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

Spider-Man Matching Revised!

Over the holidays, my boyfriend’s family always does a White Elephant gift exchange. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s basically where everybody finds random, unwanted things around their house (sometimes humorous things…) and trades them. I saw this gem and surprisingly (or not surprisingly…) nobody else wanted it! I knew immediately that it would be an awesome game to redo for speech purposes!

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I feel like I’m ALWAYS looking for new, motivating activities, especially for boys! Spiderman seemed like just the thing!

Most of the example pictures shown below are all adapted for gameplay targeting /k/ articulation words, but imagine using the game for pronouns, basic concepts (color, size, etc…) or prepositions! Really anything! It’s so open ended, and easy to reuse! All you’ll need after buying the game is a fine tipped Sharpie and small circle labels!

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This game is played just like memory! The students should take turns flipping over Spiderman pieces to try and match up what is on the bottom. Instead of using the included Spiderman character stickers, I used blank Avery circle labels that I could customize using speech goals! See below for examples of ways to adapt this game in your speech room!

1) You could write individual articulation words on the circle labels. The students could take turns trying to find a match by turning over two. They could read each word they turn over aloud and get many, many trials in that way!

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2) Buy multiple colors of the circle labels and color code several index cards. When a child finds a match, they need to read 4 of the words on the corresponding card. For example, if a child flips over two green Spiderman pieces, they would read 4 (or however many) words from the green dotted index card.

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3) Target phonological awareness by writing pairs of rhyming words on the stickers. You could do the same thing for sight words as well!

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4) Target vocabulary with small stickers!  You could also target shapes this way as well.

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5) Target colors with these labels! I found these at Walmart for only $1. You could also use these for the color coded index cards as shown in number 2.

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**Note: If you don’t leave the labels on for too long, they should peel off easily if you want to adapt this game for another purpose! I hope to collect multiple sets and keep them in labeled baggies for various goals!

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I also love how little space this game takes up! You could even throw away the box, and just keep the Spiderman pieces in a ziploc bag next to the cardboard game board!

I hope you found this useful! Let me know if you find this game and use it in your speech rooms! I’d love to hear how you adapt it to fit various goals! 🙂

Sensory Slime Therapy Ideas

By far, this is my favorite thing to make with kids! It’s motivating, easy to make, and tons of fun for everybody! Any guesses?! It… is…

SLIME! Or flubber, or gak, or whatever your preferred term is!

I know there are many recipes out there, but here is my personal favorite:

Ingredients:

2 4oz white Elmer’s Glue Bottles

Food Coloring

1 teaspoon of Borax

1/2 cup hot/warm water

1 cup of water (used to fill the empty glue bottles so tap water is fine)

Directions:

1) Take the tops off of both glue containers and squeeze all of the glue into a large bowl.

2) Fill the glue bottles with water and put the caps on. Shake, shake, shake! Pour the water into the bowl.

3) Add food coloring (if desired) and mix.

4) In a separate bowl, mix the warm/hot water and the Borax until it is fully dissolved.

5) Pour the Borax solution into the glue solution and mix!! (**Note: you might not need all of the Borax solution so pour slowly!)

6) As you are adding in the Borax solution, mix together with your hands until you get the consistency you want!

Therapy Applications:

1) This can obviously be used for sensory seeking children as a ‘break’ or a motivator.

2) Using cookie cutters or plastic letter magnets to practice speech sounds, shapes, and other basic concepts.

3) Bury laminated target cards for the child to dig and find during drill.

4) Using descriptive speech when feeling the slime. You could also put small items inside the slime to describe as well such as marbles, Legos, or shells.

5) Following receptive directions to (a) make the slime and (b) do actions with the slime. For example, roll the slime into a snake or blow a bubble into the slime.

6) Work on fine motor skills. You can even cut this slime with those small, child-friendly scissors!

7) Have fun! Blowing bubbles into the slime with a straw is great fun!! To do this, ball up the slime and put the ball on top of one end of a straw. Press down on all sides of the slime to seal it to the table (a great group task for multiple children). Once the sides are sealed around the straw, gently blow and see how big you can make the bubble!

Why It’s Great!:

1) It’s relatively low odor for those kids who are sensitive to different smells. Definitely not as strong of an odor as Play-doh!

2) It’s easy to make, and made out of child friendly materials! (nothing toxic)

3) It’s motivating! Even more than the iPad (in my experience).

4) It can be used for a variety of goals and children. You can make it one session (following directions), basic concepts the next, and articulation the next!

Any other great therapy ideas for this stuff? I keep it in a Tupperware container after it’s made and it can last for quite a while, depending on how often it’s used.

