TxTools App

If you are in love with Pinterest like I am, you have been seeing Pediastaff and their pin boards.  Well...they developed an app AND IT'S FREE!!!  This app combines several apps that are already out there.  If you are thinking about downloading an app for data collection and other speech resources, I definitely recommend checking this one out. 

I initially downloaded it to my IPhone, since it is an app to help speech therapists.  This app has 4 sections to help with different needs.

"Tally This": This is an easy way to collect data.  This is great if you are trying to get a certain amount of trials in a session. 
"Percent Right": This is create if you need to have percentages for session notes.  If you are billing for medicaid you will need to show progress.  This has been very helpful for collecting quick data and having a percentage to show for the session.  Unfortunately, you can only use this for 1 student at a time.  I suggest using it at the end of a session as a "sum up" to collect some data.

"Age Finder": Have you ever had to do a last minute evaluation?  Need to calculate really fast chronological age?!  This happened to me today!  I just took out this app and was able to get an accurate age and was I was on my way! 
"IEP Scheduler": I find this feature would be more useful for school psychologists trying to figure out future dates.  But it is nice and all together with the rest of the app.

Overall, this app is very useful and makes data collection fun!  Best part is, IT IS FREE!!  It is easy to navigate and use this app.  Pediastaff did a great job trying to help out the SLPs out there!!  Help support the company that brings you great Pinterest boards and fun!

Pirate Fun!

Have you ordered a copy of "The Pirate Who Couldn't Say Arrr" yet?!  If you walk by my therapy room lately, you might think we have been taken over by pirates!  I have created tons of activities to make this theme last a long time!!  As we continue the pirate theme, I have been starting each session by rereading our fun new book! 

Did you switch to Amazon yet?  I hope you came back!  As we read this cute book, we noticed SO many opportunities to practice the /r/ sound as well as opportunities for auditory bombardment.  As as group, we came up with a list of all the words we heard.  It was a great way to develop a review list and have the students focus on hearing our target sound!

Another activity I developed was the /r/ treasure hunt!  This activity was great for groups with students with a variety of goals.  The students had to work together to read the clues and figure out which /r/ object would be next.  They followed all the objects until they got to the treasure chest!  So fun!
For older students, you can have them write their own clues for /r/ words not used as a follow up activity.  They can read them to each other and guess!  Grab your copy here!

For students working on /r/ in sentences, I created a review worksheet.  You can use it as a worksheet, homework, or cut up the sentences for a drill activity.

You can use the pirate book as a reference tool to remind students how to produce the /r/ sound!  Grab this worksheet here!

Last but not least, I created a fun word search to continue to review our /r/ words with our pirate theme!  My students LOVE word searches!!  They like to make a competition out of it!  I make my students shout out the words as they find them which gives them the opportunity to practice their target sound.  Grab it here!

Have you gotten this book yet?!!  Are you LOVING it?!  What have you done to incorporate this book into your therapy sessions?  Feel free to comment!

Games To Use With Middle/High School

Thank you to all that voted in the last poll.  It was interesting to find out what age groups you work with.  As expected, the elementary grades were the largest group.  But I was impressed to find out that a significant amount work with the higher grades. 

Although I do not work with that age group now, I have worked with them in the past.  It is a very difficult group to work with.  Curriculum expectations are getting more intense, self awareness kicks in, and planning can be a nightmare!!  I know for me, keeping my students motivated was the most difficult part.  They might hate school at this point because it is extremely difficult for them, they may be embarrassed about coming to speech therapy, and/or they might be missing fun classes to come to speech.  I felt that it was important the first month of school to do numerous activities to  help them understand why they are there, benefits of working hard, and get an idea of motivators. 

I was fortunate enough to have a Smart Board at that time.  I used numerous games on Quia and other websites as motivators.  I also created TONS of PowerPoint games to address the different grammar, vocabulary, and comprehension goals.

I was surprised to learn that my students truly enjoyed when I took out a game at the end of the session to reward them.  I did research to find the most appropriate games for this age group that also addressed their speech and language goals.  In no particular order, here are a bunch that I used and felt was successful with this age group.

1. 20 Questions Board Game:  A great way to work on inferencing, questioning, and turn-taking.  The pop culture questions are a great motivator.
2. Apples to Apples: such a fun way to work on parts of speech and expanding vocabulary! 
3. Balderdash:  This game is a great one for high schoolers!  It helps build vocabulary, teaches abbreviations/mnemonic devices, and more!

  4. Jenga: An easy game to use with any concept!
5. Scattergories: A fun way to work on categories!  I usually modify the game for the group by combining cards, changing what they say to make them more appropriate, etc.
  6. Stare Junior:  This game is GREAT for upper elementary into high school to work on improving memory and teaching the visualization strategy.  The Junior version has more entertaining pictures for students.
7. Taboo Kids: This game is just a fun way to improve vocabulary through describing and guessing.  It makes students truly think about the words on the cards since they cannot use the obvious answers aloud.  The Kids version has less "taboo" words which makes it a little easier.
8. Would You Rather?: This is a fun game to work on problem solving and supporting your responses.  My one request, just screen all cards before playing.  Not every card is appropriate!
9. Tip of the Tongue: This is a fun trivia game with a timer.  It helps students think on the spot.  This game is also great for working on stressful environments.  The container holds the cards which is great for traveling SLPs!  Just don't get scared when you hear the timer go off in your therapy bag!
10. TriBond:  "What do these 3 have in common?"  A fun way of working on categorization and association with pop culture.  I recommend this game with older and higher functioning students!!

