Tuesday, September 2, 2014

ISIP Notes {Freebie}

 Have you been asked to write home notes to parents about what you did in speech? I have been asked in the past. It can be difficult to find the time to jot down even a quick note, especially if you have a group of kids. So I came up with a quick and easy way to do this. 

ISIP notes: ISIP stands for "In Speech I Practiced..." and its a checklist format, so you can quickly check off or add the skills you worked on. 

This is what the note look like and there are 4 per page (black and white for easy printing). 

Click here to grab a copy of yours - and don't forget feedback if you like this idea! 

Monday, September 1, 2014

How Do You Use It? Linky

Disclaimer: Affiliate links are included for your convenience.

I missed last month, but I'm back to join Miss Speechie for her monthly How Do You Use It Linky. Here's her original post for this month, which features brown paper bags.

I have to admit, I usually buy the white ones for some reason. Target usually has them, or I order via Amazon. Turns out, Amazon has many different options:

This is how I use paper bags in therapy:

1. Sorting: You can do this with categories or verb tenses. Simply write the category on the bag, open it, and let the sorting begin.

2. Crafts: There are several crafts that I've found that use a paper bag. A simple search on Pinterest yielded tons of options. You can probably find a different paper bag craft for every month!

3. Homework: I've also sent home homework tasks, articulation cards, or other things to practice inside a paper bag. Less likely to get lost on the way home!

4. Stimuli "Holders": If you have vocabulary cards, artic cards, etc that are student specific, you can label a bag and stick them in after the session. This way, students will know to just grab their bags on the way in.

Check out Miss Speechie's linky to see other great ideas!!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Clinical Skills Confidence: Staying On Top of IEP Deadlines

Graphics: KG Fonts and 3AM Teacher

Clinical Skills Confidence posts are back! I asked my Facebook fans what kinds of posts they'd like to see. One of the first suggestions that caught my eye was staying on top of IEP deadlines! If you caught my post earlier this month, you'll notice how I set up an Excel sheet that helps me because all information is in one location. 

For a quick refresher, here's a look at part of the Excel sheet before sorting by date:
*names are not real*

 And after sorting by date, using the AZ sort button (oldest to newest):
This is where I start at the beginning of the year. I go through this list and write down due dates for all annual IEPs. This way I can see what IEPs are due each month. If they are speech only and I am the case manager, I generally try to schedule the meeting for a couple weeks before the due date, in case it needs to be rescheduled or there are weather closures. For the ones I serve as a related service provider, I can see when I need to collaborate with the special education teacher for the meeting or go over concerns about a student. 

That takes care of annual IEPs. For new cases that are speech only, I really try hard to evaluate and hold the eligibility and IEP meeting within a month after getting permission. Since it involves coordinating less people, I am usually able to accomplish this. Still, I know it can be hard to keep everything straight, especially when you've got multiple evaluations in progress. 

Post-its to the rescue! Read about how I use those to keep me organized for evaluations here!

It is a lot of information to keep track of. The best thing you can do is find a planner that works for you and write yourself as many notes as you need. Make a checklist, make a to-do list, do whatever it takes to keep yourself organized. You don't want someone looking for you because you missed a deadline!!! Hope this helps!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

5 Tips to Survive the Beginning of the School Year

Staff went back on Monday of this week. That means that this week has been full of meetings, professional development, schedule-making, paperwork, and definitely some stress. There is a lot of work that goes into the days leading up to greeting kids on the first day of school! I'm sharing some tips that will help you survive this time.

Tip #1: Talk to teachers! If you're returning to the school, it's a great way to reconnect and find out how their summers were. You can also use this time to find out which teachers have your students and   it gives you "face time" to start the year out on the right foot.

Tip #2: Ask about grade level schedules! Every school probably has a slightly different way of doing this, but you'll want to know when lunch/recess/specials are for each grade level to begin building your schedule.

Tip #3: Make planning easy for the first couple of weeks! Do some "getting to know you" activities or crafts and have fun welcoming your students back or meeting them if they're new to you. I have an easy (and inexpensive) craft called My Speech-O-Graphy, which will help you get to know your students AND remind them of their goals. Your students will be settling into new routines, so be mindful of that. There are tons of free activities on TpT - I just made a category of all my free items, so it's easier to find. Click here to be taken to those! Several would work for this time of year!

Tip #4: Think data! You'll want to think about gathering some baseline data. I have a free informal tool that will help you gather some preliminary data, but you'll want to check in on how students are doing on their IEP goals of course. 

