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Ep. 48 Transitioning from Elementary to High School Setting with Robyn Boyd

Hey Hey SLPs! On this week’s episode, you will hear tips on how to transition from elementary to high school with Robyn Boyd. Robyn has been a preschool/elementary SLP for 7 years, and recently made the switch to high school. “The high school setting is a completely different structure than elementary and you have to make a lot of modifications in how you approach things.” In this episode, Robyn will give SLPs 3 tips for making the transition a smooth one!

 

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • What SLPs need to expect those first 3 to 6 months after transitioning to high school.
  • Differences in working with elementary versus high school.
  • 3 tips for making the transition smooth.

 

Instead of spending the summer procrastinating, why not join the organizational challenge and get your materials in order before the school year starts.

 

You can sign up for the 5-day Themed Therapy Organizational Challenge HERE: 5-day Themed Therapy Organizational Challenge

 

With every 5-day challenge, there are some free goodies for attending, Facebook LIVES, daily giveaways, and an ultimate prize which this time someone is going to win a $100 Amazon giftcard and a free year membership to my themed therapy SLP membership that is launching at the end of this month.

 

Want to be in the know for when the themed therapy SLP membership launches?

 

Get on the Themed Therapy SLP Membership waitlist HERE

 

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Articulation Organization Containers That Store LOTS of Items

Articulation Organization Containers That Store LOTS of Items

When it comes to treating students with speech sound disorders, I like to have all my tools in one spot. Having an on-the-go container with my articulation materials together allows me to easily grab what I need during a small group or when I am working with a student in a hallway for quick articulation.

I find with articulation organization that having everything in one spot saves me time with putting materials away, transporting materials to classrooms or schools and cuts down my lesson planning time. Today, I wanted to show you how you can make an articulation organization storage container to keep all your speech therapy materials together for the school year.

Where to Find Articulation Organization Storage Bins

When it comes to organizing a lot of random materials that need to stay together, I found that using storage bins that have latches on the tops are really helpful. You don’t want to be carrying materials and drop the container with the lid popping off. 

So, I have found that the 6.2 quart Latchmate storage boxes by Recollections from Michael’s or the 14.5 quart Latchmate storage boxes were the best.

If you need a storage box that can keep your small visuals and reinforcer materials, then the smaller box works well! For SLPs that want to be able to keep some folders, visuals, reinforcers and task card type materials, then the larger 14.5 quart box would be a good investment.

The smaller box would probably store better, but the larger container would help you have materials for multiple sounds to grab when you needed it for speech sessions.

Check out how to setup your articulation on-the-go containers to make planning therapy easier.

Articulation Organization Container Tip!

Articulation organization storage that can help you run quick articulation groups with ease!

The main reason that the Recollections storage bins are my favorite are because of the trays that fit perfectly in the container!

This allows you to keep mini items such as mini erasers, wind-up toys, and magnetic chips (Amazon Affiliate links are included) organized in their own compartment. The only drawback is that it does take up space in the bin, so you have to lay items flat on the bottom in order to fit tasks cards and tools for speech sound disorder therapy.

Favorite Items to Store for Getting High Trials

As clinicians, we know that with many speech sound disorders, students need to get high trials to help achieve mastery of the sound and carryover into conversation. Whether you are using a minimal pairs approach, cycles, traditional, etc. you want your students to practice a LOT in a session.

In order to help make that process a little more motivating and productive, having tools to use for those high trials is key to therapy success. So, I like to have a variety of materials available to switch out if the child isn’t like something that I picked for the day.

Here are some items I love to have in my storage bins for high trials in speech therapy (Amazon Affiliate Links):

Pop Sensory Fidget Toy

Dice

Digital counter

Magnetic chips

Dry erase markers to use with my Articulation Flipbooks

DIY Abacus

Check out how to setup your articulation on-the-go containers to make planning therapy easier.
Check out how to setup your articulation on-the-go containers to make planning therapy easier.

