End of the Year Games

Need some help for the end of the school year? Some years, your usual therapy routines just don't cut it at the end of the year. This is one of those years for me! What to do? How about changing it up a little?

In my speech room this year, we are playing lots of online games to review skills after some 'work' is done. I have a complete post on this topic at Speech Spotlight- catch it here!

But, for my loyal readers, here's a few more ideas:


Decide which question word fits the answer.

Read a short passage and roll the cube to answer varied WH questions about it.

Sequence the words to ask a question.


Sequence the words to form a sentence.

Add more words to make sentences more interesting.

Do you like these? Then be sure to see my other post at Speech Spotlight!

A Letter to Me- As a New SLP!

What would you say to yourself as a new SLP? Join The Frenzied SLPs!
I hope you are getting close to summer vacation! 

I've joined up with The Frenzied SLPs this week for an exciting linky- what would you write to yourself as a new SLP? This group has so many great ideas! 

My days of being new are long gone, so my letter is... Well, go read it and find out!

Looks-Like-Language- A letter to myself!
Dear (just starting out) Linda@Looks-Like-Language,

Don’t be so scared! Take the plunge! You will learn so much from every student you work with and do some good besides (for almost every one of them. Some people just don’t want to get help or to change, and that is okay since you tried.)

You will have more changes in your career than you are comfortable with, but it will keep you flexible and learning! You will never be bored.

You will gain so many skills and be happy that you made the choice to stay in this field instead of your other major- psychology. But that was a great choice for a double major since so there is so much counseling in speech/language therapy, believe it or not!

There are so many wonderful people in this career and so many choices of how to practice! It is a fulfilling career that can change as you change to meet your needs. You go for it, girl!

Best wishes,

The (ready to retire) Linda@Looks-Like-Language

What advice would you give to yourself as a new SLP?

Problem Solving Freebie- Turning Homework In

Working on social skills? Get this great freebie from Looks Like Language!
Do your students have get into situations that they can't handle? Are their responses limited to "It's NOT fair!" or explaining why they were right over and over again? 

While this is a normal stage of development for young children, at some point between 8 to 12 years, according to Robert Selman's work on the ability to take another's perspective, this skill should develop when students are exposed to it culturally, socially or educationally. There's an interesting, easy to read article about this here.

Just like every other language skills, our language impaired students are likely to need more direct teaching and more practice to be able to attain this skill. If your students need some work in this area, you might be interested in trying out one of my newest freebies! 

The Getting Work Done unit from the Perspective Taking and Problem Solving series can get your students thinking about and discussing the common problem of being organized. What happens when you don't get your homework turned in? Talk about it, and complete the problem solving worksheets, from different perspectives. Try it out! It is FREE! Just click here.

Getting Through the End of the Year

Introducing the weird and unusual in photos is a method that grabs kids’ attention and makes it easier to get through to the end of the school year.
Getting through to the end of the school year using odd photos! Looks Like Language

Want to prove it? Try leaving some of these photos on your desk, or leave them up on your computer (if you can access them at school) when you go to get your next group. Watch how quickly one of your students will notice them and start commenting!

Check out some of these links to see if you have the right students/age groups to make use of this idea. I love finding these sites!  One word of warning, though- some of these sites have a mix of both school appropriate and inappropriate images! Check all images out ahead of time to see if they are good for your caseload. You can also take screenshots of the ones you like to avoid the pictures you don’t want your students to see. 

Of all the types of weird photos that I’ve tried, my students seem drawn to animal photos the most. With all of the photoshopped animals out there, it is easy to find weird mixes. Questions to answer include:
What kind of animals made up this weird one?
What can this animal do? Why would it be good to combine these skills?
How is it the same/different from each original animal?

A duck bunny from

There are some very unusual houses in this world and lots of photos on the internet. They easily prompt a discussion with questions including:
Would you like to live here? Why or why not?
What would be a good thing about living in this house? A problem?
How is this the same as where you live? Different?

Go random!
Try one of these.

Or how about this one from http://europeanchicdesign.blogspot.com/2011_02_01_archive.html? (Scroll down a ways to get to it.)

After your students have the language skills to discuss the photos, you can follow up with another activity- describing! Lay your chosen pictures on your table and let your students take turns describing a picture without labeling anything! If they are able to get you or another student to guess the correct picture, they get to keep that picture. If they goof and label something in the picture, their turn ends. This can be harder than it seems for language impaired students to do! See who has the most pictures when time is up. 

Do you have artic kids? They have to follow the same language goals, but also produce their sound correctly while playing.  Fluency? Have them practice the strategies used this year while describing!

