January 15, 2017

Five Fab Freebies: Winter, Part 2

It's hard to believe that we are already halfway through January 2017! I hope everyone is staying warm and finding their way back into a routine! Here are 5 more freebies that may help inspire some new ideas and creativity in your speech room during this cold winter season:

1) The first freebie I have for you today is Let's Name Winter Things by Tech 'n Talk SLPs. It can be used in several different ways to target classification and categorization skills. You can even use it with a Cariboo gameboard, if you have one! This is a super fun, interactive activity.

2) This Winter game board, by GoldCountrySLP, is a colorful, winter-themed game board that your students will love. It is generic, so you can use it as a reinforcer for any or all goals-customize it however you would like! 

3) Next up is Winter Problem Solving, created by Sappy Speechie. This is a no-print, no-prep freebie that will target pragmatic skills, inferencing, and comprehension. This is a great activity to use with your middle-schoolers!

4) The next product I have for you is by Speech is Sweet. These free printables, created for Jan Brett's The Mitten, include interactive tasks to target comprehension, cause/effect, inferencing, and more!

5) The final freebie of today is a peppermint dough visual recipe, created by Kristine Lamb.  The activity includes vocabulary cards, comprehension questions, and the visual directions for the recipe. You could use this freebie to target multiple goals, and it would be a fantastic activity to do with your group sessions! 

I hope you love these winter freebies! Be sure to check them out, and let the creators know you enjoyed their products. 

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January 14, 2017

5 Winter Books for Speech Therapy

There is no escaping it, winter is here to stay!  Why not cozy up to the idea by bringing some of these fun winter books into your speech room?  Books are such a great way to touch on a variety objectives, while capturing the interest of your students.  I've got five winter favs to share with you today!

1) The Little Snowplow by Lora Koehler.  This book delivers a sweet message about being different.  The little snow plow gets picked on by the big plows, but he is the one who saves the day when he is the only one that could fit through two boulders.  A great message for our students that are wonderfully unique. 

2) Cara's Kindness by Kristi Yamaguchi.  Who doesn't love stories about kindness?  In this book by Kristi Yamaguchi (am I dating myself by saying I remember watching her compete in the Olympics?), friends help each other out in different ways.  Great for working on social skills and a nice way to incorporate a little extra kindness into your speech room!  (Pssst.. if you're looking for some more ways to incorporate kindness, follow The Kindness Project from my friend Claudia over at Creative Speech Lab.  I'll be joining in to share some ideas mid-April!)

3) Wonderful Winter by Bruce Goldstone.  This book is packed with fun facts and fabulous opportunities to work on various language skills throughout the book.  For example, what does winter taste like?  What does winter feel like?  Pictures in the book are a great supplement to many of these questions that we already ask our students. 

4) Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buhner.  Have you ever wondered what snowmen do at night?  This book is a great way to play off of the normal curiosity that all students have.  It also uses rhyme, which is a great way to incorporate phonological awareness into your session.  

5) The Mitten by Jan Brett. I am assuming that most of you are familiar with this one, but for those that don't, it's a must have!  It's a story about a boy who loses his mitten that many animals all squeeze into together.  You can work on temporal sequencing, by asking your students to indicate what happened first, next, and last.  

I hope that you enjoyed this list of books and find them useful in your speech therapy sessions!  Don't forget to subscribe to email updates to get the latest and the greatest from The Speech Space!

January 7, 2017

Five Fab Freebies: Winter, Part 1

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season, and are feeling rested and rejuvenated as you return to work and/or school! It can be hard to get back into the swing of things, so I've taken some time to put together some freebies for you that are sure to bring a little life to your speech room. Enjoy!

1) These Winter Worksheets, created here at The Speech Space, will engage your students while facilitating both language and articulation skills! It includes 6 downloadable worksheets sheets that interactive and fun. 

2) The Speech Zone created this Do-a-Dot freebie; it targets /k/, /s/, /m/, /p/, and /t/ in the final position. This is an awesome interactive tool to use in therapy, and kids are sure to find it fun and rewarding!

3) Next up, we have a winter-themed Following Directions freebie by Panda Speech! It includes 5 different scenes which your students must color in according to directions. The sheets include 1-step, 2-step, and make-your-own directions, so you can customize it to each students' abilities!

4) This freebie is a great way to involve your students' families in their speech and language therapy goals! Winter Recipes, by Creative Speech Lab, includes activities that target articulation, grammar, re-tell, and much more. This is a great tool to encourage involvement and practice at home!

5) The final freebie that I have for you today is Winter Bingo, by Breanna Allor. It includes both black-and-white and colored boards and calling cards, and can be used to target a variety of speech and language skills! This freebie is a great way to incorporate winter themes into a fun and productive therapy activity.

I hope you are as excited as I am about these fabulous Winter freebies! Be sure to check them out, and let the creators know that you love their products!

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December 11, 2016

Five Fab Freebies: Holidays, Part 3

The weather is getting colder, the days are getting shorter, and the Holiday season is upon us! Here are 5 awesome freebies to help swing you into the spirit: 

1) This Stocking Stuffer Craftivity by Speech Sprouts is a perfect way to target st- blends, vocabulary, and more! It includes a stocking template, word cards, and directions. Your speech students will love it!

