Showing posts with label Resource Links. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Resource Links. Show all posts

Making It Work: 3 Steps for Using Adapted Books and Play



Did you leave my last post about combining books with play thinking, “Those are great ideas, but how do I do that?”  Then this post is for you!

Step 1: Choose a theme!

Having a picnic is the theme I’ll be using since it is lots of fun and has so many options. Themes allow you to :

      • Make groups work when you have to switch your groups around for make-up sessions.

      •  Coordinate with the theme being used in a pre-K or K classroom.

      • Get out a limited set of toys, books and craft activities for the time you are using the theme.

• Start collecting fun toys and activities to expand your theme for next year.

Step 2: Choose and adapt a book!

There are so many choices!

⁃ Start by looking at what you already have around or can get inexpensively. Planning ahead and looking at the Scholastic Book club choices can be a good way to go, so parents can get the same book for home carryover!

⁃ Often it is good to have a higher level book and a lower level one for your theme, so you can meet most of the goals you are working on and have a cohesive set of follow-up activities for everyone.

⁃ Look at the pictures in the book. Does the text talk about what is happening in the picture or can you adapt the text easily so that they match? Our students need to have this visual matching support to make sense of the language in the text.

⁃ Adapt the book so that your lower level students can fill in the vocabulary words while your higher level students can complete the sentences. This can be done easily if you have more than one place with a blank Velcro spot to add the missing symbols. Just choose which set of symbols to remove depending on the needs of each student or group.


Step 3: Choose your follow-up activities!

You want these activities to reinforce the language and concepts for the theme and the book. Best practice would have you read the entire book first before you focus on sections of it for skill building.

- Start with the object vocabulary. 
Find toys or bring in the real items to elicit the labels. How about a picnic basket filled with the items you are talking about? Students can take turns putting their hand in the basket without peeking and pull out an item to label.

- Re-enact the plot sequence by doing the activity. 
This is a great way to reinforce the object labels and introduce the verbs. If your students can handle it, go outside to an enclosed area and have a picnic with their favorite snack and drink. 

Do you have runners? Then have a picnic on your therapy room floor with the door closed. Still won’t work? Put a plastic tablecloth or red bulletin board paper over your table and have your picnic there while your student is in the accustomed seating.

- Now that your students have some experience with a picnic, go back to your adapted  book and see how successful they are at completing it. Note their errors to choose which follow up activities to use:

* Play having a picnic with toys.
* Do a craft to make/decorate/color the vocabulary items.
* Play a game with pictures of the activities involved in the theme.
* Watch a You-tube video associated with the theme.
* Use an interactive activity on your iPad for the theme. BOOM Cards are great for this!
* Make flip book activity for forming sentences.
* Adapt a picture worksheet to make an interactive activity, or have your higher level students just complete the worksheet.
* Have students fill in more of the symbols in your adapted book, or use additional books to expand their language for the theme.


Here are some picnic theme ideas to check out:

Try these 3 steps that work from Looks Like Language for using adapted books and play!

Try these 3 steps that work from Looks Like Language for using adapted books and play!
Try these 3 steps that work from Looks Like Language for using adapted books and play!
3 steps for using adapted books and play in therapy from Looks Like Language@

Enjoy! Linda

Back to School with Teachers Pay Teachers

Are you ready for Back to School? Here in the northeast, there’s still another month of summer vacation, but many school systems across the country are gearing up to go back soon.

The Teachers Pay Teachers Back to School sale is here!
Of course, that means it is time for the TpT Back to School sale! It’s your chance to get 25% off everything in my store if you use the code BTS2017!
Don't be like me and forget to put the code in!

Now, you know that I am delighted to be working on products for you full time now, but I thought I’d take a peek at some new products you might be interested in.

Bilingual Speech Therapy Explanation Handouts for Parents in Spanish and English
Do you have students who come from a bilingual home? This new packet by Sarah Wu- Speech is Beautiful looks amazing if you do.  It can save you so much time, compared to writing you own and then finding someone to translate for you. And since Sarah is both bilingual and an SLP, you can be sure that the information is just right! Check it out here.


