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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Stay in Touch with Michelle

Learn how to use speech therapy themes for your articulation and phonology disorders

If you have more questions about Easy Report Pro or assessment reports, you can find Michelle on Instagram. One of the coolest features of this tool is that you can schedule a 1:1 virtual onboarding call to get all your report-writing questions answered, and they will also help you work on a report while navigating the tool! =

Streamlining Your Speech Therapy Report Writing Process Ep 105

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Speech Therapy Schedule Template & Tips for How to Make EP 104

Speech Therapy Schedule Template & Tips for How to Make EP 104

When it comes to making your speech therapy schedule in the school setting, the process can be overwhelming and ever changing. There is no PERFECT way to make your speech therapy schedule, but after making a schedule for many years, I do have some tips and tricks for you. In this Real Talk SLP podcast episode, I share my biggest piece of advice for how to approach the speech therapy schedule as well as tools, tips, and tricks for streamlining the process.

Tools and Software to Help You Create Your Speech Schedule

Using paper and pencil can work really well for creating your speech schedule, but there are some digital tools that have speech therapy schedule templates to help with updating your schedule throughout the school year. Here are some of the tools mentioned in this episode:

 Swivel Scheduler by Maureen Wilson

SLP Scheduler

Google Forms for getting teacher requests (free Google Form for getting classroom teacher requests)

Speech Therapy Schedule Template

Free Speech Therapy Schedule Template

Speech Therapy Schedule Template

Put your speech therapy schedule on a Google Doc (there is a free one on this podcast episode) and make a copy each week to make any group changes, add in meetings, when you will assess students and other tasks you need to do.

 

Steps for Creating Your Speech Therapy Schedule

 

  1. Get the master schedule from the school secretary for recesses
    • Find out the teacher’s schedules either by asking for a copy if they have that or send them a Google Form to fill out times to avoid pulling their kids.
    • You can tell them to give 1st, 2nd, 3rd choices, but explain in your email that you have X amount of students on your caseload and cannot fit in 50 kids from 8-8:30 or 2:30.
    • If you are considering doing co-teaching, take the time to meeting with those teachers to find the best times, discuss roles and expectations. Schedule those first.
    • Your self contained classrooms tend to have a little more flexibility so if you run into scheduling shifts, maybe approach them.
    • Get PE, RSP services and RTI schedules
  2. Block off your assessment and  paperwork time. We had a day to switch between our sites to do paperwork, testing, etc. Do not put students during that blocked off time.
  3. Get RSP schedules, RTI to reference and check in with those specials to see if there is anything they are doing with scheduling
  4. Use post its or some sort of system for documenting the students age, teacher and service minutes. Know when you CAN’T see students.
  5. Create your first draft of the schedule and either do a run through making notes of what worked/didn’t work, or send it out to teachers via Google Doc for them to see if there are any issues with their student’s speech time.
  6. Make changes as needed throughout the school year.

 

Speech Therapy Schedule Template

Tips and Ideas for Streamlining Your Speech Schedule

Speech Therapy Schedule Template
  • Speech is beautiful recommends color  coding students by feature in your schedule

     

    Try to group by classroom or age group. If you can group by similar goals that is a benefit or try to look at language goals to see which  ones are easier to do with other articulation and phonology sounds

     

    Consider having a scheduling party in the lunch room, bring donuts have them find times for their students.

     

    Whatever you do, send out the schedule to each teacher and let them check it out. They usually can help spot errors or issues that you may have not seen.

     

    If you have any tips for creating your speech therapy schedule share in the comments!

Ep 104 Speech Therapy Schedule Template & Tips for How to Make

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If You Take a Mouse to School Speech Therapy Lesson Plan – Ep 103

If You Take a Mouse to School Speech Therapy Lesson Plan – Ep 103

When it comes to speech therapy lesson planning, it can get a big overwhelming because we don’t just serve one specific treatment area. We serve articulation, phonology, language, social pragmatics, fluency, narrative language, etc. So, today I wanted to share how you can use the book If You Take a Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff to cover a LOT of speech and language goals.

Updates and Resources Mentioned in the Real Talk SLP Podcast:

 Join the Themed Therapy SLP membership (doors are opening for the year next week of August 21st)

 New sets of the Simon’s Cat Speech Therapy Cheat Sheets Growing Bundle will be added at the end of August or sooner!

Where to Find the Book for Your Literacy-Based Speech Therapy Sessions

Read the book at the carpet and then split up your groups into three stations. You can see this REEL with the group activities in action. While reading the book, make sure to include iconic gestures and shared book reading strategies. </p>
<p>Station #1: </p>
<p>Mystery Lunch Game where you put in school related items into a lunchbox or backpack. You can pair with themed mini trinkets, printables (we have school printables in the Themed Therapy SLP membership), or school items around your room and house. </p>
<p>Station #2: </p>
<p>Sorting School Items into Categories with the printables from the back-to-school push-in language lesson plan guide. You can work on sorting playground, lunch food, toys, etc. </p>
<p>Station #3:</p>
<p>Pretend play packing your lunch activity using your play food and a lunch box to work on following directions, sharing opinion, targeting AAC CORE words like/don’t like, modeling spatial concepts, sequencing the steps for packing a lunch, or play “What’s missing?” by giving inference clues for what they need to pack next in their school lunch.<br />

Grab the book on Amazon, use the YouTube read aloud, get it on Scholastic, or hunt for a copy at a thrift store! You can also snag a If You Take a Mouse to School story retell prop kit on Amazon as well.

