Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Crayon Attributes Sorting Fun!

I don't know about you, but I love sorting activities to teach concepts.  I love to use sentence strips to encourage expanded utterances as they sort.  This way, it targets more than one goal at a time!  For back to school season, I created a fun crayon sorting activity (but can be used any time of the year!)  I chose to target attributes based on the needs of my students!
Using this activity:
-Print and laminate the crayon boxes.  

-Print and laminate the crayons.

-Each box has a sentence strip to use while the students sort the crayons into the correct box.

-Students will sort crayons based on attributes!


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

Monday, August 25, 2014

Fall Differentiated Question Scenes!

Since my Differentiated Question Scenes activity has been such a hit, I decided to create a fall themed pack just like it!
Have fun working on WH questions at three different levels.  Use this activity with a group made of students at different levels or use with multiple groups.

For each scene provided, three levels of questions are included.  You can use these scenes with mixed groups of students or with multiple groups at different levels.  You can also use this activity to challenge your students as they become ready for the next level.   


Level 1: Students can match the answers to the various wh- questions provided.  You can cut out the answer choices and use Velcro.  Students can Velcro the correct answers in the box next to each question.

Level 2:  Students will verbally respond to the questions provided.  No choices are included at this level.  Encourage students to use complete sentences!

Level 3:  Students will read or listen to a short paragraph and look at the picture.  Then, they can respond to the various wh- questions based on the picture on the text read/heard.  I recommend laminating the story/questions on the back of the picture.  This way, you can easily read to your students and they can look at the picture.

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

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Collaborating with the art teacher! (tips and ideas for the school SLP)

It is so important as SLPs to collaborate with other professionals working with our students, especially when you work in the schools.  SLPs usually frequently collaborate with classroom teachers, OTs, PTs, resource room teachers and school psychologists.  But what about others working with that child?  One such colleague is the art teacher!
People always forget about this one!!  But there is so much language that can be pulled during art class!!  Many art teachers are not aware of which students are receiving speech and language services and why.  

It is important in the beginning of the year to approach them and let them know!  
Educate them on how to help target speech and language goals:

  • Encourage students to request, ask questions, use complete sentences.
  • Present instructions verbally and visually
  • Be patient to let students with articulation or fluency goals use their strategies to speak slowly and clearly
  • Use carrier phrases or sentence strips if necessary 
  • Use simple, short phrases or sentences
  • Use visuals when teaching new vocabulary
  • and more!
It is so important to work together with your colleagues.  Educate them!  Many want your help and are afraid to ask!!  Let them know they can come to you for help.  What else can you do?!
  • Find out what vocabulary or concepts they are working on in the art room and practice using them in the speech room
  • Role play problem solving or social scenarios
  • Do mock art project so students can practice following directions or expressing sequences
  • Work on conversation starters that students can use in the art room while working with classmates
  • and more!!
How do you collaborate with teachers?  Any other suggestions or ideas?!  Feel free to comment below!

Monday, August 18, 2014

My Speechy Feedback! Linky!

Nicole over at Speech Peeps is hosting once again a linky to give back to great feedback.  Did you know that your favorite TpT sellers read every single feedback?!  We read to know what you are loving and looking for!
Not only are you rewarded by giving feedback by earning credits on TpT which you can redeem for discounts or even free products, but with this linky party, you can earn a free product!!!!  Check each one to see if your feedback earned you a free item!!  Who won for me this month????  Jillian B gave amazing feedback on my Comparing and Contrasting Speechpad product!!
Jillian B---if you see this blog me to claim your prize!!!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Surviving As A Travel SLP! (ideas & tips!)

It is back to school season.  Many SLPs find themselves split between two or even three or four buildings.  Some SLPs travel from house to house if you work with early intervention.  It is a very common thing.  Yet, many struggle to stay organized, calm, prepared, and confident.  Keep reading to see how I have survived in the past and what I would do if faced with the challenge again.
Do you make your own schedule?  If so:

  • Try to schedule in enough time to get from place to place.
  • Allow time for prep, communicating with teachers/parents, going to the bathroom, and lunch!
  • Email a copy of your schedule to yourself and keep in in your phone.  This way if you place it, you always have it!
  • Color code your schedule to reflect the different buildings.  This way at a quick glance you can see where you need to be.
  • Don't promise anyone which days you will be in a specific building until AFTER you work out a schedule.  This way you aren't tied down to one specific building.  This will make scheduling easier.
  • Make sure you time how long it takes to get to and from each location.  Go various ways in case there are road closings or accidents to avoid!

