Sunday, March 10, 2013

Stuttering is Super!

Stuttering is super!  I struggle to help my some of my students who stutter maintain their self-esteem.  I’ve been meaning to do a stuttering unit for a while because I need more therapy materials, and had to make it once I got the idea to use superheroes.  Super kids who stutter are here!

This is the picture that is used for the overall description of Easy Onsets, Pullouts and Cancellations as well as the game board for the dice game for the Silly Stutters.

This is a huge 66 page unit that addresses: Stuttering Facts and Myths, Silly Stutters, Easy Onsets, Pull-Outs and Cancellations are included.  Each section contains a brief explanation of the therapy technique and therapy objectives.   I choose a variety of different preview sheets for each section so you can get a feel for the unit as a whole.

Stuttering Facts and Myths
8 pages, 36 cards, blank cards are included.  18 fact cards and 18 myth cards.

Silly Stutters
3 pages, dice game for what kind of silly stutter to use is included and descriptions of kinds of stutters.  (Cards are the same as for Pull-Outs and Cancellations to save cutting and laminating time!)

 Above is the types of stutters page.  The dice game is more open ended because not all students do every type of stuttering and I want it to be functional for all students.

Easy Onsets
28 pages, practice in words (72 cards), phrases (54 cards) and sentences (54 cards). Game cards are also included.

Overview page, same page with different content is used to describe Pull-outs and Cancellations.

Easy onset practice in sentences.  The stars indicate a pause.  If you notice I found little super heroes that most of our kids should be able to identify with. 

Pullouts and Cancellations
Both have an overall description and cards to have for in front of students.
21 pages, 90 therapy cards, plus game cards, and a game board.

Overview page that has directions, therapy objectives and therapy tips!

Cancellations (2 kinds of cancellations are described)
The cancellations with the green stars are the Van Riper method and are described in many textbooks about stuttering.  The cancellations with the yellow stars are the kind of cancellation that is described in many commercially available therapy materials.  I included both so that the unit would be functional for therapists working with either kind of cancellation with their students.  Please use your clinical judgment in selecting which method to use and I would recommend choosing just one since they do have the same name and I didn’t want to rename one of them.

Example of cards for students to explain each stuttering technique.  Content is the same as the city scene page, pictured with Easy Onsets.  Each kind of cancellation has it's own pages in the Unit.

Example of word cards for Silly Stutters, Pull-Outs and Cancellations.  There are 90 cards in total, plus game cards, plus blank cards to add your own words!

A 2 page board game is also included to use when working on pull outs and cancellations.   Students start by drawing a word card.  When kids land on a spiky symbol (does anyone know the technical name?) they do a pull out, and when they land on a star, they do a cancellation.

Can you help the Stuttering Heroes find their friends?
 Whew!  This one took a long time to make, and I'm happy to finally be able to share it with everyone!

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