Friday, October 24, 2014

Week in Review 10/25/2014

I came up with this linky so that SLP Bloggers could go to 1 place to get ideas for therapy. Write a post about either what you did this week, or what you have planned for next week. All I ask is that you share a link back to my blog in your post.

This was the first full week since Fall Break, and I am BEAT! (How many days until Christmas Break???) I had a bit of a break-through with my walk-in who is working on verbs: When I pointed to an animal on my bulletin board and asked her what he was doing, she said, "jumping"! It's little things like that that make my heart sing...even after 30 years.

5 Minute Day:
The kids made a skeleton while working independently on their sound, or their exercises.
On Monday/Tuesday, the students who I see individually used the skeleton activity as a game to see who could finish their skeleton first.
On Wednesday/Thursday, I read There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat! (Lucille Colandro). My older students tallied the words that are in the book that have their sound, and I drew attention to the younger students' target sounds while reading. After that, we played the open-end game included in Jenna Rayburn's book companion. (Wow. I guess I didn't take a picture of it!)

Lower Language:
I hadn't seen one of my students in a couple of weeks due to absences and not having school, so we had some catching up to do! We read It Must Be Fall (Freebie by Time-Saving Teaching Solutions) to work on fall vocabulary. 

Fall Language Fun (Miss Speechie) was used for answering "where" questions using basic concepts.
AND, we used Cut, Sort, & Glue! Activities for the EntireYear (Miss Speechie) for categorizing and making complete sentences.
I made a mini-book using Custom Boards to accompany the book Fresh Fall Leaves that we read from last week.

To work on the concepts in, on , and under, I used my cute little boxes & erasers that I bought from the Dollar Tree last year:
 For Vocabulary and making complete sentences, this freebie from KristinM12 came in very handy:
After reading the Old Lady book, the kids worked together to sequence the book (part of Jenna's packet), and then retell it:

Other things:
Just to mix things up a bit, I put a couple of dice in my haunted house box (Dollar Tree!) and had the kids shake up the box. Then, they looked in the box to see how many spaces they got to move on "the big board" (the reward system-Speech Slides and Language Ladders).
Using Sublime Speech's Spooky Speech (FREEBIE!), I chose words according to each student's target and wrote them on an October Worksheet from  Busy Bee Speech's Autumn Worksheet & Homework Bundle.
For my older students who are working on idioms, I used Speech Room News' Halloween Idioms. I just picked out the idioms that the students may encounter and used those.
Now it's your turn:  What did you do this week, or what do you have planned for next week?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat

I'm joining up with other SLPs at Speech is Sweet for her weekly linky.  It's super easy to link up: just write a blog post about the book that you're using this week, along with how you're using it in therapy. Then, link up!
This week, I'm using There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat! (Lucille Colandro).
With my language students, we're working on story retell, sequencing, and answering questions. My artic kids are tallying every time they hear their sound, then we see how close to the real number they are.
Check out what other SLPs are reading this week!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Week in Review: 10/17/14

Don't you just love short weeks? We had a Professional Development Day on Monday, and "Parent Conferences" today. The catch is that if you have logged at least 6 hours of parent contact, you get the day off! Here's what I did this week:

5 Minute Day:
I only had a 5 Minute Day on Tuesday, since I only saw my MWF kids on Wednesday. I used the Autumn Write and Say the Word from All Y'all Need; the same one I used the week before Fall Break.

For my kids that didn't do a "5-Minute Day", I used a couple of games from "Troll in a Bowl". I've said this before: I really wish that this company was still in existence, because these games are awesome. They are non-competitive, so the whole group wins or loses. 
 The goal of this game is to find all of the treat bags before the "Meanies" block all of the exits.
In this game, the kids are trying to get "Little Freddie Frightening Hood" to Grandpa's house before Grandpa turns into a werewolf. 
On Wednesday & Thursday, I used Trick or Treat from  The Buckeye Speech Path:
Younger Language:
I chose Fresh Fall Leaves by Betsy Franco because of the verbs. The book is short, sweet, and to the point. We continued with  Falling Leaves Prepositions (freebie from Dabbling Speechie) using 'in', 'on', and 'under' because my student is still having a pretty difficult time following directions using those concepts, as well as expressing them.
 I used more yes/no questions from Fall Early Language File F older Activities (Miss Speechie).
 Then, that activity was expanded by making complete sentences:
 To reinforce "on" and "under", I found this freebie from Lupita Valdez. It's a very short reader (only 4 pages). I had to modify some of the words to fit those concepts: The book used the words "on top of" and "on the bottom of".  Answering "where" questions was also targeted.

Older Language:
We were all about Halloween Idioms this week! I started off the week using a freebie from Jenna Rayburn:
I have to be honest: there were several that I had never heard of, and even after consulting the internet, I still didn't know what they were. I'm not sure if those are regional sayings. 
Later in the week, I used another freebie from LindsaySLP
These worked much better. I saved it on my iPad and it worked perfectly. 

What did you do this week, or what do you have planned for next week? Link up below. All I ask is that you mention that you're linking up in your post!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wild About Books Wednesday! Fresh Fall Leaves

Time to join Speech is Sweet for another installment of "Wild about Books Wednesday!" I love this's a wonderful way to get some new ideas!
It's a short week in my school system this week (as in a 3-day week!), so I decided to take it really easy on myself!
I'm using Fresh Fall Leaves (Betsy Franco) with my walk-in language student this week. It's a short book, but it's filled with verbs...which is what this student needs!
I plan on making another book through Custom Boards (Smarty Ears), kind of like this one:
Since I'll use this book with this student again next week, I hope to gather up some leaves and take them in so my student can experience the actions in the book (once the leaves dry from all of the rain we've been getting!).
If you use this book, any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

How TpT Improved My Language Therapy

I have to admit this with a very red face: I've gone many years with using the same activity with all of my students, regardless of their objectives or age. It was just easier to do therapy using a game, and centering therapy around that activity. Now that TpT is in the picture, my language therapy has been taken to another level.
The Book Companion Packets help me bring books into my therapy session. All of the different activities that go along with the book bring excitement and allow me to tailor the activities to each individual's goals. The only downside with the packets is that I usually end up buying at least 2 packets per book to hit the goals I want to target with my students. And, since almost all of the packets have some activities that are the same, part of the packets don't get printed. Some of my favorite sellers of Book Companion Packets: (Click on the picture to be taken to their TpT Store)
Jenn AlcornSimply Speech Mindy Stenger Jennifer Hanson
Jenn Alcorn                    Simply Speech               Mindy Stenger         Jennifer Hanson

Normally, I don't even look at TpT products that are over $5, unless it's something specific that I'm looking for. Even then, that product will go on my wish list until there's a sale and/or I have enough credits to bring down the price. If a product is large, I normally won't print off the entire product: I decide what I need right away and only print what I need.
There are a lot of quality free products available. You would be amazed at what you can find for free through TpT, and not just Speech-specific products. I would estimate that 75% of my materials were free. Well, not exactly "free" when you figure in the ink, cardstock, and laminating sheets, but you get the idea.
Sorry; I got off on a tangent, there! Back to the topic!
I am able to individualize therapy for my students by searching for their targets on TpT. It takes more planning, but it's definitely worth it. My students are making more progress, and I feel like I'm really making a difference with increasing their language skills.