Work hard; play hard!

Work hard; play hard!
Consulting in Maui!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Expanding Expression Kit- it has arrived!

Well, my week just got better! 
I took a chance and put in a late purchase order to my director of special ed. Fingers and toes crossed and hoping she would forget about the budgetary restrictions that were both spoken and unspoken.....waiting by my door for the UPS person.......waiting.....the door cracks open....a student clerk enters....and what is she holding????? She is holding a glorious box! 

My director must've been in a good mood because I GOT IT! My lovely colleague Kelly told me that this was one of the best items that she had purchased! So, that being said, I just had to have my very own! 

Now I just got it this week, but I have already used it with several of my groups. I have used it with some of my students from the DCD programs (lower cognitive skills). I have also used it with my language and articulation groups. 
I am still figuring it all out, but I am thrilled to have a new tool in my therapy setting. 

I just got off of the phone with the owner of the company, and she was helpful and pleasant to talk with. 

Let the exploring and creative juices begin....I HAVE A NEW TOY! Oh that's right, it is supposed to be about my students. I always know though that when I am working with a new approach my enthusiasm spills over to them and therefore the learning increases. 

I will keep you posted. 

Let the fun begin. Still a speech geek after 30 years! 
I wouldn't want it any other way though. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Zones of Regulation- using stackable cups

We have been working with the Zones of Regulation in our social skills classroom for the last few weeks. This week we had the kids work with our homemade Zone Cups. We have done a few things with them. First, we used them as another visual approach to teach the kids what the different zones mean. Next, we had the kids use them to show the group what Zone they were in currently and maybe what Zone they had been in previously in the days. We had the students go around and tell what Zone they were in and why they were in that particular Zone. After that, we went through some of the tools we use to pull ourselves back into the Green Zone so that we can all be ready to learn again. We completed some of the worksheets that go along with the Zones of Regulation program. From this, we identified what were some specific tools that they could use for each Zone. Finally, we wrote those tools directly onto the cup that correlated with that Zone color. For instance, we put "Square Breathing" on the Red Zone cup or "Talk to Someone" on the Blue Zone cup. 
Today we used our Zone Hula Hoops (see previous posting) and our Zone Cups! We chose one student to go and stand in the Green Zone hula hoop. Then we told them about a situation that changed their Zone to another colored Zone. The student then moved to the other colored Zone. Then the group offered up some tools for that person to move from the one Zone back into the Green Zone. The student in the hula hoop had to act out the reason they moved to the other zone, had to show the emotion correlated with the zones they were standing in, and they also had to actually act out the specific tool that was chosen by the group. They had to show using the tool for thirty seconds and then move back to the Green Zone. 
The kids seemed to enjoy the activity and understand that there are many tools that they can use; they just have to figure out which ones are best for them. 

March Communications Game Board

I change this every month. Since I am getting up there in years, I put this up on my blog so I don't have to re-invent the wheel next year. This board has been a lot of fun this year. Every month there is a different incentive. This month, they get to pick an Easter egg (Yes, I know....not the most politically correct choice of prizes.)