Monday, September 7, 2015

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Weekly Speech and Language Tip

Typical Speech and Language development 2-3 years old


By this age your child is beginning to understand meaning in their world. They can differentiate between words such as in/on, up/down, go/stop and follow two step requests. You will notice that they will stay more attentive during stories and will be able to answer simple questions relating to the story.

This age range typically yields a boost in vocabulary. At age 2 children typically use 200-300 words. By age 3,  children typically use up to 1000 words!! You will notice them starting to talk about everything. They will start to put words together (2-3 words) to make short phrases/sentences. They will be able to name common functional objects and will direct other's attention to them.  

By 3 years old, children typically have mastered the following sounds in their speech: p, m, h, n, w, & b. They may continue to reduce consonant blends ("poon" for spoon) or glide r & l ("wun" for run or "wip" for lip) but this developmentally okay. A child typically is 50-75% intelligible by 3 years of age. 

In this stage it is important to use language expansion strategies that I have posted about before. For example: If your child says "big truck" you could model "Yes I see a big blue truck" If you child points and says "look flower" you could model "That's a pretty purple flower." Speak to them with clear and easy to imitate speech (no baby talk at this age!!). 
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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Sizzlin' Summer SLP Sale! 

Some of the SLPs on TPT have decided to throw a Sizzlin' Summer Sale! I decided to join in (and of course I will be purchasing too) Stock up now!!! 

Here are a few of my latest products that you can get ON SALE July 13th and 14th!!  Click on the images to view in my store!

Category Pizzas (available starting 7/13/2015)! 

I just finished this one up today! I have many kids working on categories and I am  always looking for cute activities to target them! Sort object toppings onto the correct category pizza ( a velcro game).  I also included 2 card decks in this packet (one for naming the category and one for naming items in a category). You also get 2 worksheet activities (Pizza Go-Togethers and Category Matching) and 2 coloring/craft pages (color a pizza and design a pizza). The worksheets are perfect as homework too! 

The Sound Hammer

This is fun and engaging way to work on /k/ and /g/ or final consonant deletion! The students get to practice hitting sound, syllable, word, and phrase nails with a toy hammer! There also nails to put on your furniture for the student to "fix" while practicing their targets! I created this activity in graduate school (back in 2008) but recently re-vamped it for a product in my store! I plan on adding other articulation targets in the near future! 

       Functional Vocabulary Interactive Books!

These have really been a hit in therapy since I started using them! These books are great for: functional vocabulary, increasing MLU (mean length of utterance), matching skills, expressive/receptive language skills, following directions, and listening skills. They were designed to be simple and functional without a lot of distracting images or text.  Many children will recognize the functional vocabulary in these books and get excited to use the symbols and pieces! Each books contains a unique comprehension activity at the end for the student to interact with! Check out my Facebook (click on videos) or Instagram to see quick demos of these books! I have 5 books available (buy them separately or in a bundle!). 

Build-A-Series Games! 

These were one of my first TPT products! I have created many more since the original (Build-A-Jack-O-Lantern came first!). These are great little reinforcer games to play during speech therapy sessions. Target a skill (articulation, language, fluency, ect...) in between each turn. I also have Companion Decks to go along with these games to target language skills directly (categories, functional vocabulary, irregular plurals/verbs, compare/contrast, ect...) Roll a dice to earn pieces to build a character! Super fun! 

Check out some of the items from other SLPs on TPT that I am putting in my cart!! Click on the images to see these products on TPT! 
Ben Goes Back to School Book by Speech Time Fun! This looks super cute!! I LOVE interactive books! I am building a nice collection from many different SLPs!

Back to School Vocabulary Activities

Back to School Vocabulary Activities by Teaching Talking! I always need more vocabulary activities! This will be great for the the first couple of weeks of school. 

AAC Core Word of the Week: Set 1

AAC Core Word of the Week Set 1 and 2 by Speech Room news!  This looks awesome!

