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Winter Themed TPT Products ROUND-UP

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You all loved my list of TPT resources for fall, so I had to hook you all up for winter.  It really helps me when I see lots of resources in one spot, categorized by the area.  That way I can see what I need for my caseload.  I asked all my blogger friends to give me links to their winter themed products, so here they are!  Happy lesson planning to you all!!

Open Ended Games

Open Ended Winter Games Grades 1st-5th

Hot Cocoa Speech Therapy Open Ended Game FREEBIE

Build A Snowman Open Ended Games
Winter Wonderland Open Ended Game Boards and Activities for Speech and Language
Open Ended Game Snowball Fight
Build a Snowman: An Open Ended Game for any skill
Speech Therapy Winter Open Ended Reinforcement and Game Boards
Snow Day Penguins Reinforcement Game FREEBIE
Skiing Through Speech FREEBIE
Penguin Dash Game FREEBIE

Winter Game Boards FREEBIE
Winter Sports Dot Pages FREEBIE

Knock Em’ Down Penguins FREEBIE
Don’t melt the snowman game FREEBIE (winter version of hangman)

Hot chocolate and Marshmallows Speech Freebie
Penguins at Play- An Open Ended Game FREEBIE

Winter QR Code: Open Ended Game

Articulation

Bundle Speech Club Winter L,R,S,Z,SH,Th
Mini Speech Club Winter for Pre-readers
Penguin Phonology Grades Prek-2nd
What Does the Fox Say Holiday Articulation Game for SH, CH, DJ

Do Not Break the Ice Blocks Articulation
Arctic Articulation Adventures for Speech Thearpy r,s,l

Build A Snowman Articulation Game s,z,l,r,s-blends & l-blends
Snow Day Quick Drill for Articulation or Fluency Therapy RTI
What Does the Fox Say Holiday Articulation Pack
Santa’s Elve’s Articulation R & S

r-blends for Penguin Friends FREEBIE
Winter Articulation TH FREEBIE
Winter Articulation r,s,l
Speech Therapy: Tricky Penguins Memory Game Grades 2nd-5th
Falling Flakes Apraxia Snowflakes
Multisyllabic Reindeer
Winter Roll Say Color Articulation Fun

Holly Jolly Articulation TH, SH, CH Edition

Christmas BINGO Artic & fluency combo Grades Prek-8th

Polar Bear Plunge for Articulation R, S, Z, L, TH, SH, J, K, G Grades 1st-6th

Speech Therapy: Wonderful Winter Verbal Apraxia Unit VC, CV, and CVCV words
Speechy Therapy Winter Themed Postvocalic R Articulation Packet OR, ER, EAR, AR

Color by Speech Word for L-blends FREEBIE

Snowy Speech: Winter Themed Articulation Activities & worksheets

Language

Penguin Preschool Language Grades Prek-2nd

Build A Snowman Language Game Grades K-3rd

Bundle Snow Much Fun with Language Grades Prek-5th

Winter Matching Game Grades Prek-3rd

Language Sequencing Train- Winter Themed Grades 1st-4th
Winter Stamp a Story FREEBIE
Winter Wh-Questions Grades K-5th
Main Idea Cookies Grades 5th-9th
Following Complex Directions Winter Themed FREEBIE Grades 2nd-10th
Wh-Questions Winter Clothing Color Match Game Grades Prek-1st
Holly Jolly Story Telling Pack Grades K-8th
Wintertime Wellness: Language Building Problem Solving & Reading Comprehension Grades 5th-12th
Holiday Sequencing Organization Tasks for Good Executive Functioning Grades 5th-12th
Nonfiction Texts with English Language Arts (Winter Edition) Grades K-8th
Check it Twice: A Speech & Language Game Grades K-5th
Where is the Gift Prepositions Grades Prek-2nd
Winter Listening Fun Grades Prek-6th

Winter Language Activity Packet Common Core Aligned Grades 1st-3rd
Winter Receptive Language Speech Therapy Pack Grades K-7th
Winter Expressive Language Speech & Language Pack Grades 1st-7th
Winter Sports Language Style Grades K-6th

Winter Olympics Simon Says- Following Directions
DIY Snow dough for pretend play and language development Grades prek-1st
Ugly Christmas Sweater Categories FREEBIE Grades K-5th
Winter Print and Go FREEBIE Grades 4th-5th Language arts passage
Winter Inferencing FREEBIE Grades 1st-3rd
Winter Reading Skills & Comprehension Activities FREEBIE Grades 1st-2nd

