What to Do Before You Start Reading Books in Literacy-Based Speech Therapy

What to Do Before You Start Reading Books in Literacy-Based Speech Therapy

When you are pulling out a book in your literacy-based speech therapy sessions, it’s natural to want to jump into reading the story with the group. But, there are some easy strategies that you can do before you begin reading the book to your speech therapy students. In fact, doing these strategies will help your students with understanding the content in the story better. Plus, they will have more engagements with vocabulary in the book. And, you can use a book for at least 2 sessions (often you can use it for 2 weeks or more).

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What to do Before You Read the Book In Your Literacy-Based Speech Therapy Sessions

Here are some strategies that you can do before you begin reading a story to your groups:

  • Teach any concepts that would help their background knowledge on the topic or theme of the book
  • Have them start making inferences by asking students about the cover of the book and what they might think the book could be about
  • Pre-teach key vocabulary by showing them a photo of the word, giving a kid friendly definitions, and ask thme to share a time when that is important to them (we provide focused vocabulary task cards for all the books in the Themed Therapy SLP membership).

Before reading the book, you can use graphic organizers to discus what they know about the topic and what they want to know after reading the book. 

Or, making I wonder statements to see if some of those “wonders” are answered during the story or if you need to plan an extension activity to find out the answer.

Get strategies for what to do in your literacy-based speech therapy sessions before you read a book.

Literacy-Based Speech Therapy Resources Mentioned in This Podcast Episode

Get strategies for what to do in your literacy-based speech therapy sessions before you read a book.

In this episode of the Real Talk SLP podcast we talked about what to do before you start reading a book. The book example in the episode was using Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson. To help activate background knowledge, you can do the following:

-show a video of a bear waking up

sing a wake up song to talk about a bear waking up

-watch a video about bears.

 

A book companion and cheat sheet is included in the Themed Therapy SLP membership for Bear Wants More as well as all the books in the membership.

What do DO Before You Start Reading a Book in Your Literacy Based Speech Therapy Sessions

by The Dabbling Speechie

5 Crafts for Speech Therapy That Are Worth the Prep!

5 Crafts for Speech Therapy That Are Worth the Prep!

When it comes to lesson planning for your mixed speech and language groups, using crafts can be super effective! But, I know some of you may be thinking, “I don’t do speech therapy crafts because it’s too much prep and mess.” Now, I definitely agree with you that crafts can distract from sessions if they have too many tedious steps, or don’t ensure enough practice on speech and language goals. But, these five speech therapy crafts that I am going to share in this episode are worth the prep! Because they are easy to adapt, can be sent home as homework, used as a therapy tool and something student’s can pull out to practice in future sessions.

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The Key To Choosing Crafts for Speech Therapy Sessions

When considering making a speech therapy craft in your session, you want to make sure the craft is easy to adapt for different ages and goals.

Low prep is a nice bonus.

As well as a craft that can then be used as a therapy material to work on articulation and language goals.

Can be re-used in your future sessions to review targets or skills.

Something that can be sent home as the homework for the week.

All the crafts shared in this episode can do all these things! That’s why they are worth the prep.

Get five speech therapy craft ideas that are worth the prep!

Articulation & Language Crafts Mentioned In This Episode

Get ideas for articulation crafts that you can use to get high trials.

Here are links to all the crafts mentioned in this episode:

Windsock craft

Jellyfish craft

Articulation Paper Plate Challenge Craft

Language Paper Plate Challenge Craft

Articulation Craft Wallets

Paddle Paper Plate Craft

The Any Craft Companion is mentioned to pair with these crafts.

There are themed crafts included in the Themed Therapy SLP membership with lesson plan ideas and step-by-step visuals for making that craft. The crafts included can be paired with books for the theme.

Additional Crafts For Speech Therapy That Are FUN!

When you are a crafty SLP, it’s hard to only recommend five crafts you should do. So, here are some other fun crafts that you can do with your students:

Rainbow Crafts

Pout Pout Fish Craft

Summer Crafts

Tall Tall Grass Craft

Learn about speech therapy crafts that are easy to adapt for your caseload.

What Crafts Do You Love to Make With Your Students?

Do you have a craft that you love to make with your speech therapy caseload? Let me know in the comments or reach out to me @thedabblingspeechie on social media to share easy, simple crafts you love that are effective and engaging for your students. 

 

Get ideas for articulation crafts that will get high trials and be speech homework.

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Spring Toys You Need To Add To Your Speech Therapy Stash

Spring Toys You Need To Add To Your Speech Therapy Stash

If you plan a spring theme for your preschool and elementary caseload, you will love all the spring toys and games shared in this podcast episode. When we think of spring, we often think of holidays such as Easter, insects, planted flowers, spring picnics, and outdoor activities. You will get a variety of spring toys and games that you can use to bring to life the concepts of your spring theme.

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Love Themes? But No Time for Planning Speech Therapy Lessons?

