Have you ever taken an inventory of your book library? When I discovered Shontaye Glover’s IG account @havingoursay last year, I started looking at my book library differently.
As a school-based SLP, I would often plan by themes because it was the most efficient way for me to plan for multiple goals and ages. One thing that I was missing from many of my themes was books with characters from different cultures. I tended to lean towards books with animals, vehicles, or category types like apples, fall, etc. But, Shontaye has shown me how I can still plan my favorite themes and broaden my book selection to make sure it showcases children and characters of all races and walks of life.
Shontaye always shares new books on her IG that inspire you with characters from different cultures and backgrounds. She gives you a great synopsis of the book and how to use it in your therapy room.
In this episode, Shontaye shares about how to build your own diverse book library, and how she started hers!
She also gives us some practical tips on how to choose books with characters from different cultures and ideas for how to use them in therapy.
Of course, I wanted her fave book recommendations, so she shared those at the end of the interview:
Plus, Shontaye shared all about her new book “Liam’s First Cut” that is on pre-sale. You can get your own copy here: http://tayejones.com/
This book will be so helpful for my students with Autism to be a social story for going to the barbershop.
Raise your hand if you feel like you got sucked into the Jumanji game and you are still trying to get used to your new body?
Yep, the Jumanji game is distance learning and our character’s weakness is technology. If you need a back to school chuckle, then you want to listen to this latest podcast episode.
It has all the best back to school tips that every SLP needs to adjust to this new normal of working from home while also taking care of our families, and trying to schedule every student in the day while not disrupting synchronous academic minutes.
For those of you that need speech therapy caseload management tips for the start of the year, you can head to these blog posts:
This week I wanted to share about some resources that will help you with doing teletherapy with your middle school students. It has been a few years since I have worked with those ladies and gents, but I remember it like it was yesterday. For many years, I worked at a middle school and to get these friends excited about seeing me was a daily challenge sometimes.
Distance Learning Resources for Middle School
News-O-Matic is an app for your iPad that is offering free subscriptions until June 30th for families and teachers. I love that there are daily articles and students can choose what they want to read about. There are different levels, and it can be translated into Spanish. You can read more about the app HERE.
Jeopardy Labs or Jeopardy PowerPoint were two digital materials I used to create custom Jeopardy games for my students. If you get the PowerPoint version, just make sure to “save as” and re-title the version. You can make a fluency one, articulation, vocabulary, and social language to then use in teletherapy or assign in Google Classroom. Jeopardy Labs is a cool tool because you can use games already created by other users. So, you could share the workload with your other fellow middle school SLPs and each creates a game and then share.
UseYouTubeto use for wordless shorts, Simon’s Cat videos,America’s Funniest Videosor your other favorite channels to engage learning. If you need a social pragmatic Google Slide with all the videos, make a copy of mineHERE. I LOVE wordless short videos too. You can target so many skills with those, so mixed groups are easier with these types of videos.
Some of my favorite wordless videos to use are Simon’s Cat videos. They are so versatile because they are mini video comics, short in length, and always entertaining. You can read more about these videos HERE.
Using EdPuzzle with your Middle School Students
EdPuzzleis a website that you can take a video and add in questions for your student to answer while watching the video. This allows you to track their comprehension. It will pause the video when you embed a question. Plus, you can search for other lessons already created and assign them to students on Google Classroom. You can see a tutorial about how to create your own EdPuzzle video on my YouTube channel. Speech Time Fun also has some EdPuzzle videos already prepped for you that can be used in teletherapy sessions.
Check out this YouTube video to see how you can use your favorite videos to create lessons for your middle school teletherapy sessions.
Free Websites to Use for Your Middle School Teletherapy
If you haven’t used NewsELA or ReadWorks, you seriously need to go check them out. You can find FREE articles that are at your student’s age level and interest to use in therapy.
Pick a topic that your student’s want to discuss. On one side of the screen put the visual support for asking questions or making comments. On the other side, adjust your website tab and upload the resource using your Kami Chrome extension. This extension allows you to annotate on the PDF. Share your entire screen. While the students are discussing the topic you can give visual feedback about their body language, questions/comments, talking too much or too little. This gives them the visual feedback they need to self monitor their social pragmatics in a conversational setting.
You can use Flipgrid to have your students respond with a facial expression, practice answering a question while staying on topic, or work on answering and asking questions with you as a distance learning activity. Watch the tutorial above to see how you can get started with this tool.
What Digital Materials Do You Use for Middle School Teletherapy Lessons?
What digital tools do you use with your middle school students?
Do you have any favorite Chrome extensions that help you in your teletherapy sessions?
I would love to know of any digital programs, YouTube videos or games that you have found to be engaging for your students. Share in the comments!
Doesn’t it feel like our jobs as speech pathologists are an uphill battle? Do you have seasons that you just feel like all you do is fail as a clinician?
In episode 15, I share a tale from my life to help be a better SLP. I like to call it “The Climb” story. For those of you that have been feeling the stress and let downs of the job we do as SLPs, I hope my story and takeaways help shift your mindset with the roadblocks and failures you face in the trenches.
To grab the free “I Spy” Around the Home download, head to this blog post:
In this episode of the Real Talk SLP podcast, I am chatting with Mandi Schaumburg all about Boom Cards and how to use them to engage your students.
With the school year coming up fast and schools having to do a mixture of models because of COVID-19, SLPs need materials that are versatile in any setting. Mandi is sharing all her tips and tricks for using Boom Cards in therapy.
You will want to leave this episode ASAP and start playing around with Boom Cards after you hear about her tips for keeping kiddos engaged!