Thematic Units for Therapy: A Beginner’s Guide

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Pinterest. Social media. Teachers Pay Teachers. Blogs. So many fantastic therapy ideas, so little time! As therapists, we have more resources available to us than ever before, but if you don’t have a plan to implement these activities you may end up feeling overwhelmed or scattered from month to month.  This has been my first… Read more »

Spacey Speech Activity

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3-2-1 Blastoff! Space is such an exciting topic where a lot of information, language, and vocabulary is used. I am here to give you a description of my session to save you some brainpower when planning! My space lesson covered space vocabulary, adjectives, prepositions, and WH questions. I started off the session with a Youtube… Read more »

St. Patrick’s Day Classroom Activities

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This time of year always seems to be especially busy!  Our calendars are filled with IEP meetings, stacks of evaluations to finish, and state-wide standardized testing is looming over us.  So, when I sit down to plan St. Patrick’s Day activities for therapy this time of year, I want to make sure that it hits… Read more »

Helpful Hints for working with Students affected by ASD

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Video Modeling Video modeling uses video recording to provide a visual model of the targeted behavior or skill. Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) tend to be visual learners, watching videos is often a preferred activity, and it does not involve social demands. Try video modeling and see if the individual is generalizing skills across… Read more »

Functional Life Skills in Speech and Language Therapy

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Taking the opportunity to teach students the necessary functional life skills during speech and language therapy sessions is my absolute favorite area to target. Many of our students will continue to struggle with attention, memory, and executive functioning skills that will negatively affect their ability to store, process, and retrieve information as easily as others…. Read more »

Ideas for Improving Student Self-Awareness/Self-Monitoring

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If you were to ask your students “How do you think your speech sounded?” – how many of you would get a shoulder shrug and “I don’t know” as a response?  Unfortunately, it would probably be quite a few of us!  Because we get such a limited amount of time with our students each week,… Read more »

Valentine’s Day Activities

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Valentine’s Day can be a great time to celebrate friendship, love, and family with our therapy students. Not to mention, it can almost always involve sweets! As the case with any holiday, you can easily adapt the goals you are working on with your students to incorporate the holiday theme. Below are a variety of… Read more »

Colorful Speech with Color Me Fluent

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How can you get your students on board and excited about Color Me Fluent?  If you’ve ever had the privilege of hearing Alice Anne G. Farley speak about her fluency therapy, you would hear just how she can make fluency sessions come alive!  We need to do the same.  Here are some helpful tips and… Read more »

Therapy Tools For Days When You ‘Can’t Even’

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We’ve all been there. It’s 7:50 am on a Tuesday and you’ve just finished that last-minute IEP, responded to 7 urgent emails, gulped that luke-warm cup of coffee that’s been on your desk all morning… and you have a group of kids showing up to your room for therapy in 10 minutes. Quick! Hide under… Read more »

Key Ways to Balance out Your Classroom When One or Two Students Always Demand Your Attention

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Every classroom has that one student – or perhaps, more than one – who demands extra attention. A centerpiece of a successful curriculum includes children learning to be part of a group, without forfeiting self. And a significant proportion of any educator’s time should be spent helping each child develop socially, which includes not needing… Read more »