is just around the corner and we have lots to be thankful for this year! We can’t
say enough how thankful we are to be part of this wonderful SLP community.
Though this is a short week for us in the speech room, we still have 2 ½ days to
get through before Thanksgiving break. I thought I would share with you what is going on in our speech room in the days leading up to this holiday.
I love using this book with my younger elementary students. It is a great book to use to work on sequencing and prediction. It also leads into good conversations with my students because we are able to talk about which dishes they eat for Thanksgiving and compare them to the ones in the book. They also love feeding the “old lady” that I’ve made. (pictures coming soon!)
For my little ones, the reason behind Thanksgiving is really ambiguous and I’ve found that this book really helps to shed light on being thankful for the things in their lives in a way that they can understand. This book uses a simple carrier phrase “Thanks for ___ and ___.” throughout the book. It goes through the various environments of a kiddo’s life- home, school, playground, etc. saying thank for you for the various things associated with those environments (i.e “Thanks for Dad and for piggyback rides.” “Thank you for swings and for slides.”).
This is such a fun story especially for those kiddos who a little concerned about the fate of so many turkeys around the world. I actually had a student ask me, “So if all families eat a turkey for dinner, does that mean that many turkeys need to die?.” This story is about a group of students who travel to a farm and meet some turkeys. By the end of the story, the students are determined to save the turkeys and end up bringing them home for Thanksgiving dinner. I’ve found that some of my older elementary school students even like reading this story because they get a kick out of the story line. This story is great for working on predictions, answering comprehension questions, and inferencing.
In speech, we’ve been creating speech turkeys. Our free Thanksgiving creativity includes various templates that you can use for a variety of students- multiple blank lines, beginning/middle/end, and various prompts. The one shown in the picture was one of my favorite to use with my students. The top of the turkey body says “Thanksgiving” and I’ve been having my students brainstorm words that are associated with Thanksgiving. This is even an activity which can be done with articulation students since they can brainstorm Thanksgiving words that have their speech sound in it. If they’re a “r” or “s” kiddo, there are tons!!
of my kiddos have been working on basic concepts. To help work on this skill, I
have created some basic concepts cards with two levels of difficulty. These are
simple to quickly print out and use. One set of pictures has a sentence written
on top which has the appropriate basic concept filled in and the second set
gives the students a set of 3 words to choose from. If you’re looking for more Thanksgiving
language activities, be sure to check out the full Thanksgiving Language
Activities Feast packet that these basic concepts sheets are a part of! Head
over to our blog to check this packet out here.
This language packet is full of activities to use in your speech room on the days leading up to Thanksgiving. This packet includes activities for pronouns, verb tenses (regular and irregular), nouns (regular and irregular plurals), adjectives, Expanding Expression Tool (EET), listening comprehension, figurative language, basic concepts, and Thanksgiving themed reinforcements. I promise you’ll find lots of activities to use with your many different groups! Head here to download this packet!
Parent’s question: My 4 year old daughter speaks fluently at home but will shut down and not say a single word at school. Her preschool teachers are concerned because she seems withdrawn. She is social at home and during playdates. I’m not sure why she is not speaking at school. Her teachers are sweet and we are doing everything we can. She does not have autism or any language problems.
Our question: Is she only doing this at preschool?
Parent: Mainly at preschool! In the past she has done this in front of others. For example she freezes at the grocery store when people in line make comments or say hi to her.
Our question: Does she have a shy personality?
Parent: She is very social and not typically shy. It’s like she picks who she is going to speak to. She can be very social or very shy depending on the situation.
Our answer: Your child may have “Selective Mutism.” Children with selective mutism are able to speak but fail to speak in certain situations. Many cases of this disorder are typically undiagnosed. Selective mutism is often associated with anxiety disorders. Many children with this disorder also have other speech or language problems. The exact cause of this disorder is different in each case and sometimes unknown. Your child should be seen by a Speech-Language Pathologist, in addition to the Pediatrician and a Psychologist so the team can come up with a diagnosis and a treatment plan for her. Here are some tips you can share with your daughter’s preschool teachers.
Click HERE to learn more about Selective Mutism.
As Speech-Language Pathologists we come across kiddos who have a difficult time with consonant blends or consonant clusters very often. Many of our kiddos already have a difficult time producing the /s/ sound and once you add another consonant to /s/, it becomes even harder for them to produce both sounds. A consonant blend is a group of consonants which have no intervening vowels.
These are some examples of common words with /s/ blends:
We are currently working with some kiddos who are targeting /s/ blends in therapy so we created a Thanksgiving Themed /s/ Blendspacket you can download and use with your kiddos in therapy, or at home if you are a parent.
Here is a little preview of the packet! Make sure you head over to the Speechie Freebie blog to check out our first post as collaborators of this blog and check out the rest of their freebies.
We are so excited to announce that we are now collaborators on the Speechie Freebies‘s blog. Speechie Freebie is a blog where you can find helpful and free speech and language resources. This is a great blog for SLPs, teachers, and parents.
For this post today, I’ve decided to target to dilemma of
balancing blogging with work and home life. I will say that finding that
delicate balance between the two can be challenging. I believe in taking
ownership for my mistakes and will admit that finding that balance lately has
been a little bit difficult. I currently have one of the highest caseloads in
my district, so the work portion of my life has taken over slightly. Plus throw
in planning a wedding during my “home life” hours and my day is
pretty much eaten up. I apologize to you, our readers, for being slightly sporadic
with my posts but I am confident that I now have a system in place that will
allow me to better manage and maintain my “portion” of this blog.
I know that many of us bloggers here
maintain a blog alongside of having clients we see. My biggest dilemma was, “How
do I keep track of everything that is going on?”
I struggled for a while
between writing everything in one planner to keep it all in one place but
that quickly turned when I realized that my IEP meetings for the year alone could
fill up the whole planner. This year I decided to keep a work planner and a
blog/personal life planner. I would say this, find a system works for you and
keep consistent with it. I will be making a future post of my organizational system for my planners and which ones I feel work best for my systems.
I wanted to create pages/templates that I could easily print and insert into my current planners, which is why I created these blog planner templates. What I do is print these onto card stock, laminate, and then hole punch so they can be inserted into my planner. Since I laminate them, I can easily write on them with a dry erase marker.
Here is a preview of what some of the pages look like!
Head over to our Teachers Pay Teachers store to download these products for FREE. =)