Posts in April, 2012

More to Come!

First of all, I want to say thank you for all of the support and sharing that has come from this website! I am speechless (for once) to see how many people have contacted me, asked questions, "Pinned", and commented about my ideas.

When I first started this website, I had a plethora of ideas of things to write and share - I promise I still do! I am just a bit of a perfectionist and that is why things are taking so long. I know I just started this website about a month ago, and I was on a roll with posting, but then it all came to a halt. Do not fret! More ideas, and some bigger ideas, are on the way! Here are a few that I will be posting about soon:

  • App lists: I have some app lists for AAC, Social skills, Expressive Language, Receptive Language, and Productivity that I have been working on since September coming up. With all of the new apps that are coming out and the research that I have been doing, they are taking a while; especially since I am writing descriptions about each app. There are a lot of great apps out there and I cannot wait to share them with you!
  • Updated Articulation and Voice/Fluency/Hearing/Swallowing app lists: Of course right after I posted these lists on my website, I found more and more apps! I don't want to update the lists too soon after I posted them, but I will be in a month or two.
  • Book lists: If you are connected to my Pinterest, you may have been flooded with book pins. I have been researching, and buying, lots and lots of books to use with my students during therapy sessions. I have kept a Microsoft Excel file of all of the books that I own divided by categories, and soon I will be creating a separate Excel file where I can place the books I own and the ones I don't that have to do with speech and language on. I can't wait to share this huge list with you!
  • Therapy ideas: My camera recently broke, so I haven't been able to take pictures of activities that I am doing in my therapy room; however, my boyfriend has been so gracious as to allow me to borrow his camera (we'll see how long he lets me keep it before I have to buy a new one). Therefore, you will see a lot more posts!
  • Therapy games: I am definitely a board game girl. My parents played board games with us growing up and we had a cabinet full. Now, I have 3 cabinets full at school! I cannot wait to share which board games I have purchased and which board games I have adapted for therapy!
  • Worksheets/Posters/Visuals: I haven't created any yet, but I have been noticing that many speech-language pathologists have been creating and sharing worksheets between each other on Pinterest! Also, with websites like Teachers Pay Teachers and Teacher's Notebook, this is definitely a great time to be sharing! I will be creating worksheets/games for therapy, posters, and worksheets to use with books in the future!
  • Much much more!: I am not going to limit myself to what I will be posting and I cannot wait to share more with everyone!

So don't go away, I'll be right back with a whole bunch more at Consonantly Speaking!

A Conversational Prompt Poster For Adolescents With Autism

What to do in conversation when you aren't sure what to say next image

Over the couple of years that I have been working with students who have autism, I have noticed that in some cases there is uncomfortable silence when my students are unsure how to change a topic or continue a conversation. In the past, I have either reminded my students aloud of some strategies that they can use when they are unsure of what to say next, but I found that visual cues work even better and faster than continuous verbal cues.

Writing Graphic For Fast Writers

Writing graphic

A few of my students are fast writers. What do I mean by that? I mean that they often write what they are thinking without looking. Their writing becomes illegible, disorganized, misspelled, and they are unable to read it back to me or their teacher. I can't be in every classroom during writing at once, so what could I do? Then, I created a visual.

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