Beginning or Ending Sounds- A Free Phonological Awareness Activity- Week 1

Have fun practicing the phonological processes of initial or final sound omissions, work on phonological awareness skills, or just have fun being creative and let your students find ways that the pictures are the same or different! There are so many ways to make use of this free download!


Have fun with beginning and ending sounds with this free phonology download from Looks like Language!

Come back every week for a month and you will have a complete, free packet! Or if you prefer, join my newsletter to get the entire, complete set in one download (along with some extras!) 

This month, my newsletter followers are getting a bonus open ended game board. 

Open ended activities are so useful when you have make up sessions to do and have to group kids with a hodgepodge of goals!

Download the first week's set here.


Rhyming and Articulation skills in one fun bundle packed full of picture cards!
Do you need some more fun sound practice for articulation and phonology skills? Check out Speech Therapy Games and Activities for Final Consonants & Rhymes

There are many pictures, sorting mats, worksheets and a fun game to keep your students practicing over and over again! 

One buyer said, "What a brilliant idea! The kids enjoy it!" And I'm sure yours will, too!

Enjoy the freebie! Linda

Spring Fun Freebie 4

I'm excited to tell you that the last section of my updated Spring Fun Freebie has a new printable worksheet for sorting what belongs in spring time. You can download it here.

Grab this open ended, free printable game and worksheet set from Looks Like Language!
Every month you can get a complete, free packet for basic skills by stopping here for Freebie Friday.

My newsletter followers get the complete set in one download to make their lives easier!


Going to the playground definitely belongs in spring!

Learn playground labels, actions and rules with the activity packed At the Playground! set.
This activity packed literacy set build vocabulary for playground equipment and actions, spatial concepts to answer Where questions, and a variety of worksheets to make your mixed groups easier!

Check out At the Playground at my store.

Enjoy! Linda

5 Important Reasons to Combine Books & Play in Therapy


Books and play are my two favorite therapy methods, so what could be better than combining the two? Sometimes people think that all SLPs do is play, so how hard could that be? They’d be surprised if they tried to accomplish specific goals in maybe an hour or so a week!

5 benefits to combining books and play in speech/language therapy.

5 benefits of combining books and play in therapy:


1. Kids who are engaged are more willing to learn.

2.  Using play and the language for play also helps improve their symbolic thinking skills.

3. Using adapted books helps them understand and engage with books, improving their literacy skills.

4. Using therapy methods and materials that are part of their environment helps to promote generalization or carry-over.

5. They are both so much fun!

Have fun with Spilt Milk at Looks Like Language! Freebie, too!
Spring is a fun time for incorporating a cloud/rain theme to go along with the saying, “April showers bring May flowers.” My favorite book to use for that theme?  It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw.

Adapting the book
Did you know that there is a great website from the Baltimore City School system that has Boardmaker symbols for books all ready to download? For FREE! What a huge timesaver if you have Boardmaker already installed!

Get the list of all of the adapted books here
Or you can start with the downloadable zip files, starting with the letter A here.

Unfortunately, It looked like Spilt Milk used to be available, but no longer is. Maybe I should make that freebie for my newsletter members- what do you think?

Have fun with Spilt Milk at Looks Like Language! Freebie, too!

Games & Skills



Since VISUAL DISCRIMINATION SKILLS are a must for any students using a symbol system to communicate, the shape matching nature of this book makes it a great choice to use with students who are developing literacy skills. Additional shape matching activities can be found in the book companion at my store.

You know that I loved using Ellison cutters when I was in the schools (free), and now many people are buying home versions like Sizzix or Cricut machines (expensive.)

No worries, though, as you can just download the free cloud shapes here and do some old fashioned tracing and cutting on construction paper instead.

Cloud faces with basic EMOTIONS are always cute to use!

Make a pile face down, elicit a target from your student and then let them choose from the pile. If you have 4 emotions, you can have 4 winners!
Instead of picking randomly from a pile, stack each emotion in a deck and students can take turns requesting the emotion card they want.

