Showing posts with label Freebie Alert. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Freebie Alert. Show all posts

Giveaway! Last Week to Enter

Giveaway fun at Looks Like Language! Last week!
It has been so fun deciding what to include in my binders each week as a little surprise, I may do this again sometime! Read on to find out another reason why.

Congratulations to this week's winners, Jenna and Elizabeth!

I don't have a long post this week because I am visiting friends around Lake Champlain, but I thought I'd share a photo with you so you could enjoy a little of the beauty vicariously.

I also thought you might have a laugh at my math skills as I was figuring out this contest. 5 Fridays in September @ 2 winners each week = 10 winners, right?

Slight problem, though. The first Friday I only announced the contest! So, the moral of this story is to trust my therapy advice but not my math! Two more binders to give away, and I may do this again, but hopefully with better counting skills!

Have a peaceful week!

A peaceful break at Lake Champlain! Looks Like Language

The Give Away Continues! Love FREE?

I'm thrilled to announce this week's winners! Amanda and Becky, congratulations!

And congratulations to me, too! I feel like a winner when I get to talk to one of my blog readers. Getting to know you better helps me help you!

Give away time at Looks Like Language!
So, I told you that I have a pile of stuff I've brought home and decided to do a give away. The photo only shows a piece of it (unfortunately!) Interested in a chance to win one of my binders, with page protectors, data sheets and a surprise?

Just sign up at the top of my blog for a chance to win! Need more details? Check out this post.

Good luck!

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!

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?

A Quick Little Contest to Spark Up the New Year!

Wishing all of you a happy, healthy New Year full of wonderful times with your loved ones!

To get the new year started with a spark of fun, I decided to run a little contest here on my blog. Comment below with the answer to one of my questions to help me get my posts off to a great start in 2017. 

Up to five lucky readers will win a product of their choice ($5 or under) from my store if their comment is chosen!

So, here are my questions:
1- What is it about the blogs that you really like that keeps you reading?

2- What areas of working as an SLP or special educator would you love to see more blog posts about?

3-What is the biggest problem you face regularly as an SLP or special educator?


Comment below with an answer to one of these questions! Then check back in on Monday evening, January 2, 2017 to see if you are one of the lucky ones! If you want to be sure to be a lucky one, search #spednewyear today to get some great dollar deals on TpT!  Good luck and Happy New Year!

Fun and Simple Holiday Games to Make Therapy So Easy!

Life can be complicated, but therapy doesn’t always have to be that way! As a matter of fact, it is just when your life is getting complicated that you really need those quick and easy therapy ideas! Last year, I posted some ideas for decorating a tree as a quick, fun therapy activity. If you missed that post, check it out here!

Quick and easy holiday therapy ideas from Looks Like Language!
Here’s another way to use simple shapes for open-ended holiday fun. Cut out shapes in different colors, like I did in the picture, but use as many different holiday items as you have available. 

Mix and match holidays and add core vocabulary items, too. I always combined holiday items (for fun!) with teaching toy labels and associated vocabulary, taking data on that rather than the fun stuff I added in. 

Kids have their minds on presents and toys this month, so the topic is self-motivating and great for home carryover!

To play, the students can request the color item that they like. If you need to elicit longer utterances, try adding the same shapes in different sizes.  

Or, instead of placing them in a pile, lay them out like a memory game and have your students request the orange ornament that is below the blue dreidel!  Tape pictures of their target words on the back and have them say it correctly to keep the shape or put pictures of holiday activities on the back to elicit grammatical structures.

Besides simplicity, one of the things that I like best about these activities is that it lets you incorporate seasonal vocabulary with your students, yet not make it the main focus of your therapy session. Teachers, moms, and dads will be using those seasonal words with them, too, so don’t lose track of the special skills we have to offer and what we can work on that the students aren’t getting help with anywhere else!


The versatility of these open-ended games makes it easy to use from year to year as well. So, last year you worked on beginning sounds and this year you have a lot of final consonant deletions? No problem! Just pull off the pictures from last year and tape a new picture on!

Quick and easy holiday therapy ideas from Looks Like Language!
Having a super busy year? Are you looking for a versatile game where someone else did the work for you? I’ve got that covered, too! Check this freebie out!

