Related Service Resources
Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech, Social Work, BCBA
Social Work Services
If you feel you need to talk to a social worker, please call the following and either they will get in touch with you or they will refer them to someone who will. We will also refer students through Centerstone or the SIU Family MEdicine Care-a-Van if that is where their regular services are. The contacts are:
• Home-Speech-Home - specific sounds in words, sentences, and paragraphs- https://www.home-speech-home.com/speech-therapy-word-lists.html
• Tracy Boyd’s Ed online articulation games (matching, concentration)- https://www.quia.com/pages/havemorefun.html
•Minimal pairs by Caroline Bowen-
•Speech Teammate - https://www.speechteammate.com/free-articulation-worksheets
•Carrie Clark- SLP Solutions: This YouTube channel includes 5-6 minute videos that can provide direct instruction, models, and verbal/visual cues for a student’s target speech sound. It also includes videos that can provide parents with strategies for expanding language skills in young children.
• Language lessons to songs https://youtube.com/watch?feature+youtu.be&v=0knOmm3yPrk
• Speakingofspeech.com - all areas of speech therapy
• Teacherspayteachers.com - search “free speech therapy”
•Free material - search for “Outer Space-Themed Speech & Language Homework Calendar”
•Superduperinc.com - https://www.superduperinc.com/Handouts/Handout.aspx
•Speech & Language Kids - https://www.speechandlanguagekids.com
•Starfall - www.starfall.com
•Games for speech and language development: http://www.playingwithwords365.com/15-best-games-for-speech-language-social-skills-development/
•Don Johnston Readtopia free thematic unit on Working Together (language comprehension through literacy for mod-significant needs)
•Scholastic Learn at Home provides 20 days’ worth of active learning journeys designed to reinforce and sustain educational opportunities for those students who are unable to attend school. https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html?caching
• www.videolearningsquad.com just posted they will allow free access during this time. Posted on SLP’s for evidence based practice
•Wacky Web Tales: https://www.eduplace.com/tales/
Some suggestions for fostering language development:
1. Say/read nursery rhymes so your child can hear the rhythm and flow of language.
2. Sing simple songs together to encourage vocal use, teach concepts, and expand vocabulary. (i.e. Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes)
3. Use body language in everyday communication to support multi-modal communication. (i.e. shrug your shoulders, shake your head)
4. Name and describe objects you and your child are looking at together. You can ask your child to help you come up with descriptive words (i.e. What color is it? How does it feel? Soft or hard? [Giving them a choice of words reinforces vocabulary and decreases the language demand.])
5. Model correct pronunciation and grammar. You don’t need to always correct them; just repeat what they say with the corrections. Children are like sponges – they soak up what they hear repeatedly!
6. Expand on your child’s sentences to be more descriptive/clear/grammatical. This validates his/her efforts and provides a model, which supports and encourages language growth.
7. Talk during play. The more language models your child hears, the more he/she will want to talk and will know about language.
8. Ask open –ended questions instead of yes/no questions. This encourages your child to produce language rather than answering yes or no. If he/she has difficulty, you can provide two choices. (i.e. what do you want to eat? Spaghetti or pizza?)
9. Focus on the positive! Children’s attitudes often reflect their parents’ attitudes!
10. Listen to your child! – Give them your full attention to show that they are an equal communication partner.
11. Look at books/read together. This supports language development in so many ways! You don’t need to read the pages word for word, but talk about the pictures, make connections to your child’s life (i.e. in the book the boy has a red ball; say to your child “Oh look, there is a red ball like yours! What do you do with your ball? What does he do with his?”
• If your child is working on a specific sound, you can look for that sound/letter throughout the book and practice saying words with that sound.
•Teachers Pay Teachers, Free Handout - https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/FreeDownload/4-Incredible-Stuttering-Treatment-Techniques-for-Preschool-Children-Who-Stutter-4291149
•Everydayspeech.com - sign up for a free trial
•Videolearningsquad.com - free right now only
•Model Me Going Places 2- free social stories app https://videolearningsquad.com/courses/free-access-social-skills-squad/. - free social stories
•Ms. Lane’s SLP materials http://slpmaterials.blogspot.com/search?q=social+skills
WEBSITES FOR Augmentative and Alternative Communication Practice
•Core word practice - https://www.tobiidynavox.com/en-US/software/content/core-first/#CoreFirstLearning
•Goboardmaker.com - https://goboardmaker.com/pages/activities-to-go (sign up for free trial)
•Core Workshop https://www.coreworkshop.org
• AssistiveWare Core Word Classroom (create free account): https://www.assistiveware.com/blog/assistiveware-core-word-classroom
Social Work Resources
Free Apps that can be used
Gross Motor Activities
1 – Toss bean bags into baskets-Provide laundry baskets. Then get your learners in several rows, and have them take turns tossing bean bags into the target.
