Showing posts with label Mixed Groups. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mixed Groups. Show all posts

Quick Tips to Save You Time and Money for Years

Do you know an SLP who doesn’t want quick and easy tips to save time for years to come? Of course not! So be sure to save this post to your tips board!

These fun holiday themed activities let you work on any goals!
TIP 1: Remember that the holiday vocabulary is not the focus of the session.

While it isn’t worth our precious time to teach holiday words that only get used yearly, nothing says that we can’t incorporate holiday themes into our therapy sessions in a fun way! This lets students continue to make progress on their specific IEP goals in a festive way.

TIP 2: Cut out basic holiday shapes and laminate.

All you need is some holiday-themed construction paper to cut into basic shapes. If you know someone with a die-cut machine, it is even easier!

Mixed groups in speech therapy are easy with these fun  activities!
TIP 3: Individualize the shapes.

In the picture above, you can see the colorful pilgrim shapes that I used for years.  They are individualized with the addition of pictures for the students’ goals added on with double-sided sticky tape.  If you don’t have double-sided, a rolled-up piece of sticky tape will do!

You can also use a dry erase marker to quickly write on the words your students need to practice, or let them say the words 5 times correctly and then write it for you!

TIP 4: Quick changes are fast and easy!

If you don’t feel like making enough shapes for all of your groups, just keep a full-page laminated sheet nearby. It is fast and easy to swap out a set of articulation pictures for a set of action pictures, for example!

These easy to do group therapy activities tips will work for any holiday!
TIP 5: There are so many ways to use these!

👀 Make mixed groups easy by turning the picture side down and giving each student a set.  Combine varied sets of holiday theme shapes to elicit descriptive words:

•  the color item.
•  small or large.
•  old versus new, clean versus dirty.
•  the functions of the various shapes.

👀 Place the shapes in a square array to have students request using positional words:

•  the color item on the bottom/middle/top.
•  the color item on the left/center/right.
•  the color item that is above/below the color item.

👀 Write question words on one side and a picture on the other. Students are only allowed to keep the card if they correctly ask and answer a question using both words.

👀Add in picture cards from any sets you own to target specific goals before choosing a card. These Thanksgiving photo cards allow for a variety of goals to be addressed.

Then you can add little surprises like these to the backs of the cards that older students appreciate, like:

• No homework today!
• You earned an extra point!
• Bonus minute for free time!

The sky is the limit with how these can be used! Just remember to erase or take off the tape before storing them for next year!

4 Tips for How to Conquer the Challenge of Mixed Groups

Mixed groups can be challenging until you learn how to conquer them! While it is possible to cobble together varied work and tie it all together with an open-ended game, think about how much more learning goes on when speech, language, and social skills are incorporated into the same session so that you are improving all of your students’ needs. This blog post has tips to help you accomplish just that.

4 Tips for How to Conquer the Challenge of Mixed Groups

TIP 1: Have fun activities that your students enjoy.

It is no secret that learning takes place more efficiently when students are having fun and engaged in the learning process.
Favorite activities for older students include:
        👀Board games
        👀Dice games
        👀Spinner activities
        👀Role plays

TIP 2: Make the work look similar.

If you have worked with older kids at all, you also know that middle school age is a tough time for feelings of self-confidence and seeing that those other students in the group are doing different activities can lead to questions about why someone has the hard work and someone else has the easy work.

The secret is to figure out a way to use the exact same materials as much as possible, but let the role of the student in the activity change.

👀 One student asks, the other answers.
👀 One student explains the first part, the next student explains the last part.
👀 One student does the first part the first day to model, then switches up to the more difficult task the next session.

TIP 3: Plan ahead for how to make the activities co-ordinate for a variety of goals.

With some creative thinking and a bit of planning, you can incorporate different goals into the fun activity you have planned for the majority of your caseload. At the beginning of the school year, it may take a bit of time to co-ordinate goals, but soon can become second nature.

Tips for using sticky notes to plan speech therapy sessions.
Visible sticky notes are great!
👀 Once you have the types of activities to make plans for, write yourself a note about which goals to elicit on the days you do those activities.
👀 Figure out ways to get students to interact with each other to use their skills in context.
👀 Think about what is the best time during   
      that activity to address each need and take that student’s data.
👀 This helps you reuse the planning from one session to the next.

TIP 4: Collect materials with multiple levels in one goal area.

While this is perfect for starting students at the lowest skill level and building abilities to a higher level, it also allows students at different levels in this skill to interact with each other.

👀 Letting one student explain something to another student, like playing teacher, can be a great way to consolidate skills for the one student while letting the other student hear the perspective that made it click for his peer.
👀 Having a variety of materials in one set makes your job easier, too. One student can sequence 2 pictures to play the game, another can work on sentences, while others read the passage silently while waiting and tell the answer when it is their turn.

Working with mixed groups is quite possible. Hope these tips help! Enjoy!

