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This might come as a shock to a lot of you, but as I don't work in a school, I don't get a summer break...  I know right?!  Instead, I get holidays throughout the year, whenever I choose (which is pretty great!).  But this means that I don't get that "Back to School" dread excitement like many of you will be having at this point in the year!  I have a really full and busy caseload and see almost 50 children a week, so I don't tend to do many separate themed activities for individual kids! Instead, I choose activities which can meet the targets of a wide range of my caseload, while also ensuring the kids are engaged and having fun!  I've always liked the idea of sharing about what I do in my therapy room and Scarlett over at Speech is Sweet has a really fun monthly linky called 'A Slice of Speech' which I was so excited to link up with! 

What's it all about?
The linky will take place at the start of each month and is a great way for Speech Therapy bloggers to share visual plans for the month.  It's a great way for you to gain more ideas of things to use in your therapy room too! 

Now, let's get into this month's plans....

August 2016: Visual Therapy Plans

Each week I see a wide range of kids; a lot of these need reviewing and I love to use our Speech Sound Screener to monitor their progress! It's ordered by general age of acquisition for each sound, so for younger children, I know I don't need to look through the whole assessment in order to gauge their progress and this is a great timesaver!

A lot of my caseload seem to be struggling with similar sounds at the moment- lots of fronting, backing, stopping and cluster reduction is going on! I love having no prep activities that we can do during the session and that they can take home for homework.  I'm currently loving our new Articulation Tic Tac Toe games for /k g t d/ and /f v s z/ sounds!  We also have a /p/ freebie in our store that is great for working on plosives too!  Since it's summer, I'm also trying to do lots of summer themed activities, and our no prep summer themed Stamp n Say worksheets are great for working on /s/, /r/ and /l/ blends! 

My caseload is very varied, so I love to use products that can target a range of skills.  If I can use one product all day long, I am a very happy SLT!
Currently, the kids on my caseload are loving these summer themed language activities- the pack is no prep, so you can just print and go! It's great for working on pronouns, verbs, synonyms and antonyms, categories and more! I also love our summer themed following directions colouring pack!  This pack focuses on helping kids practise following directions, but also targets pronouns, plurals and verbs!  Both of these are perfect for sending home as homework too!
I'm also loving these Preschool Vocabulary Smash Mats by Simply Speech and these Language Dough Dab Mats by A Perfect Blend (bonus- these are free too!).  These are great used together to work on categories, core vocabulary and more!  Plus, kids just love using playdoh!!

Truth be told, I have a few other things planned too- such as completing formal assessments and reports... but that's not quite as fun to talk about! 

I hope you've enjoyed reading about what I've got planned for therapy in August! I'd love to know what you've got planned too- drop me a comment, I love finding new resources and activities to use!
If you're wanting more ideas, be sure to head back to the linky to check out what other speech therapy bloggers have planned too!

How can it really be August already?   Here in the UK, most schools have only recently broken up for their summer holidays and don't go back to school until September! But I know many of you overseas, particularly in the US, are gearing up to return to school soon!
Well, thankfully Teachers Pay Teachers have helped with the Back to School preparations by organising a sitewide sale and Jenna from Speech Room News has hosted a fun linky to help us celebrate!

The theme for this sale is Best Year Ever! I love the positivity of that statement and I'm so excited to share some products with you, which I'm sure will help make your start super easy and help you towards having the Best Year Ever!

We've been busy over here at The SLT Scrapbook, making new resources and updating old favourites! Here's what we would recommend from our store:

Our Informal Speech Sound Assessment is our best seller and was recently updated!  With this low prep assessment, you can assess all speech sounds in all positions (where possible!).  It provides a great way to monitor progress throughout the year!

This is brand new in our store!  I love using games during therapy, and so do my kids!  I think it's great when the work is incorporated within the game!  This Growing Bundle of Articulation Tic Tac Toe games will contain tic tac toe games for all speech sounds- the price will increase each time a pack is added, so buy early to save big!  You can also buy separately. We currently have /k g t d/ and /f v s z/ products in our store!

This Seasonal Bundle contains the 4 seasonal themed following direction colouring packs from our store- at a great money saving price!  Or, you can buy them individually from our store here:
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter.
These products are great to use when working on following mixed complexity, verbal or written instructions!

Our Ice Breaker & Team Building Activities pack has recently undergone a huge update!  It now contains a large range of activity ideas, crafts, team building games and worksheets, which are great for back to school activities, small group working and social skills groups!  Most of the activities within this pack are no prep! So you can just print and go!  Perfect for back to school!

