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Safari Week!

I went to San Diego for vacation last week and visited San Diego’s Safari Park. It was such a great time and it has inspired me to have my own safari in my speech room! I have created a comprehensive speech and language packet that will target a variety of skills and last me all week!

What's Included?

Pages 3-7: Safari Articulation-- targeting phonemes (k, g, f, v, s, z, sh, ch, r, l) These are say and dot worksheets with safari themed vocabulary words!

Pages 8-11: Safari Phonological Awareness Activities-- Worksheets targeting initial sound matching, blending, and syllable counting with safari animals and lots of visuals! Just print and go!

Pages 12-15: Safari Compare & Contrast-- Compare and contrast worksheets with safari themed visuals. Have your students fill in the blank and come up with similarities and differences on their own!

Pages 16-17: Irregular Past Tense Verbs-- Fill in the blank with the correct verb using the given words. Your students must switch the present tense verb to PAST tense.

Pages 18-19: Following Directions with Basic Concepts:--Targets following directions embedded with basic concept words.

Pages 20-25: Safari Main Idea-- Read the passage or have your students read the passage and identify the main idea and three key details!

Pages 26-28: Find the Monkey—Students will identify prepositional words and find the monkey!

Pages 29-32: Irregular Past Tense Verbs-- The student reads the card and corrects the underlined verb to make it past tense. You may use these cards with the interactive game board and SNAP cards as well.

Pages 33-36: Compare & Contrast-- Use these to identify similarities and differences between each picture. Aim for 3 similarities and 3 differences with each visual. You may use this as a game and incorporate the game board and SNAP cards.

Pages 38-41: Listening Comprehension-- The student draws a question card which will tell them what they need to know about the story. It will either be main idea, a WH question, or give 3 details. The SLP reads the story aloud and then follows up with either, “What is the main idea?” a WH question of choice or, “Give me 3 details about the story.” Use the game board and the SNAP cards to turn this into a fun interactive game!

Pages 44-48: Sequencing-- The student reads the carrier phrases at the beginning of the story. They finish the sentence and draw a picture to illustrate the story. They continue this with transition words: First, Next, Then, and Last paired with illustrations. You may then work on story retell. A visual is given at different steps in each story so that they have an idea of what is happening or what they could write a story about.

Pages 49-53: Cause & Effect-- The student either identifies the cause (why it happened) or the effect (what happened) and illustrates a picture with a short sentence.

Pages 54-57: Negation-- The clinician reads the card to the student. The student identifies the one that is NOT and points to the correct picture.

If you want to join in on the fun, you can find this product here at my Teachers Pay Teachers store!
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“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face.”
-Mike Tyson

I had it all set up - I was prepared. A one-on-one session with ample activities and visuals prepared for any situation; or so I thought – and BAM. A hit to the face. All of the sudden my thoughtful, well-planned session curtailed.

This is not uncommon in special education, especially when treating children with known behaviors. One would think, speech therapy would be a breeze compared to all the demands placed in other settings. However, speech therapy can be a trying task for some. This year, I’ve experienced more behavior problems in my classroom than ever. Some I am prepared for and some I am not. Here are some tips to keep your sessions rolling smoothly.

1) Know the plan: Children with identified behavior issues typically should have a behavior plan in place. How you respond to their behaviors is EVERYTHING. An ABA therapist has taken detailed data and analyzed the behaviors thoroughly – so, know the plan ahead of time. Even a minor slip up in response can trigger a string of unwanted behaviors.

2) Consult: Do not hesitate to approach the teacher, OT, or other service providers about their techniques. They may give you some input that will be vital in the future. Get on the same page and start using similar language, approaches, and strategies. This way, you are consistent across all environments.

3) Be prepared: Once you have figured out what works in other settings, get prepared to implement it in your speech room. If that means moving things around to barricade the door, setting up a barrier between the student and yourself, or having a visual schedule ready, then do it! It may be as easy as setting up expectations for your sessions and rewarding with a sticker chart. Whatever works!

4) Find their motivation: You cannot physically make a student work. So be clever. Find something…anything…that will motivate your students. Get creative and think outside of the box.

5) Don’t be afraid to seek HELP: Sometimes, we can pull all of our tricks out of the bag and still nothing works. The truth is, if you are having problems, you are most likely not alone. Collaborate with the team and include the behavior task force. In my experiences, they are always happy to come observe a session to give some pointers or revisit the behavior plan.

What do you do in your speech room that helps your control and maintain good behavior?

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How to Organize Your Speech Room for Under $50

Organizing speech materials is a tricky ordeal. Or should I say, effectively organizing speech materials is a tricky ordeal. We service a variety of age groups (sometimes PreK through high school even!) and that is part of the challenge. Another challenge is the scope of what we do. Not only are we doing articulation therapy, but language therapy as well. Language therapy can be anything from AAC to teaching figurative language. How do we EFFECTIVELY organize so much STUFF?!

I have gone from manila envelopes, to zip-lock bags, to filing systems and back. What I have found that works for me may not work for you. To each his own. However, here is what I do…

Manila envelopes worked for a while, then I found that I didn’t like not seeing inside the envelope and they wear after a year or two. So after a trip to the Container Store, I found some items that have made my room look so much better and DE-cluttered all the madness.

This weather tight file box is only $12.99 and comes with 12 file folders to organize by month. I love the file box because I struggle whether to group products by skill or season. In my file box I have the 12 folders and materials that I target during that month organized. I like this system because you can go to any month and find exactly what you need. No more digging through envelopes looking for all of my September activities. Also, these are perfect to store your no-prep worksheets!

This is a 12-case photo storage container that is perfect for storing task cards. It is $24.99 and worth every penny. This is a must have for any SLP that travels. It has a convenient handle and is easily portable. I take this back and forth to my elementary school and middle school and have the activities I need on hand.

Book companions have so many different activities within them that I was struggling to keep it all together. I found these handy letter sized zip folio containers that do the job. They come in packs of 3 at the Container Store for $5.99. I also store my interactive adapted books in them! My favorite part is they’re translucent on one side so I put the title of the book in front and grab-and-go!

Also, I am ALWAYS on the lookout for bargains. I found these bins that just so happened to match my color scheme for $1.49 at my local Fry’s grocery store! Who gets excited about bins? Me. ☺ I plan to store activities with manipulative pieces and toys/games that I can pair with any activity and of course, they’ll be labeled.

I am also lucky to have a room with ample cabinet space and counter space to store binders, Super Duper games, etc. How do you store your materials? I am always looking for clever ideas to make my SLP life a little less hectic!

Happy organizing!
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