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Ep. 35 How to Navigate Transitioning

Hey Hey SLPs! This week Felice shares how to navigate transitions in the SLP job world.  Transitioning can sometimes feel very drastic because SLPs are in a very big field with a lot of wonderful opportunities. The song by Sarah Bareilles “Let the Rain” comes to mind when thinking about transitioning. Starting a new position can feel like breaking new ground. In the beginning, it can be very messy and muddy, but once the water kind of settles after the rain, you see some either beautiful vegetation start growing or things have cleared away. So sit back and relax SLPs, Felice is going to share her personal and professional tips for taking this leap of faith.

 

In this episode you will hear:

  • How to acknowledge your doubts and fears
  • Tips for keeping it simple.
  • Taking care of YOUR needs.
  • Keep big goals, but focus on small action steps.

Resources Mentioned in this Episode

Teachers Pay TeachersTeachers Pay Teachers
Speech therapists are trying to plan lessons for their students with distance learning and need easy to prep activities that can be sent home to cover a lot of goals. SLPs that need the ‘I Spy’ around the home activities for both English and Spanish, this is the Bundle. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/I-Spy-Speech-Therapy-Home-Packets-Spanish-and-English-Bundle-5575275?utm_source=TDS%20blog&utm_campaign=transition%20podcast
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10 ways to use an ice cream toy set in speech

10 ways to use an ice cream toy set in speech

When it comes to play therapy, we want to use toys that are relatable and motivating for our students. What kid doesn’t LOVE ice cream? Ice cream is a dessert that so many kids experience and enjoy, why not use it to target speech and language goals?

An ice cream toy set is a versatile speech therapy toy that your preschool and elementary students will enjoy using. This makes lesson planning easier when you have one toy set that can be adapted to target many different goals.

Today, I am going to share 10 ways that you can use an ice cream toy set in play-based therapy. If you are interested in doing more play-based therapy and want some tips, head to this blog post.

Where Can I Buy an Ice Cream Toy Set for Speech Therapy?

Here are some of the best ice cream playsets I would recommend checking out for pretend play activities. If you are on a budget, check out Goodwills, Offer Up, or Facebook Marketplace. Sometimes even sharing a post on social media asking friend and family if they have toys to donate can be an affordable way to collect some of these items. You can also try to get your toy sets through Donor’s Choose

Favorite Speech Therapy Toy Sets for Ice Cream Pretend Play

How to use an ice cream toy set to cover a wide-range of goals in speech therapy

 Melissa and Doug Scoop and Serve Ice Cream Counter – I own this one and LOVE it! It’s a little more expensive but is great for an ice cream shop pretend play activity.

Melissa and Doug Ice Cream Cone Set – this set is more affordable and would be great for pretend play with eating ice cream at home for dessert.

 

Sweet Treats Ice Cream Parlor by Battat – this set is probably the most affordable and has all the accessories to make your own ice cream sundaes. It could be great for an ice cream party pretend play activity.

Playdoh Kitchen Ice Cream Party Set – you know your kids will go bananas when they see they can make playdough ice cream sundaes in speech!

Kidzlane Ice Cream Toy Set – is a versatile set that comes with cones, cups, bowls and waffle cones. Plus, if you add water to the ice cream scoops, they change colors for new flavors. Plus, they are dishwasher safe, so you can easily sanitize these toys.

Play-Based Speech and Language Toy Companion Cheat Sheets

How to use an ice cream toy set to cover a wide-range of goals in speech therapy

Need a cheat sheet guide to help you with targeting wh- questions, Tier II vocabulary, articulation, basic concepts, adjectives, and helpful therapy ideas for toys you use during play-based therapy? Grab this Toy Companion Cheat Sheet Guide for Prek-2nd grade and have stimulus targets mapped out for 18 different toys. 

There is a two-page toy companion for an ice cream toy set that will help you remember targets to use in your play-based therapy. When you don’t have enough time to plan therapy, you can count on your cheat sheets to help you have effective therapy.

Engage your speech therapy students with these 10 ideas for using an ice cream toy set in speech therapy! So many speech skills can be targeted with it.

