Picture
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!
 
To follow up from yesterday's blog (June 18:  Letter Boxes), here's another great activity/resource!  Don't put the objects from your letter box(es) away yet.  Follow the simple activity below to extend the life of your letter box(es)!


Let's continue with the letter A since that's what we did yesterday.  Write out a large letter A (you could do upper and lowercase if you would like), then arrange the objects around the letter A.  Take a picture.  Once you have all 26 letters, you can put the pictures into a photo album or photo book and you have made your own letter book!  Now you can save it for years to come and look through it from time to time.


Again, if you are focusing on your child's articulation sounds, then you can make a book of all his/her artic sounds.  This will be a great way for continued practice.  Once he/she has graduated from speech, the book becomes another great way to prove to your child that hard work pays off!!  


For you speech therapists out there, this may be a great thing for you to create and add to your articulation materials!!


If your child is working on listening comprehension, then you can use the book to have your child find the pictures of the things you request.  The possibilities are endless!
 
What can you do with an old shoe box?  Turn it into a letter box!  This is a great way to teach kids about their letters and the sounds the letters make.  You can do one letter per week and it will take half a year to get it all done!  Pair each letter with a book that has a word with that letter in it and now you've got a whole theme for the week!

If your kids are smaller, then you can pull out different objects - most will start with the letter of the week and some will not.  Pull out the objects and let them try to find the ones that start with the "letter of the week".  For example, if we were to start with A, then you could have a plastic ant, avacado, art set, airplane, apple, apron, ambulance - or whatever other things you find.  Set them out and have the kids say the words and try to hear if they hear the 'a' sound.  Put them in your shoe box and you have a letter A box that they can play with all week.

If your kids are older, then allow them to find things around the house that start with A.  They could add one thing per day and you can see how many things you can put in the box.  If they are running out of A objects, then print pictures from the internet!

What's a good book for A week?  The Art Lesson by Tommie DePaolo!!

If your child is working on articulation and already knows his/her letters, then focus on his/her past and present artic sounds!!  
 
Crafts are always a great way to get kids talking.  They need to tell you what they need, anticipate the next step, ask for a specific color, request items, describe what they made, tell the function of what they made, etc.  Here are some links to some great Memorial Day crafts.  This is not an exhaustive list... this is simply what I found with a quick search:

The following are from:  www.enchantedlearning.com
Star Wreath
Craft Stick Flag
Patriotic Windsock
Patriotic Pot

The following are from: www.dltk-kids.com
3-D Star Paper Craft
Stained Glass Craft
Patriotic Tissue Flowers and Vase

Memorial Day Coloring Pages from www.apples4theteacher.com
 
Picture
If you missed the first blog post about Memorial Day, then click here to get caught up!  We are talking about Memorial Day and coming up with activities that we can use with our kids to teach them about the holiday - it's more than just sales and barbecues!

How much you teach your kiddos about Memorial Day will largely depend on their age and maturity.  It may also depend on if you live in an area with a lot of military or not.  You will have to make that determination.  Here is a book all about Memorial Day!  Print off the pdf version here!

I have specifically made the pages with varying levels in mind.  Therefore, you may not use all the pages.  It really depends on your audience.  Print it off, talk about the text and pictures, put it together and read it each day.