Sunday, April 14, 2019

Easter Speech Therapy Craft that's FREE

Spring is my favorite. I just love Easter. It's all the pretty colors. I wanted to say a huge thank you to all of my followers, so I just added this cute Easter egg craft to my TpT store and it's FREE. I hope your speech kids love it. I let mine add stickers to the egg;) You can never go wrong with glitter stickers.
You can grab this free craft in my store HERE.
Watch this video. You will see just how easy it is to create the craft.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Free Sleepy Bug Craft for Speech Therapy

This month has been so full of new placements that I haven't had time to create lots of fun crafts for my groups. Boo. BUT...I did find this adorable game called "Bed Bugs." I know, the concept is a little unnerving, but my kids LOVED using the tweezers to grab the little jumping bugs. The game has three sets of tweezers in three different colors. It does require a couple of batteries, but when you turn the jumping bed on, the little critters start flying everywhere. You can't help but laugh with your students. The object is to grab all of your color bugs (based on the tweezers you are using) before anyone else does. How about that? I was able to slip in a little fine motor practice;). Before playing the game, we quickly made our homework (the craft) and drilled our speech targets. You can find the game on Amazon.
I know, you are thinking, how do I get my hands on this adorable little bug? Well, you can grab him by clicking HERE. I hope your students love the craft and game as much as my students did. If you are interested in receiving free crafts then please go and sign up for my newsletter here:
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Friday, March 1, 2019

Free Dragon Craft for Speech Therapy

How would you like this Dragon Craft for speech therapy FREE??


This cutie is not in my Speech Dreams TpT store, so you need to sign up for my newsletter in order to receive him. I will be sending out a fun craft each month in my newsletter. Thanks so much for signing up!

Monday, February 25, 2019

Snappy Alligator Speech

So, what are we up to this month in therapy?
Alligators!
You can find this adorable fellow in my TpT store by clicking the picture HERE.
We are making ALLIGATOR crafts that contain our speech sounds or language goals. Check out this short video that shows you just how easy it is to create this cute alligator that we made last week.

See how simple he is to create?! If you do not have enough time for the students to color the alligator green then just print out his head and tail on green copy paper. The picture below shows all you need to create the alligator.

Another shot of the finished alligator.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The 10 Item Behavior Kit




So, I took a trip to town today.  The single goal was to buy all the items that I needed to create this awesome behavior kit.  That's right...tomorrow I shall be prepared.
  **See my last blog post on how I use this behavior kit!!**
So last week I asked a mom of a new student what kinds of things I could use for positive reinforcement.  Her response was simple.  "Candy." She said, "What three year old doesn't like candy?"  So, the behavior kit was born.  Here's what you will need to create your very own kit!
Supply list:
A bead sorter- I found mine in the sewing section (or a fishing tackle box will work)
Shiny, sparkly foam letter stickers
CANDY- lots of it...different textures and flavors...

I chose:
 1. Gummy Bears
 2. Sour Patch Watermelons
 3. M&M's
 4. Reese's pieces
 5. Smarties
 6. Skittles
 7. Starburst bites
 8. Hot tamales
 9. Jelly Bellies
10. Air Head Extreme Bites
Basically what you are looking for is small bite size pieces of candy for a quick reinforcement that doesn't take long to eat.


The reason you want them organized in a tool kit is because you want to be able to QUICKLY grab what you need and QUICKLY reinforce the behavior you are looking for.
Other items that I did not include, but that could be switched out with some of the above:
Stickers
Sour Spray
Smelly chapstick (put a little on the back of their hand)
Smelly glitter spray
Bubbles
Stamps
Tickles
High Fives
Goldfish Crackers
Raisins
Freeze dried fruit
Freeze dried vegetables
Popcorn
A quick look at a video on an Ipad or the computer
Chips
Anything that you can think of that is a small item that the student really likes.  Please note if your students have any allergies or medical conditions before you give them any type of reinforcer!  Now use your cute stickers to decorate the outside of your kit!  I hope that this helps you in your therapy adventures.


Take a look at my Behavior Intervention Strategies and Documentation on TeachersPayTeachers for more behavior management ideas!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Problem Behaviors...am I the only one?

So this year...I'm getting prepared.  It helps when your BFF is a preschool behavior guru.  She's been such a blessing.  What has she taught me?


When I have that student who will not listen, they are being disruptive to the group, not focused on the task, up walking around the room...you know the kid...the one who is waiting for you to get up out of your seat before they listen.  Yep, this is my second year with that one.  So, this year I am giving the students who are behaving in the group a little sercy.  That's right, just a little piece of  candy, goldfish crackers, a sticker or anything small that they like.  But the kid who isn't listening doesn't get one quite yet.  This week that kid said, "I don't like candy anyway."  I smiled.  I knew the game.  So I told him, "Okay, well when you listen and follow directions like the others in the group, I will let you choose a sercy."  Guess what the student chose after his time of following directions was over?  Yep, candy.  I smiled.  This time because I knew that I had found a way to get that student to understand that you can be reinforced for your positive behavior.  Set out a visual timer and let them see how long they need to participate or sit still or play a game, then when the time is up, positively reinforce them.
Sometimes we find ourselves with students that just need some redirection.  Some need verbal cues, some need physical cues.  You just have to pull out all the stops to find out what the kid really likes and then use it to your advantage!  It could be something as simple as a tickle or a high five!
This also works for the new little ones that come in without any expressive language skills.  I have found that they have a great deal of behaviors that need to be addressed.  So you have a puzzle and you want them to place one puzzle piece into the correct place.  Just ONE, right?!  Well, pull out the reinforcer of their liking and say, "Do you want a (insert goodie here)?"  Let them see the item and think about it.  Most of the time, if the reinforcer is too yummy to pass up, they will attend to the task you asked them to preform.  Stay tuned for my next blog post: The 10 item behavior kit.
Image Credit: © Bialasiewicz | Dreamstime.com

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Articulation Spinners

I'm joining the Frenzied SLPs to tell you about a super cool product of mine that you really need to grab during the sale!

I am so very excited to share my latest TeacherspayTeachers product with you!  It's called "Articulation Spinners."  It will keep your students engaged and excited about working on their articulation goals!
They are so easy to make and I know your students are going to have a blast playing with them while they practice their speech sounds.  Here's a video clip to show you just how fun they are to play with.

All you have to do is make copies of the product and then give each student a sound sheet that aligns with their speech goal.  Have them color the template!  Encourage them to choose bright colors and not to leave any white!  The more color you have the cooler the spinner will be!  The full color example you see in the picture below are for s blends.  This page is included in the product so that you can quickly print it out and assemble a visual for the students to go by.