Why Are Speech Therapy Reports So Important?

Check out the Themed Therapy SLP membership if you love using themes for your speech therapy caseload but struggle to find the time and energy to plan your lessons. The membership is for busy school-based SLPs who serve Prek-5th grade students and want to streamline their therapy planning process.

 

When you become an SLP themester, you can access three themed therapy units a month!

 

For speech therapy, the themes of March and April include fairytales, weather, frogs, spring, insects, and chores. An annual membership gives you access to 36 themes, including penguins, baking, space, and camping, to name a few!

Need Themed Cheat Sheets for Using Spring Toys & Sensory Bins?

We also provide toy guides for all the themes in the Themed Therapy SLP membership with links to toys, games, sensory bin items, crafts, or activities you could plan for hands-on or play-based lessons. In our spring-themed unit for April, we provide sensory bin cheat sheets for a flower garden sensory bin, toy companion cheat sheets for a garden toy set, and baby chicks sensory bin cheat sheets.

Get ideas for spring toys for your preschool play-based speech therapy sessions.

Spring Toys for Your Speech Therapy Sessions

Get ideas for spring toys to use with preschoolers for play-based speech therapy

Using spring-themed pretend play in your speech therapy sessions can target a TON of goals and keep your students engaged. Plus, you can build schema around spring themed activities your students may experience this time of year. Here is a list of different spring toys and games you can add to your speech therapy material stash when planning a themed unit:

More Spring Toys & Games for Your Caseload

What Spring Activities For Speech Therapy Do You Use?

Get ideas for spring dramatic play to use in your speech therapy sessions.

If you have any spring activities or games you use with your preschool and elementary caseload, DM me on social media @thedabblingspeechie

I would love to see what you have planned to support your student’s speech and language goals. 

Spring Toys You Need To Add To Your Speech Therapy Stash

by The Dabbling Speechie

What is Theme Smashing? – How to Plan Speech Therapy Themes by Month

What is Theme Smashing? – How to Plan Speech Therapy Themes by Month

When we plan themed therapy lessons for our speech therapy caseloads we want them to help students make progress on their goals. In this episode of the Real Talk SLP podcast, we are going to be talking about how to play speech therapy themes by month and learning how you can theme smash two themes together! I will be sharing what theme smashing is, how to do it, and ways to think through the themes you are choosing throughout the year. 

Why It’s Important To Use a Theme for 2-4 Weeks

Get a free themed monthly calendar for planning your speech therapy lessons and learn what theme smashing is!

Before we chat about what theme smashing is, I encourage you to use a theme for longer than a week. At the beginning of this podcast episode, I share two of the benefits of planning only one or two speech therapy themes in a month. 

Free Themed Speech Therapy Planner

Trying to pick a theme for your speech therapy caseload can be overwhelming. When you have lots of paperwork and caseload management tasks, picking a theme can be the last thing on your list. That’s why I created a giant list of 100 seasonal and nonseasonal themes you can use to get inspiration for speech therapy lesson planning. Use the free speech therapy themes by month calendar to get organized with what to plan!

We discussed having templates for speech therapy reports is so helpful with saving time! Oftentimes, SLPs create a library of templates for assessment batteries and different portions of the report, which can take TONS of time to do. Or, we pull up a previous report and use that as a template, which leaves room for errors with having the wrong name, dates, or pronouns in the report.

What is Theme Smashing?

Get a free themed speech therapy planner and learn about theme smashing!

Theme smashing is when you work on two themes at the same time and infuse them into your themed unit.

You can bring in concepts from your last theme into the new theme to increase opportunities with background knowledge, vocabulary, and concepts from that theme.

Here are some examples of theme smashing options:

During this episode I break down how you can plan out these themed unit back to back to provide more opportunities with concepts from the previous theme. In the March and April months of the Themed Therapy SLP membership, we have options for baking, weather, insects, spring, community helpers and chores making theme smashing easier!

Links to Resources and Blog Posts Mentioned About Themed Speech Therapy

If you are just getting started with planning themed therapy or have been doing it for a while now, but need fresh ideas, take my free Themed Therapy SLP quiz! It will send you LOTS of blog posts and ideas for whatever stage you are in currently.

Here are some resources mentioned in the podcast episode:

If you have any questions about planning by themes or need ideas, feel free to reach out on social media @thedabblingspeechie

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What is Theme Smashing? - How to Plan Speech Therapy Themes by Month Ep 111

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Tips for Using YouTube Videos in Speech Therapy Ep 110

Tips for Using YouTube Videos in Speech Therapy Ep 110

Using YouTube videos in your speech therapy sessions can be a great way to increase engagement and help you plan quick, effective lessons. Because YouTube is one of my go-to speech therapy material resources, I like to find tools and tech tips to make finding and organizing my videos easier. Today in this Real Talk SLP podcast, I am sharing my top tips for using YouTube videos in speech therapy to help save you time and stress for using them in sessions.

