How to Plan Your Social Skill Therapy Groups

How to Plan Your Social Skill Therapy Groups

Are you feeling overwhelmed with planning therapy sessions for students with social pragmatic disorders? In this week’s episode, I will guide you in steps to build a hierarchy to make preparing for these sessions less stressful!
in this episode:

You’ll hear:

  • Social pragmatic therapy and engaging ideas to serve students who are struggling with social communications.
  • Where to start in therapy. How to determine what is most efficient or effective for the student.
  • How to build a hierarchy to make planning for your sessions more effective.

Here are what some previous attendees shared about the Speech Retreat event:

Megan said, “I signed up because I attended in November and the materials, swag and presenters were AMAZING!!”

Kaitlin said, “I’ve attended the past 2 virtual retreats. I love all of the immediately applicable ideas I get from these retreats (and the swag, who could forget the swag.)”

All the engaging learning is happening on March 6th right in the comfort of your own home. If you can’t tune in LIVE, you get replays of all the presentations for life.

 

The following learning objectives will be met at this workshop:

  1. Learn how to create versatile therapy materials/activities that target a variety of goals.
  2. List the benefits of hands on, interactive therapy activities.
  3. Learn time saving tips to better manage their school based caseloads.
  4. Construct a plan to have a less stressful school year.
  5. Pick the brains of some of the awesomest four SLPs ever.

Plus, SLPs that grab their ticket by February 1st, get an exclusive swag box delivered to their door!

This was the swag from our November retreat. Even Bernie doesn’t want to miss out on mailed goodies from the Speech Retreat lol.

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3 Ways to Use Google Apps to Manage Your Speech Caseload

3 Ways to Use Google Apps to Manage Your Speech Caseload

Real Talk SLP Podcast- 3 Ways to Use Google Apps to Manage Your Speech Caseload

Are you feeling like you only see your students “From a Distance”, as Bette Midler put it? Teaching virtually is definitely a challenge but… Never Fear! This week I will share 3 Google Apps that can be easily adapted to streamline lessons remotely or for in-person instruction.  These apps can help you collaborate with other teachers and parents, collect data, streamline paperwork, and organize digital materials. Even though we may be teaching from a distance, these apps will definitely make your life a little easier so you can focus more on your students!  

Blog Posts and Resources Mentioned in this Podcast Episode

in this episode:  You’ll hear

  • How you can collaborate with others using Google Docs. By creating an editable doc, you can share ideas, keep a running log of behaviors, and/or create a parent contact list.
  • How Google Forms can be used to collect data, progress monitoring, speech referrals and more.
  • How to use Google Slides to organize digital materials all in one place.

How to Use Google Slides YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/user/TheDabblingSpeechie/videos?view_as=subscriber  

How to Assign a Google Slide in Google Classroom:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-6ogT31Sf4&t=57s  

Setting up Digital Speech Folders and how to link to websites, YouTube, and resources from your Google Drive:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zwgxxzVLKc&t=183s  

Google App Resources to Use with Your Students in Speech Therapy

Create digital speech folders for your students working on articulation and/or phonology goals.

You can also use the digitals google slide templates to create task cards, digital language and social language folders, have behavior visuals, and customize game templates. Check it out HERE.

The digital speech folders also come with progress monitoring tools and Google Forms, so that you can informally assess progress on goals digitally.

The articulation and language screeners also come with Google Slides for the stimulus items, and Google Forms to collect the student’s responses digitally, so you can access them anywhere. 

All of the themed push-in language lesson plan guides come with a Google Slide presentation that can be used in teletherapy or on the SMARTboard during whole-class push-in lessons.

They include activities, YouTube video movement breaks, links to book read alouds, and YouTube videos related to the topic. You can check out all the language lesson plan guides HERE.

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My Best Google Slides Techy Hacks

My Best Google Slides Techy Hacks

Real Talk SLP Podcast – My Best Google Slides Techy Hacks

“Help! I need somebody, Help! Not just anybody!” Adding Pizzazz to make your speech therapy sessions more engaging for your students has never been more fun! In this episode, Felice shares her very best Techy Hacks for creating materials with google slides to increase engagement in your therapy sessions and to make things more organized for you and your students.   Adding GIFS, youtube videos, and even how to upload your own material to google slides. Felice has the Techy Hacks you have been waiting for!