For more ideas on how to get high trials, you can check out this blog post HERE. I even have scored with getting high trials using paper plates!

Materials You Can Store in Your Articulation Storage Container

Check out how to setup your articulation on-the-go containers to make planning therapy easier.

With the larger storage box, you can store your iPad and task card type materials. Having visual sentence strips for students working at the phrase level is great to have on hand. You can use these ones in my store that come as printable and digital options.

You can store speech sound cue cards from Bjorem Speech. With the larger 14.5 quart container, you can even store a slant stand to have a mirror and dry erase board on the go. They also have these cool double-sided clips that you can show minimal pair cards or sound cues. Here are some other cool ways you can use these clips!

I found an 8-inch abacus that fits in the larger storage container and is great for getting those high trials quickly. Having tools like this pair really well with my No Print and Printable Articulation Flipbooks.

It’s also nice to be able to store some reinforcer type materials such as ball poppers or mini puppets.

Check out how to setup your articulation on-the-go containers to make planning therapy easier.

Keep Your Speech Sound Materials in the Large Bin

When you have a lot of students working on the same articulation sound or phonological process, you can make speech folders for those sounds and store them in the larger bin.

I found that this helps me with planning therapy for several sessions because I can grab the stimulus items, homework sheets, visual reminders, or self awareness rating visuals all together. You can read more about setting these up HERE.

What would you store in your articulation organization storage bin? I would love to know what tools and materials you have found helpful for your students. Let me know if you have any questions about setting up your articulation system in the comments.

Check out how to setup your articulation on-the-go containers to make planning therapy easier.

Ep. 47- 3 Tips for Planning Themes on a Budget

Hey Hey SLPs! We have been talking about themes all month long, and now I’m going to share three tips for planning themes on a budget.

So this episode will show you that you can do it without a lot of money, and you don’t have to go with all the bells and whistles. Remember…a low budget themed unit is not worse therapy! And some of you have giant case loads as well, so you are doing what’s gonna be best for your kids. 

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • Invest in materials for themes you can use longer than a week.

  • Look for free materials: Readworks.org, YouTube, ABCya, Library, Donations from families

 

  • Find materials that are used:  Facebook MarketPlace, Goodwill, Donor’s choose

If you are using themed materials, but haven’t gotten them organized, you need to join my 5-day themed therapy organizational challenge on Facebook.

 

Each day, you will get a mini-challenge to help you make progress with getting your themed materials and activities organized, so that you can easily find them when you want to use that themed unit in therapy.

 

Instead of spending the summer procrastinating, why not join the organizational challenge and get your materials in order before the school year starts.

 

You can sign up for the 5-day Themed Therapy Organizational Challenge HERE: 5-day Themed Therapy Organizational Challenge

 

With every 5-day challenge, there are some free goodies for attending, Facebook LIVES, daily giveaways, and an ultimate prize which this time someone is going to win a $100 Amazon giftcard and a free year membership to my themed therapy SLP membership that is launching at the end of this month.

 

Want to be in the know for when the themed therapy SLP membership launches?

 

Get on the Themed Therapy SLP Membership waitlist HERE

Play Themes for Summer

Play Themes for Summer

When I started using themes to guide my lesson planning, I liked to consider the current seasons. Using a season as a theme is relatable to all of our students. This makes it easy to build in high-interest and highly relevant activities which can be used for multiple speech goals.

Summer is always a fun theme to use because it means a lot of fun indoor and outdoor play activities. This blog is all about great summer play themes you can use with your ESY students, private students, or even for some home carryover activities. Amazon affiliate links are provided in this blog post for your convenience. I earn a small commission when you purchase something with my link with no additional cost to you.

Pretend Play Themes for the Summer Season

Need some play-based speech therapy ideas with a summer theme? Check out these fun summer play themes you can do during ESY or with private clients.

