Speachy Feedback – October 2014

Gosh you guys and your amazing feedback! I appreciate it all and it was really tough to pick this month!

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But alas, I had to pick. Calling Carly Fowler! She left this feedback on my Fall Speech & Language Packet!

“This is a fun packet with a variety of activities! I love the graphics as they are perfect for the fall. The bingo game is great for practicing descriptions. The worksheets are great as they allow students to color but also allow students to practice writing. The sentence builders is why I bought the packet though! I have previously bought some and my students enjoy making silly sentences. They learn how to add details and make more complex sentences. This packet is huge!! Thank you!”

LOVE IT!

Feel free to check out my fall packet here, or by clicking on the image below:

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Interactive Book Attachments

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I’ve been trying to put a greater emphasis on using book in my therapy sessions. You can target SO much with them and they are a totally age appropriate skill for many of my kiddos. BUT, book companion packs (while great) are seriously way too much work and I felt like I couldn’t prep the book companion packets fast enough!

I also realized that while books are great for our kiddos, much of the time my kiddos just couldn’t attend for long enough to finish the book. And even sometimes when it looked like they were attending, they didn’t retain much of the information from the book. I tried so many things, and then VOILA, I came up with the idea to make a book attachment for one of my kiddos who benefited from sentence strips. IT.WORKED.GREAT. So I made more and I used them with a huge variety of kiddos and most (if not every) kiddo I used it with benefitted.

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These book attachments are great for giving the student a model sentence that they can use to retell stories, answer “What happened?” about a page, or describe events in a book.

Included in this bundle is 1 book attachment for the following books:

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
The Mitten
The Hat
Ten Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
Five Little Piggies
Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods That Make My Day
Old Bear
Corduroy
Where’s My Mom?
Room on the Broom
If You Give a Pig a Pancake
There Was an Old Monster
Mud Puddle
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves!
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly!
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books!
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat!
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell!
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow!
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose!
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover!
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick!
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell!

That’s TWENTY THREE BOOKS! At full price it only costs $0.50 a book for a major upgrade!

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Set-up is easy which is what makes this product SO awesome! Last week, I assembled FIVE attachments (including laminating, cutting, etc…) in 30 minutes.

All you do is print, laminate, and Velcro the first page:

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And cut/laminate/cut/Velcro the strips to go along the side:

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Another great thing is that even when disassembled and on a book shelf or in a box, they really don’t take up much more room than the original book.

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Check out some more pictures below to see what they look like when assembled:

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Also, for those of you who keep your book activities in Ziploc baggies, THEY FIT. Just trim the sides of the paper a bit before or after laminating:

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From this packet, you can easily target story retelling, language expansion, pronouns, verbs, emotions, sequencing, vocabulary, and other language concepts without the use of flashcards or any drill! LOVE!

To purchase this super awesome growing bundle, click here to see it in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. You can also read the amazing feedback left on the product so far in case you aren’t convinced!

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Interactive Visuals for Commenting, Asking, and Answering Questions

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I don’t know about you, but I work with A TON of beginner communicators who benefit from the use of AAC. I kept finding that I was spending so much time on making visuals for commenting and requesting. I wanted a way to expand the length and type of utterances my kiddos used so I created this product! Since I created it and began using it, it has saved me so so so much time because I no longer have to reinvent the wheel each time I need a visual. I created a binder and keep all of the visuals in there, organized by increasing difficultly (MLU) starting with 2 word utterances up to 4 word utterances, and then to answering personal questions using 5-6 words to answer (e.g., My favorite animal is a dog).

Check out the goodness of this packet below:

The packet is divided into four major sections. First, there are interactive visuals for describing and requesting. The pages of this section, once assembled, look like the picture below:

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You’ll notice that there is a sentence strip along the top (I printed these on different colored cardstock to make them stand out), and removable icons on the bottom of the page.

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The sentence strip can be removed so your kiddos can hand it to you!

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What I love about this product is you can customize each page including the number of words on the sentence strip. You can mix and match everything! See how the same page can be used with both a 2 and 3 word sentence strip below:

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I have included sentence strips up to 4 words so your kiddos can practice using descriptors as well:

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Below is an example of another page with many common descriptors:

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And this is how I set up the sentence strips so they are removable and interchangeable:

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The next section targets asking and answering personal questions. If you can’t stand the thought of cuttig out squares and Velcro anymore (I’ve been there) I’ve included two versions. One is interactive and one is not for easy prep!

