Print and Go Games for St. Patrick's Day!

Once I was working with a young boy (let's call him "M") who communicated using PECS, and after much practice, I was so happy that he was making some progress with his symbol discrimination skills. FINALLY!

The next session with him, I had a student observer and sat at the table in a different position relative to him. With me in a different seat, we were back to ground zero. It was like he had never done the activity before in his life! 

That was a learning moment for me. Once an ASD student learns a skill in one context, keep applying that skill in as many different ways as possible and review, review, review!

Easy ways to keep reviewing skills are to use different types of activities and take advantage of holiday themes to review a variety of targets learned during the year. Why teach just the vocabulary for that day, which is used once a year, when you can have fun with the theme and review more functional language?

Get free print and go activities each month from Looks Like Language!
For this reason, I have an open-ended FREE St. Patrick's Day game set for you!
You can download it here.

And if you'd like to have access to the longer, free monthly sets for 2019, just sign up for my email list on the pop-up!












If you work with students using AAC, you will want to check out my friend Susan's new book: Making the Connection: A Practical Guide to Parents and Practitioners for Teaching the Nonverbal Child to Communicate with AAC.

One of the many useful tips I learned when reading this book was that research shows that successful AAC users depend upon having frequently used words remain in the same position so they can access them more quickly to get their message across.



It made me reflect back on when I was working with students like "M", who displayed problems with spatial perceptual skills, and wonder what could have happened if I had worked on expanding communication without moving symbols around.

I'll never know, but you could be more effective with your AAC students after reading the book! I certainly wish I had an easy to read book with so much information available to me then! Just click here if you'd like to check it out. And it is free if you have Kindle Unlimited!

Disclaimer: Susan is my friend, but I get no compensation for writing this and certainly wouldn't mention the book to you if I didn't know it could be very helpful!

Enjoy!

Teaching Kindness in February- A Free Print & Go Game Download

It is unbelievably important for educators to teach kindness skills and respect for different viewpoints and ways of life! I have some help for you with my free download.

To my way of thinking, having people be kind and respectful to each other makes the world a better place.

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Since the world seems to be both growing smaller, in terms of having access to information about anywhere in the world, yet growing more divided, let's do what we can to help promote peaceful interactions and acceptance of differences in hopes that our young people may make our world better.

A free print and go kindness board game from Looks Like Language!
Download the free kindness game board here.

If you'd like more options for mixed groups, have you signed up for my growing bundle of open-ended print and go games? Free for 2019 only, so don't wait! Click here or sign up on the pop-up!

Model kindness and help our kids be kind!

9 Reasons to Consider Working in a School Setting

Where to work? You are a lucky SLP if you have your choice of settings, but how to decide? I can weigh in on what I’ve learned from working in a school setting, although that was not my first choice.

I had always thought that I would work in a hospital setting since in the 80’s school SLPs were looked on as people who corrected lisps and /r/. After my clinical placement at Johns Hopkins Kennedy Krieger Institute, it was my dream to work there. But jobs weren’t available there and a school system wanted to hire me. Nothing like student loans and a need to eat to get you taking any job offered!

So, I started in the schools. Time for a disclaimer: An offer to write a blog post came to me from Therapy Travelers to receive money for writing about why to work in the school system. I usually don’t accept these offers, but the thought kept going through my mind- why did I stay in school systems all those years?

So, here are my reasons. Two people who respond with their reason will be chosen randomly to receive a $10 TpT gift card!

Why work in a school setting? 9 reasons to consider it!

Why work in a school setting?


1. After working in 13 different schools, I can tell you that each school has their own culture.  If one building is not a good fit for you, that doesn’t mean that you won’t love working in a different one!

2. You get to work with a wide variety of problem areas and severity levels in a school system. It’s not just /l/, /s/and/r/ anymore!

3. It is a great way to solidify your skills at treating various speech/language disorders in children as a new clinician and possibly using pre-existing IEP paperwork.

4. You can learn a lot over the years by observing special educators and having a chance to talk over problem behaviors with the other members of your student’s related service team even if you are the only SLP in the school.

5. While people mistakenly think that working in a school is a 9 to 3 job, you often have the flexibility of putting in the extra hours for planning and paperwork from home, which is great if you have a family.

6. If you have children, it is very helpful to often have overlapping school day hours and vacations to help reduce the need for child care.

7. Having the steady income and benefits from a school system is a plus, although changes in student population can affect your job even after working in a school for many years.

8. Working in a school broadens your horizons and increases your flexibility. You can make many decisions about your treatment plans, but a variety of factors are out of your control, so you learn to cope. You get exposed to a wider variety of cultures and socioeconomic levels than you would if you only work with private clients whose parents can afford therapy. It helps you learn what a diversified country we live in!


9. While working in 3 different school systems over the years was often hectic, it was never boring!

And if you try it and don’t like it, you can always change your mind later and step out into the world of private therapy, keeping your income steady as you build a client base. For me, working in school systems provided a much more interesting career than I ever imagined as a newly graduated therapist. 

What is your reason for working in the school setting?

Two lucky people who respond will each win a $10 TpT gift card!

Dream BIG with Martin Luther King, Jr & a free download!

Happy 2019!

I hope that this year will be a happy, healthy and productive year for you! Happy and healthy are up to you, but I can help out with productive!

Since I love helping out SLPs and SPED folks, I have started a new freebie set for older students this year. We can never have enough materials, can we?

There will a new, open-ended print and go game for you to use each month. More often if life events permit! 

Get a year's worth of free open ended games growing bundle at Looks Like Language!
This month, I have a free open-ended printable game board for incorporating a Martin Luther King, Jr. theme with therapy skills. Just print, go, be creative and have fun! Download it here.














I also have a special offer for this year only!
Every month, my newsletter subscribers will have access to an expanded version of the Friday Freebie!

Get a year's worth of free open ended games growing bundle at Looks Like Language!
You know that I love making materials with visuals that accommodate mixed levels/skills groups. The expanded freebies will help with exactly that!

All you have to do is sign up on the dreaded pop-up. Maybe not so dreaded this year?

Every month, you will get early access to my growing bundle of open-ended print and go game boards. The link will only be active for the current month, but you will get a new access link at the beginning of each month once you sign up.

It will only be free in 2019, so take advantage of the offer and sign up now!

Enjoy!
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