Thursday, April 25, 2013

Phony Baloney: A Social Fake Game

HI there. Tonight I want to share with you a new material that I created called Phony Baloney: A Social Fake Game. First, let me start by saying that yes, I DO know that Italians may spell it bologna, and that you can also spell it boloney (trust me...my husband and I both looked it up :-), but I wanted to reference being a "phony baloney", or faker, so baloney it is! Please don't take offense if you're a deli meat connoisseur ;)

So, what's my game all about? Well, I have several students who are working on social cognition and pragmatic language. My intention with this game is to practice both perspective-taking skills, as well as the pragmatic function of "what do I say?" Sometimes, the socially expected response or action may be to do or say nothing. My students really need practice in ignoring some social issues, do yours?

 Here's a peek at my game:


My game has 40 social situation cards that describe a scenario where a "social fake" is needed. The student must answer four questions about the situation from this template:

Here's the game contents and directions:



Here's a peek at the cards:


 Also included is a double-wide board game:

I got some very nice comments back from my previewers, what do you think? If you're interested in my game, find it at my TPT store here.

Have a great night!
Rebecca-SLP :-)
PS- the first person to comment below, with an email, will win the game FREE ;)



Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Plant A Seed Regular Verb FREEBIE with blank cards

Hi! Did you like my irregular verb freebie this week? Want some regular verbs, too? Well here they are, by request :-)
Here's a peek (it's exactly the same as my other activity, but with regular verbs):



You get 30 regular past tense verb cards. I have also included a blank sheet for both my regular and irregular verb cards for you to make your own (by request).


Find my extra Fabulous Freebie here.
Happy Wednesday!
Rebecca-SLP :-)

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Plant a Seed: Irregular Verb FREEBIE!

Hi out there. If you've watched the news at all in the past week, I'm sure you've heard about the tragedy at the Boston Marathon, and the chaotic and tense days that followed. Here in Massachusetts we truly had a difficult week watching the events unfold, and worrying about the victims as well as public safety. This past week was also our spring break from school, so I decided to give myself the week off from blogging to spend time with my well-deserving children and family.

Tonight I'm back with another Fabulous Freebie! I know it's Earth Day tomorrow, but I wanted to make a simple irregular verb activity that could be used beyond tomorrow, so my simple Plant a Seed activity uses the same sweet springtime graphics as my Springtime Auditory Working Memory Complete Kit. If you want, feel free to combine this activity with my kit and use it for mixed groups with any of the kit board games!
Here's a peek:




I hope this week finds you safe, well, and grateful for the wonderful world we share. I know I am!
Happy Earth Day! Find my freebie here!
Rebecca-SLP :-)

Friday, April 12, 2013

Savings Makes Similes and Metaphors: A Figurative Language Game FREEBIE!

Hi Just Speechie SLP readers! I hope you're doing well :-)
Tonight, as promised on Facebook, I have another Fabulous Freebie for you!

At the school where I work, some students participate in a banking program called "Savings Makes Sense". I decided to make a fun little piggy bank game for figurative language, specifically similes and metaphors. We all know that figurative language can be difficult for our language impaired kiddos, as well as those with social cognition challenges, due to its non-literal nature. In order to use similes and metaphors, a student must have the ability to compare and contrast using defining attributes. This activity is a higher-level language concept that directly links to reading comprehension.

So, here's a peek at the game:






I'm giving you 48 simile and metaphor coins, piggy banks, a main bank, and directions. You can find this Fabulous Freebie here, and please don't forget to leave FEEDBACK :-)
Rebecca-SLP :-)

Monday, April 8, 2013

Catching Fireflies Extension Ideas!

Hello again! Last night I posted another Catching Fireflies activity, and a few readers had some really great ideas that I thought I would share! One reader suggested that it might make a great companion to The Very Lonely Firefly book by Eric Carle. What a great idea to make a thematic unit out of it! I found a paperback version on Amazon here for about $5.
Here's a picture of the book cover:

Another reader suggested that it might be fun to make a flashlight activity out of the cards. Wow! What a great idea! I found this sweet flashlight activity on Pinterest that could be adapted to use with my cards. Instead of pointing to a letter with the flashlight, how about pointing to a word association match? Or the attribute you are using? See the idea here.