Using an Ice Cream Toy Set in Play-Based Speech Therapy

 Engage your speech therapy students with these 10 ideas for using an ice cream toy set in speech therapy! So many speech skills can be targeted with it.

1.Role play different social situations using the ice cream toy. Have the students make a sundae or ice cream for another person working on conversation skills and perspective taking.

2.Create different flavors of ice cream with the student’s speech sound or target adjectives.

3.Work on following directions with basic concepts using the ice cream cones.

4.Answer “who” questions by giving students different types of ice cream.

5.Phonology milkshake: Students can only put items in the blender that have their sound.

6.Work on sequencing steps for making an ice cream sundae or a milkshake.

7.Sort ice cream toppings into sub-categories, such as fruit, crunchy toppings, sweet, and sauces.

8.Discuss problems and solutions related to ice cream, such as if you drop your ice cream or the shop doesn’t have the flavor you like.

9.Work on speech and language while doing an ice cream shop pretend play activity.

  1. Talk about the noun functions for spoon, bowl, cone, freezer, scooper, etc.

More Therapy Ideas for Using Toys in Play-Based Therapy 

When all the assessments and meetings are due at various times during the school year, your creativity always seems to deplete in planning therapy. So, if you need some new inspirational therapy ideas for some of your student’s favorite toys, here are some blog posts to check out:

Using a Pet Hospital Toy

10 Ways to Use Play Food in Therapy

Trains to Target Speech and Language Goals

Using a farm toy in speech therapy

How Do You Use an Ice Cream Toy Set in Speech Therapy?

 

Do you have a fun way to engage your students with an ice cream toy set in speech therapy? Share in the comments, tag me on Instagram @thedabblingspeechie, or email me at feliceclark@thedabblingspeechie.com.

Ep. 34 Using Cooking for Your Preschool Push-In Lessons with Kristine

Ep. 34 Using Cooking for Your Preschool Push-In Lessons with Kristine

Hey Hey SLPs! In today’s episode, my guest, Kristine Lamb, will talk about how to implement cooking lessons into push-in services. Lesson planning for push-in services can feel very overwhelming for busy SLPs because it is difficult to find activities that cover a wide variety of skills that also keep our little friends engaged during the lessons. Kristine has found some real success with using cooking to serve her students’ speech and language needs.  

in this episode: 

You’ll hear

  • How SLPs can collaborate with teachers and how you go into the classroom
  • Ways to find funding for cooking supplies
  • How to stay organized when prepping for lessons
  • How virtual SLPs can adapt cooking into teletherapy
Using cooking for your preschool push-in lessons with Kristine from Live Love Speech on the Real Talk SLP Podcast

Try Built Bar for a Healthy, High Protein Snack

If you are trying to have a healthy snack that gives you high protein and tastes like a candy bar, you need to try Built Bars. They have been a great snack for me when I am on the go doing therapy, assessments and meetings. For SLPs trying to eat healthy, these have 17 grams of protein and 4-5 grams of sugar. You can use this LINK to grab your first box 25% off.

Resources and Blog Post Mentioned in the Cooking Preschool Push-In Lessons

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Ep. 33 Co-Treating for Self Regulation and Social Communication with Brittany and Allie

Ep. 33 Co-Treating for Self Regulation and Social Communication with Brittany and Allie

Hey Hey SLPs! In this week’s episode my guests are Brittany and Allie from expressyourselfspeech.ca. This OT and SLP dynamic duo is known for co-creating for self-regulation and social communication.  In today’s episode, Brittany and Allie will guide SLPs on how to approach social pragmatics while co-teaching with an OT.  They give practical tips to help with teaching social communication while being mindful of the child’s regulation and also how to facilitate self regulating strategies during a therapy session. Get ready SLPS! If you have been struggling to find a solution for a student in the classroom or in sessions, you will take away lots of ideas on ways to support them better. I am excited about this team collaboration because it gives the child another opportunity to practice and generalize their goals and skills to be even more successful. Brittany and Allie do not disappoint! Whether it’s trying new things, or leaning on one another for support, this team does what it takes to help children be successful!

