5 Tips: Finding What Works for Mixed Speech/Language Groups

5 tips for Mixed Groups & Making Your Material Work for You- Looks-Like-Language
It's time to get all of the tips together and put them to use! I usually don't have posts about specific products, but I received some requests to give more information about how to use some of my packets. Let me know if you like this or not!


5 tips for Mixed Groups & Making Your Material Work for You- Looks-Like-Language
Tip:
Look for materials that include multiple skills! I'm using my newest packet to show you some ways that it can be done. There are language goals (sequencing, WH questions and narrative retell), articulation goals (carryover of R, S, and L,) and social skills goals (emotions, inferring, problem solving and perspective taking) for each short story!

Tip: 
Find a central theme to have all of the students in the group share in the activity. In this example, it is a short story that was designed to work on the social skill of understanding multiple perspectives in a problem. It was developed with an abundance of words that contained one sound (/R/) in all positions to elicit carryover. 


Use synonyms for more artic practice! Tips from Looks-Like--Language
You can do this with any story or book, though.  Give your speech sound students a list of words with their sounds that are close synonyms for words in the story. During the first reading, they have to listen and write (or underline if they have a copy) the words that are synonyms. When re-reading or during the activities, they have to substitute the word with their sound for the synonym in the story.


Collect materials on a central theme! Tips from Looks-Like-Language
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Gather an abundance of materials related to that central theme! It is time consuming to find and adapt multiple pages to fit the same theme, but it is possible. Of course, buying one that is all done lets you spend your precious time doing what you love!


Use the templates! Tips from Looks-Like-Language
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Adapt what you have to include the one skill that may be missing to meet all of the needs in your group! That is why I always try to include one blank template in all of my products for you to personalize. It isn't too time consuming if you just have to write in the work for one student in the group using the same set of game cards or activity template.


Re-use great organizers! Tips from Looks-Like-Language
Tip:
Look for organizers for skills that can be used over again with different books. Our students usually need a lot of repetition to gain independence with a skill, so re-use your organizers! Change it up a little by using the organizers with movie clips or wordless shorts on YouTube or try it with song lyrics for older students. Need some ideas? Read this post.





If you want to to try out mine to guide you along the way, click here. Enjoy!



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