How about you? Any other great ideas for fireflies?
Oh, and if you missed my post last night, you can find my packet here!

Have a great night!
Rebecca-SLP :-)

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Catching Fireflies Language Processing Packet with FABULOUS FREEBIE!

Good Sunday evening! I hope you're doing well! I don't know about you, but I've been loving my Catching Fireflies activity. In fact, I love those little buggies so much that I decided to make an entire packet of language processing activities to use with my students!
Here's a peek at my packet:

Included you get 40 word association cards with pictures! Here's a peek:

You also get 40 categorization cards with pictures, 8 category jars for sorting, and a board game to play!
Here's a pic of some cards:


You will also get 40 attributes cards with pictures, attributes visuals to use with the cards, and a board game!
Here's a peek at the game and cards:

This packet is available at my TPT store here! Oh, and be sure to download the preview for a FABULOUS FREEBIE: 20 free word association cards!
The first person to comment below will win a free copy, so be sure to leave an email!
Please leave FEEDBACK so I know what you think :-)
Rebecca-SLP :-)



Thursday, April 4, 2013

A Great App for Social Cognition!

Hi all! It's hard to believe that I haven't posted in a week, but with the holiday and a busy family (oh yeah, and a full time job :-), time has gotten away from me!
Tonight I wanted to write a post about an app that I've been using for a while. It's called Ladybird Classic Me Books. Here's a screenshot from the app store:

I found this app about a year ago and bought a bunch of the books when they were on sale. I LOVE this app for working on social cognition, and here's why:
Do you see the directions on the left page? Those directions tell you how to make audio "hotspots" within the book. Basically what the app developer has done is upload a bunch of traditional tales like The Gingerbread Man, The Little Red Hen, The Three Little Pigs, etc. and added audio to the story and pictures when the "hotspots" are touched. The app is developed by a British company, so the narrators have an accent. That's not a problem for Americans (or anyone else) though, because you can simply create a new audio "hotspot" to record your own voice (or a client's) over the narrator! 
Here's why this app is so great for social cognition: INNER VOICE. What do I mean? Look at the picture below from The Gingerbread Man.... 
Do you see how the gingerbread man is trusting the fox to help him? As adults with intact social cognition, we can infer that the fox is tricking the gingerbread man into trusting him...many of our clients do not have that skill. With this app, you can record an audio hotspot on the characters' heads (because that's where their thoughts are) that tells what they are thinking! For example, on this page, I recorded the gingerbread man thinking, "Oh, I'm so glad this fox is going to help me escape!", and the fox thinking, "Now I've got him! I can't wait to eat him up!"
The first time I used this book with a student she was amazed that the fox might appear to be helping when his motives (via his inner monologue) did not match his language. It was quite an "AHA!" moment for my student. Here's another page from the book:
The audio hotspots on this page reveal the thoughts, "I'm so glad I'm staying safe and dry up here!" and "You're getting closer to my mouth!". Again, there are several great books for working on this. I love using The Little Red Hen to reveal her thoughts versus the lazy pig, goose, cat, etc. This is a great way to work on PERSPECTIVE. 
Here's a shot of part of my bookshelf:
I do have most of their books. The only drawback to this app (in my opinion) is that the books are older versions... with older pictures (they look like 1950s) and varied endings to the stories. In most of the tales, the main character does not have a happy ending (e.g., the gingerbread man is eaten by the fox, two of the little pigs get eaten, Chicken Little and her friends get eaten, and the troll dies at the end of The Three Billy-Goats Gruff). I haven't used these books with a student who has been overly-sensitive to the plight of the characters, but some younger students might find the endings upsetting (just a warning).
Overall, I tend to use this app with 3rd grade and up, and I haven't had an issue.
What are your thoughts? Do you use this app? I really love that you can add the thoughts of the characters, and haven't found another app that allows that audio customization of pictures in storybooks...do you know of any others?
Please let me know your thoughts, and have a great night!
Rebecca-SLP :-)
PS- Watch for another TPT product later this week ;)