 

in this episode: 

You’ll hear

  • What self-regulation is and what it might look for a child to struggle with self-regulation.
  • How can SLPs decipher between true language disorders or self-regulation and collaborate with the OT about these types of referrals?
  • What self-regulation strategies can SLPs use when their students are struggling with paying attention?
  • For students that struggle with impulse control, and controlling how they express their emotions, what strategies may help them to self-regulate to participate more successfully in a session?

Keep in touch with Brittany and Allie:

Brittany’s instagram – @ot.with.brittany 

Allie’s instagram – @express_yourselfspeech

www.expressyourselfspeech.ca

https://expressyourselfspeech.ca/self-regulation-and-stuttering/

 

 

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Using spring vocabulary to teach grammar

Using spring vocabulary to teach grammar

I think we can all say as speech pathologists that planning engaging therapy lessons that cover a lot of goals, and provide meaningful practice can be HARD to do. What if I told you that you could use spring vocabulary to target a LOT of grammar skills and do it for the entire spring season!?

Using spring vocabulary to work on grammar concepts helps provide increased engagements with vocabulary (language-impaired kids need 36 engagements to learn a word), and it helps your students make connections with words that they hear during the spring weather season. In this blog post, I am going to share grammar ideas for your K-2 students, but some can be adapted for upper elementary students too! 

 

Evidence-Based Practices for Grammar

Students with language disorders need to be explicitly taught grammar rules when learning to add new morphemes to a verb or noun. One study found that implicitly and explicitly teaching grammar rules showed significant improvements with the students learning the grammatical forms.

Implicit teaching – giving a lot of exposure of the morpheme without teaching the explanation or rule. So, reading a book to a student with a lot of emphasis on the morpheme is an example of implicitly teaching the grammar rule. During a play activity, the SLP/educator may model a verb tense while playing in hopes the student will begin to use that verb tense.

Explicit teaching – providing direct instruction about the grammar rules and how to use the rule in language.

Tips for how to use spring vocabulary to target grammar skills in speech therapy

Teaching Methods That Will Increase Your Student’s Expressive Grammar Skills

How to use spring vocabulary to teach grammar concepts in speech therapy
  • Teaching the target directly
  • Modeling the target with emphasis
  • Prompting the child to use the target
  • Conversation Recasting the child’s errors on the target – when the SLP models what the child said with the correct grammar and emphasizing the correct morpheme such as “I do like catsssss.” You can read more about this evidence-based practice on this BLOG POST.
  • Providing feedback on the child’s productions

To read more about effective grammar intervention information, you can read my blog post, HERE.

Smith-Lock, K. M., Leitao, S., Lambert, L. & Nickels, L. (2013). Effective intervention for expressive grammar in children with specific language impairment. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 48(3), 265–282.

Easy Ways to Use Spring Vocabulary to Teach Grammar

Use spring vocabulary to teach transition words while comparing and contrasting nouns

With your students, you can work on comparing and contrasting spring-themed nouns. Not only will this help build depth of knowledge with the vocabulary words (i.e, discussing category groups, function, texture, size, shape, location, etc.), you can also work on transition words ‘because,’ ‘although,’ and conjunctions ‘and’ and ‘but.’

You can also work on noun-verb agreement such as “A water bottle has a lid, but a juice box has a seal to punch with a straw when you want to drink it.”

To work on singular and plural noun forms, you can practice when comparing/contrasting words such as hot dog/hamburger.

Hamburgers have a top and bottom bun. Hot dogs have one bun. Hamburgers have a round meat patty and hot dogs have a long stick of meat. 

FREE Compare and Contrast Graphic Organizer

Do you need a visual way to show your students how to compare two nouns? Use this FREE compare and contrast graphic organizer to use with spring nouns.

Here are some good spring noun pairings:

  • garden bag/picnic basket
  • rake/shovel
  • bird/kite
  • bug jar/bug container

If you need more spring compare/contrast cards, there are 18 noun pairings in my spring vocabulary and grammar activities set.

 

Use spring vocabulary to teach grammar skills in speech therapy sessions

Grammar Drill Ideas for Plural Nouns and Third Person Singular

Use spring vocabulary to help your students learn the grammar for marking singular or plural. Make a list of spring items that you may see or use in the springtime. Then, have your students practice marking plurals such as hoses, birds, watering cans, trees, etc.

