Thursday, April 24, 2014

Earth Day Freebies!

Well hello there.  Sorry I've been suuuper MIA lately.  Drama on the home front, but hopefully I can now get back to some bloggy fun!  

Earth Day is this week, and since I'm on spring break right now, we'll be celebrating it all next week in therapy.  In case you're in my same boat, I've got some fun Earth Day freebies for you!  And if not, just stick it in your files for next year!  :)  

Check out Earth Day Sequencing!  

There are 3 types of sequencing activities plus a blank sequencing sheet.  It comes with 3-step picture sequencing cards.

Arrange the steps in order cards

Tell the steps question cards

A blank sequencing sheet for any Earth Day type event you'd like.

You can grab this freebie at my TPT store HERE!  I also have a print and go black and white packet that I made last year.  You can grab that freebie HERE.  :)  These activities could actually be used any time.  It's always a good time to talk about ways to help the environment. 

Enjoy!  Happy Earth Day!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

iName It ~ App Review & {Giveaway}

It's state testing week in my district!  That means no therapy, just sitting with a small group of kiddos delivering a test.  Fun times.  Well, there's nothing like a little giveaway to liven things up!  When Smarty Ears contacted me to review their app, iName It, I said of course!  I love being able to show you  around a new app.

Check it out.  *Although Smarty Ears provided me a copy of this app, the opinions and ideas expressed are all mine. 

The Home page contains 4 buttons at the bottom: Start Practice, Settings, Results, and Support.  The "settings" tab allows you to change the language from English to Spanish or Portuguese.

The "support" button lets you learn more about the app and Smarty Ears.  I always start here and watch the video tutorial.  That way I don't miss any fun tid bits about the app.  :)

To get started tap on "start practice" and enter the user information.  You can create as many users as you need but you can only target one at a time.

The next screen presents you 5 different household rooms.  Each one targets 10 items that can usually be found in that room.  You just choose the room you want to go to in order to get started.

Inside each room is a scene with several common items to identify.  The list of items are located in the green box at the bottom of the screen.  Just tap on the item you'd like your client to identify.

Once you tap it, everything else in the room changes to gray except the targeted item.

If the client labels the item correctly, tap the green check button.  If they label it incorrectly, tap the blue button.  This button immediately brings you to the prompt screen.  You can choose 5 different naming prompts:

1. A written cue - It provides the first couple letters of the word followed by a blank.

2. A definition cue - It gives a visual and auditory definition of the what the object is. 

3. A sentence frame - It gives the word in the context of a cloze-type sentence.

4.  A phonetic cue - The first part of the word is given auditorily.  (see arrow below)
5.  Word cue - The word itself is presented on the screen.

Tap "got it" anytime or "missed" after the final cue to keep track of your data.  You can continue this process throughout each room.

If you tap the eye button located on the left of the green box, the room changes to gray and only the targeted items are highlighted.  This gives you a better visual of where the objects are.  I like to use it especially if you want to target some of the items receptively (i.e. "Find the shoe").  

From the home screen tap the "results" button to see the data that you've gathered on each client.

The data is explained in overall naming accuracy with and without cues.  It even tells you the most successful type of cue used.  You also have the option to export your results, email, or print them.

Even though this app is geared toward adults with aphasia, I'm planning on using it with some of my preschoolers and low-functioning vocabulary students that need help with building this skill.  Because the room scenes are so great, I'm even thinking of using it for goals other than just naming (i.e. object functions, describing, WH questions, etc.).  I love versatile apps that I can use for multiple things at once!

You can grab iName It in the iTunes store for $14.99 HERE!  And thanks to Smarty Ears, be sure to enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win your own copy of this app!

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

How Do You Use It Linky

Today I'm linking up with Speech Time Fun for her How Do You Use It linky party!  This month we're talking about how we use popsicle sticks.  Woot!

If you follow my blog, you might remember my post a couple of weeks ago on how I use popsicle sticks for fluency therapy!

I use them for pacing sticks and for pausing visuals.  Check it out at the original blog post HERE!

Be sure and check out how lots of other speechies use popsicle sticks in therapy by heading over to Speech Time Fun's post!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Therapy Fun Find: Busy Bag Exchange

It's time for Therapy Fun Find, where I showcase an idea or activity or anything that catches my eye as useful for therapy!

And oh. my. goodness.  I am loving this idea that I came across from Second Story Window.  It's called a busy bag exchange, and I am digging this in so many ways.

First of all, I love the bags that they made.  They are great for your littles and most of the bags target lots of fine motor and can easily be adapted to elicit language.

The ideas for use of some of these cute activities are endless.  I especially liked the "No Sew Fishing Game," the "Race Car Shapes," and the "Play Dough Mats."  Ok ok I liked them all!  

Another reason that I am in love with this idea is that it's an excuse to have a party...aaannnd to revamp it to make it more relevant for us, a speechie party!!  The premise behind the bag exchange is similar to that of a cookie exchange (if you've ever been to one of those around Christmas time).

Each person signs up to make and bring enough bags for the amount of people going.  In our case, it might be speech therapy material bags (handmade activities would probably be the most economical).  Everyone gets together and explains their bags and gives them out.  Soooo, if 10 people come to the party, you'd walk away with 10 new therapy activities!  Cool, right?  Check out more ideas and tips on how to host over at Second Story Window.

