Sunday, January 14, 2018

Speech Therapy Book Kits for Early Elementary School

I'm a huge fan of literacy based speech therapy. My county requires me to align my students speech therapy goals to the standards. Children's literature is an easy way to do that.

I usually start with books advertised in monthly Scholastic Book Club fliers. There are many dollar deals each month for all grade levels. All you need to do to join the book club is work in education and create an account which is free.

To make the book kit I usually start with an overlay using a Boardmaker template. My overlay contains characters and key objects in the story. I then go looking for other materials many of which are free online such as character cut outs and sequencing cards. 

The graphic organizer comes from a Scholastic book called "Reading Response Road Maps." The book which contains graphic organizers for 50 children's books for grades K-2 is currently on sale in e-book form at the Scholastic Teacher store website. Many of the books are commonly found in a school or local Library.

Book kits are an easy way to target multiple goals in therapy and when put in a plastic pouch or folder it is a convenient way to store all the materials for a given book in one place.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Disguise a turkey

Adapting a goofy Thanksgiving lesson for my mentoring group. The group pairs girls with intellectual disabilities and girls without disabilities. What disguise would your turkey use to  avoid Thanksgiving dinner?

Turkey Templates from Scholastic and Lakeshore Learning paired with goofy animal face stickers from Melissa & Doug

Monday, September 11, 2017


Many of my students have trouble knowing what different types of questions are asking. For instance, they will want to answer a who question with a place or a what question with a person. I like to use symbols from Boardmaker to give them visuals and help them understand what each question is asking.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

PowerPoint design feature

I've been making PowerPoint lessons for my students for about 2 years. I usually import symbols from Boardmaker into my PPTs and more recently SymbolStix symbols as well. My lessons usually look like this:

With PowerPoint designer they now look like this

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Summer Travels Make Great Lessons for the new year

I do a lot of traveling in the summer. My first trip at the end of May was to San Antonio, Tx.

My visit to the Alamo allowed me to create a lesson aligned to the 4th grade social studies standards

I love to include real photos such as these photos of the graves of the Alamo fighters in my lessons when I can

Pairing lessons with corresponding articles allows me to also align the lessons to the ELA middle school standards for my 7th and 8th graders 

Friday, June 16, 2017

The Winter Olympics

Summer is a big planning time for me. I love the time to step away from paperwork, therapy sessions, and meetings to plan for the year ahead.

My kids love sports. Several lessons from throughout the year are centered around different sports such as football and soccer.

Last year we did a lesson on the Summer Olympics 

This month I loved planning out my lesson on the Winter Olympics which will take place this February in South Korea.

We love learning about the Olympics 

Especially getting to watch and learn about different sports and athletes that are part of the games

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Summer visual supports

Summer is upon us again. One of the things I like to sent home in the summer is visual supports to prepare students for the new year. 

This behavior board works great for home or school 

Behavior expectations 


To Do/Finished 

Picture symbols