#SLPmusthave Sale! It's December 7th!

It's the 7th of the month, and you know what THAT means- it's time for the #SLPmusthave sale! It means a group of SLP sellers on TPT are offering one product for 50% off, today only!
My product is Aquatic Apraxia: Bubbly Fun Worksheets! It's on sale today only- December 7th, 2014 until 11 pm EST!

Make sure to check this one out! It's low ink and NO PREP! I know your little kiddos will absolutely love it, because mine do!
Here are a few sample worksheets from this fish-tastic product!

And just in case you were wondering, there's still time to enter my giveaway to try to win my new "Vocalic ORegon Trail: Print & Go West Vocalic /r/ Worksheets"! Another great packet that is low ink and no prep!
Talk soon!

Enter To Win: "Vocalic ORegon Trail: "Print & Go West" Vocalic /r/ Worksheets!

I remember it very clearly.
I was in computer class. Fifth grade.
It was getting intense.
The year? 1800s, "ish". I was headed out west. I had just purchased my rations at the general store (thanks, Matt). I'd named all of my companions, and we were ready to roll (literally) in our spankin' brand new wagon.
We began our journey, and things got tough. A few members of party broke their arms. One or two encountered a rattlesnake, and I'm pretty sure I died of dysentery or typhoid fever. Sigh.
Let's get back to the present. I didn't exactly survive the Oregon Trail, but I sure did enjoy the ride. Now I'm a Speech- Language Pathologist, working with WAY too many children who, quite frankly, just can't say their vocalic /r/ sounds.
I did what had to be done. I created: "Vocalic ORegon Trail: "Print & Go West" Vocalic /r/ Worksheets". Travel west to success with me, and let's help our kiddos meet their IEP goals.
Enter here to win my TPT product: a Rafflecopter giveaway
Oh, and by the way- if you don't win the product, you can always just purchase it here. Don't forget to leave feedback! Thanks a bunch!
Note: "The Oregon Trail", developed by Don Rawitsch, Bill Heinemann, and Paul Dillenberger, was produced by the Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium (MECC) and is trademarked. I am not associated with MECC.

What's In Your Cart? Linky Party

I'm so excited to have the chance to link up with Jenna at Speech Room News! Thank you Jenna for organizing this!
The HUGE TPT Sale is quickly approaching! My ENTIRE store will be on sale! I'm super excited about some of my newest products, including: Frigid Fricatives for Articulation & Apraxia !
The following SLP products are in my cart: Winter Print & Go Language Pack by Speech Made Simple!

Snow Much Fun Winter Literacy Activities by For His Glory
& Bowling for Inferences: Speech & Language by Jenna Rayburn!


5- Star Ideas for SLP’s: ELA Task Cards for Grades 1-3 by Christy Jones

A few weeks ago, my SLP blogger friends and I decided that it would be fun to review each other's products. At the end you will find a link to 9 other SLP blogs/FB pages that discuss a review of a product. Check them out, because each and every one of the products is fantastic and I can't wait to use them all in therapy.
This week, I have the pleasure of reviewing a wonderful TPT product created by a fellow TPT author and SLP, Christy Jones! Her product, titled “ELA Task Cards for Grades 1-3” is very versatile and I know you will love it! As a disclaimer, Christy and I have decided to each give each other a product for free to review. This product can be purchased at Christy’s TPT store! Please make sure to look for the green star next to her store logo and click it to become a follower. This way, you will receive email updates about her store.
What’s so great about this product?
Let me start with this: it targets multiple areas of language, including opposites, pronouns, plurals, verbs, idioms, describing, comparing and contrasting. In fact, this product contains 180 task cards in total- that is a LOT of practice! I work primarily as a hospital-based outpatient pediatric SLP, but I do cover at an elementary school 1 day per week. I also have experience working as a full-time SLP in both elementary and middle schools. I feel that this product is really great for EITHER setting!
These cards are absolutely perfect if you have a language group or if you plan on going into the classroom, because you can target multiple IEP goals in one session. I have many children on my caseload who are working on these areas. These cards are quickly going to become a “go to” for my language sessions.
For those of you who have pocket charts in your therapy room, you’ll love this! Christy described a super fun way to use this product, in which students can earn points for answering questions. They can even earn double points if the card they select has a star marked “double” on the back of the card. She also included a point chart to help the SLP keep track of points earned during the session. My students tend to be competitive, so this is a perfect game for them.
Want some other ways to use these cards? As Christy describes, you can simply use them for ELA Warm Ups for ELA Review. I also love taping cards to my board. Using a dry erase marker, I circle the card and write a point value. I then let the kids throw something (soft) at the board, and answer the questions on the card. We keep track of the points, and typically, I lose ;-)
In closing, I highly recommend this versatile product from Christy Jones! Please make sure to stop by her amazing TPT Store. I know this product is going to make my work life just a little bit easier, and we all could use some of that!
Don't miss these other 5- Star Product Reviews for SLPs!