The picture below is an example of an interactive page. The question is along the top line, and the sentence strip to answer is along the bottom:

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Here is the same page, but the non-interactive (and super easy prep) version:

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And below are two more examples of these question pages:

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The next section of the binder includes tons and tons of sentence strips.

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I like to keep these on a binder ring and pop out the ones that I need for various activities:

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The last section of the binder includes optional cards for use with the commenting pages.

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I keep these in a plastic container that goes in my favorite storage box. This makes the cards super easy to grab and go!

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If you are interested in checking out this product, click here to see it in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. I am constantly adding pages to it as I think of questions/comments!

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Our Speech Room Staples Linky Party

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Sometimes searching on Teachers Pay Teachers can be absolutely overwhelming. It’s nice to search by top rated products or best sellers, but I know there has to be less popular products that others love and use all of the time. Those products can be so hard to find!!

Below are my favorite four products from other TpT sellers:

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1) Structured Sentence Building from Queen’s Speech: I LOVE using this product to expand sentence length and work on answering WH questions. They are also great to target basic vocabulary! My students love them, they are easy to prep, and black & white. Doesn’t get much better than that!

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2) Alphabet File Folder Songs for Basic Language by Super Power Speech: I use this product every day. There are so many songs in this product and they all target a variety of language skills. Not only that but they are engaging and my students love (and thrive on) interactive materials. I love that CC has thought of everything including file folder tab labels. I keep these all in a file folder bin and grab and go! Love, love, love these!! (and definitely check out her other file folder song products!)

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3) Tackling Apraxia: CV and CVC Early Sounds Edition by Mia McDaniel: Ugh flashcards ugh flashcards and ugh flashcards. My kiddos do not like flashcards and are not fooled by flashcards disguised with cute graphics. While flashcards can be great for their ease of use, they are not that functional and certainly not fun. This product is the best because it is motivating while maintaining a heavy emphasis on drill. AND it gets a ton of trials in each session, because my kiddos are having so much fun! Stop buying flashcards and check out this product instead!!! Pretty much every apraxic kiddo I’ve worked with has loved this product.

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4) Match It Quick by Speech Therapy with Courtney Gragg: You know a product is great when a kid comes in saying “That looks super boring and I won’t like it” and leaves saying “That game was the best!”. This product will do that. It is played the same as Spot It!, the popular game in circular metal tins but with a variety of articulation sounds targeted. It’s great for those kiddos that are doing great in highly structured environments but aren’t quite generalizing completely yet. She has them for a variety of sounds so definitely check out her store!

AND below are 2 of my products that I think you’ll use every day:

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1) WH Questions Binder: I love this product because it is interactive (with small, Velcro-ed icons) and targets WH questions in a much more functional way than flashcards (can you tell I hate flashcards?). Additionally, there is a huge teaching component to this product which makes it great for kiddos who are struggling to grasp the concept.

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2) Interactive Book Attachments Bundle: I realized that with many of my younger students, one of the biggest struggles when reading books was getting them to attend and synthesize the information. Using a book companion packet is fairly useless when the student was paying little attention to the actual book. So, I created the interactive book attachments that attach to the backs of common children’s picture books and provide a sentence strip to describe what is happening in the book. My kiddos have loved being able to find the icon that matches the page and use the sentence strip to tell me what is happening! It provides good visual support to keep your students successful and motivated!

So there you have SIX of my speech room staples. Check out the amazing blogger’s below to see even more products that you just gotta have in your speech room!


What is this EET I keep hearing about?

Do you feel like everywhere you turn you are hearing about the EET? I feel that same way, and I’m here to tell you what I’ve learned about the EET, or Expanding Expression Tool, in the past couple months. I love it, and I think you will too!

According to the Expanding Expression Tool (EET) website, “The Expanding Expression Tool provides students with a hands-on approach to describing and defining. As a mnemonic device, it provides visual and tactile information which facilitates improved language organization. The kit itself is designed to allow you to follow a hierarchical approach taking student’s expression from words to paragraphs to reports. Therefore, it can be used by a variety of ages.

The kit consists of the Expanding Expression Tool, a manual, stickers for written expression, object cards for describing activities and a poster.

The Expanding Expression Tool is color symbol coded. Students learn the code and from this code are able to provide detailed descriptions including the following elements: the category the item belongs to, the function of the object, the appearance, what the item is made of, the parts of the item, and it’s location.

This tool has been classroom tested in both regular and special education classes.”

