Room on the Broom Companion Pack!

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I’m excited to introduce my newest product: Room on the Boom Vocabulary Book Companion Pack!  This is a book companion packet for the book Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson. It’s a darling story about a witch on a broom who keeps dropping things! It’s a perfect story for October and Halloween.  Continue reading

Friday Faves: 9/20/13

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Here are my faves!  Have a great weekend!

1) Consonantly Speaking posted some great books for SLPs listed by target category.  Thanks for the awesome resource!

2)  123 Home School 4 Me posted a bunch of darling craft ideas for Halloween.  It’s a great resource if you’re looking for some Halloween craftivity ideas!

3)  LOVE this idea from Carrie’s Speech Corner!  It’s synonym barometers, and it’s FREE!  What a great way to target the Common Core aligned goal of subtlety of meaning in synonyms! Continue reading

Treatment Tip Tuesday: DIY Token Rewards Jar

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I’m sure you’ve all heard of or used the Token Towers from Super Duper.  These things are awesome!  For some reason I have yet to figure out, kids love working for tokens to fill up their tower.  It’s got to be the easiest motivational tool in a Speech Therapist’s arsenal.  But the cost!  Yikes!  I don’t know about you, but I have a HARD time shelling out $29.95 for four plastic tubes and a 100 foam smiley faces.  My budget is way too tight for that kind of extravagance.  So, I decided to DIY my own token rewards jar!  And it was super cheap and easy!  I simply found some super cute plastic tokens from Zurchers party store for $3.99.  This store is AWESOME and it’s my new go-to for my treasure box.  Anyway, these plastic tokens are great because they are a bunch of different, cute colors that are highly motivating to my students.  I then took a glass jar (mine was an old jam jar), put a couple of marks on it with a magic marker, and voila!  My own token jar!  One of my students had a fantastic time finding the tokens underneath his articulation cards.  He was excited to see how high he could fill the jar.  Success!

Oh, and this isn’t just for Speech Therapists.  Parents, you can do this at home too!  I know this sounds sooo simple and it’s nearly impossible to believe that kids will go for it, but trust me, they do!  You can create your own token jar and randomly pull it out as a reward incentive for your kids for homework, chores, etc.  You’ll be amazed at the results!

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Until next time,

Aersta Acerson
A Utah Speech Therapist

Speech & Language Assessment Checklist!

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Hey everyone, I’m excited to share a new product that I have available for you!  It my Speech & Language Assessment Checklist!  This is a 21 page speech & language checklist for the most common speech and language goals used in speech therapy for elementary aged children. Continue reading

Friday Faves: 9/6/13

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Here’s the faves for the week.  Have a great weekend!

1) I have a new product to share with you!  It’s my Comprehensive & Information Syntax Assessment!  I’m very excited about it, so feel free to check out my post about it here.

2)  Look Who’s Talking wrote a great post with several new/different get to know you games!  If you’re still in the first days of therapy, this might be fun to check out! Continue reading

Treatment Tip Tuesday! Take Home Tasks

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Welcome to the first installment of Treatment Tip Tuesday!  My goal is to post a therapy-related post each Tuesday, so here’s my tip for this week!  A few weeks ago, I was reading speech blogs, and I came across the idea of using Take-Home Tasks with students.  I have looked for the original post to give credit, and I can’t find it, so if anyone knows of the original post, please let me know!  Anyway, the idea is to have several different speech and language worksheets available for all different targets: articulation, vocabulary, describing, conversation, etc.  The students then grab whichever worksheet they would like, and take it home and work on it with their families.  I like this idea for a couple of reasons: Continue reading

Friday Faves: 8/30/13

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Have a great weekend!

1)  Founds this great post on how to organize speech centers to manage large groups.

2)  SLP 123 has posted 6 very helpful Back to School forms.  And they’re FREE!

3)  Speech 2 U wrote a great post with some helpful hints on how to teach eye contact.  We all know how tricky that skill can be!

4)  Liz has a fun FREEBIE: custom chipper chat boards with kids’ favorite characters.  How fun!

5)  Communication Station wrote a great post with tips for speech therapy for preschoolers.  Check it out here!

6)  Speech Chick shared some tips for teaching /k/, and teaching body language.

7)  Quart Size Communicators has some darling forms to help you stay organized during the school year!  And it’s FREE!

Until next time,

Aersta

Artic Word Wall: A Tip for Articulation Generalization! (And a Linky Party)

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The Dynamic Duo has started a linky party, so I thought I’d join!  Check out their post for details.  All right everyone, I have an easy tip to help your articulation students begin generalizing their sound from the very beginning of treatment!  I call it my Articulation Word Wall.  Basically, an articulation word wall is a poster or bulletin board (depending on how much space you have in your room, I mean closet…) divided into areas for the most common articulation error phonemes: /r/, /s/, /k/, /l/, /th/, etc.  Once a child can produce their sound in isolation and is ready to move on to using their sound in words, I ask them to identify a word they use often that begins with their sound.  It could be their name, a family member’s or friend’s name, a pet name, or a favorite hobby.  For example, if I had a student named Katie working on the /k/ sound, her name would be a fantastic choice!  Whatever the word is, I make sure it’s a word they use daily.  Once the child and I have agreed on a word, I tell the child that this is their new “100%” word.  I explain that I know they can’t say their sound correctly all of the time yet, but I KNOW they can say one word correctly 100% of the time: their 100% word.  I like to make a big deal over this new word, and take time placing the word on my word wall.  I then tell the child I will ask them at the beginning of each session if they have been using their 100% word correctly.  Pretty soon they are using that word correctly in most contexts, and we move on to picking another 100% word!  Simple and effective!  How do you like to encourage generalization?

Until next time,

Aersta Acerson
A Utah Speech Therapist