I think one of my speechie friends and I are in the process of setting up one of these bag exchanges!  Be sure and stay tuned for what we come up with.  :)  Oh, and if you decide to have a party of your own, pretty puh-lease email me a pic so I can feature it!

What do you think?  Are you as excited about this idea as I am?  I really wish I lived close to all of you.  Then we could have one gigantic party!  ;)

Monday, March 24, 2014

Oldies But Goodies: Spring

I'm so glad that spring is finally here!  Even though we are still having some chilly mornings, the sun has been happy and here for the most part.  Here are a few of the blooms from my yard.  It's just so much more cheerful out there!  :)

To start this season off right, here are few oldies but goodies geared for your favorite seasonal springtime holidays!

1.  The Umbrella Book Companion Pack

This one isn't super exclusive to spring, but I just love reading this book around this time of year.  The Umbrella by Jan Brett is one of my favorites full of fun rainforest creatures!  Read more about this product at my blog post here.

2.  Easter Worksheets and HW Pack

This Easter bunny themed homework pack is great for my artic kids.  There are lots of fun cut and glue activities and games included.  Plus, it's all black and white.  Perfect for printing and going!  Check it out here.

3.  Chick Artic Memory

My kids love memory and these cute chicks don't disappoint.  Bright and colorful, these artic cards are great for any type of matching game.  Read more about it here.

4.  Easter Treat Speech Freebie

Jellybeans anyone?  This is another one of my food freebies that's made to be played with real (or pretend) jellybeans!  Open-ended games are always a hit in my speech room.  Check out the blog post here.

5.  Happy Easter Biscuit Freebie

We love Biscuit in our speech room!  Check out this blog post for a free mini book companion pack and a peek at how I use it.

6.  Fluency Pinwheels

Here's a springtime fluency game that's great for this time of year.  Make your own pinwheels or play the card game.  Check it out at this blog post.

7.  Blooming Preschool Language

This pre-K language game is kind of like the spring version of my Penguin Preschool Packet.  It targets goals like prepositions, categories, basic concepts, and more.  Read more about it HERE!

Hope some of these help you!!  :)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Popcorn Speech {FREEBIE}

Hooray for freebie day!  It's popcorn time!  I love popcorn.  So does my family and my students and my dog.  My mom will even make it special on the stove for movie night, which is extra delicious.

Anyway, this cute game comes to you because of several special requests.  It's a "regalito" from me to you, my friends!  Introducing, Popcorn Speech.

It's made to be played with real popcorn, so the kids get some nice reinforcement.  Who says speech can't be yummy?!

You just say your target sound, answer your questions, etc. and draw a number card to collect that many pieces of popcorn.

Keep the popcorn on the cutesie popcorn box mats while you play.  But watch out for the wild cards!  If you pick one you just might have to put some pieces back or give one to a friend.

I got some little plastic popcorn boxes from the Target dollar spot a while back.  You could place all the cards in there for them to draw from or have them collect their popcorn in them.  Makes the game a little more festive.  :)

You can grab this freebie HERE at my TPT store!  Have fun!  Don't forget to leave some lovely feedback if you download.  :)

Monday, March 10, 2014

Tricks of the Trade Blog Hop

Welcome to the Tricks of the Trade Blog Hop!  I'm super excited to be your first stop and share what great things we have in store for you!  :)  I hope you will have fun hopping through all of our blogs, learning some new tips, and entering a big giveaway at the end.

If you've never done a blog hop before, all you have to do is click from blog to blog using the links and images provided.  At each stop, there will be a letter clue.  Write these down because you'll need to know the "magic" phrase they spell in order to enter the giveaway at the end of the hop.

You'll have a chance to win a $50 TPT gift card or one of two $15 TPT gift cards!  Yay!

Now onto my "trick."  Today I'm going to show you how I do a little fluency therapy with popsicle sticks.  ;)  Lol I feel like I've been talking a lot about fluency lately.  But, hey, we all need more tips in this area, right?

This can actually be used for more than just fluency (like apraxia, for example), because we like to use popsicle sticks as pacing charts.  I find that this is a great way to teach the kids to slow down and perfect for practicing slow rate or the pausing strategy.  The great thing about a popsicle stick is it's cheap and portable so the kids can take them home for extra practice.

There are a couple of ways you can use these sticks.  The first is as pacing boards.  All you need to make these are a bunch of jumbo craft sticks and some small stickers.

You can let the kids design their own or make a few yourself.  I like to have a variety of different amounts of stickers on them so I can use them at different levels.  If you aren't familiar with how to use a pacing board, it's great for helping kids track their rate or learn to cluster.

They can point to and say a word or phrase for each sticker, depending on what you want them to practice.  

You can also turn the sticks over and use them as pause marks when teaching them where to put their pauses when they speak.  In the pic below, I used a giant piece of paper on the floor to have them practice.  You could also use a white board or just write on the table with dry erase markers.

I let my kiddos decorate one for home and a few for school.  To store them, I used a wafer can that I'd gotten as a gift.  I just wrapped it in washi tape, made a cutesie label for it, and voila!

The sticks fit perfectly!  I hope you can use this "trick" in your therapy rooms as well!

Aaand now for your first letter clue:

It's "L" for Lauren!  Ok not really.  But be sure to keep track of these letters for the "magic words" you'll need at the end.
Click the image below to hop on over to one of my favorite blogs, The Dabbling Speechie, for your next trick and letter clue.  :)  Have fun!

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