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My Speech Universe: November 2012

29 November 2012

Category Sorting

I work with many students who need work on categorization of items.  I have several kindergarten students as well as some of my older students with ASD who work on this goal.  I love having a very visual, but simple way to work on this so as not to overwhelm students.  I made an activity that can target categories in a variety of ways.

Category Sorting is an activity available on Teachers Pay Teachers.  With this activity, you can target both sorting and expression of categories.

Sorting:  Laminate and cut out the 8 mats and all 24 item cards.  You can put out two mats at a time or up to eight depending on the skill of the student.  Some of my students with ASD have a really difficult time when there is too much in their visual field, so I usually limit the amount with them. 

Expression:  The student can state a sentence for each item such as "A cow is a farm animal" or "A bathing suit is summer clothing."

I included a sheet of items pictures with labels and one sheet without labels. 
You can get Category Sorting at my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

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26 November 2012

Daily Documentation

I am always looking for new ways to keep my daily notes with students.  Right now I have a manilla folder for each student that I keep in a small file container.  On the left hand side of the inside of the folder I keep the student's most current IEP goals and objectives.  On the right hand side I keep a data sheet and any informal assessments I have done.  My data sheet is pretty simple.  I have boxes with the date and time on it.  I have an 'I' for individual and a 'G' for group which I circle depending on how I see the student.  This helps me when I bill for Medicaid. 

I keep data with +/- marks and write down a simple description of the target activity.

How do you keep track of your daily data?

25 November 2012

Winter Multi-Syllabic Words

I currently have a student who has had speech for several years.  He has come such a long way, but still has difficulties with multi-syllable words.  He always just kind of mumbles through the middle syllables.  He does not have a specific sound that he needs work on anymore, however his intelligibility is not always great because of these multi-syllable words.   I decided to make an activity that will target these words for him and make it fun.  He loves games, so I decided to use a board game format for him. 

I also made a game board that has words written on each space.  I made a large version of this and can also print out a smaller version to send home as homework. 

You can find Race Day Multi-Syllable Words at my TPT store.  Please check it out and provide feedback.  Thanks!


Winter Phonemic Awareness

In my school district, the speech-language pathologists were asked to work with at-risk Kindergarten students on phonemic awareness skills.  I have a group of four students who I see four times a week, a half hour each day.  I focus on the foundational skills of phonemic awareness.  The main areas we target are: recognizing and producing rhyme, counting and blending syllables, blending onset and rimes, isolating and pronouncing initial, medial, and final phonemes in CVC words.

I wanted to make an activity that targets some of these skills and has a winter sort of theme.  The following activity is what I came up with:

The first activity is Clapping Syllable Bears.  My students had fun with this activity. 
The students picked a card and then I read the word while they clapped the syllables.  If they clapped out the syllables correctly, they got to keep the card.
The next activity is Blending Mono-syllable Words Koalas.  These cute koalas accent a simple actvitiy where the students blend the onset and rime to create words.

The third activity is Recognizing Rhymes Bake Sale.  Students pick a card and I read the two words on the card out loud.  The students then determine if the two words rhyme and put them on a plate that either says rhyme or does not rhyme.

The final activity is a board game that works on rhyme production.  There are 27 cards and a game board for this activity.  Students pick a card and state a word that rhymes with the word on the card.  If they are correct, they can move their game piece the number of spaces indicated on the card.  My students always beg for games, so they have a lot of fun with this one.

You can find this activity at my TPT store.  Please check it out, and provide feedback.



24 November 2012

Describing by color and number

Hi! My name is Jen, and I wanted to start a blog as a place to document and share my ideas that I use in my speech room.

Speech Universe will be a place where speech and language ideas can grow!

My first activity that I want to share is an activity that I have been using with several of my students who have Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Many of them have goals that target commenting on objects color, shape, size, and quantity. I decided to make an activity that targets two of these concepts: color and quantity. Describing Bears by Color and Number has been a great activity that my students have enjoyed. I laminated the pages, velcroed the pictures, and bound the pages into a book. I did leave a velcroed page out so that students can easily access the picture cues. I have been amazed at how quickly students who previously were not able to use a sentence to describe are not only creating these sentences visually, but also speaking the sentences! They are even starting to generalize this skill without the sentence starters and visuals.

These pictures look a little different from the pages I have on my TPT site because I could not give away Boardmaker pictures for free.

The digital file for this activity is available for FREE at my Teachers Pay Teachers site:

Thanks for checking out my blog. I am new to all of this, but excited to see where it can go. I have been so inspired by so many speech bloggers out there, and hope to inspire others too!

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