Clouds with different colors, sizes, and shapes add DESCRIPTIVE WORDS to their language!

MIXED GROUPS- Try using tape or fun-tack to attach other pictures to the back of the cloud shapes. In the picture, I have pieces to a Sesame Street puzzle attached to use as a puzzle token board. The student knew that when the puzzle was completed, the task was done.
Give each student a set of their own clouds with their specific targets. Place the free cloud page that you downloaded in a page protector so students have to cover all of the shapes.

SPEECH SKILLS- Tape pictures with the target sounds on the back or write the word using a dry erase marker on the clouds if they are laminated. Easy!

LANGUAGE SKILLS- It doesn’t have to be fancy. Just cut out the pictures from a worksheet that you can give for homework and tape them on the back to practice first!

Have fun with Spilt Milk at Looks Like Language! Freebie, too!
There are so many more fun activities in my book companion. Besides giving little ones an easy way to start using the strategy of looking back in the text to recall story details, there are a cute open-ended game board, and rhyming and phonology activities, too. 

But I think my favorite is the cloud shape matching boards! Check it out here!

Enjoy!

Spring Fun Freebie 3

This spring freebie is quick, easy, colorful and fun! This also describes all of the freebies that are offered on Looks Like Language all year long to make your life easier.


Free printable spring fun from Looks Like Language!
Get the third part of the packet in this week's download here and use it to practice any work your students need to review.

Have some spring fun! The worksheets and printable game have a cute bunny, chick, and egg theme. 
Make sentence building easier with pictured activities! Looks Like Language
For learning new skills, packets that are more specific are helpful for teaching. If your students need some work on forming sentences, check out Sentence Building Activities with Pictures: Spring!  

Picture supports are so helpful for all students, especially those with language and auditory processing difficulties. 

Enjoy! Linda

Spring Fun Freebie 2

Spring is a time of change. When the weather gets nicer and everything starts to grow, it is a welcome change for most of us.


Have some free, printable spring fun from Looks Like Language!
You can have fun with these free printable activities as a part of your spring theme! The game with chicks, bunnies and eggs is open ended. Get it here. Did you miss the first part? That's okay. You can download it here.

Children with autism or anxiety issues may have come to perceive change as something scary, however, especially when they aren't really sure what a change will bring and can't communicate their fears. 

Spring is a great time to incorporate the word 'change' into your activities, so that your students can associate the word with some positive things, too.

If you'd like some more tips for this idea, try reading these blog posts:

Transition Problems: & Questions SLPs Need to Ask

Change Can Be Hard: 7 Tips for Students

Enjoy! Linda

Spring Fun Freebie 1

Spring is such a welcomed season after a long winter! When everything starts to grow, bunnies, chicks and eggs are a natural theme. 

Have some open ended printable spring fun- free from Looks Like Language!

Download this open ended free set and have some fun! Just click here for the first part of the complete packet with printable games and worksheets.

If you'd like to get the complete packet in one download, consider signing up for my newsletter that comes once or twice a month. No spam, I promise.


Have some spring literacy fun with this adapted book activity set from Looks Like Language!
For more spring fun, build some literacy skills with this cute repetitive text adapted book at my store.

There are lots of activities and picture support built in to make your mixed level groups easier!

Enjoy! Linda

9 Great Tips for Adapting Materials You Already Own!


Therapy doesn’t always have to be expensive, if you use materials you already have around the house creatively! It also helps if you have garage sales in your neighborhood or if you know people that have kids. Don’t be afraid to ask them to let you go through their kids’ toys and books before they get rid of them!

9 Tips: Adapt Materials for Therapy that You Already Own!
Adapting items you have takes a little time, but building up a supply of activities around a theme makes working with mixed-level groups much easier! Being able to mix and match the materials for different groups’ needs also keeps you from having to do the exact same activity all day long. 


These examples have a pet theme, so fun to do at any time of the year.
Garage sales are great for getting together a theme.


