October 19, 2016

Activity of the Week: 10/17/16

This has been an interesting week!  I've only been at work for part of the time, mainly because I've spent some time at home nursing a sick little guy.  I hate when my buddy is not feeling well!  In the meantime, we had a fun all-purpose Non-Fiction Bundle that targets language and articulation/fluency by SLP Nicole Allison. These worksheets are seasonally themed and can be used to target a wide range of skills. Here's a sneak peek:

This week we discussed pumpkins, apple cider, and the upcoming holiday of Labor Day.  Each worksheet has a paragraph for reading (or to be read to the student, depending on their needs).  Language skills include vocabulary like synonyms/antonyms, context clues, -WH questions, plurals, irregular verbs.  Articulation targets sound/phoneme recognition ("Sometimes your targeted sound is made by more than the spelling!" is my mantra I remind students: such as in the case of working on /f/ but finding the /ph/ in phone, for example), reading, and retelling skills with correct articulation (or fluency, if needed for students who stutter).

This is THE PERFECT activity for those SLPs who have groups that are multi-faceted and have a wide range of skills being worked on.

My students love using highlighters.  Traditionally, they always seem to use pencils in most of their classroom activities and being able to branch out and use a highlighter for the activity ended up (surprisingly to me) being a hit with my students!  Go figure. Sometimes it's the little things that end up being the best things from an activity that we complete. Happy speeching!

Activity of the Week: 10/10/16

This week was an iPad week! I've blogged about this before, but I like to take one item or activity and use it across a wide variety of groups.  I've also blogged about some of the apps I've used in therapy and I'd like to remind you that most of the apps I use are research-based or are made by SLPs or those specifically for our field and profession.  Students love the iPad because it makes them feel like they are playing games, but we are actually getting our work and practice done!

Sometimes students work independently or work together to complete an activity. I love using iPad apps for articulation to students can get lots of practice in and in different ways/contexts.

For my special forces students, we discussed "Things I See in the Fall" and used a TechTalk device, sentence strips, and an AAC communication app for those that need a visual support for answering yes/no questions.  We can also target answering -WH questions, labeling, following directions, basic concepts, vocabulary, and requesting. 

I wish I could show you this student's real face (hidden for confidentiality), but he was beaming after completing our activity together!  He had such a great time in working on this project with me.

Happy speeching!

Fall Break: Disney and the Hurricane


We went to Disney!  We were able to enjoy a few happy days there before Hurricane Matthew hit, and Lincoln thoroughly enjoyed meeting his old pals again: 

In the meantime, we also celebrated my little guy's first birthday! What a difference a year can make:

We are so blessed to have Lincoln in our lives.  We'd hoped to celebrate more at Disney but weather made us adjust our plans for the safety of our family. Here's a snapshot of our year in growing:

This was me on the eve of our break and on the Friday before a week off work. I think it speaks for itself that I was excited. :)

Happy fall break!


Activity of the Week: 9/26/16

Fall is here in northern Alabama!  This week's highlighted activity was completed with our self-contained special needs and special forces class.  The previous week we had read and looked at several books that discussed the season of fall.  Vocabulary concepts such as leaves, pumpkins, apple cider, weather changes, and warmer clothes.  We decided that we would do a texture craft that included concepts of following directions, colors, shapes, sizes, locatives/prepositions, and much more. Here are a few snapshots of our craftivity:

We taped a variety of leaves to the back of sheets of paper and had the students take a crayon and rub it over the top in various colors, much like you would see others do for tombstone and grave rubbings.  We let students request and pick the colors they wanted for their masterpiece.  We saw sharing, social interaction, and they really seemed to be engaged in smelling and touching the leaves, each having a different and unique combination of sensory elements.