During the summer season, your students may be going to the beach with their family and friends. The beach is the perfect place to incorporate play! You can easily target those semantic and vocabulary skills by categorizing any beach related words. Make lists of ocean animals, beach snacks, beach items, and ocean activities. Pretend to get ready to go to the beach and sequence the steps. This is a fun, functional way to work on those sequence words and verbs. You can even target language comprehension by giving your students directions on how to get ready for the beach with some basic concepts.

Providing guidance on how to make a sensory bin at the beach to your families is a great carry over activity to support your students’ generalization. Ask your families to simply bring a bin to the beach. They can fill it with sand, water, any shells they collect, or toys they bring along. Then prompt them to target that student’s language goals.

If you want to make the ocean sensory bin pictured above, here is what you will need:

Tasty and Fun Summer Play Themes

S’mores, ice cream, and lemonade! Yum! These three themes are always super fun and engaging for my students because who doesn’t love ice cream and s’mores? You can develop your students’ pretend play skills by pretending you’re going to the ice cream shop, camping, or selling lemonade at a stand.

Plus, you can work on so many social communication skills while you are eating your summer treats. Specifically, you can work on initiating requests for ingredients and flavors, make comments on what you like and don’t like, and work on turn taking/cooperative play.

 

Need some play-based speech therapy ideas with a summer theme? Check out these fun summer play themes you can do during ESY or with private clients.

For ideas on how to use an ice cream toy set, head to this blog post! It’s full of ideas on how to incorporate an ice cream toy set into speech therapy. Using cloud dough or play dough is also a good for ice cream related pretend play.

There are tons of ways to use a camping and s’mores play themes into speech therapy. If you’re not sure how to get started check out my previous blog post all about camping speech therapy activities.

Lemonade Theme Therapy Ideas

Need some play-based speech therapy ideas with a summer theme? Check out these fun summer play themes you can do during ESY or with private clients.

Learning Resources has a lemonade stand themed card game that can easily be used in speech therapy.

I would recommend checking out Amazon’s lemonade toy set that is currently under $15 and great for a lemonade pretend play activity.

You can also make a lemonade sensory bin with lemon scented rice.

More Ways to Use Play Food in Speech Therapy

 Have a summer picnic with your student and work on categorizing food by fruits, snacks, and entrees. Additionally, you can use a basket work on basic concepts like in/out, in front/behind, over, under. You can also incorporate those social skills I mentioned earlier. 

Need some play-based speech therapy ideas with a summer theme? Check out these fun summer play themes you can do during ESY or with private clients.
Need some play-based speech therapy ideas with a summer theme? Check out these fun summer play themes you can do during ESY or with private clients.

Pretend to visit a farmers market with your students. Talk about the produce you would see and what you would need to bring with you. Once you are done, talk about the produce that you saw and bought to work on vocabulary and verb tensing.

If you need more play food ideas for preschool speech therapy, head to this blog post. 

Summer Play Theme Sensory Bins

Use a garden or car wash theme to make sensory bins to target your students goals. Fill a bin with water, soap, and cars or trucks of different sizes and colors. List the attributes or the cars and work on basic concepts as the cars and trucks go in and out of the car wash.

You can also fill a bin with some soil, grass, and seeds. Have your student push the seeds and look for small bugs and critters! There are a lot of bug hunt toy sets that can be incorporates into this sensory bin. 

Need some play-based speech therapy ideas with a summer theme? Check out these fun summer play themes you can do during ESY or with private clients.
Need some play-based speech therapy ideas with a summer theme? Check out these fun summer play themes you can do during ESY or with private clients.

Summer Garden Therapy Ideas

Use fake flowers and other gardening supplies to create a pretend play theme of a flower shop or planting a garden. This can be a great opportunity to talk about the vocabulary and social communication of growing flowers and buying flowers for others. Buying flowers can teach the concept of giving, showing love with gifts as well as the verbs and vocabulary for making a flower bouquet. This is also a time to practice emotion words with your students! How would someone feel if you gave them flowers? How would someone feel if you didn’t give them flowers?

