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?

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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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Stressed About Planning Speech Therapy Sessions?

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

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Top Toys for Teaching CORE Words Open and Closed

Top Toys for Teaching CORE Words Open and Closed

In this Real Talk SLP podcast episode 108, I share the top toys for teaching CORE words open and closed in your play-based speech therapy sessions. We want versatile toys when picking toys for our preschool and elementary caseload! That’s why the toys I recommend can work on AAC CORE words for open and closed and other speech and language skills.

Why Teaching the CORE word Open & Closed Are Effective in Speech Therapy

I am sharing some of my favorite toys to teach the CORE words open and close. We know that kids love hands-on learning and using toys. Training the core words open and close are great word pairs to teach in therapy for various reasons.

First, it’s easy to visually show the word pairs in play, especially if you use some of the toys I recommend later in the show.

Secondly, coaching parents to model and work on these words during daily routines and in-play activities is feasible for their busy schedules. For example, you can teach how to open/close the door, a snack container, a toy item, and the clothes drawer.

Thirdly, open and close can be paired with other nouns, so if you want to help a client begin using 2-word utterances, being able to communicate open or close can later be paired with nouns, such as open box, open door, etc.

The best toys to teach AAC CORE words open and closed in speech therapy

Toy Companion Cheat Sheets for Play-Based Speech Therapy

If you enjoy using toys in your play-based speech therapy but struggle with adapting the toy for different speech and language goals, these toy companion speech therapy cheat sheets are for you! And, if you need help with coming up with targets on the spot, you can reference the toy cheat sheet while working with your clients. We provide wh-questions, at least 24 verbs to use with the toy, tier II vocabulary words, basic concepts, articulation sound words, adjectives, and ten ways to use each toy or game to target therapy skills. Grab your free bubbles toy companion cheat to try these cheat sheets in your play therapy sessions. 

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Speech and Language Toys Shared in This Podcast Episode for CORE Words Open and Closed

Get the best toys for teaching open and closed to help build vocabulary in preschoolers.

In this episode, I shared about different sets of toys to teach CORE words open and closed. Here is a round-up of the resources and blog posts I mentioned (Amazon affiliate links are provided for your convenience):

 

What Toys Do You Use to Work on Word Pairs Open and Closed?

Get toy ideas for teaching open and close for the CORE word of the week.

If you have an engaging toys that you love to use to teach the AAC CORE vocabulary for open and closed, please share in the comments. SLPs are always looking for toys that can work on speech and language skills in a hands on way!

December Whole Class Special Ed Lesson Plans For Push-In

December Whole Class Special Ed Lesson Plans For Push-In

Planning whole class push-in lessons for your special education classrooms can be stressful because you have a LOT of deadlines before winter break. In this Real Talk SLP podcast episode, I share December special ed lesson plans you can do as a co-teaching activity. Planning engaging Christmas speech and language activities for the whole class doesn’t have to be stressful because you walk away from this episode with fresh ideas for what to plan!

Special Ed Lesson Plans for December

Here are the December whole class special ed lesson plan ideas shared in this episode:

  • Making DIY wrapping paper to use to wrap their homemade crafts or gifts for parents
  • Hot chocolate activity – students can prepare hot chocolate for the school staff and work on functional communication when giving the hot chocolate.
  • Making Christmas trees or winter tree art projects to work on speech and language goals. Read a Christmas tree boo, read a winter tree poem or learn about trees before doing the craft.
  • Go on a gingerbread man or candy cane hunt to work on body in the group, inferencing, and where questions
  • Decorating cookies to work on speech and language skills. Make sure to listen to the episode to hear about my tips for using this as a social pragmatic lesson.
  • Make cinnamon apple sauce ornaments and then they can wrap them up with their DIY wrapping paper.
  • December can be a game theme where each week you teach the students a new game that they could play with their family over the winter break. Listen to the episode to hear my tips for how to pick games.
  • Make gumdrop or marsh mallow towers to see who can make the tallest tower.

 

 

Tips for Planning Special Ed Push-In Lessons for December

Remember that some of these Christmas speech therapy lesson plans can be broken into smaller lessons so you can stretch the activities across two or three weeks. This will help you plan for December and not stressing about what you will do each week in your push-in sessions.

Get ideas for planning Christmas special ed lesson plans to use as push-in speech therapy sessions

Resources For Planning Co-Teaching Special Ed Lesson Plans

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The key to planning your co-teaching special ed lesson plans is knowing all the job roles of the educators involved. As you are planning your push-in lesson, consider how the activity will be set up. Reviewing different collaborative service models will help you with job roles and expectations.

Streamlining Your Speech Therapy Report Writing Process Ep 105

Streamlining Your Speech Therapy Report Writing Process Ep 105

When it comes to speech therapy report writing, most SLPs let out a huge groan because writing a legally defensible speech therapy assessment report can take hours! And, with large caseloads finding the time and the brain energy to analyze your assessment results can be very draining. That’s why I invited Michelle Boisvert, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, RSP-ADHD, the co-founder of Easy Report Pro, to discuss ways to streamline your speech reports so that you can check that off your list with less stress and more time to do the other caseload management tasks.

Why Are Speech Therapy Reports So Important?

Why Are Speech Therapy Reports So Important?

Michelle breaks down the importance of why speech therapy reports are so important for determining eligibility and areas of need in the school setting. The assessment report summarizes if a child meets Ed Code eligibility and the areas of need for services and accommodations on the IEP.

Types of Speech Report Template Writers

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.

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.

Must-Dos For Good Speech Assessment Report Writing

During the episode, Michelle shares the MUST-DOS SLPs needed to be included in every report that they write for assessments. We discussed having checklists to help you with including all necessary information as well as making sure to include a thorough background and history section. Michelle also pointed out that the standard assessment results need to match the summary and conclusion of the report. It also is helpful for SLPs to explain the assessment results and how they impact the child’s educational access.

During the episode, Michelle shares the MUST-DOS SLPs needed to be included in every report that they write for assessments. We discussed having checklists to help you with including all necessary information as well as making sure to include a thorough background and history section. Michelle also pointed out that the standard assessment results need to match the summary and conclusion of the report. It also is helpful for SLPs to explain the assessment results and how they impact the child’s educational access.

Easy Report Pro Can Help Save You Time with Report Writing

Raise your hand if you would LOVE to shave off 2-3 hours to your report writing. With Easy Report Pro, you can use their dynamic assessment templates and upload your templates to craft a thorough speech therapy assessment report confidently! You won’t have to worry about making name, date, or pronoun errors. And, you can save brain energy by not having to come up with descriptive wording because you will have a starting point with all the templates. You can sign up for a FREE 30-day trial using my affiliate link and  my code: DABBLING to get an extra 30 days for free. That means you can use this speech report tool for 60 days FREE.

 

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Streamlining Your Speech Therapy Report Writing Process Ep 105

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