Assistive Technology, Free Downloads, Holiday Theme, Language, Resources

Holiday Cheer – FREE Visual Support for Functional Communication

The holidays are very quickly approaching! Who am I kidding, they are already here. Before busy moms and dads had even finished their school supply shopping, stores were convincing us that holiday preparations must immediately begin. Even though I am still creating my back-to-school organization system (a nevr-ending process, apparently,) I am clearly in full holiday mode and planning for the hustle and bustle that will carry us all into 2013. How about a FREE DOWNLOAD to spread some holiday cheer!?

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With family dinners, parties and get-togethers planned, the holidays can be a
hectic time–possible overwhelmingly so to an individual needing pragmatic or
communication support. These pragmatic communication cards containing core
vocabulary/functional phrases provide visual support for expressing wants and
needs in a variety of social situations. The cards can be left as-is and used as
a communication/choice board, or cut apart and placed on a ring for easy access.
The cards can also be used in conjunction with an AAC/AT device or low-tech
communication board for communication support that is portable and
functional.The cards are applicable year-round, but may be especially useful
during holidays, family get-togethers or parties.

Enjoy!!

Announcements, Holiday Theme, Language, Resources

Time for a Giveaway!!

In addition to my big Thanksgiving Sale over at my TPT store, I am now offering a Giveaway! Want to win my most popular Thanksgiving resource? This 18 page download offers many different ways to target descriptive vocabulary with a Thanksgiving twist:

Interested in winning this LiveSpeakLove favorite?? Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Head on over to the LiveSpeakLove page on Facebook
  2. SHARE (with public view) the Giveaway post
  3. Comment underneath the post so I can include your name in the random drawing

That’s it! One lucky winner will be selected by tomorrow (Friday, November 16, 2012) at 8:00 PM. Can’t wait to see who wins my very first giveaway!!

Thoughts and Inspirations

Deck the Halls! Holiday Speech-Language Therapy

Well, I did not make it all the way to Thanksgiving before I just had to start sharing some of my holiday speech-language therapy activities. The first of my Holiday series is now available on Teachers Pay Teachers! I am thrilled that so many of you are enjoying my previously posted activities. THANK YOU for your support and appreciation. I feel truly blessed that I can share the things my students have loved for so many years, and that other students across the world are enjoying them as well. SO…..here is the first of my series, a comprehensive speech-language activity set that targets seasonal vocabulary featuring Christmas, Hanukkah (Chanukah) and Kwanzaa:

This is the product you have been waiting for…a comprehensive activity set
targeting language skills in a variety of ways through seasonal vocabulary that
can be adjusted to meet the needs of any student in your classroom or therapy
room. This activity set incorporates seasonal vocabulary from Christmas,
Hanukkah (Chanukah) and Kwanzaa using a variety of open-ended games. These games
can be tailored to meet individual academic or speech-language therapy goals,
and is perfect for small or large groups – even learning centers and push-in
therapy sessions in the classroom. Skills addressed in this packet include:
seasonal vocabulary use and comprehension, use and comprehension of descriptive
words, comprehension of wh questions, word classes/attributes…and
more!

What you get: 16 pages total including
Cover Page (perfect for
student notebook, RTI packet or file folder covers); 6 unique Bingo game boards
in full color; also 6 boards with no-color backgrounds for easier printing (12
boards total); Full color and no-color background stimulus cards to use for
Bingo game (you can also print double sets of these cards for an instant
memory/matching game!); Stimulus Pages for Following Directions, WH Questions
and Mystery Clue Games. This activity set will be put to good use all season
long!

Thoughts and Inspirations

Give Thanks

Have you been participating in the 30 Days of Thanks that many people are doing on Facebook? Each day, people are posting something for which they are thankful. This is the first year I have decided to give it a try on my personal Facebook page — I’m actually enjoying it! I rather like highlighting the positive things in my life. So far, here are a few things for which I am thankful, in no particular order:

  • My job! Doing what I love and loving what I do
  • Coffee…need I say more?
  • My husband
  • My children
  • My country
  • Freedom
  • The right to vote
  • A weekend afternoon nap — ahhhh, luxury!!
  • A family breakfast
  • The chance to LIVE SPEAK LOVE and make a small bit of difference in the world

How about you?? I’d love to hear what Live Speak Love readers are thankful for this month.I am thankful for YOU and for your support.

~Lisa

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Turkey Talk! Thanksgiving Articulation Activity Set

Thank you for all the wonderful feedback I have received about the Thanksgiving Speech and Language activities that I have posted so far. I just LOVE how everyone is getting in the holiday spirit with Thanksgiving! NOOOO jumping straight from Halloween into the winter holidays, please! Let’s savor the season with a little more Thanksgiving fun. To add to your motivation, I have just posted my Thanksgiving Articulation set at my TPT Store.

Turkey Talk, anyone??? Here you go:

The resources included in this download include seasonal articulation stimuli
cards for the phonemes /k/, /g/, /f/, /p/, /s/, /l/ and /r/. Your students will
love completing a variety of activities using the Thanksgiving pictures that
incorporate their target sounds in the initial, medial and final positions of
words. The pictures can be used in a variety of ways, detailed in to the
enclosed instructions.

What you get:
25 pages total, including color
and black and white cover pages, instructions/suggestions, single phoneme turkey
pages to use as cover pages, token incentive sheets, RTI Packet cover pages,
homework pages or coloring pages (color versions and black and white pages
included for each targeted phoneme); also includes Thanksgiving-themed stimuli
cards for the phonemes /k/, /g/, /f/, /p/, /r/, /s/ and /l/, with words
targeting sounds in the initial, medial and final positions. Hope you like this set!

As always, THANK YOU for visiting LiveSpeakLove!

Thoughts and Inspirations

Thanksgiving Season is Here! Seasonal Activities Galore

Goodbye Halloween, Hello Thanksgiving! Even though the stores barely acknowledge you and people tend to only think of you as they plan their menus and make their Christmas lists, I, for one, adore you!! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. My memories of yesteryear’s Thanksgivings are forever treasured, filling my mind with pictures that are bittersweet to reflect on and remember. Memories that are fleeting, yet vivid– family gathered by the fire, road trips on chilly days to see loved ones, and bountiful blessings that colored my world.  I loved Thanksgiving as a child, and perhaps love it even more as an adult. I love celebrating Thanksgiving with children, knowing that I am giving them pictures for their own minds–images they will perhaps conjure up year after year in reflection and gratitude. You may have already seen my Thanksgiving activites previously posted…if not, take a look! I am very pleased to see so many of you enjoying the activities. Here are a couple more in my series, with more to come!

Target auditory processing, location word vocabulary, spatial relationshipsand
more using this fun activity package.Use these games to incorporate multiple learning styles and target a variety of
skills. Students will love the Thanksgiving-themed games as you they complete the activities incoprorating visual, auditory, kinsethetic and tactile learning styles.

This multi-skill lesson is the perfect way to target a variety of speech-language and academic skills using the Thanksgiving theme. This visual-rich activity targets multiple intelligences and learning styles through and activity that incorporates following verbal and visual directions, sequencing, ordinal, sequential and prepositional vocabulary, written language, fine motor skills and even social skills and relationship building. This activity is perfect for small or large group lessons, and lends itself well to co-treatment with the SLP and OT, guidance counselor and/or social worker. Students love creating a card that they can then give away to a friend or special family member to show gratitude and appreciation. This comprehensive activity has been a hit in my speech-language room and in classrooms during push in lessons for many years!!
I would love to hear other activities people are using, and even hear some of your favorite memories of this delicious holiday.  Thanks for visiting LiveSpeakLove! ~Lisa