Blog Posts and Resources Mentioned in this Podcast Episode

Hybrid Schedules and Winter Theme Ideas

“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!” These words couldn’t be more true as we navigate through this year of hybrid, virtual, and face to face schedules! Lauren introduces us to some wonderful resources with a Winter theme for any of these scenarios. Whatever your situation may be, this episode focuses on tips for making the most of your lessons/sessions as we head back to school in 2021.

in this episode: 

You’ll hear

  • How to juggle the hybrid schedule for SLP teachers. Lauren shares how to navigate through the changes in scheduling throughout the school year. These schedules can change every 9 weeks, need to have a mix of digital and printable activities for both students
  •  Lauren talks about materials and shares her go-to winter-themed resources for your Prek-2nd grade students as well as older students.
  • Websites and digital tools that are helpful for serving virtual students, and can also be used for in-person therapy.
  • Special promotion from top TPT sellers January 4th – 11th SLP Must Have BUNDLE 

Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

Monthly Plans FREE download from Lauren’s freebie library

Hot Cocoa Mini Unit by Lauren LaCour Haines

Arctic Animals Mini Unit by Lauren LaCour Haines

Winter-Themed YouTube Videos Organized Google Slides FREE download by Felice Clark

Winter-Themed Accordion Crafts by Lauren LaCour Haines

Winter Inferencing and Text Evidence Pack

Piere the Penguin Book Companion by Whitney SLP

Pierre the Penguin No Prep Book Companion by Whitney SLP

SLP Must Have BUNDLE Deal – January 4th-11th

10 articulation resources $110 value for only $28 (75% off)

12 language resources $107 value for only $28 (75% off)

10 winter activities in the BONUS Mega BUNDLE has all the articulation and language and the winter bonuses for $52 (80% off ) total value $265

We all know how stressful getting back to work after a holiday break can be (especially during the uncertain time with COVID 19).  Finding the right resources for your students during this unprecedented time shouldn’t have to be a worry in your mind. I teamed up with the top selling TPT authors that you know and trust to provide you with an unbelievable collection of resources at a deep discount. Don’t stress about finding resources right now, let us do the work with our carefully curated collection that will cover your entire caseload. We have three options available to cut down hours of time searching for the right resources (articulation, language, or BOTH with winter-themed bonuses).  One of the greatest things about this collection is that it comes with resources that are print & go and digital.(BOOM Cards, Interactive PDFs, and Google Slides). 

There are 3 options (75-80% discount)

  • Articulation Bundle: 10 Articulation Resources valued at $110 for only $28
  • Language Bundle: 12 Language Resources valued at $107 for only $28
  • MEGA Bundle: ALL of the articulation and language resources PLUS Bonus winter-themed resources (valued at $265) for only $52.00. 

Grab the bundle here: https://slpmusthavebundle.mykajabi.com/slpmusthavebundle

Digital Monster Activities for Teletherapy

Digital Monster Activities for Teletherapy

During the month of October, you can plan a monster theme to go along with the Halloween festivities. Monsters can be a great theme to use because they can be silly and colorful. You can incorporate a lot of practice with adjectives for colors, numbers, size, textures and how a monster’s body part looks like (i.e. has pointy ears, furry bodies, one eye.)

There are a lot of great digital monster activities that I have found for my caseload and I wanted to share. Most of these activities I have been using with my k-3 students. Even my students with moderate to severe disabilities LOVED them, especially the green screen monster activity.

Before using a monster theme in therapy, it’s always good to reach out to parents and make sure they are comfortable with their child talking about monsters. Now, let’s talk about monsters, shall we?

Digital Monster Activities Using Apps

Digital Monster Activities to use with your students in teletherapy to increase engagement.

