Another giveaway and visit with 3DSLP Jr.

Cindy Meester won a free 3DSLP Jr. box!3dslp jr

If you read my post on Tuesday, you already know what a 3DSLP subscription box offers–a time saving package of activities selected to delight and de-stress.  But there’s more to it.  The website itself has a resource gallery open to all, a monthy blog post from Amy, and a members only forum with access to interviews with other SLPs in the field (I’m the March feature!), wellness tips and even more ideas/suggestions for using the materials in the subscription boxes.

3DSLP journal-fearless

This month’s blog post is an awesome one on journaling.  You can check it out here.

The 3DSLP Jr. boxes provide the same experience as their older sibling, but the activities are geared towards the 2-5 year/EI population and there’s an emphasis on family resources as well.

Themes between boxes are similar, but not identical, so if your caseload covers both age ranges, you could combine both boxes for an extraordinary experience!

3dslp jr mysterious night

Each month is a different theme and the September box is Mysterious Night—a safe exploration of the woods in the night. (To reserve a box, click here.  Orders for Mysterious Night are open until September 1, 2015.)  NOTE:  Themed boxes are available for one month only.  If you miss one, sadly, it’s gone.

3DLSP Jr pirate

And now 3DSLP Jr. giveaway!  This month’s box is Setting Sail–and is no longer available for order, but you could WIN a copy!  To enter, leave a comment letting us know what kinds of materials you find most helpful for this population–manipulatives, target cards, handouts, something else?–by midnight EST, August 20, 2015 and I’ll select one at random.  Good luck, mateys!


This Post Has 27 Comments

  1. Michelle

    I personally love manipulatives for the younger ones. Having hands-on activities encourages learning and exploring, plus there are many ways to make it functional for therapy.

  2. AbbyG

    I love using high-interest toys and manipulatives when working with the EI population. Many times I’ll use the child’s own toys when working with them in their homes. I know those toys will be desired by the kids, and parents can see how to target skills while playing with their children when I’m not there. Plus then I don’t have to drag a big bag around!

  3. Julie A.

    I love manipulatives and tons of family resources! It’s so important to teach the families how (and why) to do “therapy” at home .

  4. Amanda Kinsey

    I love using manipulatives/toys with this age group because it’s the most motivating for them to participate & its more meaningful. Worksheets aren’t as meaningful to them at this age because they’re more abstract, but manipulatives/toys are a huge part of their life & are real & have a purpose for them 🙂

  5. Jill Shook

    I love the idea of 3DSLP Jr! I personally try to do a somewhat “bagless” approach with many of my families and use the toys and materials they already have, but I do bring in my own toys or games sometimes just to mix things up 🙂 I find that manipulatives like toys are the best- it is easy to teach the parents how to encourage language while using them, and this age does not like to just sit still and listen or play a game that doens’t involve whole-body movement 🙂

  6. Annette

    Manipulative are by far the most useful in therapy with this population. Backing it up with target cards also helps to focus the students.

  7. Kelley Barker

    Kim (Activity Tailor), thank you for sharing 3D SLP with all of us! It is an innovative concept and I look forward to seeing how this resource might work for my students, and then of course sharing the website information with all of my colleagues! What a time saver.

    When working with our EI students, I love to use manipulatives and music. Hands-on activities that create opportunities to teach and facilitate play seem to work best with expanding language. I also love to incorporate music and movement. Each month, I like to include a hand-out with extension activities or at-home work for both the classroom teacher and families to use.

  8. Cindy Meester

    My school has 98% diversity. I find that my population does best with manupulatives and real pictures. Their experiences are often different due to cultural and language differences. They love using play to learn and so do I!

  9. Jennifer Gore

    I enjoy themed activities with multiple props, manipulative and activity ideas for home carryover.

  10. Melissa

    I love using manipulatives, themed material, crafts, and fun games to engage the kids

  11. M. Parker

    Manipulatives plus pictures to keep attention!

  12. Kim Hovey

    Hands on materials, realia, manipulatives, mini objects, or the real thing!

  13. Dawn Carriero

    For 2-5 year olds, I use manipulatives to make learning more fun and engaging. I often have the children work on a target goal (words with h, w, etc., or make a short sentence about what what they are holding) and then have them “feed” it to the HUNGRY BOX. They get so many productions and love it! Then they get to take the objects back out and practice the goal all over again. I also use a ton of manipulatives with books to gain attention and bring the book to life while working on any goals, such as “Goodnight Gorilla” or “The Bus Book.” In the same way I use target cards or I hide them around the room or house and we find them together. I also make random chalk games outside on the sidewalk to encourage movement while working on goals, too, such as having the kiddo jump from one box to another once they have met a target. Simple, yes, but oh so fun! In general I use whatever is on hand, but I always, always have props or puppets or visuals to keep attention and most importantly to keep it fun!

  14. Kristen K.

    Definitely manipulatives and sensory type toys!

  15. Tiffany Moore

    Manipulatives for sure! Toys, puzzles, play doh, etc.. Anything that will get the language flowing!

  16. Nikki

    This concept is neat. Never heard of it before. I work as a preschool school-based SLP. This year many students are nonverbal so I’m always looking for fun, engaging manipulatives. Theme-based toys, fine motor ideas, books-all good stuff.

  17. Amanda

    I definitely love manipulatives for this age group! Helps maintain their attention long enough to be effective!

  18. Susan Hileman

    I like to use highly motivating toys and games to keep the pace quick and the repetitions of target sounds or concepts high. I have enjoyed your “Move Ahead” cards and have adapted them to many of my commercial and self-made games.

  19. Madelyn

    In my experience the following remain ageless for early intervention: bubbles, balloons, mirrors, sensory toys, music & movement games, paired objects to photos in Priddy books, kits with duplicate objects to elicit imitation!

  20. Jennifer McDowell

    Manipulatives, such as age appropriate toys and games and books with simple pictures.

  21. Lora

    I use lots of manipulatives with my students also also enjoy using sensory activities and musical activities with my students!

  22. Jocelyn Kupperman

    Manipulatives! I have found that anything that you can touch and explore tends to be more successful with my young ones.

  23. Anna Pry

    manipulatives are the best

  24. Shira Reiss

    Definitely manipulatives, but cards are fine as long as it is connected to a very quick game.

  25. Mary Thompson

    I know how wonderful these types of materials are as I have created several of my own “book – bags” over the years (they take a lot of time to put together but they are so worth it)! I mainly use mine with students that attend self-contained classrooms. the hands on items are highly engaging for most students.

  26. Kayla SLP

    Manipulatives are most useful to me. I find myself scouring yard sales and late-night shopping on Amazon in order to keep things fresh and exciting for this population. Handouts are great, but very few of my parents take interest in the information they provide 🙁 but that doesn’t stop me from distributing them/explaining them!!!! When I use cards, they’re typically part of the manipulative (limited or taped on). I really prefer playing dollhouse, cars, kitchen, Mr. Potato, etc. because that’s where I see the most engagement!

  27. Ashley Schneider

    I find manipulatives and interactive books (lift the flap, books adapted with pictures on velcro) to be ) to be very successful with this age group. One of my clients who usually protests books enjoyed making noises and imitating actions along with Dear Zoo for a full 15 minutes yesterday!

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