It's Friday! Here's What I Did This Week

After a productive but exhausting SLP-filled week, I am in need of some relaxation! I've decided to treat myself to a massage this weekend, YES! (Actually, my husband got a gift card at work and I was the lucky recipient since he has absolutely no interest in getting massages). Here's my week in pictures:
I woke up to this winter wonderland on Monday. Beautiful, but WAY too cold, and it's FAR too early in the year for this. Also, this created confusion for my speech/ language kiddos. During one therapy session, I said, "I won't get to see you next week because of Thanksgiving!" She looked at me with a very serious expression and said, "Thanksgiving? But it's snowing outside." I agreed that it was, and told her, "Yes, the snow came early this year." She then smiled and said, "So does this mean Christmas comes early, too?" Well...
My colleague shared this amazing resource with me. It's a really great resource for the SLP, and has EVERY sound in it you could need! Make sure to check it out.
Another wonderful thing that happened this week... my husband gave the dog a bath, and Moo now smells like an oatmeal cookie.
One of my students who really doesn't do well sitting at a table had a BLAST working on verbs. I improvised by grabbing some foam dice, and writing some irregular verbs on the board along with points that could be earned for hitting the target. He then was allowed to throw the dice on the board, and use the irregular verbs in the past tense "Thanksgiving"- themed sentences. He won, in case you were wondering.
I then created this super fun fluency packet, which you can purchase here. I mean honestly, check out my superb rhyming skills:
That's right, I wrote about the "loo".
Last but not least, be sure to head on over to The Speech Space, because she has some amazing links for SLP resources posted!

Enter Here For A Chance To Win: "Vikings! Voyaging with Verbs!"

a Rafflecopter giveaway Conquer grammar goals! Don't miss the chance to win this AMAZING product, available here at my TPT Store.

Don't Miss This Deal!

Are you following The Pedi Speechie on Facebook? Head on over to find out how you can snag my newest product, Driving & Directions, for FREE until Friday at 1 p.m.! Don't forget to "LIKE" my Facebook page, and to "FOLLOW" me on TPT!


Let's Celebrate With The Pioneer Teacher!

Let's all celebrate with Katrina- aka, The Pioneer Teacher!
Her TPT Store has just hit 20K, and she and a bunch of TPT Sellers are joining together to help her celebrate achieving this milestone! My Multiple Meaning Monsters is one of the products that you can win as a freebie, so be sure to check out the links below to enter!
K-1 Prize Pack: a Rafflecopter giveaway

2-3 Prize Pack: a Rafflecopter giveaway

4-5 Prize Pack: a Rafflecopter giveaway


Is 7 Your Lucky Number???

Is 7 Your Lucky Number?
If you're an SLP, then the answer is: YES!!!
There are SO many amazing SLP TPT Sellers participating in the sale this month (11/7/14), it's ridiculous.
Seriously, you HAVE to check out all of the amazing stores that are participating. Luckily, Speech Room Style has you covered- you can just click here to get the list!
I am SO excited to share that I will be participating again this month, and the deal I have going on is unreal.
My "It's Magic! The Mega No Prep Articulation Toolkit" is 50% off for ONE. DAY. ONLY.
Yes, that's right. EVERY. SINGLE. SOUND. that a speechie might need, and it is SUPER CHEAP (11/7/14 only!) It took me over 70 hours to make this product, and it has everything from /s/ blends to vocalic /r/ at the word, phrase, and sentence level.
Just click here to access this amazing deal.
Seriously, y'all. Don't miss this. Happy Friday, and keep on speechin'.

My Spooky Speech Room

I felt woefully unprepared for this absolutely amazing holiday. I mean, I was running late, almost forgot my lunch, didn't quite get around to doing my hair... it was one of those mornings.
In my mind, I'd envisioned a day full of Halloween craftivities for my speech kiddos.
Luckily for me (and our speech students), my grad student was more prepared than I. She let it casually slip in the morning, "Yeah, I've got a Frankenstein decoration thing in my car."
"You do?" I responded eagerly.
"Well... well yes, but he's missing one leg," she said.
"Perfect!" I said. Before she could even get into the story of WHY he was missing one leg, we ran out to her car, and found this spook-tacular Halloween decoration just waiting to be enjoyed by our kiddos.
My mind began swimming with ideas, as we talked over the language goals our students had.
Of course, we had to include some defining & describing (...have you checked out the Expanding Expression Tool, by the way?!? Because it is AWESOME), and many of our kids had vocabulary and grammar goals. Some were working on regular and irregular past tense verbs, while others were targeting idioms.
We quickly taped Mr. Frankenstein to the wall, and then grabbed our markers, and got to work. I won't claim to be an artist, but every child actually knew what each picture was, so I consider that to be a success. Here is the masterpiece we created:

...and we also targeted these others areas:

Naturally, our kids would want to know why Mr. Frankenstein was missing a leg. We said he had been in a trick-or-treating accident.
One boy, who has a goal to target irregular past tense, spontaneously said Mr. Frankenstein broke his leg. He then went on and told us how Mr. Frankenstein ate brains yesterday. Yuck. Well, anyways, I would say the day was a success!

