Visual Schedules for Speech Therapy

No print Speech therapy visual schedules for Google Slides™! This no prep, digital activity is PERFECT for the busy Speech-Language Pathologist who needs to access a visual schedule FAST!
Visual schedules provide a way to structure your speech and language sessions. Visual schedules assist with transitioning to a new activity, and in my experience, can help reduce challenging behaviors.

I wanted to create a resource that would quickly allow me to go from session to session in a jam-packed day while providing my speech therapy students with access to the structure they need. With this digital resource, you won't need to print out or laminate anything. Seriously! This is huge, and I'm so excited about it! All you need to do is tap! (Of course, if you're using your computer, you'll need to click ;-)!) With EVERY visual schedule included, you can choose to "repeat the activity" OR go back to the "home" slide again. This is a MEGA visual schedule resource which contains 72 ready-to-go "just tap" visual schedules. You can select the schedule you want from a hyperlinked menu. If you don't like my wording for the text, you can edit it. You can find it here.
If you can't find the schedule you need- no worries! I've also included an "open-ended" First/ Then visual schedule. Within the Google Slides™ app, you can click the "+" icon, choose or take a picture, then add it to the pre-made open-ended schedule. You can also type the wording how you'd like (just keep scrolling for video demonstrations)! The "table of contents" page is hyperlinked and will allow you to easily access whatever schedule you'd like!

So here's how to use this resource:

First, you'll click on the link within the PDF. You'll need a Google account (free) and the Google Slides app (if you'll be using this on the iPad).

Here's a snapshot of how to access present mode. (On your computer, you'll simply select "present").

Next, you'll select a schedule..

In present mode, you simply "tap" (or click) after completing a task. The task becomes checked off!

Repeat the activity as often as you'd like, or go back to home and select a new schedule!

You can edit the wording:

You just exit out of "present mode". You double-tap (or just click on your computer) to change my wording and make it your own! (Shown with the "make your own" schedule option). You can edit the text in pre-made or "make your own" visual schedule options.

Still don't see what you need? No worries! You can take your own pictures and make your own schedule. This is the best part!

You'll just go back into "present" mode to use that schedule you created!

I hope this resource saves you a TON of time.

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Free St. Patrick's Day Speech Therapy Activities #slpstpatrickhop

St. Patrick's Day is ALMOST here, and I am SO excited to announce that FRANKIE IS BACK! I've teamed up (again) with some of my fav SLPs on TpT to bring you FREE St. Patrick's Day Speech Therapy materials! Seriously, we have your entire week planned out!

I'm not sure if you joined us for our #slphalloween hop, #slpchristmashop, or #slpvalentinehop (just search those terms on TpT if not), but it's the PERFECT time to join in on the fun if you haven't already!

Here's how it works. I created a super nerdy, kind of catchy story-song about a frog that adores St. Patty's Day (because, let's be honest... who doesn't?). You can sing this one to the tune of "The Ants Go Marching". Your students won't even mind if you don't have a great singing voice, I promise. Mine don't!

You'll download and print your copy of the story/ song here (and I'd be super, super excited if you left me feedback!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!), then you'll gather the rest of your materials. It's basically like finding a whole bunch of gold at the end of a speech and language rainbow. We appreciate YOU, and would be super grateful if you follow each of our stores on TpT!

Speech Wonderland created an engaging category packet for you! My students have LOVED putting her flip book together in our other hops, and I know they'll be so pumped about this booklet as well!

Next, Sparklle SLP has you covered with story sequencing visuals, smash mats, and sentence flips! This is the perfect way to keep little hands busy during your session!

Working on WH- questions with your students? You will ABSOLUTELY want to grab SLPTalk with Desiree's fabulous freebie...

Phonemic awareness is super awesome with The Speech Owl's help! She created a fantastic, Frankie-style packet to address goals such as rhyming and identifying beginning and ending sounds!

Last- but certainly not least- The Speech Attic has the most adorable, colorful, and fun basic concepts packet for you! You will absolutely be feeling lucky when you download this packet!

Have an amazing, LUCKY St. Patty's Day!

St. Patrick's Day Ideas for Speech Therapy

Hey guys! St. Patrick's Day is almost here, and you can BET that I'll be celebrating this fun holiday in my speech therapy room!

Here are few activities you can try with your students...

1) If you're working on basic concepts, try this activity out to teach "more" vs "less". We just used construction paper and glue!

2. I've been on a roll with creating following directions sets, and my students are LOVING this St. Patrick's Day packet. You can grab it here. (This packet is also available in the holiday bundle. For seasonal themes, check this out). 

3. Leprechaun tic-tac-toe is so legit. This is easy to make. Laminate the board so you can write in any target you wish! We worked on vocalic /r/, but you could just as easily target idioms, categories, or anything else your heart desires!

