Beginning or Ending Sounds- A Free Phonological Awareness Activity- Week 1

Have fun practicing the phonological processes of initial or final sound omissions, work on phonological awareness skills, or just have fun being creative and let your students find ways that the pictures are the same or different! There are so many ways to make use of this free download!


Have fun with beginning and ending sounds with this free phonology download from Looks like Language!

Come back every week for a month and you will have a complete, free packet! Or if you prefer, join my newsletter to get the entire, complete set in one download (along with some extras!) 

This month, my newsletter followers are getting a bonus open ended game board. 

Open ended activities are so useful when you have make up sessions to do and have to group kids with a hodgepodge of goals!

Download the first week's set here.


Rhyming and Articulation skills in one fun bundle packed full of picture cards!
Do you need some more fun sound practice for articulation and phonology skills? Check out Speech Therapy Games and Activities for Final Consonants & Rhymes

There are many pictures, sorting mats, worksheets and a fun game to keep your students practicing over and over again! 

One buyer said, "What a brilliant idea! The kids enjoy it!" And I'm sure yours will, too!

Enjoy the freebie! Linda

Spring Fun Freebie 4

I'm excited to tell you that the last section of my updated Spring Fun Freebie has a new printable worksheet for sorting what belongs in spring time. You can download it here.

Grab this open ended, free printable game and worksheet set from Looks Like Language!
Every month you can get a complete, free packet for basic skills by stopping here for Freebie Friday.

My newsletter followers get the complete set in one download to make their lives easier!


Going to the playground definitely belongs in spring!

Learn playground labels, actions and rules with the activity packed At the Playground! set.
This activity packed literacy set build vocabulary for playground equipment and actions, spatial concepts to answer Where questions, and a variety of worksheets to make your mixed groups easier!

Check out At the Playground at my store.

Enjoy! Linda

5 Important Reasons to Combine Books & Play in Therapy


Books and play are my two favorite therapy methods, so what could be better than combining the two? Sometimes people think that all SLPs do is play, so how hard could that be? They’d be surprised if they tried to accomplish specific goals in maybe an hour or so a week!

5 benefits to combining books and play in speech/language therapy.

5 benefits of combining books and play in therapy:


1. Kids who are engaged are more willing to learn.

2.  Using play and the language for play also helps improve their symbolic thinking skills.

3. Using adapted books helps them understand and engage with books, improving their literacy skills.

4. Using therapy methods and materials that are part of their environment helps to promote generalization or carry-over.

5. They are both so much fun!

Have fun with Spilt Milk at Looks Like Language! Freebie, too!
Spring is a fun time for incorporating a cloud/rain theme to go along with the saying, “April showers bring May flowers.” My favorite book to use for that theme?  It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw.

Adapting the book
Did you know that there is a great website from the Baltimore City School system that has Boardmaker symbols for books all ready to download? For FREE! What a huge timesaver if you have Boardmaker already installed!

Get the list of all of the adapted books here
Or you can start with the downloadable zip files, starting with the letter A here.

Unfortunately, It looked like Spilt Milk used to be available, but no longer is. Maybe I should make that freebie for my newsletter members- what do you think?

Have fun with Spilt Milk at Looks Like Language! Freebie, too!

Games & Skills



Since VISUAL DISCRIMINATION SKILLS are a must for any students using a symbol system to communicate, the shape matching nature of this book makes it a great choice to use with students who are developing literacy skills. Additional shape matching activities can be found in the book companion at my store.

You know that I loved using Ellison cutters when I was in the schools (free), and now many people are buying home versions like Sizzix or Cricut machines (expensive.)

No worries, though, as you can just download the free cloud shapes here and do some old fashioned tracing and cutting on construction paper instead.

Cloud faces with basic EMOTIONS are always cute to use!

Make a pile face down, elicit a target from your student and then let them choose from the pile. If you have 4 emotions, you can have 4 winners!
Instead of picking randomly from a pile, stack each emotion in a deck and students can take turns requesting the emotion card they want.

Clouds with different colors, sizes, and shapes add DESCRIPTIVE WORDS to their language!

MIXED GROUPS- Try using tape or fun-tack to attach other pictures to the back of the cloud shapes. In the picture, I have pieces to a Sesame Street puzzle attached to use as a puzzle token board. The student knew that when the puzzle was completed, the task was done.
Give each student a set of their own clouds with their specific targets. Place the free cloud page that you downloaded in a page protector so students have to cover all of the shapes.

SPEECH SKILLS- Tape pictures with the target sounds on the back or write the word using a dry erase marker on the clouds if they are laminated. Easy!

LANGUAGE SKILLS- It doesn’t have to be fancy. Just cut out the pictures from a worksheet that you can give for homework and tape them on the back to practice first!

Have fun with Spilt Milk at Looks Like Language! Freebie, too!
There are so many more fun activities in my book companion. Besides giving little ones an easy way to start using the strategy of looking back in the text to recall story details, there are a cute open-ended game board, and rhyming and phonology activities, too. 

But I think my favorite is the cloud shape matching boards! Check it out here!

Enjoy!

Spring Fun Freebie 3

This spring freebie is quick, easy, colorful and fun! This also describes all of the freebies that are offered on Looks Like Language all year long to make your life easier.


Free printable spring fun from Looks Like Language!
Get the third part of the packet in this week's download here and use it to practice any work your students need to review.

Have some spring fun! The worksheets and printable game have a cute bunny, chick, and egg theme. 
Make sentence building easier with pictured activities! Looks Like Language
For learning new skills, packets that are more specific are helpful for teaching. If your students need some work on forming sentences, check out Sentence Building Activities with Pictures: Spring!  

Picture supports are so helpful for all students, especially those with language and auditory processing difficulties. 

Enjoy! Linda

Spring Fun Freebie 2

Spring is a time of change. When the weather gets nicer and everything starts to grow, it is a welcome change for most of us.


Have some free, printable spring fun from Looks Like Language!
You can have fun with these free printable activities as a part of your spring theme! The game with chicks, bunnies and eggs is open ended. Get it here. Did you miss the first part? That's okay. You can download it here.

Children with autism or anxiety issues may have come to perceive change as something scary, however, especially when they aren't really sure what a change will bring and can't communicate their fears. 

Spring is a great time to incorporate the word 'change' into your activities, so that your students can associate the word with some positive things, too.

If you'd like some more tips for this idea, try reading these blog posts:

Transition Problems: & Questions SLPs Need to Ask

Change Can Be Hard: 7 Tips for Students

Enjoy! Linda
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