I hope your students have a blast with this activity! Be sure to share the links if you have a favorite interesting, weird, bizarre photo site or another fun way to use the pictures!

A FREE and Easy Printable Game Board!

Download this FREE printable game board that lets you review any skills! Looks Like Language
Hello! I'm glad you stopped by to download this free printable game board! You can use it with any of my free card sets or use it to review your own work!

As the school year progresses, it can be harder to keep your students' attention when they want to be outside in the nicer weather. Try a game!

You can download it here. Enjoy! Linda

Autism: Teaching Play Skills with a Shoebox

Autism: Using shoeboxes to teach play skills by Looks Like Language
What about play skills for your kids with ASD who don’t even know how to play? You know what I mean if you’ve seen your students do these:
•      * Look at a toy and touch it, then walk away
•      * Use a toy inappropriately
•      * Play only with the same toy over and over
•       * Instead of playing, line up the cars/figures/blocks

To begin building their play skills, they need 3D play items all the way! So you have an excuse to go buy a new pair of shoes! Just joking, but be sure to save some shoeboxes.

Autism: Using shoeboxes to teach play skills by Looks Like Language
Placing toys on a shoebox to demonstrate play has a few benefits:
*It stabilizes the pieces for kids with fine motor issues.
*The velcro helps the kids see where they need to move the figures.
*The hole at the end makes the pieces disappear to show that the task is finished.

The box stores all of the pieces nicely. Just take out two figures to start: one to model with and one for the child to move.

Increase the number of figures as the student learns the task. Then work on fading the box out of the play routine if the child’s ability to manipulate has improved with practice.

Playground Shoebox Play

Scrounge around for playground toys and figures that go with them if you don’t already have them. This time of year, you may find some inexpensive pieces at flea markets and yard sales!

Autism: Using shoeboxes to teach play skills by Looks Like Language
Your main playground piece goes in the middle. Leave room for 3-5 figures to fit on the box as if they were waiting in line to play.  After you have them placed, draw a box at the other end for the figures to exit into. Having a visually clear ‘all done’  is so important for working with ASD students, as it makes new tasks so much less overwhelming for them.

If the set up is clear visually, your students should be able to either imitate your model or move the figures with hand over hand physical prompting. This is not a following directions task! 

Once your students show that they have the idea, fade out whatever prompts you were using and the shoebox, as well! The photo shows two different playground play sequences for teaching lower functioning kids who have ASD. Use what you have available and be creative.

Autism: Using shoeboxes to teach play skills by Looks Like Language
The sliding board photos show what the sequence of play should look like when your student is ready to have the shoebox removed. Notice how all of the figures disappear after the play sequence?

Once the physical movements of the play sequence are easy, it is time to add the language! The first step is to use photos of your play sequence to make an adapted book and add the language there. Then move on to different play sequences. Adapted books and file folder sentence activities are my preferred way to go!

Don’t worry about adapting the toys. Your higher level students can still use them to play with a playground theme. Just take them out of the box! They may ask you at first why there is velcro on the toys, but then they ignore it. 

Just don’t store the pieces with velcro in a hot attic, garage or shed like I did and get a sticky mess! :(

Getting Started with Autism- free download from Looks Like Language!

Did you get the free Getting Started with Autism Guide yet? Check it out by clicking here

Don't miss this helpful freebie!

Spring Phonological Awareness Freebie 3

I'm so glad you are back for the last set of free phonological awareness cards! Even though these are quicker to make than my usual materials that are packed with strategies and visuals, these freebies still take a few hours to make. So, I am happy when they are being downloaded and used!

Get this week's cards here.  You can put them to use getting your students to listen for sounds in words. You can play memory and go fish, or just have the students match the cards independently.

If you missed some, click here to go to the first set!

Be sure to come back next week for the free, printable open ended board game!

Enjoy! Linda

Are You Dragging? Time for Some Appreciation!

$10 TpT gift card contest at Look-Like-Language!
We have our winners! Congratulations! Andre Guzman, please contact me at lookslikelanguage@gmail.com to claim your prize!
A. Glenn, head on over to Susan's blog! Woohoo!

At this time of year there's so much to do, but time seems to drag! I do, too! After all of the effort we've put in the whole year through, it can be difficult to stay motivated when the end of the year is in sight! Time to change it up!

To help you stay motivated, Susan Berkowitz and I are pairing up to offer two lucky winners a $10 TpT gift card each. Buy something new and see if it helps you liven up your therapy for the end of the year!

Entry is easy!

Go to Susan's store and find something that you would appreciate being able to use in your therapy room or classroom. Then visit Susan's blog here and comment with what you like!

Visit my store here and find something that you would appreciate to liven up your therapy or classroom for the end of the year. Come back and comment here!

