July 12, 2018

Highlights from the 2017-2018 School Year

So, parenting a toddler is a whole new concept for me and this blog and my other speechie media got away from me, so here are some highlights from last school year!  I hope to better document what we do more consistently for the 2018-2019 school year... I can't believe it begins very shortly!

Please note, each activity that we do highlights and targets a specific students' IEP goals.  Whether that be for language, speech, fluency, or voice deficits (and more), each activity addresses areas that students need to improve upon and strengthen.  I try to offer language-rich activities that utilize SLP made products, DOK questioning and reasoning, level 1-2 (and higher) vocabulary concepts, and many more.

Here we go!

I started the year off by doing a PECS level 2 intensive training.  I loved it and consider it the best CEUs I have ever earned. Highly recommended!

My awesome graduate student (and now CCC-CF!!!) Olivia Kassinger doing her thing while targeting some fall-themed skills:

We also targeted problem solving, predicting, and asking/answering questions by doing a fun Christmas-themed science experiment with candy canes!

We worked on learning basic prepositional concepts by working on a functional task to create a fun craftivity!

Christmas was filled with following multi-step directions, literacy concepts, and more!

We also work on homework once a month in small packets with big rewards if they get turned in!

 I love using technology and the EET system to work on vocabulary concepts with students:

That's it for now but I will post more later! I missed you guys and hope to resume and refresh the Speechie Evie blog soon!

January 9, 2018

Happy New Year

Happy new year my speechies!  Stay tuned, I hope to post a Fall 2017 semester recap for you so that you can see all of the amazing things that students did for their first semester at RIS this year.  Here are a few sneak peeks:

I promise I will be posting more pictures and a detailed recap of each activity and the skills targeted as soon as possible!  For now, we will continue to also document the new semester and all of the fun and amazing things we do together for a future recap as well!

September 15, 2017

Welcome back! 2017-2018

HELLO! School year 2017-2018 HERE WE GO!!

So the start of this 2017-18 school year has been a whirlwind of excitement, anticipation, nerves, joy, frustration, and everything else in-between.  So far we've celebrated a really cool solar eclipse (here's my celebration outfit:)

The most exciting news is that this semester I have an amazing graduate SLP student, Olivia K!  She is actually an online student of the program I graduated from at WKU and it has been an absolute joy to have her in my classroom.  Here she is, basically being awesome:

I don't know if I am wanting to continue my weekly series of "Activity of the Week" like I have done in the past.  I will often use the same therapy materials but change up the routine or focus of a lesson and so I think doing multiple years of this will end in me just repeating myself.  

Instead, I'd like to just showcase or sample some snapshots of things we've worked on instead. It will give a nice, round, broad overview of what many students will do in my sessions when they work with me.  Keep in mind some sessions are speech, some are language, and some are basic skills-focused.  

I used Nicole Allison's Data Collection kit to get beginning of the year baselines and performance data right off the bat... Love this product and I don't have to reinvent the wheel!

We started off the year by making our EET "color caterpillar" crafts that I do at the beginning of every school year. This is a research-based approach to organizing your thoughts in order to describe or sequence components and it results in significant language expansion/expression. 

Some students who were working on speech skills got to practice their targeted sounds while playing a good, old fashioned game of "Cootie."  This is a great way to keep students engaged and have something to do when their peers are taking their turns at speech practice.

Some students got to make some fall-themed homemade applesauce. We worked on sequencing, following directions, labeling, themes such as fall/weather, and more! It was a big hit and it tasted really yummy! I used Kristine Lamb's Cooking and Craft Visual Recipe set to give students visual supports and determine comprehension at the end of the lesson.

I will post more updates throughout the semester!  As we engage in more activities I will document our progress and share that on here, just not on a strict weekly basis.  That freedom will allow me to focus more on sharing excellent tried and tested SLP materials as well as showcase activities in a way that will show how diverse each and every session will be with my students. It is going to be a great year!

Happy speeching!

July 13, 2017

End of School Activities

Since the end of the school year ends in lots of chaos and hectic schedules, I figured instead of weekly recaps to show all of the fun things we got to do as our year wrapped up:

APRIL:  Ok, the month of April is basically state testing.  Seriously.  For, like, almost 3 weeks I am engaged in testing students and here in Alabama we administered the ACT ASPIRE test.  I assisted students in small groups, paper, pencil, extended time... you name it. I even administered or proctored exams for students that needed to do make ups.  It gets a little tedious and I miss seeing my regular caseload.  There's not much to post about April other than mention testing.  Do know, however, that all my students receive significant reminders, refreshers, and updates on test-taking (and more importantly) and compensatory strategies for this period of time. Most missed sessions are made up in some way via my awesome scheduling system (I'll try to post about that sometime in the future).

Some students got to celebrate Cinco De Mayo by making fun booklets (vocabulary) and red solo cup sombreros. :)

Aren't they cute? They turned out SO GOOD!

Other students worked on a fun story activity.  I used the book The Bear and the Piano and some awesome book analysis pages from the Speech Bubble's Any Book Companion kit.  They really enjoyed this story and we practiced inferencing, predicting, vocabulary, sequencing, -WH questions, and more!

We also had a celebration for our special forces students who are moving on to a new school next year! Sniff, sniff.... so sad to see them go but excited for their new adventures!

The end of the school year always brings fun events like the earned parties called Speech Fun Week and the Pinata Party! I forgot to take pictures from both, but students can earn these parties by completing homework as well as other activities that show me that they are proactive about their learning and home practice.  That's it for the school year!  I will do a recap of my summer's events really soon!  

We only have a few weeks left of summer to go and then we get to have more awesome adventures for the next school year!  Looking forward to it!