Winter Season Grammar & Vocabulary Pack Grades Prek-2nd
Winter Word Associations Grades K-5
Winter Land: English/Language Arts Grades K-5
Multiple Meaning Snowflakes Grades 1st-4th

FREEBIE Pre-Kindergarten Winter Concepts Grades Prek-1st
Winter Non-fiction Leveled Reading Passages and Questions Grades 4th-12th
Very Opinionated Penguins: A Fact and Opinion Activity FREEBIE Grades 1st-6th

Christmas Categories FREEBIE

No Print Snowman Language: Receptive & Expressive Grades 1-4th

Merry Multiple Meaning Words FREEBIE Grades 2nd-5th

Let’s Build A Snowman Story and Conversation Starters Grades K-3rd FREEBIE

Christmas Spatial Concepts: An Interactive Activity FREEBIE Grades Prek-2nd

Winter Write and Say the Room Grades K-5th

Winter Speech Vocabulary Games: Christmas, Winter & Valentine’s Grades Prek-4th

Where is Rudolph? Christmas Story, Prepositions, Categories, Concepts & Verbs Grades Prek-1st

Grammar

Ginerbread Grammar Activities for Speech Therapy Grades K-5th

Winter Grammar Worksheets Parts of Speech Grades 1st-5thWhere is Rudolph? Christmas Story, Verbs, Prepositions, Categories & Concepts Grades Prek-1st
Penguin Prepositions Pronouns Grades Prek-2nd
Deck the Halls with Lots of Grammar Pack Grades K-4th

Christmas Themed Understanding Negation for Speech Therapy FREEBIE
Christmas Verbs and Completing the Sentence FREEBIE
Snowball Verb Tense Sort Grades K-5th
Winter Themed Pronouns Targeting: Her, Hers, Him His, They, Them, Their, Theirs Grades K-4th

Speech Therapy Pronouns Verbs and Prepositions for Winter Grades Prek-1st

Social Skills

Ho Ho Ho Social Pragmatics Pack Grades 2nd-8th

Winter Wonderland Social Pragmatics Pack Grades 2nd-8th
Roll A Topic Winter Theme FREEBIE
Guess the Gift Inferencing Speech Therapy Activity with QR codes Grades K-5th
Complex Emotion Crackers Grades 5th-12th
Polar Bear Problem Solving Grades K-4th
Winter Figurative Language Grades 3-8

Winter Figurative Language Cards Game Grades 4th-9th

Behavior Management

Chill Out Anger Management Visuals FREEBIE

Voice

Healthy Voice Habits with Randy Reindeer FREEBIE

Book Companion Packs

Bear Stays Up For Christmas Speech and Language Activities Grades Prek-3rd
Snowmen Language Activities for Speech Therapy Grades 1st-6th
Three Snow Bears Jan Brett Speech & Language Packet Grades 1st-5th

The Jacket I Wear In The Snow Book Companion Grades Prek-2nd

Where is Home Little Pip A Book Companion Grades Prek-3rd
The Mitten Speech & Language Activities Grades 1st-5th
The Poloar Express Speech and Language Book Companion Grades prek-3rd
The Mitten Book Companion for Preschool Speech and Language Pack Grades Prek-1st

The Mitten: Speech & Language Extension Activities Grades Prek-1st

Mooseltoe: A Book Companion for Language Grades Prek-2nd

What do snowmen do at night? Snowmen at Night Mini Book Companion FREEBIE Grades PreK-3rd

Snowmen All Year Book Companion Grades Prek-5th

Snowmen at Night: Speech Therapy Book Companion Grades Prek-3rd

BUNDLED Speech & Language Products for many target areas

Bundled Holiday Products Grades Prek-6th
Winter Worksheets HW Packet for Speech Therapy

Winter Themed Speech and Language Packet Grades Prek-5th
Winter Themed Print N’ Go Speech and Language Activities Grades Prek-4th<

Deck the Halls with Lots of Speech & Language Mega Bundle
Christmas Language Activity Bundle

Having A Ball-Holiday Themed Vocabulary, Language & Articulation Game Grades Prek-4th

Christmas Bundle: Expressive, Receptive, Language, Grammar & Articulation Grades Prek-12th

Craftivities

Gingerbread Craftivity Grades Prek-3rd

Christmas Santa Advent Calendar and Craftivity FREEBIE
Here Comes Santa Claus Craftivity FREEBIE
Jesus Nativity Sticky Puppets FREEBIE

Shades of Meaning Holiday Light craftivity FREEBIE

Snow Globe Language & CRAFTIVITY Grades K-4th
FREEBIE Pile on the winter fun snowman craft with writing activities Grades 1st-3rd

Winter Craftivity Worksheets especially for SLP’s,

Reindeer Craftivity FREEBIEPlayful Penguins Language Processing Packet Grades Prek-6th

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ASHA 2014 here I come!

