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February 20, 2016

Activity of the Week: 2/15/16

This was an exciting week!  This week with my special forces self-contained students we continued to address and discuss the color pink (mainly continued from Valentine's Day).  Here is a great moment where we used Speech Room News' great vocabulary books targeting "pink" vocabulary.  We matched, labeled, created sentence strips (The _____ is pink.), followed directions, attended, and described all the items and objects with this book.  We even used a TechTalk at times to match and label for some of my non-verbal students. 

For my other grade levels, we pulled out one of my favorite items, Pirate Talk by SuperDuper, Inc.  This is a great game to play because the goal isn't to get to a finish line so there's no urgency to rush.  The game comes with its own language cards to target multiple goals, but here we are using it with a fluency student who is working on stuttering modification techniques.  We are using Mega Fluency Packet resources to practice techniques for smooth speech.  Each turn requires that a student practice their skill and once they have performed to their and my satisfaction, they get a turn at the game.  The student with the most gold at the end of the session wins!

I hesitate to play games in my classroom because I never want students to think that that is all we will do... in other words, if someone asked them "What did you do today in speech/language class?" I would never want them to respond with, "Play games."  I ALWAYS stress that if we play games in therapy, it is to make the WORK FUN.  Also, it is never about winning, it is about having fun together.  Nothing is more frustrating when students get mad about not winning.  I do not give prizes to the winner.  We just congratulate them and if there is enough time, try to play another round in attempts to have another student win.  Remember, we play games to make the work FUN.  If we forget what our purpose and goal is, then I usually skip games for quite a while.  In this case, I had not offered a game since before Christmas, so I felt that we had earned the privilege.  Every clinician is different, so you will always do what you think is best for your classroom! 

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