Easy peasy activities that provide perfectly fun, adaptable ideas for this time of year!

Enjoy!

Building Thanksgiving Sentences FREE Activity-4

Build Thanksgiving sentences with pictured words! Free from Looks-Like-Language
If your school is like mine, you have a few days to get through before Thanksgiving! Why these short weeks before a holiday sometimes seem the longest is beyond me!

To say Happy Thanksgiving to my loyal followers, I'm getting this last section of my Thanksgiving out to you ahead of time. I really hope it makes your planning a little easier this week.

Download it here, and have a wonderful holiday!

Building Thanksgiving Sentences FREE Activity- 3

Build Thanksgiving sentences with pictured words! Free from Looks-Like-Language
I just love using visuals! They really help any students with processing or learning problems, they support at risk learners, and pictures just make it more fun for kids! I do tend to forget how much more easily most students will write than mine will, but don't be concerned. Your students who learn at a faster rate will have fun with the pictures and then can go write their own sentences after!

Building Thanksgiving Sentences has picture supports at two levels- supporting comprehension using color coded WH questions and noun-verb-noun sorting for higher level students. Fun for everyone!

This week you get the action/ verb pictures for making sentences. Download it here!

A Sweet Halloween Treat is Waiting for You!

Ghosts, bats, witches and cats- how do they go together? They are Halloween things, of course! This matching go together worksheet is photocopiable and just waiting for you to download.
This Free Halloween download from Looks-Like-Language may make homework easier!

Isn't it wonderful when someone takes care of homework for you? Early educators, SLPs and home schoolers, this may be right for you.


Enjoy your Halloween treats with no calories. I wish I could figure out how to do this with chocolate! 


Get  your free download here!

Summer Rhyme Time Freebie Part 4

Rhyming helps reading skills! Looks Like Language!
Rhyming is an important skill for reading, so I am delighted to be helping some children out there with this!

SUMMER LANGUAGE TIP FOR PARENTS:

+ Play a hot potato rhyming game! Use any soft toy, such as a stuffed animal, or even take one of those unmatched socks we all have lying around. Roll it up in a ball to be the hot potato. 

+ The first person says a short word and tosses the potato to the next person. Don’t be caught holding a hot potato for too long! Say a rhyming word quickly and pass the potato on to the next person. The person who can’t think of another rhyming word, just holding the hot potato, loses the game. 
+ You can play this with 2 or more people. If you have a group, the person who lost can sit out, with the game continuing until one person is left. If you are playing with just you and your child, see how many rhymes your child can do in a row. Watch it improve with practice!


Be sure to get this week’s game cards here. See you next week!

9 Tips for Teaching Choices to Special Needs Children

Choices: The Most Important Strategy has been my theme this month. I've posted tips for learning to make appropriate choices at varied ages. Don't miss my tips for toddlers and for preschoolers! 

Students with special needs need to go through these steps, too, although often they need more support and can take longer at each step along the way.  That is just their learning pattern. To help yourself out, find a way to snapshot what your child/student is like at intervals, whether it is parental journaling or the extensive record keeping of a special needs teacher or SLP.
Free resources for autism at Looks Like Language!

For parents, think about when you take videos. Usually when we do this, we are trying to catch our kids at their cutest! I’m talking about having some reminder of when they are at their worst. Maybe a family member who doesn't see your child daily will notice the change for you!

Because when they are at their worst sometime in the future, that is when you will find support from seeing that they actually have made changes. When change happens incrementally, it is so hard to see and even harder to keep persevering! 



While our special needs kids also have to learn to make good choices, they can benefit from some additional supports along the way. 

Visuals!  So many students with special needs, especially those with auditory processing problems and those who are on the spectrum, have so much difficulty with oral language. 

Pairing oral language with a visual support provides something with meaning to attach to the words, building comprehension skills whether your student speaks or is nonverbal.

3 Tips for Making Choices with Visuals

My free resource Getting Started with Autism Guide has been updated! Click here to get it!


Teaching Requesting

Hold actual objects in each arm, separated in space, to see which one is looked at, and then:
*Pair the words with the choice. 
*Say the name of the object the child is looking at. *Pause a second to see if the child will verbalize first, but don’t let the child get frustrated. 

