Hi! I'm Laura, and with my sister Amy and cousin Lisa, part of All Y'all Need. I'm excited to be here with the Twin Sisters today discussing my favorite therapy item. It's actually a resource book:
Year-Round Literature for Language and Artic has made the most difference in my therapy. From this book, I have a whole bookshelf of books for therapy and four packed filing-cabinet drawers of grab-and-go materials.
I started working in the schools in 1993, right around the time thematic units started booming, and I loved it! I love books and look for any way to use them in therapy, and it's so easy to plan around a central theme. Year-Round was the first book that really broke down the information into ways I could use books to address the multiple goals in groups. Here's an inside page:
To make these, I used an icon for each question and then answer icons have Velcro so they come on and off.
Then, I make it a little harder with three choices, like this one for categories:
I also have Velcroe'd sentences where students have to arrange the cards to make sentences. For my FA students in particular, we talk about how the uppercase letter is the first card, the period is the last card, and then work on filling in the middle. We get a lot of discrimination and sequencing with the sentences.
There are so many resources now through Teachers pay Teachers and bloggers that are in my inventory of supplies. Year-Round Literature for Language and Artic is still a valuable resource for addressing multiple goals in a group and can be a springboard for incorporating more books into therapy, and it's still my go-to when planning. If you like using books in therapy, consider this resource.