I am always looking for new and efficient ways to provide services for articulation students. I find with my older students, it is difficult for me to justify pulling them out of academic classes to work on only articulation goals. It is also hard to work individually with students (which is what they deserve) in a school setting because I am always pressured to work with larger groups (to fit more students in). I finally stumbled across a program called 5-Minute Kids.
I knew I had to learn more! I am so glad I did! The generous folks over at 5-Minute Kids provided me with a chance to check out their program overview materials and one of their articulation target books. Keep reading to learn more!
What is this program?
The idea of this program is to schedule students for 5-10 minute sessions. How is that possible?! Just pull them into the hallway! Or take your group of 5 students and schedule them for 35 minutes and work with each student 5 minutes each! The creators of this program even suggested using chairs in the hallways! The point of this program is to practice targets as much as possible in a drill structured setting.
How many responses will I get per student per 5 minute session?
- Naming pictures: 117
- Repeat words: 157
- Repeat phrases: 125
- Create sentences: 35
The materials in the 5-Minute Therapy Series book provides the framework to make this program possible!
What does this book include?
- Information and implementation
- Baseline testing forms
- Pictures and sentence cards for testing
- Data forms
- Lesson plan and homework sheets
- Attendance calendars
- A copy of all word/sentence lists and/or pictures. You can also add your own lists from other resources/lists.
- Combine all pages for each individual sound into separate folders or binders.
- You can use different colored paper as the cover to help designate the different sounds.
- You can store all books with targets together in a ready to grab location!
- Folders for storing student data. You can also keep these forms in their student files or in a data collection book. If you decide to create folders. This book tells you how!
- Ways to document data over the course of a school year for each sound in all positions and levels
- Articulation in reading and conversation data and way to document which words were said correctly and incorrectly in conversations/reading
- Week by week plan for each month (September-June and August-May forms provided)
- Week by week without months labeled
- Homework log: date, assignment, and place to document if completed (this will help with justifying progress or lack there of and whether or not to discontinue program with a student that is not carryover and practicing at home.) Are you being rated on student performance? This can help you!
- Data sheets (word, phrase, sentence, and fill-in pages)
- Word bank lists (initial, final, medial, blends)
- Reading lists (word, phrase, sentence)
- Games for 5-minute therapy (open-ended but can be used with target)
- Envelope games (open-ended using target)
- Homework activities (directions, word of the day, sight word flashcards, bookmarks, homework sheets)
- Percentage charts
- Easy to photo copy and use
- Gives step-by-step from setting up lessons, collecting baseline, and activities
- Leaves flexibility to incorporate own word lists and activities
- Will be great for working with students at the Tier 3 level of RTI and document if interventions are working
- COMPREHENSIVE and easy to understand/implement
- Change! Change to 5-minute sessions vs. 30-minute group sessions may be difficult to design and explain to an administrator. But if I show all of the data to prove it works, how can they stop me?!
- RTI for articulation only students. I plan on setting up a time in my day for RTI articulation. Teachers will know I will be coming around to pull student in hallway to quickly drill. I will have my “tote” filled with forms, a mirror, and drilling games/activities. Maybe I'll add reward stickers!
- If I am able to schedule a group with articulation only goals for my IEP kids, I will use the forms and philosophies to create their program for the year. MORE DRILL, MORE PRACTICE, MORE PROGRESS!