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Monday, 18 June 2018

Executive Functioning

Grapic of: 3 Areas of Executive Function










What is executive functioning?


The executive functions are a set of processes that all have to do with managing oneself and one's resources in order to achieve a goal. It is an umbrella term for the neurologically-based skills involving mental control and self-regulation.




How does it affect us in speech?




I have teachers who come to me with a kid that is having difficulty but they just can't put their finger on the problem. He doesn't pay attention, he has difficulty following directions, etc. Well Exec. Fun could be the answer.


I am no expert but I did go and find a few resources to help on TPT
If you do have some concerns with a kids- go see your OT for a little help!






Executive Functioning MEGA Bundle 




15 Working Memory Brain Games: Improve executive function







Monday, 11 June 2018

Free OT products

With Creating Communicators, I have started providing more OT services to schools. Recently, I have been working with an OT that has lots of experience, and she has been giving me information that I can pass on to teachers. Now, we all know that OT skills are so crucial for all kids and in every classroom. They need to work on writing skills, scissors, self-regulation, gross motor skills, and so much more. Not only are OT skills important for our general classrooms, but many of these skills are essential for our speech caseload too. Please don't get me wrong, I am not trying to take the place of the OT. We definitely need them! But sometimes educating us can help us to make better referrals to OT and help teachers (and definitely our kids!) Once in a while you have kids, and you go "hmmm!? What is going on here?!" ( I know I do!) Having a little bit of background knowledge in OT can help the kids, help the teachers, and help OT's. When you see kids, you can say-  I think they may be having troubles in this area...




While I was looking for some OT products, I found Tiny Tackers Therapy Store on TPT. WOW! What a great store! They have some really great products, and I thought I would share some of my favorite free products that they have!


Self regulation Emotions Feelings: No Prep Activities - I spy FREEBIE  

"This activity is designed to assist students learning emotion recognition skills, emotion regulation, feels behavior management, etc.
This product contains:
1 x counting I spy (i.e., how many happy faces can you find?)
1 x coloring I spy (i.e., color all the happy faces red)

Being an 'I Spy' product, students are also working on visual perceptual skills. This refers to the brain's ability to make sense of what the eyes see. Visual perception is needed in the classroom for copying from the board and discriminating between different letters of the alphabet."

Hand & Finger Strength - Information handout Parents and T  
"Handout for parents and teachers on hand and finger strength.
Hand and finger strength is important for lots of everyday activities including doing up buttons and zips, handwriting, using scissors, etc

List lots of different activity ideas and provides examples and pictures on how to assist your child at home and school to develop their hand and finger strength!"


Self Regulation - Parent/Teacher Handout

"Parent/student information sheet to assist children to develop emotion regulation skills.
Includes:
- What is emotion regulation?
- Why is it important?
- How can I help? - strategies to help students/children
- List of emotion words grouped into similar feeling groups."



Thursday, 7 June 2018

#jun2018slpmusthave


~June SLP MUST HAVE 2018~

Everything you need to work on the Vocabulary Goal!





Welcome! I am so excited to be guiding you along the way to targeting the Vocabulary Goal with your students. In this binder is everything you will need to carry out the vocabulary goal in therapy properly.

Included are forms, and instructions to carry out each part of the vocabulary goal- including associations, opposites, sorting, labeling categories, name items in a group, attributes, and functions.

There are 12 of my products:


https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Step-by-Step-Vocabulary-Bundle-3244387


https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Step-by-Step-Vocabulary-Bundle-3244387 
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Step-by-Step-Vocabulary-Bundle-3244387https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Step-by-Step-Vocabulary-Bundle-3244387

**Category Clips
**Classroom Vocabulary
**Coloring for Language- Vocabulary Edition
**Jar Categories
**Match it! An Associations Game
**Opposite Clip Cards
**Play-Doh Associations
**Play-Doh Categories
**Robot Association Puzzles
**Vocabulary- Associations, Sorting & Categorizing
**What Am I?

The total of all products separately is more than $20, so you are getting this is a steal at $7.50~



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Monday, 4 June 2018

Fluency Strategies

Fluency Strategies Visual Support 



I have an older student who is working on fluency.
Keep in mind, younger kids commonly go through a period of having disfluent speech. 
 "Normal disfluency is stuttering that begins during a child's intensive language-learning years and resolves on its own sometime before puberty. It is considered a normal phase of language development. About 75 out of 100 children who stutter get better without treatment."





