Speech Therapy Oops! {Speech Wonderland}

Our guest blogger today? The lovely Natalie from Speech Wonderland. This #speechtherapyoops is a MUST- READ...

Hello, I’m Natalie from Speech Wonderland. Hmmm….How do I narrow it down to just one #speechtherapyoops moment to share? This is going to be tough because there is never a dull moment in my speech room! I think these moments should definitely be jotted down more frequently in a journal. Being able to glance back at times like these, could only brighten a gloomy day, and remind us why we love what we do!

Last week, I was working with one of my cute little kindergarten students with apraxia. For the sake of keeping things PG on Karen’s blog, we will henceforth write #it to describe my student’s word approximation. Please know, to decode this, you simply need to substitute a “t” for the #. Another hint, in case that was too subtle: think “a woman’s body part”.

Sitting across the table from him, he suddenly shouts, “Mi-. We-t, What i- on your #it?” I quickly shot up and thought to myself, he surely didn’t say what I thought he said. “What did you say sweetie?” I asked. He then proceeds to repeat himself “What i- on your #it?” while pointing to left of my chest. As I quickly glance down to the left of my chest, I could feel my face turning several shades of red. I was afraid to see what he could possibly be pointing to.

Ah ha, he’s just trying to figure out what animal’s head was on the left side of my shirt! (It was a horse.) Knowing that he has difficulty with speech, I had to give him the benefit of the doubt that he surely didn’t mean the word “#it”. Even though, he wouldn’t have been completely incorrect if he was identifying where that horse’s head was oddly placed on my shirt. Next, I grabbed my shirt’s sleeve and began shaking it and asking him, “What do you call this?”

“A #it!” he said again.

I instantly felt a sense of relief once I realized he definitely was trying to say the word “shirt”. This couldn’t be a more perfect time for me to introduce that “be quiet” sound. I put my pointer finger in front of my mouth and said, “Oh you mean, SH……irt! There is a horse on my SH…irt.”
“So let’s try it again, what is this called?” (pointing to his shirt this time ☺) I asked him. He proudly shouted “SHXX!” (you can fill in those last two Xs with the correct vowel and consonant) Yikes! Well, I was super excited he was able to produce that /sh/ sound so wonderfully, but I couldn’t possibly have him call his shirt either one of those names!

Unfortunately, it was time for him to go back to class. I praised him for his hard work, and told him we would work more on that “be quiet” /sh/ sound another time.

After school ended, his teacher came by my room because she heard about the word we were working on in class. She shared that when she walked him down the hallway, she asked him what he was wearing. He confidently exclaimed, “a SHXX#it” (again you can replace the 2 Xs with the correct vowel and consonant) Haha..I’m not sure that word is any better than the other two words, but this SLP couldn’t be more proud of his carry-over skills. He was already using that newly introduced /sh/ phoneme outside of my classroom!

Can't get enough OOPS? Read more here. Be sure to check back next week because Sarah from Short And Sweet Speech is willing to share her #speechtherapyoops next!

Speech Therapy Oops! {Small Talk SLP}

This week, Pam from Small Talk SLP is guest blogging and sharing her oops!


I'm Pam over at Small Talk SLP and I am happy to have the chance to share an embarrassing therapy moment with you.

One spring day about 10 years ago, I was working with a little first grade buddy who loved all things science. We'll call him Simon. His speech and language sessions were directly after school, so he often would share about things they did in the classroom that day, and this day he was telling me all about tadpoles and the life cycle of a frog. I told him that I had a pot on my back deck that had filled with water over the winter and that recently I noticed there were tiny creatures swimming in the pot. Since my office is in my home, he asked if we could go outside and see them. I said we could, so we headed out the back door. Together, we knelt next to the pot and watched the little creatures swim about. They had an interesting swimming pattern, moving about end over end like little rolling balls.
They sure didn't look like tadpoles to me!

Simon excitedly said, "They're tadpoles! You are so lucky! You have tadpoles!"

"Really?" I said, "I'm not so sure they are tadpoles. Look at the way they are swimming. I thought tadpoles swam more like fish, without doing flips."

"No, no, those are definitely tadpoles. I know it. Mrs. Jones taught me all about them."

"Hmmm. I guess we will just have to watch them and see if they turn into frogs, " I conceded.

"Miss Pam, do you think I could take some for my teacher? She would really love it if I brought her tadpoles."

"I suppose you could, if your mom thinks it's a good idea."

So Simon went home that day, with a mason jar full of water and tadpoles, and promptly took them to school the next morning.