Enjoy! I’ll upload pictures once I make it again! 🙂

A Semester of Articulation Therapy Ideas

As my semester wraps up, I’ve started compiling ideas that I’ve used thus far! One of my clients was a very young artic client. He was incredibly cooperative and wonderful, so I got the chance to try out all sorts of activities and games on him. Here are some ideas that worked really well for us this semester:

1) Wham!      Wham! was the hit of the semester. It is a really easy, basic game. I used the articulation cards from Mommy Speech Therapy and printed off a bunch of these Wham! cards. I laminated all of it and put them mixed together in an old container.

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My client and I took turns back and forth picking a card from the container. If he produced it correctly, he could keep it. If not, he put it back to try again! If either of us picked a Wham! card, we put it aside and put away x number of our articulation cards. The one who has the most cards when the container runs out wins! Easy, right?

Wham! Pic

We finished most sessions by playing Wham! so that we could collect the cards needed for the game throughout the session. For example, I made this caterpillar from Testy Yet Trying. I put velcro on each circle and a velcro piece on each articulation card. During therapy, I fill up the caterpillar and my client needs to say each word correctly to remove it from the caterpillar and add it to the Wham! container.

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I also made a simple paper dice from cardstock for the same concept. I put velcro on each square and we needed to get each articulation card off to fill the bucket for Wham!.

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2) Searching for things   My clients favorite was doing the Bug Hunt from Let’s Talk Speech Language Pathology. I taped them up around the room and we either looked for them in the dark with a flashlight, or in the light and swatted them with flyswatter! Oftentimes, I used the same articulation flashcards as I used in Wham! so he collected the cards for Wham! off of the bugs as well.

Bug Hunt

I love hiding themed items with articulation words on them as well. Very unoriginal stuff over here… but, for fall, I hid paper leaves with articulation pictures on them. My client went around the clinic to find them all, and then glued them onto an empty tree.

My last ‘hidden things’ idea was to put articulation cards on top of small cups and hide a few stickers beneath random cups. My client was prompted to say, “Is it under the _____?” before picking up each cup. This is how I began practicing the words in phrases and sentences. We both took turns going back and forth to see who could collect the most stickers!

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3) iPad Games    While we didn’t do this much because my client honestly wasn’t that into it… I do still have some favorite articulation apps! My all time favorite is Articulation Scenes by Smarty Apps. I’ll do a full review on it another time, but for now, if you’re in the market for an awesome articulation app, I’d recommend it. I also used Story Creator for making word level and phrase level books. You can read my earlier blog post on this app here. iPad games are also great to check for generalization and carryover.

4) Cariboo   This game is so wonderful. The first time I played it with one of my client’s we played it five times in a row. And he still asked for more! You can read my blog post devoted to this game here. I just recently found another copy and snatched it!

Another thing to always keep in mind, is ORGANIZATION. It’s one of my favorite things… and I’m not kidding! In order to keep all of these fabulous articulation cards organized and ready to be played with, I came up with an organized, kid-friendly way to store them all.

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Because all of the cards are laminated with velcro on the back, I velcro them onto colored cardstock. These sheets of cardstock are alphabetized and organized by initial, medial, and final position. If I ever need a set for a certain kid, I pull that page out and bring it to therapy. The kids I’ve done this with are responsible for making sure all of the cards get stuck back onto their respective sheets of cardstock by the end of the day. Having the kids put the cards away is a great activity for phonemic awareness as well! “Does the ‘car’ need to go with the /k/ page, or the /s/ page?”. Win-win!

I hope some of these ideas were helpful for you! Thanks for reading! 🙂

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Cariboo!

I finally found it! I’ve been searching since I read about it at Speech Room News here.

One way to make it easy to adapt Cariboo for articulation therapy is to insert the cards found on Mommy Speech Therapy. There, you can click on most any articulation sound and get a page of Boardmaker pictures containing that sound. Most sounds have initial, medial, and final position provided on the website!

If you print the artic cards and laminate them, they are the perfect size to fit in the slots for Cariboo!

Cariboo

As you can see, my client was working on /k/ in the initial and final position.

To play, you pick a card (provided with the game). Each card has a color, number, letter, or shape on it. You need to match the card to one of the articulation pictures on one of the doors. Then, use the purple key to open the door and try to collect all of the bouncy balls! One you find all of them and slide them down the tube on the right, the treasure chest pops open! I’ve used it a couple times in therapy so far, but many of my classmates have already borrowed it as well! It’s definitely worth the $3 if you can pick one up at a thrift store!

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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