September 28, 2016

Speech & Language Skills in 3rd Grade: A Handy Checklist

Do you know what speech and language skills your 3rd grade students should be working on?  Odds are if you're a seasoned SLP, then yes you probably do.  However, if you are a new SLP or perhaps have changed school settings and you're working with different grade levels, you might need a refresher.  This information comes straight from ASHA, I've just put it together in a pretty little checklist to help you out.  So, what skills should your 3rd graders have or be acquiring?  Here's the list of what they should be doing by the end of the school year:



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August 28, 2016

Five Fab Freebies for SLPs: Back to School Part 3


I've got 5 more amazing freebies for you to kick your school year off right!


1) First up we have a fun Back to School Interactive Book by The Speech Space.  It's just a small sample of what's included in the Interactive Books ALL YEAR Club!



2) Next, Back to School - Getting to Know You - Ice Breaker Freebie! by Kelly Workman. It's a great ice-breaker for the beginning of the year, but can also be used year-round for brain breaks, transitions, and more! 


3) Another great freebie is Speech Therapy Reminder Cards: A Monster-Sized Reminder by The Speech Summit. Use these cute Monster-Sized Reminder cards or the full sheet “teacher version” to give a visual reminder to your students and teachers who you work with. 


4) Next up is Back to School Speech Therapy 3D Backpack Craft FREE by Speech Dreams. What a fun way to learn your new speech goals and make a fun back to school backpack craft. 


5) And last but not least,we have All About Me - a Superhero Themed Activity - Beginning of the Year by Teaching Talking. This is perfect for getting to know your students at the beginning of the year, they will love filling out this cute "all about me" activity sheet.


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August 24, 2016

Speech & Language Skills in 2nd Grade: A Handy Checklist


Do you know what speech and language skills your 2nd grade students should be working on?  Odds are if you're a seasoned SLP, then yes you probably do.  However, if you are a new SLP or perhaps have changed school settings and you're working with different grade levels, you might need a refresher.  This information comes straight from ASHA, I've just put it together in a pretty little checklist to help you out.  So, what skills should your 2nd graders have or be acquiring?  Here's the list of what they should be doing by the end of the school year:


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August 17, 2016

3 Ways to Use Interactive Books in Speech Therapy


If you've ever used interactive books in your sessions, then you likely know what a big hit they are with the kids.  They really are a fun way to keep students engaged while working on speech goals at the same time.  Have you ever thought about other goals you can target beyond what the books are typically developed to address?  I LOVE interactive books and I use them in my therapy sessions all the time.  I also use them with a variety of students, who have various goals and needs.  That's what I love about them, they are so diverse!  I might use them with a minimally verbal student in one session and a phono student in the following session.  It's also a great tool for group therapy if you're targeting a variety of goals and levels amongst the group.  So, you might be wondering- how do I use these books?  Here are three ways I like to use interactive books in my therapy sessions:

1) Vocabulary, concepts, and language expansion.  This is probably the most common way to use these books and the way in which most of you are familiar with, so there really isn't too much to explain here.  The repetition that you get from an interactive book can be quite helpful for students who really struggle with basic vocabulary and concepts.  Bonus tip: A fun way to review the vocabulary words you just target is to play a "what's missing?" game.  If the interactive book was specifically developed to target vocabulary, I like to take out 4 of the picture squares and place them on the table for my student to see.  Then, I take one away and ask them what's missing.  This is a fun way to review the vocabulary words that were targeted in the book.

2) Fluency.  Flipping through an interactive book is a great way to address fluency at the sentence and/or reading level.  Have your student go through and read the book or ask them to create their own sentence as they look at the pictures on each page.

3) Articulation and phonological disorders.  Interactive books are a great way to work on speech goals once you move past the word level.  You can ask wh-questions about the pictures within the book, have the student describe what is going on in the book, or have them read the book.

Do you use interactive books in your speech therapy sessions or classroom?  I'd love to hear about your experience!  If you're looking to give interactive books a try, then you'll want to check out this Back to School FREEBIE I created to target basic vocabulary.  If you find it useful, then you might be interested in my Interactive Books ALL YEAR club which is a cost effective way to continuously get new interactive books all year long!