 

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Check out more details for how to set up your push-in lesson for If You Take a Mouse to School:

Read the book on the carpet and split your groups into three stations. You can see this REEL with the group activities in action. While reading the book, include iconic gestures and shared book reading strategies.

 

Station #1:

 Mystery Lunch Game, where you put school-related items into a lunchbox or backpack. You can pair with themed mini trinkets, printables (we have school printables in the Themed Therapy SLP membership), or school items around your room and house.

 

Station #2:

Sorting School Items into Categories with the printables from the back-to-school push-in language lesson plan guide. You can work on sorting playground, lunch food, toys, etc.

 

Station #3:

Pretend play packing your lunch activity using your play food and a lunch box to work on following directions, sharing opinion, targeting AAC CORE words like/don’t like, modeling spatial concepts, sequencing the steps for packing a lunch, or play “What’s missing?” by giving inference clues for what they need to pack next in their school lunch.

Some more extension speech therapy activities for the book, If You Take a Mouse to School:

Make a story prop kit with items from the story to help with story retell and sequencing. You can also buy this set on Amazon.

 

Rock Chalk Speech Talk has some really fun ideas to go with this book like some Yoga poses, science experiment, and a DIY story prop kit for this story!

 

Pair a craft with the story, such as this mouse writing craft, shape mouse craft, or paper bag mouse craft. You can also use a pencil or bus craft in the Themed Therapy SLP membership.

 

Make up another version if you take a mouse to school and substitute it for a different animal, the child’s pet, or something wild like a lion or dinosaur.

 

With a plush mouse or the mouse puppet in the prop kit for this book, have the mouse visit different places and workers around the school. Work on where questions, who questions, and explain the jobs of the different school workers.

 

For students working on syntax and conjunction goals, work on cause and effect with this story. You can teach connecting words such as “then,” “because,” “since,” etc.

 

Look through your book and write down any key vocabulary or verbs from the book. Grab a die and have students roll to see what number they get. Use the roll-a-word game to have students practice depth of knowledge with vocabulary words from the book.

What Activities Do You Plan with the Book?

If you have any great activities or ways you incorporate speech and language goals using this book, share them in the comments or tag me on social media! Felice Clark (thedabblingspeechie)

Ep 103 If You Take a Mouse to School Speech Therapy Lesson Plan

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4th of July Speech Therapy Activities Ep 102

4th of July Speech Therapy Activities Ep 102

If you are working during the summer months planning a 4th of July themed unit for your speech therapy groups can be easy with all the ideas in this podcast episode! Your students probably celebrated so it’s fresh on their minds. Today, you will get some great 4th of July speech therapy activities that you can use with preschool to middle school students.

 

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Take the Free Themed Therapy SLP Quiz

Before I jump into lesson plan ideas for a 4th of July theme, I wanted to let you know about a free Themed Therapy SLP quiz I created to help you get information about using a theme-based approach. Whether you are a new to themes, trying to get more organized or need fresh ideas for planning by themes, you will want to take the quiz to get an email with links to podcast episodes, blog posts, and resources to help you with your themed therapy planning.

Fourth of July Speech Therapy Activities

Check out the 4th of July speech therapy activities for younger and older students

You can read some books that talk about the 4th of July such as The Night Before the Fourth of July by Natasha Wing or Hats Off for the Fourth of July by Harriet Ziefert

Here are some more patriotic picture books you can use with your caseload. 

 

Fourth of July videos for Speech Therapy

To explain about the holiday, use YouTube videos with your students. These work really well to keep students motivated especially with your 4th-8th graders. You can upload these videos into EdPuzzle and add in stimulus items for wh-questions, vocabulary, etc. to pause the video and discuss portions of the activity.

Here are some great YouTube videos for speech therapy about the 4th of July holiday:

For your mixed groups, you need to use the Simon’s Cat fireworks YouTube video because you can cover syntax, retelling, figurative language, wh-questions, and more. It’s a lot easier using this wordless short video with my Summer Simon’s Cat cheat sheets

Show your students a clip of real-life fireworks show to demonstrate tier II vocabulary such as gleaming, fascinating, crowd, shimmering, dazzling, flashy, burst, blast, blaring, or deafening

Plan an engaging 4th of July speech therapy activities unit for your preschool through middle school speech therapy caseload.

4th of July Crafts for Speech Therapy

Learn about some fun 4th of July speech therapy crafts and other activities you can pair with them!

Using crafts in speech therapy can help keep your students engaged while working on speech and language goals. Plus, with certain goals, you can naturally target skills without your student knowing they are even working! Here are some crafts you can do:

Additional Speech and Language Activities for 4th of July

Use the song Fireworks by Katy Perry to discuss synonyms, antonyms, etc. 

Brainstorm a word association map about the Fourth of July holiday. You can talk about the foods people eat, the activities we participate in, the clothes we wear, when the holiday happens, etc. 

Need some funny jokes? These jokes from Simply Speech are great for articulation sounds, answering questions, icebreakers, and explaining why it’s funny!

Use some of your leftover 4th of July-themed props from the day’s festivities to work on spatial concepts in speech therapy.

For pretend play, you could use your Little People and have students plan out a parade, BBQ 4th of July party, or going to watch fireworks.

Check Bamboozle or Quizizz for games that work on answering wh-questions, vocabulary, and grammar with a 4th of July theme.  

Plan your next summer-themed speech therapy unit for your preschool to middle school caseload using a 4th of July theme!

Ep 102 4th of July Speech therapy Activityies

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