Tuesday, April 19, 2016

How I Use Silent Videos in Speech & Language Therapy

Sometimes I get in a  major rut with therapy goals. There's only a certain number of ways and a certain number of times that you can target a goal before it gets mundane. Tell me I am not alone here. Recently I have been using silent videos to target multiple goals with my students. They have been super receptive to this activity. We have been able to target the same goals but with a fresh new look.
First and foremost, kids love using technology. So anytime I pull out the iPad, I'm pretty much the coolest SLP on the planet. Lately I have been using silent videos on YouTube (search silent videos for kids- one of my favorites is called Pigeons!) but you can turn the sound off on any video and this concept will work just fine.  Before we start, I tell my student(s) that we are going to watch the video one time without writing anything down. Then we watch it a second time and I let them take notes. From there, I usually have the kids write a summary of the video. This activity has allowed me to target so many goals.
Here are a few examples:
-Inferring characters emotions and thoughts
-Grammar & spelling 
-Story sequencing
-Story grammar
-Articulation (have your students read his/her story out loud!)
-Memory skills

And those are just skills my students are working on. I'm sure you can find more uses for this activity. This is a fun activity that may put a new spin on old goals that you have been working on for months. One of the best parts, this can easily be done during 30 minute therapy sessions. Use one session to watch the videos and take notes and the next to write the summary and edit the writing.

Monday, April 18, 2016

ClinicalFellowship.org "Show Your School Spirit" Selfie Contest!

Happy Monday! Last month I helped kick off a brand new website that includes everything you need to know during your clinical fellowship experience. I mean everything from choosing a CF mentor, to completing necessary paperwork, and what to include in your resume. I wish this website would have been around while I was completing my CF.
If you haven't already checked out clinical fellowship.org what are you waiting for?! There are only about 10 days left until the FREE membership expires. Tell every SLP grad student and clinical fellow that you know! Clinicalfellowship.org has already reached over 70 universities!
In an effort to help spread the news, I am hosting a "Show Your School Spirit" selfie contest. Here is what you need to do…
1. Take a selfie that includes you and your grad school logo. The school logo can be on a shirt, a cup, your computer… anything goes. Get creative with this!
2. Upload the picture to Instagram using the #CFschoolspiritselfie and make sure you tag me @simply_speech
3. Check back on Friday April 22 to see if you are one of the winners!
What can you win? I am so glad you asked! I will be giving away 10 Clinical Fellowship T-shirts! These shirts are so soft and comfy… trust me you want one! So go snap some selflies and share to IG! I can't wait to see them. Contest ends Friday April 22!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

March SLP Madness Round 3!

Laminators, ipads, and clipboards.. oh my! What are your SLP must haves? We all have those go-to, can't function without items that make our jobs and life easier. I have teamed up with some of my favorite bloggers to host a super fun March Madness bracket that is all about those items. Check it out!
Each round, you can enter to win a product from an SLP Blogger as well as a $50 Gift Card!  Plus, each round’s entry goes toward the Grand Prize drawing for one of three gift cards valued at up to $200 sponsored by YappGuru.  PLUS, if you refer a friend to participate, and they cite your e-mail in their entry, you will get an extra entry to both that round’s drawing as well as the grand prize drawing!  You can earn up to 25 extra referral entries per round – 150 total!  Voting closes at 11:59PM EST on the final day of each round’s games (in the “real” tournament) noted on the graphic above.
Here is the full bracket if you’d like to download/print! If you’re ready for some fun and hilarity, follow this link to vote!
This 3rd round is sponsored by me (Kristin) and voting ends at 11:59 PM EST on 3/25/16!  If your entry is drawn, you will win your choice of product from my TpT Store as well as $50 Gift Card to Teachers Pay Teachers for all those items you’ve been wish listing!
Other March SLP Madness Sponsors include: YappGuruSublime SpeechLive Love SpeechSpeech Room NewsBusy Bee SpeechCrazy Speech World, & Allison's Speech Peeps!!  The next round is hosted by Busy Bee Speech beginning March 26th so head on over!
Thanks so much for reading and participating! Good luck!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Good Speech & Yummy Treats!

Have you ever done any cooking activities with your students? There are so many opportunities for great speech and language while creating something yummy in the kitchen. To celebrate the start of spring, we whipped up some popsicles!
These popsicles are healthy and are created with only a few ingredients: strawberries, yogurt, and honey. This is a great way to work on vocabulary, following directions, requesting, and social skills.. especially if you are cooking with a group. This would also be a fantastic activity to use with students who are receiving feeding therapy. Any time you can make food fun, you are making progress!
 Check out the video below for directions on how to make these strawberry yogurt popsicles!

Monday, March 21, 2016

5,000 Facebook Followers Giveaway!

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend. We spent the weekend visiting friends that were in town and celebrating my nephew's first birthday. Lots of friends, family, and love! Speaking of love… Simply Speech has been getting a lot of love lately with 5,000 Facebook followers! To celebrate this exciting milestone and to show my appreciation for all of you, I am hosting a giveaway.
If you don't already follow Simply Speech on Instagram, go head over there now. I am giving away 5 $10 Teachers Pay Teachers gift certificates. To enter, follow simply speech on Instagram and tag 3 friends in the giveaway post. Winners will be announced on Wednesday. Good luck!!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

St. Patrick's Day Craftivity

I've probably said it 1,000 times, but I love craftivities! I love using them in therapy because the kids are able to get creative and have some hands on learning. My latest craftivity was created just in time for St. Patrick's Day!
I've made this activity available for free in my Teacher's Pay Teacher's store. Click on any of the pictures to go directly to it. The download includes one black and white printable worksheet with a leprechaun and 10 clovers. It is purposely left open ended so you can use it to target almost any goal you are working on.
 Last week I used it to target articulation. I printed and cut out target words from the Mommy Speech Therapy website and had my students practice their target words or make up a sentence for the words before they glued them onto the clovers.
 This was a simple, low prep activity that was a lot of fun. These worksheets were also sent home for homework since the target words were already there and ready for practice!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Expanding Utterances with Smash Mats!

Smash mats have been so motivating for my students. I use them to target all kinds of speech and language goals. The kids get excited and I get to elicit lots of practice… it's a win, win! I recently have been working with a little girl on expanding her utterance length and was having trouble motivating her. So seeing how excited she got about using smash mats to target other goals, I created these for her!
Here is how we use them… I printed and laminated the sentence strips. I have strips for 2, 3, 4, and 5 word utterances. Depending on what we are working on,  I will write a target phrase in the empty circles that I want her to imitate. As she says each word, she is able to smash the ball of playdoh that is under the word. 

 A few weeks ago, we were reading There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose to get ready for Valentine's Day. As we read the story, we would periodically pause the story and create a phrase about what was happening ("she swallowed some glitter!") We got lots of phrase practice in this way.
These strips are also ideal to send home with the kids for practice with their families. If they don't happen to have playdoh, they can put a sticker on the smash mat or eat a small treat after they say each word… whatever motivates them! 

You can download these mats for free in my TpT store, here!