Friday, October 23, 2015

Being Quiet in Class - A Social Story Packet

I always feel like "loud" is relative. As an SLP, we seem to be able to work through the "noise" with our kiddos. 

I mean lets take this typical conversation going on in probably every single SLPs head during a session "Are you scripting Sponge Bob? Totally. Am I going to keep redirecting you to the activity we're doing? Yup." Other people may think this is insane, even grating, but we just keep on trucking while we utter "quiet mouth" or "voices off" almost instantaneously.  I mean, am I right??

I know there are a ton of social stories out there, but the thing about social stories are that they have to be relevant and customized, right? I mean if your school doesn't use "quiet mouth" then what's the point of reading a social story with that wording? This was my issue when searching online for a social story for my little friend who just has so much (i.e., too much) to say while he is working. So, I created my own using the language that is common in my building.

This packet includes a big book for you to print on yardstick (my new fave!) and laminate. It also has a smaller version for you to slice up, staple, and send home. Why? Well, if little buddy over here is chattering away at school, chances are he is chattering away at home. So let's cover all our bases and send one of these puppies home too, shall we? :)

I've also included some desk reminders and reinforcers so that while you're working you can see the same visuals and language throughout. I like to have the students draw themselves doing the
"right" thing, so you have two worksheets that allow you to work on that as well! Plus, a little carryover never hurt anybody, right? So, you have a carryover worksheet as well to send home with your mini book!

You can find this packet HERE on TpT! You can find a FULL PREVIEW of this packet there as well!

I hope this story helps your chattering friends as much as it is helping mine! Have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Halloween Following Directions Print-N-Go Packet

Just a quick check-in before I wander off into Sunday chili and sweatpants! I wanted to share this following directions packet I've been using for the month of October. I have a lot of kinders this year who came in with following directions goals. I've been trying to target them each session with fun, coloring crafts each time so they can see their work.

This packet is four pages, black and white, and FREE! It includes following 1 and 2 step directions, following
varied directions, and following conditional directions. All the sheets are halloween themed and of course black and white for low-ink usage!
Check out this scarily fun packet HERE on TpT! 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Halloween Vocabulary and Idiom FREEBIE

Just a quick mid-week check in folks...

Halloween is in full force in my Speech room! Since the majority of my caseload is Kindergarten last year, I am reworking a lot of my activities to make therapy appropriate for their capabilities and age! I'm working on a lot of vocabulary, following directions, and comprehension with these kiddos -- so, I'm making things that work for them!

My Speech Warm Up has stayed the same, and now correlates directly to my Speech Newsletter for October!

I'm sharing my vocabulary and idiom packet for FREE with you guys. This is PERFECT if you downloaded my Speech Newsletter pack to use with your kiddos!

Download this packet HERE on TpT and keep on being Spook-Tastically Speechy :)

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Don't Eat the Teacher! A Print-n-Go Story Comprehension Packet

Whatever you decide to do on the first day of school, don't eat the teacher! I have loved this story ever since my Mom (fellow SLP!) introduced me to it. I've used it at different times during the year, but this year I decided to start off the year using it with my Kindergarteners. With scheduling and all the other hectic beginning of the year school stuff, I hardly get to see all of my students on the first day. This makes it hard to do things geared for the first day of school, since by the time I'm running my schedule we're at least a week in! You SLPs know the drill...

The awesome thing about this book is that it's about Sammy the Shark's first day, but it's not beholden to the first day of school. I'm using this book to talk about the kiddos first day, how it was different/similar to Sammy's, and then of course using it for retell, sequencing, vocabulary, and story connections.

I included 6 vocabulary words in this packet, which may seem like a small amount, but lately I'm finding the smaller number of vocabulary words the better. It's easier to not have to juggle a million cards, and I don't have to use a whole session to introduce vocabulary, because at this stage my kiddos are still learning the Speech routine.

Also included is a sequencing worksheet, a vocabulary match, a WH-question worksheet, a game board with questions, and carryover!

You can download this packet HERE on TpT and take a bite out of this story!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Everything You Need to Know About Speech: A Parent Hand-out (FREEBIE)

Today I sat down to switch around the parent letter that I send out every year. It's a pretty basic introduction letter stating who I am, what your child will need, and asking to send back a permission slip to have food in speech. I find that each year I have to explain the concept of Speech to many parents, and reinforce the idea of the "Speech Notebook". I have pretty much the same conversation at meet-the-teacher every year, and I decided it's time to change that!

I want my parents to be informed! I want them to know about the Speech Notebook and do the homework! I want to live in a wondrous, Speech-land where everyone knows I'm a "Speech-Language Pathologist" and not the "Speech Teacher"! ....Yeah right, I'm a realist. I know that school is hectic, homework is insane, and that often Speech falls to the bottom of the to-do list because there's just. so. much. However, I strive everyday to do the best for my kiddos and be the best "Speech person/teacher/lady" I can be!

So, without further ado, here's the handout I created to help increase awareness about what the heck Speech is and why my kid keeps coming home with this marble notebook:

I decided to keep it simple and talk about the following:

-What Happens in Speech?
-What is the "Speech Notebook"?
-How Can I Practice at Home?
-How is Behavior Management Handled in Speech?
-Technology Use in Speech

The handouts are pretty self-explanatory, and I did try to make them as universal as possible. It seems we all use a similar format in our Speech Rooms, but personalize it to our liking.

You can download these hand-outs HERE on TpT for FREE!

