Getting my kids working on articulation skills to generalize their skills to settings outside the therapy room is always a bit of a challenge. I try to emphasize that this is their responsibility and I can not follow them around to make sure they practice. In the end it is their parents and teachers that let me know when they are ready to be dismissed from speech therapy. I’ve worked out a system of homework assignments to allow them to practice outside the room and give me input from parents, teachers and family friends. I use the homework rating scale form that is listed in the therapy forms page on this site. I then allow them to pick poems and riddles from such sites as Ken Nesbitt’s site, print them out, and put them in the folder. They enjoy reading these poems to other people. They then get rated on the rating scale and bring the folder back to me. I allow them to put marbles in a group jar according to the number they received on the rating scale. When the jar is full I allow a reward such as popcorn or a shaved ice party. I get more cooperation with bringing the folder back when I do this. I also tell them that when they get a series of 5 s I know they are ready for dismissal. Because the parents have helped monitor the last phase, I have no difficulty with them agreeing with me when I ask about dismissal.
Summer break is finally here. Another school year has come to a close but as an educator I am always on the outlook for new things I can use for next year. Our kindergarten students only attend school half day sessions. I usually schedule speech therapy sessions for 30 minute once a week beyond our push in group sessions. I make homework packets that students can take home for extra practice and exchange the next time they come. I try to find things that can be replaced easily if for some reason they don’t make it back. I use gallon zip-lock bags. I put a letter explaining it is a homework packet and needs to be returned the next week. I also put directions for the activity if necessary. I then add whatever I think would be good for the student to practice on. I’ve had good luck getting these back and I like that I can get multiple uses from them.
The June ASHA Leader listed internet sites for book making. I think the One-cut books will be great for my homework packets. They can be made from one 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper. http://www.raft.net/ideas/Simple%20Book.pdf
A group of them have already been made for you thanks to Judy Kuster and 22 graduate students at Minnesota State University. Just go to this site
http://www.mnsu.edu/comdis/kuster2/onecutbooks/onecutbooks.html. Thank you grad students.
If you would like to make your own, here is a site that provides the template. http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/student-interactives/stapleless-book-30010.html