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My Speech Universe: January 2016

18 January 2016

Kids in Action! Interactive Verb 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.

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06 January 2016

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 (this is an Amazon Affiliate link):


04 January 2016

I'll try... to make lunches the night before...

This week, your Frenzied SLPs are bringing you some ideas that they are going to try in the new year to make your frenzied SLP life a little easier.

My tip/ idea that I am going to try this year has absolutely nothing to do with my SLP life specifically, but more with getting my family ready for school in the morning.  I love my husband dearly, but, lets be honest, most guys just don't get it in terms of how much really goes on behind the scenes before the kids go to school and mom goes to work.  I am lucky that he does make sure they eat before they leave (especially important for my son with Type 1 Diabetes), but everything else kind of falls on me.

My tip/idea that I am going to try for January is to make everything for lunches the night before.  I know this isn't an earth shattering idea or something that nobody has ever thought of before, but it is something that I want to really try and see if it makes my mornings a little easier.  I used to work out in the morning, and would really like to get back to that.  I think that making lunches the night before may open up a little more time for me in the mornings.

So, for January, I am going to make my boys's lunches as well as my lunch for the next day at night before I go to bed.  I am going to stick to it for the four weeks on January, and hopefully, it will become a habit for me, and open up a little time in the mornings.

Have a great week back from break!

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