Have a WONDERFUL year!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Back to School Must Haves + Catching Up on Summer!

This has been an incredible summer filled with firsts for me! If you were wondering where I went off to, homeownership would be the answer! I spent my summer moving, working on my wonderful house with my husband and treating private clients.

I also spent most of the beginning of August walking past the school supplies in Target with my eyes closed! However, I'm now in the school spirit! I'm ready for fall, for a new school year, and to see my kiddos!

I wanted to share some of the "must haves" for this year for me with links to where you can get them. Some of these are my own products, and some are products from other awesome bloggers! So, here it goes:

SLP Back to School Must Haves:
(Please note: all photos used in this post were taken from TpT strictly for promotional purposes)
  • Whole Body Listening Rocket Ship (My Own Product)
    • I'm all about implementing a behavioral modification plan, and my whole body listening rocket ship does just that in a fun way. Talk to your kiddos about whole body listening and then utilize the rocket all year round.
    • Click HERE to visit this activity on TpT

  • Sticker Stop Carryover (My Own Product) FREEBIE
    • Finding a way to implement carryover in speech is super important to me. I could cringe when a child is asked what they did in speech and they say "played games"!!! Use this fun way to answer questions and earn stickers at the end of your sessions as an interactive exit-slip strategy! Oh, and it's a freebie!
    • Click HERE to visit this activity on TpT

  • Language Informal Assessment (Super Power Speech)
    • I do NOT stop using this all year-round! It is so phenomenal and was easily one of the best things I've purchased on TpT. Not to mention you can do the entire thing on your computer and then it prints out the report for you!
    • Click HERE to visit this activity on TpT

  • Common Core Reference Binder for SLPs (Speechy Musings)
    • This thing is invaluable! To be able to flip through and have all of the standards there, organized, and speech-oriented is fantastic. I use this constantly whether I'm writing goals, lesson plans, or just referencing it for curriculum-based purposes. It is definitely an investment, but so worthwhile. 
    • Click HERE to visit this activity on TpT

  • Roll and Color Articulation (Mindy Stenger) FREEBIE
    • I'm constantly searching for new ways to freshen up my articulation sessions and these really do the trick! I use the "make dice lite" app on the iPad so that we don't lose any dice, and so that it's tech-y! We basically roll, say, color! It's brilliantly simple and reinforcing.
    • Click HERE to visit this activity on TpT

  • Candy Corn/Clover/Heart/Etc Challenge (Peachie Speechie) FREEBIE
    • I mean, the truth is I just love anything that Meredith makes! She has awesome ideas and her activities are FREE! This one is so reinforcing because you can either color them in, or use the actual candy/object to fill the board. I let my kiddos take home whatever they put on the board for later. Plus, you can get 100 tries from them!
    • Click HERE to visit this activity on TpT

  • SLP Planner (Crazy Speech World)
    • This thing is just great! So specific to what we do and need as SLPs! I like to buy it and then have it printed and bound at FedEx. You actually end up saving money doing this and you don't have any excess items that you don't need! Jenn has a ton of other awesome activities so be sure to check her out!
    • Click HERE to visit this activity on TpT

  • Expressive Language Interactive Bundle (Big Apple Speech)
    • These things are AMAZING! They're "peel and put" as I like to call it interactive books that target pronouns, sentence creation, and syntax. They're CCSS aligned, and they're adorable! You can grab them individually, but I found that the bundle was the cheapest. Katie at Big Apple Speech has some really great activities, PLUS she's a good friend from grad school - so I can account for how awesome she is :)
    • Click HERE to visit this activity on TpT

  • Pierre the Penguin and Penguin Facts Comprehension Packet (Whitney SLP)
    • Whitney has some really awesome comprehension packets, but this one happens to be my favorite because of the story! I urge you to check out her other products along with this one. She targets a TON including vocabulary, sequencing, inferencing, etc. Plus, the graphics she uses are great to laminate and use before, during, and after the story.
    • Click HERE to visit this activity on TpT

  • Fall, Fall What Do You See (The Speech Chicks)
    • I have used these books for every single season! I LOVE LOVE LOVE them for use with AAC devices, students working on vocabulary, and/or students who are ELLs. They're repetitive, filled with vocabulary, and colorful! I can't wait to start fall vocabulary with these! 
    • Click HERE to visit this activity on TpT

  • Smash Mats: Language/Articulation (Simply Speech)
    • These are so awesome because they include everyone's favorite - play doh! The mat that you will find the link to here is for categorization, but there so many others from Simply Speech that are awesome! I love these because they're super motivating for the kids, and it's something different! 
    • Click HERE to visit this activity on TpT

These are only some of my favorite back to school activities! Check them out and the awesome SLPs that make them! Wishing you a wonderful school year! 


Friday, July 24, 2015

Summer Update!

Hope your summer is going well! As a school-based SLP, my summers usually consist of private clients, extended-year, and sometimes some summer fun! This year, we purchased our very first home at the beginning of the summer and it has taken almost all of my time up!

I wanted to check in with you ladies and gents and show you the speech-y side of my summer, since this year I changed up my usual routine! This summer I focused on CEUs, and taking full advantage of ASHA's CEU opportunity. I actually just finished July's CEU course while waiting for a contractor to arrive! (life of a homeowner, right?).

Anywho, the course was WONDERFUL and I just really love anything regarding AAC...and anything that's free! LOL

I'd highly recommend logging on to ASHA's continuing education site and taking advantage!

Happy Summer :)