Another functional drill activity would be to practice third person singular using spring items. Often times, kids like to go bug hunting, so they can talk about what the boy/girl put in the bug jar. For example, you can practice, “He puts three ladybugs in the jar.”

For SLPs that love sensory bins or have a fun jar, use these plastic mini insects (Amazon affiliate link) to have students take turns putting some bugs in the jar. Then, the students can say, “Jeremiah puts a ladybug in the jar.” You can also work on answering “who” questions by asking “Who put in a ladybug?”

If you need spring task cards to work on these skills, they are in my spring grammar and vocabulary sets.

Tips for how to use spring vocabulary to target grammar skills in speech therapy
Tips for how to use spring vocabulary to target grammar skills in speech therapy

Using Spring Vocabulary to Build Grammatically Correct Sentences

Use spring vocabulary in grammatically correct sentences to work on using verbs in functional sentences.

One a piece of paper, you can make a word web with your students to talk about everything that reminds them of spring. After you generate a nice list, have them create grammatically correct sentences with the nouns and verbs. This is a great way to work on past/present verbs, adverbs, prepositional phrases while also working on other skills such as talking about noun-functions, where items are located, and what parts they have. I like having a spring vocabulary poster, so I can talk about everything spring related with my students. It makes the session easy to prep and I know I can cover a lot of goals.

 

Play Grammar Charades with Spring Vocabulary

You can also play charades with your spring vocabulary or spring verbs. This can provide some movement in your session and also allow meaningful practice of grammar targets!

Make a list of spring verbs or gather all your spring verb pictures. Put them in a hat and have students pick a verb. They can act out the verb. Once the group guesses the verb, you can have students practice making sentences with present, past, and future tenses.

 

More Games to Play with Spring Vocabulary

Other fun games you can practice is doing word associations such as with the word ‘blowing’ students can come up with spring vocabulary related to that verb. For example, you can see a kite blowing in the wind, or you can blow bubbles.

Kids also love the game Go Fish, so you can use spring vocabulary or spring verbs as your stimulus items. Another game I like to use is the Flashlight game where you turn off the lights and look for words on the wall. If you own magnetic wands, you can add paper clips to your vocabulary or verb cards, turn them over and have kids select a card. Put a hidden token under one of the cards. The person who finds the token wins! You can read about more magnetic wand ideas HERE.

How Do You Use Spring Vocabulary in Therapy?

I would love to know all the ways you are using spring vocabulary to work on grammar goals. Share your ideas in the comments! If you need more spring speech therapy ideas to use with your mixed groups, check out this replay Facebook LIVE video filled with ideas.

Ep. 32 How to Start Your Private Practice with Jena Castro-Casbon

Ep. 32 How to Start Your Private Practice with Jena Castro-Casbon

 

Hey there SLPs! This week Felice talks to Jena Castro-Casbon about how to start your own private practice.The song ”Defying Gravity” from the musical Wicked reminds Jena of how we should stop accepting limits because someone says it’s right. She says “Sometimes you feel like you gotta fly and do something different.” So SLPs, if you have thought about going into private practice, but have never jumped ship because you don’t know how to get started or are afraid of being your own boss, Jena shares how to break down some of those barriers!  She shares how to safely jump ship to make your private practice not only a reality, but a success!

in this episode: 

You’ll hear

  • The 5-step program to help SLPs transition to their own private practice
  • Tips for SLPs who wanna have private practice as a part time gig.
  • Plan your private practice in 5 days Facebook Challenge

Stay in touch with Jena

Plan Your Private Practice: www.StartYourPrivatePractice.com/plan  

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/independentclinician/

Website: http://www.independentclinician.com/

Facebook Group: SLP Private Practice Beginners https://www.facebook.com/groups/slp.private.practice.beginners

 

Resources and websites mentioned in this episode:

Free Private Practice Roadmap: www.startyourprivatepractice.com/roadmap

Free Private Practice Training: www.startyourprivatepractice.com/webinar 

Podcast: Private Practice Success Stories Podcast

Free Private Practice Training: www.startyourprivatepractice.com/webinar 

Podcast: Private Practice Success Stories Podcast 

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PROMO in the introduction of the episode: 

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