My sister, a librarian, and my cousin, a Kg teacher, told me about an interesting reward, Smellies. Basically, it's just using a scented lip gloss to draw on the backs of hands. Since I'm cheap, I was interested in this system and bought a few tubes and one pack at Target.
Behavior Management in Speech/Language Therapy - Scented lip gloss rewards are a hit with our students. Just draw on hands, not lips! They are cheap, simple and motivating. Kids love to pick these rewards!

I've been trying it out this week with a few groups. The Functional Academics kids love the smellies so far and will work for them. Most of the younger groups are happy. I haven't tried it with the older students. The smellies are a way for me to reinforce behavior in the groups that need more than just a small sticker at the end of the session, and the older students will work for a sticker.

One of my more social groups is comprised of 5 1st-graders, and they like to relate everything to themselves. For example, one students may be working on /l/ and say "ladybug" and then there are 3 comments about personal experiences with ladybugs. Since I only have the students for a short time, I'm not hitting as many objectives as I want to. We are trying something new. The students get to talk to me about anything school-appropriate on the way to and the way back from speech. During sitting time, they have to work on their objectives. Smellies are pretty frequent in this group, one after every round.

But here's what happens. Two of the students are quiet and work for the smellies. One gets a smelly about 50% of the time. One is going to talk no matter what and is very honest that he did talk and doesn't get a smelly. And the fifth one decides whether the scent is one he wants to work for or not. If he's interested, he will be quiet for one go-round, get the scent, and then continue talking because he doesn't need another smelly.

Grrrr... These are all really good kids. They are mostly artic and have good language. They are just being first-graders and relating their personal experiences. I'm just trying to get more trials and practice.

So... the smellies are pretty effective for most groups. I'm going to continue to try them in the groups that need frequent reinforcers. But I'm open to suggestions for the one 1st-grade group. The Magic Talking Stick - only the person holding the pointer gets to talk - is usually a good reminder, but it doesn't work, either.

What kinds of behavior management do you use? What have you found to be effective?
All Y'all Need is participating in a giveaway with Mrs. Mc, here. Our Math Activities for Winter Days is in Set 2. The giveaway has 75 items, so check it out!
Working on a farm unit or fact and opinion? Take a look at All Y'all Need's unit! $3.
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Celebrating MLK Day? Working on friendship? Check out this roll and cover freebie at All Y'all Need!
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All Y'all Need is proud to announce our newest Ask Away activity for spring! There are 6 boards including Excellent Easter, Happy 100th Day of School, Honoring Moms and Dads, Under the Big Top Birthday, Very Valentine and Weather Report. Check it out here. $5.
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The winner in the Winter Unit for SLPs in Heather Kirtley - congrats! And thanks to everyone who entered and followed this blog, our store, or FB page.

This was my first week back, and it was pretty good. It was great to see my friends, co-workers and students again and to get back into a routine. I wasn't terribly productive at home.

This past week, I used the book Snowmen at Night with my K-2 groups, along with Snowman Scramble from our unit. For 3-5, I used the book How Georgie Radbourne Saved Baseball with language groups and games with artic groups.

Next week will be a continuation of Snowmen at Night, using the Mitten Glyph and Snowman Surprise Games, as well as continuing Georgie Radbourne.

I hope everyone's 2013 started out well!

Just in time for winter, All Y'all Need has a new unit, Snowtime Showtime! Are you familiar with the book Snowmen at Night? This unit is based on the newest book in that series, Snowmen at Work. This is the perfect book for combining winter and community helpers.
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The unit for SLPs is 80 pages and $8. It includes five book focus activities, three other activities, and a pragmatics section. We also have units for math ($3), literacy ($6), or the "whole enchilada" ($12).

To celebrate, I'm having a giveaway! This is my first time using Rafflecoptor, so I hope it works okay. The winner will be announced on Friday. Good luck!
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It's official! Amy, Lisa and I are presenting at TSHA! If you're there, come see us at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning. It's early, but you can get in one last workshop before Spring Break!

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year! In preparation for the new semester, we are participating in this sale organized by Kristen at Simply Speech. ALL of our items are 20% off! Make your wishlist today and stock up the next two days!
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