Make Sure Your Wish List is Complete!

Thanks to Jen from Teaching in the Tongass for hosting this linky to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week and the TpT 10th Anniversary sale!
We are sharing our top wish-listed products with you today!

TpT, sale, SLP, communication, social skills, speech/language
Being a part of TpT is an incredible, and incredibly busy, experience! I really appreciated this opportunity to go back and look at all of my feedback on these packets. 
Seeing it all at one time made me feel so warm inside, knowing that I am helping you and the students you provide services for! I am so glad that my many years of experience, creating my own materials, can benefit others. Here are the stories of how these packets came to exist!
conversation, autism, TpT, language, Looks Like Language, social skills
I started researching how to develop conversation more functionally when I was working with students on the autism spectrum who were verbal, but had limited use of their language in functional ways. Conversational Topics and Turn-taking, my most wish-listed packet, helped my students on the spectrum move from just reciprocal turn-taking (responding "I like _." followed by “What do you like?”) to actual simple conversations with peers. It provides topic cards with visual supports in a progression that helps students see what is expected and to practice the skills. This feedback says it can help your students, too! 
“This is the first activity I've found to get my student with Autism to talk about his own likes and interests in a conversational way! Thanks so much!”
conflict resolution, conversation, TpT, language, perspective taking, commenting
The second of my most wish-listed sets is Conversational Follow-Ups. This packet came about when I was working with middle school students, some who were on the spectrum and some with emotional disorders. They had so many skills in place to be able to interact with each other, but really lacked the perspective taking skills to think about why their peers would make certain comments to them, and what type of response they needed to provide in return.

Showing them the types of responses that could be given, discussing what might be the best type of response for varied scenarios and practicing answering in a game format really helped my students to start thinking about how they replied to their peers! The increased variety of response they could provide helped them engage in more conversations and begin to get into conflicts less often.
social language skills, emotions, perspective taking, TpT, autism, emotional disorder
Last on my top 3 list is Think About How I Feel! I’ve found that many students
have basic vocabulary for emotions, but lack the synonyms that help them distinguish degrees of emotion. I developed this packet to have a set of materials to help them develop this skill, starting with understanding that there are degrees of emotions with words to distinguish how strongly people are feeling.

The cards with facial expressions to practice interpreting the nonverbal cues that indicate our emotions. The next set of cards, describing familiar situations, requires students to take the perspectives of a child in this situation to tell how they feel, choosing a synonym that expresses how strongly they might be feeling in this situation. The next skill worked on is determining emotions from statements that a student is thinking, requiring more inferential skills than being told the situation does. 

Students having problems in these language areas may demonstrate difficulties interacting with their peers, whether it is a reluctance to interact at all or a tendency to get into conflicts. Academically, they may demonstrate difficulty understanding the plots of stories that involve characters’ feelings, interactions, and changes in these from the beginning to the end of the story. They may be able to memorize historical facts without comprehending the teacher’s explanations of why these events occurred.

Whatever is on your wish list, I’m sure you will find some great materials during this sale! Be sure to link back to Teaching in the Tongass to get more ideas! Thanks, Jen!

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