Happy Monday!! I just wanted to let you all know that Super Duper has discounted items on Zulily until Wednesday!!
Can you believe it has been almost a year since Frozen hit theaters? I don’t know if you have noticed, but it continues to be extremely popular. The littles just can’t seem to let it go. (I couldn’t resist) Since we were hit full force with winter this week, why not capitalize on our kiddos’ enthusiasm over not only the recent snowfall, but the popularity of this movie as well.
A book version of the story would be helpful either as a refresher or for kiddos who have not seen the movie. A Tale of Two Sisters is a simplified version for kiddos who may have limited comprehension/attention span. These WH questions with picture choices are made to accompany this book.
Big Snowman, Little Snowman is a book based on Frozen that would be a great resource for targeting basic concepts, synonyms, antonyms, and descriptive words. (on/off, in/out, fast/slow, first/last, hot/cold, big/little, front/back, ends/starts)
One activity that the boys might like would be to build a snowman. These instructions could be used with or without the picture prompts and could also be cut apart and used as a sequencing activity. While you are talking about snowmen, you could compare and contrast the two snowmen from the story.
To target following directions, basic concepts, and basic describing, you could use “colored snowballs” of different sizes to practice these skills. If you are the crafty type, you could make snowball poppers. After they are made, they could be used as a quick reinforcer for articulation drills, with students earning “snowballs” to shoot. Speaking of “shooting for” correct productions, you could use this opportunity to target figurative language as well. (frozen fever, let it go, fall in love, hit theaters, grow angry, etc)
While it seems like it might be difficult to tie this particular topic to core content, there are actually some good connections to be made (even on top of the connections to the students’ specific goals.) The following core content areas may provide useful vocabulary and connections to the classroom: Kindergarten Weather and Climate, 2nd grade Structure and properties of matter, 3rd grade Weather and Climate, and 5th grade Structures and Properties of Matter.
Are your kiddos still loving Frozen? What type of winter themed activities do you do in your speech room?
Where do you go when you are lacking inspiration? With two jam-packed weeks behind me and no end in sight, I have had difficulty coming up with inspiration for today’s post. With meetings, paperwork, evaluations, and schedule changes galore, I know you feel the same! So, what does one do when there is no time for creativity? I don’t know about anyone else, but I rely heavily on the creativity of others. There are several ways I do this:
These are all “stores” that I have personally bought items from and been pleased with the content. You can find more speech-specific materials by clicking the “specialty” tab under “Subjects.” One of the options there will be speech therapy. Other areas that you might find useful include: English/Language Arts, Special Education, Oral Language, Early Intervention, ESL and American Sign Language (under the languages tab).
A few people that have great ideas:
Lauren S. Enders
SLPs on TPT (this is a collaborative board for SLPs with stores on teacherspayteachers.com)
JCPS SLPs (YES! We have a pinterest account. We are still working on the logistics of it!) 🙂
Where do you find inspiration when you are feeling uninspired?
The poll below is designed to help guide the direction of the blog. If there are areas that are not included as an option that you feel would be helpful, either comment below or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If there are areas in which you have specific interest or expertise, let me know!
Good afternoon all! Hopefully you have voted and are enjoying your day off!
Middle/High SLPs: This is the link to the Common Core aligned goals on TPT we discussed yesterday.
Elementary SLPs: The document we discussed yesterday are posted on the “Common Core” page
*notes from 11/3 will be posted shortly!
We all play games all day long, right? I can’t tell you how many times I have asked a group of kiddos what they did in speech last year (with another therapist) and the response is: “We played games.” While we do have to be deliberate in sharing the PURPOSE of the game with our students, games can be a great way to target speech and language goals. Many skills can be targeted in a way that is engaging and motivating for students. So, today I want to share with you my top three favorite games to use in therapy.
The traditional instructions are as follows: After dealing one card and three chips to each player, take your card and place it in your adjustable headband without peeking. When your turn arrives, ask each player a question about who, or what, you are (“Am I a food?”). If you get stuck, the sample questions card offers tips on the types of questions you might ask.
This game allows students to use linguistic reasoning skills, ask and answer questions, and practice fluency and articulation skills in conversation and/or single sentences. There are some alterations that can be made to make the game a little easier, as this may be above the skill level of many of some students. You can always allow students to use the card containing the sample questions or create sample question prompts of your own, depending on the students’ abilities. Another option would be to use articulation cards. This is a good option, not only because you can elicit specific sounds, but also because each card has a duplicate. Students can be presented with several options including the card that matches the one on his or her head.
During therapy sessions, I usually skip the chips and simply allow students to keep the cards that they guess correctly. Generally, this is a fun and engaging activity for kids, if you can keep their peers from shouting out the answer! 🙂
2. Hot Potato
This electronic version of the well-known game, hot potato, can be a fun way to work on speech and language goals. Students can play the traditional way, but with a specific skill added in. If you have students who are working on articulation, they would be required to produce a word or sentence containing their target sound before they can pass it on. If students are working on categories, they must name something in a given category before passing the potato on to the next person. Students who are working on formulating sentences can produce a sentence using a target word. The possibilities are endless! Not only does this add a little bit of competition and fun into a session, it also puts extra demands on the students’ thinking, as they are attempting to produce the target quickly.
3. Ned’s Head
Ned’s Head is another game that is very versatile in terms of the skills that can be targeted. If you choose to play the traditional way (each player attempts to find a match to the card they are dealt through feel only) students will be working on inferencing skills. Students could also practice comparing and contrasting their card with the item pulled from Ned’s head by telling why they chose the item they chose (comparing) and what is different about the two items (contrasting). They could also use describing skills to tell about each item. You could also choose to use only the “head” portion of the game and add either your own small items that target specific speech sounds or articulation cards.
An even less traditional use of this game would be to target pragmatic skills. You can print out these thought bubbles and have students decide if it is something that should stay in Ned’s head (something that isn’t appropriate to say) or if it was something that should be shared (something that is appropriate to say).
Do you use games in therapy? What games are your favorite? How do you use these games in a different way?