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Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I'm posting this a bit early this week so that you have time to download and use the last cards of the set this week. I told you that I was having fun updating this set, and I just kept going!

You can do so much with this free set! Play the open ended board game to work on any skill, print duplicate sets of the cards for matching fun, and elicit language for spatial concepts and possessive pronouns! Download it here.

Did you miss the rest of the set? You still have time, just click here.

Lucky you! Enjoy!

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Have an easier time planning for St. Patrick's Day with these free printables from Looks Like Language!
Are you having an easier time planning some St. Patrick's Day fun with the free downloads you are getting here?

I know how much work is involved in planning every day, so I'm happy to help you out and provide some quick and easy activities to build children's skills!

This fun, free set coordinates with the free open ended game board in my St. Patrick's Day Activity set at my store.  You can work on any skill with the printable game board, or use these card sets to play color matching games and elicit spatial concepts, pronouns he/she and possessive pronouns his/hers.

Aren't you the lucky one! Get this week's free set here.

Did you miss some of the sets? You can get started here.


3 Tips to Help Children Handle 'NO'

How in the world do you teach kids to accept ‘no’? If I had a sure fire way to teach and  guarantee this, my name would be known world wide!

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My friend, Lisette, over at Speech Sprouts, asked what I did to help kids understand and accept 'no'. It takes a lot of work and very few 2-3 year olds will easily accept 'no' for something they truly want! But there are some strategies you can use to help kids start moving along the path to accepting ‘no.’

Don’t ask a yes/no question! Give choices instead.
Be careful how you word your questions! Asking a child, “Do you want A ?” implies that you are asking them for their wishes. This leaves it open for them to say, “No, I want B.” when B is not an option. Then you have to say “No.”

Instead, try “Today we have A or B. Which one do you want?” While some kids will then reply, “I want C!” this leaves it open for you to say, “I like C, too, but today we get to pick from A or B.”  You notice that this response did not include the ‘N’ word! Sometimes just hearing that word sets some kids off!

Choice Boards
To do this visually, use a choice board! Visuals are important to help kids see the choices, even for verbal kids. While they see the 'no’ symbol, they also see that there will be other choices available. Without the visual, they will hear the 'no' and can have a meltdown before processing the other choices.

Carefully Sequence the Options
First, help your students understand 'no' (whether visually or verbally) in the context of structured activities where it doesn't have an emotional impact. Then build up to hearing ‘no’ when it actually is something that the child wants, after they have seen that there will be other options that are good, even if not their #1 choice.

Note: Some students may just not be able to handle ‘no’ for various reasons, but don’t make the mistake of giving in to tantrums or outbursts by giving them what they want! As painful as it can be to out wait a sobbing or screaming child, you will only be making it more likely that it will continue if you give in!

Work a deliberate sequence of choices into your daily routines, but don't start with your kids' most favorite choices. Here is one way it could be done.

Make the ‘NO’ choice a 'no' for someone else.

See this picture? I  never had a kid get upset when they couldn't feed a make believe chocolate cookie in shoebox play. To read more about this, click here.

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   •Make the ‘no’ choice something that the child doesn’t like.
This is a great place to start for kids who just react to the word. Hearing ’no’ gets a bit of desensitization when it is used for something unwanted.

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Make the ‘no’ one of 3 equally liked choices.
Switch them around from day to day.

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    •Make the ‘no’ the 2nd favorite, where the favorite choice is available.

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Make the ‘no’ the favorite choice, with the 2nd favorite available.
 It also helps to have an empty chocolate chip cookie bag available for the child to see that there are no cookies in it. This can make settling for 2nd choice easier.

Build sabotage into your daily routines!
One day the crayon box can be empty, so kids have to choose from markers or colored pencils instead.
One day, the Lego basket is empty, so they have to choose a different building toy instead.

You get the idea! Learning that there are changes and new choices to be made in life is tough learning for little ones, especially anxious little ones! But by presenting it in a way where there are positive outcomes as well as negative ones, many children can start to take it in better stride.  No miracles, just slow, hard work.

Good luck!

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Lucky you! Get free St. Patrick's Day printables at Looks Like Language!
Are you feeling lucky yet? I was having so much fun making these cute game card sets to elicit pronouns and possessives that I just kept going! You will have an easy, fun set to play with this holiday!

