Monday, 22 December 2014

Boom Boom Balloon

My son recently won this game last Sunday we tried it out at home! We went to a Chinese Auction where you buy tickets on items and if you're number is chosen you win the item. He was cute and excited when he won, it was hilarious!
To play the game You have to roll the die and then you push the sticks in the amount on the die (1-3). My kids loved the game probably because I lost! This game got me thinking about therapy (of course) and I thought what a great reinforcement game for articulation. The game is inexpensive and easy to play and put together

 Here is a pic of my gang!

Let me know what new games you like for therapy!


Tuesday, 16 December 2014

"S...peachy Feedback Linky Party"

It's time for "S....peachy Feedback Linky Party!"

Thanks Nicole for hosting! I am posting some feedback on one of my Christmas products- Elf Speech & Language Activity Package that is featured on Teachers Notebook and Teachers Pay Teachers.

Andispeech thank you for the feedback and email me and I will send you a free product from my shop!


Monday, 15 December 2014

How Do You Use It? An Object Function Packet


I have recently started working with an ESL kindergarten student who is able to read but can not answer a simple question. Although impressive that she can read, it doesn't do much good if she doesn't understand what she reads or is unable to answer simple questions (in conversation or about what she has read.) It occurred to me that her parents probably encouraged reading but were unaware of how to encourage her natural language skills. Most likely because they are speaking a different language at home. A whole different topic.....

 Anyway, I went on the hunt to find some thing that I could ask her simple 'wh" questions and she would be able to understand what I was asking and they would also give visual support.
This is what I came up with- from WHITNEYSLP

How Do You Use It? An Object Function Packet 

This pack has really useful objects and cute graphics. It would be great for kids up to age 5. You can use it different ways too.On one set of the cards there is a question and they can choose from a possible 3 items located at the bottom of the sheet. You can also ask the question and lay as many different pictures on the table as you like depending on ability.

Let me know if you have any ESL kids that can read but have very low oral communication, and what your thoughts/ideas are on the topic.


Friday, 12 December 2014

Freebie Therapy for Christmas!

Hey Everyone

I have been finding some really cool free items and I wanted to pass them along to you. December is here and we all need to be out shopping, celebrating and spending time with our loved ones, not planning for therapy! So off we go!!! :)

Here are a few items that I like and have found useful!

First of all check out my latest artic. freebie and keep  an eye out for the entire package!

This cookie go together puzzle is great for vocabulary and associations. You can have the kids match the cookies up and explain why the pictures are associated. Thank you Communication Window

 2. Descriptive Language Holiday Freebie- This is another good one for vocabulary. The kids can describe the I like this activity because you can use it in therapy or send it for homework and get the parents involved with little instruction to parents! Thanks, The Speech Space
Descriptive Language Holiday Freebie

3. Free Christmas Following Directions- This activity makes sense because you can print it, laminate it, and use it over and over. Plus the kids love being in control and using their own marker to follow your direction. You also choose the target that each child needs to work on so it can be useful for anyone targeting following directions or concepts! Great job, The Word Shop

4. Christmas Homophones and Multiple Meanings Freebie- This activity is a good one for the older kids! You can use it to teach the difference between MMW and Homophones and it is easy to use.Thank you, The Peech Teacher!

Christmas Homophones and Multiple Meanings: FREEBIE 

5. Free Winter Sequencing Cut and  Glue Worksheets- Free 3 and 4 step sequencing sheets that are great for Christmas! Another great freebie from the Communication Window

FREE Winter Sequencing Cut and Glue Worksheets 

6.  Christmas Word Vocabulary and Idiom Pack- I love idioms in this pack for older kids! It is short but if you are looking for Christmas Freebies-it's a great way to start.  Thank you Practically Speaking Blog!
 Christmas Word Vocabulary and Idiom packet! 

7. Christmas Listening for Details- This pack is great for listening and answering "wh" questions. Thank you Taylor Rodgers!

Christmas Listening for Details!

Let me know what you think of the freebies I've posted and what some of you favorite freebies are!


Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Animal Train


by The Speechstress


I recently started using this Animal Train Activity to target following directions and spatial directions. It also works well for targeting before, after, first, second and third.
The kids love the bright, cute graphics and how they are able to place the animals where they need to. For expressive, I would move an animal and then get the child to describe where I put it.
I have used this activity one on one but also as small group activity where the children took turns. In some of the schools I work at I used it as a center and had the entire class participate- 3 or 4 at a time. The teachers love it when I come into class  (well that's what they tell me! lol). I take the pressure off of them for a few minutes, give them ideas and resources and I usually target concepts that they don't work on.

The directions are so cute and have the answers so if the student answers incorrectly you can show them where the animal "should" be.
This activity targets comprehension of spatial terms, such as: front, back, beginning, end, between, ahead, behind, next to, far, close, upside down, etc.  But you can be creative-like I said i have used it for first, second, last, before, after, etc. It is very reasonably prices at 1.99 - but it's on sale during the Super Cyber Sale!
Check it out!

Let me know what you use for following directions and concepts.