For children who don’t vocalize often, pair a pictured symbol with the object.  The easiest way is to cut the logo or photo from the  box, place it in front of the objects and help the child point at it or hand it to you to make a request.

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First/Then Boards

You determine the first activity that needs to be done, but the child gets to choose the follow-up activity.

For students who are still learning picture representations, I have found it helpful to place the photo/symbol on the board anyway, with the real object next to it, out of reach, with a wait sign covering easy access to it. You may need to start with one trial before allowing access, building up from there, to let the child see the sequence and come to understand that he will get the desired object after the work is done.

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Visual Schedules

When the student understands choice boards and that events occur in a sequence, it is time for visual schedules. 

With a First-Then Board, the student has learned to work through one complete activity before getting a choice. 


You can lengthen the amount slowly by using a visual schedule, showing the sequence of events during a therapy session. I like to use symbols that show the type of activity since they can be re-used, like those in this picture.


I included my ready-to-work attending cues on the top. I would say, "Your hands, feet and mouth need to be quiet so your eyes can look, your ears can listen and your brain can think!" After teaching this, my students often just needed a point cue at the pictures to remind them to get back on track.


3 Tips for Higher Level Students with Special Needs


TIP: When an inappropriate choice is being made, try to keep your emotions out of the picture.  Calmly point out the negative consequence of that choice and ask the student to reconsider their decision. Then give some time and space for thinking, letting it appear that they have come to a better decision independently.

TIP: When the child makes a bad decision, try not to have the “I told you so!” attitude. Comments such as, “We all learn from our mistakes”  can show understanding without assigning blame. It lets you follow up later, when emotions have calmed, with a discussion of how to make reparation and how a similar situation could be handled differently next time.

TIP: When your student has an anxiety component, making choices can be incredibly stressful and lead to more problem behaviors, at times, than just expecting them to follow directions might.  This doesn’t mean that we should not be teaching these students to make choices, just that we need to handle this important growing up skill with kid gloves and collaborate with our teams.

Providing choices so that students can learn to make responsible choices is extremely important!  Do you agree?

Thanks to Educlips for the cute free chalkboards and to Ashley Hughes for the adorable free pockets! 

Simple Therapy Ideas for Last Minute Planning!

As much as we love the holidays, this can be a stressful time of year, especially for overworked moms and dads. Don’t you agree? It’s not like we already didn’t have too much to do. Enjoying the holidays can be easier if we try not to overdo in the name of the holiday spirit. A few family traditions and a happy family are all we really need to make the season bright!


Quick, free and easy holiday ideas from Looks Like Language!



Sometimes simple is better in therapy, too! Young children really like playing easy games, without winners. Variations on a theme, or the exact same thing, suit them just fine. Do you have a book that you’ve read so many bedtimes that you feel you could do it in your sleep?


Simplicity is why I loved being in a school with Ellison cutters and have saved the shapes for years, even though I am not currently working with preschoolers.  If your school doesn’t have an Ellison cutter, don’t worry. You can use this idea by finding simple shapes online and cutting them out with scissors and construction paper. 

Quick, free and easy holiday ideas from Looks Like Language!


Once you have your shapes cut out, laminate them and then you can attach any pictures to them using tape or fun tac. (Make sure your students don’t mouth items if using fun-tac, and don’t let them think that it is gum, either!)
For the pictured activity, your students need a blank tree to decorate. After saying their target sound or language goal, they pick a tree shape, turn it over, take off the decoration that is on the back of the small tree and put it on their larger tree to decorate it. 


Need a little movement?  Place the large tree on your wall or cabinet. After saying the work and picking a shape, the students get to stand up and take the decoration to put on the shared tree. Kids love this activity!

When it is time to clean up, students can follow directions to find the decoration you labeled or described and go get it off the tree!

Quick, fun and easy ideas for last minute therapy!
If you’d like a game for decorating the tree that has most of the work already done for you, check out my Christmas Category Activities.

Now that we have solved your therapy problems this week, you’ll have more time for all of your holiday preparations!

Whatever holiday you celebrate,  I hope it will be a happy one this year! 
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