Sunday, 9 April 2017

Speech Language Assessment for Students with Autism

I am going to be really honest here... I have some kids on my caseload that are on the Autism Spectrum and I felt like I wasn't really doing much for them, especially the kids who were non-verbal (or pretty close). I had assessments and goals and I really felt like I wasn't making much of a difference and the progress seemed to be limited (if at all). It was starting to bother me... These kids are the ones who need the most support and most involved services and I just didn't feel like I was making the cut.

 I went looking around and found some great information. I found a great video on an assessment tool that is created for students with autism. Not only does this tool assessment assess their language but it also provides ideas on the barriers that might be hindering their progress! 
What!? Great information!!
You can also purchase the testing material for under $70 and there is an app that is even cheaper. At that price it is definitely something to loo

I am really interested in trying it out...
Take a look!

"The VB-MAPP is an assessment and curriculum guide by Mark Sundberg, PhD, BCBA that is based on 170 developmental milestones and research from the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. It has been field-tested with children with autism, children with other developmental disabilities, and typically developing children.

It provides a clear and accurate picture of an individual child's abilities. 

The overall program contains:

  • Skills Assessment – Assesses 170 language and social milestones across three developmental levels
  • Barriers Assessment – Assesses 24 language and learning barriers and can be used for planning interventions and tracking progress
  • Skills Task Analysis and Tracking System – Contains over 1,000 skills that support the milestones, and can be used to record and track progress
  • Transition Assessment – Identifies the skills needed for successful transition to less restrictive learning environments
  • Placement and IEP Guide – Suggests direction for the intervention program based on the child's profiled strengths and weaknesses

The information contained in this blog is meant to be used as a helpful resource for Speech Language Pathologists looking for treatment or assessment ideas to support their therapy. This is a personal blog. The opinions expressed here represent my own and not those of my employers, The information written here is meant to support speech language pathologists. It is not meant to replace consultation or treatment provided by a certified Speech Language Pathologist. If you are a parent, caregiver, or teacher who is concerned about the speech & language development of a particular child, you are encouraged to seek out a complete evaluation from a Registered SLP. All therapy materials, websites, or applications mentioned in this blog are discussed as potential tools to aide in the development of speech and language skills. These tools are to be used as a part of, or in adjunct to, speech language therapy services and not in place of those services. It is up to the individual professional to determine if any of the mentioned therapy tools are applicable to the therapy process for each individual child. In other words, all content of this blog should be read and used at the discretion of the reader.

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Friday, 7 April 2017

SLP Must Have

My SLP Must Have  Product for April is My Easter Pack!

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Remind App in Speech!


If you are anything like me, you remember about bedtime the very important "thing" you have to do in the morning! I deal with more than 7 schools, so I am always on the road, and making scheduling changes! Sometimes I am making changes at 6 in the morning because of school closures and no buses- life in Northern Alberta! :)
I have just learned about Remind and what a quick and easy way to send information and connect with parents and teachers thru text! I love it...I can send info to schools reminding them of the days I will be at the school, send images to teachers and aides, as well as parents. I think the parents will love getting updates and ideas for homework send right to their phones...

So what is it?

Remind is a free text messaging app that helps teachers, students, and parents communicate quickly and efficiently. 
Fast: Messages are sent in real time to an entire class, a small group, or just a single person. You can also schedule announcements ahead of time and attach photos and other files.
Accessible: With Remind, you can send text messages straight to any phone, including flip phones. To reach every family, translate your messages into more than 70 languages before you send.
Effective: Use delivery receipts to see who's reading your messages. If you're organizing an activity like a field trip or event, use Remind to manage the activity and collect funds.

I am using Remind to send out reminders and info to parents and teachers of the schools I work for!
If you have questions about how to join one of my lists email me at!

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Match it! An Associations Game

Match It! An Associations Game 

I made a new product and you know how I love associations! 
Its that time of year when I am starting to get tired of the same old stuff... I've spent a small fortune on TPT! :)

You print it off, laminate and then cut out the pieces but leave the mats as entire pages.
If you have nothing but time and money you can use velcro too! That will make it easier to keep it together and hopefully  you won't misplace the pieces.

I made this and if you grab it quick you can get it for free!
Please leave me some feedback!!

Have a great day! 

Sunday, 19 March 2017


Hey Everyone!

One of my favourite goals to work on is vocabulary, especially associations. I made a Vocabulary pack a while back and got to thinking... I would like the kids to be able to take something home to practice their new skills with mom and dad!

In my vocabulary pack I added a black and white booklet that the kids can color, daub, or use bingo chips ( or chipper chats).
I added 6 more pages to my pack.
Take a look and I hope you like it!
I also put it on sale this week for $2!

Great deal!


Saturday, 18 March 2017

Supports for Special Ed

  This year I have some kids on my caseload that are nonverbal and some are on the Autism Spectrum, and some are both! I am always open for a challenge so I went on the hunt to find some things that would help these kiddos communicate and for some goodies that staff would need!


Here is what I found.

1. Visual Supports for Autism MegaPack

Visual Supports for Autism Megapack - Assists Behavior and

I love this resource! It has a visual support necklace, visual schedule and some schedules for reinforcement! Love this!

2.Morning Adapted Work Binder (for Special Needs)

 Morning Adapted Work Binder (for Special Needs) 


Although this resources is a bit to make, it is unbelievable! There has been so much work put into this resource! 

What skills does this binder practice?
• Spell and Write Name
• Birthday and Age
• Address
• Phone Number
• Calendar Counting
• Spell and Write Month
• Spell and Trace Days of the Week
• “Yesterday was, Today is, Tomorrow will be”
• Weather
• Monthly Weather Graphing
• Seasons and Seasonal Clothing
• Temperature (Write # and thermometer) F and C include


 3. Paraprofessional Binder for the Special Ed Classroom

Paraprofessional Binder for the Special Education Classroom  

This is a really good one for aides! Some great information and reminders!

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Luck of the Irish!

March Speech and Language Package 

Here are some cute, cheap ideas to use in speech therapy this week.

First is my speech and language pack

that targets articulation, beginning sounds, past tense, plurals, comparing and contrasting.

It has 14 pages and its only 0.50!!

Here is another home reader that you can use for literacy, prepositions and vocabulary and the best part is, it's free!!

 Leprechaun Home Reader

May the luck of the Irish be with you!!