Freshly sharpened pencils. Squeaky new shoes. Earlier alarm clocks. Summer is coming to an end, and it’s time to kick off another school year. As you get ready to greet former students, meet new faces, and schedule your groups, we want to be there to support you. Over the next several weeks we are going to share some of our favorite tips. To be honest, I wish I knew this stuff during my Clinical Fellowship Year. We’ll chat about planning, interventions and assessment. To start, we are going to share a speech therapy tip. Folks have loved this video, and we want to make it easily available to you right now.
Here’s the thing. Students need to know what they are working on in speech. This makes them much more accountable. And, if everyone in the group knows, it’s a great way to build rapport. I remember having a group of 4 students working on different sounds at different levels. The 2nd graders definitely knew their goals–they also knew each other’s goals. So, one day, when Jose had a great day producing his initial /r/ sounds, James said, “Jose, you did awesome on your /r/ sound today!” The comment was meaningful to Jose, and the students learned to support one another. You can even do this with younger students. I have had clients as young as two-years old who know they come to speech to work on their “buh” and “puh” sounds. So, when they made the sound, they were SO proud of their efforts.
Finding a fun and effective way for students to know their goals is important. And, speaking of goals, did you know we have a comprehensive goal bank in our free (yes, I said FREE) resource library that is available in (drum roll, please) Spanish and English. Don’t forget to bookmark it and share it with your SLP-friends: Speech Therapy Goals.
Stayed tuned. We are excited to share more fun speech therapy tips with you. And, if you have a tip for the start of the school year, please share it in the comments section below.