Speechy TPT Teacher Appreciation Sale!

I love Teacher Appreciation Week at my school.  The parents make everyone on the staff feel very much appreciated.  I also love this week because there is usually a TpT sale so that I can stock up on my wishlisted items for the end of the year!

Well, the time is upon us!  This week is Teacher Appreciation Week at my school, and guess what?!? The TpT Teacher Appreciation Sale starts today too!  When you use the code CELEBRATE at checkout, you can save 28% off of your cart.  The sale will run Tuesday and Wednesday, May 3 &4.

The Frenzied SLPs decided to share some things that we are excited about offering to you, and also share some things that are on our wishlists!

First, let me share some things that are in my cart:

This Growth Mindset product from Speech to the Core looks great!  We have been focusing on this at my school along with improving our feedback with students.  I'm excited to have some activities and posters to go along with our work!

My students have been BEGGING for Cariboo lately! I have a few sets of articulation cards that I have made for my students, but haven't had time to make sets for all of the sounds.  This set of Cariboo for Articulation and Language, Too! from Mia at Putting Words in your Mouth looks like it will work perfectly for me and be such a time saver.

Now, for a couple things that I want to share with you from my store (everything will be 20% off, and you can add an additional 10% off at checkout by using the code CELEBRATE):

This is a product that I have used so much with my students since I created it.  Categories!  has everything you need to target labeling and sorting items in categories.  This has worked great with my preschool, kindergarten, and students with ASD.  You know I am all about interactive books, and the books in this packet have targeted categories in a new way for me, as they have helped to increase length of utterance when describing categories.  I have had so much fun using the activities in this packet.

While on the topic of using interactive books, Verb Interactive Books: Kids in Action is another one that I have used so much since I created it.  Using real pictures has helped me work on verbs in a new way with my students.  Having the visual sentences right under each picture has helped them to increase their sentence structure, length, and use of verbs.  This has been great with my students with ASD!

I hope I gave you a few ideas to fill up your cart.  Remember to use the code CELEBRATE when you check out to get an additional 10% off of all items in your cart.  The sale runs May 3 and 4.  You can follow through this linky if you want to find some more recommended items from The Frenzied SLPs and other awesome TpT sellers:

Taking Therapy Outside

This week, The Frenzied SLPs are bringing you ideas of how to take therapy outside.  This is something that I love to do when the weather is nice.  The school social worker at my school and I have done some fun things with our ASD groups.  One of the outside activities was a scavenger hunt.
This is an activity that we have done for a few years now.  I posted about it a while ago, but thought I would share again.

First, we made a scavenger hunt schedule for each student.  They needed to find each piece of playground equipment on the playground and check it off their list.

We encouraged the students to play with each other and wait for friends at the end of each piece of equipment.

After the students completed the scavenger hunt, we went back inside and worked on our conversation skills.  The students asked each other, "What was your favorite piece of playground equipment?"  This is a skill we have been focusing on for months now, and the students are getting MUCH better at directing questions to each other and orienting themselves toward each other.  They are even getting better and asking and answering the questions without visual supports!

This year we are going to take some of our general education peers out with us to do this activity.  We have two volunteer students for four of our groups.  This will be a great way to get our students with ASD to engage with their peers in a different way.  I'm looking forward to the conversation piece this year too, as our students have progressed to asking additional questions about topics and making comments.  Looking forward to the nice weather very soon!!!

You can link up here with your ideas for taking therapy outside:

SLP Love Hurts

February is a time for love.  I love my job, but sometimes, love hurts.

When I started working in the schools in self-contained programs, I was kind of thrown in without any training of what to do if a student tried to hurt me.  Honestly, I was pretty naive, and never even thought it would happen.  My first three years went without a hitch.  I worked with students in self-contained rooms for students with cognitive impairments.  Then, my fourth year, I was placed in two self-contained rooms for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).  I thought, "Ok, I've got this too."  I was not totally new to working with students on the spectrum, however, I had not worked with non-verbal students on the spectrum before.

To say that year was difficult for me is an understatement.  The first time I was grabbed, I was shocked!  I didn't know what to do.  I was also kicked, scratched and hit a lot that year.  Nobody in the room was trained on what to do to avoid or escape these situations.  We all worked together to try and support each other, and figure out what we were doing wrong (getting too close, student needed a sensory break that we were not providing, too high of a demand for the moment).  I had a lot of minor scratches and bruises.  I was honestly scared of a lot of the kids, and wasn't feeling much love.  That was a pretty vulnerable feeling.