How Arrrrgh They Alike?I have a Pirate Theme planned for my prek-1st grade students in September (after my back to school theme). I got this great vocabulary game from Simply Speech!

SLP Planner {2015-16} 

I just bought Crazy Speech World's SLP Planner and I highly recommend you get that too!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Fun in the Sun! Summer Time Therapy Activities {Linky}
I decided to join in Simply Speech's fun linky party all about summer therapy activities! Click her adorable image above to read more about it or to join in! 

This post is designed to share what I have been doing/using this summer in therapy. I have provided links (click on the images) so you can find these wonderful activities for yourself! (Not promoting anything, just sharing!).
I work part time in the summer directing two programs at an non-profit community outpatient clinic. In June, I direct Camp Summer Fun for students who receive speech, occupational, and physical therapy services. All summer I direct a speech and language group therapy program with a local university's (WTAMU) graduate program. I am supervising 5 graduate students in their 2nd year. We run group therapy sessions for kids ages 2-10! 

Here are some of the activities and materials we have been using so far!

New Sprouts Meal Bundles!
 New Sprouts

I found these on Zulily for a deal and they have been a hit in group therapy this summer! Click on the picture to find them at Wal-Mart (or sign up for Zulily and keep an eye out for them).

We work with many language delayed young children so we try to focus our activities on functional language. We have used this set for picnics, free play, following directions, describing, and more! I love using play foods because children easily identify them and can relate to them! 

Roll-N-Play Game
If you don't have this game and you work with young students, YOU NEED IT! It is so fun! The students roll this soft dice and pick a card corresponding to the color they rolled! Each card has a fun task for them to complete targeting motor and language skills. There are six categories of cards – emotions (giggle and laugh), body parts (rub your belly), animals sounds (bark like a dog), counting (count 5 fingers), colors (find something green) and actions (play pat-a-cake). The six categories were carefully chosen to support a range of learning areas appropriate for young children! This is a GO-TO for my preschool language groups this summer! We even take this one outside to play!  I bought this on Amazon, click on the image to check it out! 

 Fishy Crafts and Snacks!

We like to do fun crafts and snacks in group therapy too (a nice way to easily incorporate functional and meaningful language into a session). 

I found these sun catchers on Oriental Trading! (Click the image to see it on their website). It came with paint in easy to squeeze tubes! This week's theme was Splash (water) so we made fish sun catchers!!! I made a communication board for this activity using Smarty Symbols!

We also had a "fishy" snack this week of camp! We used pretzel sticks as "fishing poles" and dipped them in frosting. We had a "pond" (blue bowl) of goldfish that we caught with our poles! You would be suprised how well pretzels, goldfish, and frosting go together (I had to sample the snack first of course). I made communication boards to go along with this snack using Smarty Symbols!

 Outside Activities

We have a backyard area at the clinic so we do many things outside! Kids love playing outside so we channel that into therapy activities!

Giant Kerplunk!!! One of our physical therapists found this AMAZING idea off on Pinterest (click the image to go to a How-To page for his activity).  We used this in group speech therapy a few weeks ago! Each student has to remove one of the sticks, hoping not to make all of the balls fall down! In between each turn we practiced articulation and language targets (we used super duper cards to drill while playing this fun game! )

Ollie the Octopus! This is a fun outdoor activity found by one of our occupational therapists! Ollie flies up high and floats down slowly for endless amounts of entertainment. We used this activity for social skills: turn taking, group cooperation, and listening skills. We also used this activity as a reward for working hard in therapy! This is made by a PE equipment company, click the image to check it out.

Yogarilla! We also used our back porch to do Yogarilla and language therapy! Yogarilla is a kid-friendly yoga program by Super Duper (click the image to view).  We practiced following directions, naming animals, making animal sounds, and describing animals while doing this activity! The kids LOVED it!

