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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Back to School Speech Freebies

https://creatingcommunicators-mindy.blogspot.ca/2017/08/speech-back-to-school-freebies.html


Remember I told you I was going to have a flash freebie for back to school with a bunch of my speech related products for free!
Well....Here it is! My Back to School Speech freebies!! Use these freebies in your speech tool kit!!



March Speech and Language Package   

Carnival, Carnival What Do You See   
Making Verbs FUN!  


School Vocabulary Book

Play-doh Association Mats  

 Multiple Meaning Words 



Did you know if you download all of these products you are getting over $10 for free!!!
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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Followers Freebie!

I have giving away a flash freebie of my Goldilocks Pack to all of my Shop Followers!

 



 





Check it out here!!





Friday, 11 August 2017

Speech Therapy and OT - Part 1




http://creatingcommunicators-mindy.blogspot.ca/2017/08/speech-therapy-and-ot-part-1.html




Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy

I have learned a lot this past year working with an OT and attending OT workshops. I am turning over a new leaf this coming school year. Instead of just targeting speech I am going to incorporate some OT activities to help my students.

What is OT: 

Occupational therapy is the treatment, which focuses on helping people to achieve independence throughout activities in their daily lives. Occupational therapy helps students perform particular tasks necessary for participation or learning in their home life and at school. 

 




Why OT:


  • children don't miss out on any classroom activities or learning opportunities.
  • to help students sit and are able to concentrate in order to learn in class.
  • to help teachers learn what OT is and how they can incorporate it in their teaching to expand their skills.
  • focus on skills that are immediately useful for students.
  • some children become distracted in the class and traditional lesson plans may not work.
  • A lot of kids need help with their gross and fine motor skills like working on pencil grasp, cutting, pincer grasp, and other OT related areas.   
  • We can target both areas in Speech.  I have recently learned that adding a few activities such as cutting, play-doh, coloring, building with blocks, and jumping are just a few ways that we can turn an ordinary therapy session into a multidisciplinary approach that can work on many areas at once. 
  • OT is especially important to students on the Autism Spectrum.
 
How:

What I plan to do this upcoming school year is to incorporate some fine and gross motor activities during my therapy sessions. I want to do this not to take the place of OT's (I have OT's that work for me!) but to help students learn in class and therapy. These students may not have been identified yet by professionals, many only need help in 1 or 2 areas, may not need direct treatment but just a little indirect targeting and it will help the student with learning in class and in therapy. 
 


I plan on using my fine motor kits, and letting the kids use them during therapy. I also plan on doing crafts that involve cutting and coloring during therapy.  Stay tuned for more OT ideas! 
Fine Motor Skills

Fine motor skills require the use of our small muscles in order to manipulate objects like cutting, printing and writings. 

I have a FREE kindergarten fine motor Kit that you may find useful in your class or therapy!!!


 Kindergarten Fine Motor Kits

****This in no way is designed to take the place of an Occupational Therapists treatment or assessment.If your school has access to an Occupational therapist, ask them for permission and ideas for implementation.



 

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Freebies



https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creating-Communicators


Back to School Creating Communicators Freebies!~
Well it's almost that time... Back to school. It might be coming soon for some of you, it's three weeks today for me! It happens to be on my husbands birthday. I told him, his gift is that his kids are going back to school. :) I love them but being a full time stay at home mom is not for me. I applaud all of you that can do it!! 

I am making some of my non-speech related items free for a week!!

There are math, writing prompts, task cards, easy home readers and even a syllable center!!

Grab them now while you can and give me some feedback!!!



How Many Muffins? Syllable game 

 Real Photos- Writng prompt task cards 




 Mindy's Math Book 1
Summer, Summer What Do You See?

 Keep an eye out because I am going to put my speech related products on freebie....soon!!


 

Thanks!!
Cheers,

Mindy

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Wrting Prompts in Speech!


  Journal Writing Prompts for the School Year




I re-vamped my Journal Writing Prompts product. It is good for the whole school year! I have added about 40 pages. It targets months, seasons, holidays, and other fun topics like "when I'm old."

Journal Writing Prompts for the School Year
 
You can use it in your class for writers, or you can use it in speech to get the conversation going and increase vocabulary. For articulation, you can target specific sounds and they can take their sheet home for practice. :)

It may be a little "above" grade 1's (at the beginning of the year) in Alberta and may be more appropriate for grade 2 however, it may be perfect for American Grade 1's. We target different skills at different times ;) (Depending on your student's skill level(s).




 The best part is it is no prep! You can print it in color or black and white. I even have blank pages you can use to target any area/idea you want.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Journal-Writing-Prompts-for-the-School-Year-1410033


Check it out here!