This is my first ever Linky Party blog posting!
AND it's all about one of my favorite areas of Speech-Language Pathology -
So without further ado...ahem...
"These are a few of my fluency things..."
1. Focus on Fluency by Kristin Chemela at SuperDuperInc.If you're new to the SLP world and are looking to make an investment I'd suggest the Focus on Fluency kit. You can find it at SuperDuperInc.com
The kit has everything you'll need to begin a fluency treatment program with elementary and middle school students. The website says grades 2-8, but I've adapted it and used it successfully with younger students as well.
- The high quality materials are all there, nicely laminated and contained in the box
(which has pull out drawers!).
- The instruction book is easy to implement and comes with a CD for easy reproduction.
- The icons are simple and easy for the students to remember.
- The cost of the kit is a large factor, especially for those of us with small (or even non-existent) materials budgets, but that is why it's an investment.
I am not all about reinventing the wheel, so if you'd like more info and lots of picture previews for this product go and see Jenna at Speech Room News.
2. Easy Does It for Fluency (Preschool/Primary and Intermediate) by Barbara Roseman and Karin Johnson at Linguisystems
These books are also great resources, especially if you work with the little ones at the pre-school level.
The Preschool/Primary version takes special care to discuss and provide suggestions on how to incorporate phonological processing therapy with fluency therapy. There are also great ideas on how to help parents become involved with fluency therapy at home, since that's where our little ones spend most of their time.
The Intermediate level is designed for grades 1-7, so this edition will cover a wide range of students on your caseload. That's always nice, especially with fluency materials since you never know when a student will appear with fluency needs. This one book could give you everything you need to target all your students' fluency goals from analyzing their speech to desensitizing all the way up to maintaining.
- Both sets come with very informational manuals and materials books.
- The materials books include a CD for easy reproduction.
- Two levels are appropriate for target audiences.
- There aren't many hands on, ready to go activities with these. They will require a bit of prep time on your part, but overall the efforts will be well worth the energy.
3. Fluency Scenes (Elementary and Adolescent) from Linguisystems
These are card sets with colorful and detailed pictures on one side and prompts on the other side. The two levels present age-appropriate social situations which I find incredibly helpful with my older students who are "too cool for school" - you know the ones I mean!
- Cards are laminated and durable.
- Cards are grouped together to target stages of fluency therapy from establishing fluency to transfer and maintenance.
- The cards are really all you'd need to complete a whole fluency session which is a nice bonus for those of us who travel.
- The pictures scenes could be used in mixed groups to target language goals (WH questions, problem solving, inferencing/predicting) and articulation as well.
- The cards come in a nice vinyl folder, but I'd prefer a box for storage.
***THIS JUST IN***
Linguisystems offers a Member's Only Sale twice a year. Membership is FREE and once you've signed up you'll get 20% off your purchase during the sale. Guess what, Speechie Friends? It's SALE TIME!
4. "Speech Guy" at TheraSimplicity
I've not seen a lot of people posting about TheraSimplicity and that's a shame! I first discovered them at an ASHA convention years ago. They have an amazing site FULL of beautiful resources. The one that I've used for fluency therapy is "Speech Guy."
|Isn't he cute?!|
There are multiple files for "Speech Guy" including his pal "Speech Girl" and multi-cultural options as well. Each one has a full color option or a black and white version. There are also blank bodies with the speech helper pieces on a separate page so you can have the students cut and paste them.
I printed one for a student in my first year doing therapy. I laminated the pages and put Velcro on the back of each piece to make it interactive (and reusable). I would love to show you a picture of it, but my husband and I are in the middle of a pack-out to move back home from overseas, so there's no telling where it's located! I promise I'll upload a picture when I find it.
When I contacted TheraSimplicity for permission to use "Speech Guy" in this post they were so helpful and generous. They want you all to have one and gave me some great links to share with you.
Click HERE to go to the website where you can
- Download a pdf version of the Speech Guy and other samples
- Watch 2-3 minute videos on the basics of TheraSimplicity
- Create a 14 day trial which will allow you to print up to 10 items of your choice
Sounds great right? But here's the best part!
If you use the code "sweetspeech" by April 1st
(no foolin' here) you can have a full year's access to TheraSimplicity for $49!
That's a small price to pay for all the customized materials you can create. I'm pretty sure I'd have paid that just for Speech Guy and his friends! So don't miss out. Check out the free trial and I promise you'll be hooked!
Thanks for reading all this. I did warn you that Fluency therapy is my favorite! There are loads more resources and links to follow out there. Get on over to the linky and see what you can find.