Early Describing and Categorizing Packet

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…


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!


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:


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!


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!



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.


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.



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:


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:


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


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:


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



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:


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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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:


Aaaand an example of a worksheet for the parts section:


—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:


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:


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


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 anytime!

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  1. Reply
    September 8, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    This is fantastic!! I have just started using EET with all my students. Great resource!

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    Iliana roman
    September 8, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    This looks amazing!!! Would love a copy of this!

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    Ali Hammond
    September 8, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Wow I absolutely love this! Such a good idea. I’ve made my own small versions but this is amazing, good job!

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    September 8, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Wow this would be perfect for my little guys who would benefit from the visuals!!!

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    September 8, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    This is amazing! I use EET all.the.time.

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    Amy Beth
    September 8, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Wow this looks like such a great resource for my elementary language students…you always do such wonderful work! I have several of your products and have found them all VERY useful!

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    Katy Kennedy
    September 8, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    I use the EET with all my language delayed students! Having these extra materials targeting the EET would be amazing. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win this packet!! Katy in Phoenix

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    Stacy Kindervater
    September 8, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    This looks wonderful! I just got my own copy of the EET kit, so this would be a wonderful addition to it!

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    September 8, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Looks great! I’m always looking for materials like this for my younger kiddos!

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    September 8, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    This is fabulous! Perfect for my kids on the spectrum! Love the visuals!!!

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      September 8, 2014 at 9:38 PM

      Pick me! I’m a broke graduate student doing my school extern placement!!! This would be extremely helpful to me and very beneficial to my kids who do best with visuals!

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    September 8, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    This looks amazing and I would love to use this with my students. Thank you for all the great products you make available to us on TpT!

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    September 8, 2014 at 9:19 PM

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    September 8, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    I would LOVE to win this packet of great resources! I was just researching the EET program and kit over the weekend! Your packet of materials are impressive – how wonderful! This would be great for many of my clients.

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    September 8, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    I love the EET. I am a first year SLP and I work with children with severe autism. This would be perfect for them! I have spent so much time making materials already this year, this would be amazing!

  15. Reply
    Amy Roberts
    September 8, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    This looks awesome! I just got the EET and am so excited to start using it!

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    Lauren schultz
    September 8, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    I love the EET and would love some extra visuals for my little ones! This would make such a great tool to add to my material! So cool!

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    September 8, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    I would love to win this! The EET is at the top of my wish list!

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    September 8, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    This looks great! I LOVE all of the clear and concise visuals which would benefit all of my students on my caseload.

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    September 8, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    This looks great! I wish I was this creative! Sure to be a hit with language students everywhere!

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    September 8, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    This is amazing! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    September 8, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Very comprehensive! Thanks for putting this together!

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    Amy C
    September 8, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    I’ve had my eye on this and am just starting with the EET this year! It would be a great item to win!

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    Ashley W
    September 8, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    I haven’t bought the EET yet, but it’s at the top of my wish list. This packet would be wonderful in helping me get started.

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    September 8, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Always looking for new ways to teach describing. This packet looks great!

  25. Reply
    Jessica Kemper
    September 8, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Love it!! This would be PERFECT for my elementary kiddos.

  26. Reply
    September 8, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    This looks wonderful! Such a great resource!

  27. Reply
    September 8, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Great packet!

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    September 8, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Looks amazing! I’ve been trying to figure out a good way to use this more efficiently with my littles. Might have to treat myself to an early bday present! Awesome work!

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    September 8, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    This looks incredible! Thank you for taking the time to create this and then share it.

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    Blair Hoffman
    September 8, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    I am a big fan of EET. Your materials provide great visual support and practice!

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    September 8, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    This is great! Thanks for putting this together. I would love to use this for my students who struggle in this area. I hear ya, start of CF is insane!

  32. Reply
    Deborah K
    September 8, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    This is awesome! Just what I need to use with my Pre-K kids.

