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My Speech Universe: October 2013

21 October 2013

Halloween and Thanksgiving Mats (with a freebie)!

I have been having a lot of fun lately with my students using bingo chip reinforce mats.  I originally made a fall set that I gave away as a freebie on my Facebook page.  I wanted to make a few more because my students were loving them!  I decided to make some Halloween and Thanksgiving mats.

You can get the Halloween mats HERE.

You can get the Thanksgiving mats HERE.

If you look in the preview area of the product listing on TpT of either of the above mat sets, you might find a surprise FREEBIE!

I hope your students enjoy these as much as my students have been!


05 October 2013

Fall Reinforcer Mats: FREEBIE!

I was inspired this week to create some reinforcer mats for some of my articulation students.  You could also use these mats for language activity reinforcement. 


I love to use mats like these with magnetic bingo chips.  My students love to use the magnet to clean up after their trials.  They will use the mats multiple times in a session, just so they can clean them up!
You can get these free fall mats by liking my Facebook page and clicking on the free downloads button.
Enjoy, and happy fall!

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04 October 2013

Sign of the Week

This year on my caseload, I have a student who is on the Autism Spectrum, and also deaf.  This student is using a combination of a cochlear implant, a communication device, and sign.  We try to get our students integrated as much as we can within the school community, so I wanted to figure out a way to expose as many people in the school as possible to some sign.  Most people leave the building by passing by my room, so I thought about making a bulletin board with some signs.  I came up with a sign of the week area, and let everyone know to try to take a glance at it every week to learn a new sign that our student uses.

I found a great website called http://www.babysignlanguage.com that had a lot of flashcards of signs. I'm not sure that they are all exact ASL, but so far, they have matched up with what our little guy is doing.

I also looked up the signs on You Tube and made QR codes for each one.  People can scan the code and watch a video of the sign, to get a better idea of how to do each sign.

Here are a few of the posters that I made for future weeks:

I don't own the rights to any of the pictures or videos, so I can't share the actual posters I have made, but I wanted to share the idea with you.  These posters are super easy to make in Power Point.

After I told the staff about what I was doing, I had a lot of great, positive feedback.  I have seen several people, not just staff, stop at the board and check it out.  One day I even saw a Kindergarten student sitting there signing the alphabet.  It reminded me of myself when I was little.  My favorite book was Helen Keller, and there was a sign language alphabet in the back.  I loved figuring out how to sign all kinds of words!

Hope some of you can use this idea too!