Tuesday, May 29, 2018

End of the Year Speech and Language Activities

Hi speechies!

I wanted to share the activity that I did with my kiddos for the end of the year! It was such a hit and *drumroll* LOW PREP!

Here how I used this resource:

I wrote the numbers 1-20 on my white board (randomly scattered all over). I had the kiddos take turns tossing the suction cup ball pictured above at the board. Whichever number it landed on is the number question they had to answer! After they answered the question, they got to ask one peer at the table to respond to the question as well.

Some of the questions are serious and some are just for fun! The kids LOVE throwing the suction cup ball and the questions elicit so much language.

I printed my questions on Astrobrights paper to make them bright and fun. You can scoop this activity up right here.

Happy End of the Year!


Monday, May 21, 2018

Preparing for Your SLP Practicums

Hi speechies!

I start my first practicum this summer and I am SO excited (and a little nervous tbh)! I've been doing what I can to get prepared, and I put together this ULTIMATE SLP PRACTICUM PACKET (pediatric version). I figured that others could get some use from it, too, so I wanted to share it :)

Here's what I included in this packet:
- Site Information Sheet
- Client Information Sheet
- Weekly To-Do List
- Notes + Ideas Sheet
- SOAP Notes Template
- IPA References (consonants, vowels, diphthongs)
- Speech Sound Acquisition Sheet
- Phonological Processes Sheet (substitution, syllable structure, assimilation)
- SLP Terminology Sheet
- Clock Hours Tracking Sheet

I have pediatric practicums this summer and fall. Then next spring I move into adult practicums. I'm hoping to make an adult version closer to that time.

You can grab your ULTIMATE PRACTICUM PACKET here.

Do you have any tips for a newbie going into practicums?!


Friday, May 11, 2018

Social Skills: Laugh Size Activity for Speech Therapy

Hi speechies!

So if you haven't picked up on it yet - I LOVE SOCIAL SKILLS LESSONS! And I have another one to share with you today. I used this with my middle school social skills groups and they loved it + it targets a skill they really needed to work on.

So I work at a school that serves kiddos with special needs. And lemme just tell ya - they laugh at everything...but not just a chuckle. But like a FULL ON LAUGH. It ends up distracting the entire group and it takes so much time to get everyone back on track.

We started off by chatting about different laugh sizes and when each one is appropriate to use. The kids were really invested in this conversation and they actually took it seriously. The ones who struggled with this the most were able to identify, "Hey, I struggle with this." 

After introducing the concept of different sized laughs, I read the students a few scenarios. They had to hold up which size laugh was appropriate and explain their reasoning.

Super simple but SO effective. 

I'll be walking the halls at my school and hear a student say, "Oops, my laugh is too big right now." They are self-correcting bosses and it makes my #slp2b heart SO happy!

You can grab this resource here. Your social skills groups will love it!

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