  33. Reply
    Stephanie L
    September 8, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    This looks amazing!!!

  34. Reply
    Julia Katsman
    September 8, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Wow. I am always working on these skills. This is fantastic.

  35. Reply
    September 8, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Wow!!! What an awesome resource this is, especially as a companion to the EET! We are just starting to use the EET in our district, and a copy of this packet would really help our program grow!! Thanks 🙂

  36. Reply
    Maggie Vincent
    September 8, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Looks great!!! This would be a great tool for the kiddos I work with!!

  37. Reply
    Jen K
    September 8, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Love this! It’s on my wish list, but I’d love to earn it through this giveaway!

  38. Reply
    September 8, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    I’ve had my eye on this! It would be awesome for my preschoolers and minders!

  39. Reply
    September 8, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Kinders* oops!

  40. Reply
    September 8, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    This is heaven, right? Because…well…awesome stuff!!!

  41. Reply
    Wendy Ryback-Soucy
    September 8, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    So comprehensive, I can’t stand it! What a great resource for all my little ones. Excellent work….crossing my fingers that I am picked! 🙂

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    September 8, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    THIS IS AMAZING! Seriously! I love EET, I use it with my artic and fluency kiddos too! (those working at the sentence level) I definitely think this could be the ultimate “go-to” therapy item for me! You rock!

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    Holly G
    September 8, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    I am starting my CF this month and can totally relate to what you’re saying! I am working with mostly Pre-K students and my school’s materials are seriously outdated and not functional for the goals I am addressing. Your materials have always been so colorful and professional while still being simple enough for the kids and I to easily use. Would really appreciate adding this to my little bag of tricks!

  44. Reply
    September 8, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    This looks fantastic! You put in a lot of work–looks like a great resource!

  45. Reply
    September 8, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    This packet would be so helpful to have as a resource and addition to my EET kit- we as SLPs are so busy and have little time to plan and prep, this would be perfect to laminate and re-use year after year!

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    Colleen Roganovich
    September 8, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    This packet is sooo comprehensive and wonderful for preschoolers -systematic! The visuals are detailed and easy to comprehend! Love this!

  47. Reply
    September 8, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    This is a great resource! It would be great to use with our school’s newly purchased EET. Thanks for taking the time to create these materials!

  48. Reply
    Amanda H
    September 8, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    What a wonderful resource! I love how it systematically organizes activities and visuals to use with students in teaching how to describe using various attributes. Vocabulary development is an integral part of keeping our students engaged in the curriculum. This packet hits the nail on the head for targeting early language development!

  49. Reply
    September 8, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Wow! What an amazing resource! I just got the EET this year and can’t wait to use it. This packet would be so helpful to go along with it!!

  50. Reply
    September 8, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Another (broke!) CF here and I would love this packet! It targets so many different skills in one fun activity!

  51. Reply
    Lauren Lockwood
    September 8, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Wow, this looks incredible! I’m beyond excited–I just convinced my special ed director to purchase the EET and I can’t wait for it to arrive so that I can implement it!! Your packet would be a tremendous resource to accompany it 😀

  52. Reply
    Paula Townsend
    September 8, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    What a great resource! Describing is such an important skill and I love the EET. But, I agree that it’s hard for some of the really low kids to get the concepts. This packet makes things very concrete and simple! Wonderful!

  53. Reply
    Samantha Cole
    September 8, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    What an amazing resource! I am in my CF as well and would love something like this 🙂

  54. Reply
    Amy West
    September 8, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Wow!!! Love it, so comprehensive!

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    Ivy C.
    September 8, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    WOW! I was just commenting to an old college friend that I needed something great to help expand my students’ expressive vocabularies! This is an amazing packet! Love the colors and the effort you put in!

  56. Reply
    Jennifer Getch
    September 8, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Wow. You put a lot of work into that. It looks awesome. I love materials that can be paired with EET.

  57. Reply
    September 8, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    I would love this!! I just started in a new district with much fewer materials than I’ve been used to!

