Friday, May 19, 2017

Creating an Atmosphere of Sucess

5 Effective Strategies for Managing Difficult Behavior

Part 3: Structure for Success




structure for success

This is the third part of a 6 part series for managing difficult behaviors in language impaired children. I encourage you to read both the introductory post and Part 2: Create Routines for some background information in this series on managing difficult behavior in your speech therapy room. In this post, I am going to outline 3 ways you can structure your speech room for success.





1. Eliminate Unnecessary Visual Stimuli


remove excessive visual stimuliAs much as I love colorful and stimulating classroom decor, some of our special needs students just cannot handle the visual stimuli. In a recent study by Carnegie Mellon University, kindergarten students in brightly decorated classrooms were found to spend more time off task and made less academic gains than those in sparsely decorated classroom. For special needs students, systematic structure, visual schedules, behavior charts and anchor charts for learning can be useful decorations. Think about your speech room, is your classroom decor structured for success? You can download my Wh-Question Anchor Charts FREEBIES HERE.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Speech Room Organization with Command Hooks



Organize Your Speech Room With Command Hooks



command hooks
One thing I really try to do for myself is stay as organized as possible. For me, I am a more effective therapist when I am organized. In our profession, we have resources for multiple ages and grade levels, various levels of disabilities, specialized curriculum, and tools and toys for just about every holiday.

I think if there was one organizational MUST HAVE for your speech room, I would suggest you invest in Command Hooks. You can find Command Hooks HERE on Amazon, or other stores such as Michaels, Wal-Mart, and Target.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Teacher Appreciation


How Do you Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week?

My Speech Tools
There is one week out of the school year that being called the "Speech Teacher" has it's perks. Teacher Appreciation Week has always been something to look forward to in my district. In the past we have had fun things like an extra planning time; free appetizer and drink coupons in our mailboxes; snacks and dessert bars; lunch provided and jean passes. It's usually something everyday from Monday through Friday. Teachers are the pillars of the community. Everyday I trust educators to take care of my own children. I trust them to keep them safe, to love on them, teach them and mentor them. As a speech-language pathologist, I have worked in many different settings. Education is where my HEART is!

TPT and it's Sellers Appreciates You!


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Managing Difficult Behavior with Routines


5 Effective Strategies for Managing Difficult Behavior

Part 2: Create Routines


create routines in speech therapy
This is the second part of a 6 part series for managing difficult behaviors in language impaired children. You can link here to read the introductory post. 

How is your day structured? Do you have a morning routine that involves drinking coffee or hot tea? It is widely known that students thrive on routines. If we consider our busy lifestyles, we can admit that we all feel more successful when we work with a routine. For students with communication impairments time concepts are often very difficult to understand. Knowing what is coming next may decrease anxiety and increases focus and endurance for longer periods of work time.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Teaching Basic Concepts using Rosie's Walk

Teaching Basic Concepts using Rosie's Walk

Why do we teach basic concepts?


Teaching Basic Concepts
Basic Concepts are essential for success in school. Early concept development begins as young as six to nine months with “more juice” and “all gone.” For school age children, basic concept knowledge is needed for following directions and participation in every aspect of the classroom.


Here is a list of some basic concept categories that students need to comprehend and use in the classroom. Most concepts should be well developed by first grade (age 7-8 years).

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Grouchy Ladybug: Speech Therapy Activities for Mixed IEP Groups

The Grouchy Ladybug: Speech Therapy Activities for Mixed IEP Groups

 Do you need some new ideas for mixed groups?


Grouchy Ladybug ideas
The Grouchy Ladybug  by Eric Carle is an all-time favorite with early elementary teachers for introducing and teaching elapsed time. There are many different speech and language goals that can be targeted using this picture book during a shared reading activity and follow up extension activities. I typically use this book with students in second through fourth grade. It can also be adapted for older students in alternative curriculum classes with comprehension skills at this level. The Grouchy Ladybug is a fun and interactive book for mixed IEP groups.

I’ve listed some possible IEP goals that you can target during reading and extension activities.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

5 Highly Effective Strategies for Managing Behavior

5 Highly Effective Strategies for Managing Behavior 

Part 1: Why is He Acting That Way?


Manage Difficult Behaviors
Have you ever had one of those days when you felt like that thirty-minute therapy session was a “total waste of time?” Be honest, we’ve all felt that way. Do you remember that session where little “Johnny” just couldn’t sit still? He couldn’t follow directions, stay on task, sit in a chair, stop making noises, and a sticker just would not motivate him. There are some days I feel like we don’t get anything accomplished in our therapy groups. Those are the days I am ready to just take those little friends back to class and hand them off.

Then, I take a deep breath, and remind myself that all I am seeing is BEHAVIOR, but the intended message is COMMUNICATION. That behavior IS communication, and my job is to help little “Johnny” reshape that behavior into an appropriate form of communication.