It's been a while. A long while. After the holidays, I felt like I had to get my footing again, and a lot of my therapy time was spent re-directing my students back to my expectations and our routines. It's a different world in Cyber Speech Land, but after laying the groundwork, it gets a little easier.
The super-snow-storm didn't help things, either! My students were off of school for over a week because they live in an area that was hit HARD. So, here we are again, establishing rules and expectations...
But that's not what I wanted to post about today. I wanted to give a glimpse into what we've been doing so far. So let's get to it!
Artic-tac-toe (see what I did there?) So original, I know. But with this group, we have issues taking turns and talking for each other, so I chose tic-tac-toe to practice turn-taking AND sound production. Simultaneously. :)
Articulation pyarmid! How else can I get multiple trials per target word out of a fussy kindergartener who constantly asks for games? ;) They know we don't play until we climb to the top!
A little syntax activity I whipped up in Google Docs. All the freebies for sentence order I found online were just too challenging for my little firsties. I had to improvise, and this did the trick!
This was a past-tense verb activity for a fourth grader. I mixed up which words I typed in and which ones I made my student answer (some were already in past and the student had to change to present, and some were present tense). We spoke our sentences out loud, because this student can be a slow typer, which cuts down on productive therapy time. I got the image from a Teachers Pay Teachers product I bought here. I LOVE this purchase. It's amazing for language intervention in the elementary population.
I had my students think of words that begin with their target sound, /th/, and search Google Images for their favorite picture of the word. When they added it to the picture, I typed the word while they came up with a sentence for the word they chose. Having them choose their image was super helpful with creative sentences! Plus, I got a word trial and a sentence trial for each target sound. I am always squeezing data out of my groups in whatever way I can.
You may notice that a lot of my activities appear to be on a drawing board-type application. I FREQUENTLY (and by frequently, I mean almost exclusively) rely on a website called A Web Whiteboard. I often screenshot purchases I've made from Teachers Pay Teachers or other website photos I find, and input them into my activity. It's a life-saver for quick therapy activities, and my online alternative to good old pen-and-paper therapy.
I hope these tips helped! Anything you like to use on the internet that saves your butt in therapy?
The Cyber Speechie