  58. Reply
    Grace Clark
    September 8, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    I have soooo many kids working on these sorts of goals and have found the same thing- some need more visuals than the EET provides! Looks awesome!

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    September 8, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    What a fantastic resource! I cant imagine how much time and effort went into this project. Fingers crossed!

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    Hillary Betzen
    September 8, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    I’m planning on purchasing EET soon, I would love this resource — especially with my preschoolers and low kiddos.

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    Judy Hale
    September 8, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    This would be so wonderful to have as I have SOOOOO many students who need these basic skills. I do not have the EET kit, and not likely to get one, as I live in CA, which is the land of cheap school districts, and they do not fund much for Speech. I do have an awesome principal who can fund some things, but EET is beyond what she can do, so I keep trying to write grants. Enough pity party, this looks so GREAT!

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    Shari P
    September 8, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    I love the different formats! You never know what is going to click with a particular student.

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    Andrea Albergottie
    September 8, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    This looks amazing. I am in my second week of being an SLP for my prek kiddos at our school district. With that being said, I have a lot of shy on that I have no been able to elicit speech from them. Because I am two weeks in, I do not have a lot of material not do I have the flexibility to purchase anything right now.., this would be such a great help for me !!! 🙂 I know the kiddos love these type of interactive books and material!!’ This is deficit key something I would purchase if I was able to!

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    September 8, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    I love your materials and EET.

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    Caitlin McCaslin
    September 8, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    How awesome! As a first year graduate student, this would be such a great resource to have under my belt! With little time to create materials, I would be so grateful for such a creative and helpful tool! thank you for sharing!!!

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    Shannon Schwerdtfeger
    September 9, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    This product is amazing! I have quite a few kiddos working on these skills and it would be a great companion to the EET which I will begin using this year. I love how concrete you’ve made the skills.

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    Kindra Kelley
    September 9, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    This would be perfect for my classroom! My kiddos would benefit from it so much!!

  68. Reply
    Cindy Plant
    September 9, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    Wow! So incredibly useful for so many of my little “Speech Friends”. Your hard work making these packets is truly a blessing to so many of us…Thank You 🙂

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    Jamie G
    September 9, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    Targeting describing this semseter!

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    September 9, 2014 at 3:51 AM

    This product looks amazing just like all your rest. Please continue to make products you are truly talented! Your products have helped me with numerous clients while in grad school and give so many great ideas. Thank you and keep up the great work 🙂

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    September 9, 2014 at 4:05 AM

    I just got the EET kit and this would be a wonderful addition!

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    Sharon Sobelman
    September 9, 2014 at 5:23 AM

    This looks great!! So thorough!!

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    September 9, 2014 at 5:59 AM

    Love this! I have the perfect students in mind.

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    September 9, 2014 at 6:24 AM

    This looks fantastic!!

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    September 9, 2014 at 6:34 AM

    Wow! That is a very comprehensive packet! I would love to win that to use with EET!

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    September 9, 2014 at 7:06 AM

    This product looks amazing! Thank you for offering your work. The format and visual support will be so very helpful to many. Thanks for the opportunity to win this product.

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    September 9, 2014 at 7:12 AM

    PreK kiddos will love this!! Thank you for the completeness of the packet. WOW!

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    September 9, 2014 at 7:15 AM

    This kit is excellent – such a great resource to go beyond a simple visual and allow the children to interact with the concepts. 🙂

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    Shelley Finet
    September 9, 2014 at 7:32 AM

    This packet is WONDERFUL !!! I have several kids that will benefit from this!!! On September 12th pick my name PLEASE!!!! lol Thank-You

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    Jane Trueblood
    September 9, 2014 at 7:37 AM

    This is great! It can be used in so many ways.

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    Chris McDougall
    September 9, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    I don’t have an EET kit and have shied away from using materials that explicitly reference that color scheme, etc. Your kit does a beautiful job of covering the standard components of a definition in a more generic way. It is adaptable for a wide range of ages. I love it!

