With the uncertain times that Covid-19 has brought, those of us back to work really need to do our best to keep spirits up for our students.  I know that is easier said than done sometimes. In my own house, I battle it daily with my own daughter.  While her daddy works nights as a respiratory therapist and quarantines himself off during the day in an effort to reduce exposure for us, I tackle the job of keeping the house running, make sure we have meals prepped, homeschooling her, working from home, and keeping both of our spirits up as best as I can.  I know I am not alone. We are all facing this together and doing the best we can. I hope everyone is happy and healthy in your home.  Stay safe!

In an effort to try to keep student learning on track and provide holiday-themed resources so that this new normal we are currently facing does not seem so different as before, I went searching for some fun Easter freebies!  Check out these ten Easter-themed freebies I found that can easily be adapted for teletherapy if needed!

  1. Grab my Easter Basic Verbs and Prepositions Tic-Tac-Toe Games - This freebie multiple tic-tac-toe games both in color and in black and white.  
  2. Editable and Interactive Easter Game by Simply Speaking SLP- I love that this is editable and so easy to use! Perfect for Teletherapy too!
  3. No Print Easter Egg Hunt by Tech N' Talk SLPs - This freebie is an adorable way to keep students engaged and to use as a motivator for student behavior.
  4. Easter Express /k/ Articulation Sound Sort by My Teletherapy Room - This fun BOOM cards freebie allows students to engage in the activity by moving the pictures to the beginning, middle, and end slots while practicing their /k/ sound. 
  5. No Print Following Directions Spring Boom Cards by BVG SLP - This BOOM card freebie targets following directions and prepositions. 
  6. There was an Old Lady that Swallowed a Chick No Print by Itty Bitty Speech - This no print offers a story map, sentence strips, and sequencing.  
  7. Easter Articulation Print and Go for /l, s, r, sh, th/ by slp701 - This fun freebie includes word searches and wordplay for common articulation errors. 
  8. Easter Themed /l/ worksheets by The SLT Scrapbook - This freebie includes 4 no prep pages for /l/ in all word positions and blends. 
  9. Easter Idioms by Kathy Babineau - This free pack has cards twelve different idioms and an answer sheet!
  10.  Easter Jokes by Speech2U - This is such a fun way to target multiple-meaning words, pragmatic language, articulation carryover, and fluency technique practice. 

Looking for more ideas?  Check out these blog posts!
Fab Five Freebies Easter by The Digital SLP - Woohoo!  More freebies!

Do you know of any other amazing Easter activities or ideas that we can share with parents?  If so, please share in the comments below!

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I  feel that one of the biggest hurdles that we need to pass when providing speech and language services to students is to keep them engaged.  If we can keep them interested and engaged, that is half of the battle towards student success. The same is true when providing services using a telepractice model. Perhaps even more so since you are not there in person and can not step away from the computer. In the past three years, I have found that there are still a lot of tools that we can incorporate into our service delivery to help students achieve success. Here are my six favorite types of resources.

BOOM CARDS
My students love how engaging Boom Cards can be!  Using the Zoom platform, I can share my screen, pull up a Boom Card resource and hand over control to my student to move pieces and activate the resource independently!  There are a lot of interactive activities to keep them engaged.

APPS ON TABLETS
Yes! It is true! At least I know it is true with the Zoom platform, you CAN share your screen and do screen mirroring so students can see what is happening on your tablet! Now, they are not able to manipulate and control your tablet but there are definitely ways around that.  The biggest way around that is simply they have to use their words.  That is a big win for us, right?  What a great way to facilitate language from them!

My students have to give me directions so that I know what they would like me to do.  When we are playing the matching game while working on articulation using either Articulate It by Smarty Ears or Articulation Station by Little Bee Speech, I have them tell me "Row 3 Number 4" or "Row 1 Column 3."  As you can tell, they get a few extra trials in when working on /r/ and/or /l/ when doing so too (not that they have noticed or minded)! What a great way to still g use out of those tablet apps, right?

NO PRINT RESOURCES
I love No Prints! I love them just as much as I love Boom Cards.  Why? Simply because if you open them on your computer and screen share them using the Zoom platform, you can easily give the student control and they too become interactive for your student!

For example, when targeting minimal pairs using my No Print Phonology Tasks resource, students can manipulate the mouse (and it shows up on my screen) to show me the word they heard.  When it is their turn to play the teacher and tell me which word to point at, my little ones are amazed to see the mouse move without them touching it as I point to the word they said in return! Another bonus with No Prints is that many can be used for mixed groups.  I use my No Print Fluency Tasks resource not only with my students targeting a variety of fluency goals but also with my students working on generalization of articulation skills and students targeting language skills. I have also used my No Print Language Tasks resource with students targeting generalization of articulation and students practicing their use of fluency techniques.

YOUTUBE
You will need to watch the youtube videos before sharing in teletherapy to make sure that they are appropriate.  However, there are some amazing resources out there.  Here are a few ideas to help you get started!
  • Fellow teletherapist, Sarah Wu, has an amazing series of Wordless Videos for Life Skills that she created and a playlist of other Wordless Videos for problem-solving that she saved!  I highly recommend subscribing to her channel.
  • Check out Simon's Cat for some super cute little short videos to target body language and facial cues, problem-solving, inferencing, and story retell!
  • Search for Animated Short Films for Kids!  There are a lot of them out there and they are great for talking about body language, problem-solving, answering wh-questions, story retell, etc..
  • Search for Social Narratives for students! Animated social narratives can be super engaging and provide an additional modality to teach the lesson.
WEBSITES
I have found some great resources on websites that I never would have thought to look for until my little preschool students started showing up! There are multiple websites such as Vook, Epic, and Storyline Online to help you create a literacy-based lesson!  You can also find some cool online coloring pages, puzzles, and games for reinforcement and to target functional language skills such as requesting and asking questions and to facilitate the use of appropriate social exchanges!

