over from the beginning! By the end of the year, there's usually at least two layers of stickers. A hot mess. haha

Here's a picture of the Reward Center and Prize Shelf: 
In order for any behavior management system to work expectations have to be drilled into their little brains! At the beginning of the year, we review expectations prior to every therapy session. It's definitely worth the time, because it sets the tone for the rest of the school year. Setting expectations early and frequently is an investment with great returns! Also, I teach students that I do not just give stickers away - they have to be earned.

2) Picture Schedules:

Picture schedules are a great way to prepare students for everything that is going to occur during therapy. I use them more frequently at the beginning of the year so that students learn our therapy routines. At this point in the year, I only have a couple students who still need this extra structure. My picture schedule is nothing fancy at all! I have printed and laminated large PECS-type pictures (using BoardMaker and Pics for Pecs) and placed magnets on the back. I just line them up on a blackboard. The top picture is the main goal we are working on (ex. easy starts, WH ?s, etc), the second/third picture is our activity(or activities) (color/cut/glue, craft, play doh, etc), and last stickers!
3) First/Then Boards:

In the past I have used first/then boards with my students who have autism. Sorry, I did not have an opportunity to snap a picture of them today! Basically, you give students two or three therapy tasks and if they complete them they get something they want (iPad, computer, etc).

4) An Occasional Bribe:

I'm not above offering an occasional bribe. haha!

I hope everyone has a great weekend! I'm working PRN in the SNF tomorrow. Saturday will be filled with swallowing, cognition, and then later more gardening!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Introducing.. Wild About Books Wednesday Linky Party!

Recently, Kim at The School SLP, suggested that I should turn my Wild About Books Wednesday column into a linky party. I thought that was a wonderful idea! I started my blog to not only share ideas, but also in hopes that I would learn from others! Books are my favorite therapy tools and I would love to see what other therapists are doing with literature too. So please join this wild romp!
The rules are very simple! Just use the above picture and link up with a post that explains how to use a specific book in therapy.

This week.. The bats are baaaaack!
These cute and nocturnal creatures have left the beach and landed in a library, of all places! This book companion is designed to go along with Brain Lies' Bats at the Library. It contains six different activities and can be found here.

First up, there is a rhyming memory game. Flip all the cards over on a table and have students hunt for rhyming matches. All of the rhymes are taken from the book. I have quite a few students with phonological awareness goals this school year and this book is perfect for rhyming.
I also created another phonological awareness activity - Batty Phoneme Deletion! Students draw a card and must delete the first phoneme in a word to create a whole new word.
Phonological awareness is critical for literacy. As a primary speech-language pathologist, it is a skill I'm always thinking about. I want to strengthen all of my students' foundation for literacy. "Without specific phonological awareness intervention, phoneme awareness deficits are likely to persist and negatively impact reading and spelling development, despite other types of speech-language pathology intervention" - Gail Gillon, Phonological Awareness: From Research to Practice. I read Gillon's book in graduate school and I highly recommend it. Yes, I was the student who bought the suggested reading titles. haha

The next activity I designed targets receptive language. It's called "What am I Reading?" The student draws a card and the SLP reads the riddle. If student provides the vocabulary word that is being described they get to keep the card. Student with the most cards wins! But.... watch out for the bookworm!
This book companion also contains 18 comprehension cards! These cards can be used in conjunction with any other activity or game.
Batty Bingo! Rhyming is such a standout feature of this book... I needed to create more than one activity to address it! Three different bingo boards are included. Just read the bingo prompts and students must find a word that rhymes with it on their board. Sorry, bingo chips not included!
The librarian says..... this cute card game addresses temporal directions. Students draw a card and must follow the direction. If they are correct they get to keep the card. If a student finds a librarian they get to take an extra turn! Student with the most cards wins!
Next time you're in the library.. check out this delightful book!

Don't forget to stop by each Wednesday for new book ideas! If you're a blogger, I also hope that you join in on the fun! Link up below!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Spring Receptive Language Activities (Plus Giveaway!)

