This post kicks off a fun new series about some must-haves for the upcoming year! I’m starting off with a really fun series of books from Kimberly Swon Lewis (Activity Tailor).
I’m sure that if you work with Elementary and even some Secondary students you have had the battle of needing to work on the dreaded /r/ or /s and z/ with a student who is older and difficult to motivate. These were the students that Kimberly developed this series for. I had the opportunity to look over and use the /s/ and /z/ book for this review. I’m a little sad that I’ve moved out of the schools because this was such a hit! (particularly with my boys!) You can even follow simple instructions located within the book to receive a PDF copy of the book to make printing easy and utilize on the iPad if that’s how you roll!
Here is an example of how many different positions the phonemes are targeted in. This really helps increase the accuracy of your data collection by targeting specific positions for the sounds.
In Tic Tac Toe you have the option to utilize pictures or words (as shown above). There are suggestions for eliciting carrier phrases/sentences as well. I love how easy this is to copy and have ready for students! They always love beating their SLP!
Sink-a-Ship is like a typical “Battleship” type game. A really fun activity in therapy. Definitely for the older students that are readers.
Stop-Gate is one of my all-time favorites. It looks like “squares” and that is one way to utilize the game. However, the instructions show a different way to play. Each player has an assigned direction (horizontal/vertical) and connects 2 dots on their turn and says the word that is crossed off during this. If a dot has been used, it can’t be used again. The last person to be able to move is the winner! My students adored this game!
Triangles is another connecting dots game. When a triangle is completed, the child/adult puts their initial into the triangle to claim it. The most triangles wins the game.
Finally, one of the absolute best parts of this book are these Hall Passes. This can be used during hallway time between classroom and therapy room. It could also be used as a brag tag, carry-over in class, or any other creative way that you can think of!
Overall, this comprehensive book (and the /r/ version as well, I’m sure!) are an incredible addition to any speech session this year. If you have older and more difficult to motivate students (particularly boys) this will be an instant hit!
Kim has even lowered the price of these great materials by $10 this week for Sublime Speech’s followers! WooHoo!
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