I love it because it gives my kiddos a framework to describe and define items or words. If you’re tired of saying things like “Let’s think of other ways we can describe that.” or “Hmm… I’m not sure what you’re telling me about. Where did you see it?” then YOU NEED THIS TOOL.

Curious about the research behind it? Click here to see pretest/posttest results and learn about the research supporting the use of the EET.

Personally, I can attest that not only do my kiddos enjoy using the EET (we like to call it “the caterpillar”), but it has really helped organize their language when describing things. It’s multisensory, which I think is what makes it so successful.

Now that you know the basics of what it is… how about I show you around what comes with a kit when you buy it?

First, the kit comes in a handy little box that just happens to fit perfectly in my therapy bag that I carry around with me at all times. It even has space to throw it worksheet/activities that I use consistently with the EET (more on this later).

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When you open it, it looks like this:

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Included is a large EET strand (the basis of the program), stickers, foam dice, a visual stand-up board, cards, and a book containing worksheets and information about the program. I’ll go through each below:

First, is the book which explains how to use the Expanding Expression Tool AND provides tons of worksheets. The one thing I wish about the EET is that this book came with a CD to print the worksheets.

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Next, is the EET strand. You will probably use this the most of anything else in the box. My younger kiddos call it “the caterpillar”. Each bead slides up and down the string:

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Another way to make the EET fun and interactive is to use the included dice. For some reason, dice really get my kiddos excited:

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There is an entire deck of cards included, with simple pictures you can describe AND cards that outline how to use the EET for higher level skills like summarizing:

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Last, there is a handy stand up poster:

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This is what my box looks like:

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I like keeping extra worksheets and visuals inside so everything EET related is in one place since I don’t see kids in one room or office:

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The worksheet shown on the right above is part of a packet I made that works super well with the EET (or without it). Click here if you’re interested!

And below is a picture of EVERYTHING:

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Below is an example of the EET in use. I like to use my worksheets, the visual poster, a card, and the EET all at the same time. So much multimodality support going on here!

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When you go to order the EET, you will be given the option to add on several items that increase engagement with the idea and open the door to tons of fun and interactive treatment ideas. One of the fun add-on options is the EET Steppers. My puppy likes them too :)

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They are also great as puppy pillows apparently:

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So how do you use it?

Basically, for the younger kiddos, you find a simple object to describe. Each bead on the strand helps your kiddos remember various ways to describe objects. To teach the EET, I like to start one bead at a time. After your kiddos know each bead, they can simply slide each bead over as they describe the item in that way. For example, the top green bead reminds your kiddos to describe the group (green=group) and the next blue bead reminds them to describe what the object does (blue=do). It’s fairly easy to teach and I love that the large strand can eventually be faded to a visual using the included stickers that can be easily kept on a student’s desk.

Does it work?

YES. After teaching each bead, my students need substantially less support to describe items and are now able to describe them much more completely. If you don’t believe me, ask ANYBODY who has an EET and I’m sure you will hear the same thing, this thing works!

How do I get one?

I hope by now you are convinced to buy an EET. Because it is copyrighted, please purchase the kit and do not attempt to make your own. CLICK HERE to check out the website. There are very compelling videos and an online ordering form. From the site, you will be able to add on extras such as the

 Note: I was provided with an Expanding Expression Tool to write this review. The thoughts expressed are mine. No other compensation was provided.

Speachy Feedback: September 2014

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Getting feedback just might be one of my favorite things about selling on Teachers Pay Teachers. I read EVERY SINGLE piece of feedback you leave me, I really do! Below is some feedback I received recently that just made my day:

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 Calling Natalie M… you’ve won a free product from my store! Email me at speechymusings@gmail.com!

If you’re interested in checking out my All About Verbs product, click here. It’s a nice thorough packet!

Keep up the great feedback and have a fantastic week!

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Articulation Test Center App Review

To be honest, working at a private practice you don’t get a HUGE number of articulation kiddos. I was concerned this app might not get as much use as I like to give to apps when I’m reviewing them… but I didn’t really have another app that did what this app could offer so I tried it. And fell in love. I should have known better… The most used articulation app I own is by Little Bee Speech (Articulation Station). Check out my review of Articulation Test Center below.

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First, you have the option of choosing the Screener or the Full Test. To be honest with you, I haven’t used the Full Test yet, but played around with it and it’s very similar to the Screener. I have used the Screener (and used it often) so I can tell you that it works, and it works well and efficiently.