2 – Move on paper plates-Buy some colored paper plates. Then get creative! Place them in a row (red, green, red, green) and have students step on just the red ones. Or have them get down on all fours and “skate” with a plate under each hand. Put the plates in a row to get your students moving around the classroom. Put the plates far apart for biiiig steps. Or put them close together for tiny steps.
3 – Learn with a ball toss-If your learners are able to catch a simple toss, put them in a circle. Then think of a way to incorporate learning with a ball toss. For example, you can throw a ball to a student and name a word. Then s/he names a rhyming word and tosses the ball back to you. Toss it to another student with a new word for him/her to rhyme.
4 – Play “find and tag it”-This is a versatile game that can be used to review many different skills. Just tell your learners to find something and tag it. For example, “Find and tag something blue.” Or “Find and tag something that starts with /s/.”
5 – Move like an animal-You’ll need some open space, but this is a great way to get kids using new muscles. Here are some ideas:
6 – Have fun with painter’s tape- Painter’s tape is one of the best inventions ever. It goes on (and comes off) easily – whether you’ve got a smooth floor or a carpeted one (but be sure to test it first just to be sure). And there’s so much you can do with it! Put it on the floor like a ladder. Then have students see how many rungs they can jump. Can they jump farther with a running start?
7 – Play indoor hopscotch-I really think painter’s tape is the way to go on this one. Create a simple hopscotch board with numbers. Then have students toss a bean bag on a space and jump to get there. Another idea is to use cardboard squares that you can pull out at any time. Tip: Change the skill that learners review with hopscotch; instead of putting numbers on the squares, consider letters, shapes, or sight words.
8 – Use balloons_-Blow up enough balloons for each of your learners (plus extras, because you know you’ll need them after the inevitable popping). Have them put a balloon between their knees and walk like a penguin. Or they can toss the balloon and catch it so that it never hits the floor.
Can they balance the balloon on a part of their body (like an outstretched arm) and walk a few steps – or across the room?
9 – Alphabet action cards - Print our free alphabet action cards – then get active while reviewing the alphabet one letter at a time.
10 – Copy me!-This is where you can get in your workout for the day. Simply do a series of exercises or silly actions, and have your students copy you. Jump like a kangaroo. Scratch like a monkey. Run in a place. (Whatever it takes to get that heart rate up!)
11 – Create a wiggle jar-Print action cards and place them in jar. When your students need a movement break, pull a few cards for everyone to do. Here are some ideas for a preschool wiggle jar:
12 – Tape balance beam-This is ultra simple, but surprisingly fun! Grab several rolls of colorful painter’s tape, and set it on the floor in different lines; make the lines zigzag, curvy, straight, or shaped like a circle, square, or other shape.Then challenge your learners to walk each colored line from beginning to end.
13 – Dance like this-If your learners like to dance, put on some music – but give them instructions to dance a particular way. They can dance slow, fast, in a circle, silly, etc.
14 – Roll and move-Grab a large soft die (like this one), and write a list of simple exercises on cards. Have one learner draw a card, and another roll the die. The die tells you how many times to do the exercise. Here are some ideas for the exercise cards:
15 – Be an athlete-Have your learners pretend to do one of these sports. Think of it as heart-pumping charades!
16 – Be the weather-Children can use their bodies to be different kinds of weather, such as:rain,,snow,earthquake,tornado,wind
17 – Learning scavenger hunt-Write things your students are learning on sticky notes – they may be letters, numbers, shapes, sight words, etc. Put the sticky notes in various places around the room (some hidden and some obvious), and see how many your learners can find and identify.
18 – Sing active songs-Sing one of these classic songs, and add some actions!
19 – Do alphabet yoga-If you have nap mats or towels, pull them out and challenge your learners to do a yoga pose for various letters of the alphabet.
A – Airplane (hold still and move arms to the side)
B – Bicycle (lie on your back and pedal your feet)
C – Cat pose (get on all fours; then round your back while tucking in your chin; release)
Balance and coordination skills:
Fine Motor Activities
Learning Without Tears. Their website has opened up for free accounts to parents. It has handwriting and keyboarding programs. www.LWTears.com
Play with playdough
Practice writing your letters and numbers in shaving cream
Additional Free Resources
1. IXL: Comprehensive K-12 curriculum, individualized guidance, and real-time analytics. www.ixl.com
• Kindergarten – 12th Grade Language Arts
2. Everyday Speech: Social-emotional and Autism
3. Read Works: Kindergarten to 12th Grade reading and passages and comprehension questions.
4. Khan Academy: nonprofit with the mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.
5. Free Language Stuff: hundreds of language worksheets and activities in more than 20 areas