Thursday, September 17, 2015

Speechie Freebies!

How do you hold students and families accountable for speech homework? How can you produce a homework sheet that meets a student's individual needs quickly and easily? I got tired of scrambling to find a homework form that met these criteria, so I made my own.  I'm offering this form as part of the Speechie Freebies Collaborator group. You can click on the form below to download it from my TpT store.

This form works very well for a variety of ages, so I decided to share it with you!! Here were my criteria: 1) There needed to be a signature line for parents so I know their eyeballs scanned at least some part of the page; 2) It needed to be open-ended enough that it could be used for articulation students working on single words, phrases or sentences; 3) There needed to be boxes so the student or parent could check off each entry for each of the five days of the week; 4) There needed to be enough room for the student to enter the word/phrase/sentence on each line—so I don’t have to write them in! The last requirement has the added benefit of encouraging the student to be responsible for their work.

One of my fifth graders grinned when I told him I use this with my high school students. That was a big motivator for him!!

Hope this makes your life easier!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Hide and Seek: Playground

Thirteen bloggers are hiding--hiding on different blogs and hiding in the school. They're here to show you that you can (and probably do) do therapy everywhere and that each locale has it's own benefits. For all their tips, hop from blog to blog. While you're there, jot down the author's blog/school location listed at the bottom of each post to enter into Rafflecopter

6 Top Tips for AAC Intervention on the Playground

Welcome to the playground installment of the Hide and Seek blog hop.  We’re SLPs who are hiding all around the school, providing speech-language intervention in out- of- the- box environments.

My ‘caseload’ involves many kids in many schools in multiple school districts with one thing in common - they are all functionally nonverbal.  They all need augmentative-alternative communication to be ale to ‘talk’ with us.

Children who need to use AAC need intervention that is egocentric and contextual to begin to learn how to use language.  We model use of the words in the AAC system during every day routines and activities.  We cue and prompt use of expression with AAC is the context of activities and routines.  And while we need to go beyond this practice to provide additional opportunities in less concrete contexts, we do so after we have established the idea that la nugget is used everywhere, all the time.

I’ve done a lot of intervention on playgrounds.  Often the kids with whom I’ve worked have been active kids, seeking all sorts of vestibular input.  Some are constantly in motion.  Others just need to direct the activity in order to be motivated at all.

1.         One of the questions I hear a lot is; “How is he supposed to carry around that AAC device/book/board with him on the playground?  How is he supposed to hold it when climbing the jungle gym?” 
            AAC is a system, and it is made up of pieces.  We all use a variety of modes to communicate.  Think of all the gestures you use.
            One piece of the AAC system can easily be a set of pictures on a ring that hangs from a belt loop.  Or a wrist board or book, which wraps around the wrist with velcro and can hold a single small board or flip-able pages.  Be creative.

2.         Follow the child’s lead.  Let him decide what he wants to do; it will make him more interested in the interaction.

3.         Use Aided Input (also called Aided Language Intervention) and good models when you talk about what he’s doing or wants to do on the playground.  “Want swing?”  “More push?”  “Go high!”  “Slide down.”  “Catch it!”  “Roll to me.”  Keep your language about 1 step above where the child is.  Repeat what he ‘says’ and elaborate or refine.

4.         Use time delay prompts.  We don’t wait enough.  At the point you expect him to start using the AAC target words, pause, use an expectant look, wait before you prompt.  The beauty of time delay is that it creates errorless learning opportunities.

5.         Involve peers in the interaction.  They are probably more engaging than you are.

6.         Have fun!  The minute this stops being fun, chances are you’ll lose the child’s attention.

Susan's home base is, but today she's on the playground!

For more fun, head on over to the next blog by clicking on the graphic below. 

To enter the Hide and Seek Blog Hop raffle, collect the names of the participating blogs and where they are hiding and enter them here.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Talk Like Pirate Day Linky

Ahoy Mateys!  It’s almost Talk Like a Pirate Week!  I’m hosting a linky party for you to share all of your pirate treasure. SLPs who wish to link up, go to the Inlinkz logo and click to link up.

I’m writing while without power and on possible evacuation notice, so am posting just a couple of my products.  I won’t have time to post anyone else’s. I know it sounds like “do as I say not as I do,” but my situation is REAL (google Butte Fire in Amador County, California). They are evacuated across the highway ½ a mile from my house!

Please share items from other sellers as well as 2-3 of your own.
Buyers: Here are a couple of the MANY pirate products in my store!

1) Below is are pictures from my “A Pirate’s Life for Meebook and activity packet. I wrote the  story and made the activities to coordinate with it.

2) Finders Keepers is a generic game that will keep both the kids and YOU entertained!

3) Pirate Articulation Cards – For a variety of sounds!

 SLPs - add your link below!!!