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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—Location

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!

Binders, Bins, & Bags: Organization for Small Spaces

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Organization and being an SLP go hand in hand. Unfortunately, I do not have my own entire speech room to pull kids into and to keep my speech materials in (and I tend to be a messy person in general). I travel between different clinics and only have a shared office space in one of them. This means the majority of my speech materials have a home in my small apartment. I’m lucky to have what I call my “speech closet” where I keep EVERYTHING.

First things first, how did I get all of this during graduate school?

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It’s a combination of many places: Amazon, Goodwill, garage sales, and gifts from other fantastic people. Additionally, many of these materials are from Teachers Pay Teachers. Since the beginning of graduate school, I’ve made sure to buy a few favorite materials each mega sale so by the time I graduated, I’d have a good base of products to use! (I knew I wanted to do pediatrics so that was good!)

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I should mention that some of the organizers and such were from Goodwill. The wooden shelf on the bottom (shown above) said it was a TV stand (although I think it would be fantastic for shoes ;) ). Note: Go to Goodwill often.

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I purchased a bunch of stuff on Amazon before I spent a week organizing! Below is everything I purchased for this project:

I used the jump drives to hold various printable materials! I have/use three different computers so I like having some favorite materials at the ready no matter what computer I have with me!

Check out how I used each of the other items!

{BINDERS}

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I made customized binder covers and spine labels for my materials (most were from my freebie you can download here). Because I have a lot of articulation worksheets, I decided to make binders for articulation sounds. I made binders for: r/l, sh/ch/th/j, k/g/f/v, blends, s/z, data collection/progress monitoring, adult materials, & reference materials.

Additionally, I have a large binder I use for reinforcers. These reinforcers are organized by season and by general reinforcers.

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Last, I have several binders with complete activities in them. For example, my interactive materials each have their own binder because I think they transport best this way.

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 I’m absolutely in love with my bin ideas. It is my favorite part of my speech closet! I bought 6 bins and 5 colors of file folders. The six bins are organized as follows:

Red – Articulation
Orange – Other
Yellow – Social Skills
Green – Language Level 1
Blue – Language Level 2
Mixed Colors – Themed materials (red=fall, blue=winter, green=spring, yellow=summer)

Why is this system awesome? Well I’ll tell you. I use the bins below for traveling. If you are in multiple locations (like me) use a different bin for each place. Write the initials of each client on a tab in the bin. When you think of an activity you want to use for the week, pull it from your beautifully color-coded bins at home and put it in the client’s traveling folder in the bin. Voila! It’s easy to put back because everything is color-coded.

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After I lesson plan and pack each client’s materials into their folders in the traveling bins, I back everything into a fun bag that I can easily carry around the clinic! My absolute favorite bag is from Vera Bradley. Check it out below:

It’s huge and great and huge and practical and huge.

Why I Love This System:

1) It is portable. I can grab and go activity by activity.

2) It’s easy to keep organized as my material collection grows. I can buy more clear bins and more colors of file folders.

3) When life gets crazy, this system makes my life easier. No more thinking about where activities go. Everything makes sense. Things are easy to find and put away.

4) It is extremely space efficient without sacrificing being practical or useful.

Good luck with your organizing!! Could be a fun summer project for those of you who have off in the summer!

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What’s In Your Cart? Linky for May 2014

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To be honest with you, TpT sales can stress me out!!! I always wait until right at the end to make my purchases, and then end up buying too much or too little, or worse, I don’t know what to buy at all!! Since Jenna (Speech Room News) started her What’s In Your Cart Linky parties, my life has become much easier.

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In case you didn’t know, there is a sitewide Teachers Pay Teachers sale coming up on May 6-7 (Tuesday & Wednesday). These only happen around 4 times a year so it’s the best time to stock up on some amazing speech & language materials!

Below are three wonderful materials to stock up on. Click on the pictures to check them out on TpT:

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1) Speech-Language Therapy Rubrics

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2) Articulation Progress Monitoring for /r/

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3) Story Grammar Prompts

Below are some of my recent favorites from my own store. Again, just click on the pictures to see more!

