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Quick and Easy Activities for Data Collection
📈 During one week of each month, I gather some serious data. Sure, I take some type of data most days, but I prefer to spend the majority of my sessions teaching, then 1-2 sessions a month as "data days." So if you're looking to do the same, I've got some super simple activities that work great for "data days!" Head over to my blog to find out my favorite activities for quick and easy data collection.
Social Language Resources For Upper Elementary Through High School
I have quite a few upper elementary and middle school students who desperately need direct instruction with social language skills. Here are some of my favorite social language resources that I've came across recently and have used with my students. Oh yeah, did I mention they're functional and evidence-based? Because that's important, too.
June No Prep Leveled Photo Describing Worksheets
Keep it simple for the end of the year, friend. This activity grows with your students, and can be used to differentiate an activity in a small group or classroom. Use whichever level your students need! This is an example of level 1, where choices are given to aid in describing. The high quality photos are appropriate for all ages and amp up the interest factor!
I could give you some super uplifting post about the week ahead. Some YOU GO GIRL or YOU GOT THIS inspiration. But you know what inspires me right now? Relaxing. Recharging. Not thinking about the week ahead too much, and instead, just enjoying the here and now. So here's my advice. Enjoy today. Because tomorrow you're right back at it. 💆🏻
Baby Signs for Daily Routines Part 1: Beginning Signs, Snacks, Activities
If you work with young children (preschool, early intervention) who use signs to encourage verbal language, these handouts are what you're looking for. Give these handouts to parents, daycare providers, and teachers to show how to use these signs during routine based activities.
FREE Visuals for Weekend Event Retell
I have many students who have difficulty telling me (their SLP) or their teacher about the things they have done over the weekend. Most of these students have limited language, difficulty with remembering past events, and/or have echolalia. The visuals give them a higher chance of success for correctly answering a wh- question (where, what, who) by giving them choices. Sometimes the pictures alone spark a memory that gives them something to talk about with me!
Have you heard this saying before? When I was a child, I craved teachers who I could tell liked me. Verbal praise. A sticker on my paper. Trusting me to take a note to the office. Anything that showed they cared about me as an individual. So that is who I try to be. The SLP who recognizes effort or kindness. Whatever makes a student special. Be who you needed when you were younger.
Affordable Alternative Reward System for the Preschool SLP
Curious about ways to break away from treasure boxes, candy, and stickers? Looking for an affordable alternative to the "expected" rewards? I struggled with finding a way to motivate my students without breaking the break or worrying about what trinkets they'd like. This has been a game changer!
Must-Have Courses for New School SLPs
I outlined my FAVORITE courses for new school SLPS! Whether you are a newly graduated CF (congrats!) or a veteran SLP who is changing settings, these are the courses that lay a nice foundation for working in schools. I've even added my favorite courses by grade, by service delivery (hello, teletherapy), and even stuck in some courses of professional issues you may face.
Okay, first of all... rude. 🙄 Second of all... it's true. 😂 I've learned that by putting forth the effort up front and planning my week out, I feel a lot better and less stressed. On the weeks when I'm playing it by ear... well, those weeks aren't so fun. Change your consequences from negative to positive! I challenge you to take 30 minutes a week to roughly sketch out your week ahead! See how much better you feel!
There have been days where I have felt like a speech-language champion. And there have been days where I felt like no matter what I did, I was doing it wrong. But even on days when you feel like you've hit therapy rock-bottom, I promise you, you're still making a difference. You know more than you think. You're capable of more than you believe. And you're able to make a difference. Trust that you can do great things!
FREE Spring and Summer Outdoor Scavenger Hunt for Speech and Language
🌱 FRIDAY FREEBIE! 🌱 Take speech and language outside this spring! Look for bugs, plants, and more with this fun scavenger hunt. Check off each item as it's found... you can choose between words only, words with visuals,, or text descriptions of items (ex: find something hard). This scavenger hunt can be easily used for a multitude of skills- articulation, receptive-expressive language, describing, and more.
Don't get me wrong, muffin are pretty awesome themselves, but cupcakes... well, that's a whole other level. This week may have you feeling more like a muffin but you know what? You can be a cupcake, too, you little miracle worker! 🍰So get out there and do the work to have an AMAZING week!
Leveled Idioms Unit for SLPs and Special Education
This is a 130+ page LEVELED unit for Speech Therapy and Special Education teachers alike! 30 of the most common idioms are targeted using multiple activities, with visuals for each one! Task cards, worksheets, idiom dictionary, and more! \
Oh. Let that sink in for a minute. Unfortunately, if you believe you can sit back and relax and let others take care of the problematic parts of our profession, I hate to be the one to tell you but... you're mistaken. Don't think you have to do it on your own, but you do have to play a part in advocating for yourself. Feel free to share your success stories below!