Thank goodness that I started to get more training after that year.  I attended CPI training during the summer.  This two-day class taught me how to de-escalate tricky situations, how to prevent things from getting escalated in the first place, and how to protect myself from getting hurt. We learned how to get out of grabs, hair pulls, and bites ("feed the bite").  I can now dodge a strike with the best of them, and have luckily avoided most other attempts.  I get my updated training every year through CPI, which definitely helps.

I also started to learn more about behaviors and how behavior is often times communication.  A lot of my students were using their behaviors to tell me to get out of their space, that they needed a break, or that what I was trying to have them do was just too difficult in the moment.  It took a lot of vulnerable moments with other staff, trying to figure all of this out, but now I feel much more confident when working with students who may show these kids of behaviors.

Now, I can honestly say that I love my students.  I currently work with four self-contained rooms with students with ASD.  I love all of them.  Sure, we still have our trying moments at times, but truly, love doesn't always have to hurt.

See how other Frenzied SLPs deal when #slplovehurts.

Learning: Verbs {App Review}

I was contacted to check out a new app that focuses on verbs.  As you know based on my last post, I am always looking for ways to target verbs.  This new app is called Learning: Verbs by Language Concepts.

This is a very simple app that targets only receptive language learning of verbs.  It starts with you choosing which verbs to target.  Initially, you can choose from 22 different verbs, but there is also an option for you to add your own, which I will show you in a minute.  After you choose your verbs, you can choose how they will be displayed for your student.  You have a choice of one, two, three, or four verbs presented at a time.  You can also decide if you want text on the page that states the verb, audio, and feedback after the student answers.

For my first session, I chose four pictures with audio, text, and feedback.  The audio does not happen automatically, I had to push the speaker button to hear the audio recording.  After I pushed it, the speaker said, "Show me Cooking."

The student then chose the correct (or incorrect) picture that matched the verb.  When the correct picture was chosen, the rest of the photographs disappeared, leaving only the correct choice.

After that, you press "Next" and you are on to the next trial.  There was not any audio when the student got the item correct, just the word correct on the bottom of the screen was shown.  When the student go the item incorrect, a very loud voice said, "Choose again."  I ended up turning the feedback off, as it was startling and aggravating to my student with ASD.  I would have rather heard feedback when it was correct, but there was no way to choose that.  I was able, however to change the settings during the trials without having to stop because there is a settings button at the top of the page that you can click on, and easily turn the audio off.  The only problem was, that to turn the feedback voice off, I had to turn all of the audio off.  Turning the feedback button off only made the pictures not shake when they were incorrect.  It was fine for me, because I just read the verbs to my student when they were presented.

When I was done with my trials with my student, I pressed "End" and that was it.  I had a quick little progress monitoring session for receptive verbs.

Next, I wanted to try to add my own pictures to the app.  I chose a picture that is used in my Interactive Verb books, jumping.  It was easy to add the picture, although it did get a little distorted, as it has to fit in a portrait setting.  I think it still looked good, and recognizable though.  After that, I added my voice to say, "Show me jumping." After I put the picture on, I realized that they already had the word jumping in the mix, so I took it out easily by holding the picture, and then having the option to delete what I had put on.

I think overall, this is a great, quick little app that can easily target some receptive verbs.  I can see it being used for progress monitoring if you are targeting choosing verbs from a choice of two, three, or four pictures.  I do wish it had some data collection built into it, but I was easily able to keep track of the data myself since I was sitting with my student while he was playing the app.

If you want a chance to win a free copy of this app, head over to my Facebook page for Speech Universe.

Thank you to Learning Concepts for the copy of the app to review.

Kids in Action! Verb Interactive Books!

I am so excited for this new product that I created!!!  I am always looking for ways to target expanding utterance length, working on verbs, and working on pronouns.  I have visuals that I use with different pictures that I own, but I wanted it all in one place that would be super easy to grab and go.

With all of this in mind, I created Kids in Action!  Interactive Verb Books.

This is a set of six books.  Each book provides visual supports to expand utterance length and target verbs by use of interactive icons.  There are two books with boys (he) in action, two books with girls (she) in action, and two books with kids (they) in action.