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Have fun shopping!

Trains Visual Text + Questions Freebie

I love working on expository text, even with my younger and lower level students. I made a text similar to this one as part of my spring packet and have been absolutely loving it, so I decided to make another. This time, it’s all about trains! {and it’s free!!!}

Check out what I’ve included:

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Then I’ve included 11 cards asking various WH questions about the story:

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If you’re interested in this freebie, click here to check it out in my Teachers Pay Teachers store!

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Teaching WH Questions

So many kiddos have WH question goals… in some form or another. The ability to answer WH questions is important, in all settings: school, home, in conversation, etc…

I knew this, but I always wondered how to teach WH questions without feeling like I was testing the kiddo. I didn’t want to repeat the question over and over, emphasizing the first word anymore. I didn’t want to point to my WH questions poster that they had seen 100 times but hadn’t fully understood. I wanted to give them an activity where they could succeed, and reflect back on later as the questions got more difficult.

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So what’s an SLP blogger to do? Make something! I made a WH Questions Interactive Book. This book is AMAZING for actually teaching the concept of WH questions. Almost every single kiddo I’ve used this with has been able to be successful with it almost immediately. Below are some ideas for teaching WH questions. Have fun!

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I follow the steps in my WH Questions Interactive Book. Below are more pictures of the book. Basically, you can use the first couple pages to sort/teach the basics.

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Then, have your students find three icons for each page: one that describes the who, one for where, and one for what. The book contains eight scenes, 8 people, and 8 items. Each picture is simple so you can use this to teach a variety of levels!

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I also included icons for each type of WH question, and example questions for how, when, and when for each scene.

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 I work at this level for quite a while with each student. I really want them to understand all of this!! Before moving on, I like my students to be able to independently fill in the boxes for each page, AND be able to answer my WH questions about each page when I mix up the order of the questions asked.  For example, I might turn to a page and ask “where” first once, and then “who” first the next time. I usually point to the icon on the bottom of the page when I ask the questions.

After they are able to do this, I use the following worksheets which are also included in the book:

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These are also great for mixing it up, to ensure your students really understand what is being asked.

After these interactive materials, I move to more typical WH Question activities. You can find these all over Teachers Pay Teachers depending on what you’re looking for.

I LOVE the visuals I found at Speaking of Speech. I glued them on the back of paint chip cards and they fit perfectly. An easy way to have your students reference visuals! Check it out!

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The last way I love to teach WH questions is to use Story Cubes.

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I absolutely love the freebie worksheets from Sublime Speech. Click here to check them out! I would recommend having your students plan the who, where, what, why, how, and when for their stories, and then use the one from Sublime Speech to write the story! I may or may not be working on a Story Cubes freebie myself so stay tuned!

What creative ideas do you have for teaching WH questions? I’d love to hear!

Click here to see my WH Questions Interactive Book in my Teachers Pay Teachers store!

My Fluency Favorites

Jenna over at Speech Room News is hosting another fantastic linky party. I love these because they are great reference pages when I need more therapy ideas on a specific topic. This time, it’s fluency!

Click here to see Jenna’s post and check out other bloggers’ posts!

My fluency favorites are below:

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1) My Mega Fluency Packet

This packet is actually my number one best seller in my Teachers Pay Teachers store… and I really love it! It includes tons of visuals, activities, homework, assessment pages, etc… Check out my blog post about it here or click here to see it in my store!

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2) Color Me Fluent

I’ve always thought Color Me Fluent is a really child friendly way to approach fluency. Definitely worth checking out if you haven’t already. Click here to see it from Super Duper!

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3) Fluency Tools Treatment Packet by Busy Bee Speech

I love thinking of fluency techniques as “tools” for our students, and this product does just that! Click here to see it in the Busy Bee Speech store!

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4) My Fluency Bingo Game

Last, I love my Fluency Bingo for increasing utterance length of our students with fluency goals! Click here to check it out in my TpT store!

