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Thursday, October 30, 2014

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!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

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!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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
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Sunday, October 12, 2014

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

Saturday, October 11, 2014

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!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

It's Magic! The MEGA No Prep Articulation Toolkit

Oh. My. Gosh.
You don't EVEN know how ecstatic I am about this new product.

That's because it took around 70 hours to make, and I now have a product I get to use absolutely EVERY day in therapy. I always make products based on what I need to be an efficient therapist. I was finding it hard when some of my vocalic /r/ cards were in one location, some of my /s/ blend cards in my other office... you get the idea. I needed an articulation binder that had it ALL.
I mean, EVERYTHING... EVERY. SINGLE. SOUND. Even the tricky ones, like /s/ blends (and not just in the initial position) and consonant sequences (like "SPR" and "SPL"). This kit has EVERYTHING, I can't stress that enough. Here are ALL of the sounds this product includes: /b/: initial, medial, final /p/: initial, medial, final /t/: initial, medial, final /d/: initial, medial, final /f/: initial, medial, final /v/: initial, medial, final /th/: voiceless initial, medial, final /th/: voiced, initial, medial, final /k/: initial, medial, final /kw/: initial /g/: initial, medial, final /sh/: initial, medial, final /j/: initial, medial, final /zh/: medial/ final positions (1 page with 6 total cards) /n/: initial, medial, final /nd/: medial /m/: initial, medial, final /w/: initial /y/: initial /s/: initial, medial, final Initial /s/ blends: st, sp, sk, sn, sm, sw, sl, str, skr, spr, spl Medial /s/ blends: st, sp, sk Final /s/ blends: st, sp, sk, ts Prevocalic /r/ Vocalic /r/: air (initial, medial, final); or (initial, medial, final); ire (initial, medial, final); ear (initial, medial, final); air (initial, medial, final); er (initial, medial, final); rl (final) /r/ blends, initial position: pr, br, tr, dr, kr, gr /l/: initial, medial, final Initial /l/ blends: pl, bl, gl
Naturally, I didn't stop there. This packet also has:
-1 open-ended parent letter for speech homework -1 “Speech Therapy Magician Award” for positive reinforcement/ student motivation -1 Magical Game Board -3 open- ended Magical Tic- Tac- Toe Boards for word/ phrase/ sentence level practice -1 open- ended “Write About Your Own Magic Show” paragraph prompt to practice speech skills in structured carryover tasks -1 open-ended “Roll the Dice” Articulation game
TA-DAH! It's the all-you-need, absolutely EVERYTHING included articulation toolkit. You can purchase it at my TPT store by clicking here.
Oh, and did I mention there is absolutely NO PREP involved? Simply print and go, or print as you need, and just keep on speechin'.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Therapy Quick Snap: WH Question Bingo Created By The Speechstress!

If you're like me, you probably have a good number of kiddos on your caseload who have trouble answering WH-questions. I do have some materials to target this, but really needed to freshen things up! I'm so excited that I get the chance to review this wonderful product created by The Speechstress.
This kit includes Who, What, Where, When, Why & How question cards and boards. It also includes some very colorful bingo chips (or "tokens!" as my kiddo liked to call them). Today, I targeted answering "how" questions.

What I really LOVED about these questions? They were RELEVANT! These are questions that the child might be asked during his or her daily routine. The visuals were fantastic. I was able to offer a field of 2-4 choices and point to the pictures to provide even more assistance. My kiddo was very engaged by this product and kept saying, "Okay, let's get more tokens!"
I am storing my cards by simply placing them in ziplock sandwich bags. Nothing too fancy, I know, but it works!

Interested in purchasing this product? I forgot to add that the price is EXTREMELY reasonable. If you're in need of Wh-question materials, you MUST stop by her TPT Store (The Speechstress) by clicking here. Also, you can like her on Facebook and check out her blog over at: www.schoolspeechtherapy.com !

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

It's October 7th! That Means One Of My FAVORITE Products Is 50%!!!

This is a MUST HAVE product for your therapy room! Today only (October 7th) it is on sale for 50% off until 10pm EST. Snag it here. DON'T WAIT! http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Ahoy-Following-Directions-with-Embedded-Concepts-435177 Don't want to stop shopping at my store? You don't have to! All of the other awesome SLP products are half off as well. Check out my Facebook page for a list of other products listed on sale!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Will 7 Be Your Lucky Number?

Don't forgot to check my TPT Store tomorrow to see which MUST HAVE product will be 50% off! #SLPmusthave