Get this week's free download here

If you missed the first set, click here.

And don't forget to download the open ended game board at my store. Be sure to leave me some lovely feedback while you are there!


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Whether you've been having snow days or summer days this month, the weather has been a bit extreme this year! St. Patrick's Day is around the corner, no matter what season your weather is, so I'm giving you a chance to start your planning early this year.

Free St. Patrick's Day activities at Looks Like Language!
I've updated and expanded my freebie from last year, so be sure to download each week even if you did so previously. All of the cards that you will get co-ordinate with the free St. Patrick's Day Activities set at my store.

If you like it, I'd love for you to give me kind feedback as a thank you for my time! If you don't like it, just move it to the circular file and better luck next time!

Once you have downloaded the free set from my store, get this free download and be sure to check back weekly for more co-ordinating cards!

Improve listening skills and using sentence context while building vocabulary for homophones!
If your students are higher level, you might want to check out this picture filled St. Patrick's Day vocabulary set for homophones that also works on listening skills and using sentence context to determine the missing word.

Whether you are Irish or not, you are in luck! And remember, my newsletter followers get additional tips and freebies, so be sure to sign up now!

More Shoebox Play Tips: EAT! A Visual Blog Post

Hi! I'm glad you are here! 

More ideas for shoebox play (EAT!) and how to develop skills from there!
I was so excited to be featured on The Speechie Show and wanted to give you some more ideas about the shoebox play I showed there.

If you missed it, you can see me live here! Then this post will make more sense!

If you are looking for more shoebox play ideas, click here for car play and here for playground ideas.

I hope you enjoy this visual post!

More shoebox play ideas from Looks Like Language!
More shoebox play ideas from Looks Like Language!
More shoebox play ideas from Looks Like Language!
More shoebox play ideas from Looks Like Language!
More shoebox play ideas from Looks Like Language!
More shoebox play ideas from Looks Like Language!
More shoebox play ideas from Looks Like Language!
More shoebox play ideas from Looks Like Language!
More shoebox play ideas from Looks Like Language!
More shoebox play ideas from Looks Like Language!
More shoebox play ideas from Looks Like Language!
More shoebox play ideas from Looks Like Language!
More shoebox play ideas from Looks Like Language!
More shoebox play ideas from Looks Like Language!
More shoebox play ideas from Looks Like Language!
More shoebox play ideas from Looks Like Language!
More shoebox play ideas from Looks Like Language!

Many thanks to Barbara Bloomfield. Rest in Peace.

3 Fun Activities for Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, so maybe you are looking for some fun activities with that theme! I have a lot to share today!

First, I've joined with a group of my SLP friends to host a Wishlist Giveaway! You know how that TpT wishlist just keeps getting longer, and somehow we can never get it all?

Well, maybe you will be one of the lucky winners in this contest! The Rafflecopter link is at the end of the post. But, HURRY! It ends tonight!

3 fun, free games for Valentine's Day at Looks Like Language!
Next, how about a trio of freebies? The choices cover different ages and levels, so hopefully there is something here with your name on it!

Boom Cards

Your littles will have fun helping Teddy plan his Valentine's Day party by finding the items that go with the holiday. If you haven't tried Boom Learning yet, you should! You drag the answer in this game, and it bounces back to give you another turn if you were wrong! Click here to try it out!

Open Ended Valentine's Fun 

This free packet at TpT is a must have. You can work on any skill while playing games to help the monsters get the right colored Valentine's Day card, or while playing the printable game. Get it here!

Social Skills Conversation Hearts

These activities are built to be adaptable for varied age and skill level groups. You can even add the conversation hearts candy into the mix to spice up some interest! Having a quick and easy fun activity that works for mixed groups is a lifesaver when you have one of those days when the coffee just isn't kicking in! Get it here

Newly Updated!

I hope you have been getting notices to let you know when I have updated older products! It would be a shame if you missed out on the extra pages and prettier clipart you get with each update!

Activities for differentiated instruction with homophones at Looks Like Language!
This week, I updated Homophones for Valentine's Day and year round. It now includes more worksheets, heart themed homework pages, file folder activities and listening activities for improving inferring from sentence context! Check it out, or re-download it, here!

WISHLIST GIVEAWAY ends Friday, February 9 at midnight. Join the contest now!
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