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Those are my four fluency favorites! Hope you saw some new things! Click here or on the image above to go back to Jenna’s post to read all of the other fluency idea from other bloggers!

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Interactive Visuals for Guessing Games, Describing, and Inferencing

How many of you use Hedbanz or Jeepers Peepers in therapy? They are both amazing games but can sometimes be challenging for some of my language/ASD kiddos! I feel like I spend so much time prompting and prompting and prompting. I knew there had to be an easier way, but I had trouble finding an appropriate visual for them online. So I made my own! If you feel the same way, or want your students to be more independent when playing this game, this product is for you!

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What I wanted out of a visual was something interactive. Something my kids could use themselves, even the nonreaders. Click here to check it out in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

This product contains:
-1 category page
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-12 subcategory pages (similar to the one shown below)
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-Yes/no page (for sorting and storing icons)
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Note: When I say “page” above, I am referring to two pages, that once assembled combine into one. One page is the storage/question strip page and the other contains the symbols.
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To Use: Begin with the first categories page and the yes/no page. Prompt the student to pick a category icon and move it to the sentence strip at the top of the page. Have the student read the question out loud.

If the question is answered with “yes” move the card to the Yes side of the page and vis versa. This page will help those students who have difficulty remembering or putting together information they have gained from previous questions. After the student knows the category of their card, give them a subcategory page. For example, when they know it is an animal, give them the page that says “It is an animal” on the top. This second page will help them uncover more details about their animal.

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To work on describing, pick an icon and have the child find the category and then describe it using the icons on the subcategory page. I have them do this using the yes/no page again, describing what something is and isn’t.

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For inference, the SLP can fill the yes/no page and have the child guess what object they are thinking of! Provide picture options as needed. I like to lay out three cards from Hedbanz and fill the yes/no page. Then, the student can choose the appropriate card and explain why they picked it.

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This game is perfect for students who use AAC, who have difficulty formulating questions or recalling information, who have ASD, our language kiddos and other students that you are trying to fade off of prompts during these fun guessing games!
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Curious how it works? Download the preview and get the first 2 pages (for asking about the category) FOR FREE!

This game does require assembly, lamination, and Velcro. Or, you can use page protectors and dry erase markers to circle/cross off choices.

Speechy Musings does not own the right to Hedbanz, Jeepers Peepers, or 20 Questions and is in no way sponsored by these companies.

{CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE PRODUCT FROM MY TEACHERS PAY TEACHERS STORE!}

Spring Themed Speech and Language Packet

SO SO excited to share my latest mega themed packet with you. I know it definitely doesn’t look like spring around here (in Wisconsin) but I always love prepping my packets ahead of time, and spring will be here before we know it! Click the image below to skip right to my TpT store!

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Before I describe my spring packet, I should put a plug in for my bundle. This bundle includes every mega themed packet I have. Currently it contains one for Back to School, Fall, Winter, and Spring. As I continue to add packets, I will update this bundle for free. That means you pay the price now, and get future updates for nothing! Click the image below to check out the bundle:

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Below is a short description of what my spring packet contains:

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-Spring Themed Bingo
5 Bingo Boards, 16 Description Cards, 16 Picture Cards
Use the Bingo Picture Cards and match them to the Description Cards to target spring themed vocabulary words!

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-Spring Themed Barrier Games
3 Picture Scenes, 1 page of item pictures, 1 page of instructions
Students should sit around a table with a barrier between them. Books, file folders, or binders work well as barriers. Every player should have the same background and items. The players take turns giving the other players specific directions on how to arrange the materials in front of them. The goal of the game is to have all the players’ materials look the same at the end of the activity.

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-Spring Board Games
1 in black and white; 1 in color. You can use the black and white one as a do-a-dot if preferred.

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-Spring Do-a-Dot Sheets (3)
Great reinforcers for any goal!

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-Spring Conversation Cards
16 flower pot cards with fun questions to discuss spring!

-Spring Black and White Homework/Worksheets

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Roll-a-Word (2): Write four articulation words in the boxes at the top. Have your students roll a die and cross them off as they say each word.

