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This is a game that I posted about a year ago.  However, I wanted to re-highlight it for those of you who haven't seen it.  It's a great print and play folder game!  Plus, it has a football theme, which is perfect since the Super Bowl is Sunday!!  

This game is blank and so it's completely customizable to each client.  You can either laminate it so you can write on it with a dry erase marker and erase.  Or you can print a copy for each student and let him/her take it home after the end of the session.

Articulation:  Write in the articulation words that he/she needs to work on.

Language:  Write in language tasks that correspond with your students' goals

Pragmatics:  Write in different social situations that a student might need to practice role playing.

Fluency/Stuttering:  Have a student practice his/her techniques for getting out of a stuttered moment or write different topics that your student has to talk about it order to practice "smooth speech"



Click here to download the pdf version

 
I stumbled upon a great site yesterday:  www.spellingcity.com.  This website does have "premium" options for those who pay a membership fee ($30 for the year for up to 5 students).  However, there are SO MANY GREAT things that are FREE!!  I'll blog about those things.

First off, to piggy back off of our "multiple meanings" blog from yesterday, there are lists and lists of multiple meaning words.  Sometimes it is hard to come up with words that have multiple meanings.  However, if you had a list, that may help you when creating your multiple meanings pages with your child.  Simply click on "multiple meanings" in the "featured vocabulary and spelling lists" box located about halfway down the page on the left hand side.

You can also insert your child's spelling/vocabulary words and the computer will generate FREE games or worksheets!  This makes learning fun and interactive.  Plus, it can be a great reward for getting homework done or doing chores.  Let's face it... they have to practice those spelling words anyway, right?  What better way to do it!

For those kids with articulation word lists, insert your articulation words to create some fun games. After each turn you take, practice saying the word 5 times!

This site also has TONS of teaching resources.  You can click on the "teaching resources" tab at the top and a list of topics will pop up.  Click on any one and you will find videos, enrichment strategies, word lists, games, articles, explanations, etc.  Just this morning I learned what a "capitonym" is!
 
Recently, my son has started to attempt to imitate just about everything he hears.  It's so cute!  My father-in-law calls it "Pete and Repeat".  However, I noticed that he is struggling with multi-syllabic words.  Therefore, I went into "speech therapist" mode.  Here are some easy ways to work on multi-syllabic words if your child is dropping one of the syllables.

1.  tap on your child's hand for each syllable (can - dy would be two taps).  
2.  Pull out blocks or toys of some kind and place the correct number of toys to correspond with the number of syllables (3 syllables = 3 blocks).  You would then touch each toy or block while saying each syllable (to-mor-row).  Always model before you have the child attempt it.

Here is a short video to show you how it's done.

Remember that we are always trying to make sure to try to present information in more than one way.  This will help by giving your child a tactile and visual stimulus!
This tactic can be used with young children who are learning to talk and imitate words.  It can also be used with kids who are working on articulation, the phonological pattern of syllable reduction, or kids who are learning to listen.  For those who are learning to listen, this gives them a visual aid to help them know how many parts of the word that they should be hearing.
 
Let's continue with idea of what to do if you have too many toys that are just lying around and don't have a home.  These toys CAN be useful!  Click here to see the previous blog post about activities for older kids.

First off, I suggest that you begin by going around your house and collecting up stray toys that seem to get lost in the shuffle and just don't have a spot to reside.  Put them all in a big box.  It doesn't matter what you collect since there are so many different things you can do with the toys.  You don't really have to have a "mental checklist" of "must haves" for your box. In my box I have:  3 cars, 2 trains, 2 small balls, 3 plastic animals, 2 puzzle pieces (the puzzle no longer has all the pieces and was going to be tossed), 1 whistle, and 1 noisemaker.  I could've collected more, but I have a young child and didn't want to overwhelm him.

Pre-Talkers:
  1. Name the items as you pull them out of the box.  Try to make your face look excited to see what is coming out next.  That will help get your child to engage in the activity.  Let him/her hold the objects.
  2. You can tell your child about the objects.  Describing things will give them a great model for language!
  3. Simply take an object out of the box and say "out" and hand him/her the object.  When they are all out, then put them all back in saying "in" with each one.  You can do this same thing with any preposition set (on/off using a table or the tray on their high chair, up/down and move the objects up and down in the air, etc)

Early Language:
  1. Have your child name the objects.
  2. Have your child to try to name one aspect of the objects - i.e. color.  This will start to get them to begin to learn how to describe.
  3. Teach them prepositions using the objects.
  4. Have your child receptively locate items (if naming them is too hard).  You can make it easier/harder depending on the number of options you let them choose from.

