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4 Activities for Getting to Know Your Students

4 Activities for Getting to Know Your Students

There are many fun ways to get to know your students and help them learn about each other too! These ideas are all based on the students providing information about themselves, based on the topics that you give. Besides getting to know more about your students, it’s a great way to hear their conversational speech. […]

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Noodle Knock Down Game for Writing Prompts

Noodle Knock Down for Writing Prompts

Another new school year is here, and now is the time to get writing samples from your students. Don’t just ask your students to write about what they did over summer vacation, give them an opportunity to help pick their writing prompt with this carnival-style game. This quick activity can be used each time you […]

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Start the New Year with Visual Goals

“Do I have to do this f-o-r-e-v-e-r?” groaned Johnny. “We have to do that again?” whined Susie. Do you ever hear anything like this? Even though I find most students enjoy coming to “speech”, they don’t want to work on the same goal with no end in sight. Who does, right? If they have a […]

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Building Up Skills through the Year

It’s amazing the cumulative effect that occurs when you consistently do something a little bit at a time.  When starting out a new school year, use time to your advantage! How? Once you’ve scheduled your groups and identified your students’ goals, decide on a “building block” activity that you will work on each session.  This […]

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Easy Beginning of the School Year Activity


Here is a great and easy activity to do the first session with your students, especially if you are just getting to know them.  The only thing you’ll need is a die and something to write on (e.g., dry erase board, piece of paper) that the students can all see.  Write the numbers one through […]

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Start out Right

For many of us, this is the start of a new school year.  For others of us, it’s just another week of therapy.  Either way, this post can apply to starting a new school year or beginning therapy with a new client. One of the best pieces of advice I was given after having my […]

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