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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!

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