Halloween Sale For All Of My Favorite SLPs!

It's been an exciting week. I finally found the time to get to the craft store and buy some badly needed Halloween decor for our house.
As you can tell, I LOVE all things sparkly.
Therefore, I now have leaves and sparkly pumpkins on my mantle...

...and of course, a sparkly pumpkin and shiny new table runner on my kitchen table!

It's a start, anyways!
I couldn't believe there were actually more CHRISTMAS decorations for sale than Halloween/ Thanksgiving! Go figure!
Anyways, to celebrate one of my favorite holidays, I am throwing a 15% off sale on my ENTIRE store now through October 29th, 2014!

Don't miss this! Just click here to stop by my TPT Store!

This Made Me Laugh Out Loud

As you know, kids say the CUTEST things.
I just put up my newest product the other night, and I'm SUPER excited with it. This kit includes describing worksheets and word relationships worksheets, with super cute animals! I tried it with one of my patients, and he was so motivated, he said: "Can we do this again next week?" (I'm not making this up, I promise!)
My amazing colleague and fellow SLP Becca agreed to try out this product in her therapy room as well. We just weren't expecting such an AWESOME answer for his fun fact:

Here is an example of the word relationships worksheet they also filled out:

Her student is a non-reader and had goals to target answering wh-questions and answering yes/ no questions. She simply modified this page by asking yes/no and wh-questions about the parrot using the vocabulary provided.
It's such a fun activity, don't forget to check it out at my TPT Store!
By the way, I MUST give credit where credit is due! I certainly didn't draw that cute clip art myself. Copyright information: Copyrights: Fonts: Maple Fonts, www.onceuponaportable.blogspot.com Graphics/ Clip Art: Very Busy Teachers, http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Very-Busy-Teachers Border/ Frame: The 3am teacher, http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-3am-Teacher
Don’t forget to follow my store on TPT!

Freebie! Social Story & Worksheet

It's Sunday evening, and once again, my weekend went by WAY too fast!
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my job, but oh how I enjoy sleeping in and lounging in my sweatpants as well! I was very busy this weekend. I set up a Twitter account, so please make sure to follow me. I also created this freebie for my store. It's a social story that I recently created for one my students who has been having some trouble with hitting and kicking classmates and family members. I figured some of my other speechies out there might have need for this story as well! Be sure to download this freebie at my TPT Store. I LOVE feedback, so please consider letting me know how you plan on using this in therapy.
Copyright Information: Fonts: kevinandamanda.com Border/ frame: The 3am teacher, http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-3am-Teacher Graphics: www.graphicsfactory.com

Thumb Sucking: What the Speech- Language Pathologist NEEDS to Know

I'm sure as an SLP you have been in the position I was in earlier this summer.
I was working with a patient who had a lisp. It wasn't necessarily always interdental (i.e. tongue sticking through his teeth), but his /s/ and /z/ sounds just didn't sound crisp. I am a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to my job, so I needed to learn more.
Through google searches, I then luckily discovered the field of orofacial myology.In particular, I read about Sandra Holtzman. Seeing that her 28 hour ceu course addressed lisps of all types, I decided to take the plunge. I am SO glad that I did. As a disclaimer, I am not receiving any financial compensation from her company for telling you this. I am simply writing about this experience because as a speech therapist, it completely changed how I was viewing and treating my patients for the better. If you ever get the chance to attend her course, don't hesitate. It was some of the best money I have ever spent on my continuing education.
I came back from this course with the knowledge that I wasn't asking a VERY important question when my kids with lisps were being evaluated. In particular, I wasn't asking about any oral habits that could negatively be impacting speech. It surprised me just how many of my school aged children were still sucking their thumbs.
This MUST be addressed if you're going to be successful at correcting a lisp. Sandra has an awesome program that I ended up buying called "Unplugging The Thumb", which you can purchase here.

I highly recommend this program because it utilizes positive reinforcement and having the child's "permission" to start the program. In addition, the child also gets to have this special friend:

My takeaway point here is that you must first address oral habits, such as thumb sucking, in order to have success treating a lisp. Don't forget to check out Sandra's website by clicking here, and the International Association of Orofacial Myology by clicking here to learn more information. Referring to an orofacial myologist before starting your treatment program is a great option to get your student or patient READY for success in speech therapy!
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