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!)

Conversation Cards

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!

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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!

My Favorite FREE TpT Downloads

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Most of you know that I’m a poor graduate student. So I rely on some of the amazing, FREE downloads available on TpT to supplement my material collection. While there are many available, finding the exact one you are looking for can be challenging!

Freebies for SLPs

Below is a list of some great freebies (by theme!):

Articulation:

/s/ Soccer Speech and Language Activities

/r/ Caramel Apples

/s/ Caramel Apples

/l/ Caramel Apples

Vocalic /r/ Cards

/p, b, m, n/ Early Sounds Bingo

/k/ Cookie Game

/r, s, l/ Eskimo Articulation

/r, l, w/ Articulation Bugs

/k, g, s/ Articulation Bugs

/f/ and s-blends Articulation Bugs

/p, b, k, g/ Valentine’s Day Articulation for Preschool

/r, s, l, k/ Hungry Hippos Artic

/g/ Button Articulation

/k/ Button Articulation

Phonological Awareness:

Drop Plop Phonological Awareness Game:

Valentine’s Day Beginning and Ending Sound Activity

Spring Clap the Syllables

Reinforcers:

Bucket Filler Starter Kit

Lego Themed Reinforcer

Star Wars Themed Reinforcer

Football Reinforcer

Triple Scoops Ice Cream Reinforcer

Winter Themed Game Boards

BOOM! Reinforcing Card Game

Turkey Themed Roll and Color

Monster Eye Themed Reinforcer

Parts of Speech

Mitten Matching: Antonyms, Synonyms, and Contractions

Swimming with Synonyms

Bugged Out Antonyms

Irregular Past Tense Snowman Match Up

Ocean Waves Sentence Sort for Helping Verbs

Ice Cream Sentences

Pick A Dot Pronouns

Heart Train Multiple Meaning Words

Sweet Homophones

Rain Kids Verb Synonyms

Seasonal

Snowy Speech and Language Activities

Listening For Details: Martin Luther King Jr Day

Literacy Centers for Martin Luther King Jr

Valentine’s Day Open Ended Board Game

St. Patricks Day Jackpot

St. Patricks Day Descriptive Game

St. Patricks Day Singular vs Plural

Shamrock Word Families

New Year’s Eve Resolution Race

Twas the Night Before Christmas Fill-ins

Valentines Day Barrier Games

Categories

iPod Categories

Cut and Glue Categories

Going Bananas for Categories

Ice Cream Categories

Other

Literacy Center Activities for Spring/Plants/Flowers

Book Lists By Speech Sound Handouts

Who? Question Cards

When Life Gives You Lemons Rhyming

Double Dip Rhymes

Conversation Starter Cards

Conversation Starter Hearts

Alphabet Categories Naming Task

Quarterback Questions Comprehension

Drop the Chicken Figurative Language

Facts vs Opinions Sort

Everything is free at the store below:

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Pamelaslp

Speechie Freebies is a blog dedicated to finding free materials for SLPs:

http://speechiefreebies.blogspot.com/

All of my freebies can be seen below:

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Speechy-Musings/Category/Freebies

Hope this was helpful for you and you found some new stores to follow! There are so many amazing people out there willing to share their creativity and talent for free! If you like their freebies, check out their stores! Stock up on some wonderful, creative resources and support these incredible TpT sellers!

Any others I’m missing?

Let me know if any are no longer free so I can remove them 🙂 Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!

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**This post was updated on 03/12/2013

Information Sheets for SLP Graduate School

I always secretly feel kind of bad for the families at our clinic in the beginning of the semester. They need to adjust each semester to a new graduate clinician and sometimes even a new time, day, or supervisor. In order to help each family I work with, I created THREE handouts perfect for any and all graduate students in an SLP program! They could even be customized for new SLPs in a school or clinical setting as well! I should also mention that all three of these documents are FREE. Enjoy!

1) Given on the first day of clinic!

Clinical Handout 1

I’ve found that this one helps so the family can stick it to the fridge and have a easy visual for phone numbers, contact information, and dates regarding the beginning and of the semester (because we all know it rarely coincides with their children’s school schedules!!). I think it’s also helpful to give them extra copies in case grandma or a neighbor needs to bring the kiddo a day or two! They can easily handout a copy to those people who will then have an address for their GPS, and the times, etc…

The download for this handout can be found at my TPT Store here.

2) Given after your goals have been set!

