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

Snowman Color Matching Freebie

Match a snowman! Have fun with this freebie from Looks Like Language!
If you live on the East coast, you will agree that the weather this week is only fit for snowmen! Brrr! 

I updated the Snowman Color Match Freebie just in time for you to have a quick, open ended matching game for after the snow day(s).

Sign up for my newsletter if you'd love to have the whole packet at once. It will go out on Sunday!




A fun winter snowman activity set from Looks Like Language!
If you'd like some more fun activities for your snowman theme, take a look at the Snowman Color Match WH Question Activities at my store.

3 Ways to Teach Saying Thank You! Even When You Don't Mean It!

Little kids get reminded by their parents all the time: “Say please.” “Say thank you.” This is how we start teaching politeness. Politeness and manners are such important social skills!

When friction develops, manners can keep a situation calm enough to talk it out instead of fighting. In normal everyday life, it is practice beginning to be able to take another’s perspective.

Think about it- who does saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ benefit? The speaker or the listener? Obviously, the listener or we wouldn’t have to work so hard to get kids into the routine of saying it!

3 Ways to teach children to say thanks- and why it is important! Looks Like Language
Although they may say it faithfully as a learned routine, children with autism may have a difficult time understanding why it is important. Even more difficult- saying thank you when you don’t like the gift!

To help with this important skill, I have 3 ideas for you today!










1. PRACTICE the ROUTINE

Politeness is such an important social skill!
Young or nonverbal children can benefit from practicing the routine. This adapted book set will let you put items that your students like and dislike in the presents to visually teach that we still say thank you. Opening presents is such a fun activity, even when it is make-believe!




Using shoebox to teach children to say thanks! Looks Like Language
Of course, having some decorated boxes to open up and see a real toy inside is a great activity to coordinate with the book. You can read more about it here.


2. USE WORDS to TALK about FEELINGS
Have fun practicing politeness with this free game from Looks Like Language!

This free game from my store gets kids identifying how receiving different toys would make them feel and giving an appreciative response anyway. Try it out here

(Kind feedback is always appreciated as a thank you!)





3. EXPLAIN  WHY

This social rules story can help your older children or students to begin to understand why it is important to say thank you for gifts we don’t really want. 

This social rules story explains why we say thank you!
The pictured page is filled in completely and can be used for bulletin boards.

The second page is a fill in the blank. You can use this page as a basis for discussion and letting your students fill in answers that are pertinent to their lives.

Click here to download this freebie as my way of saying, "Thank you for your support!"



Discussion questions could include:

* Did you ever get a present that you didn’t like?
* How did you react? What did you do or say?
* How did the person who gave you the gift react? What did they do or say?
* How did your reaction make them feel?
* Is that how you want that person to feel?
* What could you do differently next time?
* What could you say differently next time?
* How can you help yourself sound sincere? Sincere means you really mean it. We show that in our facial expressions, body language and tone of voice.


You can use all of these resources at holiday time or for birthdays! Enjoy!

Why Thematic Therapy Works- 3 Reasons for SLPs

Do you like doing thematic therapy with your younger students?  Holidays like Halloween are themes that definitely get them motivated!

Why does it work to have a theme in therapy all month long?


1- It gives enough practice time for students get to understand and use the vocabulary for the holiday before it arrives. Plus, it is fun!

2- Skills can be built and practiced over multiple months if you choose your materials correctly. When the students see the new theme, they feel like they are doing something different, but you know that you are consolidating their skills!

3- Kids like things that are familiar, especially if they have autism or are dealing with anxiety problems. By incorporating a holiday theme to work on their areas of need, we are helping them understand what will happen on that day and what will be expected of them. Helping out with functional skills is always important!

I’m not a fan of just teaching vocabulary, however!  Students get a lot of
Why to use themes in speech therapy! Tips from Looks Like Language!
vocabulary development in their classroom, and single words just don't give as much communication power as word combinations do. But if you use a theme to build their skills, you can accomplish two goals at once!

How can I do thematic therapy?

1. Find toys related to the season or holiday and use them in play in conjunction with functional everyday life vocabulary. Take a peek at the pairings in the picture for some ideas.

2. Use pictures, toys, or paper pieces for the seasonal/holiday theme but address sentence structure or syntactical rules and categorizing skills with them.

3. There are great books with holiday and seasonal themes. Answer questions and review classroom vocabulary while reading the book, but work on narrative and sequencing skills after!

4. Use open ended seasonal/holiday games and activities to review classroom taught vocabulary, stay festive and keep motivation up, but base the actual 'work' around the IEP goals.

To help you out, you can download the second part of this week's Freebie Friday download here. 

The monsters are on a mission- giving you an opportunity to work on target IEP skills with a holiday theme- for free!

Enjoy!

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

Organization Help for Back to School!

Getting started can be stressful, what with scheduling, new students, new IEP goals and just generally too much to do. Being organized does help reduce stress. I can help you with that!

Giveaway! September 2017 at Looks Like Language
Every Friday in September, I will randomly choose 2 winners to receive a binder with 25 page protectors, multiple data sheets to try out, and a surprise! All you have to do to get a chance is sign up on the bar at the top of the page.

Congratulations to Freya and Shane, this week's winners!

Want some tips for various ways to collect data? Check out this post. It has links to lots of free data sheets, as well.  Read some tips for assessing baseline skills to determine therapy goals here.

Need an easy way to neatly label your binders? Grab this freebie!

Start collecting data with students who have autism with some help from the Getting Started with Autism Guide.

How about some conversation help? Many find taking data for these goals tricky, but you can Get Started with Conversation Skills.

LOOK FOR THIS!
Don't forget to sign up for a chance at winning a binder with data sheets, page protectors, and a surprise!

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!

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!

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!

Getting Started with Autism Guide- FREE!

Woo Hoo! Looks Like Language has been a blog for 2 years now!

To celebrate, I've gathered up the freebies for autism that I've made over the past 2 years and bundled them up into 1 easy download!


Get this amazing FREE Getting Started with Autism Guide from Looks Like Language!
Getting Started with Autism is a sweet little packet that includes things I wish someone had explained to me when I first started in a low functioning, behavioral autism program. So, of course I want to share it with you!

Even if you have already joined me, it is okay to click here and sign up again to get this amaaaazing download for FREE! Plus, you get an awesome BONUS!

Your email will be collected so that you can receive my newsletter with tips, news and freebies, but no spam! If you don't wish to receive sales notices, you can easily opt out.

In case you missed it, click here to get my incredible Getting Started with Conversation Guide! When you sign up, you are agreeing to get my free newsletter (but you can unsubscribe any time!)

I'm so thankful that you have joined me on this journey I never expected to take in life. Sometimes you just have to take what comes your way and go for it!

So, be sure to download these helpful freebies to get your school year off to a great start!

I'm grateful for your support! Enjoy!

Getting to Know You!

This is an unusual month for educators! In some parts of our country, summer school has just started. In other parts, they are gearing up for back to school.
Get this fun, FREE ice breaker game from Looks Like Language!

Wherever you live, you might find that this quick and easy printable game makes your planning easier! Whether you use it for asking and answering questions, getting new classmates to interact with each other, graphing answers afterwards, or for conversation skills, have fun with it!

You can download this freebie at my store. Make your life easier!

Spend your extra time enjoying a beautiful summer day!

Let's Get Started with Conversation! FREE Guide


FREE Getting Started with Conversation Guide- Looks Like Language

Would you like a life without conversations? No way! We probably can't even count how many we have during a day. So, try to imagine how the life of a child on the autism spectrum is like without this skill.

No matter what we do to improve vocabulary, concepts, sentence structure, you name it, daily life functioning will be affected if we don't manage to get our students conversing socially. And it isn't always easy!

The traps I fell into when starting to work on this skill included:

* getting rote I like/What do you like interchanges only!
While this is a beginning, it is definitely not an end goal.

* prompting with 'say' and 'ask' with students getting confused about what I was expecting of them.

* prompting responses verbally, ending up with my students talking to me and not with each other!

* getting students to converse, but only on limited range of topics or when prompted.

I decided that there must be a way to build conversation skills visually and offset these issues. (You know that I am passionate about visuals and strategies!)

It took me lots of years of trial and error before I came up with the methods that worked for my students on the autism spectrum. I know that I've had the actual materials available in my TpT store for a while now, and I'm thrilled beyond measure that there are students out there making progress in conversation skills that I had a part in helping!

However, I realized this summer that I didn't really have anything in place to help you see my overall structure/model. So, I decided to make this brand new free guide call Getting Started with Conversation! 

Getting Started with Conversation will help you with assessing current status, planning therapy,  and measuring progress. More success with less stress!

To get this amazing 8 page FREE Getting Started with Conversation Guide, all you have to do is click here. Your email address will be collected so you can receive my newsletter with tips, news and freebies, but no spam!


FREE Getting Started with Conversation Guide- Looks Like Language
For my followers, I will also be sending out the link for this helpful guide in my next newsletter, but you can get it NOW by clicking here!

I hope this gets you and your students started on the path to building real conversations! Enjoy!

Summer Rhyming Fun- 5- A Freebie

FREE summer rhyming fun from Looks Like Language!
Welcome back for your final section of this fun summer rhyming freebie! So glad you came back to finish it!

Is your summer flying by? I don't know where all the time goes! I remember hot, boring days with nothing to do growing up, when summer seemed like it lasted forever. Did it seem that way to you? Now, forget it! I blink and another day is done!

Well, help a child in your life fill up some of that summer boredom and download this cute freebie. If you are visiting for the first time, click here to start at the beginning of this set.

Thank you! I love knowing that I am making it possible for some children to do a little better with reading skills!

I'm happy you stopped by!

Summer Rhyming Fun - 4- A Freebie

Summer Rhyming Game Freebie from Looks Like Language
So now summer has officially begun! Some of us have just started, some of us are partway through, so.... Happy summer, everyone!

If you are doing therapy this summer, or just hanging out with your own kids, be sure to grab this freebie! 

Working on literacy skills while having fun playing a game- how can you beat it when it is free?  

I spent some time making this set to do my part in helping children develop important skills that will help them in school, so pleeeease download it. If you missed the other sections, click here.

Have fun, too! Enjoy!

Summer Rhyming Fun- 3- A Freebie

A free rhyming game from Looks Like Language!
Playing rhyming and word games is so important for little ones to be able to develop the skills they need for reading. This is why I am so happy to be able to help out a little, for free!

If you have a little one in your life, be sure to click here and get your free download! Come back every week to get the whole set.

If you missed some of the downloads, start here.

Parent Tip:
When you have played the game for a while, turn it into a 'play anywhere' game. Find something you can easily see where you are and give a clue. "I see something that rhymes with ___." Can your little one find it? 

Happy rhyming!

Problem Solving Freebie- Turning Homework In

Do your students have get into situations that they can't handle? Are their responses limited to "It's NOT fair!" or explaining why they were right over and over again? 
Pull social skills together with this free uit from Looks Like Language.

While this is a normal stage of development for young children, at some point between 8 to 12 years, according to Robert Selman's work on the ability to take another's perspective, this skill should develop when students are exposed to it culturally, socially or educationally. There's an interesting, easy to read article about this here.

Just like every other language skills, our language impaired students are likely to need more direct teaching and more practice to be able to attain this skill. If your students need some work in this area, you might be interested in trying out one of my newest freebies! 

The Getting Work Done unit from the Perspective Taking and Problem Solving series can get your students thinking about and discussing the common problem of being organized. What happens when you don't get your homework turned in? Talk about it, and complete the problem solving worksheets, from different perspectives. Try it out! It is FREE! Just click here.

Enjoy! Linda

A FREE and Easy Printable Game Board!

Download this FREE printable game board that lets you review any skills! Looks Like Language
Hello! I'm glad you stopped by to download this free printable game board! You can use it with any of my free card sets or use it to review your own work!

As the school year progresses, it can be harder to keep your students' attention when they want to be outside in the nicer weather. Try a game!

You can download it here. Enjoy! Linda

Phonological Awareness Freebie 3

Before reading happens, children are learning a lot about the sound system of their language. Being able to hear the sounds and know where in the words they are happening, and connecting the sounds with the way they feel in their mouths when producing them is a vital pre-reading skill. That is why the sound and word games we play with  preschoolers are so important!

Listen for sounds in this fun printable game from Looks Like Language!
I'm so glad you are back for the last set of free phonological awareness cards! Even though these are quicker to make than my usual materials that are packed with strategies and visuals, these freebies still take a few hours to make.

So, I am happy when they are being downloaded and used!

Get this week's cards here.  You can put them to use getting your students to say and listen for sounds in words. 

You can play memory and go fish, or just have the students match the cards independently. 


If you missed some, click here to go to the first set!

Enjoy! Linda

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?

Phonological Awareness Freebie 2

Welcome back for the second part of the phonological awareness freebie for beginning and ending sounds! I know many of you are starting to count down the days left in school. 

Help your kids' pre-reading skills with this free download from Looks Like Language!
Games are always a fun way to keep kids learning, and this one helps them listen or say sounds in words. Kids need to have this skill in order for their reading and spelling to flourish!

The cards in this set have pictured, familiar words for your students to say and identify matching beginning and ending sounds. The cards can be used in simple games, like matching and go fish, or as an activity in learning centers.


Download it here

If you missed the first part, just click here

Have fun! Enjoy- Linda

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