Is that a fact or an opinion? FREEBIE

Many of the kiddos I see have difficulty understanding a fact versus an opinion. This is a simple, 9-page freebie that allows your student to sort cards into fact or opinion mats.

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Check out the sample pages below:

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You can find it in my TpT Store here. You can also check out what else I have for sale here.

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THANKS and enjoy the freebie! ūüôā

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Let’s Talk! Conversation Game

I’m always looking for more materials that work on conversation! If you do too, read on! Maybe this packet is what you’re looking for!

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Why this game?
It imitates natural conversation while providing a visual and something tangible to help visualize the flow of conversation!
It provides practice asking questions, making comments, taking turns, and having a conversation about a variety of topics!

What does this game include?
-2 pages of ‘conversation cards’ (i.e.: ask a question, make a comment, make 2 comments, make a comment then ask a question)
-36 conversation topic cards & 9 blank cards for customization

How do I play?
Make two piles of cards: one for orange cards, one for blue conversation topic cards.

Have the dealer shuffle 6 blue cards to each player and flip over one orange (topic) card.

The dealer goes first. He or she should lay down one of his blue cards. See key below for examples:

Comment: I love summer!
Question: What season do you like?
Two Comments: I love summer. My family always goes to the beach.
Comment + Question: I love going to the beach. Have you ever gone to the beach?

Play/conversation continues in a clockwise fashion. The next player should lay down a blue card and respond to the first player appropriately.

If a player gets stuck or responds inappropriately, they have to draw another blue card from the pile and their turn is over.

The first person to get rid of their hand wins!
(or just play for fun)

You can see some sample pictures below:

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If this sounds like something you could use, head on over to my TpT Store here to check it out!

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Comprehending and Paraphrasing Narrative Texts Packet

If you haven’t read it already, please head over and read my Comprehending and Paraphrasing Expository Text post here. In that post, I detail the research behind this packet!

If expository text is too high level for your students, this packet is for you! It contains 24 short narrative text cards, two half sheets for homework, a graphic organizer, and a ‘game’ die.

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Each student should draw a card. Then, according to the RAP protocol outlined in my earlier post, the student should detail the main idea and 2 details from the story (on the included graphic organizer). Last, the student should retell the story in their own words!

This is one of the best ways to increase your student’s comprehension of text!

Below are sample pictures of this packet:

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Narrative Text Picture

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If you’re interested, head on over to my TpT Store here.

Thanks!!

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Comprehending and Paraphrasing Expository Texts

So let’s start with a definition. What is expository text? Well, expository writing is¬†a type of writing¬†where thats serves to inform, describe, or explain something.

Our students are expected to learn from expository texts every day in their classrooms. For many of our students, this is a critical skill. It ensures they are able to comprehend their textbooks, their homework, and their lectures.

My newest packet targets just that: the comprehension of expository text.

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The students I tend to see HATE expository text. The second I try and get them to summarize something factual that sounds like their school homework, they shut down on me! So I attempted to make the text in this packet as interesting as possible! Your students could learn about why the sky is blue, why squirrels have bushy tails, and who the first man to walk on the moon was!

There is also a greater push from teachers and administrators to cover classroom content in speech therapy, so this is a great way to target both!

My packet follows the RAP protocol. You can read more about it here. The RAP protocol says:

Read one paragraph
Ask yourself what were the main idea and two details
Put the main idea and two details into your own words

I have had GREAT success using this protocol and my packet with all of my clients who are working on comprehension and paraphrasing! I hope you find this useful as well!

The packet includes 24 cards with expository text, a graphic organizer (2 versions), a die, 2 half-sheets for homework, and instructions!

You can see sample pictures from my packet below:

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If that looks like something you could use in your speech room, you can find it in my TpT Store here.

I also have a similar packet targeting narrative comprehension. You can see the post on that packet here.

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You know you are in SLP graduate school when…

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Lately, I’ve been thinking about the funny things my friends and I do now that we are in the thick of graduate school. Our lives have become one twirled & tangled speech language oral mechanism hearing swallowing neuroanatomy mess. So really, take a break from all that stress and insanity and laugh over how strange you are!

You know you are in SLP graduate school when…

*You text your friends in IPA

*You assess every child you see out in public (or do this)

*Eating healthy isn’t even an option. Can Starbucks be a meal replacement?! Oops.

*You realize how little you know

*SOAP is now all capitalized, doesn’t have anything to do with cleaning, and kind of makes you cringe

*The first place you go at Goodwill is the games, books, and toys section

*You get a break and all you do is watch reruns on Netflix

*You are torn between loving your classmates and wanting to be back home

*You’ve seriously considered taking (or are taking) some sort of ADHD medication or anti-anxiety medication

*You get zero male interaction. Okay, well maybe the delivery man or an older male client.

*The more you learn about different disorders, the more you think you might have one.

*Dollar bins are THE BEST.

*You think this is funny

*If you go to a different school than your undergrad, you have ZERO school spirit.

