March 1, 2017

Dr. Seuss Sensory Bin

I am loving using sensory bins with my students.  They're great at targeting articulation and language skills, as well as used with a large range of ages.  This Dr. Seuss sensory bin in paired with the book ABC.  I added different colored macaroni and used letters from Target.  What are you using for Dr. Seuss's birthday?
 

February 8, 2017

Valentine's Sensory Bin

My Valentine sensory bin was very engaging.  We targeted attributes, similarities/differences, vocabulary and even some fine motor skills. 

December 22, 2016

Decorating the Tree

Are you looking for some ideas that incorporates movement into your sessions?  This is great activity to work on following directions, labeling, and prepositions.  This works well if you co-teach with the OT, which I share a room with OT and PT. The sentences that the kids generated using prepositions and vocabulary related to the Holidays were great!

Annual Door Decorating Contest

It's that time of year again... the annual door decorating contest.  I do not know about you, but coming up with ideas for my door stresses me out!! December, in general, stressing me out!  However, I found this cute idea on Pinterest, I just modified it a bit.  The kids loved drawing pictures of books we have read together.  Our door did not win, but we still had fun!


October 8, 2016

October Staff/Parent Newsletter

October's newsletter continues to focus on books that I love to use during this month.  I try to recommend at least 5 books for the month.  My top 3 choices for October are Apple Trouble by Ragnhild Scamll, The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything by Linda D. Williams, and The Chocolate Chip Ghost by Meighan Peifer.  I love the book Apple Trouble because the main character is a hedgehog!  Who doesn't think hedgehogs are cute? Am I right!  I also love this book because my daughter has a stuffed hedgehog that I "borrowed" from her room...shhhh... don't tell her! We used this book in therapy along with pictures of the items that got stuck to hedgehog.  I just printed some pictures I found on google and laminated them.  Then I used double sided tape so that each item that got stuck to the hedgehog could be placed on my stuffed hedgehog.  The kids loved it!  Any time you can bring a stuffed animal to class and use it during therapy is a win!

Another great resource that I just found is a website called Tarheel reader.  This is an awesome site where you can create your own stories for your students. It's simple and fun - you can create any story you want including social stories, sensory stories, and stories about field trips.  The stories can be viewed as a whole class using a smart-board or laptop, or you can print them for smaller group projects. I have already received a positive response from the music teacher!. Yup, that's right...the music teacher loved it!

October Staff/Parent Newsletter

October's newsletter continues to focus on books that I love to use during this month.  I try to recommend at least 5 books for the month.  My top 3 choices for October are Apple Trouble by Ragnhild Scamll, The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything by Linda D. Williams, and The Chocolate Chip Ghost by Meighan Peifer.  I love the book Apple Trouble because the main character is a hedgehog!  Who doesn't think hedgehogs are cute? Am I right!  I also love this book because my daughter has a stuffed hedgehog that I "borrowed" from her room...shhhh... don't tell her! We used this book in therapy along with pictures of the items that got stuck to hedgehog.  I just printed some pictures I found on google and laminated them.  Then I used double sided tape so that each item that got stuck to the hedgehog could be placed on my stuffed hedgehog.  The kids loved it!  Any time you can bring a stuffed animal to class and use it during therapy is a win!
Another great resource that I just found is a website called Tarheel reader.  This is an awesome site where you can create your own stories for your students. It's simple and fun - you can create any story you want including social stories, sensory stories, and stories about field trips.  The stories can be viewed as a whole class using a smart-board or laptop, or you can print them for smaller group projects. I have already received a positive response from the music teacher!. Yup, that's right...the music teacher loved it!

September 7, 2016

Grocery Store Flyer

Grocery store fliers can be used in therapy?!?!  How is it that I have never thought of this before? I have to give my hubby credit for coming up with this idea.  As he was skimming through the grocery flyer with our 2 year old daughter, narrating to her as we always do, a light bulb went off.  He said I should use fliers with my students.  Brilliant!  It's a great way to work on all kinds of speech and language skills, as well as academic skills.  For language, I like to use grocery fliers to sort foods into categories, such as fruits, vegetables, meats, etc. You can also sort food items into departments of the grocery store. For example, find all the foods found in the produce, grocery, frozen, meat, and dairy departments. Recipes are a great way to use for sequencing activities. Students can find items on the flyer that corresponds to a recipe. They can also organize meals for the week and determine what needs to be bought for each day of the week. If you are working on /l/ sound, have students name items, such as lemon, limes, lettuce, lamp chops, lima beans, lollipops, legumes, etc.  For my math friends/teachers (sorry I'm lost when it comes to anything more than basic math skills), addition is another great way to use fliers when calculating how much money you have to spend and planning accordingly. The possibilities are endless!