...oh, and P.S. ... CHECK BACK SOON. I've been working hard with some SLP blogging buddies to bring you something special for St. Patty's Day.

FREE Speech Therapy Valentine's Day Activities

I am SO, so excited because... FRANKIE'S BACK! In case you missed him at Halloween or Christmas... click those links. Your fav frog is back, and I've again teamed up with some amazing SLP blogging buddies to bring you FREE Speech Therapy Valentine's Day activities!

As usual, it all starts with a song. Since my students absolutely love listening to me sing (I really haven't figured out why yet, my voice is terrrrrrible), the words in this story/ song combination pair perfectly with "The Wheels on the Bus". It's all about a frog named Frankie, just basically living the dream, and loving Valentine's Day. I included a color ink version for you, and a low ink version for your students to take home. Download the story here.

Somehow, every time I write these nerdy song/stories, my SLP friends can create incredible materials to go along with them!

So, here we go...

The Speech Owl created phonemic awareness activities for you that your students are going to LOVE...

SLPTalk with Desiree created a super engaging WH-questions packet for you...

Sparklle SLP 's motivating reinforcement, visuals, and sentence flips packet will help keep little hands busy during those drill activities...

and Speech Wonderland loves you so much, she created this amazing categories activity for your students!

Clearly, we adore you and ALL that you do for your students! Hoppy Valentine's Day! We'd be super appreciative if you left us feedback, followed us on TpT... and shared this blog post with pretty much every SLP you know. Because he/she deserves some freebies, too!

Until next time,

Correcting Lateralized Sounds : Articulation Tips for S and Z

I'm incredibly passionate about correcting lisps. I've blogged about this before, created a Correct that Lisp packet, and even put up videos talking about my favorite ways to correct a lisp! Oh, and just so you know... I can never say enough about Sandra Holtzman. I took her 28 hour continuing education course on orofacial myology, and then worked with her while creating my lisp packet. She's brilliant, and her approaches have made me a more confident- and competent- therapist. I know how frustrating it can be to correct a lisp. I also know how incredible it is when you do correct a lisp- and trust me, it is DEFINITELY doable! My new mission is to seriously help all SLPs correct that lisp  like a boss.

The other day, I was working with a student who has made phenomenal progress. This student mastered correct lingual placement of /s/. To do this, I like to use a coffee straw or a wet Q-tip to provide some feedback. After that, we moved on to the whispered /t/. This is just like it sounds: when your student is able to place the tongue tip to the alveolar ridge, you have them gently whisper a /t/ sound. The long /t/ comes next, and that means- gently- adding a controlled burst of airflow to that /t/ to make it "long". That's how I elicit the /s/- I just never tell my students that's the sound we're working on at that point. We move on in a careful progression and actually use final /ts/ words to eventually elicit /s/ in the initial position of words. We're very careful along the way that our selected words don't contain any competing /s/ and /z/ sounds.

Anyways, back to this particular student. We'd elicited /s/ in all positions, actually. This student was an extremely hard worker and had excelled. Now, we happened across a /z/ word in therapy and... the lateralization returned! Don't worry, though: we figured it out, and fairly quickly.

I thought I would share this with you, in case you run across the same situation.

As I mentioned earlier, we used the long /t/ to elicit an /s/ earlier. I reminded my student of this, and how we keep our tongue on the "spot" (aka the alveolar ridge) while producing /s/. We practiced a gentle /s/ in isolation as a review. I then explained about how we use our "voice box" for some sounds. I explained how /z/ is just like /s/: our tongue is still "on the spot", our airflow is still "nice and skinny". The only thing that we need to do now is gently "turn on" our voice box.

I think the true keys to correcting a lisp are patience, correct lingual placement, and a gentle, controlled airflow. 

We'd had luck all along using sounds produced correctly to elicit our other targeted sounds. This was no exception. I modeled a slow, controlled, "Sssssssssssssssss--zzzzzz" and my student was able to follow suit, while keeping the tongue tip to the alveolar ridge. 

We practiced an isolated /z/. Then, we added some vowels as we practiced, with a slight pause prior to saying our /z/. My student quickly made progress because we'd already laid down the foundational skills required: a knowledge of correct lingual placement, coordinated and precise lingual movements, and an understanding of controlled, gentle airflow. 

It might take time, but it is possible.  You CAN do this. You ARE the person your student needs. Never forget that. 

Make sure to go out there and correct that lisp like a boss!

We can keep in touch via email and on TpT!

Until next time, 

Christmas Speech Therapy Activities: Themed Speech and Language Ideas

The holidays are nearly here, so I wanted to share some fun Christmas speech therapy activities we've been up to in my speech and language therapy room! I've got TONS of therapy ideas for you, so make sure to keep reading and pin this post for later!

