December Language Therapy ideas and a FREEBIE for you

December Language Therapy ideas and a FREEBIE for you

December already! I am looking forward to the holiday break for some time off to spend with family and friends.
It can be a hectic time at school and the kids attention spans are short because they are so excited. I created this high interest, visually fun FREEBIE activity just for these days. Click here. 
Snowbuddies Pronouns Smashmats
Laminate each of the four pages (perfect for group therapy) and grab some play dough (so cheap and fun, I think 4 containers are under $3 at Target). If I’m working with a group I roll the snowballs ahead of time.
Snowbaby
You can work on “her”. Child says “her mitten”, gets snowball and gets to smash it on the mitten. Or you can work on “she”. Child says “She has a mitten”, gets snowball and gets to smash it on the mitten. (Same for “his” and “he” for the snowman and boy snowbaby)
The next level would be “She wants her hat” (using both forms of the feminine pronoun).
The males of course would be “He wants his hat”.
The sheets can also be used for labeling winter vocabulary or for increasing MLU (I see a snowman).
Play dough makes everything fun so your students will love this. You will too, enjoy!
If you are doing some planning and want to have some materials ready for when you return, my Winter Plurals will provide activities for two-three sessions.  This is a fun way to teach plurals with an introductory flip book, practice game, and follow up flip book to support the skill.  The Reading activities support connecting the skill from the vocabulary word level to the reading comprehension level. 
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Whatever you are doing for the next couple of weeks, I hope you can enjoy the contagious excitement and joy of season.
Anne Page Speech Language Pathologist
Better Hearing and Speech Month

Better Hearing and Speech Month

Better Hearing and Speech MonthI am so proud to be one of the 140,000 speech language pathologists in the United States. We change lives-that’s our superpower!

You hold the key to helping each child you work with develop his communication skills to his full potential.

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month. Sponsored by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA), this is the time of year for SLPs to promote awareness of communication disorders and let our co-workers/colleagues know what we do.

But really, how many people know what we do?

I work in a school setting and have been talking to the teachers to let them know how we can work together as a tean to help students learn and grow.

I explain it during IEP meetings and eligibility meetings, never assuming that they already know what I do.

This year I created a poster/handout to add another layer to the process. “What’s Speech Got to Do with Academics or How Can an SLP Help a Classroom Teacher”is a great tool to promote understanding of the role of SLP’s in the school setting.

Collaboration is key.

Bulleted points link specific speech language skills to Reading and Writing, Math and Classroom Presentations and Social Skills. Click here to get your free copy.
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Another handy resource (and yes it’s free too) explains the difference between speech and language. Click on the picture for your copy.
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Finally, one more fun freebie to help promote understanding of what we do. “But What Does It Mean? 10 Tips Explaining Speech and Language Evaluations in Parent Friendly Language”. This is a free gift for signing up for the Beautiful Speech Life email list. The sign-up is here at the top of the page.

Keep doing what you do my speechie friends, you are making the world a better place.

Quick Tip Tuesday: a Fun Free App for Those Days You Didn’t Plan For

Quick Tip Tuesday: a Fun Free App for Those Days You Didn’t Plan For

Doodle Buddy App
Here is a great tip for when you are short on time (uh-everyday?). Get the Doodle Buddy app for your ipad. You can quickly photograph worksheets and the kids can use their fingers to draw lines and write. Even better you can use the stamp feature, which comes with audio! Also it has a great tic tac toe feature that I use for quick, fun articulation practice.
Doodle Buddy TicTacToe
Here, I just wrote the words with my finger, then chose a stamp. Put on one stamp per production, a great way to get many productions!
Doodle Buddy Stamps
 Click here to read my post on all the great ways to use Doodle Buddy.  And the best part? It’s FREE!
This is all part of Kim Jarvis’ Quick Tip Tuesday Linky Party, so click on the pink pic to head on over to The School SLP for some more amazing ideas!
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Valentine’s Day Verbs Freebie