When it comes to using apps in speech therapy, I am kinda picky. The app has to be versatile, colorful, and hit a lot of different skills. Sago Mini apps always deliver for my Prek-3rd grade students. With this monster app you can work on verb actions, requesting, answering “what” questions, describing the monster, and talking about what he ate. I also love the Sago Mini Farm app that I share in this blog post for digital farm activities.

Teach Your Monster to Read is a FREE app that works on teaching phonics to kids. You could definitely use it to incorporate phonological awareness with your articulation and phonology students.

If you own an OSMO, you can use the OSMO Monster app to have an interactive experience with Mo the monster. You will asked to draw pictures and they come alive on the screen. You can talk about the noun-functions of the items. What is even cooler is that it is a new experience every time you use the app! Need more OSMO tips, head to this BLOG Post with all the details.

Highlights Monster’s Day is a FREE app that goes through the day of a monster. This is a great app for working on sequencing.

Sesame Street also has some fun free games with cookie monster. This cookie monster food truck game can be great for sequencing and building vocabulary. 

Organize Your Monster Activities with Google Slides

When I plan for my virtual speech therapy sessions, I like to have all my digital materials in one place if I can help it.

Using Google Slides helps me build digital lessons by allowing me to add slides, link YouTube videos or websites, and have interactive activities such as the design a monster activity in the picture below.

You can add animations to your Google Slides that will appear when you have it in “present” mode. In “edit” mode, you can drag and move images in the Google Slide.

Another way to adapt Google Slides is to screen record using screencastify and create language lessons of you talking about the different slides. You can send those home to parents to watch with their children. Plus, you can assign Google Slides to students in Google Classroom.

This monster Google Slide presentation is part of the monster language lesson plan guides for K-2 that can be used for small groups, individual and push-in lessons. I have been using the Google Slides and the digital parent newsletter virtually for LOTS of my sessions. Just click one of the pictures to have this ready to go resource in your hands within minutes!

Digital monster activities for speech therapy

Pink Cat Games with Monsters

If you are looking for affordable digital games that you can adapt for the different goals on your caseload, I highly recommend checking out Pink Cat Games

This website has a lot of fun monster games. You can try the dress the monster game for free. With this web-based app program, you can customize questions to fit the goals of your students while playing their ready to go games.

The best part of this website is that you can search for skills and find questions that have already been created by other educators. This is a yearly subscription of $39, but you are able to try the dress the monster game for free.

digital monster activities for speech therapy that are great for younger students.
digital monster activities for speech therapy that are great for younger students.

Monster Song YouTube Videos

Digital Monster activities using YouTube videos

When I go into the classroom to do my whole class lessons, I love having some brain breaks and songs to use at the carpet time to help keep my student’s focus.

You can use these videos on a Smartboard or virtually to help break up a session. Sometimes our students need to get up and move a little bit. A lot of songs have verb actions that you can target while dancing to the song. If you need more tips on how to setup a whole class lesson, head to this blog post.

One of my SLP ninja organizational tips is to put all of the YouTube video songs I may want to use on a Google Slide. This way, all the songs are in one place. You can ask your students what song they want to make a request or just know you have options week to week. If you need more Google Slide tips, check out my tutorial on YouTube.

Free Monster Green Screen Activity

digital monster activities for teletherapy using a green screen.
digital monster activities for teletherapy using a green screen.

Have you seen this FREE Whack a Monster Green Screen activity from GoGo Speech? Head to her YouTube video to grab this free activity. The link will be in the video description.

You upload each of the JPG as a video background in Zoom and then you can interchange the backgrounds while you “pop,” “smack,” or tell the monsters to “go away.”

 

I used this lesson last week and I had so many giggles and spontaneous language from my K-3 students with Autism and intellectual disabilities. Before using this lesson, there were sessions that fell flat. This activity was very engaging for my students and I had fun getting into it as well. Highly recommend!

 

Monster Ideas for Speech Therapy

If you are looking for toys and materials for using a monster theme, check out this blog post. For those SLPs that are sensory bin fans, this monster sensory bin is quite the crowd pleaser!

