Mixed groups can get a bit crazy sometimes in speech therapy
|No-prep printables perfect for mixed articulation groups in speech therapy.|
We’ve all had ’em if you are a school-based speech-language pathologist. The challenges are real, especially as groups grow larger. And they are, with so many school settings tossing crazy high caseloads at SLPs. (But that’s another topic I could spend a day on. Grrr.)
Does this sound familiar? You have three or four or…gulp!.. five or more kiddos head your way for a session of working on articulation with maybe one or two of the kids with language goals as well. These children are antsy after doing work for the better part of the day. Quietly. With no talking.
So now you’re asking them to drill, then quietly wait as you take a turn with each of the other students in the group?
Yeah… not going to happen without a plan. Nope! So what do you do? I shared a bunch of great ideas in this post, Three Sure-Fire Secrets to Solving Mixed Group Madness.
I talked about three rules:
1. Reduce wait time and keep kids busy between turns.
2. Don’t make kids wait as you shuffle a pile of prompts trying to find the right list for the next student.
3. Have a data-taking method that’s quick and simple to…. you guessed it…reduce wait time.
Sensing a theme here? Wait time is your enemy.
You need an activity that keeps kids actively engaged, but won’t eat up speech therapy time.
So how about kicking it up a notch for your older students in elementary or middle school?
My second through fourth graders love coloring intricate patterns…even the boys.
|No-prep Zen articulation activities for S and Th sounds|
So when I saw these amazing Zen letters, I knew I had to create Zen articulation activities for you. There are three gorgeous patterns: paisley, flowers and hearts. I sprinkled all 3 in each pack, so kids would have a choice of patterns. Or choose a different one each session.
They are so fun to color, and kids absolutely love them. A quiet, highly engaging, calm activity? Check!
A few more reasons these work really well in mixed groups…
You need all your prompts handy and easy to find so there’s no hunting and shuffling around for the right one.
Here’s the challenge in speech therapy groups…You may have one student working on medial /l/ at the word level, another one on sentence-level vocalic r and a third on final voiced ‘th’ at the phrase level. Everybody’s working on something different!
When you start digging for the right prompt, you run the risk of losing the kids as they wait… and that’s when those off-task behaviors kick in. Reduce idle wait time! (Yep, that’s my mantra for mixed groups.)
Stay organized with word, phrase and sentence level prompts all on each page.
|Vocalic R Articulation Zen coloring|
Super convenient, because you can address any level with a single page.
I like to have my sentence-level kiddos warm up on the word and phrase levels, before taking data on the sentence level prompts.
For kiddos that have mastered sentence level, there are also sound-loaded challenge pages with 4-5 target words per sentence.
|Sound-loaded practice provides extra challenge.|
What about working on language goals with this activity?
- Define the word.
- What category? (If it’s a noun)
- Use the word in a sentence.
- Tell an adjective/ adverb to describe the word, and use it in a sentence. (Prompt: ran. Answer: ran quickly)
- Provide a synonym/antonym for the word.
- Does the word have any other meanings?
|No-Prep Zen Articulation Bundle|
- Initial R
- Vocalic R
- Voiced Th and Voiceless Th coloring pages.
You might even find yourself coloring the beautiful patterns too.
Can you resist? I couldn’t. So grab the colored pencils. It’s fun. And relaxing.
I hope you give it a try! You can check out the bundle HERE. Have fun.