Monday, April 14, 2014

Rainy Day Synonyms! (freebie!!)

April showers bring May flowers!  April is here!  It's looking like the weather forecast for the next week or so is looking like a lot of rain here.  I may be on spring break but I know many of you are already back at work after yours.  Is it rainy by you?!  Looking for some fun rainy day themed materials?  How about a freebie to work on synonyms using context clues?!  Check out this one!!
Four clouds with adjectives are provided.  Students must match the raindrop sentences with the cloud that has the synonym of the underlined word!  Encourage students to use their context clues to help figure it out!

Provided activity in black and white in case you want to use this as a craft!  Students can color all of the pieces as they match them and then glue them onto construction paper!

You can access this FREEBIE in my TpT store by clicking HERE!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Easter EET Fun! (fun ways to incorporate the EET during Easter time!)

Are you looking for more ways to incorporate the EET into your therapy rooms during Easter time?!  I have some activities that I have been doing to help you out!!  Don't have an EET kit?!  Learn more about it by clicking HERE!
What did I use?!

  • The EET strand
  • Object cards from the EET kit
  • EET dice from the EET kit
  • EET stickers from the EET kit
  • A fun, spring basket/bin that I got from the Target dollar spot
  • Graphic organizer from my activity pack found HERE!
  • Index cards or small pieces of paper
  • Easter eggs that I got from a dollar store
Pick an EET Egg:
  • I put an EET sticker on small pieces of paper and placed them in the Easter Eggs.  I put the eggs in the buckets and gave one to each student.  Only one basket?  You can place them all in a basket and pass the basket around.  (my students have a tendency to "cheat" so I presort to avoid it!)
  • Students picked a card from the object card and an Easter egg.  They had to open the egg to find out how they had to describe the object on the card!!

EET Dice Fun:
  • Students can pick an object card and roll the dice to find out how they need to describe it.
  • Once they respond accurately, they can hunt for an Easter egg around the therapy room!  
  • Some groups I put in little prizes such as erasers in the eggs.  Other groups, I put in pieces of paper with multi-step directions to follow (to work on other skills for groups with multiple goals).
  • This was so much fun and students loved moving around the room!
Graphic Organizer Fun:
  • We used these graphic organizers as a review
  • Students got to pick a card from the object cards pile
  • They had to independently use the EET to describe it
  • It was a great way to collect data!

Looking for other ways to use the EET during Easter time?  Have you seen my Easter EET Companion pack?!  How do you use the EET during Easter?!  Hope these ideas can help you plan the next few days/week!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Take the TpT Plunge! (Linky Party)

The Dabbling Speechie is hosting a new linky party!  Since TpT is still relatively "new" to the SLP world, many are hesitant to invest.  TpT has changed my world professionally.  Yes, obviously because of my personal store and benefits from it, but the style of materials I use with my students has changed and improved!  My lessons are more complete, differentiated, and motivating!  My students love the graphics, the visuals, and the new learning games!  For this linky party, I'm going to share with you some of my FAV TpT items (not from my own store!)
What purchases have I made, LOVE, and use ALL THE TIME?!!  Want the most bank for your buck?!

Articulation for Reading and Conversation Speech Therapy Intervention

This pack is great for those working with older students that have articulation goals.  Are you struggling to figure out how to target the conversational level?  How about carryover and during academic tasks?!  This packet is for you!!  Worth every penny!

The buckeye Speech Path created this HUGE pack, filled with dice activities.  If you know my store, you know I LOVE dice activities.  I also love things that I can easily print and use!!  Perfect for those last minute lessons, or if your laminating machine is broken (the one in my school is ALWAYS broken!  Yes, I have my own personal one at home, but it doesn't help me if I'm at work!).

Do you like these materials I've shared?!  Wondering what I have that is similar?!  Check out the activities listed below!  I have many activity sets that can be used for the entire year and are print and go!!

Cut, Sort & Glue! Activities for the ENTIRE year!

Have you taken the TpT plungle?!  What have you purchased and loved?!  If you have not, what is holding you back?!  I would love to hear from you!!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Butterfly WH Questions Fun!!

Are you looking for more ways to work on WH questions?!  How about more spring themed materials?!  Then, this one is for you!!  I used a similar format as my WH Question Train Fun pack and created a butterfly themed one!!
What will you find in this activity pack?!?!
-Visual for answering four types of wh- questions: who, what, where, and when.

-Sorting answers to wh- questions: sort cards to “who” “what” “where” and “when” cards.  Can use file folder or sort on a table.

-Board game and task cards to practice responding to variety of questions.