 What digital monster activities have you been using in therapy? Let me know in the comments or tag me on social media @thedabblingspeechie

Books To Teach Summer Vocabulary In Speech Therapy

Books To Teach Summer Vocabulary In Speech Therapy

I love incorporating books into speech therapy. It is the easiest way for me to teach themed vocabulary without having to prep anything! Summer books are filled with picture scenes that have summer vocabulary to teach. I don’t think I could ever have enough books to teach summer vocabulary! #professionalbookhoarder

This blog post will walk you through the benefits of teaching vocabulary using summer-themed books and strategies for building better vocabulary with your students!

Why Using Summer-Themed Vocabulary Is Beneficial for Language Therapy

When working with students to improve their vocabulary, the research shows that focusing on building a deep vocabulary will help students learn new words because they can add those new words into a system or category a child knows well. There is also research that shows that students with language impairments need up to 36 engagements with a word before they learn it. So, as clinicians, implementing themed therapy can be a great approach to building a depth of knowledge for vocabulary. This gives us permission to use a summer theme for longer than a week because the more engagements with words, the better our students will learn a deep knowledge of that vocabulary.

Furthermore, if your teachers are also incorporating summer-themed books into their curriculum and daily class readings, we are helping to give more exposure and discussion with those words when our students come to the speech room. Plus, most students have experienced a summer season. By picking a theme that is relatable, it will help your students draw from their own experiences with the summer concepts and vocabulary. 

You can see some of the research articles at the end of this blog post that specifically look at vocabulary intervention. 

Books also provide way more opportunities for you to target other language skills, such as inference, predicting, grammar, articulation practice and carryover, story retell, and narrative comprehension. 

The cool thing about using a summer theme to plan therapy is that you can incorporate a new summer-themed book every 1-2 weeks. You will keep students engaged by reading a new story while still choosing a book that builds off of previously taught vocabulary. 

Strategies on How to Teach Vocabulary with Literature

To help your students build stronger vocabularies, here are some strategies you can use to teach vocabulary with literature:

Provide multiple exposures to words while reading the book and in activities. One study found that just hearing the target words helped build vocabulary.

Give explicit information about the words in the book or give kid-friendly definitions of unknown words. Picking out Tier II vocabulary words has been shown as the best way to build vocabulary. Bringing Words to Life is a great resource to learn more about Tier II vocabulary. You can use the story pictures to also show the vocabulary words.

Focus on teaching words and how they relate thematically, such as a word map, naming word associations, or talking about a word in a taxonomy. For example, when teaching a word thematically, such as with the word “beach,” you can word map clothes you bring, activities you enjoy at the beach, food you eat, things you see, how beach items feel/look, etc.

More Tips for Teaching Vocabulary

When building depth of knowledge using a taxonomy approach, you are deconstructing a word by category, sub-category, function, location, size, shape, texture, parts, etc. For example, with the word “popsicle,” you could explain that it is a food and/or that it is a type of cold dessert. A popsicle can be eaten, it melts, and it often comes on a stick. A popsicle is made up of ingredients that are blended together and frozen. You keep popsicles in a freezer until you want to eat one.

As you are reading the book, you can use dialogic reading techniques to facilitate language discussion around the words. After reading the book, you can set up play activities that are related to the book’s concepts and/or theme to encourage students to act out the concepts from the book. Sensory bins, pretend play, toys, or props for story retell can work great to engage your students. 

Summer Sub-Themes to Incorporate in Speech Therapy

When we think of summer, there are probably a variety of words and experiences you associate with that word. And, that might be different for you based on where you live in the world and what your students’ cultural values are surrounding summer.

Since I live in California, going to rivers, lakes, beaches, and/or swimming pools are activities many kids in my community enjoy on hot days. So, finding books with these topics are very relevant to my caseload. Other summer themes that resonate with students can be camping, Fourth of July, summer weather, going on vacation, ice cream, popsicles, lemonade stands, BBQs, nature hikes, bugs, ocean animals, waterslides, or just everyday summer activities, such as water balloons and bike rides. What other summer themes do you love to target?