Other tips to remember that will help you stay organized, calm, and prepared:
  • Keep phone numbers of all buildings/homes and e-mail addresses of teachers/parents in a phone, in a binder with your schedule/data.  This way you can easily contact if you have car trouble, get sick, last minute meeting, etc.
  • Have a planner?  Use the schedule app on your phone? USE IT!!  Plug in every meeting, due date for paperwork, field trips the students may have, or any change in your normal daily routine!
  • Make sure everyone has YOUR cell phone number and email address.  This way they can contact you if meetings get canceled or if you have an individual session and the student is absent you don't have to rush!
  • Keep a "go to" binder.  Keep your schedule, student goals, a quick glance at student information, and places to write to do lists.  This way you can easily plan, call parents, or jot down ideas no matter where you are!
  • Use colored pens that correlate to the same color you made on your color coded schedule to keep things organized!  All students in building A will have notes written in the color red since that is the color you used on your schedule.

Some items that you can grab to help you stay organized:

  • Plastic crate:  this is for your trunk of your car!  You can have 1 for each building you are in.  LABEL or color code it!  This way you can store things in your car in an organized way so you can easily find it.  Plus, this will prevent your materials from moving around your trunk and making noise.  Don't you hate hearing a toy go off when stopping short at a red light?!  This will also allow you to have room in your trunk so you can go grocery or clothes shopping!
  • Crate on wheels: stop hurting your back!!  You can just transfer the items in the crate in your car into this crate on wheels and wheel them into the building.  If you don't have to carry a heavy bag, you will probably carry more and be better prepared!  You can also find one at Lakeshore Learning.
  • A large durable binder: this will help you keep important papers organized.  Keep your schedule on the front so you can easily see!
  • Organizing caddy or tote bag:  this will keep pens, post-its, crayons, glue and whatever key items that you use everywhere in an organized manner.  If everything has a home, you can find it!  Many recommend also bags from the company Thirty-one.
  • A good planner: there are so many out there it all depends on your preferences, style, and how much you want to spend.  Many recommend the Erin Condren life planners, others prefer creating their own such as the ones from Crazy Speech World.  It is important to write down lesson plans and what materials you will need.  Also write down ALL meeting dates and when paperwork is due!  Color code!!
  • Smart phone: I prefer an iPhone but use your preference!  It is a necessity to keep calendars, phone numbers, email, to do lists, calculators, and more in one spot!
  • iPad: There are SO many great apps out there that you can use as part of your therapy.  It is lightweight and easy to carry from place to place!
  • LIBRARY CARD: don't have a place to store all of these amazing story books?  Just hop on over to the library and take out a bunch at a time!  Return when you are done!  No clutter, less to store!
Do you have places to store things in each building?
  • Store the necessities: art supplies, pens/pencils, dry erase board or anchor chart paper.
  • Only need certain games or materials in one building?  keep it there!  know your goals!
  • Find a friend/coworker you can grab other necessities from if you forget or run out!  I have a coworker I grab curriculum materials from when in a pinch.  It helps!
  • Is there a place to store testing materials????  Do you have to sign them out ahead of time??  Plan ahead!
I hope this blog post has helped calm some tension and anxiety about the upcoming school year!  Any tips I missed?!  Comment below!!

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

WH Question Sorting Jars!

Many have liked my sorting activities that are apart of my WH Question Trains and Dino Dash Questions Fun activities.  So, I created another sorting activity to work on WH questions!
How can you use this activity??
-Print and laminate all jars
-Print and laminate the sorting coins/circles.
-Each jar is labeled with a basic WH question form (who, what, where, & when).  A visual cue is provided on that jar as well.
-Students must sort the coins into the correct jar to determine which question type it would answer.

-Can your students express the question?  This is a great way to work on asking questions!

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

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

How Do You Use It?! BACK TO SCHOOL EDITION: Paper Clips! (linky party)

Have you been enjoying my "how do you use it?" linky party posts?!  I decided to do a fun bonus one for back to school season.  

We learned in graduate school, that any SLP can do therapy with anything, even a paper why not have this bonus topic be what we would do with a paper clip in therapy!
If you gave me a jar of paper clips, not only would this SLP be thrilled because she loves organizational materials but I could do some great therapy ideas with it!
What would I do?!

  • Following directions: I would give each student a pile of paper clips and make them follow my directions ("put a clip on your head" "put two in the jar").  You can target one step or multiple steps with this!  You can also target spacial concepts too!
  • Comparatives/superlatives: you can have students connect them to make various sized strings of clips.  Which one is long?  Which one is longer?  Which one is the longest?
  • Use them as a reinforcer or token system!!  For each target sound or answer given correctly, students can receive a paper clip!  If they reach a certain amount they can get a sticker/prize/reward at the end of the session!
  • Sorting by color or size!!
Those are just a few examples of what I would use paper clips for if given the chance!  I can probably think of tons more too!  Now it is time to see how other other SLP bloggers would use paper clips in therapy!! See below!!

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