ASHA 2014 Here I come!

I have been planning my ASHA trip since August and now my convention trip is finally here. You have no idea how excited I am to be flying to Orlando to learn, connect with other SLP’s, and MEET all my blogging buddies.

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We will be at booth #1359. Come by and see us all. I am excited to meet some of my followers and swap some fabulous SLP stories.

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My bags are packed with comfy, stylish outfits to sport all week!

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Fancy flyers are made to give to all of my visitors!  I decided to open my own STORE on my blog page, so you can shop some of my popular products right on my website. Stop by the booth to get your SECRET CODE to receive 30% off products if you purchase off my website. Only people attending ASHA with my flyer will have access to this deal.

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I have happy/sad feelings about leaving my family. On the one hand, I am super jazzed that I get to have some time away to sleep in, socialize with friends, and enjoy some time by the pool without being on mommy duty. As much as my kids can drive me nuts at times, I know I am going to miss them terribly. Prayers for my hubby as he holds down the fort with my two rug rats would be awesome! My main squeeze has been very supportive of this trip, so I am ready to have some fun!! Being a part of the SLP community continually reminds how fun, bright, compassionate and creative speech therapists are to hang around. So as much as this trip is “business”, I know networking with all of you is going to be a memorable experience.

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COME SEE ME!! Did I say this loudly enough?  We are having lots of fun and GIVEAWAYS at our booth.  Take pics of your ASHA adventure and post with #SLPbloggers.  Hope you all learn a ton and have some fun while at ASHA!! (108)

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Social Skills Bulletin

social skill bulletinI am a very purposeful person when it comes to have “decorations” in my speech room.  I want my room to have some flavor, but I also what it to be functional for the needs of my students.  Now, that I am at the middle school level and I have MANY students on my caseload working on social skills.  We use the Social Thinking curriculum a lot as well as all the fun stuff I find on TPT, pinterest, blogs or things I have created myself.

I made this bulletin board to help be a visual reminders for my students about communication and “making impressions”.  I also wanted something that other professionals could see when they walked in the room.  This is a great way to share about all the skills we speech therapists cover in the speech room.

social skill bulletinI found these cute bulletin borders at the $1 store and thought they would be perfect for adding some color to my room.  In this bulletin board pack, I created color options for green, blue, pink, orange and gray.  I went with green and blue!  It includes making impressions (social thinking vocabulary), a title “The Key to Great Communication” with the four steps of communication as well as a visual poster to identify “what’s my impression?”

I think it turned out great!  I printed everything on cardstock and laminated for durability.

Grab my Social Skill Bulletin Board in my TPT store!

 

 

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Fall themed TPT products ROUND-UP

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I don’t know if you are anything like me, but I love finding TONS of resources in one spot and with a similar theme, so I can plan accordingly for my caseload.  I have prek-8th grade students as well as many different targeted areas to cover, so it helps when links for products and FREEBIES are in one place.

I decided to gather up links to LOTS of fun fall themed products and wanted to spread the love to all of you because it makes shopping planning for therapy so much easier!  Here we go!!

Open Ended Reinforcer Activities

Build A Scarecrow FREEBIE Game
SQUIRREL Thematic Open Ended Games for Speech Therapy Centers
High Tech Turkeys: An Open Ended QR Code Game for Speech Therapy
Fantastic Football FREE Open Ended Worksheets for Reinforcementc
Fall Themed Open Ended Board Games (all ages)
Turkey Tidbits Reinforcer Game
Super Turkey Open Ended FREEBIE

