Today’s February Feature is an article about using visual supports from Miss Speechie, from Speech Time Fun. I love that every post I see from Miss Speechie, is relevant to my everyday therapy!
What skills do I use visuals for? ALL SKILLS!! If I want to remind students about grammar rules, I hang a visual. If I want to remind students of the steps for inferring questions based on stories heard/read, I hang a visual!
What do my visuals entail? I try to provide examples and steps for how to achieve each task/skill. For example, when teaching main idea:
As you can see, I show the steps necessary and the concept necessary to achieve goal.
Another example, when teaching complex directions such as before vs. after:
You can access this freebie visual for responding to basic wh- questions.
What programs/materials do I use to create visuals?
- Custom Boards app
- Index cards!!!
- Visuals from my themed activity packs
- Sentence strips
Things to consider for using and creating visuals from Miss Speechie:
- · What skill are you trying to elicit?
- · How can you teach it differently?
- · How can you break down steps on how to achieve certain skills?
- · What program do you have to make creating visuals easy?
- · How can you keep materials and visuals easily accessible?
- · Where can you hang the visuals for students to be able to view easily?
- · How can you prompt students to use visuals to develop skills and carry them over?
- · How can you limit the language as much as possible?
- · How can you add images to help students visualize and understand?
I have provided a fun freebie visual that I use to encourage students to express when they are having trouble and need help! I do NOT accept “I don’t know!” Click HERE to access this fun visual freebie!
Those are just a few tips and examples that have worked for me in my therapy room with a variety of students of different ages. I am always trying to come up with ways to instruct and prompt students so that they can be successful and eventually independent.
Miss Speechie, M.S. CCC-SLP is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and author of the blog Speech Time Fun. She currently works with elementary students and private clients in a home care setting. Find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and TeacherspayTeachers.
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Love your visuals! Thanks!
Nicole Allison says
I LOVE the “I don’t know” visual! It’s so practical and needed with my students. Thanks so much for sharing!
Felice Clark says
I like your list of questions to ask yourself when creating visuals. It helps me process through what I am trying to target. Thanks for the post! http://www.thedabblingspeechie.com