Photo Booth Speech Holiday Cards

Photo Booth Speech Holiday Cards

A “Speechy” photo booth was in my speech room last week!  I had my speech students do a little fun holiday photo booth with me! I am planning on sending my student’s home with a “speech” holiday card to wish them well before winter break.

speech holiday photo booth #3

To make my props, I bought Wilton Lollipop Sticks and printed some props on cardstock that I bought on amazon (affiliate links included). The “speech” mouth props I got from Peachie Speechie’s Prompts on a Stick pack and glue them onto the lollipop sticks. Search Christmas photo booth free printables on pinterest and you will find lots cute holiday photo props that are usually free!

speech holiday photo booth #2I designed a card template that you can download by clicking on the photo above or click HERE! Then, I had my speechies pick out props that they wanted to use and took photos of them all.

holiday photo booth #1

I glued a sheet of artic words or conversation questions to the back of each card as a little “home practice” exercise.  I also included a sheet for students to discuss winter vocabulary with their parents.  You can grab that template by clicking on the photo above or grabbing it by clicking HERE!

I got all my photos printed at good ole’ Costco and cut them to fit the holiday cards.  I wish I could show you all my cute speech kiddos with their photo props.  I plan on sending them home with a little holiday pencil.  What do you have planned for your last week in speech?  Any special things you do with your kiddos?



Holiday Speech Therapy Activities

Holiday Speech Therapy Activities

Most of us school SLP’s have 3 weeks left before our big winter break.  I love to plan holiday speech therapy activities that are hands on and interactive!  Most of my kids, including me are a bit antsy around this time of year. Keeping them focused on their goals right before a big break is tough.

holiday speech therapy activities long pinThis is when I whip out the crafts, youtube, holiday apps, themed games and books!

hot chocolate category activities

My Hot Chocolate Phonology pack was a great winter activity that I was able to use for the whole winter!  This year, I have a lot of students working on categories and describing items by attributes, so I made a language version to add to my stash. You can grab this set HERE or by clicking the picture above!


My Speech & Language ORNAMENTS craftivity is perfect for my entire caseload. I try to find or make crafts that can cover many goals, so my whole group can work on the same activity while still tailoring it their own goals. It covers action words, speech sounds, writing templates to work on grammar (or write a letter to Santa or create a winter story),

IMG_4725We started decorating them this week. I just went around the group while they were “crafting” and had each person practice their target.  Kids stayed busy and I was able to target goals.  I even made my 5th graders get crafty!  Next week, we will assemble the ornaments and use the practice ornament sheets in therapy.  This is fun because they can take them home and hang on their own Christmas trees or on the fridge.

winter themed crafts for preschool

With my younger crowd, we are making winter vocabulary ornaments.  You can grab this FREE bonus craftivity in my TPT store!

winter picture scenes free

Winter Snowy Day Picture Scenes are a free resource in my TPT store that is great for targeting following directions, creating sentences and just positive reinforcement!

what does the fox say language gameWe are playing my “what does the fox say?” holiday game to target artic, describing by attributes, categories and using grammatically correct sentences.  I have been saying “yum, yum, yum, yum, yum, yum” a lot this week!  Every time the student pics a fox, they get to eat a gingerbread man!

buddy the elf movie clips for social skillsMy social skill groups will be watching Buddy the Elf movie clips to work on making impressions, expected vs. unexpected as well as using non-verbal cues to guess what others are thinking.

race to 100 articulation gameWe will be playing my Race to 100 Holiday style games with all my articulation and language groups.  My artic students have to say the amount of words that they roll, and for my language students this game is a reinforcer while they practice their language goals! Download this for FREE by clicking the photo.


This should cover me till our winter break! What do you have planned for therapy this holiday season?


Expected and Unexpected Behaviors: A Quick Tip On How to Work On Self Monitoring Skills

I use the vocabulary terms expected and unexpected behaviors from Social Thinking to identify behaviors students are exhibited in different social situations. Expected and unexpected behaviors allows me to acknowledge and praise my students when they are being “expected” for the situation as well as directly let them know when they are being unexpected without lecturing them for 2 minutes about why something is not okay to do.

expected vs. unexpected behaviorsLast year at the middle school, I primarily used expected vs. unexpected terms with my social emotional students as well as my students with social skill deficits.  They learned the terms very quickly; however, when I would verbally point out their behavior (both good and not so good), I got two responses.  I either received defensive comments and student denial about the action/words/tone of the behavior or continued behavior in which I was verbally monitoring their behavior throughout the entire session.

As I would further explain how my students behavior was making me feel, I was met with resistance, rude overtures and sometimes escalated behaviors.  Most people don’t like to be told they are being unexpected! The struggle with our students with social skill deficits is that they do not naturally pick up on social cues to adjust their behavior independently.  SOMEONE has to call them out, so they can learn to survive in the world. Most jobs rely heavily on being able to successfully interactive with other people and if you fail at that, it doesn’t matter if you are an amazing at your job because people remember how they feel rather than the actual job that was performed.

expected vs. unexpected behaviorsI decided that I would implement a visual monitoring system, so that I could take informal data about the percentage of time the student was exhibiting expected behavior, provide a visual cue (so, I could reduce verbal cues aka lectures), and use as an incentive to point out successes with expected behaviors.  Download my easy template HERE or just click on the photo above.  I just glued to construction paper and laminated, so I could use a dry erase marker with it.

During the session, I let the student know that I will be visually tracking their behavior. If they have more unexpected behaviors than expected, they do not earn their incentive (for my higher students, I did 5 stars = hot cheetos, jolly rancher, ipad time, game, etc).  As I see behaviors, I mark expected or unexpected.  If they are being unexpected, I mark unexpected and ignore undesirably comments/behaviors.  I quickly try to mark expected to show the student that I am notice both good and bad behaviors.