-Visual for responding to “why” questions

-Why question and answer matching cards.  Can be used as a memory matching game!  Students must match the “why” question with the appropriate answer.

-Review worksheets
You can access this activity pack in my TpT store by clicking HERE!!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Processing Pow Wow (App Review & Giveaway!)

Are you looking for new and unique apps that work on auditory processing?!  A brand new app has just come out!!  Pocket SLP (with the help of an SLP Nikki Harty) just released a new app called Processing Pow Wow!  I am so excited to have received the opportunity to check it out and share it with all of you!!  Keep reading to learn more and to learn how you can win a copy of the app for yourself!  Remember, the thoughts and opinions are all mine!

This app was conceived by an SLP.  What does that mean?!  Well, she works with children with auditory processing disorders and public schools.  That means, she designed this app with that in mind (and your needs as well as a fellow SLP)!  This app works on auditory processing, auditory recall, following directions, and object function.

Here is a view of the settings options for this app:

This app allows you to add as many students/clients as you would like.  This is great for group therapy sessions.  For each student, you can select the activity: word, phrase, sentence, or function.

For each activity, there are various levels to select from (1-3).

The word activity at level 1:  students will be presented with an audio of an object label.  Then they will be provided with a "wait" countdown.  Then they will be shown two images.  They must select the image of the audio label they heard.  Were they able to attend to the audio?  Were they able to recall it after having to wait?!  

You can select "next" to keep going or pick a different level if necessary.

The word activity at level 2:  students will be presented with two audio labels and must wait and then select them from a choice of 2.

The word activity at level 3:  students must attend to listen to three labels and select them from an array of images after waiting.

Phrase activity:  students listen to a short phrase such as "blue pants" and then must locate that image heard and select it from an array.

Sentence activity:  students must listen to a sentence, wait the allotted time, and then must locate the image being described in the sentence heard such as "he is riding a bike."

Function activity:  students are presented with an image with a text prompt "what do you do with this?" then are given a "wait" countdown and then must select the picture that can best be used to describe the function of the image previously presented.

At any time, you can select the "noise" button to provide students with distracting background noise.  This is a great way to teach them how to focus attention to important messages and ignore extra noise.

Reinforcement page:  students get to add coins into the piggy bank.  Who doesn't love money?!  You can select how many correct answers they need in order to get this reinforcement page.  Base this on attention and how often students need reinforcing in order to maintain their motivation/focus.  You can access the piggy bank at any time from the main page to see how many coins each student has earned thus far.

At any time, you can click "done" to complete the activity.  You will be brought to a reports page.  Here, you can see the most recent sessions or click "select date" to select a previous date.  Scores are broken down by activity and date.  For each student, you will see scores for each activity and level.  This is a great way to keep track so you remember what was done and how that student performed.  You can base/plan future activities based on their progress or which level they struggled most with.  You can print or export these scores directly from this page.  You can access these reports also from the main page by clicking "reports."

Barrier game:  You can select 1 client for this activity.  You are able to select from scenes: beach, farm, and toy chest.

Click "hear direction" to give the child a direction to follow such as "put the fish in the water."  Students must attend to the direction, comprehend the prepositions and vocabulary used, and recall the direction heard to follow it.  What makes this difficult for students is you cannot repeat it!  Each time you click "hear direction" the next direction is presented.  After students place the images as directed, you can mark them correct or incorrect using the buttons provided.  This way you can collect data on their performance.  At any time, you can click "noise" to provide background/distracting noise for your students during this activity.  Click "reveal" to compare students' pictures to the "app pic" to compare answers.
Things I like about this app:

  • The wait concept.  so many students with processing difficulties want to impulsively respond.  They tend to be incorrect this way.  We work with them to learn how to wait and  use their compensatory strategies to assist them in recall of auditory information.  In the classroom, a teacher may ask a question but the student needs to comprehend the question and retain the answer as they raise their hands and wait to be called on.
  • Background noise: I love that you can select whether or  not to use it.  You can make it louder and louder as necessary as you would like.  It is important for students to learn how to ignore unnecessary background noise and to focus on the auditory messages that are important.  How many times do you work with kids that get distracted by a class walking by in the hallways!  Students may need to learn how to work in class while other class members are discussing answers around them.  They need to learn how to focus their listening.
  • The different levels:  no matter what level your students are on, there is a level in this app to work on!  I really love the barrier game too which works on following directions as well!
  • Differentiation: you can have different activities/levels for the different students.  You can switch them from activity/level at any point easily.  You can switch to the next client whenever you see fit as well.  This is nice if you have a student that can use an extra practice drill before moving on to the next one!
  • Reinforcement: so simple as a coin in a piggy bank but rewarding!  It gives the students a "score" or "count" of coins which is motivating too!
  • Multiplayer:  in a school setting, you often have groups so this is amazing!
  • Data collect, progress monitoring, and easy print/export functions!
Overall this is a great app for anyone working with students with auditory processing difficulties.  I highly recommend it!!  Learn more about this $19.99 app by visiting iTunes!