Speech Therapy Fall Reinforcement Pages Grades Prek-5th

Articulation Activities

Oh Nuts! s-blend FREEBIE activity
Color Me Autumn r-blends
NO PRINT Interactive Holiday Articulation
Falling Leaves Apraxia Activities for Prek-1st grade
I’m Thankful for SH, CH, TH, J, S, Z, R and L
I’m Thankful For TH FREEBIE
Fall Speech Club Bundle for l, r, s, sh, th
Super Speech Turkey k,g,f
Interactive Fall Fun s-blends, too! Grades Prek-2nd

Turkey Time Quick Drill for Articulation or Fluency Therapy
Speech Therapy FREE Fall Word Searches for Articulation

Language Activities

Thanksgiving Paragraph Comprehension for 4th-8th grades
Thanksgiving and Harvest Vocabulary BINGO FREEBIE
I’m A Nut- A Squirrel Gathering LANGUAGE Companion Game
Barrier Language Games for Fall Seasons
Thanksgiving Same and Different Comparing & Contrasting Then and Now
Count Your Blessing: Thanksgiving Themed Figurative Language Activities for 4th-8th grade
NO PRINT Interactive Language Packet with Holiday Themed Animals for 5th-9th grades
Fall Differentiated Question Scenes
Nonfiction Texts with English Language Arts-Fall Edition for K-5th grades
Fall Differentiated Figurative Language FREEBIE for 2nd-8th grades
Interactive Vocabulary Books- Thanksgiving Prek-1st grade
Fall Graphic Organizers for SLP’s Grades 2nd-12th
Interactive Thanksgiving Fun: Then and Now Grades Prek-1st
Fall Into Language Fun Pack CC Aligned Grades K-3rd
Lots of Language Fall Edition FREEBIE Grades Prek-4th
Falling Leaves Prepositions FREEBIE Grades Prek-2nd
Main Ideas and Supporting Details: A Feast of Turkey Topics for Thanksgiving FREEBIE Grades 4th-9th
A Cornucoia of Tier 2 Vocabulary Grades 5th-9th
Thanksgiving Attributes Game: Compare/Contrast with Cariboo Option Grades prek-2nd
Pumpkin Patch Match: Fall Vocabulary Match Up FREEBIE Grades K-5th
Thanksgiving Language Activity for Speech and Language Grades K-5th
Bundle Fall Into Language Grades Prek-6th
Mini Speech Club: Fall Edition Grades Prek-1st
Thanksgiving Comprehension Book Bundle Grades Prek-2nd
A Cornucopia of Language Grades K-3rd
Thankful For Glyphs: Thanksgiving Themed Language Glyphs Grades K-3rd
Thankful for Thanksgiving Semantics Pack Grades 2nd-9th
Fall Vocabulary Lotto I Spy Games for Grades K and 1st
FREEBIE Hoot Owl Homonyms Multiple Meaning Words Grades 1st-4th
Tureky Categories FREEBIE Grades Prek-1st
Thanksgiving Following Directions Grades Prek-1st
Scarecrows Next to Sunflowers Grades Prek-1st

Thanksgiving Responding to Nonfiction Text Grades 3-8th

Grammar Activities

Apple Pickin’ Parts of Speech K-3rd grade
Fall Grammar & Vocabulary Pack Prek-2nd grade
Thanskgiving Turkey Prepositions for Speech Therapy
Fall Irregular Verbs and Plurals Activity Grades 2nd-5th
Thanksgiving Sentence Completion Book Grades Prek-1st
Fall Sentence Completion Book Grades Prek-1st
Speech Therapy Pronouns and Prepositions for Thanksgiving Grades Prek-1st
Speech Therapy Pronouns & Prepositions for Fall/Autumn Grades Prek-1st

Book Companions Packs

Turkey Trouble Speech & Language Companion from Speech Language Pirates
Autumn Apples Speech and Language Pack and Mini Book Companions from Queen’s Speech
Twas’ The Nigh Before Thanksgiving Book Companion
Turkey Trouble Book Companion Packet from Whitney SLP
A Plump and Perky Turkey Book Companion Grades K-6th

Social Skills Packs

Thanksgiving Pramatics Holiday Social Skills for Speech Therapy k-6th grades
FREE Roll A Topic with a Fall Theme Grades Prek-2nd