Listening Comprehension:  Depending on your child's level of sophistication with listening comprehension, you can:
  1. Have your child find a specific item when named (remember, don't let your child see your mouth moving because he/she should be learning to listen.  Position yourself directly behind your child and have your mouth close to his/her head).
  2. Describe an object using two or three descriptors and see if your child can find the object that you are requesting.
  3. Tell your child a sentence about the object and see if he/she can find the target object.


Pragmatics:
  1. You can have your child work on requesting in an appropriate manner.  Have your child look at you and then request in an appropriate manner (i.e. "May I have a toy" or "May I have the car" or "May I have the blue car").  You will know what the appropriate level is for your child's language capabilities.
  2. If you have two children playing, then teach them about sharing by having them share one of the toys from your bin.  You could also have them swap toys after they have had a few minutes to play with them.  A timer could really help with this activity so that they have equal time with the preferred object(s).


Fluency:
  1. Have your child practice his/her "smooth" speech by naming, describing, or requesting the items in the box.


Articulation:
  1. Try to find objects that have your child's target sound or past target sounds that have been mastered in order to change up your speech "homework" practice time!
 
Teach Speech has some exciting news!  We have recently become part of the Teachers Pay Teachers world.  This website is designed for teachers to be able to upload things they have created for FREE and for SALE!  Then, teachers (or homeschooling parents or parents who love to do activities with their kids, etc) can log on and look for pre-made activities and pay the TEACHERS who have created them rather than the CORPORATIONS who put them out!  How neat is that?  We will continue to be creating materials for FREE, but we have also been working on several BIG projects that we will now have a forum to sell on.  We are not quite ready to debut our thematic units (based on favorite children's books), but will start putting up some of our smaller projects - check it out as we hope to have new and exciting things up each day!

Click here to find the link directly to our store!
 
Last week I started blogging about car activities for road trips (long or short) that help promote language development?  If you would like to read the two blogs from last week (I got caught up with doctors appointments and tying up loose ends at work to start MATERNITY LEAVE), then catch up fast by clicking here to read last Monday's blog!  

Have you ever played the "punch-buggy" game?  You know... the age-old game where you got to hit your sibling if you saw a Volkswagon Beetle/Bug?  The game stopped being so novel (but more painful) when VW re-released the "new bug" a while back.  Well, here's a different spin-off of the old game (without the punching so no fights ensue).

Pick one color that everyone in the car can recognize.  When you see something that color as you drive by, call it out!  If you are a competitive family, then you can award a point for each item identified and see who has the most by the end of the trip.  If your kids are simply first learning, then use this time to teach them about that color.

Are your kids older?  Instead of selecting a color, select a letter (or sound).  If your child is working on a particular articulation sound, then that would be a great one to select.  

If you are working on shapes, then shapes can be your guide.  Find all things that are round, square, triangular, etc.

If your child is working on a particular articulation sound, then look for items that have that sound it!
 
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It's officially summer (I'm pretty sure even the schools in the North have been let out by now) and summer is always known for road trips (or traveling of any kind).  This week I will try to focus on some great car activities for your kids.

I've seen these in stores, but I figured that I could make one just as easily.  This is a great activity to keep in the car that will keep your kids entertained for hours.  Simply collect up small objects (examples:  toy cars, paper clip, coins, marble, pen, whistle, etc.), place them in a bottle (small soda bottle or half-gallon milk jug would work great) along with lots of rice, shake it up, and let your kids try to hunt for all of the objects in the bottle!  

Make sure to write down everything that is in the tube so your kids will know when they have found all the objects!  This can be fun for hours!

If your child is working on articulation, then try to collect objects with his/her sounds in it!  That will be a great way to get some practice in while on a road trip.

We have been pretty sick around here - my son was sick, then he got ear tubes, then I got sick... we are now on the up-swing of recovery.  Sorry for the delay in blogging.

 
Day three of our flashcard activities.  This one will stretch their little minds!

This one is easy and has NO PREP!  Simply take your flashcards out (the same ones you've been using) and hold them in your hand like you are playing cards.  The pictures should be facing you.  Let the kids try to remember the name of one of the cards.  If they are having a hard time remembering one, you can start describing one of the pictures.  Whenever someone says a correct word first, that person "wins" the card.  They get to hold onto it until the end of the game.  My kids LOVED this game - they loved the competition.

Once the child "won" the card, then everyone would take turns doing some work with that card - naming the item, describing it, answering a question.  The cards are very adaptable to every child's skill level.  A great way to adapt this for kids who are working on listening comprehension is to hold the cards and start describing one of the cards.  Having some exposure to the cards already will help them figure out which one you are describing!  This can also be a great articulation activity to break up the drill & practice routine.