I hope you enjoyed the list!  These games helped working with the older population as motivators.  Have I forgotten any?! Feel free to comment or send me a message!  I would love to hear!

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Pinterest Inspired Expanding Sentences Bottlecap Activity

So...as you can tell by now, one of my favorite things to do is take ideas from Pinterest and find an SLP spin to it.  Have you seen floating around, the idea of using bottle caps to make sentences?!  Well I go through TONS of Poland Spring bottles, and Earth Day is coming, so why not recycle and create a therapy activity?!  After about 2 weeks, I had enough to use! 

I was nervous about writing directly onto the bottle caps, so I found at the dollar store, circle stickers that were the perfect size!  Then I took a whole bunch of pictures that I found through Pinterest boards and Google Images that could elicit great discussion and thinking. I came up with a list of sentences that best describe each picture and wrote each word on a bottle cap.  The last step of preparation was for differentiated learning and to challenge my students by gluing higher level questions.  I glued the pictures on one side of an index card and glued the questions on the other and laminated them for safe keeping. 

Now, it is time to learn!  I split my groups up into teams but you can make it an individual activity.  To introduce the activity, I read all the bottle caps to make sure the students heard all their choices.  As a team, the students have to find words in order to make a sentence to describe the picture.  If the sentence was about the picture, they got 1 point.  If the sentence made sense, they got another point.  If their sentence matched my sentence, they got an extra point.

You can either have that team answer the questions for bonus points or let them ask the other teams the questions. 

For my loyal followers, I took the busy work out of this fun activity!  I have provided the pictures, the sentences, and the questions!!  Check it out!
If you download, please comment!  I would love to hear how your students enjoy this activity!

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Data Collection Book

I have been working hard to find the best way to keep my data forms in one place and all necessary information.  With budget cuts, and teachers being rated, it is very important to keep data to justify what we do.  I have found numerous forms and have created some myself as well to keep together in a data binder.  This way if someone questions my rationales, I have it all together and can easily grab and go.

I got a large binder from Staples that has a sleeve on the front.  That's where I keep my caseload schedule.  I always make sure to date the bottom of my schedules because it changes so frequently.  I keep the older versions behind it just in case if I have to reference it.

I typically use Excel to create my schedules since it is nice to have the cells ready made and can easily copy and paste groups of cells if necessary.

Inside this binder, I have dividers for each student.  I bought the Post-It divider tabs from Staples which I found was a quick and cheap method.  It also takes up less space in binder.

I placed the divider onto an "IEP Cheat Sheet."  I cannot take credit for this!!  Go to Ms. Rachel's Room to grab your copy! here!  Thank you Ms. Rachel for this great resource!!  It is a great way to have the students' classification, meds, glasses, accommodations, and modifications all in one place.  It also provides an area to put their related services and mandates.

I photocopied this page double sided and one the opposite page I made a form to log parent/guardian communication.  I am always wishing I logged down parent phone calls, memos, and whether or not they have shown for a conference.Grab a copy here!  On the other page I just printed out a copy of the speech goals from the IEP.

Finally, I have created a data collection form which I can use to log what goal was address, the activity used to address the goal, and at least 10 trials of data collection.  I tried to fit as many sessions on one sheet to save paper and I printed it double sided.  Grab a copy here!

This is what has worked for me!  What about you?!  I would love to hear!!

Earth Day: Color and Sort!

I have been loving all the Earth Day materials floating around.  I know for me, many of my students have a difficult time making connections and categorizing.  I created a coloring activity to work on this.  You can use this along with all the sorting activities already out there.  You can discuss these items in terms of: "What are they used for?" and "What are they made out of?" 

I just love those simple print and go activities to be used as review or homework.  If you don't have the luxury of printing in color for all of your students, you can print in black-and-white and then use a highlighter to demonstrate which colors should be used for which types of items.

I also created some sorting cards to use as a memory game or introduction of the concept activity.

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Synonym Cards

I wasn't going to post the cards I used.  All the photobooks I have seen were different so figured it would be difficult to try and accommodate all.  But also, the ones I made were even too big!  I had to cut them down significantly.  But, I guess you can too!  Here ya go!! Enjoy!! Happy Speeching!

Pinterest Inspired Synonyms Activity

So, I have been seeing this idea on Pinterest a lot lately and I have been trying to think how it could be used in my therapy room.  Have you seen it?? A dollar store photo album used as a dry erase book for math flash cards?  Well I have thought of several ways to use it! 

You can take your Super Duper Fun Decks and make them as a writing activity for cloze sentences.  Students can have competitions who can get the most correct and then they can swap books since you would put different cards in each book.