Loving this app yet?!  Want to win a copy for yourself?!  Enter to win below!!
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Comparing & Contrasting SpeechPad (PLUS GIVEAWAY!!)

I am always looking to find new ways to work on tricky concepts.  When it comes to comparing and contrasting, I find my students can identify which items go together and those that do not.  However, they struggle with expressing HOW and WHY!  I've used EET, visuals, models, and more...I still have several students that struggle to see the connections on their own.  How many prompts can you give before you say FORGET IT!  I created a new activity using a new method of teaching this concept!!
What is this new method I speak about?!  Well....I took the most common 4 ways items can be the same (or different for that matter) and broke them up.  I made visuals for each of them and 24 practice drill cards.  I teach each one separately to ensure that students completely recognize and understand the connection and how items can go together in that way.  Once each of the four are mastered, it is not time to mix them together and see if students can identify which one is being compared with each pair of objects presented.  The same visuals used in the individual visual is used in the combined visual.  Keep reading to see what I mean!!

In this activity pack:
-Four common ways to compare are introduced.  Students will be provided with a visual on how to express each comparing type (function, looks, location, & category).  24 stimulus cards are provided to practice.  Each comparing type uses a different “iPad” color to help with storage and make it easy to sort and use.

-Compare/Contrast visual is provided and an opportunity to use all 4 ways to compare and contrast are provided.  Can your students identify which way makes them the same?  Which way makes  them different?  Use the sentence strip on the visual to encourage complete sentences!!

-Review worksheets are provided!
I am so excited about this new activity!!  You can access this activity in my TpT store by clicking HERE!!

Now do you love it???...How about a giveaway?!?!?!
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

How Do You Use It?! April: Popsicle Sticks! (Linky Party)

It's a new month and time for the next, "How Do You Use It?!" linky party!!  I will share with you my favorite ways of using a common product found in most therapy rooms (or able to be purchased cheaply).  Some other SLP bloggers will be linking their posts on the same topic on the bottom of this post!
This month, I will share how I use Popsicle sticks!
There are TONS of ways to use Popsicle sticks in speech therapy.  Have you seen a previous post of mine about a game I created called, "Sports Pick-A-Stick?!"  You can see the original post by clicking HERE!
 I created this DIY game using Popsicle sticks, stickers I found at Target, markers, and an index card!  I took out an index card and markers, same colors as those I used for my Popsicle sticks.  I wrote various vocabulary words on each Popsicle stick!  I created a visual to represent the directions for this game.  I laminated the index card just for safe keeping!
Now it is time to play!  That was it!  Students one at a time can pick a stick.  For each stick they take, they must use the visual so they know what is expected of them for that word on stick.  In order to "keep" the stick, they must accurately define, use in a sentence, draw, or name the category it belongs in.  Whoever has the most at the end, wins!

Once the game was completed, we used all the terms discussed and used our EET strategies to expand our definitions of them.  We used the mini dry erase boards to work together to sort all the words.

What are some other ways I have used Popsicle sticks in my therapy room?

  • Calling on random students:  You can write students names on the sticks.  You can put the sticks in a cup or bag, pull out a stick to randomly select students to answer questions or take a turn in a game.  This way students don't think you are calling on anyone in specific.  This only works if all students in the group have the same goals and are working on the same tasks.
  • Reinforcers:  Do your students need immediate reinforcers?  Take a clear plastic cup and a batch of Popsicle sticks.  As students demonstrate good listening behaviors and working appropriately, you can reinforce them by placing the Popsicle sticks in the cup.  Once the cup is filled up, they can get their reward.  This is just a quick, cheap, and easy reward system!
  • Following directions:  You can have students pick the sticks that you name ("take the yellow stick with the number 5 on it") or they can follow directions by building things with the sticks!
These are just some of my favorite ways to use Popsicle sticks in speech therapy!  I love my colored Popsicle sticks which I have found in the dollar store!!  It makes it so easy to create so many activities and the colors are just fun!

Stay tuned to next month's "How do you use it?!" post!
Check below to see how other SLP bloggers use Popsicle sticks!!

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