Tuesday, April 22, 2014

ABC's of my Speech Room {K is for...}

Whew it's been a while since I've posted in my ABC series, time to get back to it!

K is for Kleenex. I know, I know, it's not really speech related. But let's be honest, it's a pretty big asset in your speech room too. I think Spring has finally set in (crossing my fingers!), and all this change in the weather has caused all my kiddos to have the dreaded runny nose. The first sniffle and my kids are directed to the tissue box, followed by my Germ-X bottle. There's no need for me to get sick too!

What's a K that is a staple in your room? I'd love to hear!

Monday, April 7, 2014

What I've been up to...

As you might know, I've been rather absent from the blogging/TpT world for a while. I'm so happy that I can finally tell you why- I've got a new job and we are moving!!

My husband and I are both from the same hometown, which is almost 3 hours from where we live now. When an opportunity arose back in our hometown, I couldn't pass it up. I will be providing Early Intervention therapy, which is what I've really wanted to do since graduate school!

It has been extremely hard saying goodbye to my administration and coworkers, but luckily they all understand why my husband and I are making the move. I'll be finishing out the school year, but starting this summer, I'll officially be an EI interventionist. And I couldn't be more excited :)

So now that all the hustle and bustle of applying for jobs and figuring out what is going on with my life is over, I'll be back to blogging and making products for you all! 

Are any of you EI therapists? Do you have any tips or tricks for me? I'd love to hear them!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

March Speachy Feedback Linky Party

I LOVE this time of the month! I'm linking up with Allison's Speech Peeps to bring you not one, but two winners!!

This month, I've picked one person who has left great feedback on a paid product, and one person who has left awesome feedback on a free product. Check it out below to see if you were a winner!

You can find the products the winners loved here: Articulation Binder: Baseline and Therapy Tool and Articulation Jenga K/G Edition.

Terri Drushell and Jenna S., please email me at sharon.schackmann@gmail.com with a product of your choice. And keep leaving that feedback, you never know when you'll be my next winner!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

What's in my Cart? (TpT SALE!)

Man oh man I've let this sale catch up to me!! I haven't even told all of you that I'm participating, but I am, so no worries there :) My entire store will be 20% off February 27 and 28. You can get an additional 10% off, for a grade total of 28% off with promo code TPT3. 

Here are a few new things from my store to check out!

Articulation Binder: Baseline and Therapy Tool

Winter Non-Fiction Leveled Reading Passages and Questions

Listen up! An Auditory Processing Pack

I'm also linking up with Jenna at Speech Room News to let you know what's in my cart!

  • I've had this one on my wishlist for quite sometime and finally decided to buy it- Allison's Speech Peeps K-5 Common Core Standards

Be sure to check back on Jenna's page to see what everyone else has in their carts!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

"Social Pragmatic Language Activity Packet" Product Swap and Giveaway

Do I have something fun for you today! I'm doing a giveaway with Tatyana Elleseff from Smart Speech Therapy LLC.  Tatyana is a bilingual SLP with a full time hospital affiliation as well as private practice in New Jersey. She specializes in working with multicultural, internationally and domestically adopted as well as at-risk children with complex communication and language disorders. 

The product I'm reviewing today is her Social Pragmatic Language Activity Packet. If you work with children on the spectrum or have kids with goals for inferencing or reasoning, you NEED to go get this product. Now. 

There are 30 jam-packed pages of awesomeness. The pictures and questions are presented in a hierarchy ranging from basic social situations to more ambiguous and abstract situations. Most scenarios are suitable for ages 8-9, but can be used as young as age 6. The SLP will need to use his/her own discretion in selecting the appropriate scenarios for your students' ages. 

Areas covered by the questions:
1. Recognizing Emotional Reactions
2. Explaining Facial Expressions
3. Making Predictions
4. Making Inferences (re: people, locations, thoughts, feelings, and actions)
5. Multiple Interpretations (of actions and settings)
6. Interpersonal Negotiations
7. Sympathy/Empathy
8. Peer Relatedness (Support)
9. Interpreting Ambiguous Situations
10. Problem Solving
11. Determining Solutions
12. Determining Causes
13. Determining Perspectives
14. Social Judgment
15. Safety Rules 

In addition to questions that cover the topics listed above, some scenarios also contain short stories with additional questions that focus on auditory memory, processing, and comprehension. That's an average of 10-20 questions per picture!

So why do I love it?
  • It is so versatile! Like I said above, this product would work wonderful for students with Autism who need extra help in social situations and figuring out emotions. But that's not all- the questions also lend themselves to inferencing and problem solving skills. The extra questions provided through the short stories target vocabulary, higher level reasoning, and comprehension.  
  • Your students get the opportunity to answer every kind of WH- question in almost every question set.
  • The hierarchy from explicit to more abstract situations provides a nice progression for my students. They were able to get the hang of the skills in the simpler scenarios before moving on and building onto their skill set in the later pictures. 
  • The photos strike up quality conversation. With these photos and questions, it is easy to spend two or more sessions on just one picture, especially with the more abstract scenarios.  
  • I can use it with my middle school students- what's not to love about more materials for that population!?
Enter the giveaway below for a chance to win this product yourself! If you just can't wait, you can find this product in Tatyana's store here for $14.99. But that's not all- Tatyana is doing a review of my product "Winter Nonfiction Leveled Reading Passages and Questions". You'll have a chance to win my product over on her blog!

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

February Speachy Feedback Linky Party!


Woot! Woot! My favorite time of the month is here yet again! I just love rewarding YOU for leaving awesome feedback in my store. I'm linking up with Allison's Speech Peeps again this month for a feedback Linky Party.

My winner this month left some awesome feedback on my "Winter Non-Fiction Leveled Reading Passages and Questions"

Thank you so much "Rina214"! You can email me at sharon.schackmann@gmail.com and let me know which product you want for FREE! And for the rest of you, keep that feedback coming- you never know if you'll be my next winner :)

Monday, February 17, 2014

Articulation Baseline and Therapy Tool

Are you tired of shuffling around decks and decks of articulation cards? Do you need an easy way to keep track of baseline data? Looking to simplifying articulation therapy? Then I have just the product for you!

This HUGE packet is full of baseline AND therapy materials. Take a look at what's included: 

Look like something you could use in therapy? You can find here. If you download, be sure to leave me some love!