Valentine’s Day Verbs Freebie

Valentine's Day Past Tense Verbs

I created this product to help students practice verb tense.  Click on the picture above to see the product on Teachers Pay Teachers. So many of the kids I see really struggle with this. This activity is aligned with Common Core Standards for 3rd through 5th grade.
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Includes:
-16 pairs of matching verb heart cards
-24 verb sentence cards

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Heart Cards:
Cut out the heart cards, glue them on a backing and laminate.
To use as a Memory/Matching Game: place cards face down, mix them around. Players take turns flipping over two cards, saying the past tense version of each card.  If they say it correctly and get a match they take the cards.  If not turn the cards back over. Object of the game: be the player with the most pairs.
Alternate: When students are at a higher level they need to use the past tense version in a sentence.

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Black Heart Game: Shuffle heart cards and place face down in one pile.  Player one chooses a card, reads the word and says the past tense version. Then it’s the next players turn.  If a player chooses a black heart, he has to give back one heart  but if he can say the past tense version of the verb on the black heart he can keep the black heart. When there are no more hearts the player with the most hearts wins.
Alternate: When students are at a higher level they need to use the past tense version in a sentence.

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Sentence cards
Cut out the sentence card, glue it on a backing and laminate.
Thumbs Up or Down
Place cards in a pile or spread them out face down. Player 1 chooses a card and hands it to SLP. SLP reads the sentence and student gives thumbs up for a good verb and thumbs down for a bad verb. Student keeps card if he was correct, puts it at the bottom of the pile or back on the table if he was incorrect. Student with the most cards wins.
Alternate: Students read their own cards.

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Christmas Vocabulary Fun

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This is one of my groups from this morning. I got these Christmas word cards on Teachers Pay Teachers from Mrs. W for FREE! I laminated them in long strips and laid them out on the table . The kids took turns tossing red or green poker chips and naming the word that their chip landed on. Later in the day I had one group make sentences with the words, another group gave definitions. They thought it was great fun!

Explaining Speech Language Evaluations in Parent Friendly Terms

ExplainingSpeechLanguageEvaluationsToParents

So you’ve completed your testing and written your report. Now it’s time to present the results to the student’s parents. This is delicate work; use empathy and try to put yourself in the parents’ place. Know your “audience”. This is not a time to dazzle them with your brilliance or to use all of the vocabulary that you learned in grad school.

Remember, we have our own lexicon and so does the education world. This can be a little overwhelming. A few years ago, I was in a meeting where a well-meaning special education resource teacher was telling a parent that her son was behind in his ability to decode and comprehend grade level informational text. She talked for a while and then asked the parent if she had any questions. The parent said, “you lost me 10 minutes ago, I have a 6th grade education and I have no idea what you are talking about.” That’s something I won’t ever forget.

  Parent friendly language is really important. We want to invite understanding and collaboration. When we are giving standard scores, percentiles, and standard deviations below the mean; we need to interpret and not overwhelm with information. Here are a few tips that I have found helpful:

  • Start with the child’s strengths, every parent wants to hear some good things about their child
  • Use pauses, take breaths. Try not to be nervous and rush through the information.
  • Encourage questions. If parents have a glazed look or are just nodding in agreement with everything-not a good sign.
  • Use visuals (don’t assume understanding of the Bell Curve) I created a simple visual that you can use to give an overall picture of what the child’s communication strengths and areas for improvement are.  The score range varies slightly by test but generally the average range is from 85-115. Mark scores right on the sheet or put in a plastic document cover and mark with dry-erase marker. This is not meant to replace the Bell Curve, it’s just an additional way to make results clear for parents.  Click Here for your free download.

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  • Provide examples
  • Explain how this will affect the child in his classes
  • Hopefully you had a chance to explain what areas you were testing at the pre-evaluation meeting. Now would be the time to briefly explain again the different areas of speech and language. I use this  chart available in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store.original-1415896-1
  • Let them know that you are available to answer any additional questions after they’ve had the opportunity to read the complete evaluation
  • If it looks like the child will qualify for services, give the parent an idea of what this will look like
  • Ask the parent what area they would like to see their child improve in first

Parents are such an important part of the team approach,  the more they understand; the stronger your team will be!

 

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