Graduate School Clinic Handout 2

I’ve found that both client’s and parents are interested to know the specific goals they/their child is working on in speech! But, sometimes our LONG Treatment Plan of Care documents are overwhelming, too clinical, and don’t give succinct information on what they can be doing at home to help with carryover and generalization! This document outlines the goals the client will be working on during the semester, and easy things they can do at home to help with progress!

You can download this file in my TpT Store here.

3) Given at the very end of the semester!

End of the Semester Clinical Handout

Similarly to the second documents, parents are often given paperwork at the end of the semester. Again, this paperwork is long, clinical, and not as helpful as we’d all like to think! This document could be filled in with the goals the client had for the semester, their progress, and what they can do over the break to continue to maintain that progress!

This last document can be found in my TpT Store here.

All of the files are in their original powerpoint format so all boxes can be edited for your personal specifications! Hope you and your clients find these helpful!

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email me at speechymusings@gmail.com! Thank you 🙂

Book Lists for Later Developing Speech Sounds Freebie

I’ve uploaded a follow up to my first Book Lists by Speech Sounds document! It was after many requests for books for /r/ and blends! It is available as a freebie in my TPT Store here.

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2 pages (12 books) for /r/
1 page for /r/ blends
1 page for /l/ blends
2 pages for /s/ blends

Here is an example page:

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Again, you can find it at the link below:

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Book-Lists-By-Speech-Sound-2-Printable-Half-Sheets

Enjoy! 🙂

Books by Speech Sound Handouts Freebie

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I know I said I’d be traveling, but I just couldn’t wait! I LOVE looking at children’s books and coming up with creative ways to use them in therapy. Parents have also asked me how they can begin carryover at home for articulation goals.

So.. I created half sheet handouts organized by speech sound. These would be perfect to send home with articulation homework! Here is the description from my TPT store.

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This 22 page file contains printable half sheets that recommend books by speech sound.

It contains 6 books each for b, d, f, g, h, k, l, m, n, p, sh, t, th (2), v, w, and dʒ.

It’s free and could be used as a reference for teachers, SLPs, reading specialists, or for parents!

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If you download it, please leave feedback!

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http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Book-Lists-By-Speech-Sound-Printable-Half-Sheets

**Edit: I created another book list document for later developing speech sounds including blends and /r/. It is available for FREE in my TPT Store here.

Verb Conjugation Chart

This past week, during session with one of my clients with aphasia, I noticed he was having difficulty deciding when to use the words ‘do’ and ‘did’. In order to help him visually see different between ‘do’ and ‘did’, I put together a little visual. Then, later in the session he made the same error between ‘were’ and ‘are’.

After session, I went into the grad room, and made this handy visual! Later in the week, another one of my clients made an error with ‘were’ and ‘are’ again, and I was prepared!

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Feel free to download the file in my TPT store here or at the link below:

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/To-Be-Basic-Verb-Conjugation-Chart

As always, email with me any comments! Thank you for your support.

Wh- Questions Visual

So many of the kids I’ve worked with have difficulty with wh-questions in some form. This semester, at my grad clinic, I’m working with an AAC client on answering comprehension questions about books. It was difficult for her to understand the different wh-questions and how she should answer them. For example, when I say, “who”, you know to answer with a person. And when I say, “how”, you know you need to describe a process or tell me the steps.

So, I printed off these cards from Speaking of Speech:

http://www.speakingofspeech.info/dec15/WH_cards.pdf

Then, I ran over to my nearest Walmart and summoned my criminal side and took about 100 different colored paint chips! Muahahaha. I love stockpiling these and using them for all sorts of visuals and crafts!

I cut out the visuals from Speaking of Speech and glued each one on the back of a paint chip and made these!

The front looks like this…

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And the back looks like this…

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After we read a question, we look at the first word and find the matching flashcard. Then we flip it over and talk about how to decode the question! It’s been working out really well and provides an easier way for her to feel more independent!

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Cookie Articulation Game

Hi all,

Hope everybody is enjoying hump day! In order to celebrate nearing the end of my first semester, I’m posting a free articulation game! I made it for a current client of mine who is working on /k/. I sent it home as homework after he became familiar with it, and his mom tells me he loves playing it with his siblings!

Included is…

2 pages (18 words) of word initial /k/

2 pages of word medial /k/

2 pages of word final /k/

1 page of words/phrases with multiple k’s

2 pages of decoy cards (put cards away, pick extra, lose a turn)

You can find it in my TPT store here or at the link below:

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/K-Articulation-Cookie-Game

If you download and use it, please feel free to email me with feedback! I would love to hear something, especially because this is my first shared material.

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