With one student in particular, every time I tried to explain that his comments were sounding very rude, I would get a big argument about how he was not doing A,B, or C.  I got the okay from parents to address his behaviors with the terms kind words/tone vs. rude words/tone.  This student would either use rude words or he would say something in a very rude tone for very minimal things such as “I don’t want to play a game” or “I will not seat over there.” I did the exact same system and did not verbally engage the student when I marked rude comments.  He quickly figured out that he had to adjust his behavior to kind because he really didn’t like seeing marks on the rude side. This worked for most of my students, but some students may escalate in behavior if they see the “negative” side, so that is something to consider when using this.

How do you work on self monitoring skills? I would love to add more tools in my toolbox!

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Race to 100 Articulation Drill Games

Looking for articulation drill games that will keep articulation therapy exciting and productive? Then, you came to the right place.

race to 100 articulation game

What articulation drill games do you use in therapy? I am always trying to find articulation drill games to keep my kids motivated to practice their articulation sounds over and over again!  Heck, I need motivation to stay encouraged. Do you know how many times a day I use the phrase “say your ____ sound 10 more times”? After the third articulation group, I need a piece of chocolate!  I totally feel like this speech pathologist when it comes to running articulation groups! The kids get tired of using picture cards fast, so it’s great when I come up with something fun!!

untitled I thought of a fun game to “trick” my students into producing their sound 100 times…muhaaahhhhhh!

articulation drill games

My game is called RACE TO 100.  I took a wooden block and taped different numbers to each side of the block.  When the students roll the die, they get to color or check off that number of spaces as well as practice their speech sound that many number of times.  Whoever gets to 100 first is the winner! Click on the photo above to grab my game template or you can grab it HERE!

*******November 2016 Update********

articulation ideas that will get high repetitions

I created a cute Race To 100 Game Template that is easy to prep!  Just print and put in a plastic sheet protector or laminate.  Then, you can use this game over and over again during articulation therapy! Click the yellow button to get your free pdf.

Click Here To Download The Race To 100 Game Template

How do you keep articulation therapy fun and motivating?


Listening And Reading Comprehension Task Cards- All About Insects

all about insects long pin 2My son is now a reader!  We have been working on independent reading and reading out loud throughout the summer. Check out my FREE independent reading incentives bookmarks for your own kids. I wanted to make him some reading comprehension task cards that also worked on vocabulary and writing.  Then, I thought “What if I could make some reading comprehension task cards that I can also use with my speech students next year?”Perfect!  Now, I just needed a non-fiction topic…….

My son loves learning about bugs…..My speech students LOVE bugs, so that’s how this set began its creation! This upcoming year, I will be back at the elementary site, but I think these listenting and reading comprehension task cards could be used with upper elementary/middle school for students working at a younger grade level.

listening and reading comprehension task cards

Great non-fiction passages to work on reading fluency and comprehension with a bug theme.

The activities in this set are perfect for independent work, can be used as a whole group lesson or as a literacy/language center. What I love the most about these cards is that there are QR codes that link to REAL LIFE photos of the bugs!!  Pretty cool, huh!?

There are 12 non-fiction passages including 12 task cards with comprehension questions to answer about the passage.  I laminated mine, so that the students can use with a dry erase marker and I can use them over and over again. Plus, I included hands on worksheet booklets to incorporate more learning after reading the passages.  Skills included: comparing/contrasting, vocabulary, adjectives, drawing/writing task and a writing page.

QR codes for insect task cardsIncluded in this set are some fun magnifying cards with QR codes to links to youtube videos that have more information about the bugs the students read about.  What kid doesn’t love using that QR code app?

honeybees non-fiction task card FREEFor all my fabulous followers, I made you a FREE BONUS LESSON to try out!  This lesson is not in my larger set, so make sure to get both! It includes a non-fiction task card passage about honeybees, comprehension task card and a facts worksheet, so students can write down key details from the passage.

all about insects periscope giveaway

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I am giving away 3 copies of this to some of my followers!  Leave a comment below with a number between 1-100.  I will be doing a live raffle on perioscope on SUNDAY, July 19 at 6pm PST.  Meet me there to see if your number is drawn!!


Independent Reading Incentives Bookmark (Free Printable)

pinterest long pinMy son became a reader this year in 1st grade, which is pretty darn exciting! Finding independent reading incentives for my son has been a bit challenging because there are so many other fun things to do. I am a month into summer break and we have been filling it with all things FUN!  Day camps, my 3 year old’s birthday party, beach camping, going swimming and lots of activities with friends and family.  We are now in July and I realized it’s time to buckle down and get my son back into independent reading every day.

I have been reading books to my kids in the mornings or evenings, but it is super important for my son to continue reading independently. Research has shown that when kids participate with independent reading they build their reading fluency skills (which helps with improved comprehension), increases vocabulary development and builds a child’s background knowledge.  In order to keep me accountable and my son motivated, I made some print n’ go bookmarks to keep track of how many books he reads.  Once he colors in all the stars, Riley (my son), can cash it in for a reward.  His first reward was popsicles!!  You can keep it really simple and inexpensive by creating a list of choices like going swimming, ice cream bars, inviting a friend over, IPAD time, no chore day, etc.

reading bookmark in actionGrab this free printable in my TPT store! My son has been liking it so far.  Next reward, is a bowling night with the family (this is because I got a really awesome groupon deal).  If your child is not yet ready to read books independently, you can still use this incentive for books you read to him/her or maybe use it for when they complete a sight word identification task!

What have you been doing to get your kids reading at home?  I would love some tips and book recommendations for 1st/2nd graders!!
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