Laura at Oh, How Pintearesting! has created another link-up to help speech therapist network and share ideas. I am so excited to be participating in my first link-up and I hope that this spreads the word about my new blog.
BUYING: I anxiously waited for WH Question Cards – Pro from Super Duper Publications to go on sale so I could purchase the full version. My students and I love the trial version. I also got Language Lab: Spin & Speak – Social Skills (Doonan Speech Therapy). I had not heard of this app before but since it was $.99 and it looked like a good pragmatic app I got it also. Some FREE apps I got are Speech Sounds on Cue for iPad (Multimedia Speech Pathology), Soundmatch by EdNinja, Patterns by EdNinja, and Just me and my Mom – Little Critter (Oceanhouse Media). Can’t wait to use these apps with my students. They love using the iPad in therapy.
HEARTING: My students have made a lot of progress this year. I fully implemented the 5 minute therapy approach this year with all of my articulation and fluency students. I have dismissed more students this year than I have in the past. I feel this program has improved their carryover skills 10 folds. If you haven’t read about it, here is a link with some information on the program: 5 Minute Kids, LLC.
SHARING: I have been so inspired by Speech Room News, SpeechTechie, and Speech Time Fun (to just name a few) that I made it my New Year’s resolution to start a website/blog and a TPT store account. I think this is my first year that I accomplished my resolution ( I have given up on the losing weight resolution.) I hope to make my website a helpful guide to speech-language pathologist and share experiences I have in this amazing field.
MAKING: I saw a post on Pinterest that used paint stirring sticks from a home improvement store to help students with sequencing, scheduling, and sentence building. I am planning to use this activity with Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you see? by Eric Carle. I found small pictures on Special Education Technologies (great site to check out!!). I laminated them and cut them out. I got 5 paint stirring sticks (the ones for 5 gallon buckets are kept behind the counter but are bigger and more sturdy). I am adding a velcro strip to the stirrers and velcro to the pictures. I am going to do this activity with my severely mentally impaired students. I am going to target picture selection, identifying colors and animals, and sequencing a sentence. I hope to post about the results in a few weeks after standardized testing is over.
Thanks Laura for starting the link-up. Now give it a try!