Social Skills: Comic books, girls, friendship
If I was going back to my caseload this year, this new social skills comic book by Smartmouth SLP would definitely be in my cart! Middle school girls can show a lot of drama, and the cartoon set up provides a great way to open up those discussions! You can find it here.



One of my newest products can also save you a lot of time! 
Save time with R sound homework and activities- Fall! Looks Like Language

Although my passions are autism, social skills and mixed groups, I’ve also done a fair amount of articulation therapy in the (40 years time  SHH!) since I started treating! I know how time consuming it can be to not only plan for therapy, but come up with homework as well.

This NO PREP set can be used for therapy activities and then sent home for homework! Parent instructions are included, too!

The set is very adaptable, working on the R sound from listening skills through words and sentences, and includes picture level worksheets as well as pages with words for readers. Check to see how much time this will save you here.

Have fun filling up your cart!

Helping Our Students Transition to Independence

Transitioning? What?

You might be wondering if these links have nothing useful for you, but if you are working with a moderately to severely impaired population, then it is my opinion that you can never get started thinking about this too early!

Building functional independence skills can never start too early! Check out these free resource links at Looks Like Language!
Our students who have moderate to severe deficits need us to be the ones who are thinking ahead and planning how to build their skills to their greatest potential! Since they need so much practice with work presented at tiny little steps, it will only help if we all have in mind the eventual desired outcomes as we plan each year's therapy.

With this in mind, maybe you want to take a look at these links even if your students are still younger!

The complete list of links can be found in this post.

If you don't have time to check out the complete list, I recommend that you at least go to my most favorite download, Moving Toward Functional Social Competence.

The Minnesota Region 10 Low Incidence Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) project compiled this thorough checklists at three levels for joint attention, greetings, self regulation, conversations, perspective taking, social problem solving/critical thinking skills, friendship and life skills. They also included a recommended resource list for further reading. 

Be sure to download this helpful free resource!

I hope you are enjoying your summer! 

14 AWESOME Resource Links for Social Skills!

There never seems to be enough materials to meet our students' specific needs. Between differences in how they learn, what activities they enjoy, and how much practice is needed, I know that looking for resources can seem never ending.


Need some help finding free resources for teaching emotions? Check out this blog post!

That is why I love to look for free help. And, of course, I want to share these resources with you!

I found what I think is a treasure trove of online ideas and activities for working on emotions and nonverbal language skills. If you haven't already checked these links out, you really should!

I checked to make sure that the links are still working, but instead of reposting the whole thing, I'm just going to ask you to click here for some amazing free resources.

You know that you can always find ready made help at my store.  And if you haven't signed up for my newsletter yet, why haven't you? It will get you access to tips, freebies, and news. Your email will be collected solely for receiving my newsletter. No spam!


Sign up here to get my FREE Getting Started with Autism Guide!

Enjoy! Linda

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:




Questions

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.






Sentences

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!

Sharing Kindness- It Matters!

Join The Frenzied SLPs in kindness with some freebies!

Kindness in words and deeds truly matters! The Frenzied SLPs are joining together to support teaching and talking about kindness by doing what we know best- making great materials to work on varied speech, language and communication skills!

Everyday kindnesses are such an important part of life, smoothing over relationships when we've made an error and apologized for our our mistakes. All too often, my students think that the apology is the end goal. They need to be taught that the real aim is to change their behavior. Showing the person you hurt some extra small kindnesses, along the way to demonstrating that you have truly changed, is also important.

To help you out with this, my freebie is a cute little game board that can co-ordinate with the other great materials you will find in this blog hop. It also includes a set of picture cards to talk about why unkind behaviors and a set with problem situations, too!

Have fun clicking through this blog hop to get all of the freebies! Please leave kind feedback at our TpT stores if you love what we made for you!

Thanks to Sparklle SLP and Lisette from Speech Sprouts for organizing us!


Link up for the next freebie here!
Thanks for joining us!


Spread the kindness! The Frenzied SLPs!

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