Bundled activities for speech and language goals

Little Turkey’s Fine Feast Digital ebook Activities for Prek-Elementary
Autumn No Prep Print N’ Go pack for K-4th grades
Fall People Sentences to work on Subjective Pronouns
The History of Thanksgiving Comprehension Packet
Fall Speech and Language Therapy Homework BUNDLE Grades K-7th
Fall Into Speech adn Language Pack Grades 1st-6th
Thanksgiving Five Little Turkeys Flipbook, Phono Awareness, Artic, and Prepositions Grades Prek-1st
Cinquains Speech Therapy Vocabulary, Synonyms, Adjectives and Verbs Grades 1st-4th
Falling Into Fantastic Speech- Speech and Language Activities for Fall/Autumn Grades 1st-6th

Fall Themed Speech and Language packet for grades 1st-6th
Autumn Worksheet Homework Pack BUNDLE Grades 1st-4th
Thanksgiving Fun Pack for Speech & Language Therapy Grades Prek-5th

Craftivities

Turkey Craftivitiy
A Plate Full of Thanksgiving FREEBIE craftivity
Thanksgiving Language Craftivity FREEBIE
Fall Trees for Speech FREEBIE craftivity
Fall Craftivity & Worksheets grades Prek-8th
Apple Trees Sensory Craftivity Grades Prek-5th
Shaving Cream Leaves Craftivity Grades Prek-6th
I am Thankful for Fall FREEBIE Grades Prek-5th
Thanksgiving Craftivity and Worksheets Grades Prek-8th

Falling Leaves Craftivity Freebie
Apple Craft FREEBIE
Scare Craft and Writing Templates Grades Prek-1st

Well there you have it!  I hope this helps inspire you and your students this month. Please post pics on instagram or facebook of your therapy items in use!

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I know some new tricks. I will show them to you!

happy halloween

I hope everyone had an awesome Halloween!  To be truthful, I am not a big Halloween person.  It’s not that I don’t like the holiday, I just don’t really get super into it with decorations and crazy costumes.  Now that I have children, it has become something that I look forward to each year.  This year, my six year old came up with our group costume and even thought to include my brother-in-law!  My brother-in-law has special needs, but he really loves this holiday.  Having him around on Halloween really helps our family enjoy this fun seasonal celebration even more.  Our family costume came from one of my favorite all time children’s authors.

“I know some new tricks,” said the Cat in the Hat.  “A lot of good tricks.  I will show them to you.  Your mother will not mind at all if I do.”

thing 1 and thing 2My little munchkins stole the show last night with the help from my brother-in-law.  He really loved being a part of the costume and my kids were super excited as well.

thing 1 and thing 2 againHere are my “tame” little things.  Just getting them fed and dressed after a long week was a feat in and of itself.  Thank goodness my mom came up to help and enjoy, so I could maintain my sanity.  I am so very happy that Halloween was on a Friday and that the rain let up on Friday, so we could enjoy the night!  Hope you had a great Halloween and here is to a new fall season. (440)

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Using speech tools to faciliate correct articulation placement: A review of ARK Therapeutics speech tools!

Today I am here to review and share how I used some products from ARK Therapeutic!  They provided me with a couple of tools to try out with my students.  I am excited to share what happened with you all.  No other compensation was provided for this review.

y-chews are a great tool for kids who need something to chew on for sensory input. This year I don’t have any students needing to chew on something, so I had these tucked away for when I would need them.

ARK therapyI do have a few students on my caseload that have distorted /r/’s and are not stimuable for a correct production in different words, so I decided to use the y-chew as a tool to help show the students the correct placement for where their tongue should go for the /r/ sound.  The y-chew has a bumpy edging that I thought would be a good tool to help the kids feel where the tongue needs to touch the back molars.  You could also use the y-chew to help elevate the tongue for /r/ or to help keep the tongue down for /k/.  I brushed the inside of the back molars and then brushed the sides of the tongue with the y-chew.  Then, I had the student try to get their tongue in the correct placement for /r/.  It took a few times and magically, I got an /r/!  I was super excited because I was dreading months of oral strengthening exercises and placement cues.  This was a great tool to use with this student.  I am not sure if it would work for all students, but it is worth a try!  This chew tool is also great for working on jaw stabilization for certain speech sounds, practice biting and chewing skills and/or for improving mouth muscle strength.

z-vibeI also go the z-vibe with a helpful book to give strategies on how to use.  I decided to try the z-vibe with another /r/ student.  Those darn /r/’s can just frustrate an SLP!!  The cool thing about the z-vibe is that when you turn it, the device turns on and starts to vibrate.  This is a great tool for giving sensory information about where to place your tongue for the /r/.  Prior to using the z-vibe, I was using tongue depressors, dental floss, placement cues with visuals, and trying to find a context in which the student could say the /r/.  This kid wasn’t successful, but he TRIED his very best!  I was able to show him where his tongue should be placed with the z-vibe and again I was able to get an accurate /r/ after using the tool.  It took a couple of sessions, but we made it!  These tools have been pretty helpful for me when I have a student that is not stimuable for /r/ in any places.  Of course every child and oral mechanisms are different, so this may not always be the best tool for facilitating correct speech sounds, but it is worth having in your tool bag!