If you need resources that help you plan extension activities with a summer theme, check these out from my blog and Teachers Pay Teachers store:

Camping Speech Therapy Activities

Summer Vocabulary and Grammar Activities for K-2

Camping Language Lesson Plan Guides for Small Group or Push-In Therapy for K-2

Ice Cream Language Lesson Plan Guides for Small Group or Push-In Therapy K-2

Beach Language Lesson Plan Guides for Small Group or Push-In Therapy K-2

Summer Language Lesson Plan Guides for Small Group or Push-In Therapy K-2

Ocean Language Lesson Plan Guides for Small Group or Push-In Therapy K-2

Books to Teach Summer Vocabulary for Camping

I have been so thankful to find resources on social media that share book recommendations and specifically diverse book recommendations. If you need some accounts to follow for books, I highly recommend following @havingoursay @diversereads 

They have top-notch recommendations and I got Jabari Reads from @diversereads

The Camping Trip by Jennifer K. Mann 

Ernestine is invited to go on her very first camping trip. Although she is excited and packed thoroughly for camping, Ernestine has to learn how to set up a tent and what it is like to be out in the wilderness. This is a great story about a little girl who has to navigate a new environment that brings challenges. Even though camping is, at times, uncomfortable for Ernestine, she learns how to make lasting memor

A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Chronicle Books

Camping is a favorite pastime for a lot of people during the summer months! A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee is a great book to teach about all those camping vocabulary words. It has  fun, vivid pictures; a bear; a camper; Mr. Magee; and his cute dog, Dee.

If you need camping resources to pair with this book, I have some fun camping activities, including a S’mores craftivity, in my Summer Craftivity Set! You can also make a fun lantern craft. Check out my tutorial for how to make a lantern by clicking the YouTube video (I know it is for Chinese New Year, but I use that craft for camping lanterns, too).

Books to Teach Summer Vocabulary at the Beach

When a Dragon Moves In by Jodi Moore

I love using When a Dragon Moves In to teach beach-themed vocabulary, to work on inferencing, and to work on perspective-taking. This book is all about a boy who is pretending that his sandcastle has a dragon inside it. He talks all about the things he does at the beach with the dragon. The boy’s family doesn’t seem to believe him when he tells them that it is the dragon who is eating the brownies and spraying sand at his sister. The pictures are very colorful, and it is a great book to discuss pretend versus real.

The Sandcastle Contest by Robert Munsch

If you want a book with a summer theme that is good for working on oral narration and story comprehension, The Sandcastle Contest  is a great book to work on those skills! This book is all about cool sandcastles, so it is a pretty engaging book for students. I have a buried in sand craftivity that would go great with this book!

Beach Day by Clarion Books

Beach Day is probably my most favorite beach-themed book! It is written with a rhyme sentence structure, so it isn’t that long of a book. Why I LOVE the book is because the pictures are filled with lots of people and activities that a person may do at the beach. It is great for teaching beach vocabulary, as well as for creating sentences about what the people are doing. I love that this could help with teaching word associations, and the visual supports are already built in with the book, so you don’t have to worry about preparing visuals for your lesson.

Summer Books to Build Vocabulary on Hot Days

Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall

Jabari Jumps is a sweet tale about a young boy who is ready to jump off the diving board. Jabari has passed his swimming test and now has to figure out how he can overcome his fear of jumping off the diving board. Kids can relate to this book as many take swim lessons over the summer and also have fears of jumping off the diving board. You can also work on /dj/ when reading this story. 

Let It Shine by Maryann Cocca-Leffler

If you like to talk about a lot of different activities people do over the summer, then Let It Shine is the perfect book to read with your students. This book is great for answering themed wh- questions. They cover Fourth of July, baseball games, the beach, swimming, camping, and more in this book!

One Hot Summer Day by Nina Crews

This is a great book for Pre-K and kindergarten that talks about what happens during a big heat wave in the summer months. The book uses real photos, so children can relate to the words used about summer. For many children, hot summer days are just ordinary days filled with fans, popsicles, and trying to stay cool in the shade. 

The Night Before Summer Vacation by Natasha Wing

Lots of children go on vacation during the summer months. The Night Before Summer Vacation is a book that talks all about what happens the night before kids go on summer vacation.

Speech Therapy Resources with a Summer Theme

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