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


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,


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

Friday Faves: 8/9/13

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Here’s this week’s faves!  I know a bunch of you are headed back to school this week and next week!  Good luck with all the craziness that comes with the beginning of a school year!

1)  I wrote the second of a two-post series about phonological awareness activities.  Check it out here!

2)  Speech Time Fun posted a great series this week providing information about different target areas for speech and language.  I especially liked this post about syntax.  Thanks for the helpful information!

3)  Teach Speech 365 posted some great ideas to help with that beast of all beasts, articulation carryover!  Check it out here.

4)  Tatyana from Smart Speech Therapy wrote a fantastic post about the importance of Differential Diagnosis.  It’s such a great reminder to all of us to take the time to get it right!

Until next time,

Aersta Acerson
A Utah Speech Therapist

Precision Timing

OK, who out there has heard of Precision Timing?  It’s kind of old school, and from what I’ve heard, it disappeared for a little while when speech therapists began pulling away from drill practice.  Well, it’s making a come back because research has shown that (surprise!) lots and lots and lots of practice is really what determines whether or not a child will show progress for a specific goal!  Go figure. Continue reading

Phonological Awareness Activity for Moderate to Severe Speech Sound Disorders Part 2: Segmenting Sounds

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Sorry everyone, I know it’s been awhile since I posted the first post in this two-part series.  Please click here to read about part 1!  As an update for that post, my very unintelligible student can now correctly produce 83% of consonant sounds in isolation simply by using the consonant chart at the beginning of each session.  This is with very little specific placement instruction!  I’m very happy with the results, especially since the consonant chart only takes 2 minutes of therapy time!

OK, so on to the next phonological awareness activity.  Continue reading

Friday Faves: 7/19/13

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Friday Faves on a Saturday!  Here are my favorite finds from this week.  Hope you’re having a great weekend!

1) I recently wrote about Multiple Oppositions.  In case you missed it, check out the post here!

2) Let’s Talk SLP posted a great FREEBIE to use for articulation practice at the syllable level.

3) Liz from Speech Therapy With Liz posted a vocabulary great resource on her TPT store.  It focuses on teaching Tier II vocabulary for grades 2-5, and all vocabulary words were chosen based on Common Core standards.  It’s awesome!

4) Crazy Speech World posted about cheap, DIY Potato Head people using felt.  What a fun idea!

Until next time,

Aersta Acerson
A Utah Speech Therapist

Using Multiple Oppositions for Highly Unintelligible Children

I’ve recently learned of a fantastic technique to use with high unintelligible children.  We’ve all worked with a few of these kids, you know, the ones that are so unintelligible even YOU can’t understand them in spite of your highly accustomed ear?  That kid who maybe correctly produces 3-5 consonant sounds, and then substitutes those sounds for every other consonant?  Or maybe just omits the other consonants altogether?  Either way, the result is highly unintelligible speech.  Well, here’s a technique you can use for that!  It’s called Multiple Oppositions, and it’s a technique used for children who collapse phonemes.  Continue reading