When you press “Screener”, the following page is shown:

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When you click on the age, I love how it shows you how many stimulus cards will be shown, as well as the sounds that will be tested in each position:

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After you set up a student to test….

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you’re ready to begin!

The first picture shown in the 2 year old screener is below:

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 What I love about this app is how easy it is to record substitutions, errors, and deletions. You can show errors by just touching any of the green boxes. Then they turn red to indicate an error was made in that position:

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OR, you can swipe upwards to indicate an omission was made in that position:

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OR, you can press that little down arrow and pick from a selection of sounds (or processes) to mark substitutions or phonological process errors:

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Another awesome feature about this app is that when you mark a process, it describes it, provides an example, and gives the age that this process should be eliminated:

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Another cool feature is that you can turn the picture upside down. Something useful if you’re testing across the table!

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After you’re finished with the screener, you get this “happy bee” page, and are asked to rate the student’s intelligibility as shown below:

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Then, the magic happens! DATA DATA EVERYWHERE!

You can see an overview of the words tested/errors made:

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You can see a fancy table outlining errors made, including substitutions and phonological processes:

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You can view a automated report generated by the app (and email it out!!):

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AND you can see recommendations to work on based on the age of your client:

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The Full Test (instead of the Screener), is incredibly similar with a few extra options:

When you open the Full Test, you are shown the options below:

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Additionally, you are prompted to record a speech sample about a scene:

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If you choose to add a speech sample, you can select a scene:

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And begin:

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When the scene opens up, you can press on various people and objects and get conversation prompts:

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Then, as with the Screener, you can rate the student’s intelligibility:

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The Full Test provides the same crazy, awesome level of information after the test.

To be honest, usually at this point in an app review I provide an overview with a list of pros and cons. After using this app for a few weeks, I haven’t found anything that I want fixed so I will leave you with this:

If you want an easy way to assess your student’s articulation skills and get useful, meaningful feedback afterwards, this is it. The app is beautiful, intuitive, and amazingly useful from the second you open it up. In case you want a little extra information/help, the app provides videos demos as well.

To check out the app in the App Store, click here. It’s $24.99 and well worth it in my opinion!

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Note: I was provided with a copy of this app to review. No other compensation was provided. The thoughts and opinions expressed above are mine alone!

Early Describing and Categorizing Packet

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After starting my new job, I really need a packet that targeted describing. I searched and searched Teachers Pay Teachers (because let’s be honest, starting your CF is insane) but couldn’t really find anything at the level I wanted. So what’s a girl to do? Make her own packet… and here it is!

My Early Describing and Categorizing Packet turned into a fantastic, HUGE resource beyond what I thought it would. Check out some of the pictures below to see what this packet is really all about.  It targets describing items by describing their…

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As you’ll start to see, I’ve included A TON of visuals with this product. Below is an example of one of them. In the small square in the center, you can put the included icon cards to describe!

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In case that format isn’t your thing, I’ve included 3 other visuals for describing the category (and the other topics in the packet as well). Another version is shown below:

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Another way I target categories is sorting. Sorting, sorting, sorting! I have included one of the pages shown below for each category targeted in the packet. If you want the task more difficult, increase the number of category options for sorting. There is also a sentence strip at the bottom to help your students verbalize the name of the category in a complete sentence!

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One thing I should note is that the way you use this packet is flexible! You can print, laminate, and Velcro the pages shown above and reuse the icon cards. OR, you can use these activities as “cut and glue” activities. The option is yours! Because I’ve been swamped lately, I’ve been doing mostly cut and glue type activities but hope to laminate and Velcro some sections when I have a chance!

Once your students can do the previous 2 activities for categories, I would recommend moving onto the worksheet section. These worksheets all include icons to glue in the boxes on the right side so you can always make these activities receptive!

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—Color

Next up after identifying the category is identifying the color. Many of my kiddos halt after learning the category and have trouble understanding that an item can be described using a huge variety of words. That’s why I like to introduce describing the color second. It’s easy to understand, but solidifies the concept of describing these items in many ways.

Again, I’ve included various visuals and sorting pages.

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Then, once again, I like to use the worksheets at the end of the “color unit” to make sure my students have mastered this topic.

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—Size

From my experience, teaching our students to label the size of items shown in picture can be tricky! I think this is often because objects look the same size in pictures. Think of two pictures, one of an elephant and one of a frog. The elephant and frog are probably similarly sized in the pictures, and we all use our world knowledge and experience to remember that elephants are, in fact, much larger than frogs. Because of this tricky topic, I attempted to include a wider variety of worksheets and visuals in this section.

