Make It Look Good! Organizational Freebie

Jenna over at Speech Room News hosts a “Love It & List It” linky each month. This month’s theme is organization!

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Because I’m still in graduate school, I won’t pretend to know anything about organizing materials for a school based SLP, BUT I do have a pretty good system for myself in school!

Overview: I use one or two binders for all of my classwork. I either put all of them in one binder, or separate for MWF & TTh. This year, I’m putting everything in one binder! (see the picture below)

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Then, I also keep a separate clinic binder where I keep data and materials.I ALWAYS have a running to-do list of everything I need to do. I wouldn’t survive without my planner! For the first couple weeks, I have to weirdly carry my schedule around with me as well.

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I do have a planner but because I’m obsessed with to-do lists and schedules, I usually use another week at a glance form as well.

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I’ve created a FREEBIE that I think is adorable to help YOU stay organized as well! It includes everything I use to help stay organized during graduate school (and all of the forms I showed above). While I think it’s perfect for graduate students, I promise that I didn’t forget the rest of you. I made sure to make it perfect for SLPs or anyone looking for some cute, organizational pages.

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First, I included 5 different binder covers (shown below). They come in 5 fun colors! Use then for your class/clinic binders! Just write in the name of the class in the white space. Feel free to add text on the PDF and print that way too!

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I also included inserts for the spine of the binders as well. Again, easy to just write in the name of the class/subject.

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Next, I made a fun to-do list to keep track of what needs to get done! I have this one divided up in “School”, “Clinic”, “Personal”, and “Other” categories. BUT, I also included one with blank titles for those of you who would like it divided differently!

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Next up is a schedule! Fill in at the beginning of the semester (or whenever your schedule changes) to keep track of when you need to be certain places. I’ll be printing off several of these because my schedule never stays the same for the whole semester…

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 I’ve also included a week at a glance form. It’s pretty self explanatory! If you can’t see it, the bottom contains a section for important meetings/assignments/tests, and notes as well as a small to-do box.

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Last, there is an included poster! This has been one of my favorite quotes to get through graduate school.

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What do you think?? Can you tell I love that aqua color? :) I REALLY love how these turned out and I hope you do too!

You can download this product FOR FREE in my Teachers Pay Teachers store here. While you are there, you should consider following my store for updates when I upload new and exciting products!

And if you need binders, this is an AWESOME deal. It’s usually around $4 for 4 binders and they have the wonderful clear sleeves on the front and spines for your new, pretty binder covers!

Amazon Affiliate links are provided for your convenience!

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Thanks for reading!

Figurative Language in Short Stories

I have a new exciting FREEBIE for all of you! It incorporates the RAP Protocol (which I’ve used in two other products) while using figurative language including metaphors, similes, and idioms!

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Included is:
-17 short stories
-1 story elements die
-Graphic organizers (2 versions)
-Cover card for organization

Your students can read simple, short stories and identify the main idea and 2 details from each. There are multiple examples of figurative language in each story. This way, your students can practice their comprehension skills at the same time as their figurative language. For me, this helps solidify the meanings of idioms, similes, and metaphors without making my kiddos memorize each! They can use them in some sort of context!

I’m doing this a little differently than I have done freebies in the past. It is not on Teachers Pay Teachers! Instead, head on over to my Facebook page here and click ‘like’ to activate the download button! From there, it should bring up a webpage with the product!

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You can see some pictures from the product below:

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Check out my similar packets for expository text and narrative text!

Do you enjoy this format for free downloads?? I was thinking of switching it out every couple months!

Social Skills Groups: Ideas and a FREEBIE

This semester, I am co-running a social group for girls with ASD diagnosis’. I love it! In order to help attain some sort of a structure to session, I created a small 9-page packet. Here is what is included:

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1) Being a leader and a helper reminder cards. This semester, we will be working on understanding what it means to be a ‘leader’ and a ‘helper’. Everybody, at some point in their lives, needs to understand how to do both. Nobody should ever always leader or always follow! So it is important for our kiddos to understand how to do both! At first, almost all kiddos are less than enthused when they are assigned the task of being a ‘helper’ for the day. But once most of them understood what to say and do to be a helper, they became much more comfortable. In my packet, there are the cards seen above. I laminate and give either a ‘leader’ or a ‘helper’ card to every child as they enter the room. You could also have them switch around the cards during different activities.

