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Contributions from your SPG colleagues with spring birthdays. Happy birthday, and thanks for the great ideas!

Jessica Fiedler (PT)

One of my favorite activities to play with elementary school kids is the “mirror game,” where we take turns being the leader and their mirror image. Kids often surprise me with their focus, and their creativity with the movements that they come up with.

Karen Natoci (SLP)

I have the tiniest tip. When using any picture card to elicit verbal output, I like to have kids look at it and then turn it over so that it is not visible while they formulate their output. I might actually place the card in a small box. This creates a delay in using the visual prompt and kids have to hold the information in their heads a bit. I might try this after I get to know kids a bit and before switching to other visuals. It has worked for me with AAC kids, especially as they have to “hold” an idea in their head prior to trying to talk about it!

Jessica Kishiyama (BCBA)

One of my favorite visual supports for students that have a hard time giving up preferred items is to use a “wait box” (a special box with a ‘wait’ icon) where they place their preferred item inside, to help teach they are waiting to get it back (and will get it back!), and nobody else will take it. A fun memory before school closures was when one of our non-verbal, not-socially-engaged students with lots of challenging behaviors saw Rosa (an SPG sub) and myself from across the room, ran to us and gave us each a big hug.

Angelica Dagcuta (RBT)

For my own therapy I like listening to music, taking a long bath or shower, and drinking wine! I also love to cook and learn new recipes. I love watching cooking videos on youtube.

Michele Rodriguez (SLP)

My favorite therapy tool is the Pete the Cat collection….so many wonderful speech and language activities can be created from them. Pull up Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons on Youtube. Watch the read aloud then move to table-time crafts. I have a template of the cat with a shirt and face. Each student is given cutouts and asked to put the cat back together. We work on sorting, colors, counting, basic concepts: more/less, on/off, up/down, commenting. AAC kids work on core words and commented ‘OH NO!’

Sarah Kiesz (SLP)

I have four dogs and my office is filled with animal-themed stuff (crazy dog lady here!). I have found that I can get a ton of mileage out of pictures and videos of my dogs. Many students are willing to work just to view a quick and funny video! Other times, I use the pictures and videos as stimuli for therapy activities. I love being able to incorporate my fur-kids into speech therapy!

Jenna Williams (SLP)

Join me for my online birthday party!

Topic: May Happy Hour

Time: May 29, 2020 04:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://ousd.zoom.us/j/8197660397?pwd=RDZObWJlb0MwZkI4VmFYd2RPRjBhQT09

Meeting ID: 819 766 0397

Password: SPG

Maggie Green (OT)

My favorite activity is taking our obstacle courses outside! When we can, I love taking my students outside for gross motor fun, scavenger hunts, and movement games. The fresh air and open spaces are the perfect environment for activating all our sensory systems.

Angelie Sebastian (SLPA)

I’ve always been a big supporter of the tried and true TOKEN BOARDS! You can get as creative as you want to be, and all you need is a laminator and velcro. I’ve made token boards with superheroes, princesses, sharks, and even filled a whole farm with animals. The students love it and I love seeing them motivated to work hard.

Anneliese Moore (SLP)

Favorite therapy activity: It’s quickly becoming MadLibs – this has been a great way to engage my kids during teletherapy and works for a variety of different goals/needs!

Favorite resource: SLP Toolkit, Everyday Speech, and recently Boom Learning.

Heather Wiechert (SLP)

I am very lucky to be working in my favorite setting, middle and highschool self contained classes. One of my favorite strategies to keep things fresh, fun and exciting for my students is to incorporate a monthly theme for therapy. The theme is announced at the beginning of the month, incorporated into leveled/targeted activities and then closed out at the final session of the month, sometimes with an extra special activity. The theme can match a holiday (such as kindness in February for Valentines day) or a specific skills set (November was flexible vs. rigid for social skills). One of the super fun activities we completed in the Independent Living Skills class was planning a Valentine’s Day party, which included creating invitations, planning party activities, role playing appropriate social skills all while making sure to show kindness. Our PALSS class made silly putty at the end of the flexible vs. rigid theme month as a tactile reminder of flexibility.

Karen Ewings (RBT)

Always have fun with your clients! I know some days can be rough and things rarely go the way we planned them, but pause, shake it off, and start again. We can restart our day again with all the enthusiasm we can muster, and our clients will reciprocate. Each day is fresh and exciting which is one of the best parts of working with kids :)

Sharon Guillen (RBT)

My favorite therapy activity to do in intervention sessions is doing creative activities. Some of these activities can consist of drawing, coloring, or doing craft projects with the clients I work with. The clients I’ve worked with really enjoy art, so I use these activities as a reinforcement.