For more ideas on how to use flowers as a theme in speech therapy, head to this blog post.

More Summer Play Themes

Need some play-based speech therapy ideas with a summer theme? Check out these fun summer play themes you can do during ESY or with private clients.

Here are some more summer theme ideas to use for pretend play. You can target all of the previously mentioned therapy goals using these themes:

  • Going Fishing 
  • Zoo trip
  • Traveling or planning for a road trip
  • Going to a sandwich shop

If you’re interested in more seasonal themes, check out my spring play themes blog post.

I would also recommend reading this previous post for more information on play based speech therapy!

Need Tips for Implementing Play Themes?

When I first began incorporating play based activities into my therapy, I felt very overwhelmed. I quickly began to run out of ideas on how to incorporate my students’ goals in play without being repetitive or burnt out. I have found that when I have cheat sheets handy in my sessions, I spend less time thinking of targets and more time meaningfully interacting with my students. If you want to save more brain energy AND feel prepared for play therapy without hours of planning, then grab these toy companion cheat sheets for speech and language therapy. Included are cheat sheet guides for over 25 toys!

Need some play-based speech therapy ideas with a summer theme? Check out these fun summer play themes you can do during ESY or with private clients.
Need some play-based speech therapy ideas with a summer theme? Check out these fun summer play themes you can do during ESY or with private clients.

What Summer Pretend Play Activities Do You Use With Your Students?

I always love to hear what other SLP’s are doing with their student. Have any summer themed activities you’ve tried and loved with your students? Let me know in the comments! 

Ep. 46 Using Themed Vocabulary to Teach Depth of Vocabulary Knowledge

Hey Hey SLPs! In this weeks episode you will learn ways that you can use a theme to teach vocabulary depth with your students who have language impairments.  When we use themes it can help add in new words to those existing semantic networks. It can also make it easier for a child to learn new words if they can fit it into a system or category that a child has already learned well. So, if we use themes in our therapy rooms, we can build that background knowledge and semantic networks, thus making vocabulary growth easier for our students. Today, I am going to share 4 strategies for how you can build depth of vocabulary knowledge using themed words.

 

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • Explicitly teaching the meaning of the words with kid friendly definitions 
  • Teaching about features or function to form category groups. For example, if you discuss a sand bucket, you can name the category of a beach toy, function – you put things inside it like sand, shells, shape- cylinder, made out of – plastic
  • Multiple exposures to words in varied contexts – this is when you can give the child more opportunities to hear and engage with the word while reading a beach-themed book, or using beach vocabulary to build sentences, answer wh-questions, or create a hands on activity such as a sensory bin to use the beach vocabulary in a new context.
  • Relating words thematically or in a taxonomy. Taxonomy – a bathing suit is an outfit for the beach, which you wear during summer, and is clothing. Thematic connection – beach you bring a swimsuit, towels, cooler with food, sand toys, boogie board, sunscreen, umbrella, etc.

If you are using themed materials, but haven’t gotten them organized, you need to join my 5-day themed therapy organizational challenge on Facebook.

Each day, you will get a mini-challenge to help you make progress with getting your themed materials and activities organized, so that you can easily find them when you want to use that themed unit in therapy.

Instead of spending the summer procrastinating, why not join the organizational challenge and get your materials in order before the school year starts.

 You can sign up for the 5-day Themed Therapy Organizational Challenge HERE: 5-day Themed Therapy Organizational Challenge

 With every 5-day challenge, there are some free goodies for attending, Facebook LIVES, daily giveaways, and an ultimate prize which this time someone is going to win a $100 Amazon giftcard and a free year membership to my themed therapy SLP membership that is launching at the end of this month.

 Want to be in the know for when the themed therapy SLP membership launches?

Get on the Themed Therapy SLP Membership waitlist HERE


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