According to ASHA:

Characteristics of Typical Disfluency and Stuttering

Differentiating typical disfluencies and stuttering is a critical piece of assessment, particularly for preschool children. Without proper intervention, children who exhibit signs of early stuttering are more at risk for continued stuttering. The chart below describes some characteristics of "typical disfluency" and "stuttering" (Adapted from Coleman, 2013).
Typical DisfluencyStuttering
Speech Characteristics
  • Multisyllabic whole-word and phrase repetitions
  • Interjections
  • Revisions
Speech Characteristics
  • Sound or syllable repetitions
  • Prolongations
  • Blocks
Other Behaviors
  • No physical tension or struggle
  • No secondary behaviors 
  • No negative reaction or frustration
  • No family history of stuttering
Other Behaviors
  • Associated physical tension or struggle
  • Secondary behaviors (e.g., eye blinks, facial grimacing, changes in pitch or loudness)
  • Negative reaction or frustration
  • Avoidance behaviors (e.g., reduced verbal output or word/situational avoidances)
  • Family history of stuttering


 




I really wanted something simple and clear to give her to remind her to have smoothe speech. I went looking and found this.
I really like these visual strategies for fluency.
Easy to print, easy to use and really great for my older students. We can post them in the speech room, or they can take a copy and post where they would like them.
They are only a $1, and all of the strategies are very useful!
Thanks!





Saturday, 19 May 2018

Little Stories Pro- App Review

https://creatingcommunicators-mindy.blogspot.ca/2018/05/little-stories-pro-app-review.html

I just found Little Stories Pro. It is from the makers of Little Bee Speech. It is such a great new app. It targets articulation, reading, comprehension, wh questions, sequencing and more! 
 https://creatingcommunicators-mindy.blogspot.ca/2018/05/little-stories-pro-app-review.html

 
I love it 💕 there are stories 100 words and they are categorized by reading level, phonemic target (artic. sound), story title and theme. The pictures are so bright and exciting.



READING AND LITERACY
• Reading Fluency
• Reading comprehension
• Story structure awareness
• Story tradition and genre exploration

RECEPTIVE LANGUAGE SKILLS
• Attention and listening
• Vocabulary acquisition
• Story structure and comprehension
• Question processing

EXPRESSIVE LANGUAGE SKILLS
• Speech production
• Phonemic awareness
• Story sequencing
• Story retelling
• Question answering

https://creatingcommunicators-mindy.blogspot.ca/2018/05/little-stories-pro-app-review.htmlYou can read the stories, read to the student from the app or the student can read it themselves.  There are also flash cards for each story that you can use to practice artic sounds or tackle those tricky words. I like this app for those kids are at carrying over and reading stage. I love that you can work on new vocabulary with the stories, and story retell. It is such a great app that I almost want to use it all day long!




In the app, you can also keep score on their reading, and their articulation errors in the story. So easy!
https://creatingcommunicators-mindy.blogspot.ca/2018/05/little-stories-pro-app-review.html

https://creatingcommunicators-mindy.blogspot.ca/2018/05/little-stories-pro-app-review.html



 I am absolutely in love with the ease of this app! Have you tried it?

 Have you tried it? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Leave me a comment.

Friday, 11 May 2018

TouchChat

Did you know about TouchChat? I have kids who have been working on it, and I recently attended a day of training using the app. It was a perfect day, and I learned a lot about how to use the app and got some great info.




 Did you know that you chat editor and make and edit pages and then upload them to the app? For example, I wanted to make a generic page for all of my kids to start on. It is so easy! Using Chat Editor with TouchChat
Chat Editor is a supplemental program that runs on a Windows desktop or laptop computer. It allows you to customize vocabulary files. Although customizing is also possible on the device itself, the Editor allows the family and professionals to customize the vocabulary when the device is not present.


Here are some of the basics of using any AAC!
Download it here for free!


The Basics of Using an AAC
There are also online Training for Parents-  you can register here! There are also some online support videos here!



TouchChat 60 Basic video!

And don't forget it's 50% off May 8-11to support May Better Speech and Hearing Month!