This is certainly the most wonderful time of the year. I'm hoping that you joined us for our #slpchristmashop and downloaded all of your free Christmas Speech Therapy Activities! Make sure to follow me on Instagram (@thepedispeechie) so you don't miss out on any future giveaways!

My students have really enjoyed these following directions cards all month! For extra fun, I created a gingerbread man out of construction paper. We smashed dough to create "buttons" after following each instruction. You'll love these themed cards, which target a variety of embedded concepts, and are also available in the following directions holiday bundle.

Next, we have had SO much fun working on conversational turn taking skills with my new Turn Taking and Topic Maintenance packet!

Without a doubt, this packet will get your students talking!

Make sure to follow my store on TPT to get fun and exclusive freebies sent straight to your inbox! I love sending you surprises to thank you for your support! I also choose feedback winners monthly, which I announce via TPT inbox. You can also get fun freebies and be the first to know about new product discounts and giveaways when you sign up to receive emails! My students had so much fun with this interactive reindeer packet, which targeted goals such as answering WH-questions and following directions.

Make a fun "snowball toss" game using a white lunch bag, construction paper, cotton balls, and a pipe cleaner. I cut the bag in half, then glued on a snowman head and pipe cleaner "stick" arms. Make sure to tape it to the table, because he does get a little top heavy if not! Use this as a reinforcer for a variety of goals. My students LOVED this easy to create and inexpensive activity! 

If you have a magnetic wand and chips, make a construction paper wreath and spread the chips all over it for a very simple- but motivating- way to get your students participating! 

I also have the following packets available in my store which have a Christmas or winter theme:

-Work on following complex directions with this winter-themed packet (bonus--- you can even use this in January!) 
- Your younger students will love this following directions Christmas-themed packet
-these Christmas Speech Therapy worksheets are no prep, low ink, and a target a variety of goals
-This higher-level, Holiday-themed Language Challenge packet will get your upper elementary/ middle school students thinking! 
-This quick, finish that sentence freebie is Christmas-themed! 

I need to leave you with a funny quote- but one that is oh so true, at least for me! 

Happy Holidays, and I hope you enjoyed this post on Christmas Speech Therapy Activities! Until next time, 

Free Christmas Speech Therapy Activities | #slpchristmashop

Christmas is nearly here! We are so excited to bring some festive, fun FREEBIES to your speech therapy room! Did you join us previously for our #slphalloweenhop? I teamed up- AGAIN- with some incredible SLPs to bring you some amazing Christmas-themed speech and language packets! You are going to absolutely LOVE all of these engaging materials! I can't wait! Make sure to follow me on Instagram (@thepedispeechie) and my The Pedi Speechie Facebook page, so you can stay in on the know!

We appreciate YOU and all that you do. We ask that you share the link to this #slpchristmashop blog post with your SLP friends, so that they can join in on the fun!

For our Halloween speech therapy blop hop, I wrote a story/ song about a frog named Frankie who was obsessed with candy. This time, Frankie is back! Read this as a story if you'd like- or sing! The words pair perfectly with "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" for even more holiday fun! I've included a color version and a low ink version. Please feel free to send a copy of the book home with your students! Download your free speech therapy story and follow my TPT store if you haven't already, but don't forget to come back and unwrap the rest of your presents!

Now that you've downloaded your story,  Speechasaurus created something special for you that you need to check out! Her articulation chains are going to be a hit with your students! For extra fun, grab some red and green paint and a cotton swab. Your student can dab some paint on a chain each time he or she practices a target word!

Next up, SLPTalk with Desiree created a wh- questions activity to pair with the story! Your students can attach clothespins around the wreath while answering comprehension questions. Alternatively, you could have students use the answers located on the wreath to generate questions of their own!

Are your students working on categories? Speech Wonderland created such an adorable Categories packet! It contains a booklet and game board. Trust me- these activities are going to be a hit with your students!

Next, The Speech Owl has the BEST- and I mean BEST- phonemic awareness activity for you! This is so fun. I got to proofread this one, and I promise- you'll love it! Work on beginning sounds, ending sounds, rhyming words, and syllables after reading the story!

After that, make sure you download Sparklle SLP's smash strips and sequencing packet. What a perfect way to keep little hands busy during your activity! I don't think a day goes by in therapy where I'm not pulling out a dough activity. You can use the visuals provided while reading the story, after reading the story, and for a variety of expressive language tasks!

We aren't done yet! The Speech Attic has created this fantastic Basic Concepts packet for you! Her fun freebie includes a smash mat, a mini spatial concepts book, a qualitative concepts activity, and a following directions coloring page! Seriously, you nailed it with this one. It's awesome!

We hope you LOVE your new freebies. Let us know if you enjoyed this hop! Please leave feedback for us on each product that you download, and don't forget to follow our stores on TPT.

We appreciate you- HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Until next time,
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