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Make it Rain/Make a Bouquet: Cut and glue activities that are perfect for articulation practice & homework. Write a word on each item beforehand.

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100 Worksheet: A fun lily pad worksheet to challenge your students to get 100 trials.
Favorite Spring Things: Two worksheets (one with only drawing) for your students to write/draw their favorite spring things.

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My Spring Weekend/Break: A fun worksheet for your students to sequence, draw, and write about their spring weekend/break.

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Color the Spring Scene: 2 receptive language worksheets with directions.

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Bubble Chart Describing: Fill in each bubble with a descriptor of various spring items.

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-Spring Themed Books Booklist
Contains 5 books with a spring theme. Print and send home as ideas for home, or use in your speech room!

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-Build A Sentence
Arrange the cards on the included mat to form spring themed sentences. Great for practicing WH questions as well.

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-Spring Themed Non-Fiction Fact Cards
Incorporate fun spring facts with these comprehension cards. At the bottom of each card are comprehension questions to assess your students’ understanding of the passage! Includes a blank page of cards for your customization.

Activities with Visuals:

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Spring Vocabulary
Use this to preteach related vocabulary words and send home to parents for great carryover/vocabulary ideas.

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2) All About Spring Story with Visuals

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3) Spring Question Cards with Visual Answer Choices
After reading the story with visuals, have your students answer the question cards using the visual answer choices.

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4) Spring File Folder Sort
Laminate and cut the picture cards from page 69. Velcro onto the spaces on the appropriate pages. Faded symbols are shown where each symbol should be attached for your convenience. Affix pages to a file folder if desired. Great for practicing complete sentences and asking/answering questions. One page asks, “What happens in the spring?” with a sentence answer strip that says, “______ happens in the spring.” The other page asks, “What does not happen in the spring?” with a sentence answer strip that says, “_______ does not ______ in the spring.” All of the activities in this section have visuals like in the first preview picture!

Phew! Hopefully there are activities for nearly EVERY child on your caseload! If you have any questions, email me at speechymusings@gmail.com.

If you’re interested in this packet, you can purchase it in my TpT Store here.

This document was created using Smarty SymbolsTM 2010-2013. Smarty Symbols is a registered trademark of Smarty Ears, 2013. All rights reserved to Smarty Ears. Used with permission.

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FREE Data Sheets Round-Up

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This semester I’m trying to revamp how I take and keep data! To do this, I searched and searched through Teachers Pay Teachers for data sheets by other SLPs! Always great when you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. I found tons and tons of great, FREE data sheets and thought I’d share my collection with all of you!

Because I’m so new, I plan to print and use several of these to see which I like best!

 Just click on any picture below to be taken to the site to download the data sheet!

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Busy Bee Speech (includes FIVE different sheets)

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Speech Time Fun

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Crazy Speech World

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Crazy Speech World 

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Carrie’s Speech Corner

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The Speech Bubble

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Simply Speech

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Super Power Speech (editable in Word)

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Allison’s Speech Peeps

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Speech Room News (editable in Word)

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Let’s Talk Speech Therapy (for 5 minute kids)

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Let’s Talk Speech Language Pathology

Hope that helps! Anything I missed? What’s your favorite?

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Practicum Organizational Freebie

This semester at my school externship I wanted an easy to way to stay organized, learn each student quickly, and keep track of everything!! Those of you die hard Speechy Musings fans may remember my organizational freebie that I uploaded a while ago! I do love, love, love the pages I made for that freebie, but I needed a few extras to stay organized at my school!

Cue the Practicum Organizational Freebie!! This is perfect for those graduate students out there, or SLPs who supervise graduate students!! Download it here.

Included is:

-Binder cover sheet
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-Clockhours spreadsheet
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-Student information sheets
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-A weekly planner/organizer
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-Schedule sheets for each day of the week
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To check out my original Organizational Kit Freebie which has tons of more useful, organizational printables I’m sure you could use, click here!

Click here to download the practicum freebie!

Thanks so much for reading. Hope these pages are useful for you!