Here are some videos of the tools in motion!

Instructional videos of how to use the z-vibe

Another z-vibe video

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The lovely folks over at ARK Therapeutic want to give my followers there own pack of oral motor tools! Enter below to win!!

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AAC Starter Kit: Tools for working on functional communication & GIVEAWAY!

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Grab my AAC Starter Kit over on my TPT store here!

Last year, I worked with mod-severe elementary students on the autism spectrum.  I had a WIDE range of skills going on in my K/1st grade and 2nd/3rd grade classes and needed some support with how to serve them all.  I was making communication boards as I could, but was still struggling to have visuals for everything!  My district sent me to a year long course (6 full day sessions) on AAC assessment and the training introduced me to CORE BOARDS.

AAC previewI made a visual schedule for a parent that was reporting that her son was struggling with transitions.  Above are my CORE boards with fringe vocabulary that I used for bubbles.  I printed a CORE board and glued to a file folder.  Then I laminated it and added velcro, so I could interchange the fringe vocabulary for whatever toy or activity I was using.  I used the CORE boards with my non-verbal kids AND with my kids who were talking, but NOT generalizing their speech in different contexts or were not using different functions such as yes/no questions, greetings, opinions, sharing information, commenting and asking questions.  I personally had great success using low tech communication tools with these students.  Many of them started to greet me by name (melted my heart) and I had a little guy say “speech time” any time I showed up to their class.

AAC visuals for behaviorMy visual necklace was a great resource to have because I always knew that wherever I was on campus, I always had visuals commands that I could use with students.  No joke, the teacher told a student “go wash your hands” and the kid just sat there.  I walked over and said the EXACT SAME THING and showed him the wash hands symbol, the kid got up and washed his hands.  Of course, there are those little ones that heard the teacher just fine and are choosing to say put.  In those cases, a behavioral incentive may be the ticket to getting those hands washed!

AAC social greetingsI had a couple of students who were 5 years old and had minimal verbal speech.  One of the students did a lot of singing and echolalia, but not a lot of functional speech.  As I was soon discovering about my therapy, all we were really working on was requesting.  This of course is not a bad place to start, but as I was taking the AAC class, I forgot about ALL the other functions of communication.  It is very functional and typical for toddlers ages 12-24 months to begin to understand greetings and use gestures/ single words “hi” and “bye” with familiar people.  My 5-6 year olds were not greeting me or responding to my greetings with words or a wave.  They usually came physically over to me or familiar staff to communicate that they saw me.  I tried to create some visuals to help them to work on responding and initiating greetings.

AAC core flip bookI made this for one of my who had multiple disabilities including being deaf.  She had cochlear implants, but would not keep them on consistently.  She could put 2-3 icons together and go to different pages on Proloquo 2 go, but she would often just use the communication app to do her own thing even if we locked her in to the one app.  The teacher also struggled to use the communication app with her because the other students would get mad if they saw her using an IPAD and they didn’t get one.  So, I came up with a low-tech communication board that would allow us to have visuals at all times to communicate with her.  I included a CORE board for frequently used commands the teacher used with the students such as “clean up”, “wash hands”, “great job”.

AAC communication fileI have been storing all of these AAC materials in file folders in a filing cabinet and shoving the little pieces in plastic bags and feeling a bit disorganized with all the visuals.  I went in search of an organization solution on amazon.  I took a chance with this Globe-Weis Poly Zip Files, 15 Letter Size, 5 Check Size, Assorted Colors (84200) (amazon affiliate links included for your convenience) and am SUPER satisfied with this purchase!!

It has 15 letter sized zipper pouches and 5 check sized pouches that fit in the plastic container.  I like having things all in one place and this allows me to store most of my AAC tools in this container.