Free Winter and Spring YouTube Video Google Slides

One of the best ways you can save time looking for themed YouTube videos is downloading the list I compiled for free! Storing your favorite winter and spring YouTube videos on Google Slides can help you stay organized for your teletherapy or in-person sessions.

Learn tech tips for using YouTube videos in speech therapy.

Themed Therapy SLP Membership Finds the YouTube Videos for You

Get the best tips for using YouTube videos for speech therapy

If you struggle with wanting to use YouTube videos because it takes SO much time trying to find videos that match the themed unit you are planning, you don’t have to waste any more time. In the Themed Therapy SLP membership, we provide Google Slides for Prek-1st, 2nd-3rd, and 4th-5th with links to YouTube videos for book read-alouds, songs, movement breaks, wordless shorts, science videos, and more! They are all organized like free spring and winter YouTube videos.

Tech Tips for SLPs On How To Use YouTube Videos

In this episode of the Real Talk SLP podcast we share these top tech tips:

  • Use tools such as safeshare.tv or viewpure to block unwanted ads, comments, and suggested videos when showing YouTube videos to kids.
  • On the YouTube video you can create a clip of the video right from YouTube. You can also clip videos using Google Slides. When you embed a YouTube video on a Google Slide, you have the option to put a start and end play time. So, if you want to skip the introduction or avoid a section of a video, you can do that!
  • Make embedded questions and stimulus items directly on a YouTube video using EdPuzzle.
  • Control the speed of the YouTube video so that you can slow it down for students who need more processing time with the words or movements in the video.
  • Use Chrome Extensions like Webpaint to write directly on webpages and videos. So, if you want to visually cue a student for something to pay attention to while watching the video you can draw on it. Or, you can pause the video and draw on a specific portion of the video while discussing concepts. 
  • Create playlists of your favorite songs, books, wordless short videos, etc. for different treatment areas, themes or type of content to easily bring up again when you use with a new group or client. Plus, you can also search for public playlists and find videos quicker!
  • For SLPs wanting to send homework or modeling techniques to parents, you can timestamp your video in the description so that parents or students can quickly get to a section of the video that they may need to rewatch.
Get the top tips for using YouTube videos in speech therapy.

What tech tips do you have about using YouTube videos?

Learn all the best tips for using YouTube videos in speech therapy

If you have any tech tips for using YouTube videos in your speech therapy sessions, do share in the comments! Or, if you have a favorite channel you love to use in speech, let me know. For SLPs that have been following me a long time, you know I am a big fan of Simon Cat’s Videos.

5 Things to Help You Get Stuff Done With Your Speech Therapy Caseload

5 Things to Help You Get Stuff Done With Your Speech Therapy Caseload

In this episode of the Real Talk SLP podcast we are chatting about 5 things you can do to get stuff done for your speech therapy caseload. We manage a LOT of students in the school-based setting, which means we don’t just do speech therapy sessions. Just to list a few of our speech therapy caseload tasks, SLPs are responsible for attending IEP meetings, taking in new speech referrals, billing Medicaid, writing therapy logs, collaborating with staff on implementing the IEP and doing progress reports for the student’s IEPs. We are juggling so many things that it can quickly get overwhelming. That’s why this episode is all about how to help you manage your day better so you can leave work knowing the important tasks got done.

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If you are stressed with getting all the caseload management tasks done and need some help with planning for your mixed groups, join the Themed Therapy SLP Membership. We help SLPs have engaging themed activities for your preschool and elementary caseload. Take the stress out of planning and let us do the heavy lifting with speech therapy sessions.

Have engaging themed speech therapy materials using this membership for preschool and elementary.

In this episode of the Real Talk SLP podcast we talked about these 5 things you can do to get stuff done for your speech therapy caseload:

Get practical tips for managing your speech therapy caseload.
  1. Write down what you will do your entire day with strategies like writing must dos vs. may dos. You can use this free weekly Google Doc editable speech schedule to write in what you will be doing during your week outside of therapy groups.
  2. Block off time for those caseload management tasks where you do not fill that time with potential meetings or therapy groups.
  3. Look ahead at least three months. Map out all your IEPs, assessments, etc., so you know what is coming
  4. Make cheat sheets to check off the steps of big tasks. For example, write out all the steps you need to do for your progress reports so you know where you left off. With your assessments, checklists for booking a translator, calling parents, etc. 
  5. Have systems specifically for your speech referrals and other things that take time.

Checklists & Tools for Staying Organized With Your Week


Here are some tools for writing down your most important word tasks and helping you stay focused with your speech therapy caseload: 

 

 

What tools or systems do you use to help you with managing your speech therapy caseload? I would love to hear what you use or do! Email me at fe*********@th*****************.com

Use these tips to improve your speech therapy organization with caseload management tasks.

EP.109 5 Things to Help You Get Stuff Done With Your Speech Therapy Caseload

by The Dabbling Speechie

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