This visual is the most basic, used for identifying whether something is big or small:

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But we all know not all items can be described as simply big or small. For describing the size in more detail, I’ve provided the following visual that challenges your students to think of items that are bigger than or smaller than the item being described:

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As with the other sections, I’ve included sorting pages like the one below:

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And more sorting pages where you can have your students sort 5 items by their size, with the biggest ones on top and the smallest ones on the bottom:

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Last, I’ve included the same style worksheets as in the other sections, targeting just big and small:

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Next up is location! Below is an example of one of the extra visuals included in this section, for describing items you can find in a house:

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And below is an example of a location worksheet AND the icons I include for said worksheets. These icons are included for each section’s worksheets so you can make them receptive if desired. The first row in the icon page corresponds with the worksheet shown.

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—Parts

The last topic targeted in this packet is parts. By now, you’ve seen many examples of the types of visuals included. Here is an example of one for describing the parts on various items:

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Aaaand an example of a worksheet for the parts section:

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—Putting It All Together

 The last section of this packet is great for discriminating parts vs location vs color etc…. I’ve included visual cards:

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Three mini books that take you through each topic (location, size, color, category, parts) to reinforce the idea of describing items in multiple ways. As with everything in this packet, visuals are included to help comprehension:

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Last, I’ve included worksheets with everything put together:

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Additionally, the packet includes 110 icon sized cards, perfect for describing AND cut & glue activities. Below are some examples:

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Below is a picture of the product “in action” with my EET:

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I love, love, love using this packet with my EET cards. It is perfect for those kiddos who need a little more visual supports than the EET provides.

Wanna check this product out? Click here to see it in my Teachers Pay Teachers store!!

Have any questions? As always, feel free to email me at speechymusings@gmail.com anytime!

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I’m feeling like a giveaway! Comment below and I will pick a person on Friday, September 12th to win a copy of this awesome packet!

Let’s Learn Emotions App Review

I’m working on identifying emotions with many of my kiddos right now, so when I was offered the opportunity to review Let’s Learn Emotions from Everyday Speech I jumped at the opportunity! Once I used the app, I was even more excited to start using it with my kiddos!

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Check out some of the fantastic features below:

There are three fun ways you can target emotions. Matching games, discussion games and flashcards. Additionally, you can add or remove any emotion cards you want. That means you can actually add flashcards using your own caseload! So cool!

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The matching games section looks like the screenshots below:

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After you touch your choice, the app will provide feedback and show the correct emotion for each card.

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This will likely be the section I use the most of this app. I love that when you touch the word flashcard, it flips over and shows a picture of the emotion. That definitely helps many of my kiddos understand the emotion more.

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Another example of a question in this section is below:

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What I LOVE about the flashcards section is that it doesn’t just tell you the answer when you flip the card over…. it actually explains HOW to tell how a person is feeling. Great, great, great!!!

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The last section of this app allows you to add your own pictures/content. It is incredibly easy to do and I believe makes the app much more functional for your kids. Seeing their faces and the faces of their classmates and friends makes everything much more realistic.

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If you can’t tell already, I’ve really enjoyed using this app. It is only $2.99 in the App Store and beyond worth every penny. It’s difficult to find apps in that price range! It is loaded with great features and I love how it really teaches what to look at to interpret emotions.

If you’re interested in learning more about this app/buying it from the app store, click here!

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Note: I was provided with a copy of this app to review. No other compensation was provided. The thoughts and opinions expressed above are mine alone!

 

Social Skills Calendar

This school year, I’ll be running a social skills group at my work! I wanted a basic outline of topics to hopefully target each week. I decided that most of the time, things are too difficult to target in just one week so I made this handy dandy calendar of which topics I’ll target when. I will target each topic for 2 weeks and move on, but obviously most of the topics are connected.

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I began the year with topics I know I’ll want my students to be familiar with right away. For example, if my kiddos aren’t using whole body listening, very little will get done the rest of the year!

 I hope to tie in themes/holidays as appropriate to target skills as well. For example, I put “Giving Compliments” over Valentine’s Day so it could easily be incorporated into therapy!

Note: Many of the topics are based on Maria Garcia Winner’s vocabulary and her Social Thinking Model. For more information on this, visit www.socialthinking.com!

Hope this has been helpful!