About two years ago, I attended an in-service presentation on assessing narrative language skills.  I was really inspired to begin using these types of assessments in my language evaluations.  I have now regularly been using both standardized and informal narrative language assessments with the majority of students who are referred to me.  I have also started to target language skills through the use of narratives. Recently, Tatyana Elleseff of  Smart Speech Therapy  asked me to review her Narrative Assessment of Preschool and School Aged Children packet.  I was very interested to see what she had to offer, and what I could learn to add to my growing interest and use of narratives in my language sessions.  The packet she is offering is a 73 slide presentation that explains how to assess narrative abilities in preschool and school aged children. The learning objectives for this packet are: Explain the impact of narrative difficulties on language development and academic pe...
Today in our social language group, we had a lot of fun using umbrellas!  The main idea we were targeting was the preposition 'under.'  The first activity was a book that I created called "Who Is Under The Umbrella?"   We passed out pictures of different animals or people, and students took turns putting the cards under the umbrellas on the pages.  You can get this FREEBIE by clicking here:  Who Is Under The Umbrella?   Please leave feedback if you like it. The next activity we did was to create little umbrellas for a bulletin board that the school social worker is going to make outside of her room.  The umbrellas were made out of coffee filters.  We had the students decorate the filters with Do-A-Dot markers.  Then, we folded them in half, punched a hole in the bottom and added a pipe cleaner handle.  I think they turned out really cute! The bright colors of the activities today really got me excited for spring!  I will definitely take some Apr...
Smarty Ears has done it again!  They have brought out another awesome app, Apraxia Ville !  This app is designed to target childhood apraxia or severe phoneme production difficulties.  It has a farm theme that is really cute, that I know my students are going to love.  Sorry in advance, this is a long post, but I really wanted to detail all of the great features of this app!  Also, there is a GIVEAWAY at the end! I highly recommend the video tutorial under the support section.  Barbara Fernandez walks you through the entire app and gives great directions on how to navigate the app.  This app starts out very similarly to other Smarty Ears apps.  Students can be entered into the app by clicking on "New Player", entering their name, and selecting a picture or avatar.  You can also import this information from Therapy Report Center, their free data collection app. After you select your student, you will click next and select from three different activities. The fi...
I often see Link Ups and Linky parties on the TpT forums, and have been looking forward to some speech peeps participating too!  Well, Oh, How Pinteresting has started a Link Up for March.  You can find her instructions HERE.   I think this is a great way to network with other SLP bloggers and find out what everyone is up to!     State of Mind   I am excited about getting out of the cold weather in Michigan and heading down to Florida to visit my parents.  We are leaving a week from today.  Driving with a 5 and a 6 year old- should be interesting!   Loving   The anticipation of going someplace warm!  I am so over winter right now!  The first day of spring, and it snowed here.  Last year it was 80 degrees.  Ahhh...last year... I also miss my parents a lot.  They live really close to us, but go to Florida for about 7 months every year now.  My kids really miss them too and are super excited to go.  Even if they aren't as excited for a two day car ride instead o...
My students had so much fun with my Secret Code Inferences, that I knew I wanted to make another activity using that format.  In the spring, my fourth and fifth grade teachers start to focus on idioms.  These are really difficult for some of my students, especially those with ASD.  They are so literal!  I made Secret Code Idioms for these students. There are 24 different idioms targeted in this packet.  Each idiom is presented three different ways: 24 cards with the idiom listed and a secret code answer 24 cards with the idiom listed and a choice of three answers (secret code to check answer) 6 worksheets with four idioms listed and a space to write what the idiom really means.  There are also  secret code answers available on the worksheet so students can check their answers. I hope you like these activities!  You can find Secret Code Inferences at my TpT store HERE If you like what you see, please follow my Teachers Pay Teachers store and on Facebook   h...
Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin is such a cute book that my students LOVE!  I have made a phonemic awareness book companion packet to go along with the book. Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type: Phonemic Awareness Book Companion contains five different phonemic awareness activities to do with students PreK- 1st. How Many Syllables? Recognizing Rhyme Generating Rhyme Blending Monosyllable Words (Onset-Rime) Segmenting Sounds You can find this activity HERE at my Teachers Pay Teachers store. ...
I have a game in my cabinet that I have had I think since I started as a speech path in the schools.  It looks like it is out of print, but I thought some of you might have it hiding in your closet or cabinet too!  The game is: Secret Square .  I am attaching a couple of pages of pictures that you could print off and use in the same way as this game. Basically, this game is a set of 96 tiles with different object pictures on them.  It also has 25 chips.  The directions of the game say to choose 25 squares, at random.  Place the squares face up, in 5 columns of 5 rows each (I used 36 chips in my example).  You then pick a "Hider" who places a chip under one of the squares for all of the "Seekers" to try and find. Players then start asking "Yes" and "No" questions about the squares to discover which square hides the chip.  Seekers may only ask questions that can be answered by "Yes" or "No".  For example, Seekers m...