Great Books SLPs will Love to Read: 'They All Saw a Cat'

SLPs love to read great books! The featured book this week is 'They All Saw a Cat' by Brendan Wenzel.

They All Saw a Cat is a great book for teaching perspective taking.

Teaching kids to take the perspectives of others is a difficult task for all parents, and part of the work we do to help them become caring individuals.  Autistic children learn to be kind and caring easily enough, but seeing things from another’s perspective can be hard.

Pictures can help! It is a concrete way to start showing our students on the spectrum that people can look at things in a different way. The illustrations in this book can be used for a variety of age levels.

‘They All Saw a Cat’ by Brendan Wenzel is a great book for this! See if your library has it!

They All Saw a Cat is a great book for teaching perspective taking.

Tips for Mixed Groups:


Students describe what each cat looks like and try to provide an adjective that best suits that cat.

Perspective Taking Skills:

Look at the pictures of the cat and talk about who saw the cat that way.
Did they all see the cat the same way?
Who saw the cat as scary?
Who saw the cat as furry?

How did each character see the cat? 
Why do you think they saw it that way?

Students working on past tense can say the repetitive refrains using ‘walked’ and ‘saw.’

Have your articulation students fill in these repetitive words or phrases.
R- ‘whiskers, ears and paws’, ‘through the world’
S- ‘saw’

Until next time, enjoy!

5 Easy, Fun Ways to Jazz Up Bingo this Halloween

Older elementary to middle school students love it when you jazz up bingo by using  creepy little Halloween doodads. You know, the kind you can buy in bags at Target’s Dollar Spot at the Dollar Store. They add that 3 dimensional element of play that kids this age still secretly love (but won’t always admit to.) Just make the toys have a bit of Halloween horror and it is more than acceptable!

Reuse plastic divided containers to jazz up bingo this Halloween!
This activity is fun and easy to do. Just save and wash some divided plastic containers with compartments. The photos show empty ravioli containers, but some cookie boxes have them, too.

Find some fun and slightly creepy Halloween toys that can be tossed, like the spiders and eyeballs in the photo. Then be creative in ways to play! Try out these fun ideas.

Inference Toss

🕷 Students listen to the description on a task card and toss their toy as soon as they have made an inference about what it is.
🕷 If their Halloween item lands on the answer, it stays there.
🕷 If no one lands on the correct answer, the card goes back in the deck to try again and the students remove their incorrectly tossed  Halloween toys.
🕷 Play continues until the first student has 3 in a row.
🕷 If time runs out, the student with the most items on the game boards wins.

Build skills from vocabulary and word associations through riddles and inferences this Halloween!
Use Your Language

🕷 Students toss first and then correctly define, describe, or use the vocabulary word in a sentence in order to keep their Halloween item in the game.

Halloween  ‘Bump’

🕷 Each student needs their own color/type of Halloween tossable toy.
🕷 Students provide a correct response for whatever they are currently working on before tossing.
🕷 All tossed Halloween items stay wherever they land unless someone’s Halloween item lands on top of them.
🕷 Then the first Halloween item in the space gets bumped back to the student. The first person to get the designated number in a row wins.

Fun plastic Halloween toys to toss keep even your older students engaged! Fun game ideas from Looks Like Language.

Rapid Naming Race

Use plastic containers to lay 3D Halloween toss!
Students start their Halloween toy in a 
corner of the board and have to move across the rows (or up and down the columns) 
to get to the other side to win.

Individualize what students are naming dependent upon their goals.

Ideas include:
🕷 Name the item and 2 things that go with it.
🕷 Tell 3 words that describe the pictured item.
🕷 Name 4 things that the Halloween item is used for/can do.
🕷 Name 2 rhyming words for that item.
🕷 Use it in a sentence to answer this question.

Students have 15 seconds to provide the answer correctly and move to that pictured space.
If they don’t respond correctly, it is the next students’ turn.
If someone else lands on your Halloween game marker, they have to go back one space.
The first student to get to the opposite side of where they started is the winner.

Make it easy to differentiate for mixed groups this Halloween!
   Halloween Task Cards Play

    🕷 Each student gets their own Halloween picture compartment board.
     🕷 The desired set of task cards, whether WH question cards, riddles, inferences or quotes gets placed in front of each player.
     🕷 Students take turns reading a card and covering the picture if they are correct.
     🕷 If incorrect, the task card goes back on the bottom of the pile to replay.
     🕷 The first student to fill their game board wins.

Using task cards with a fun game makes it easy to individualize to your students' needs. You can have students responding to completely different kinds of work while they all feel that they are doing the same thing since the activity is shared. The pictured Halloween bingo task card sets make this so easy to do. Just click to check out all of the engaging activities one packet lets you do!

Do you know the best thing about these jazzing up bingo ideas? They can get used for any holiday as long as you have pictures and fun little toys to toss. Or use them at any time with springy little balls!

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