November 29, 2018

2018: Articulation Strategies

Concerning articulation and speech sounds, parents will often ask me how their child will work on those goals to obtain proper speech sounds.  We do a variety of activities and here are a few snapshots of some of the things we've done this year:

I love to use books to practice speech skills. I use both fiction and non-fiction to accomplish this task.  Students can practice reading out loud a very simple book that targets lots of words that have their targeted speech sounds in it.  During the book, while they are not reading, they write words down from the story that has their sound in it. That targets their auditory discrimination skills.  We also focus on if their targeted sound is at the beginning, middle, or end of the word. 

Students love these books and the worksheet turns their speech drill practice into a game.  We also use crayons to color on words we've practiced. This activity gets a LOT of repetition into the mix which is great for muscle memory! This activity also work with auditory bombardment if you read aloud the words to the student for them to hear at the beginning and end of each session.

We also use speech sound cards (Thank you, Super Duper! Love your products!) and whisperphones to practice speech at the sentence level. The whisperphone is a simple PVC pipe and it allows students to hear their own speech more clearly.

For my /r/ kiddos, we use a combination of reminder and cheat sheets, iPad animations, and tooth flossers to get the placement job done correctly.

I also use games to target skills.  Here we are working with minimal pairs (w/r) and playing a fun and quick game of Cootie!  Easy and simple but gets a lot of practice in with this one.

If you are an SLP, what are some ways you engage and target students for their speech sound goals? I love teaching articulation skills and it has become one of my favorite areas to remediate!

November 25, 2018

2018: Main Idea

One of my favorite concepts to teach is that of "main idea." Essentially, you are trying to find out what the bigger, broader theme is of what you are looking at or reading. It is a skill that any student in school should be working on to some degree.  It teaches students to infer, interpret, and prioritize information in ways that helps them with problem solving and answering a variety of text based questions.

We use visualization techniques to help us recall information from the text:

We always start out the lesson by learning what the concept is. I try to use easy to understand visuals that are made for any by educators. 

We use a ton of visuals as we work through our text analysis.  Sometimes we have to infer information from the pictures. 

All in all, it was a successful lesson and one that I greatly enjoyed! I will continue to share a variety of lessons that are offered this school year and I hope that you enjoy these short snapshots of our learning communities.

November 19, 2018

2018: Back to School Game

At the beginning of the school year, I played a very fun BTS game with my special forces classroom students.  We answered -WH questions and we also learned new things about each other, especially the new students that are joining us as 4th graders. 

Some students are working on asking and answering questions to each other. They focus on turn-taking skills, conversational topic maintenance, eye contact, loud voicing, and other social and pragmatic skills.  This game was the perfect activity for us to "break the ice" and get to know each other and work on these skills.  

2018: Back to School

Greetings! I am a bit late in posting some topics for the 2018-2019 school year but better late than never!  If you have found my blog and website it is likely because I will be serving your child this school year and you got the information off of my business card or newsletter that I frequently send out.  If not, and you found my blog via other means, then welcome as well! I am glad to see you.

My name is Eve and I am beginning my 6th year of speech-language pathology work in the school system, namely an intermediate school so I primarily work with 4-6th graders.  Here is what my classroom looked like at the beginning of the school year:

As you can probably see, I love ALL things Mickey Mouse and Disney.  I can't help it! It is the location where my husband proposed, where we got married, where we announced our pregnancy, and where we call our "home away from home."

At the beginning of the year, all students make a "mouth craft" that gets posted on the wall outside my classroom.  They write down what their goal is that they are working on (that gets updated throughout the school year as their goals adjust) so that they know why they come see me and what we are working on. I find this is very important as one of my pet peeves is when students are asked, "What do you do in speech-language class?" and they respond something like "I don't know," or "Play games!"  We definitely have fun and use a variety of activities to target our goals, including books, games, worksheets, videos, and lots more as you will see me post throughout the year. 

Didn't they turn out great?! I love these and it has become an annual ritual with my students.  They love to see them as they come to my classroom each week.