Tip #5: Don't get attached to your schedule. As frustrating as it is, I find myself changing my schedule slightly throughout the year to accommodate new students, special events, personality differences, etc. It's a necessary evil of the job, but I try to just go with it!

Those are my tips for surviving back to school. How do YOU survive this crazy time of year?!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Inexpensive Basic Concept Books [freebie]

Graphics: 3AM Teacher and Creative Clips

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After the big TpT sale in August, I promised a freebie as a thank you for all who purchased from my store. And then I promptly forgot about it until now! Never fear, though = the time is here!

Basic concepts are something all children need to understand. During my CF, I made these inexpensive basic concept books that I can't believe I haven't shared yet! I purchased some little photo albums (also called brag books) at Walmart and labeled them with basic concepts, such as "hot/cold, more/less, wet/dry, etc." I generally focused on a couple pairs at a time, until I felt that the child had mastered the concept.

These are similar to what the photo albums look like, I think I got them for around a dollar each. Patterns don't matter:

I inserted pictures in each sleeve that illustrated the concept. Here's where your freebie comes in. I included pictures for hot/cold and hard/soft, so you can easily make some of your own. Best part? You don't have to laminate these since they're going into the sleeve! Click the picture below to get your copy! 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Speachy Feedback August 2014

Thanks to Nicole from Speech Peeps, Speachy Feedback returns! I apologize for the crickets you've been hearing around here lately. I've been trying to soak up the last few days of my summer vacation! I do LOVE rewarding great feedback left by all you wonderful buyers, though. 

If you see your TpT username below, email teachspeech365@gmail.com with your choice of product (no bundles)! It means you left awesome feedback!

Melody left fabulous feedback on Building Block Sentences!! Thanks Melody!!

Keep leaving feedback and you have a chance to win every month. Be sure to check out Nicole's post to see if you won from other SLP bloggers. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Articulation Test Center {App Review}

Today, I'm reviewing Articulation Test Center from Little Bee Speech. It is $49.99 in the app store. You can watch a tutorial video for the screener and the full test

Disclaimer: A copy of this app was provided; however, the opinions are solely my own. 

This app tests articulation and phonology skills, gives reports/recommendations, and can be used to test clients of 2 years and up. 

When you open this app, you see this screen:

 If you choose "Screener," you'll be taken to this screen where you can choose the client's age:

One of the things I love is that when you click on an age, it brings up a window with all the sounds that are tested at each age:

If you choose "Full Test," you will be see this screen:

You can choose to test initial, medial, final sounds, initial blends, vowels, R, or do a speech sample.

This is an example of what the stimulus screen looks like. The target sounds are in green. If the child says it correctly, you do nothing to the "tiles." If the sound is approximated, you tap twice, which will turn it yellow. If the sound is omitted, you swipe up which will show a "no" sign. On each stimulus page, you have the option to pull up a notes page, where you can type in additional notes. 

If you click the arrow pointing up on the right hand side, you can mark substitutions (consonants and vowels):

You can also mark phonological processes too. It gives you examples of each process if you are unsure. 

You can also choose a scene to obtain a speech sample that can be recorded. I absolutely LOVE this feature! It would be great to monitor progress, as you could go back and record another to compare later on. 

You're also asked to rate the intelligibility as poor, fair, or good. 

In the results section, you will see multiple pages. The "words tested" page looks like the screen below. I made up a client in order to show the results page. 

The "errors marked" page looks like the page below. A red circle indicates that the sound was produced incorrectly, while a yellow circle indicates that the sound was approximately produced. It also indicates what age the client should have mastered the sound. You can also choose to view the substitutions or phonological processes.

 If there is a speech sample, it will be in the "speech sample" section. There is also a "report" page that automatically generates a report!!! How awesome is that?!?! You are able to type in your own conclusions as well.

The "recommendation" page states what sounds are recommended to work on. Of course, you'll be using your clinical judgment as well when deciding on treatment targets. 

This app is great for on-the-go SLPs who need to travel between sites or home visits. You probably already carry your iPad, so it's all there. I really like that there's a screener and a full test version. It's easy to mark approximations and omissions, which makes scoring easier than traditional pen/paper tests. The results are saved so that you can go back and look at data to monitor progress. I also really like that you can put the speech sample right in there with built in scenes to discuss. 

Several SLPs now have access to iPads to use in therapy, so this is another great way to use it. It lessens the amount of "stuff" you have to carry around, yet still provides a comprehensive assessment of articulation and phonological processes. This is just another example of how technology is saving us time and energy! Great job, Little Bee Speech!