About a week later, I got a call from Simon's mom. She was laughing so hard that she could hardly speak, but finally she said she had a story to tell me. She said that she just got off the phone with Simon's teacher.  Mrs. Jones said, "Susan, you know it's teacher appreciation week. All the kids bring me things like coffee gift cards and flowers, but your son brought me tadpoles. I thought it was rather odd, but sweet of him to think I'd like them. We've been watching the tadpoles swim around all week. Well, today while the class was out of the room for lunch, those "tadpoles" hatched into mosquitoes! We came back to a roomful of flying insects and it took the janitor a half hour to clear them out of here!"

O. M. G!!!!!

I couldn't believe it! I contaminated an entire first grade classroom with a jarful of mosquitoes!

That was the LAST time I ever let a child leave my house with living creatures!

Can't get enough OOPS? Read more here. Be sure to check back next week because Natalie from Speech Wonderland is willing to share her #speechtherapyoops as well!

AAC Carryover

I have some non-verbal children on my caseload who rely on AAC to communicate.
For these children, carryover at home is so essential- but it can often be tricky to find ways to explain to a parent how to best incorporate language modeling and AAC use into everyday activities.

As SLPs, we know that language modeling can occur around ANY and EVERY activity. That's the wonderful thing about it. AAC should be simple- and helpful!

I know you'll be super excited about this packet. It provides simple language enrichment activities that can be used all year long!

You can mark the level the child is communicating at (i.e. single word level, simple phrases, or simple sentences).
This packet is perfect for the non-verbal or minimally-verbal children on your caseload. It can be used for children who communicate using either aided (i.e. AAC) or unaided (i.e. signing) methods of communication.
Core Vocabulary targeted on Seasonal Language Handouts: (1) want, all done, more, stop, go; (2) help, mine, in, out, turn; (3) up, down, on, off, play; (4) like, make, get, put, it; (5) open, close, look, little, big
Each vocabulary list (1-5) comes with a handout for fall, winter, spring, & summer.
In addition, (2) “Daily Language Carryover Activities” are provided.

Oh... p.s.- this no prep packet is low ink! Be sure to check it out. You can purchase it here at my TPT store.


Speech Therapy OOPS! (Speech to the Core)

This week, one of my blogging BFF's is going to share her #speechtherapyoops with you! Lyndsey from Speech to the Core says:
Have you ever had a big OOOOOPS in therapy? What about professionally? Take a moment and think about what could possibly be your worst nightmare come true professionally...Now, keep on reading and see if what you imagined can top this...

It all started on a sunny day in Florida. It was May. It was the Annual FLASHA Convention in Orlando. I was preparing to present to a crowd of people. Wait...Not only was I presenting, but I was presenting with the big Kahuna, the Speech and Language Program Planner for my district.

Everything was going smoothly (for the first 20 minutes that is) until I couldn't get one of our video to play. The technical support team comes in, my boss keeps on speaking and we try to get the video to play.

Now, let's stop for a minute. Are you a MAC user or a PC user? If you're a MAC like me, then you know PC users shouldn't touch your computer. They just don't understand the workings of a MAC. It's just not the same. But, PC users, they think they can do it. They think they're compatible with us MAC people... Try again!!!!

Getting back... my boss is talking, telling a joke, when the tech person clicks on my photos and just keeps clicking and clicking and clicking. I say, "I don't think you should do that, this isn't a PC," She replies, "it's no problem really, we'll just find where you have the original video located and then hit play." I stand there looking bewildered because I can just tell this is not going to work. When all of a sudden.... I see a photo pop up on screen. It's like slow motion at this point. Excruciating slow motion that is. When it dawns on me that the photo on my computer is linked to the projector which means.... OH NO!!!! That photo is being displayed for all to see on the big screen. I slowly turn my head, see the photo enlarged for all to see. Everyone starts to snicker and giggle, while my boss thinks it's because she told a funny joke. Um..not quite!!

The tech person had displayed a whole screen of tiled pictures from my bachelorette party. And let's be real here...I didn't have the most PG-Rated Bachelorette Party. Now you may be thinking, why would I voluntarily share this information. Well, considering my mom was at my Bachelorette party and now an entire room full pf people, plus my boss have seen the pictures, what's the point in holding back?!!  If you think I'm nuts and actually going to share the photos...hahahah! Sorry! 
Here are a few from before the craziness and then after from the Drag Show that we went to at LIPS, which was amazing and hysterical! 

Me getting read to start the party! 
Waiting for the special "guest" to arrive! 
My beautiful mom and I at the party! 

So, lesson learned... Don't have any pictures on your computer you wouldn't want your boss and a whole audience full of SLPs seeing!! 

I did go on to present for the next  hour and 30 minutes with a straight face! But, I couldn't wait to go and have a glass of wine after that! 

What's your biggest "OOPS"?! I'd love to hear it! 

Can't get enough OOPS? Read more here. Be sure to check back next week, because Pam from Small Talk SLP will be guest blogging and sharing her oops!
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