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My reinforcement system was fine, but it was missing some fun. Previously, my students would earn a check mark if they participated, were respectful, and tried hard. This worked fine, as most students always got their check marks, but they were losing interest.  After every 5 check marks my students could choose a prize: sitting in my computer chair for a speech session, lunch with me and a friend, or an item from the prize bin.  For my students that I see 3 times, it was getting a bit pricey when it came to prizes, even though I go to the good ole’ dollar store.  With SpeechyLand ( my spin on CandyLand ) students can still earn prizes but it is a bit more randomized.

How to use SpeechyLand for reinforcement:
Cut and laminate letters, squares, and cards. Yes, it is a bit of cutting, but if you use a paper slicer it goes much faster. There are 21 squares total. I arranged mine to look as close the CandyLand game board as possible. Students choose a ‘game piece’ to represent themselves. I had them write their names with a dry erase marker so that I could reuse the pieces later. Students get to roll dice to determine how many spaces they go. If they land on a candy castle they many choose a prize. I put the extra ‘ game pieces’ in a zip loc bag and attached them to the board for safe keeping.

I started it today and the response from my kids was overwhelming. They were totally into it! It is up as a freebie on my site. I hope that your students enjoy it as much as mine!


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Meet Maureen

Hey there! I’m Maureen Wilson, a school-base SLP who is data driven and caffeine powered. My passion is supporting other pediatric SLPs by teaching them how to harness the power of literacy and data to help their students achieve their goals…without sacrificing time they don’t have.

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  1. Hi Maureen

    I could not download the free version from the link you gave, can you please help?


    Kind regards

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