Our interactive prepositions books are really popular and so engaging!  This growing bundle contains all of the prepositions books that we have in our store currently and will contain any future books too!  If you buy now, you'll save big!

Now that I've shared some top resources from our store, here's what I recommend from some fabulous TpT sellers!

This huge packet of activities has really caught my eye! It contains 202 pages of activities for /k g f v/ sounds!  I love the variety and the fact that colour and black and white versions are included!
You can check this out from The Speech Attic here.

I was lucky enough to get to preview the tablet activities in this great product by Fun in Speech!  If you're working on following directions, I highly recommend this No Prep Following Directions Activities pack!  It contains 190 stimulus items, organised by concept and difficulty!  

In our cart, we have some great clipart from various TpT sellers!  We have loads of new products in the pipeline and can't wait to share them with you all!

Make sure you keep up to date with what's new in store & what we have planned in our speech room by following us in all of these places........

Thanks for dropping by! Be sure to head back to the linky to check out what other TpT sellers have in their carts!

As a Speech and Language Therapist, I spend most of my days assessing children with speech sound difficulties and providing therapy to address any speech sound errors.  When I begin working with a child I initially work on sounds that they can already produce and then we progress to sounds that are more difficult.  After we have done the auditory discrimination tasks, we progress to producing the sounds in isolation.

There's only really one way in which we can get children to work on their sounds in isolation and that's by drilling.  Constant repetition of their target sounds in isolation. Over and over again.  As Caroline Bowen states in her book 'Children's Speech Sound Disorders' (1st Edition- 2009) "there must be sufficient trials within a practice session for any motor learning to take place and for it to become habituated.  Habituation is a step towards more automatic speech output processing". (pg255) (If you want to check this book out for yourself head over to her website for more information!- it's also available in all good book stores/websites!)

When working on drilling of the sounds in isolation, I typically aim for 100 or more repetitions of the target sound per session (my sessions are around 30 minutes long- minus time for greeting & chatting/homework at the end so ~25 minutes of working!)

The problem with constant repetition of sounds is that it can get rather tedious quite quickly!  In order to keep children engaged, the activities need to be highly motivating!  They also need to not take too long or distract from the task at hand.  I like to provide praise and modelling too, where needed, but this can't take up too much time either as it will distract from the target sound which can make it difficult to achieve again.

Today, I wanted to share some of the ways that I like to practise sounds in isolation while aiming for the highest number of trials and keeping children motivated!
Please note: Some Amazon links have been provided solely for your convenience.  I am not endorsing nor receiving any income from these links. 

Speech Sound Bowling.
What you need: Children's bowling set & a set of speech sound visual cue cards (whichever you typically prefer to use).

How to play: Set the bowling set up as normal.  The child bowls the ball and you count how many pins have been knocked down/are left standing (whichever is the most!).  Then get the child to repeat their sound that many times.  For example, if you're working on the /k/ sound, and they have knocked down 8 pins, the child has to repeat the sound 8 times.  Praise for good productions while you're setting the pins back up again.  It's important to keep the pace quick so as not to waste too much time.  I have found that this game is highly motivating and is a really easy way to achieve high numbers of repetitions.

Do A Dot Worksheets.
What you need: These 'Do A Dot' Worksheets are available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store and you also need either bingo dabbers, counters or crayons (not provided).

What are they?: I really love 'Do a Dot' activities.  They don't require any preparation, are really easy to use and gain so many repetitions!  The pages are covered with 55 "dots" and children have to say the sound 3 times, so this particular set of worksheets helps you achieve a total of 165 repetitions per sound!  There is a picture in the centre which acts as a visual reminder of the sound (e.g. fish, sock, key etc.), plus a small image of the mouth position in the corner which acts as a visual prompt. 

How to use: I generally challenge the children to see how many dots they can cover up/colour in during the session.  We practice the sound 3 times then use a bingo pen to stamp the worksheet.  I usually try and "trick" them into doing more repetitions before they stamp a dot by pretending I didn't hear! (don't tell them my secret!) We try and cover at least 15-20 dots in the sessions, achieving between 45-60 repetitions of the sounds.  I then send the worksheets home for them to practise as homework.  I have found that the children are really motivated by these worksheets and they enjoy trying to cover up as many of the dots as possible in the sessions.  One thing that's good about these worksheets is they're great to use in groups- even if children are addressing different sounds because while children are awaiting their turn to practise, they can colour in the picture in the middle!