Two winners will be chosen who have commented on both blogs. We will announce the winners on Tuesday night at 9:00 EST on both blogs, so you will have plenty of time to shop during the sale if you are one of the lucky ones!

Now, for some appreciation of you!
After working with many SLPs over the years, I appreciate:
* The drive we have to help students improve their communication skills even when the process of getting there is tough.
* The skill level and effort it takes on our parts to figure out what each child is trying to actually communicate so that we can get them there!
* The willingness we have to learn from and reach out to each other so our students' skills can grow.
* That by visiting my blog and my store, you are letting me reach out to help more children than I ever dreamed was possible. Thank you!

Good luck in the contest! What item did I make that you are appreciative of?

Announcing the TpT Sale!

Don't you just love a good sale? It only comes 4 times a year! The spring TpT sale starts tomorrow, running on May 9 and 10. My whole store will be on sale! Use the code "THANKYOU17" to get an additional 10% off your purchase!

Be sure to give feedback on all of your purchases to get TpT credits so you can get even more savings! If you aren't sure how to do this, click here.

My regular blog post will resume next week, but if you need some ideas to help you get through the end of the school year, did you read this post?

Happy shopping!

SLP Must Have & an IG Hop!

Don't miss out on these opportunities to win today!

I don't generally advertise much on my blog, but I wanted to be sure you knew that the SLPs on TpT have a monthly sale on the 7th- TODAY!

It is your opportunity each month to get one product at 50% off- a great deal! Just search #May17SLPMustHaveSale to get great savings.

My offering this month will help your students communicate during outside activities this spring and summer! That is right, my File Folder Sentence Building Activities Bundle is on sale for half price today only! You won't get a better deal than this!

Also, be sure to join the hop on Instagram tonight for a chance to win a $50 gift card for TpT or a T-Shirt from Peachie Speechie!

Have fun today!

Spring Phonological Awareness Freebie 2

Get the FREE phonological awareness printable game from Looks Like Language now!
Welcome back for the second part of the Spring Phonological Awareness freebie! I know many of you are starting to countdown the days left in school. Games are always a fun way to keep kids working!

There are 24 cards in the set with pictured, familiar words for your students to listen for matching beginning and ending sounds. The cards can be used in simple games, like matching and go fish, or as an activity in learning centers.

Download it here
If you missed the first part, just click here. Have fun!

Scrounging for Therapy

Scrounging for therapy? Absolutely!

Scrounging for therapy- inexpensive ideas from Looks Like Language!
Preschoolers need to play, so that means you need a variety of materials to match your themes. Yes, it is extra work in the beginning, but the lovely thing about it is that once you have accumulated enough treasures, you can work on a wide variety of goals in your groups since the theme ties it all together!

So here’s some pictures of how I scrounged for speech therapy materials for preschoolers before the times of the beautiful sets you can get from TpT!

Preschoolers often need props for everything to learn to play. I gathered up as many 3D items as I could, supplemented with boxes, containers and assorted junk, and filled in the rest with paper pictures.

Scrounging for therapy- inexpensive ideas from Looks Like Language!
When I opened up my plastic sleeve of playground items, these are the goodies that I found. The Playground Game, top left, is an open ended picture game from an old Sesame Street magazine. Remember that I recommended you look out for them at garage sales in my last post? This is a good example why!

Scrounging for therapy- inexpensive ideas from Looks Like Language!
If I don't have you convinced, check out this Sesame Street playground picture that I turned into a File Folder Sentence Activity! This is how they got started.

Scrounging for therapy- inexpensive ideas from Looks Like Language!
On top is a plastic cling activity – heaven knows where I found it, but I sure wish I could draw like that! These activities are fun for giving directions and describing. Tell the student which kid to find by describing them. Then give directions for where exactly to place it in the picture.

Scrounging for therapy- inexpensive ideas from Looks Like Language!
Next comes a simple adapted book for the playground. I like it because there is one playground item per page and in use, which let me elicit the action as well as the label. If you work in a school, the Scholastic flyers the classrooms send out can be a great source for inexpensive books. You can also join on line.

Scrounging for therapy- inexpensive ideas from Looks Like Language!
On the bottom is an example of a work sheet from a very old workbook that I modified to be an activity.  I used it as an open ended group game. After providing a response, the students took a child and figured out where to put the picture based on how the child was moving. 

Then I used a CLEAN UP GAME. My students took turns telling me about what one of the kids was doing. If they used their target correctly, they picked up the child. Count to see who got the most, and then everyone puts their picture back in the bag. Language and putting away help all at the same time!

But, what about the kids who don’t even know how to play? Come back next week to get some tips!
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