Sunday, August 21, 2016

Best Year Ever! Bonus Sale Products and Tips from SLPs

The Frenzied SLPs and other SLP bloggers are linking up to highlight a product on sale during the Best Year Ever Bonus TpT Sale. You too can link up with your blog post below or include a tip in the comments.

I'm highlighting my articulation fluency packs. Currently, they are individual packs for /r/, /l/, /s/, /th/ and /sh, ch/ along with a bundle for /r, l, s, th/. (While the individual pack for /sh, ch/ is not reformatted, the content remains the same.)

You might be asking why I chose to combine articulation plus fluency. Here's a little insight. We've all been hearing and reading about the benefits of reading fluency for years as SLPs.  I even began changing my speech and language evaluation reports to indicate "speaking fluency" when referring to disfluency/stuttering cases in order to differentiate it from the fluency associated with reading as this term has become commonplace in the schools.

Reading fluency is essentially an individual's ability to read with speed, accuracy, and proper expression.  So why not articulation fluency for enhancing an individual's ability to correctly articulate fluently?  Fluency is important in learning nearly any skill that someone wants to be successful with...and don't we SLPs want our students to be successful with articulation?

Parents want to know how to help and SLPs want a way to offer home practice that is consistent.  I created Articulation Fluency in order to promote the automaticity required to speak clearly using targeted speech sounds.

These 12-week individual sound programs do not follow traditional articulation therapy with a hierarchy approach (isolation, syllables, words, phrases, sentences, etc).  They follow the Motor Learning Theory (Skelton, 2005), which varies the levels of targets and activities when addressing speech sounds to produce change. This type of practice promotes carryover from the start. If you have not tried this approach, I find it fits my personality and style of therapy better with its more random approach to targeting levels. The research asks you to imagine a gumball machine where each time you turn the handle a different level (isolation, syllables, words, sentences) rolls out. There is a FREE visual included in this Articulation Quick Reference Cards product.

I have found this program to work best with 3rd-5th graders, although I have used it with highly motivated 2nd graders too. I like to train the routine first and/or use this as part of my therapy session prior to sending home each week. You can also send it home on its own.

Here is a sample of week 1 for /r/. It includes tips for correct production as well as for each level. There are four days of practice, including discrimination/isolation/syllables, word level, sentence level, and carryover (speaking and reading). Words are different each week and address beginning, middle, and ending positions. Activities rotate in a 3-week cycle, with the same activities using different targets appearing in this cycle. There is a also a rating scale for parent and student self-assessment for each day.

There is a parent explanation letter and tips for producing the target sound.  A log for therapist use in included to keep track of weeks sent. Additionally, each packet includes data sheets for charting discrimination/isolation/syllables, word level, sentence level, and carryover. I use these packs often for my articulation intervention students since a home program is part of the plan.

Don't forget to shop on 8/22/2016 during the TpT Best Year Ever Bonus Sale where my store and many others will up to 28% off with the code:  oneday

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Speech and Language Lesson Plans for August

Did I mention that school starts tomorrow? What better time to link up with the super sweet Speech is Sweet for a Slice of Speech Monthly Lesson Plans for Speech Therapy.

I had the privilege of meeting the lovely Speech is Sweet while attending the Teachers Pay Teachers Conference in July. I wanted to spend more time with her and in due time I believe I will.  Until then, I am going to try and link up each month to bring you my lesson plans. Let me start off by saying that I do not generally organize my lesson plans monthly. I focus on weekly plans that often center around a theme and contain materials and reinforcement activities that I corral around that theme.  My specific plans are detailed within my individual data sheets for each student.

I use a form that is contained within my SLP Planner workload forms and usually write down activities that fall into each speech and language area. When I write out my individual plans, I quickly glance at the notes on the weekly plan.  I decided to attempt a visual set and again plan loosely for activities and ideas to address individual goals.

My first weeks will involve screening 5 classrooms of kindergarten students. I will be using my Kindergarten Speech and Language Screening product.

My Back to Speech product will be used for creation of a parent letter, home communication logs, and student folders. Each student will also complete a Communication Foldable or Speech and Language Snapshot. This will help me to get to know my students and review goals and objectives targeted during therapy sessions. It also serves as home communication!

As I work on my schedule, I will use a therapy schedule template and then fill out reminder cards for my students using this FREEBIE! I was tipped off to use Google Calendar to schedule from Word of Mouth. Check out this fabulous post to try it out yourself.  I cannot wait!

I have used informal baseline measures, my favorites from Nicole Allison and Super Power Speech; however, I found using these measures at IEP time for present levels is much more beneficial for me. That doesn't mean I don't take baseline.  I will document 50-100 word language samples and chart observational documentation using my data labels within my Back to Speech packet.

That is it for August!  Make sure to head back over to the link up to get even more ideas about lessons to use in August as you head back to school!