Back to School Giveaway! Plus a Surprise!

Back to school time is so hectic! This is my first year that I'm not gearing up for school, but believe me, I understand!

I was looking at the mess I made of my quilting room when I brought tons of stuff home from school last June, and trying to figure out what I was going to do about it all. You see, I don't like to throw serviceable stuff into the garbage. I usually donate things, but this was stuff you might be able to use! 

So, I decided to do a GIVEAWAY!

September 2017 Giveaway at Looks Like Language!
I have 10 binders in good shape with 25 page protectors, so there will be 10 lucky winners by the end of September! 

If you want to see why I love page protectors so much, check out this post.

Now, what good is an empty binder? It needs to have something in it! So, I am sharing my newsletter exclusive data sheet set. Want to see a great post with lots of links to FREE data sheets? Click here.

Do you like surprises? I know I do! So, every binder will have a surprise for you! Something loved that you might be able to use- think garage sale for free!

What's the hitch? All you need to do is sign up and hope you are one of the lucky ones! Use the bar at the top of the page to join this contest. The winners will be chosen every Friday in September with first names listed in my post. I will contact the winners by email to see where I can send your prize.

Good luck!

6 Thought Provoking Tips for Planning Autism Therapy

Yes, you can take lessons learned from hiking and apply them to planning goals for autism therapy! But before we get into that, let me reassure you that I am not an exercise diva.

Planning autism therapy with some hiking insights! Looks Like Language
Every summer, for many years now, I’ve climbed Mount Pemi as my husband warmed up for the 4,000 footers he climbs. This year, I was pondering what I’ve learned over the years of watching my family look like nimble mountain goats compared to me. 

As I thought about it, I realized these ideas work for planning therapy steps for autism as well.

1. Have a goal in mind

Hiking:  It is that beautiful view that keeps me going. When the climbing gets rough and I am working hard, I know it is worth it!

Autism:  We need to have that beautiful end goal in mind for our students to make all of their hard work worth it!

2. Look a bit ahead to make plans

Hiking: I realized a while ago that looking straight down at where I currently stood  was not the most efficient way to go.  Climbing works much better when I look a bit ahead, plan a path, and trust that my feet will take me there.


Autism: Look at and document where the student is right now, but progress is only made when you look ahead a bit to where you want them to be, and plan a path to get them there.

3. Sometimes you need little steps

Hiking: On the flatter sections, I can keep a steady pace. But sometimes it gets rocky, and little steps are necessary to get me through. Sometimes, I need to look around and modify the path I thought I wanted to go on.

Autism: When learning stalls, or behaviors emerge, smaller steps are needed in the activities to keep your student moving along the path. Sometimes you need to take another look at that path you planned. If it isn’t working, modify it!

4. Stop to take a break

Hiking: I get hot and out of breath after a steep section, so I need to stop and rest a bit. While I am catching my breath, it is good to look around and enjoy my surroundings!

Autism: Our students work hard for every accomplishment.  After they have achieved even a small step, stop to take a break. Review some easier tasks. Stop and enjoy something fun!

5. Enjoy the view!

Hiking: Reward yourself for your hard work. Look all around to see the beautiful view and enjoy it! You worked hard to get there so don’t focus on the next mountain you want to climb.

Autism: Reinforce your student for the hard work! Look all around you to figure out ways to help your student apply the skills in functional tasks. Make sure they can enjoy and use the new skill in as many ways as possible before attacking another skill.

6. Don’t compare!

Hiking: I took a heck of a lot longer to get up the mountain than the guy I saw jogging his way up. But, my view was just as beautiful!

Autism: Some students need so many more steps to get to that final goal than others do, but once they can do the task, it can be even more beautiful!

Finally, I wouldn’t climb a mountain if the view wasn’t worth it.
Don’t make your students climb a mountain if the outcome isn’t functional and worth all of their efforts!

P.S. Here’s the view!

Is your therapy outcome worth the work? Autism tips 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!

Free Fun Fall Activity for Multiple Speech & Language Skills

Get this FREE, fun fall freebie from Looks Like Language!
It is back to school time, so fall isn't far behind! We have to do a lot of informal assessments to get started on the right track, so why not make your planning easier with a fun fall freebie?

This photo game set and writing worksheet will let you address a multitude of speech and language skills, whether you are in the classroom or working in your office. Try it out here!

5 Reasons to Assess Narrative Skills- Back to School

Are books a vital part of your planning? I can't imagine doing without them, personally, but teaching your students internet literacy is just as important. If you teach students from disadvantaged homes, they may not have the same level of access to computers, so they especially need it included in every aspect of school life to gain digital skills.

The other bonus for us is that we can try out books online to see if our students engage with them, purchasing the book only if we decide it is one of our favorites to use over and over again!

One of my students introduced me to this YouTube video last year, and it has become one of my new favorites! Although I love the paperback version of Don't Laugh at Me by Steve Seskin, the song version is a great way to introduce it.  At back to school time, as students are getting to know each other, it is a natural time to find out about their likes, dislikes, and characteristics and incorporate a theme of acceptance of our differences. Give this one a try!

5 reasons to assess literacy skills plus links to free online resources! Looks Like Language
Checking students' narrative skills is on the top of my list for back to school assessments. Whether you do this orally or in a written format, there is so much information you can gain to help your students make progress over the year!

Beside the fact that this is an essential basic skill for conversations, discussion and writing, you can see how well they
* retrieve and organize information while staying on topic
* if there are word finding issues
* the level of sentence complexity
* grammatical errors
* how well they carried over skills from the previous year, including articulation skills.

There are so many fun, free websites at all levels of skill that can help you do this with little planning! Check out this post to get a comprehensive list! I double checked- all of the links still work.

What is your favorite book or website for literacy?


Getting Organized for Back to School Freebie

Do you feel better starting the school year with some organization in place? I know I always did. The beginning of the school year hits with a bang, and being able to find your materials quickly can save so much time!


Get organized for back to school with a freebie from Looks Like Language!
I had you in mind when I made this freebie for labeling your binders. A little bit of pretty along with organization makes getting back to school even nicer! You can get it at my store!

Don't worry if you aren't an SLP and the pre-made labels won't work for you. The PowerPoint is completely editable, so all you have to do is highlight the existing text and replace it with your own.

Want more organization tips? Read this post to see how I do it!

Enjoy!
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