Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Quick Cognitive Linguistic Assessment for Acute Care SLP's

Hey Speechie Freebie Followers!!!!!!!!!! Since I worked in the medical setting all summer, I have received a lot of requests for the assessment I use to quickly check cognitive skills in the acute care setting. My hospitals don't require formal assessments, so this is one I have used since I was a speech language pathology grad student! 

My version is a page and a half. It takes about 15-20 minutes to go through =) Click my blog picture below and it will take you to my blog so you can download it from google docs!

Preschool Data Collection Forms

With a new school year looming, I had to revamp my data collection process. I will be seeing a few different groups of students this year, so I need to have a few different ways to collect data.

For all of my ECSE students, I will be doing push-in services. I needed to have a good way to collect data while sitting on the floor playing with the students in groups.

For my pull-out students, I have a great data sheet that I created in the Spring that seemed to work. I plan to use that again this year.

Finally, I am planning on doing 5 Minute Kids articulation work with my ECSE articulation students, so I needed a good data sheet for them. I created this:

To download these forms and to learn more about how I use each of them, please check out the blog Let's Talk Speech-Language Pathology.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Data Collection

I wanted to show you the data sheet I've been using for a few years. It works for me. I do all the prep work at the beginning of the year and print off about 10 copies to get the year started. I staple the data sheets and put them in the working folders I use for each group. I write the quarter in the top right hand quarter. After I write a progress report at the end of the quarter, I file the stapled sheets in the students file. At the end of the school year I staple the 4 different packets together.

To grab your own free template and learn more about how I use this sheet, head over to Speech Room News. 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Fluency Tower Game Mats

I came across a pin for “Fluency Jenga” a few months ago which I thought was a great idea.  I modified it for my students which allowed us to still have fun, but brought more focus back to our “speech tools.”

Each time a player pulls a block from the tower, they place it on their game mat which gives them a short reading passage (a quote or a riddle) and elicits spontaneous language when they solve the riddle or finish the quote. 

I hate to mention that the first day of school will quickly be upon us since we're all enjoying the middle of summer.  That said, I've got a back-to-school freebie for you.  This game mat is a "Get to Know Me" with open ended questions and can be used for fluency or with a blank Jenga game as an icebreaker for any students.  Hopefully it will allow you a few more minutes in the sun!

For more info on how to play and to receive the free download click here.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Rhyming Mats!

Rhyming can be a tricky concept for some of our kids, especially those with a language impairment. However, rhyming is an important skill when it comes to  phonemic awareness and reading. I created a fun rhyming activity that can be used to practice this important concept.
This activity includes placemats and corresponding rhyming cards. Use this activity as a whole group, individual, or center activity. Have fun!

Frequently Used S and Z Words

I had high hopes for what I’d accomplish this summer, and while I’ve been enjoying my time “off,” the free time I envisioned hasn’t truly come to fruition.  That said, when I posted my “Frequently Used R Words” I had numerous requests to post additional lists as they were completed.  So, here you go,

Please note that words in parenthesis indicate that there is an additional target sound within the word.  An asterisk indicates that a cognate occurs in the word.  Includes final /ts/, initial, medial, final position and blends for each /s/ and /z/.


If this word list works for you please consider following my store on TpT where freebies often show up before they are “announced”!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Secret Agent Artic!

Have you been loving the QR code craze? QR codes are on everything from billboards to goldfish! And now they're in the speech room! I've made up a freebie to go along with my new QR code artic activity.

Come on over to Speech Room News to grab this freebie. 

Take a peek at my new QR code activity...

And maybe even pair it with an throwback free download form 2011! 

Friday, July 19, 2013

Blogiversay therapy packet!

 I'm celebrating my 1-year blogiversary with a very special freebie for all of you!

Want to know what's in my blogiversary packet?  Well I tried to make something for SLPs who work with all ages of children.

The first activity is for older students and students working on higher cognitive skills such as inferencing and predicting.  On each card is described a scenario with characters and inferencing and predicting questions to ask. Here's an example:

The second activity is a reinforcer game I like to call "Monster Mash-Up!"  You can print off as many copies of these cute little monsters as you want and play various versions of games (concentration/memory, "war", "slap", etc.) as a reinforcer for any speech or language goals. 

The third and final activity I made was "Monster Truck Jam"!  Its a fun phonological awareness game I've been playing with my own clients for some time now.

Want your copy of this blogiversary packet?  You can grab it HERE!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Newspaper Scavenger Hunt

Today I'll be sharing a Newspaper Scavenger Hunt with you that's great for upper elementary students!  I have found myself covering for SLPs who went out on medical leave for a few weeks.  What to do with the kids?  I ended up planning a newspaper themed unit and this was probably the favorite activity for the kids!

Head on over to Carrie's Speech Corner to download.  Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Data, Data, Data

Keeping accurate data on students is an important part of our jobs as SLPs.  Although it's not the most fun part, having an organized data tracking system is crucial.

I've used several forms to keep tallies, plans, notes, and general information on students.  To check out my forms and how I use them, you can visit my blog and even grab a copy of my logs for yourself for FREE!  Just click HERE.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Sentence Frame Freebie

Inspired by the book "Giggle, Giggle, Quack", this freebie does not need the book at all!
It works on 2 part descriptive skills for common objects (pizza, bubble bath, movie) as well as "is". Use this sentence frame and create your own descriptive sentences!

This freebie is a "Download Preview" of a larger book unit. You can get read more about it on my blog post here.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Organizing Labels for Your Speech Room

I'm always looking for ways to improve my organizing system.  Things can get pretty crazy during the school year, especially when it comes to paperwork.  I like to organize my papers in little plastic drawers that are clearly labeled.  This helps to keep my sometimes confidential files off my desk and out of sight.  

In case you're looking to revamp your paperwork system for your speech room, you can grab these cutesie labels for free!

To find out how I use them and grab your own copy, just head on over to my blog HERE.  Happy organizing!  

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Theme Therapy Calendar

Is it too early for you to start talking about next school year?  I gave myself until July, but now I am starting to get the itch!  First on my to-do list was my theme calendar!
This helps me plan my ENTIRE year of therapy and I love using it to stay organized! 

 Interested in a copy of mine or a blank copy to create your own?  

Friday, July 5, 2013

Circle the Rhyme!

I have a few clients that are working on phonological awareness activities in order to improve their auditory discrimination skills.  I made these worksheets for therapy and thought I'd share with you.  

These are also great for homework!

Grab your free copy here!


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Multisyllabic Summer Suns

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer break! I've taken some time off from making activities to relax and enjoy my time off. Today I am sharing a multisyllabic word activity.

This activity is great for preschoolers and early education students to work on clearly articulating and using all syllables in longer words. This is fun because the cards include pictures, which is great for those younger students, and there's also an accompanying game!

The download includes 24 2-syllable, 3-syllable, and 4-syllable words each. That means there are 72 cards with words and pictures included in this download!

Head on over to Let's Talk Speech-Language Pathology to download this for free!


Monday, July 1, 2013

4th of July Freebie

Hello again!

Today I'm sharing a 4th of July inspired Firecracker Phonics game that was originally posted last year.  However, I just updated it so I figured I'd share in case you missed it!

Letter cards (for letter name or sound identification):
Firecracker cards:

To play, each child takes a turn flipping over a card and saying the letter or letter sound.  If they are correct, they keep the card, if not, it goes back into play.  If a child selects a firecracker card, yell "BOOM!" and they lose their cards.  The person or team with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner.

You can download this game on Carrie's Speech Corner.

Have a happy, fun, and safe Fourth!!!

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