Language Samples are an essential component of a preschooler’s ongoing assessment in the therapy room and in the classroom. It requires the therapist to assess all aspects of communication, not just the child’s goals or MLU. (Sometimes we use the term MLU lightly and we are quickly looking at an estimated sentence length.) Highlighting the morphemes before counting all the words can be helpful. When this information is included in a report, it provides the reader with a more comprehensive understanding of the child’s abilities. There are 2 sheets included in this packet:
1. Language Sample Summary Checklist consisting of Form, Content and Use of language.
2. More detailed checklist providing age levels for phrases, sentences, pronouns and morphemes for assessing MLU (mean length of utterance.)
MLU Checklist including phrases, sentences, pronouns, morphemes
This handout provides 2 pages of fun activities to engage little ones in listening and following directions. Suggestions are for therapists, parents and teachers. This is a nice companion to my Following Directions checklist. Includes activities around the house, fun with toys and games, water play, car travel and iPad app suggestions. Complete app list can be downloaded here at www.preschoolspeechie.com.
Be a Good Speech Model
Preverbal Communication - 3 pages
1. Explanation of preverbal communication
2. AAC Checklist
3. Functional play checklist - to assess child's understanding of function of objects
YEAR ROUND ENLARGED PACING BOARD - for tapping out syllables or 2-4 word phrases. Help child maintain proper inflection/accenting on words (e.g. visual supports - finger going up or down, arrows.) Add seasonal stickers throughout the year to decorate. Note of caution - some little ones can be distracted by the stickers.
Pacing board/segmenting for multisyllable words- I decided to try a countdown strip as a pacing board in one of my sessions the other day. The child displayed higher level skills and needed to work on his rate. It worked really well, so I modified the strip- moved the numbers to be horizontal and added dots for counting syllables. This is a smaller strip which works nicely for carryover at home as well. There are 4 strips on the page. Laminate strips and arrows and cut out. Velcro next to each number (& arrow) and therapist or child can move the arrow to the correct number of syllables.
FARM PICS for Peekaboo Barn app- (by Night & Day Studios)-my most popular app with preschoolers. I use this app with a variety of levels - those who are learning cause & effect, sd association, articulation, labeling farm animals, actions open & close door, and greetings hi & bye. When I use an app, it is always tied in to a hands-on activity. In the case of Peekaboo Barn, child may either play with toy animals and/or find pictures of the animal on a velcro board, depending on level of ability.
I Spy Game and Pictures
48 Multisyllabic Words for Preschool - CLICK ON PDF TO DOWNLOAD 2 PAGES. Tie in to pacing and prosody strategies such as tapping, hitting a drum, singing the words, clapping hands. Turn any one of the pictures into a pacing board. Cut the picture into 3 pieces if it's a 3 syllable words and 4 pieces if it's a 4 syllable word. Separate pieces at first and then child can put them together like a puzzle - you can say to the child, "You put your sounds together like a puzzle." If child reduces the syllable, take a piece of the puzzle and say, e.g. "Part of the banana is missing, you said bana. The banana looks like this now. Let's hear all 3 parts, banana." Pics from Bing Images.
FEED ME BAGS-Laminate all pictures. Cut out mouths on the face and bag and attach with velcro or yarn. Use as a reinforcement or for specific goals, e.g. MLU, Pronouns, articulation, basic concepts. Add your own food too! Put a picture on the outside of the bag and include food the child eats. Tie this activity in with the SPEECH TREATS app too. Save space - hang up bangs when activity is completed. Download more food pics for FREE from kids-pages.com (in my Resource Connections section )
Feeding Guidelines Placemat - This placemat customizes the feeding program for the child and can be followed through in the classroom setting. Just fill in the information and laminate!
Ricki's APP List Updated Jan 21, 2013 (62 favorite out of 241)
The list keeps growing! Bold APPS are new (53). Highlighted APPS are favorites- 62 (out of 241!) They are all my favorites, so I did my best to pick my favorite favorite! Apps have been sorted into categories which may help for sorting purposes on the ipad. With a touch of creative input, apps often can be utilized for any goal and paired with a hands on activity.
Page 1 - AAC,cause-effect - VERY EASY
Page 2 - sounds, articulation, books - articulation apps can give you a list of sounds....doesn't always have to be flashcard drills...kids can enjoy "drill" during creative activities, e.g. art, books, games
Page 3 - more books, follow directions & sequence
Page 4 - more follow directions, auditory memory, games,
Page 5 - puzzles, hidden pics, songs, vocabulary-language
Page 6 - more vocabulary-language, classification-assoc,Wh quest
Page 7 - ABC, 123, phonics, reinforcement
iPad Apps Jan 13 L.xlsx - See more at: http://www51.jimdo.com/app/s93b9a70bc7fa403e/p9cb37eabe6483ca0/#sthash.ndvoVev8.g9LxvD2l.dpuf