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    Becky S.
    September 9, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    This would be very helpful for working with so many of my students! I have found that they have such difficulty describing and comparing/contrasting, and this would really help them to see the similarities and differences between objects!

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    September 9, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    I have started using EET and I would love some additional resources!!! PICK ME!!!

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    September 9, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    Never done this before but here I go!! ::) I love this product! First year therapist on the look out for new materials! Thank you!

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    The SLT Scrapbook
    September 9, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    This looks fantastic! I have just moved to a new caseload and it would be perfect for some of my students! I don’t use EET, but am definitely going to look into it! Thanks!

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    September 9, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    WOW this looks awesome!! I’m in my CFY and I could definitely use this packet 😉

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    September 9, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    This looks wonderful and so useful with my pre-k kids!

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    September 9, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Wow! This looks great. I could use this with a ton of my students.

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    September 9, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    As I was reading your post, I was thinking of ways that the materials would support one of my ASD students while working with the EET. You’ve done an awesome job! Thank you for giving us another resource!

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    Sara Tomlinson
    September 9, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    I just met a couple new students this week thatbthis set would be oerfect for! I also am interested in the EET……I’m thinking it would be a great thing for some of my kiddos!

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    Susan D
    September 9, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    This is a fantastic product! Thank for the great giveaway!

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    September 9, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    This looks perfect to help teach one of my friends with autism to describe! Thanks for your energy and creativity!

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    Michelle B
    September 9, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    This looks like an awesome product. I have been working on these skills with lots of my students and feel that this product might reach some of my lower students who are visual / prompt dependent. I can’t wait to try it out. Thanks for all of your ideas and putting together such a useful product.

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    September 9, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    This looks wonderful! You always put a lot of hard work into your products and it clearly shows in this newest packet.

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    Stephanie K
    September 9, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Wow this is an amazing product! Always have kids targeting this area.

  96. Reply
    Kristen B.
    September 9, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Looks like a great resource! I can already imagine how well some of my students would respond to this. Thanks for always making such useful products!

  97. Reply
    September 9, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    This looks so incredible. My students struggle with so many of these skills and using well structured and planned out visual supports are so important for making progress. Fingers crossed for this amazing giveaway!

  98. Reply
    September 9, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    Love EET and the visuals in this packet. What a great resource!

  99. Reply
    September 10, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    I love that you can use this in SO many ways, and I’m always looking for something new to use with my EET! Awesome!

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    September 10, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    I use the EET all the time and this would be a great addition to it!

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    September 10, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    I work with describing all the time! I feel like 90% of my students would benefit from describing goals and to have visuals to go with it would be amazing!!

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    September 10, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    I love the EET! This packet you’ve created is so detailed and complete. I have many language impaired students who would benefit from this. I think the visuals you’ve provided are the missing link! I’m thinking of using this with my autism group, too.

  103. Reply
    Nicole Bustamante
    September 10, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    I am a brand new SLP grad student and I absolutely love all of your creative therapy materials! I especially love this describing and categorizing packet, the visuals supports are amazing and would be so helpful for many of my young kids and those with autism.

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    September 11, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Looks like a great packet to use with my language kiddos and a great addition to my EET kit 🙂

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    Rebecca Brewster
    September 11, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Wow. I’m impressed! This is perfect for some of my students at work! I definitely need to get myself a copy of this!!!

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    Amy K.
    December 20, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    I love using the EET with my students. This would be an amazing resource to have!

  108. Reply
    August 13, 2015 at 1:32 PM

    This looks amazing!! It would be a great activity for me to use with my students. It would address many of their expressive needs!

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    Melissa W
    November 2, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    This is wonderful. I would love to win this. I have just began using EET and I love it and this would help a lot to be able to teach and generalize it

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    March 28, 2016 at 2:39 PM

    Can you post pictures or a video of how you set this up. I have a million pieces laminated, and think I over did it. Now I have confused myself. I love the idea of this product, and think once I start using it I will love it, as I love EET! Thank you!

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