2) Activity Tailor created this Cookie Swap freebie; it is a deliciously festive card game including 23 holiday cookie pairs. You can change up the rules of the game to target any goal you'd like (Activity Tailor suggests it for attribute skills), or use it as a reinforcer! 

3) Naughty or Nice, by SLP Runner, is a great product that targets language through naming skills. It includes a card game that involves collecting "present" cards, and avoiding "coal" cards; your students will have fun with this festive freebie, while improving their language skills, simultaneously!

4) Our fourth freebie, by Jessica Finch, is called "Where is Little Elf?". This is an adorable Christmas story that will help your preschool-to-Kindergarten speech students understand spatial prepositions. This freebie also includes a set of picture cards that can aid in recall-retell goals, sequencing, and more!

5) Last but not least, Gingerbread Snip and Stick, by Speech is Sweet, is a printable freebie that will target all of your grammar goals in a fun and festive way! It is an interactive, engaging packet, including sheets for plurals, pronouns, etc. You and your students will both enjoy this freebie! 

Thanks so much for stopping by to check out these fabulous freebies for the Holiday season! Make sure to let the creators know that you love their products. 

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December 4, 2016

5 Fab Freebies: Holiday Edition, Part 2

I'm here with 5 more freebies that are sure to bring some holiday cheer into your therapy sessions!

1) To kick off this edition of 5 Fab Freebies, we have Descriptive Language Worksheets, made right here at the Speech Space. It includes 5 worksheets that can be colored, described, and used interactively to target descriptive language! 

2) Next up, the Reindeer Challenge, by Peachie Speechie, includes instructions and a no-prep sheet that can be used to target articulation, or just about anything else that your students are working on! 

3) Next, we have a Christmas Game Board, by Speechasaurus. This freebie a great way to keep therapy fun and festive, while working on any variety of speech and language goals!

4) Christmas Categories, by The Speech Summit, is a great way to focus on sorting and naming in therapy, as well as pragmatic and conversational skills. It includes a set of word cards, and a set of category cards. This freebie is sure to be useful!

5) Last but not least, Merry & Bright Activities, by Sounds Like Fun, is little-to-no prep and can target comprehension, critical thinking, and direction following! It includes a short story, and a set of related activities to complete with your students or clients. Get as creative as you like with this freebie! 

Thanks for dropping by to check out these awesome products! If you love them as much as I do, be sure to let the creators know!

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December 1, 2016

5 Holiday Books to Use in Your Speech Room

We all know that a good book is a great way to sneak speech, language, and literacy goals into your speech therapy sessions!  Here are 5 that I've rounded up for the holidays!  Please note that the links listed below are not affiliate links, these are just books that I like and wanted to share.

Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson - This is a cute little story about a bear trying to stay awake to celebrate Christmas with his friends.  This could be easily adapted for children with apraxia because there is a repetitive phrase ending with the word, up.  Read the sentence a few times and then leave the last word out, providing them with the opportunity to say it.  

The Night Before Hanukkah by Natasha Wing - This story talks about Jewish holiday traditions.  It's a great way to review vocabulary related to Hanukkah and also to discuss what to expect for children that benefit from discussing events in advance. 

Search & Find Christmas Fun - This book is a FUN way to work on vocabulary!  I picked it up at TJ Maxx, so keep your eyes peeled if you're there!  At the time of writing this post, I can only find an online link to eBay and it looks like Kohl's had it, but it's out of stock.  

Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas by Jane O'Connor - This is another spectacular way to work on vocabulary! Fancy Nancy sneaks in some great vocabulary, which she refers to as words that are "fancy".

The Biggest Smallest Christmas Present by Harriet Muncaster - This is a fun book for working on basic concepts (big/small) and superlatives!  It's a really cute story of a girl who is very, very small and receives Christmas presents from Santa that are just too big for her!  It's sure capture your students' interest!

What are your holiday favs?  I know there are a ton and I'm only touching the surface here!  Please share what books you like to use during the holiday season!

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November 27, 2016

Five Fab Freebies for the Holidays: Part 1

The holiday season is upon us, and I've got some festive freebies for you to try in your speech room!

1) Presents and Perspective Taking, by Jaclyn Watson, is a great set of worksheets that can help your students work on just that-perspective taking! With a Christmasy twist, it's sure to be a fun activity!

2) Next up, we have a language-based freebie that is appropriately themed for the cold and Christmas time. Created by Ashley Rossi, this can be used to target verbs, synonyms and antonyms, and much more!

3) The third freebie that I have for you is one created by Breanna Allor. It is Roll a Christmas Tree, and includes templates and instructions for you to use this Christmas-construction game in therapy. This game can be used to target many goals, and is a fun way to bring some holiday cheer to your room!

4) Fourth, we have Final Consonant Deletion Minimal pairs. This freebie was created by the SLT Scrapbook and includes 15 pairs of words that target final consonant deletion!

5) The fifth and final freebie that I have for you is a no-prep coloring activity and a velcro game. Build-A-Santa, by Panda Speech, is a fun and creative way to bring Santa to life in the speech room! Any goals can be incorporated into this activity.

Thanks for stopping by to check out these fabulous holiday freebies! Make sure to let the creators know how much you love their products!

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