Sunday, February 28, 2016

Easter Apraxia

I've been having so much fun creating themed printables for articulation and I decided to make some for apraxia too! Over the past few weeks, I've been slowly creating the first installment of my Apraxia Printables series! I've also been planning out all the fun clip art that I'll be using in future packets!
Easter Apraxia is full of fun! It contains 56 pages that address the following syllable patterns: VC, CV, CVC, CVCV, CVCVC, CVCVCV, CCVC, and CVCC. This packet is designed to be used for children with childhood apraxia of speech or with children with phonological disorders.

I love these simple printables, because they are so versatile! Students can color/decorate them with crayons/pencils/markers while they wait for their turn to engage in one-on-one therapy, they can dab them with bingo daubers, cover them with bingo chips (or erasers!), or use them as play-doh smash mats!
I work with K-2 and my students love coloring! We mainly use crayons or colored pencils, but sometimes we bust out the markers when we are feeling spontaneous! Another way to add novelty to these sheets is to use watercolors! Students will love decorating these sheets in a new way! I recently stocked up on watercolor brushes and paints! I'm excited to give these a whirl!
Another great way to use these sheets are with dollar spot erasers! I don't know about you, but I hoard those things! haha.. I have erasers for nearly every season/holiday! They're a cheap way to add more novelty to therapy. After students practice a word, they can cover the word with an eraser or bingo chip! If they cover the sheet too quickly, students can first color the sheet with crayons. After the page has been decorated, they can cover the words so that it feels like a game!
I have 9 more of these packets planned, so I made a growing bundle! The bundle currently only contains the Easter themed packet, but new packets will be released almost monthly. It's currently 50% off since it currently only contains one packet. The price will go up as new packets are added! If you're interested in these printables, check out the bundle!

Apraxia Printables for the YEAR

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Night Before St. Patrick's Day! (Plus Freebies)

Hello! Welcome to Wild About Books Wednesday! If you're new around here, on the first and third Wednesday of every month I pop in to blog about how to use a specific book to enhance speech and/or language skills! Books are a springboard for language and I use them in my therapy ALL the time! I adore books and hope to share my love for reading with all of my students!

St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner, so I thought I'd help you get a head start on some planning! Today, I'm talking about (aff. link) The Night Before St. Patrick's Day by Natasha Wing. I adore this little book series and just recently read The Night Before Valentine's Day just last week!
I've mentioned this many times in previous posts, but if this is your first time visiting my blog I want to share that I LOVE using book series in language therapy. Book series can help children build background knowledge, whether it is by getting students familiar with a set of characters or a story sequence. All of Natasha Wing's books all follow a general sequence that your students can become familiar with if you use this series in your therapy!

There are many ways you can use this little book:

1) You can target phonological awareness skills by working on rhyming. Students can identify the words that rhyme on each page.
2) WH Questions - I created another little "A Dab of Comprehension" page that you can print out to accompany this book!
3) You can target sequencing or giving directions. The characters in this book build a trap to catch a leprechaun. Students can write a how-to piece on how to catch a leprechaun! I made a little graphic organizer for students to gather their thoughts!
4) Describing - the book describes the leprechaun and students can work on building upon that description! You can use an Expanding Expression Tool or your own visuals to help students provide as many details as possible! I also made another little fun freebie to reinforce this task!
If you're interested in using these freebies just click HERE. I hope these sheets will be useful for you and fun for your students!

If you're looking for more St. Patricks' Day materials, you can find some in my TPT store by clicking HERE. I have a few more resources that are scheduled to be released next week too! So keep your eye out! I typically offer all new materials for 40-50% off for the first 48 hours.

*This post contains an Amazon Affiliate link. I would never recommend a book that I didn't love!*

I hope you have a wonderful Wild About Books Wednesday! Thank you for visiting!


Speech is Sweet

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Articulation Flip Books

I love articulation therapy and I'm always on a mission to make it more fun, interactive, and engaging! I really feel like I've accomplished all of those goals with my articulation flip books! They're a novel idea and my students love them! I knew I had to make more and I'm thrilled to announce that I now have versions for /s/ blends, /l/ blends, and /r/ blends! They were a long time in the making, but totally worth it. These are tools I'll use for the rest of my career!

If you've never seen my articulation flip books, here's a rundown!
These booklets are super easy to assemble! They can be either NO PREP (if you choose to have your students cut them out and staple them together) or LOW PREP (if you choose to assemble them yourself). They are super simple to make and are definitely worth the tiny amount of prep time if you choose to put them together for your students.

Each book has an "all about page" where students see a visual cue on what to do with their mouth and a written explanation about how to produce the sound. I made my explanations as simple as possible! If you choose to send these home for homework, parents will LOVE the "all about page"!
The second page is entitled "Find It" and it's basically a sound loaded scene! Students find and practice the words that contain their sounds! After they find words with their sounds they can color them.
The "Let's Read" page contains a sound loaded story! Students can practice producing their sounds at the reading level. For your non-readers, they can echo read (you read a sentence and then they repeat the sentence) for practice! You can also read the story to provide auditory bombardment and modeling!
The last page for the early and later developing sounds flip books is called "Sort & Say" and students have to cut out the provided words and sort them according to the initial, medial, or final position. In the consonant blends booklet, the last activity is called "Sentence Fun" and students practice their words at the sentence and word level. After they practice, they glue the correct word under each sentence.
These flip books are a game changer! Prepare them once and you can use them for multiple therapy sessions AND then send them home for additional practice! You can also send them home and have students complete the activities for homework. These are also great to use with large groups, as students will be actively engaged while they wait for their turn to practice one-on-one with you. They're also perfect for centers if you structure your therapy in that way!

If you like these flip books you may be interested in the bundle! It's 25% off the price of all four packets.
Here's a peek at all of the packets!

Articulation Flip Books (Early and Later Sounds)
S Blends Flip Books
R Blends Flip Books
L Blends Flip Books

I hope you're just as excited as I am about these flip books! Your students and families will be "flipping out" over these puppies!

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Snowmen All Year (Plus Freebie)

Hey, friends! I'm so happy to announce the return of Wild About Books Wednesday! If you've been around since the beginning, then you probably remember that I used to share my love for books every single Wednesday! One day, my to-do list spiraled out of control and my beloved weekly series had to be set aside for awhile. I have missed talking about my favorite books, sharing little freebies, and providing ideas on my blog... so I decided it was time to bring my series back! This time around, it'll be on the first and third Wednesday of every month.
Today, I want to talk about Snowmen All Year by Caralyn and Mark Buehner. I adore The Buehner's Snowmen books... on one Wednesday long ago I even blogged about Snowmen at Christmas! I love snow and this book is a fun way to incorporate a little snow in the speech room all year long!
On a snowy day, a young boy begins to daydream about a snowman made of magical snow that never melts! He thinks about all the fun adventures he would go on with his snowman. They catch fireflies, visit the beach, ride a roller coaster, and do TONS of other fun things together! This book is relatively short, making it ideal for a language therapy session!

There are so many ways you can use this book to enhance language!
1) Students can write about their own daydreams! Ask students what would they do with a snowman that could last all year?
2) Visualizing! This is the perfect book to introduce or practice visualization! Have students imagine what it would look like if a snowman dived into a pool or went camping!
3) WH questions - engage in dialogic book reading and ask TONS of WH questions along the way!
4) Sequencing/Retelling - I made a little story map that students can use to practice retelling the story!

If you would like to use this freebie in your speech room or classroom, you can download it HERE.

Have you used this book in the speech room? If so, what skills did you target?

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Have a wonderful day!