Saturday, October 11, 2014

Our Week With the Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves {Giveaway!}

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Pumpkin candles are burning. There is a cool breeze in the air. The pumpkin patches are open... fall is here! Fall is also in full swing in my speech sessions. Thematic therapy plans are always more fun and engaging for students. That old lady always make therapy more fun, too. This week we read and had some fun with the story, 
I love this book because it is festive but not about Halloween. Many schools don't allow Halloween stories and activities. Since I am now a private therapist, I have to be mindful of the family I am visiting, their culture, and their beliefs. In those cases, this is a fun, fall book that is safe to use in school and at home. After we read the story, we completed activities out of my speech & language story companion. 
We covered the dots as we practiced target articulation words. I use the chips and magnetic wand (we call it a magic wand) from Super Duper's Chipper Chat. You could also use small erasers or even candy!
We practiced good listing skills as we followed directions using story vocabulary.
We went on a story scavenger hunt as we searched for words containing our target sounds in the story. These pages were then kept at home for practice. 
We completed a color, cut, and glue story sequencing activity to practice our retelling skills. This is also a great way to tie in vocabulary and articulation goals. 
This packet includes more activities then I was able to take pictures of this week. The kids and I had such a blast that I want to share all of these fun activities with you! You can download a copy of my story companion here or try to win a copy below! The winner will be announced Wednesday, October 15!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Articulation Game Show {Giveaway!}

Holy moly, it feels like forever since I have been able to get a blog post up. Between bachelorette parties, weddings, reunions, and birthdays, I have not been home on a weekend in over a month! But- I have been able to get a new activity up in my store and I want to share it with you!
It's no secret- articulation sessions can often get boring. I am constantly looking for new games or activities to tie articulation practice into. My students are very competitive and love a fun activity to do while we practice targets and work on our goals. So I came up with a fun articulation game based off a hit TV game show! The original activity that I posted over a year ago, has been one of my best sellers, so I decided to make a second edition!
This particular edition of the game targets Sh, Ch, Th, S, and R phonemes. I also have one that targets K,G,F,L that you can check out here. Each sound has a game board and questions. The student chooses a category and point value.  You then read them the question or direction for that corresponding box. The answer to each box contains a target sound. Speech practice and fun… check!
There are many different ways that you can play this game both in an individual session or in groups (although, I created this game with groups in mind.) Many therapists have told me that they enjoy sending this home as a family homework activity for carryover practice. Since using this with my after-school, private therapy kids, I have incorporated after school snacks! Jenn from Crazy Speech World shared a picture of her students with  their own copies of the game board, shading in boxes and adding up their own points! Way to go tying math into speech (although I chose speech so I didn't have to do any math! ;) You can download a copy of Articulation Game Show: Take 2 in my TpT store here, or try to win a copy below!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fabulous Books for Fall Therapy!

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Pictures of Pumpkin Spice Lattes have already filled my social media feed so that can only mean one thing… fall is quickly approaching! Even though it feels like summer almost year round here in Florida, I like to pretend that we have seasons here and correlate them with my therapy sessions. What is a better way to bring fall into therapy than with some fall books?! I rounded up some of my favorite SLPs and had them list their favorite fall themed books!! Check it out….
One of my recommendations for your little ones is Let It Fall
Shannon from Speechy Musings recommends
Kristin Minden recommends Leaf Man
Jenna from Speech Room News recommends Apples and Pumpkins
Courtney Gragg recommends Frederick
Jessica from Consonantly Speaking recommends Autumn's First Leaf
Carrie from Carrie's Speech Corner recommends

Lauren LaCour from Busy Bee Speech recommends Biscuit Visits the Pumpkin Patch
Whitney from Let's Talk recommends 
I hope these books will have you "FALL"ing in love with your speech sessions this season! Did one of your favorites not make the list? Please share your favorite fall books in the comment section!
Happy Fall Ya'll!!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Brag Tags! {Giveaway}