*You spend half of your measly graduate assistant income on lamination and velcro

*You could have an entire conversation with your classmates using abbreviations

*You test if your outfits are clinic appropriate by kung fu fighting and rolling on the floor

*You collect children’s books and board games

*You feel constant pressure to pursue a PhD and do a thesis

Isn’t being in SLP graduate school fun?! Did I miss anything?! Let me know!

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Social Skills Groups: Ideas and a FREEBIE

This semester, I am co-running a social group for girls with ASD diagnosis’. I love it! In order to help attain some sort of a structure to session, I created a small 9-page packet. Here is what is included:

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1) Being a leader and a helper reminder cards. This semester, we will be working on understanding what it means to be a ‘leader’ and a ‘helper’. Everybody, at some point in their lives, needs to understand how to do both. Nobody should ever always leader or always follow! So it is important for our kiddos to understand how to do both! At first, almost all kiddos are less than enthused when they are assigned the task of being a ‘helper’ for the day. But once most of them understood what to say and do to be a helper, they became much more comfortable. In my packet, there are the cards seen above. I laminate and give either a ‘leader’ or a ‘helper’ card to every child as they enter the room. You could also have them switch around the cards during different activities.

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2) A different kind of reward system! Instead of using stickers or tangible rewards, I use things such as a dance party or the opportunity to have a ‘parade’. The great thing about working towards rewards such as these is that they also offer the opportunity for social communication throughout! For example, if they were to win a parade, they would need to work together as a group to plan the parade, etc… Win-win! In my packet, you will find a visual I use. Each day I hang it in the room to remind the girls of who is the leader and what everybody is working towards!

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3) A rules list! This is how the girls earn their rewards! If I have to remind them twice (in a relatively short amount of time) about a rule, then one minute gets deducted from the time they get to spend with their reward activity. Feel free to make your own rules list if you want to add or remove some! (I also included a simple black and white one if colored ink is a concern!)

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4) Conversational reminder cards. Sometimes, when people get excited we have a tendency to talk over one another instead of to one another. Our kiddos do the same thing, except they probably do it more often. I print these cards back to back so on one side it says, “I am talking” and on the other it says, “I am listening”. If the conversation seems chaotic or disorganized, I reminder everybody to ‘pause’ and look at their cards. They can all flip it over to the appropriate side and decide which ONE person is talking. Then, everybody else should be listening!

If any of those materials sound like they could be used in your speech room, head on over to my TpT store here for this FREE download! Enjoy!

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Learning the Cranial Nerves!

Understanding the cranial nerves and their basic innervation is important for all SLPs. But if you’re like me, this type of learning does not come as easily as understanding topics such as child development or the latest trends in AAC.

Here are some GREAT resources for learning the cranial nerves:

Cranial Nerves Clock

1) A cut a glue cranial nerves clock made by yours truly. Download it here.

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2) An excel style chart outlining the nerve, fibers, innvervation, functions, and brainstem nucleus. Great reference! Find the link here.

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3) A great memory tool. It turns the numbers of each cranial nerve into the part of the face it innervates. Find the picture here.

4) Pinterest. You can see my ‘References’ board here, which contains many cranial nerve charts & visuals.

Hopefully that helps get you motivated! Good luck!

Articulation Deck of Cards for K & G

Here is another versatile, deck of cards with articulation words for K and G. They include pictures so you can use them with readers AND nonreaders!

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You can see sample cards below:

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If this looks like something you could use in your speech room, you can find it here in my TpT Store.

If you are interested in cards for L, click here.

If you are interested in cards for S & Z, click here.

Thank you!

Articulation Deck of Cards for L

Hopefully you all saw my last post about the deck of cards for S & Z. If not, check it out here!

I’ve done the same thing, for L in all positions.

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You can see sample cards below:

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I love using these for War, although games like Memory, Go Fish, or anything you can play with a deck of cards would be fun as well!

Find this packet in my TpT Store here. Thank you!¬†If you are interested in staying up to date on freebies, giveaways, and new posts, ‘like’ me on Facebook¬†here.

Articulation Deck of Cards for S & Z

The materials I always love most (and use the most) are the ones that are versatile and can be used all year round.

S & Z Articulation

This 10 page packet can be used like any deck of cards. On each card these is a picture and a word containing either S or Z in initial, medial, or final position.

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Play any card game. I love playing War with these cards!

To Play:

Deal out all the cards, so that each player has 26 (or less if you’re playing with more players). Players do not look at their cards, but keep them in a pile face down. The object of the game is to win all the cards (or have the most when time runs out).

Both players turn their top card face up and put them on the table. Whoever turned the higher card takes both cards and reads both words aloud. Then, they add them (face down) to the bottom of their pile. Then both players turn up their next card and so on.

If the turned up cards are equal there is a war. The tied cards stay on the table and both players play the next card of their pile face down and then another card face-up. Whoever has the higher of the new face-up cards wins the war and adds all six cards face-down to the bottom of their pile (reading all six words on the cards).

If this sounds like something that you could use in your speech room, you can find them in my TpT Store here. Stay posted for other sounds!