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2) A different kind of reward system! Instead of using stickers or tangible rewards, I use things such as a dance party or the opportunity to have a ‘parade’. The great thing about working towards rewards such as these is that they also offer the opportunity for social communication throughout! For example, if they were to win a parade, they would need to work together as a group to plan the parade, etc… Win-win! In my packet, you will find a visual I use. Each day I hang it in the room to remind the girls of who is the leader and what everybody is working towards!

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3) A rules list! This is how the girls earn their rewards! If I have to remind them twice (in a relatively short amount of time) about a rule, then one minute gets deducted from the time they get to spend with their reward activity. Feel free to make your own rules list if you want to add or remove some! (I also included a simple black and white one if colored ink is a concern!)

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4) Conversational reminder cards. Sometimes, when people get excited we have a tendency to talk over one another instead of to one another. Our kiddos do the same thing, except they probably do it more often. I print these cards back to back so on one side it says, “I am talking” and on the other it says, “I am listening”. If the conversation seems chaotic or disorganized, I reminder everybody to ‘pause’ and look at their cards. They can all flip it over to the appropriate side and decide which ONE person is talking. Then, everybody else should be listening!

If any of those materials sound like they could be used in your speech room, head on over to my TpT store here for this FREE download! Enjoy!

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Learning the Cranial Nerves!

Understanding the cranial nerves and their basic innervation is important for all SLPs. But if you’re like me, this type of learning does not come as easily as understanding topics such as child development or the latest trends in AAC.

Here are some GREAT resources for learning the cranial nerves:

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1) A cut a glue cranial nerves clock made by yours truly. Download it here.

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2) An excel style chart outlining the nerve, fibers, innvervation, functions, and brainstem nucleus. Great reference! Find the link here.

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3) A great memory tool. It turns the numbers of each cranial nerve into the part of the face it innervates. Find the picture here.

4) Pinterest. You can see my ‘References’ board here, which contains many cranial nerve charts & visuals.

Hopefully that helps get you motivated! Good luck!

My Favorite FREE TpT Downloads

**Warning: This is a LONG post!

Most of you know that I’m a poor graduate student. So I rely on some of the amazing, FREE downloads available on TpT to supplement my material collection. While there are many available, finding the exact one you are looking for can be challenging!

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Below is a list of some great freebies (by theme!):

Articulation:

/s/ Soccer Speech and Language Activities

/r/ Caramel Apples

/s/ Caramel Apples

/l/ Caramel Apples

Vocalic /r/ Cards

/p, b, m, n/ Early Sounds Bingo

/k/ Cookie Game

/r, s, l/ Eskimo Articulation

/r, l, w/ Articulation Bugs

/k, g, s/ Articulation Bugs

/f/ and s-blends Articulation Bugs

/p, b, k, g/ Valentine’s Day Articulation for Preschool

/r, s, l, k/ Hungry Hippos Artic

/g/ Button Articulation

/k/ Button Articulation

/v/ Roll a Dice Game

/s/ Pencil Match Articulation

/l/ Ladybug Picnic Articulation

Phonological Awareness:

Drop Plop Phonological Awareness Game:

Valentine’s Day Beginning and Ending Sound Activity

Spring Clap the Syllables

When Life Gives You Lemons Rhyming

Double Dip Rhymes

Reinforcers:

