Sunday, July 31, 2016

What's in Your Cart? Linky Party for BTS 2016

It’s the night before…..the big TpT sale and I’m happy to link up with Jenna over at Speech Room News for her “What’s in My Cart?" linky party. The purpose of this link up is to feature a few items from my store that I think would be helpful to you as we begin the school year. I have a few other recommendations for you, too.

Here are a few items from my store that you need to check out.

First, is my Cycles Big Bundle. Do you have children who need who are unintelligible? The cycles approach is THE way to go! Implementation can be confusing, so I have condensed and clarified instructions that will have you up and running in no time.  To go with the instructions, I have NO PREP materials. Yes, you could gather your own, but I got tired of doing that and decided to make my own, coordinated activities.  Click below to check it out. 

Why do we make all of this stuff? Because we get TIRED of what we have and that brings me to my next item. Artic Pix!!!  These are bright, clear photos of words that are CAREFULLY chosen by me, a veteran SLP. Sounds include R, S and L in all position of words. The medial sounds are intervocalic—not tied to vowels. Go and check them out. Great for therapy and progress monitoring.

Feedback from Super Power Speech: "Wow. Just amazing pictures! Now I want them for all the sounds!!!" Yes, I'm working on it!

I’ve used books in therapy since I began my career in 1984. Many language goals can be targeted using books and here is a favorite – Corduroy, by Don Freeman. I  have made companion activities including  the following:

8 Vocabulary – Key Word cards,
8 Key word definition cards,
24 Story Sequencing cards,
8 Connector Word cards that coordinate with the sequencing cards,
30 Comprehension Question cards,
18 Social Skill/Pragmatic Questions & Scenarios,
24 Vocabulary cards,
24 Definition cards,
11 Story Props for retelling the story,
1 generic game board,
24 Yes/no questions with icons designed to enable a point-to response,
2 story maps designed for different levels of function,
Grammar activities targeting pronouns + has/have.
You will be able to target ALL of these skills, which is especially great in mixed language group therapy. Click the image below to check it out:

Need a planner? Here is a gorgeous one from Speech-Language Pirates. Wait, I used the singular verb form—I should have made that plural. There are FIVE versions of the planner and each is very reasonably priced. I’m picturing my favorite version, because, um, it’s PURPLE!

Pam of Small Talk SLP, makes a great line of products titled “Find it on the Go.”  What I love about these materials is that they are open-ended and can be used to target a wide variety of language structures. I highly recommend you check out her Find it on the Go for Fall.

Apraxia of speech. What to do? Here is a set of materials to help you out from Twin Speech and Language.  The twins usually make comprehensive sets and this packet is no exception! There are colorful graphics as well as  many pages done in black ink only. Targets include  VC, CV, CVC and CVCV words. Go and check it out!

Happy shopping! Wishing you the Best Year Ever!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Product Review: Playtime for S-Clusters by the Activity Tailor

FUNtastic! That is the “word” that came to mind when I examined this wonderful set of activities from the Activity Tailor.

Are you an opportunistic therapist? What exactly does that mean? This means you help your students by taking advantage of every practice opportunity. Sometimes that takes experience and extra effort. But with this set of ideas and activities, it is much easier. Kim, the Activity Tailor, has a packet that fits this approach perfectly - Playtime for S-Clusters.

Like the title states, this wonderful set of ideas and materials focuses on S-Clusters. I have SO many students who omit the /s/ phoneme resulting in cluster-reduction. During a therapy session, it is very important for them to get in as many repetitions as possible. Kim’s packet makes it easy and FUN. AND it fits in perfectly with the cycles approach!

Here are some brief descriptions of some of the activities from her set.

Score! I have actually searched for this trash can unsuccessfully. It is shaped like a basketball hoop! Every time the child makes a basket, they shout “Score!” Simple, engaging and you will get lots of repetitions. It is indeed, a score.

Scoop Away. All you need is play-doh, a container and a spoon. The child says “Scoop” every time they lift out a ball of play-doh. I might have them practice “spoon,” as well.

For gross motor involvement, she has a game for them to play focusing on the /sk/ cluster. Game cards are included. Gets them up and moving while practicing! Double score!

Spoon drop is easy and fun.  All you need are spoons and a bucket. I remember playing a game like this at birthday parties. Again, simple, fun and effective.

Spider Crawl: Go and buy her packet to find out about this GREAT idea!  All you need are basic materials to make it. I love it and Halloween is coming (hint-hint).

Bee Sting: This activity addresses /st/ clusters. There is a gross and a fine motor version of this game.

Smelly! All you need are scratch and sniff stickers for this quick and easy activity.

Bubble Wrap Smash: Oh, I just LOVE this!  Don’t you love smashing bubble wrap? Therapy for the therapist, oh yes and the kids love it too. Key word: Smash!

There are several activities involving the word “snake.” This is a word even the youngest child knows and therefore, is an excellent target.

Swab Paintings: LOVE this idea! Easy to do, very little clean up and many opportunities for practice.

These are just a few of the therapy activities in this packet. All of them are all excellent and meet my criteria of fun, effective and quick to set up.

Now, I can’t go further without saying that Kim’s packet coordinates PERFECTLY with my Cycles for  S-Cluster Reduction! We both have “Listening Lists” designed for auditory bombardment, which is an important component of the cycles approach. I like that several of her activities incorporate gross motor skills, while mine are more fine-motor oriented.
If you have kids who need to work on S-Clusters, check out both packets!