Spring has taken over my blog.... and I couldn't be happier! If you're following me on twitter (@speechissweet) then you know I sat on my stoop and cut out my expressive language packet last night. Now on to receptive language! It's printed, laminated, and ready to be cut. These two packets cover so many of my students' goals and it's good to know that most of my language therapy will be planned for at least two weeks! I'll begin these spring activities next week. This week my language students are working with There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick and all of my articulation students are working on the Jelly Bean Challenge by The Peachie Speechie.

Here's a peek into my Spring Receptive Language Packet:
This packet covers four different receptive language skills and can be found here. First up, good ol' WH questions! There are 36 question cards that address who, what, when, where, why, and how. These cards feature a variety of adorable birds and bugs!
Next up is a game called What's Under the Umbrella? Students read a description/riddle and must determine what is being described. If they are correct they get to keep their card. Student with the most cards wins... but watch out for the storm clouds!
Rainy Day Directions: don't we all have a billion kids who struggle with following multistep directions? This cute card game will definitely spruce up your receptive language therapy! Students draw a card and must follow the temporal direction. If they are correct they get to keep the card and if they draw a rainbow they get to take an extra turn! Student with the most cards wins!
Lastly, there is a garden of categories. There are two different tasks within this game to keep students on their toes! If they draw a spring tree they have to read the category name and provide members in that category. If they draw a butterfly or tulip they have to read the category members and determine which group the items belong to. If they draw an egg, they get to take an extra turn!
If this packet interests you leave a comment and I'll randomly select one person to receive a FREE copy! I'll notify the winner next Monday. Also, check out the post below to enter to win the expressive language packet! I'll be selecting the winner on Friday, so there's still time to enter.

In case you're wondering.. My articulation groups are already planned too! I will be using all the color, cut, and glue articulation packets I created for spring. Those can be found in my Teachers Pay Teachers store, here. Be sure to follow my store for updates and freebies!

Do you have any fun spring activities to share? I'd love to hear about them!

Have a fantastic week!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Spring Expressive Language Activities (Plus Giveaway!)

Spring is my favorite time of year! I love the gardening, the occasional rain shower, and all the bright colors. I just had to make an activity packet that would brighten up my therapy. This colorful packet makes me feel happy!
This packet can be found in my TPT store, here. It contains four different card games that target expressive language skills. Oh.. and each card set is colored coded with bright bunting so you won't get your cards mixed up! I love bunting, can't you tell? haha

I have many students who have difficulty with comparing and contrasting. Analyzing is a higher level thinking skill that is not easily tackled. This card game will definitely put our students' little brains to work. It includes 18 cards plus two large cue cards (which can also be displayed as mini posters!) to boost student performance. Students draw a card then explain how the two items are alike and how they are different.
The next set of cards target describing. The student draws a card and then describes the given object. If they describe the item thoroughly they get to keep the card. If they draw a bunny "rollie" they lose all their cards! Student with the most cards wins. 24 cards are included, plus clue cards! Provide each student with a clue card to support their describing. Here's a peek!
Functions! This next card game focuses on a tiny aspect of describing and it is perfect for building a student's foundation for describing. Student draws a card and must explain the item's use/function. If they are correct they get to keep the card. Student with the most cards wins.... but watch out for the sneaky gnomes!
Lastly, what's an expressive language packet without a little grammar? This game focuses on those pesky irregular plurals. Students draw a card and the SLP reads the sentence that is singular and then the student must make the same sentence become plural! If they are correct they get to keep the card. If they draw a monster they lose all their cards! Student with the most cards wins. This set contains 24 cards plus two visual cue cards!
Before I left school today I printed and laminated this packet! Things are gonna get really real when I start cutting them out this weekend. haha.. But this cute packet is worth every minute of snipping, because I know my students will love it!

Would you like to brighten up your therapy too?! Does this packet look useful? I'm so excited about these activities that I want to give one away! Just leave a comment and I will randomly select one person to receive a free copy! 

Have a great weekend! I plan on hitting up the greenhouse, gardening, relaxing, and... of course, cutting! haha