Tip 1: ORGANIZE AND KEEP COLLECTING!

Buy some inexpensive boxes to keep the toys and books you’ve found for each theme all in one place. Add to the theme as you find more inexpensive items.


Puzzles with separate pieces are worth spending some money on.
Tip 2: GET SOME PUZZLES!

If you have students with low-level skills or minimal language, puzzles that have separate pieces of whole items are worth spending some money on.

Students can:
• Request the pet they want to place. (labeling)
• Find the pet that makes the sound. (auditory skills)
• Find the pet who swims, flies, etc.  (action vocabulary)
• Find the pet who eats carrots, wears a collar, etc.  (word association skills)
• Request a black pet, a flying pet, etc. (describing)


Adapt your books and collect containers for play.
Tip 3: BOOKS! MUST HAVE BOOKS!

Find varied books on that theme with different levels and great pictures. This will let you build literacy skills while choosing the book that is easiest to elicit the specific language each group is working on.

Tip 4: ADAPT

Taping symbols over the book text to adapt it to be a simple repetitive book is simple to do. Just adapt the size of the symbols so that the original text is covered and use a wide roll of clear tape that extends past the paper to hold it firmly in place. The book in the photo is still in good shape after 20+ years. Don’t use school tape, though, as it will yellow and peel.

Tip 5: USE BOOKS TO BUILD SYMBOLIC PLAY!
Playing 'feed the animals' is fun!

The book in the photo has repetitive text for what the pets eat. Use craft glue to put small pieces of the foods in the bottom of empty, clean plastic fruit cups. It dried clear, keeping the pieces from falling out and kids from trying to eat them. 

After each page, students put the toy animal in the matching food cup to ‘feed’ them. It makes reading fun and brings the language to life!


Tip 6: MIX & MATCH
Having many items in the same theme to mix and match is so useful!

       • Therapy stays interesting.
       • There’s lots of opportunities to label and use or expand language skills.
       • Combining items in different ways aids generalization.
        • Building skills with different play combinations helps students to develop symbolic play.

A shoebox makes a great pet house for play!
Tip 7: SAVE YOUR SHOEBOXES

(Honestly, I am not a shoe shopaholic but 
little kids grow into new sizes quickly!)
Admittedly, it can be a pain to cut through shoeboxes, but they offer such inexpensive ways to incorporate hands-on fun with lots of language!

After warming up by labeling the pets with 
the puzzle, you can have some pretend play!
"The animals are inside, but they are hungry. Let’s take them out."
 "Who wants to eat first?"
"I think I hear “meow.” What is it? 
Let's open the door!"

You can emphasize concepts, sentence structure, question words, auditory skills, you name it!
Students who are minimally verbal can respond using the pet symbols you made by taking photos of the puzzle pieces, or the puzzle pieces themselves.


Turn worksheets into interactive fun!
Tip 8: TURN WORKSHEETS INTO PLAY!

Worksheets with pictures are great to turn into hands-on activities.

In the photo, you can see examples of:

     • Sticker activities that are laminated and turned into a pet shop game. One set is an enlarged version so that the students had to specify the big/little pet.

     • Shape matching pages turned into a game.

     • Hidden picture pages put into a page protector to make a matching activity using pet symbols. The pictures of the hidden animal were colored in this set for a student who was just beginning to visually discriminate.

• A trading card plastic page that was adapted with symbols for students to match the associated pet and say the sentence.

Construction paper is a basic school supplied material- use it!
Tip 9: USE ANY SUPPLIES 
YOUR SCHOOL OFFERS!

My school had Ellison cutters and construction paper available. Adding pet photos on the back before laminating made a simple game. Students requested the color cat or dog and then turned it over. 

The visual support helped the minimally verbal students form a sentence while the more verbal students used correct grammar in 
their productions.


Thematic materials are great for building speech/language skills!
As always, TpT can save you so much time with high-quality materials! 

Check out my Adapted Books: PETS Themed Activities and add your own toys for some interactive fun!


Enjoy!
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