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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Get up and Move Giveaway!


Welcome to my first Blog Giveaway!

Brain research shows that learning is enhanced when we move. Our kinesthetic mode of learning is stimulated as well as our circulation, attention, and the release of endorphins (you know the happy hormone).  

Here's a few simple ways that I incorporate basic movement into my work with students:

Expressive Language-Students pass a ball or beanbag back and forth for activities of naming, turn taking, and sentence recall.  

Following Directions-  I often ask students to get up and perform physical activities for following directions.  I may ask the student to stand up, do 10 jumping jacks, open the window, and stretch to the sky.  

Memory Strategies- I teach my middle schoolers mnemonics paired with body movement and visuals.  i.e. the memory peg for one is "sun" in which the student needs to stand up and make the physical outline of the sun with his/her arms while pairing it with the memory item (more to come on this in a later blog post).  

I've collected some great products to get our kids up and moving in speech and language therapy.   Enter below to win them all!  


1.   Carissa from homesweetspeechroom has generously donated Fast Dash, an awesome product for targeting those early sounds.  I know my kids will love playing this one! 



2.  You could win Speech-a-Saurus ' adorable phonemic activities which incorporate movement.  This Sound Bundle can also be used for articulation and following directions.  
                                

3 & 4.   My thoughtful friend Rose over at Speech Snacks was so kind to donate two products that focus on fitness.   First is The Healthy Heart and Language Mart, a fact-filled language product for middle and high school students to build awareness of fitness, health, and nutrition.   And how can you not smile at these adorable Fruits and Veggies that teach language and listening skills to the younger grades.  

















5.  Pam from chitchatandsmalltalk (great, active blog to follow) had a fun idea with her Balloon Bop game.  You'll have a chance to win this activity that will not only get your students up and moving but fill the room with laughter during your therapy sessions.  


6.  Laura from All y' All Need is such a great person whom I had the pleasure of getting to know.  Enter for your chance to win Write and Say the Room.  This new, spring-themed, colorful product brings kids on a scavenger hunt throughout your room or beyond.   



7.   This is one of my first products that you may win in the giveaway bundle.  Just as it sounds, Hopscotch Naming is played while students work on word-finding and expressive naming skills.  Three levels are provided for differentiated instruction. 

                                      

Good luck everybody and have fun moving with your students!


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44 comments:

  1. What a great bundle of products and ideas! I'm always looking for news ways to help my students.

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    1. Thanks so much and good luck to you.

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    2. lol- I just realized it was you Christina! I really appreciate all of your nice comments, "likes", and support. You're the best!

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  2. I use movement when we play speech hoops, indoor snowball fight and speech bowling. More activity based movement.

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    1. I'll have to look into these. They sound amazing!

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  3. Push,pull,lift and carry! I get the up yo smart board...we "act out"directions...

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    1. Darn, I wish I had a Smart Board. Sounds great!

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  4. Helping me pass out supplies during a group activity! Its a win-win!

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    1. Yes, gives kids a sense of pride in being able to help out.

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  5. It can be challenging to use movement in my tiny room, but I would love ideas to incorporate more! We do physical activities during following direction tasks, but that's about it!

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    1. I hope you find some ideas in this post and in the reader's input. Lots of creative minds.

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  6. Love using movement for basic concepts of near, far, over, under, before...

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    1. No better way to stimulate the brain.

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  7. I have them pass balls while repeating artic words or doing language activities, hide and find artic cards, demonstrate prepositional concepts.

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    1. I'll have to try the hide and find artic cards. Fun!

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  8. I love to use movement in my speech room, the kids really get into it.

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  9. I use movement in my room when I am working on Positional concepts. I also use movement and song when teaching months of the year and when using EET activities.

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    1. Oh, I have the EET stepping circles too. A great way to get kids moving.

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  10. I don't regularly use moevement breaks in my room, but have a few groups who would benefit from some of these activities.

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    1. Yes, all you have to do is start slowly. You'll be glad you did.

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  11. I have my kids who work on following directions do movement as part of the activity. I also have used basketball in the session as a reward activity.

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    1. Fun! I need to get a bb hoop in my office.

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  12. My room is so small but in the winter we may do stand up turn around sit down or clapping etc. When the weather is better we practice artic while making baskets. Go on walks around tge playground and talk vocabulary or concepts.

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    1. Yes, I love moving therapy outside. It's such a motivator for kids and me.

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  13. Lots of following directions! My kids also love to get up and move around the room/building for activities such as scavenger hunts and games that require movement (shooting baskets, hula hoops, etc).

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    1. Who doesn't love a good scavenger hunt! Thanks for the post.

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  14. These look like great products! When some of my kids need pepping up, we do that video on Youtube called something like County by Five and Exercise. It's great for my kids practicing carryover for /f/ also! These materials look like a great alternative for getting up and moving. I think my kids are almost over that video because I have played it so much!

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    1. Perfect, I'll have to bookmark the video.

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  15. Sometimes we throw the articulation card or question cards all over the floor and jump from card to card. A few time I haven't had time to cut out all my lamination so I layout the long long strip of laminated pages in the hallway and we hop from page to page doing the activities / words/ questions.

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  16. I love to get the kids giggling as well as giving them a chance to not feel self-conscious, soooo we often start the year by doing the silliest thing we can possibly think of (I act like a monkey). I also like to pair movement with carryover. Jumping, dancing, or marching takes the focus off the artic. and allows for more natural speaking.

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    1. Yes, that makes a lot of sense. I let kids see me make mistakes, act goofy, and share my weaknesses and it makes them feel that they can be themselves as well.

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  17. I am right across the hall from motor lab, so I like to use the swing and ball pit in my treatment when I can. Sometimes I feel like I am herding cats!

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  18. I have a small room so not a lot of movement going on. When possible I try to get the kids to the Smart Room or OT Room.

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    1. Yes, we have to move about the hallway for the space as well.

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  19. I like to do yoga for following and giving directions.

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    1. What a great way to bring kids down and teach them the skill of self awareness.

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  20. I love to go to the gym and have students race each other while answering/working on targets!

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  21. I adore this idea and will have to try it!

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  22. We do a lot of dancing along to music

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  23. We play bean bag toss or bowling. We don't have a lot of room so we are limited in what we can do.

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  24. I homeschool my four kids and we belong to a small co-op where I put together a scrapbook each year. Our theme this year is "Get Up and Move" and I was wondering if I could have permission to use your "Let's Move" clip art from this post above as a clip art in our book. If you would, please respond to my request at jenywren2010@gmail.com

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