More Snack Activities

Trail Mix! We had a cowboy themed week and we had Make Your Own Trail Mix! The students got to pick what they wanted in their mix by using the communication boards I made (made with Smarty Symbols!).


Sand Sanck! This next snack-craft is something I am planning on doing for my beach week! It is by an awesome SLP named Kristine Lindsay.  She smashed up graham crackers to make "sand" and hid gummies and candy in it! How cute is that!  Click on the picture to visit Kristen's blog: Live Love Speech!

Coffee Can Ice Cream! I did this activity at Speech Summer School for one of the school districts I serve! We used a large coffee can and a small coffee can to make the yummiest ice cream! The students took turns putting in the ingredients (with communication boards and visuals) and then we had to "Shake, Roll, and Stop" the can for about 20 minutes. I made hand held visuals on popsicle sticks for shake, roll, and stop for my non-verbal students to use! I also had a sequencing board (seen in the picture) that we used for each step. After the activity was over, I had some of the students sequence the steps of the activity with the board! Click the picture for an online recipe! 

I hope you enjoyed getting a glimpse into my therapy this summer! I can't wait to read some other SLP's posts! Maybe I will get some good ideas to squeeze in before this summer is over! 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

TPT Seller Challenge Week 4

Follow Frenzy!

This week's challenge is all about giving a shout out to other sellers that you have connected with during the #tptsellerchallenge! Since the challenge started I have connected with a TON of SLPs and other TPT sellers! I started a Panda Speech Instagram (which is a GREAT way to interact with others) and have made more of an effort to support my fellow TPT creators! Here are three SLPs that I have interacted with this summer and personally used their products! They are all fabulous! I am going to highlight a product of theirs that I have! 

Beautiful Speech-Kristin's store has a lot of great language activities in it! She has recently created an articulation screener that is teacher friendly! Kristin and I swapped products for the #tptsellerchallenge week 3 and she gave me wonderful feedback on a product! Checkout her TPT store by clicking here!!! 

Cats Says Meow- I like her stuff because she has a focus on functionality. I am also a lover of adaptive books and she has many in her store! I really like her WH Question Dough Mats! I recommend you take a look around her store! Click Here! 

Peachie Speechie-  I have gotten to interact with Peachie Speechie on Instagram a lot since I opened the Panda Speech account!  Peachie Speechie is unique because she sells fun speech therapy t-shirts (&more) on her website AND has a TPT store! I recently bought her Prompts on a Stick and LOVE them! Check out her TPT store by clicking here!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Weekly Speech and Langauge Tip!

Here is a catch up post!! 

Play! A great way to boost language skills is naturally through play. 


A child will communicate more this way and feel less pressure to “perform.”  Your job while playing with your child is to EXPAND their language. For example, if your child grabs a car and attempts to make a car sound “vrrooom;” grab a car yourself and say “blue car, vroom.”  You can expand and say “go blue car go!” or “wow the blue car is fast!”  Asking them to repeat words usually doesn’t work, it is best to follow their lead in play.  Expose them to many different types of toys such as vehicles, animals, food items, doll houses, people figurines, play phones, community helper toys, sports, crayons, and coloring books. This will help build their vocabulary across different thematic categories.  

Here is a little more information on how play develops:

A child explores and makes sense out of their world through play. This is the natural way we stimulate language and learning.
  • As an infant your child's play consists of exploration (touching things, mouthing, pulling things apart, banging things, ect..) As your child grows (toddler) their play turns into using toys/objects for a purpose (building blocks, making a car go, hammering a plastic nail down). 
  • The next stage is pretend play where their creativity starts to bloom (playing house, making up stories, making toys talk or animate). 
  • Later your child's play will become rule oriented (playing a board game, learning a sport, having a tea party, ect..).  Often you will find your child's play mimicking real life (playing doctor, playing kitchen with foods they eat, playing with dolls and talking to the dolls how their parents talk to them ect..).
I encourage all parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, older siblings, and friends to get down on the ground and play with your little ones!! :) 

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