New Resources
from Speech Language Neighborhood
now on
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Pre-K, Kindergarten, First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Not Grade Specific -

Happy Holidays and Happy 2016!

I’m happy to announce that the Speech Language Neighborhood worksheets are in the process of being updated and uploaded to Teachers Pay Teachers (click on the icon above)! In the coming weeks you’ll find your favorite tried and true SLN resources as well as many new stories developed for my students with Autism. For many I have used my own puppy, Martin, as the hero who encourages answering WH questions, learning grammar, and handling social situations. I hope you have as much fun using these with your students/children as I do with my students. Any and all feedback is much appreciated. Amanda Backof, M.S. CCC-SLP 12/27/15

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"Martin! Where are You?" a FREE short story about a wandering puppy and a fun way to teach students how to answer "where" questions. There are so many commercial materials available that focus on answering basic "wh" questions. Unfortunately, materials to teach higher level, literature based, questions do not exist. Out of necessity, I developed Martin stories to promote generalization of these basic skills, first to Martin stories and then to curriculum based activities. I have used the Martin stories with my students with autism as well as with students in general education with great success! Students don't realize they are learning how to answer "wh" questions as they listen to the story of mischievous and adorable wandering Westie, Martin. The story is also embedded with multiple opportunities to answer "where", "who", "what", "when", "why" and "how" questions. Maximum results masked by maximum fun! Symbolstix symbols from bring the story to life and are used with permission under a commercial license agreement. For grades K-6. Sample SMART Goal included.

"How To Be an Awesome Friend: A Kid's Guide to Being a Better Friend Through Listening, Sharing, Caring, and Being Thoughtful" is a quick read chapter book that was developed to address a variety of dysregulating situations that may happen in a classroom of students with autism. According to Barry Prizant's new book, "Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism", behaviors are a direct result of students feeling dysregulated. "How to Be an Awesome Friend" addresses dysregulation by giving words to feelings which may lead to easier regulation of self and understanding of self. Chapter 1: Listen and Look - eye contact Chapter 2: Ask Why? -Why we feel how we feel Chapter 3: Be Helpful - Helping others helps us both feel good Chapter 4: Use Words - Use words instead of spitting Chapter 5: Don't be afraid to Share - using timers, understanding thank sharing is ok.
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These are just a few of the resources now on Teachers Pay Teachers!
Pre-K, Kindergarten, First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Not Grade Specific -

For SLPs

This site was created primarily to share my experience using the iPad in speech and language therapy. The apps discussed are (mostly) ones I personally use on a regular basis, and include a synopsis of how I use them in therapy with my students.

In this section I also share links to the web sites I have found helpful to use both during speech and language therapy and in lesson planning.
How To Use This Site

The categories are pretty standard:
Articulation, Expressive/Receptive Language, Grammar, Pragmatics, and Augmentative Communicaiton. Sections, grouped by age, feature a tab for each app, and contain a synopsis of how I use it in therapy.