Today, I want to share with you one of my go-to activities with my students with ASD.  It is a packet of interactive books that are used to answer the question, "What do you see?"  The packet is called: Describing and Counting Bears . You may recognize this book, as I previously had something similar listed in my store.  Looking back at it, I did not like how crude it appeared to me (it was one of my first endeavors on TpT) so I have completely revamped it, and added two additional books. These books are interactive books where you can create manipulative pieces with Velcro. Here are some pictures of the first book, Describing and Counting Bears: Sometimes I put the pieces on the table for the student. Sometimes I leave the pieces on the storage pages provided.     I have also created two more books to go in this packet: Describing Bears by Color: Counting Bears: You can get this packet over at my store, Speech Universe on ...
This weeks feature book is one of my favorite books that I read with my kids.  If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Numeroff. Monica Locascio has a great Speech and Language Companion Pack to go along with this super cute book. There are six different activities included in this speech and language book companion: Interactive Book of Prepositions  This is a really cute interactive book that uses Velcro pieces to attach pictures in place.  The book uses a variety of prepositions. Singular/Plural Match Up This is a simple matching game that pairs singular and plural forms of the nouns found in the book. Object Function BINGO  This is a cute BINGO game that describes each item's function.  There are "cookies" included in this packet to use as BINGO markers.  Monica also suggests using cookie cereal for the board game and BINGO as a fun treat. Here, Mouse: An Emergent Reader This is a really simple emergent reader...
I cannot even tell you how excited I am to be done with winter this year!!!  The snow and cold have been absolutely killing me.  I have been trying to will spring here for a few weeks now, and it is finally starting to warm up.  Hopefully it stays warmer! Because it doesn't quite look like spring outside here yet, I decided to brighten up the hallway by my speech room.  I put together a Spring into Speech and Language bulletin board. I had my students help me out with all of the flowers.  I still have some groups to work with, so the board isn't totally complete, but I wanted to share it today in honor of the first day of spring.  My articulation groups put their artic words on each petal of the flowers.  My language groups did some brain storming of spring words, and my students with ASD used some visuals to describe things they see in the spring. Hopefully this pop of color in my hallway will continue to urge Mother Nature to allow spring to truly arrive!  H...
Spring is coming this week!  I am trying to will the weather to cooperate and actually allow spring to arrive! I wanted to make a quick little spring activity to focus on same and different. There are two different worksheets included in this freebie. The first one focuses on the vocabulary term different: The second worksheet focuses on the vocabulary term same:  There are also visuals to help students describe the differences that they can see. Head over to TpT to grab this Spring Same and Different activity. Hope you enjoy, and Happy Spring!...
This weeks book would be great for back to school time, but it is such a cute book that really, it is great anytime!  Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney is a cute rhyming book that follows little Llama through his first day at school.  The great book companion packet that I am featuring this week is by Kathy Grover of Speech All The Time.  This packet was designed for use with young children ages 3-6. What is great about any book companion from Kathy is that she gives detailed lesson plans that typically cover four sessions.  The lessons are so detailed that they give you ideas for exactly what to say for each lesson. I am going to present this packet a little differently than usual.  I want to go through each session and show you what you can do: Session 1 All you need is a book, paper, and crayons.  Kathy guides you through a picture walk for the whole book with questions for each page.  She then suggests that you read the book.  Finally, there is a little cra...
I work with absolutely the best social worker ever!  I get to work with her several days a week with our social language groups.  These groups are so fun!  They consist of students with ASD who are in self-contained rooms.  We bring in peers from the general education rooms to help us elicit more speech, work on social skills, and to be play models. With the population of students that we have this year, we have 11 students who have either a PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) book or a high tech device to communicate.  We have been working really hard on getting students to use their books, and to communicate with a variety of communication partners.  Our students are in all phases of PECS from Phase II where they learn to travel, to Phase V where they are learning about using attributes in their sentences.  We are really lucky to be able to run these groups the way we do, because one of us is always able to act as a prompter when needed. Our main problem with these g...