Bucket Filler Starter Kit

Lego Themed Reinforcer

Star Wars Themed Reinforcer

Football Reinforcer

Triple Scoops Ice Cream Reinforcer

Winter Themed Game Boards

Pinky and Stinky Game Board

BOOM! Reinforcing Card Game

Turkey Themed Roll and Color

Monster Eye Themed Reinforcer

Pass the Pencil Open Ended Game

Swish! An Opened Ended Basketball Game

Receptive Language

Flip It! A Following Directions Game

Quarterback Questions Comprehension

Fishy Following Directions

A Day at the Beach – Following Directions

Pass the Prize – Following Directions Game

Move Over, Rover! A Following Directions Activity

Parts of Speech

Mitten Matching: Antonyms, Synonyms, and Contractions

Swimming with Synonyms

Bugged Out Antonyms

Bug Out! Multiple Meaning Words

Irregular Past Tense Snowman Match Up

Ocean Waves Sentence Sort for Helping Verbs

Ice Cream Sentences

Pick A Dot Pronouns

Heart Train Multiple Meaning Words

Sweet Homophones

Rain Kids Verb Synonyms

Snail Verb Conjugating

Sweet Sucker Synonyms

Seasonal

-Back to School

Flip It! A Back to School Following Directions Game

Back to School Pragmatic Board Game

Student Info Cards for SLPs

Back to School Vocab Worksheets

Pass the Pencil Open Ended Game

My First Week in Speech

-Fall

Falling Leaves Prepositions

-Winter

Snowy Speech and Language Activities

New Year’s Eve Resolution Race

Twas the Night Before Christmas Fill-ins

-Martin Luther King Jr Day

Listening For Details: Martin Luther King Jr Day

Literacy Centers for Martin Luther King Jr

-Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day Open Ended Board Game

-St. Patricks Day

St. Patricks Day Jackpot

St. Patricks Day Descriptive Game

St. Patricks Day Singular vs Plural

Shamrock Word Families

-Spring

Spring Showers Following Directions

Spring Compare and Contrast

Springtime Categories

Flower Functions

April Showers Irregular Plurals

Earth Day Sorting

Rainy Day R Articulation

Rain Kids Verb Synonyms

Snail Verb Conjugating

Flower Petal Conjunctions

Spring Time Absurdities

Spring Time Idioms

Summer

Summer SLP Homework Calendar

Multiple Meanings Baseball Coloring Pages

Summer Language Ideas

Beach Board Game Reinforcer

Gone Camping Reinforcer Game Board

Categories

iPod Categories

Cut and Glue Categories

Going Bananas for Categories

Ice Cream Categories

Give a Dog a Bone Categories

Organize Your Life With a Fork, Spoon, & Knife

Other

Who? Question Cards

Conversation Starter Cards

Conversation Starter Hearts

Alphabet Categories Naming Task

Drop the Chicken Figurative Language

Facts vs Opinions Sort

Fluency Pinwheel

Scoop Up A Story

For SLPs (Organization, reference, etc…)

Book Lists By Speech Sound Handouts

Student Info Cards for SLPs

Organization Kit

Norm Referenced Assessment Quick Look Sheet

CEU Binder

Binder Cover Sheets

Student Folder Sheets

The SLP Starter Kit

Everything is free at the store below:

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Pamelaslp

Speechie Freebies is a blog dedicated to finding free materials for SLPs:

http://speechiefreebies.blogspot.com/

All of my freebies can be seen below:

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Speechy-Musings/Category/Freebies

Hope this was helpful for you and you found some new stores to follow! There are so many amazing people out there willing to share their creativity and talent for free! If you like their freebies, check out their stores! Stock up on some wonderful, creative resources and support these incredible TpT sellers!

Any others I’m missing?

Let me know if any are no longer free so I can remove them :)  Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!

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**This post was updated on 09/08/2013

Information Sheets for SLP Graduate School

I always secretly feel kind of bad for the families at our clinic in the beginning of the semester. They need to adjust each semester to a new graduate clinician and sometimes even a new time, day, or supervisor. In order to help each family I work with, I created THREE handouts perfect for any and all graduate students in an SLP program! They could even be customized for new SLPs in a school or clinical setting as well! I should also mention that all three of these documents are FREE. Enjoy!

1) Given on the first day of clinic!

Clinical Handout 1

I’ve found that this one helps so the family can stick it to the fridge and have a easy visual for phone numbers, contact information, and dates regarding the beginning and of the semester (because we all know it rarely coincides with their children’s school schedules!!). I think it’s also helpful to give them extra copies in case grandma or a neighbor needs to bring the kiddo a day or two! They can easily handout a copy to those people who will then have an address for their GPS, and the times, etc…

The download for this handout can be found at my TPT Store here.