What you need: Any simple, motivating game that has pieces that can be earned when children do multiple repetitions of sounds.  I find it useful to use a game that's quick and can be repetitive; I like to use a "Monkey Tree",  Pop up Pirate or Buckaroo!  I never use a board game.  I personally feel they take too long, are far too distracting and children focus more on the rules, winning or who has cheated, rather than their sounds! 

How to use: Set the game up as per the rules, then you keep all of the pieces.  Prompt children to practise their sounds- I like to aim for 5-10 repetitions per sound and then they earn a piece for the game... a sword for the barrel, monkey for the tree etc.  This is a great way of gaining multiple repetitions in quick succession.  Again, in this game I like to pretend I didn't hear them, so they have to repeat the sounds again, thus meaning they have to produce even more repetitions! 

Springtime Open-Ended Game.
What you need: We created a free Spring themed opened-ended game which you can read about here and get from our TpT store here.

How to use:  We created this game with the aim of getting as many trials as possible in a session. Each animal is worth a different number of points, children choose a card, match that with the base board to know how many points they get.  They then say their sound that many times to earn the points, e.g. get a green chick, say the sound 10 times to get 10 points!  I've found that this game is highly motivating and a really quick way to reach multiple repetitions of 100 or more in a session!

Card Games.
What you need:  Any set of playing cards where there are numbers on the cards will do.  I like to use these fun Avengers and Toy Story ones (pictured above), but a normal 52 card deck would be OK to use too!

How to use:  Play cards as per the rules of the game- I like to play snap, memory pairs, or happy families.  For every card that players turn over, the children have to say their sound the number of times represented on the cards, e.g. if the card has a 4 on, they say their sound 4 times.  Keep a tally of repetitions- it is easy to achieve a high number repetitions during these games!  If modelling is required, this can be done quickly and easily, without distracting from the game.

These are just a few of the ways I like to work towards achieving 100+ repetitions of speech sounds in a session, while maintaining a quick pace and high motivation!   Most of the ideas are suitable when working at syllable or single word level too!

Want more ideas?

I've asked a few other Speech Therapy bloggers about ways they like to work towards 100+ repetitions of speech sounds, here are some of their ideas too:

  • Kristin over at Talkin' with Twang likes to keep activities fun.  "I have a sounds in syllables product that can also be used for sounds in isolation. Each spin and color has 50 pictures to keep track. Just make sure the student says their sound twice for every picture they color and then you know they've had 100 trials by the end of the sheet." 
  • Linda over at Looks Like Language shared about a 100 day poster she got from the dollar store and adapted for articulation; check that out here.
  • Felice over at The Dabbling Speechie shared a great idea for racing to 100 repetitions over on her blog and has a great set of Interactive Flip Books which are useful for achieving multiple repetitions of sounds too; find out more about them here.
  • Jenna from Speech Room News has shared 5 ideas for eliciting 100+ repetitions over on her blog too.
  • Tracey from Gold Country SLP has two great products in her TpT store which help achieve a high number of repetitions per sheet; check out her Mystery Pictures and Articulation Worksheets.
  • Christy from Mrs Jones Speech Room shared a great idea using a card deck: "I use a simple deck of Sponge Bob cards. The students take turns choosing 2 cards, add the numbers and say the number of words the cards add up to. Wild cards are 15 points, ace is 11, face cards are 10. The student with the most points win. Students love it because it is Sponge Bob. This particular deck has hidden letters which are a bonus of 5 points. Points add up quickly!"
  • Kristin from Kiwi Speech has a fun "Mystery Tile" game that's simple enough to get multiple repetitions in a session, check out the bundle here
  • Meredith from Peachie Speechie has some fun & free reinforcer pages that help children achieve 100 repetitions!  There are loads available in her TpT Store- check out her 100 Challenges here.

I hope that this post has given you some new ideas of how to elicit 100+ repetitions of speech sounds during Speech & Language Therapy sessions.  I'd love to hear what activities you use; drop a comment below!

We've had lots of fun in the Speech room this week celebrating Easter and the start of Spring!

Here are some of the activities we've done this week...

We've scored loads of repetitions of speech sounds this week and had lots of fun colouring in some Easter pictures!  We've used our Easter themed Speech Sound worksheets, which are totally no prep, so I just printed the pages we need, grabbed some crayons and that was the session planned!  They've been great to give out as homework too!

Here's a glimpse of our free /l/ and /l/ blend worksheets that you can grab from our TpT store here.

We've also had lots of fun with some Easter eggs this week! Last year, my mum scored me these awesome vintage style Easter eggs from a charity shop.  I bought a super cute basket and filled the eggs with some adorable Easter animals that I got from a shop for 25p per set after Easter last year! #bargain!

