Monday, May 26, 2014

Tuesday's Treasure Box: Another Wonderful Book by Pat Mervine

There are not many books written about children with speech and language disabilities; however, Pat Mervine just published her second book related to speech and language.

The Mouth with a mind of Its Own is a wonderful book about a child (Matthew) who struggles to be understood. Pat illustrates the child's thoughts and feelings when his speech is unintelligible. Matthew is introduced to a speech-language pathologist and the process of speech therapy. 

This would be the perfect book to introduce speech therapy to new students as well as when discussing goals with current students. Parents, siblings, and teachers of students with unintelligible speech would also benefit from reading this book. 

Congratulations and thank you, Pat!

AND, if you haven't seen Pat's first book, How Katie Got a Voice (and a Cool NewNickname), it's a must read!





Diana

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Summer Speech and Language Activities


I've been away for about four weeks and just realized that many of you reading this blog will be ending the school year soon! 

I updated my website Six Weeks of Summer Interactive Speech and Language Practice ActivitiesThis website was designed to pass on to parents as a resource for summer speech and language activities. This list contains daily interactive computer activities, printable resources, links to reading lists, activity calenders, and tips for parents. Some FREE apps are also included on the site. You can access it here or at the tab at the top of my blog. 

I hope that this site saves you some time and makes those last few weeks of school a little less stressful.

Diana

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tuesday's Treasure Box: A Bargain for a Very Good Cause!

It's spring break and I had not planned to post this week; however, I just saw Katie Yeh's Cure for JA SLP Bundles at Playing With Words 365.  

Each bundle of 26 SLP TpT downloads is only $20 and that $20 will go to the Arthritis Foundation.  Kudos to all of those SLPs who donated their wonderful creations! 

Check out these great bargains at Katie's site now! 

Diana

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tuesday's Treasure Box: If you like Pete the Cat . . .

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If you like Pete the Cat, Kizclub.com has story props for Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes and Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes. 

To learn more about Kizclub's amazing resources that can be easily used for speech and language therapy, check out my post Have you visited KIZCLUB?


Diana

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tuesday's Treasure Box - Educational Apps for Kids - Free and Discounted

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Smart Apps for Kids just posted 101 FREE and Discounted Apps. This is a blog I follow daily as they post many apps relevant to our profession.  There will be a lot of great discounts in April - Autism Awareness Month so sign up for their FREE APP ALERT. 

Diana

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

ABCYa.com - A Wonderful Therapy Resource!

Make An Easter Egg allows children to decorate and hide eggs. Choose an egg, decorate it with paint, stickers, and/or letters. Put a toy in the egg and hide and find your eggs. Good activity for follow directions, using descriptive words, answering WH questions, and using words that tell location. Use two laptops to make a very motivating barrier game!




Visit ABCYa.com to find a nice variety of open ended activities that can be used in speech and language therapy. 



Build A House allows you to structure therapy for almost any lesson.
Students choose house parts, trees, and other outdoor items.
Work on articulation, plurals, and where questions and location words.
Ask why questions, increase utterance length and follow directions. 

Find stories at for children in kindergarten to 5th grade.

Build a house. 

Make a pumpkin, a snowman, a gingerbread house, a pizza and a cake. 

Create a car and a robot. 

Students can create their own word clouds, crossword puzzles, and word searches. 

Find many activities for phonemic awareness. 

Numerous counting and math activities are a great way to practice target sounds. 

Skills for students in upper grades include subject verb agreement,
parts of speech, antonyms, synonyms and homonyms.
These students could create a crossword puzzle with vocabulary words
or create a word search of target words for articulation practice. 






Have you used this site for speech and language therapy? If so, comment below to share your ideas. 



Diana

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tuesday's Treasure Box: Word Clouds for Your Therapy Sessions



As I was playing with my new app, Word Clouds by ABCYa.com, I thought of all of the ways that you could use word clouds in therapy - story vocabulary, classification, describing, articulation practice . . . 

Word Clouds was the only FREE app of its kind that I could find in iTunes. However, it is free for only a LIMITED TIME!

Not to worry though, I just tried Tagxedo, Wordle, and Word Clouds for Kids; all websites that allow you to make FREE word clouds on your computer. I liked Tagxedo as it allowed for the most customization. Word Clouds for Kids was the easiest to use and Wordle fell between the two, with some customization. These sites would be perfect to project on your whiteboard for group work or to use as independent centers. 

Other SLPs have been using these word cloud websites for quite some time. Check out the blog posts below to see their great ideas!

  • See how Abby at Schoolhouse Talks uses Word Cloud at ABCYa's website for articulation and language activities in her post Word Cloud Creations.  




  • Visit LiveSpeakLove where Lisa Geary writes about four websites that she has used to make word clouds in her post Fun with Word Clouds. 

Enjoy!

Diana

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