February 12, 2017

Activity of the Week: 2/6/17

This week my special forces students got to do one of my favorite activities with the book companion kit by Speech Room News to the book There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose.  We are reading this to prepare for Valentine's Day that is coming up!

I love this set/companion because it has a lot of activities to do with students such as yes/no questions, verb tenses, -WH questions, comprehension questions, sequencing, a story map, and many more. I pair this set with my book and my little old lady doll who is ready to gobble up all of the many items that she eats in the book.  I try to get activities as much "hands on" as possible!

Some students worked on their articulation flip books that we mentioned last week:

Other students got to work on the speech/language Non-fiction texts worksheets by Nicole Allison.  These were mainly used so students could work as independently as possible. I also extra love them because I can use them with both artic and language groups. I've been recovering from strep and lost my voice for part of the week.

We used highlighters as a visual aid/tool to find our answers. Some groups even worked on writing skills with punctuation and spelling with this exercise.  Speech students highlighted the sounds they were working on for a more visual guide when reading.

For my push-in classroom therapy, we worked on a few pages of the Valentine's Day themed TPT resource.  We targeted sight word reading, counting syllables, labeling parts, finishing a sentence, and phonemic awareness/letter recognition.

After, we made our way outside to the table to do some paint marbeling by using shaving cream and paint.  We mixed in the colors and then stirred it with a straw. Students then pressed a piece of paper down and then we pulled it off the paint and scraped off the extra foam.  Once dry, the paint/foam gives the paper a "marbled" effect.  Next week we will make them into valentines cards, stay tuned!

Happy speeching!

Activity of the Week: 1/30/17

This week we did a variety of activities.  To begin, my special forces students began to get some nice reviews of some Valentine's Day vocabulary with the Speech Room News interactive books.  I just love her materials in case you haven't figured it out--I use her therapy tools ALL the time.  It's nice to know that other SLP's use similar materials and do similar activities. Here are a few snapshots of my students working with these books:

Other students got to work on the interactive and leveled language and vocabulary notebook by Nicole Allison. Our focus this week was on using and understanding prefixes and how they are added to words to change the meaning of the base word. This is a new focus of our school for ELA understanding and so I hope to do the suffixes portion of this book soon to round out the concepts.  The book is printed and I placed the pages within plastic sleeves so the students can write on the pages and then erase their work.  

Other students working on articulation, fluency, or other goals had different activities to focus on. My fluency student has her own binder by SLP Peachie Speechie that we've been working through. I LOVE how it has pages on discussion/myths about stuttering, visual tools to rate herself, and other practice pages.  Here, take a look at what we've done so far:

My favorite part about this binder is the set of visual aides so my student can rate her own speech performance AND pick out what therapy technique she wants to practice.

I pulled out my big Super Duper book of Articulation and my speech students got to work on various words, phrases, sentences, and conversational practice while playing the game Candy Land.  I don't normally play games in therapy but every once in awhile I will pull one out to get less structured practice.  

I also have some other speech students that are going through more of a cycles approach to therapy treatment.  We have been working through some awesome articulation flip books by Speech is Sweet.  Gosh, I sound like an SLP TPT add, but I promise all materials were purchased by me and are rated and reviewed by me on this blog.  I will always add a disclaimer if I was offered to try a product at no cost to me.  Anyway, here are a few snapshots of our work on these flipbooks:

Last, I have a student working on using proper verb tenses (present, future, past) so we used these Flip n Clip pages from Teach Speech 365 (I bought the bundle).  Normally you use a laundry clip to clip the right answer but I just had my student point to the right answer and read the whole sentence out loud without the clip to save time.  

To spice up the activity, we played a round of Cootie to keep things interesting. My student LOVED it!  I haven't played this game in awhile and it was a short and fun game that was easy to set up, play, and put away--something that is important when looking at incorporating games into therapy.

Happy speeching!

Activity of the Week: 1/23/17

This week my special forces students worked on an amazing resource called Picture This! Community Helpers by Speechy Musings. It has a very large pool of visuals and a variety of levels to work on for asking questions, discussing details, expected vs. unexpected behaviors, etc.  I love using this tool with my students! Take a peek:

For others, this week was a homework week. Here are a few snapshots of us working on our homework packets. Each packet targeted a range of language, articulation, or fluency skills to be worked on at home.  I like to use the following resources for homework: 

Some articulation students come twice a week so the first session they worked on homework, the second session we did a range and variety of activities.  Here are some moments captured where we played "go fish" with super duper articulation fundecks.  To spice things up, students used whisperphones to hear themselves more clearly (auditory feedback).  They love using them!  

I am also using a method to help generalize speech skills into higher forms of communication, such as practicing in sentences and conversation. If you notice the pile of colored tokens in the above photos, here's how this method works: students begin the session with a set amount of tokens.  If they mis-articulate something (depends on the level of their practice!) and do not correct themselves or produce accurate speech, I take a token.  If they have at least ONE remaining token by the end of the session, they can earn a piece of candy from my candy box.

Also, because I was recovering from strep and did not have much of a voice, I used one of my favorite tools, a clicker, to alert students of when they are misarticulating.  Here's what it looks/sounds like.  I use this took all the time, not just when I am trying to preserve my voice.

Happy speeching!