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Speech & Language Skills in 1st Grade: A Handy Checklist

Do you know what speech and language skills your 1st grade students should be working on?  Odds are if you're a seasoned SLP, then yes you probably do.  However, if you are a new SLP or perhaps have changed school settings and you're working with different grade levels, you might need a refresher.  This information comes straight from ASHA, I've just put it together in a pretty little checklist to help you out.  So, what skills should your first graders have or be acquiring?  Here's the list of what they should be doing by the end of the school year:



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August 14, 2016

Five Fab Freebies for SLPs: Back to School Part 2


If you're in need of some more back to school materials, I've got 5 more fabulous freebies for you to use in your speech therapy sessions!


1) First up is Speech Room Door Hangers by AGB Speech Therapy. These cute little door hangers to give students messages, let teachers know where to find you, or politely ask for privacy. 



2) Next, we have Social Talk, Back to School: Freebie! by Social Talk. This download contains a visual script to help students introduce themselves to others, as well as a social story about expected and unexpected behaviors at school.



3) Another great freebie that you'll find useful is Back to School Following Complex Directions FREEBIE By GoldCountrySLP. This fun FREEBIE will help your students focus on complex, language-laden oral directions.


4) Next up is Parent Communication Sheets for Speech & Language by Renee Gannon.  These free parent communication sheets are perfect for letting parents know what's happening during speech, especially for those little ones who usually report that they just played games!



5) And last is a Reinforcement Game Board by Old School Speech. Just print out the squares on different color cardstock or paper, laminate, cut out and put on the board/wall and you're ready to go!


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August 13, 2016

A Great Tool for Stuttering Cases : The Fluency Screener


I know that stuttering assessment tools can be hard to come by.  To make screening and assessment easier for me, I created my own tool that I've used with my own clients.  I'm here today to share that with you.  I generally don't like to do posts that are too "advertise-y", but when I create something that really helps me and I think could be of potential benefit to others, I like to share!  Also worth mentioning, if you currently own my Fluency Survival Pack Bundle, then this product is FREE to you.  That's because you purchased the bundle in its infancy and now it has grown, which will be reflected by a slight increase in the price.

For those of you that don't own the bundle, I highly recommend it!  If you're not convinced, then you can grab this screener for a steal of a deal at 50% off for the next 24 hours!  So, let's take a look at what's in the screener.

First, I've created a simple cover page to keep everything from the assessment organized.



Now, let's take a look at the materials you'll use to do the screening & data collection
.

For assessment, the screener contains:
★ 20 pictures with a variety of beginning sounds for eliciting words or sentences 
★ 2 x 100-word reading passages 
★ conversation starters for children 
★ conversation starters for adults 
★ a picture scene for eliciting picture description 

And for data collection and summarizing your data, you'll find:
★ helpful and organized scoring sheets 
★ summary of behaviors & observations 
★ disfluency tracker worksheet 
★ attitudes, feelings, & beliefs worksheet for children 
★ attitudes, feelings, and beliefs worksheet for adolescents and adults

I decided not to number the individual pages because for some students you might not be using the entire pack.  For me personally, I print all of the materials in the "stimulus materials" section and save those to use over and over again.  I've even laminated mine for durability.  Then, I keep a copy of the forms from the data collection section and I pull and photocopy the specific ones I'd like to use depending on the student's needs.  And yes, I meant to put two data collection sheets back-to-back in there!  I did this because there is space for data collection for two samples on each page and you might want more than two samples.  I know sometimes I do!

Here is the sweetest picture from one of my students who completed the attitudes, feelings, and beliefs worksheet for me.  I've found these worksheets to be a very valuable way to determine what negative beliefs you might need to work on to maximize progress in your therapy sessions.  Do you feel comfortable addressing attitudes and feelings in your speech therapy sessions?  I'm always curious about the comfort level most SLPs have with this.


I hope that you find this screener to be as helpful as I do!  Please feel free to shoot me any questions that you might have about it to jessica@thespeechspace.com.