Remember those days in grad school, you know the ones. When you just had to worry about one maybe two clients and you saw them individually. Those were the days *sigh*. Now a days it feels more like ‘how many students can I fit into a session to get everyone their minutes’. And try as you might, grouping kids with similar goals doesn’t always work. So that leaves an SLP with mixed groups of students and usually thoughts of “How the heck to do I work on everyone’s goals?!” Today I have few ways to approach mixed groups so everyone gets their needs met and you keep your head on straight.
One option is what I like to call the ‘Game Method’. I use a general, generic came like Topple, Jenga, or CandyLand. Then, I use cards from various activities ( many are from TpT activities ) that are specific to each kids goals, and give each student a deck. Each student takes their turn with their deck and then with the game. This way everyone works on their own, specific goal, and my session is still fun and organized. I use this for groups I see once or multiple times a week.
Another option is more of a Cycle Method. Each session I choose a goal that one of my students has been targeting and that is what the entire group does for that session. So I am really just taking data for one student in the session. In the next session, I choose a goal from another student and so on until I have gotten to all the students. Then, I start over again. I use this more for mixed groups that I see about twice a week.
What do you do for mixed groups?