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The AAC training really emphasized that using visuals with my autism students whether they were verbal or not would help with generalization of communication beyond just requesting.  I grabbed those CORE boards and ran with it because I had NO time for prepping visuals (I had 80 kids on my caseload).  The CORE boards has the most frequently used words that toddlers use and you can get lots of communication functions with just 20 words.  I always used the CORE board and model what I am saying, so the child starts to do it too.  I slowly began creating fringe vocabulary for activities that I used often such as puppets, bubbles, and play dough.

If you want to see my starter kit in action, go check out my AAC Starter Kit tour on youtube!  I am hoping to get some small videos using the CORE boards with my 2 year old to help with demonstrating.  I have been learning A LOT about AAC and do not consider myself an expert by any means, but the visuals in this kit are aligned with evidence based practices for teaching functional communication.  If you think this is something that would be helpful for your caseload, you can grab the kit HERE!  Enter below for your chance to win this starter kit.  It is a great time saver and helpful tool.

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“S..Peachy” Feedback Linky Party

speechy feedback 2It’s always fun hanging over at Speech Peep’s website for a linky party!  Every month Allison holds a “S..Peachy Feedback” linky party where different TPT sellers recognize someone who left feedback on one of our products.  It’s always great to know what a buyer liked about a product and/or how they are using it in therapy.  When I am debating about buying a product, I always go see what feedback other buyers have written about the activity to see if it will meet the needs of my students.  Plus, it always makes my day when I know the KIDS really loved the activity too.

speechy feedback oct.I loved that this buyer bought additional licenses for her whole staff!  When I began using some of these tools with my students, I ultimately designed them, so that ALL teachers and staff could use them with the students.  There is a lot of research showing that students on the spectrum and students with intellectual disabilities learn best in a familiar environment, are provided visuals to help with communication and are working on communication and social skills daily in their natural classroom environment.  You rock Marla for incorporating your whole team!  Email me at thedabblingspeechie@gmail.com for your choice of a product!!

AAC starter kit updated 1I am still in the progress of creating a blog post about this product and how I used it last year with my students!  Hoping to have it up soon with a video, so you can see some of the tools in action.  Till then, you can snag this product by clicking the photo above. (274)

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How Would You Use It? October Monthly GIVEAWAY!!

It’s time for my monthly GIVEAWAY:  How would you use it?  This is a chance for us as SLP’s to put our heads together and  brainstorm ways to use ONE therapy for lots of different functions.  To enter, all you have to do is comment below on my blog post with your idea for how you would use the toy or item to meet some of your students goals.

how would you use it foam pumpkinsIt’s pumpkin season, so I thought I would share how I used these foam pumpkins from the $1 store in therapy.  Check out the blog post HERE!  Basically, I glued different point values on the pumpkins and then my students got to take turns trying to knock the pumpkins off my table.  They got points for each pumpkin they knocked down.  Each child had to say their speech sound or answer a language question before getting a turn.

Alright!  Now it’s your turn!  How would you use these foam pumpkins in your therapy room?  Comment below to be entered into my giveaway!

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Monster’s Mash: No Prep, Print N’ Go FREEBIE Pack

Monster's Mash: No Prep, Print N' Go FREEBIE PACK

Before I share about my latest FREEBIE, I wanted to show you the inspiration behind this fun no prep pack that I created.

I am in the monster spirit because one of my sites started a monster decorating door party and the all the classrooms have different monsters on their doors!  How cool, huh!?

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Love the simple, yet clever ideas for décor!

monster doors 1The red one eyed monster door is my fav!  I am able to target adjectives while walking to the speech room as we pass all the fun monster doors.

monster jams

I even got some jamberry nails with monsters because it was so festive for my site.  You can grab your own set on my jamberry website and rock these cute creatures on your nails!

Now, we can talk about my freebie pack!  I wanted some easy activities I could do with my elementary students that had a monster theme to add to the ambiance of the school, so I created a game, print n’ go puppets and a couple of worksheets to use with your speech students!

 monster puppets 2

Print up the puppet template and use old toilet paper rolls or popsicle sticks to assemble.  My son and I colored them and then made up silly stories and practiced describing the monsters by attributes.

roll and color monstersI made a monster version of the roll and color open ended game that is great for keeping little ones focused and busy!  My freebie pack has a couple more goodies that you can use, so go grab it for your materials stash.

Grab this FREEBIE on my TPT store!

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