They've been well used this week, one poor sheep has lost an eye! 

I then made a quick game using these super cute animals.  The kids had to choose an egg, then see how many points they got.  They then had to say their speech sounds correctly that many times to earn the points, e.g. they get 3 points if they say their sounds 3 times!  I named mine 'Easter Egg Friends', but I've made a freebie for you all that's named 'Springtime Friends' so you can use it for a few weeks in your speech rooms too!

NB: Child's name changed to ensure confidentiality. 

This game has been really fun to use and has given me loads of repetitions of speech sounds!  Although I designed it to be used for speech sound practice, it can be used for most speech therapy targets!  I hope you can find this useful!  You can grab it in our TpT store here.

We've also used a fun sequencing activity from Language Speech & Literacy on TpT.  This cute sequencing activity has been great fun to use and has helped us work on sequencing, describing and expanding utterances!

You can grab this cute freebie here.  She offers lots of different sequencing activities for free, I have them all & they're great to use in Speech Therapy sessions!

We've also used some pronoun activities from this awesome Springtime Language Pack by Teaching Talking.  You can grab a copy of this from her TpT store here.   This pack has been great to use to address pronouns, but also includes activities for prepositions, verbs and formulating sentences! 

Adorable, right?

Phew!! We have been really busy- and it's only Tuesday!!   I hope you've liked seeing some of the activities we've used in Speech Therapy this week!

If you're wanting to find more Easter and Spring themed activities, why not check out this super list by Speech Sprouts which is full of Easter freebies or the Spring edition of the 25 Speech & Language Products You Can't Live Without by Speech Therapy Fun & The Speech Space. 

What fun things do you do for Easter?  I'd love to hear, drop us a comment below!

Be sure to follow us on Instagram & Facebook to be kept up to date with all the other things we do in our speech room!

We are excited to join Doodle Bugs Teaching for another Five for Friday linky party!

We have been truly spoilt this week; we've taken annual leave together this week & next (in our jobs we get a set number of days we can take whenever we choose, rather than being fixed to school holidays) and we've had a really productive & creative week!  Here's what we've been up to...

On Saturday & Sunday last week, we had some lovely family time, celebrating birthdays! It was very fun- lots of laughs & birthday cake!  My mum & I then decorated some table decorations for our wedding (we shared about them on Instagram).  We are super pleased with how they've come out!

Creativity has been in full flow this week, so I think this saying is definitely true!
We have created & uploaded three new products this week (check them out here, here and here), we've uploaded a new growing bundle of prepositions books, which you can check out here and we have planned & started many more!  We love being on holiday together because we bounce ideas off each other so often, that we have to write everything down or we'll forget it all!  We love being creative & love that TeachersPayTeachers gives us a great reason to do it! :)

On Thursday 3rd March 2016 it was World Book Day.  We have such fond memories of this as kids that we couldn't resist getting involved in some way this year, even though we weren't at work!  We created our first ever Book Companion!! We posted about it here and offered it as a freebie for the first 24 hours! Over 100 people downloaded it in that time, we were thrilled at that!!  It's now on sale in our Teachers Pay Teachers store, and you can grab it here.  It's all no prep & can be used alongside the book.  We love the story of Elmer & hope you all love the product too!

We have spruced up our TpT Store!! It's something we had intended to do for ages, but we just didn't have time to do it.  We used this awesome post by Ms. Fultz's Corner to help us out and we are quite pleased with how it looks now! 

We've also updated the 'About Us' in the side bar on our blog ---------->>
and we've updated our logo on TpT & Facebook- the logo is still the same, but we've added our little avatars too! :)
Get a closer look here: 

We've reached a bit of a milestone this week too; we've reached 300 followers on Instagram! We feel so blessed that so many of you like to keep up with what we're up to! We've hosted a giveaway for Instagram followers only and there's still time for you to enter over on our Instagram feed!  Head over there now to enter! :)
Please note this giveaway is in no way associated with or endorsed by Instagram or it's creators.

We're also really close to reaching 500 followers on TpT; once we reach that, we're going to send out a follower only freebie via TpT-  something we're thinking of doing every few months! So if you don't already, why not go and follow our TpT store too!?

So that's our week in a nutshell!  This weekend it's Mother's Day here in the UK; we are hoping to go spend some time with our parents and families again, while we then prepare for another week off! 

What have you all been up to this week and what do you have planned?  We'd love to know; comment below! 

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