I have numerous students working on synonyms.  We have been reviewing them all year and I wanted a fun way to review and collect data.  I created my own cards/cloze sentences and placed them into the photo albums.  Then I took out my Timer App and made it a timed competition!  My students loved it!  They each had a book with the same sentences.  They each had a marker and mini eraser.  Once the timer ran out, I collected all books and reviewed the answers.  We went over correct and incorrect responses.  I provided the students choices of those incorrect answers to determine if they could identify when choices were provided. 

Have you tried using this idea in your speech rooms?  How did you do it?  Feel free to share!!!

Butterfly Clothespin Comprehension Fun

To keep with the butterfly theme I wanted to share another quick and easy activity to put together.  I am not going to lie, I really wanted another activity to do with my clothespins! 

I printed a copy of each butterfly 1-6 for each student, I have at most 5 in my groups so I made 5.  Then I attached them to a binder ring to keep them together. 

Students were prompted to be on the correct butterfly (following directions!) and had to listen to the description of a sentence I provided in order to place the clothespin on the accurate picture. 

My students had so much fun listening and using key words to find the correct picture.  To make this activity even more fun, I let them chose a game (Jenga or Chutes and Ladders) to use with it as a reinforer.

I purposely made each butterfly with 2 girl pictures and 2 boy pictures.  The children are doing the same or similar activities.  Some examples of sentences I said to them were:
-"Find the girl playing baseball that is wearing red."
-"Find the girl that is painting that has brown hair."

For higher students, you can give them harder clues like this girl is holding something that is wooden and is used in a sport.

How can you use this activity in your speech rooms??!?!


Miss Speechie finally figured out how to make a Facebook page and a Like button!  Feel free to join!  I will post notifications of new therapy ideas and printables!!  Let the fun begin!!  Please let me know if it doesn't work!!!

Butterfly Multiple Meaning Words

As the weather is getting warmer and students are starting to grasp concepts, I needed to find a fun and motivating way to work on multiple meaning words (MMW).  When I introduced the concept last week, I was showing my students some cloze sentences and they had to determine which meaning of the word was being used.  I realized they had a difficult time understanding that some words have a noun meaning and a verb meaning.  I wanted to demonstrate this connection in a file folder game. 
To teach the words and definitions, students worked together to discuss how the picture described the word.  They were reminded that nouns are "people, places, and things" and verbs are "actions or things you do".  The students got a chance to select a card and place it on the appropriate butterfly.  They had to use their response prompt of "_______ is a (noun/verb) because it means ___________ and that is a(n) (person/place/thing/action)."

Now, how can we review and make sure the students truly comprehend this new concept.  Depending on the students/group, I either cut ahead of time the pieces to this butterfly craft or I made templates and students followed directions to make their own.
Students selected one of the new words discussed.  They had to draw their own pictures to define the words in two ways: the noun definition and the verb definition.  They had so much fun drawing and sharing with the group their work!

How have you taught MMW?? Any tricks I did not think of?!  Feel free to comment and share!

Grab some free downloads to create your own file folder sorting activity!

Sports Pick-A-Stick

Ready for an easy DIY vocabulary game!!  Get out your Popsicle sticks and dry erase boards!  I found these cute sports stickers at Target but you could also just draw or print pictures from Google Images or Boardmaker.  As NCAA season ends and baseball season begins, sports talk is always going on in my therapy room!  So, why not create a motivating activity to work on vocabulary!

I can honestly say, the prep for this activity took about 10 minutes.  NO JOKE!  I grabbed my Popsicle sticks and wrote five terms for each sport: soccer, basketball, baseball, and football.  Some terms I used included: mitt, touchdown, hoop, jersey, helmet, and slam dunk.  I wrote on five sticks "Get Another!  BONUS!"  Then I added my fun new sports puff stickers!

I took out an index card and markers, same colors as those I used for my Popsicle sticks.  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.  Here are some examples of what we did!

Do your students love sports too?  How can you use this activity in your speech rooms?!  Feel free to share!

Easter Artic Baskets

I was trying to think of a fun and easy craft to do with one of my students today that has numerous articulation goals.  After browsing the Internet and looking at what supplies I had available to grab fun, I came up with this easy craft! 
I found the idea to use brown lunch bag to create an Easter basket on Making Learning Fun.  I CANNOT TAKE CREDIT FOR THAT!!!  It was so easy!  My student and I had so much fun making the basket!  We cut the bag right where it folds.  Then we cut the remainder piece in half to make a handle.  We used tape to attach the handle to the basket.  (I erased the name of the student for privacy purposes!)

Before the student came to speech, I cut "eggs."  I will admit, I am not very artistic so I found a coloring page online to create a template.
Together, we came up with words with the target sound and wrote them on the eggs.  It was fun putting the eggs into the basket.  We got to review which position of the word did the target sound fall into.  We also got to use the target in a sentence by describing what was happening "I wrote marker on the egg"  "Marker is going into the basket." 

Tons of auditory bombardment and trials of target sound was available in this easy and fun craft!  It also invites parents to work on carryover.  I included a note home with some activities to practice the sound such as having a hunt for the eggs with the target sounds or having the student tell the parent what we did in speech using good speech sounds.

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