RESOURCES THAT CAN EASILY CONVERT TO NO PRINT
Do you have a favorite PDF from grad school that you created and are super proud of and just seems to work miracles?  Did you purchase some great no-prep resources from Teachers Pay Teachers that your students have loved in person and you just know students online could benefit from too?  If so, you are in luck!  I have found that with a little creativity and the annotation bar on the Zoom platform and you can get just as much use out of some of your favorite PDFs!

For example, I use my No Prep Speech and Language sets constantly!  Sure, they were made to use with a pencil and a paperclip or else with dice but I can just as easily use my electronic spinner from Super Duper Publications and my students love marking up the page just as much as they practice their speech and language skills!

With the annotation bar, my students have also been able to use the shape marker to cover pictures from my Mash and Mark series and the highlighter to highlight the hidden articulation words in my Find Articulation and Follow Directions series!  The Zoom platform also allows you to add a text bar so my students have also enjoyed breaking the mystery codes from my Crack the Code Articulation resources!

As you can see, there are many tools available to you.  What is the most important tool of all for providing successful and engaging speech therapy services via a telepractice format?  YOU!  You are the biggest determiner of your success.  Just be you!  Provide services as you would if the student was there with you in person.  Build rapport as usual and be creative.  Telepractice at times may require a little more creativity and problem solving but it is completely do-able!  You got this!

I have created a comprehensive list of my GO-TO Resources to Use for Teletherapy. If you do not want to go about making your own list, you can grab my free cheat sheet below.


 Do you know of any great websites or YouTube channels to use for speech therapy telepractice? If so, please share them with us below!  Thanks!

Literacy-based lessons work wonders in Speech therapy!  I especially love using with mixed groups and preschool students to target articulation, phonology, language, and fluency. Some of my favorite St. Patrick's Day books are mentioned below along with what goals you can easily target with the book!

There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover by Lucille Colandro
SOUND SYSTEMS: Target velars, fricatives, glides, and consonant clusters easily with this repetitive story!  Students can even practice carryover of their sounds (k, g, s, z, sh, l, r, th, clusters) targeting language concepts.

LANGUAGE: Target identification and labeling of basic vocabulary found in the print and in the pictures, work on wh-questions and yes/no questions, and practice sequencing and story retell!

How to Catch a Leprechaun by Adam Wallace
SOUND SYSTEMS: Target velars, fricatives, glides, and consonant clusters (k, g, s, z, sh, l, r, th, clusters) with this adorable story about a leprechaun getting out of traps that have been set for him.

LANGUAGE: Target vocabulary building with synonyms and antonyms.  You can also practice answering wh-questions and build phonological awareness with rhyming.

The Night Before St. Patrick's Day by Natasha Wing
SOUND SYSTEMS: Target velars, fricatives, glides, and consonant clusters (k, g, s, z, sh, l, r, th, clusters) easily with this story about a brother and sister who are excited about St. Patrick's Day. They hope to catch a leprechaun so that they can take his gold.

LANGUAGE: Target semantic features (function/description) for common items, answering wh-questions and work on irregular past tense verbs!

If you do not want to have go through the books and make your own lists, I have created an easy cheat sheet for articulation words, language concepts to target, and some basic wh-questions you can ask for each book!  You can grab your free cheat sheet below.


What are some of your favorite St. Patrick's day books to incorporate into your speech therapy lessons?  Please share with us below in the comments! Thanks!
Are you ready to celebrate St. Patrick's day in speech therapy?!  I am!  I feel that using holiday themed resources breaks up my lesson plans and brings a bit of excitement to the lessons. Check out these ten themed freebies for St. Patrick's day!
  1. St. Patrick's Day Language Pack by Speech Therapy Plans - This freebie includes a reinforcer activity, basic sentence match up, and following multiple step directions!
  2. St. Patrick's Day Positional Words Book by My Special Learners- This is a cute interactive hands-on book targeting positional phrases using St. Patrick's day icons and vocabulary. 
  3. St. Patrick's Day Pronouns by Speech is Sweet - This packet targets basic He/She/They with St. Patricks day characters!
  4. St. Patrick's Day Multiple Meanings Game by Speech Ace- This is a cute game targeting multiple words.  It can be played as the game is intended or used as flashcards. 
  5. St. Patrick's Day Barrier Game by GoldCountrySLP -I love barrier games!  So many language concepts can be covered while using barrier games!  
  6. Roll & Cover Articulation and Language Reinforcers by Mindy Stenger -This freebie provides six different reinforcer pages!
  7. Articulation Word Search Puzzles by slp701 - These word search puzzles target /r, s, l/ using St. Patrick's day vocabulary. 
  8. St. Patrick's Day Pudding Recipe by Word to the Wise - Using recipes in speech therapy can be so much fun and very functional!  You can easily target articulation, language and fluency with recipes! Plus you get a yummy treat when done! 
  9. St. Patrick's Day Conversation and Writing Prompts by Allison Fors - This free pack has both a printed and no print option!
  10.  St. Patrick's Day Open Ended Activities by Speech Sanity - This pack has several open-ended games to help pull mixed groups together!
Looking for more ideas?  Check out these blog posts!
20 Paid and Free Therapy Resources for St. Patricks day by Dean Trout's Little Shop of SLP - Love all these ideas!

Do you know of any other amazing St. Patrick's day activities?  If so, please share in the comments below!

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