2) Given after your goals have been set!

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I’ve found that both client’s and parents are interested to know the specific goals they/their child is working on in speech! But, sometimes our LONG Treatment Plan of Care documents are overwhelming, too clinical, and don’t give succinct information on what they can be doing at home to help with carryover and generalization! This document outlines the goals the client will be working on during the semester, and easy things they can do at home to help with progress!

You can download this file in my TpT Store here.

3) Given at the very end of the semester!

End of the Semester Clinical Handout

Similarly to the second documents, parents are often given paperwork at the end of the semester. Again, this paperwork is long, clinical, and not as helpful as we’d all like to think! This document could be filled in with the goals the client had for the semester, their progress, and what they can do over the break to continue to maintain that progress!

This last document can be found in my TpT Store here.

All of the files are in their original powerpoint format so all boxes can be edited for your personal specifications! Hope you and your clients find these helpful!

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email me at speechymusings@gmail.com! Thank you :)

Book Lists for Later Developing Speech Sounds Freebie

I’ve uploaded a follow up to my first Book Lists by Speech Sounds document! It was after many requests for books for /r/ and blends! It is available as a freebie in my TpT Store here.

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It contains….

2 pages (12 books) for /r/
1 page for /r/ blends
1 page for /l/ blends
2 pages for /s/ blends

Here is an example page:

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Again, you can find it at the link below or by clicking here.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Book-Lists-By-Speech-Sound-2-Printable-Half-Sheets

Enjoy! :)

Books by Speech Sound Handouts Freebie

I know I said I’d be traveling, but I just couldn’t wait! I LOVE looking at children’s books and coming up with creative ways to use them in therapy. Parents have also asked me how they can begin carryover at home for articulation goals.

So.. I created half sheet handouts organized by speech sound. These would be perfect to send home with articulation homework! Here is the description from my TPT store.

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This 18 page file contains printable half sheets that recommend books by speech sound.

It contains 6 books each for b, d, f, g, h, k, l, m, n, p, sh, t, th (2), v, w, and dʒ.

It’s free and could be used as a reference for teachers, SLPs, reading specialists, or for parents!

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If you download it, please leave feedback!

So there you have it! Go on over to my TPT store and download it! Let me know what you think! If you are interested in staying up to date on freebies, giveaways, and new posts, ‘like’ me on Facebook here.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Book-Lists-By-Speech-Sound-Printable-Half-Sheets

**Edit: I created another book list document for later developing speech sounds including blends and /r/. It is available for FREE in my TPT Store here.

Verb Conjugation Chart

This past week, during session with one of my clients with aphasia, I noticed he was having difficulty deciding when to use the words ‘do’ and ‘did’. In order to help him visually see different between ‘do’ and ‘did’, I put together a little visual. Then, later in the session he made the same error between ‘were’ and ‘are’.

After session, I went into the grad room, and made this handy visual! Later in the week, another one of my clients made an error with ‘were’ and ‘are’ again, and I was prepared!

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Feel free to download the file in my TPT store here or at the link below:

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/To-Be-Basic-Verb-Conjugation-Chart

As always, email with me any comments! Thank you for your support.

Wh- Questions Visual

So many of the kids I’ve worked with have difficulty with wh-questions in some form. This semester, at my grad clinic, I’m working with an AAC client on answering comprehension questions about books. It was difficult for her to understand the different wh-questions and how she should answer them. For example, when I say, “who”, you know to answer with a person. And when I say, “how”, you know you need to describe a process or tell me the steps.

So, I printed off these cards from Speaking of Speech:

http://www.speakingofspeech.info/dec15/WH_cards.pdf

Then, I ran over to my nearest Walmart and summoned my criminal side and took about 100 different colored paint chips! Muahahaha. I love stockpiling these and using them for all sorts of visuals and crafts!

I cut out the visuals from Speaking of Speech and glued each one on the back of a paint chip and made these!

The front looks like this…

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And the back looks like this…

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After we read a question, we look at the first word and find the matching flashcard. Then we flip it over and talk about how to decode the question! It’s been working out really well and provides an easier way for her to feel more independent!

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