The pictures in each set are identical.  The difference is in the subject or pronoun used.

I have used these books with my students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with great success. The kids love manipulating the icons in the books, and I love the language expansion and vocabulary building that I get from them.

If you are interested in these books, you can find them HERE.

Listening Power K-3 {App Review}

I am always so excited when Hamaguchi Apps contacts me about a new app to review!  Their newest app is Listening Power for grades K-3.  I'm still using the Preschool version that I reviewed in June, and loving it.  I was so excited to check this out and share it with you!

I love that all of the Hamaguchi Apps follow the same format for adding users and adjusting settings. This makes it so easy for me to figure out a new app.  First, you add your students.  You can add each student individually, and then organize students into groups.  Once you add your student or group, you hit "play."

Next, you will look at the settings.  You can adjust the activities, answer choices, levels, reward game, and whether or not you want to track data.

Now you are ready to play!  Here are the different activities available within this app:

Listening for Descriptions:
In this activity, students are presented with an auditory description without any pictures paired with it.  After the description is read, the pictures appear.  Students must listen to the description and then recall the description to make a selection.  There are three levels for this (easy, intermediate, and advanced) with 50 descriptions in each level.  I love that you can also choose how many choices the students will have (2, 3, or 4).

Listening for Meaning:
This activity is similar to Listening to Description, however students are listening for a specific word in the sentence.  Students must listen to an auditorally presented sentence, and then answer a question to associate the word and its meaning.  Again, there are three levels with 50 vocabulary words each.

Listening for Grammar:
In this activity, students must listen to sentences and select the one that "doesn't sound right."  Grammar areas included are: plurals, verb tenses, pronouns, preposition concepts, and negation.  Students select the one that is not correct, and then are able to hear how the sentence should sound.  Again, there are three levels with 50 grammar questions each.

Listening for Word Memory:
Students listen to a series of 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 words.  Nine pictures are then shown, and students are asked to remember and touch the words in the correct order.  Because of the variety of word choices, the three different levels of difficulty, there are endless combinations available in this activity.  This means no item memorization in this activity!

Listening for Stories:
There are three levels for this activity.  In the easy presentation, a story is read with accompanying pictures and sound effects, followed by questions about the story such as who, what, and where questions.  The intermediate presentation is a bit more difficult with pictures only at the beginning and the end of the story, and more difficult question types.  The advanced level did not have pictures in the stories that were presented to me, however the app developers do state that pictures are available on non-fiction and science type stories in this level.

When your students are finished with activities, they can earn a quick game.  There are two to choose from, and you are able to determine how many activities your student needs to complete to earn either of the games.

Door Game
Shoot the Basket

At any point during these activities, you can click "end session."  This will stop the activities, and allow you to look at data that was collected (if you chose to do so).  When you are ending your session, do not click the home button- you will lose any data that was collected.  In examining your data, you are able to view your session results, email them, print them, save as a pdf, or delete them.  One great feature here that I don't usually see in apps is the ability to play the missed items again.  What a great feature!

This data is so comprehensive.  I love that the data sheets tell you which items the student got correct, and which items the student missed.  This will definitely give me great information about what I should be targeting with different activities.

Well, all I have to say is that Hamaguchi Apps has done it again!  Another great app to help supplement my work with students!  This will be wonderful for working on listening for grammar, vocabulary, descriptions, and story comprehension.  With the data collection done for me, it will be a breeze to progress monitor some of these areas!  Thanks Hamaguchi Apps for another great opportunity and great app!

Headbanz with the EET!

Today we had fun using the game Headbanz along with the Expanding Expression Tool (EET) for describing.  Normally, the game Headbanz has students asking about what is on their head.  They are supposed to ask questions that will guide them into figuring out what item is on their head band.

My students and I had an idea today to use Headbanz with the EET.  We decided that instead of asking questions, we would have to describe what is on other people's heads using the EET.  We also decided that you would "win" the card if the person guessed what item was on your head.

I got some great descriptions from students using this game and the EET.  They all tried to guess the items after just a few beads, but I made them describe using the entire string.  I got a lot of "oooh, oooh, oooh, I know it, I know it!"  But, I made them wait so that the other student got practice with describing.

My students especially like when I play the game with them.  I may get a few looks from passersby, but it is so fun.  I love to get a grin from someone passing by my room, and the great laughs from my students when I look like this:

You can check out the game Headbanz here: