Sequencing Journal

speech journal

Sequencing.  Time.  These concepts are tricky ones for so many kids, yet they’re a critical skill.  How can you hope to relay your experiences into a cohesive narrative if your listener can’t follow the trajectory of your story?

Inspired by a presentation at ASHA 2014 (I can no longer locate which session now—sorry!), I adapted an idea for a speech journal for my kiddos working on sequencing skills.

speech journal sandwich

With these students, I make sure that our therapy activities (3-5 planned) are discrete entities even if they relate to one another.  This means a clear taking out/cleaning up of materials even if that’s only a paper and pencil and even if we are taking them out again for the next task.  At the end of each session, we write down a short sentence about each one.

I prompt and take the dictation so the work load is manageable for even my Kindergarteners.  Once we have it down, I have the student sign it—recognition and ownership that, yes, this is what I did today.

I’m noticing it not only makes a difference in both their ability (given time) to verbalize the sequence of events, but also in their awareness of the sequence of actions as we’re working.  Kind of a dawning “oh, now that paper is done which means we can move on to blocks and once those are cleaned up we’ll do a story.”  Because our sessions are short (typically 30 min), it’s more realistic to hold on to this information than a whole, “what did you do today,” that leaves so many kids unable to answer with anything other than the very last item they did.

It will provide a nice written record at the end of the year too.  I don’t send this journal home during the week, but I do share it during conference times.

Anyone else using a similar kind of speech journal?  Let us know your method.




This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Mary

    This is such a good idea!

  2. Annie Doyle

    What an amazing idea! You really are a gifted SLP!! I will be trying this in our speech room in NH!

    1. admin

      Aww, thanks Annie! Stayed tuned. I have a huge March planned and the first post ties into this topic 😉

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