Monday, October 31, 2011

Indoor Gardening

This is a simple, any-weather, indoor gardening activity that targets categorization, following directions and spatial orientation.  It can easily be modified for complexity.

Created by Karen Whisenhunt Saar, graduate of Lamar University's speech-language and hearing program.

Automatic Speech

Have client repeat common phrases and fill in the last word or few words themselves.  


Created by Karen Whisenhunt Saar, graduate of the Lamar University speech-language and hearing department.

Prepositions and action verbs with Smarty Pants

Targeting prepositions and action verbs with Joy Cowley's Smarty Pants.


Adapted material created by Lamar University speech-language pathology graduate clinician, Destinee Hedspeth, based on Joy Cowley's Smarty Pants series.


Friday, October 28, 2011

Sound Blending Bread





These bread slices go well with vocabulary from a Little Red Hen lesson and can be used for sound/letter identification and blending.






Created by Jennifer Yancey, graduate clinician at the Lamar University speech-language pathology clinic.

CVC and Decoding Folder Activity

This simple folder activity can be used for sound blending and also for deleting.  


Point to the initial consonant such as "c" then the ask the children, "what sound does this make?" Then ask the children to add it to the rime ending is, such as "ap" and blend them together to make target word "cap". The initial consonant is removable to show in isolation first, then moved over when blended together to make the target word.  This could also be used to do the reverse asking, "What is cat without /k/?"

Created by Karen Whisenhunt Saar, graduate of the Lamar University speech-language pathology program.

Pumpkin Sight Word Memory Game

 Sight word bingo to accompany It's Pumpkin Time by Zoe Hall



Created by Kim Hudler, graduate clinician at the Lamar University speech-langauge pathology clinic.

Blending and Deleting Puzzle

Children will have puzzle pieces with individual words on them.  They will be asked to combine two pieces to make a new word.  Later they can practice breaking the compound words into two separate words.
Created by Kim Hudler and Karen Whisenhunt Saar, graduates of the Lamar University Speech-Langauge Pathology program.

Decoding Folder Activity


Side one: Five sets of three CVC words with a different final consonant.  Children will say each word and identify which word does not belong in the group based on a differing last sound and remove it from the set.







Side two: Five sets of three CVC words with a different initial consonant. Children will say each word and identify which word does not belong in the group based on a differing initial sound and remove it from the set.

Created by Jennifer Yancey and Karen Whisenhunt Saar, graduates of the Lamar University speed-langauge pathology program.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Social Appropriateness Banners

Another activity based on Michelle Garcia Winner's You are a Social Detective:

Create expected and unexpected signs. Break group in two and have one half act out an assigned scenario. 

The second half can assess their social behavior by holding up signs indicating whether they are witnessing "expected" or "unexpected" behavior.  In individual therapy, the client could watch and consider preselected youtube videos or other social interactions.



More resources on social thinking can be found at http://www.socialthinking.com/

Adapted material based on MGW's book and created by Karen Whisenhunt Saar, graduate of the Lamar University Speech-Langauge Pathology program.

Rhyming Bingo


A fun and easy way to increase phonological awareness.


Created by Jennifer Yancey and Karen Whisenhunt Saar, graduates of the Lamar University speed-langauge pathology program.

Social Detective Scavenger Hunt

Create a "social smarts" scavenger hunt based on Michelle Garcia Winner's You are a Social Detective.
http://www.socialthinking.com/




Using their "smart guess toolbox," clients can solve each social problem to find their next clue and ultimately crack the case as a master social detective.


Adapted material based on MGW's book and created by Karen Whisenhunt Saar, graduate of the Lamar University Speech-Langauge Pathology program.

CVC Board with visual and tactile cues



This is great to use with developmental apraxia of speech. Of course you could also use it for CVC productions.

Created by Sarah Saldana, graduate of the Lamar University Speech-Langauge Pathology program.