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Behavior management. It's something that is very important yet something that can be so exhausting. You want to find something simple but engaging. Something that won't break your budget but that the kids will get excited about. I have tried many methods that have been effective. You may remember my old posts about the clip chart, Class DoJo, and my fishbowl. But they all seem to have something in common- the treasure box! In an effort to do away with the treasure box, I have created Brag Tags! Now I did not come up with this idea (who ever did is a genius!) but I have simply adapted the idea to fit into my little speech and language world. Never heard of brag tags? Oh my goodness, you must check them out!
How do they work? Each child gets a lanyard I found some for super cheap on amazon. The lanyard will be where your students add their brag tags (they will end up looking like super cool VIP passes!) When your student(s) meet a goal, demonstrate good behavior, meet an expectation, or just does something that makes you proud, you give them a brag tag to add to their lanyard. 
You can have the brag tags up for display in your speech room and/or choose a special time during the week when they get to wear their brag tags. Maybe during Fun Friday or lunch time. The kids feel proud displaying their accomplishments and you don't have to dish out money on items for the treasure box!
I created some a put them up in my TpT store if anyone else wanted to join in the brag tag fun! Here are the tags I have created so far and that are included in the packet. 
1. I am a super reader
2. I can say my /k/ sound
3. I can say my /g/ sound
4. I can say my /f/ sound
5. I can say my /v/ sound
6. I can say my /l/ sound
7. I can say my /r/ sound
8. I can say my /s/ sound
9. I can say my /z/ sound
10. I can say my "SH" sound
11. I can say my "TH" sound
12. I can say my "CH" sound
13. I am a super listener
14. I can follow directions
15. I met my goal today
16. I am 100 days smarter
17. I can be a good friend
18. 3 pages of blank cards for your students' own special achievements!! 
If you think of any other specific brag tags you would like to see added, please send me a message or comment on this post and I would be more than happy to add them in!
You can download a copy of my Speech & Language Brag Tags by clicking on the picture below. You can also enter for a chance to win a copy of my brag tags at the bottom of this post!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

In My APPinion: Articulation Test Center!

APPy Wednesday! I hope you all are having a great day! I am so sad that the birthday celebration is over. I hope you all enjoyed the giveaways.... especially those of you that won!! One of the apps I had up for grabs was Articulation Test Center by Little Bee Speech. If you were not my winner, I still have good news for you! This app and Articulation Station Pro is 30% off right  now because LBS is throwing a Back-2-School sale!! You can get these apps for only $35 right now! Woo hoo! This is an amazing app. As I was reviewing this app, one word continuously went through my head. Thorough! Check out some more info about the app below!
Little Bee Speech did provide me with a copy of this app, however, all opinions expressed are mine. 
When you open up the app, you are brought to the main page where you can choose to access the screener or the full test. 
If you click on screener, you are then prompted to choose the age of the child you are assessing. The child's age will determine the sound targets and how many stimulus cards will be presented . 
If you go into the full test, you are able to choose exactly what you want to assess. The entire test includes: initial sounds, medial sounds, final sounds, initial blends, vowels, /r/ sounds, and a speech sample. 
After you choose what you are going to assess, you are prompted to create a profile for the child being tested. 
When the test begins, the child is prompted with a picture and sound tiles at the top. If you do not want the child to see a picture, you can change that in the settings. There is also an option to record the child's response. 
The letter tiles at the top identify what sounds are being targeted in each word. If a child produces a sound wrong, tap on it once. The letter tile will become red meaning the sound was in error. If you tap it twice, the tile becomes yellow, meaning the sound was approximated. If you swipe the tile up, it the sound disappears meaning it was omitted. Now I said before that this app is incredibly thorough. Check this out... if you tap the downward arrow on the right side of the word, a box will drop down. This will allow you to specify what sound was substituted and/or what phonological process was exhibited. I. LOVE. THIS! 
At the end, the adorable little bee pops up to show your student he/she has completed the test! (My students know that they are not finished until they see the bee when we are using Articulation Station!)

Another amazing feature of this app is that it gives you the option to record a speech sample. I know we have all experienced the chatter bugs that just can't tell us enough about their favorite episode of The Fresh Beat Band. Those are dreams come true for speech samples. But I know that we have also experienced those kiddos that wont give us much more than a yes/no or shrug of the shoulders when we are trying our hardest to elicit language. This app has a great aid for getting speech samples! 

Before the speech sample portion of the test begins, you are prompted to choose a scene: Mountain Adventure, Beach Day, or Fun at the Park! These colorful, action packed pictures give you and the child you are testing something to talk about. Even more, if you click on part of the picture, you are prompted with questions to ask the child. I LOVE THIS!
When you are finished, you are able to rate the child's intelligibility. Last but not least, you are given a student score sheet once the test or screener is completed. The score sheet is divided into categories: words tested, errors marked, speech sample, report (yes it writes up a report!), and recommendations based on testing information. Have I said the word thorough yet? 
Seriously, this is an amazing app. The only recommendation I have for app is to make it standardized. Now I am sure that is not an easy thing to do, but in my school district here in Florida (as well as the insurance companies we bill) standard scores have to be reported to qualify students for services. I would love to use this app to qualify students for services. Other than that, I really cannot complain about this app. In fact, I can only rave about this app and all it has to offer. I love the fact that it is an easy to carry app, not a bulky bag of testing materials. You can learn so much information about a child's speech from this testing center.
To watch a video tutorial, learn more, or download a copy of this app click here!
Don't forget that this app and Articulation Station is on sale August 12-14!