Tuesday, May 27, 2014

{Review} Superflex Superdecks

I am a HUGE fan of Social Thinking products and this next one doesn't disappoint!  Check out... Superflex Superdecks!!

This product, intended for children ages 8-11, helps students to become more flexible social thinkers by further practicing skills that they have learned.  Included in this material are:

- Information and general instructions booklet
- 4 copies of Unthinkables and Thinkables reference cards
- 4 copies of the five-step power plan
- 1 Unthinkables card deck
- 1 Thinkables card deck
- 1 Situation card deck
- 1 Strategy card deck

The information and general instructions booklet has you covered.  This book takes just a few minutes to read and will have you all set to get started with the decks.

The Unthinkables and Thinkables reference cards offer a quick review and description of the characters in the program.  The cards can also be used with the card deck games.

The five step power plan also offers a review of the steps to follow when facing a difficult social situation.  Thank goodness for the power pals!!

Here is a look at the card decks:

The Unthinkable and Thinkable card decks can be used as a match up game.  The goal of this game is to determine which Unthinkable is "put to rest" by the Thinkable.  (The back of the Thinkable and Unthinkable reference cards includes the answers.)

The situation card deck includes various situations in which Unthinkables are found.  The goal of this game is to determine which Unthinkables are at work in the given situation.  (Possible answers are included on the back of the reference card.)  Examples of situation cards include:

* "You fidget and lean back in your chair even though your teacher has asked you to sit in your chair the right way."
* "When your mom asks you to help put away the dishes, you don't say anything.  You just keep watching your favorite TV show."
* "You get upset and yell at your classmate because he wants to sit in the green chair - because YOU want to sit in the green chair!"

The strategy card deck includes various strategies that can be used when the Unthinkables are up to their usual high jinks.  The goal of this game is for children to think about which Unthinkable could be defeated using the strategy on the card.   (Possible answers are included on the back of the reference card.)  Examples of strategy cards include:

* "Notice where your group is so you know where to put your body to be part of the group."
* "Ask yourself, "How will they feel if I say this?"  If they would be hurt or mad, keep it in your brain."
* "Ask yourself, "Is my comment connected in some way to what the group is talking about?""

What I love about this product:
- The Superflex program, in general, is so creative and so engaging for adults and children alike.
- This one material offers at least four different games/ways to use the product.  (There are also many other ways that these cards could be used as well!)
- My favorite card deck is the situation card deck.  I find that practicing communication skills before using them out in the "real world" is so beneficial for children.  They can role play and get feedback about their interactions.

This FANTASTIC social skill product can be found for $40.00 HERE!

Disclaimer: This item was given to me for review.  No other compensation was provided.  The opinions expressed here are solely my own.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

{Review} SpeechPage Products

SpeechPage products are some of my favorites!!  They are extremely durable and provide great, colorful visuals to assist students in improving their speech and language skills.  (And for any organization junkies out there, SpeechPage products come in easy to store bags, have hole punches, and/or are bound by a ring so there's no risk of losing pages or parts of the activity!)  Today, I will be sharing products with you to target wh-questions, opposites, and articulation.

Interactive Wh-Questions ALL 6 WH COMBO! 3A3B is an awesome new resource from SpeechPage.  This material covers who, what, where, when, why, and how questions.

Each card includes 15 different questions (for a total of 90 questions) and has picture cues for both the question and the answer for maximum visual support with this skill.  I LOVE this resource and will definitely be getting a lot of use out of it!  Although it can be used for drilling practice, the activity is much more fun when colorful pictures and velcro are involved!  This material is usually $39.99, but is currently on sale for $34.99!!

Here is a closer look at one of the questions.  (Q: "What do we put into a washing machine?" A: "Dirty laundry.")

The next product, Interactive Opposites 5A, is simple, yet extremely useful and includes various levels so that it can be used with students as their skills change.  This activity includes fifty different antonyms in five different pages: two introductory level pages, two middle level pages, and one high level page.  All of the words/concepts on the page include opposite words on the top that have been velcro-ed to their antonym. This activity makes boring drilling way more fun and interactive!  This material is usually $32.99, but is currently on sale for $27.99!!

Last, but not least, is 48 Illustrated S or R Tongue Twisters 6A!  This is a great way to work on articulation - especially carryover of targeted sounds.  The material includes short tongue twister phrases that can easily be mastered, instead of long sentences.  This activity includes:

- 1 /r/ target page
- 1 /s/ target page
- 1 /s/ vs. "th" target page
- 1 /r/ vs. /w/ target page
- 1 /s/, /l/, /r/ target page
- 1 /s/ blends /r/ page

One of my favorite aspects of this item is the opportunity for data collecting.  The right side of each picture includes the numbers 1-3 and 1-10.  Just grab a dry erase marker and chart, or let the student chart, correct vs. incorrect productions!  The material includes cute and colorful pictures that illustrate each tongue twister for added fun!  This item is currently $15.97!

As always, SpeechPage does a great job of creating materials that are fun, easy to use, and will definitely stand the wear and tear of everyday use!  All three of these products are sure to make daily appearances in my therapy room and perhaps yours as well!

Disclaimer:  These items were given to me for review.  No other compensation was provided.  The opinions expressed here are solely my own.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

{Giveaway} "Seasonal Speech and Language Homework: Spring"

I'm so excited about my newest TpT product, which is why I've decided to do a giveaway!  Introducing... "Seasonal Speech and Language Homework: Spring"!!!  Check it out and then enter the rafflecopter giveaway below!!

Homework targets include:
* articulation
* vocabulary
* context clues/definitions
* wh-questions
* synonyms/antonyms
* multiple meaning words
* sentence structure
* attributes
* grammar (subjective pronouns, objective pronouns, possessive nouns, irregular past tense verbs, irregular plural nouns)
* problem solving
* perspective taking
* idioms
* similes
* metaphors
* functions
* categories
* main ideas/details
* inferences
* conjunctions

Themes include:
- Earth Day
- Mother's Day
- Cinco de Mayo
- St. Patrick's Day
- Easter
- March Madness
- Baseball
- Gardening
- Bugs
- Miscellaneous Spring Activities

Here are some sample pages!




You can get this 95 page material to simplify your therapy life HERE!!!

You can also enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a {free} copy!!

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