Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Monday, April 28, 2014

May is Better Hearing & Speech Month!

Raise Awareness!

May is Better Hearing & Speech Month!  You might be thinking, what exactly does that mean?! It means it is our job, as professionals, to raise awareness about communication disorders.  I am including a link to ASHA's website for some FREE printable resources from the Identify the Signs Campaign of 2014. {Click here to be taken to the site.} Keep reading for more information...

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Dragons Love Tacos: Speech & Language Book Companion!

Over the last few weeks, I have been trying to finish this book companion... well, it is finally done!  Dragons Love Tacos is a fun book by Adam Rubin.  It is full of adorable dragons who like to have fun at parties and eat mild tacos!  Once I read this book, I knew I had to create a speech and language book companion ~ I fell in love with it. Enjoy!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Weekly Review: April 21st, 2014

Week of April 21st ~ 25th

I am linking up with Old School Speech to review a few activities from therapy this week!  Check out her "Week in Review" on her blog and link up ~ there is plenty of time left to link in a post! Linky parties are a great way to see what other professionals are doing during therapy!  Join us!

Love it & List it Linky!: Behavior Management

Love it & List it Linky Party time!!! This is my first time joining this Linky, which is hosted by Speech Room News. This months topic is behavior management.

I have followed Jenna Rayburn's blog, Speech Room News, for quite some time. She has fabulous ideas and creates some awesome speech and language therapy materials.  Her blog is a great read and filled with a wealth of usable information!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Grammar: Present Progressive Verb Cupcake Cards!

I'm going to be honest...grammar is usually not something I think is super exciting to work on.  In an attempt to make it a little more fun for the kids {and myself!}, I have created a 20 page CUPCAKE themed matching game. This game can help teach kids to complete sentences with present progressive verb forms. The tasty looking graphics seem to make my little ones more engaged also!

Wild About Books Wednesday: Linky Party!

Scarlett, over at Speech is Sweet, is hosting a "Wild About Books Wednesday: Linky Party!" I am looking forward to taking part in this linky as much as possible and learning what wonderful books other educators are using with their students!  If you haven't already, check out Scarlett's blog!  She has lots of great information!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


OVER 100 followers at my TpT store!!! I cannot stop smiling and to show my excitement, I have posted a couple Mother's Day Activities FREEBIE!  Waltz on over to my store and check it out.  You will be prepared for your students to make their mothers smile!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Weekly Review: April 14th, 2014

Week of April 14th - 18th

This week, my students and I had a ton of fun! We even had some crazy weather {here in MN}, which seemed to make students and staff a little nutty! I am linking up with Old School Speech Blog for her "Week in Review".  She posts great ideas for speech and language therapy.  If you haven't yet, you should check out her blog, here.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spring into Language: A Receptive and Expressive Activity Bundle!

A *SPRING* Receptive and Expressive Language Activity Bundle!  This is one of the very first products I ever uploaded to TpT! {It has been revised and updated since then.} This is a perfect 32 page bundle for SLPs or teachers.  The areas of concentration are synonyms, antonyms, simple comprehension questions, compare and contrast, oral narrative and writing activities, and following directions with basic concepts and a spring picture scene.  There are fill in the blank sentence worksheets for antonyms and synonyms.  Antonym and synonym pair cards for learning vocabulary and playing a matching game. There is also a blank card sheet for you to put your own targeted vocabulary on.

SLP: Tips and Tricks for Organization!

This packet is great for getting organized! Whether you are a new speech language pathologist or have many years of experience, the tools in this packet can help you stay on track with your caseload, IEPs, evaluations, scheduling, and physical organization of your speech room. There are 22 pages of printable outlines and picture ideas which can be used to stay sane and organized! {They are all “beautified” with some borders and graphics!}

Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring into Grammar!

This packet is great for teaching students about the following grammatical structures: pronouns, subject-verb agreement, action words, and conjunctions. There are 11 pages of printable activities which can be used for speech therapy, larger classroom centers, special education classrooms, parents, and intervention teachers!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Informal Speech & Language Assessment Guide

My Informal Speech & Language Assessment Guide is an essential part of almost all of my language evaluations. I have found it much more helpful to have a guide to follow when doing informal measures during initial evaluations and reevaluations. Important aspects of receptive and expressive language have been broken down and I have created a 10 page printable {chart format} for easy collection of information.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Weekly Review: April 7th, 2014

Week of April 7th - 11th

Mary, over at Old School Speech Blog, invited me to participate in a weekly review linky party!  I am new at blogging, and am very excited and enthusiastic about all the new blog-related things I am learning :) Thank you Mary for invited me to participate with you and fellow SLPs!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Do your students know why they come to speech?

At the beginning of each school year, I always have a student who cannot remember why they come to speech. Making sure my students know exactly what they are working on is very important for self-improvement.  This is one reason I began helping my students make personal goals. At the beginning of each quarter, we review the goals I have set for them and then I have the students write their own personal speech goals.  They draw a picture, write their personal goal and post it up in my room. Throughout the quarter, we refer to their posted goals often. At the beginning of every new quarter, we review our progress and reflect on our goals.  We make changes or write new goals if needed. Students also enjoy showing their parents the personal goals at conferences.  I have found this to be an easy and effective reminder of the importance of self-awareness, coming to speech and working hard.  This activity has increased my students motivation and helps increase progress.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Take the TPT Plunge Linky Party!

The Dabbling Speechie is hosting a Take the TPT Plunge Linky Party!  I have decided to join in all the fun :)

About 2 years ago, I was searching the web and found the TpT website.  Ever since then, my life has changed forever! {For the better, of course!}  I was in my fourth year of being a speech language pathologist working in an elementary school.  I caught myself not having any time to make my own materials because my caseload was skyrocketing.  So, once I found this website and began digging through every one's stores -- I was in heaven!  There were FREEBIES! Now, I buy/download materials and products from the TpT website all the time.  About 2 months ago, I decided that I could start my own store and post some materials I have made, and have used with my own students.  That is when my journey really began!

I started my own TpT store under the name, "School SLP" and became obsessed with PowerPoint, had a designer make me a blog {PJ's Design Laboratory}, and WAALAH!  {I also received some great advice from fellow educator, Sara Connell. ~ Check out her blog here!} I am blogging you my story right now!  I spend many of my nights at home developing new materials {which my students have been loving!}, working on my blog {School SLP blog}, looking through stores on TpT, and reading fellow SLP blogs. It is safe to say, I have become addicted to everything relating to the web and speech and language!

The very first product I bought on TpT was Candytown Articulation Cards, by Jenna Rayburn at Speech Room News blog for $5.00. I still love using this with my articulation students! I have many kindergarten and first grade students working on /ch/ and /sh/ speech sounds and enjoy board games!  These cards are colorful, easy and quick to prepare for a speech session! I really enjoy how these cards changed the way I began to look at the materials I was choosing to use for therapy.  Thank you Speech Room News!

A second product I absolutely cannot live without is, The Articulation for Reading and Conversation Speech Therapy Intervention by Nicole Allison from Speech Peeps blog for $10.00 {and worth every penny!}! I am always using this with my articulation kids towards the end of each quarter.  It has an awesome data collection portion on each activity for reading level and conversational level! Thank you Speech Peeps!

My best selling product on my TpT store is my "Spring into Language" Bundle: Speech/Language Receptive and Expressive Activity Bundle.  It is 32 pages of spring themed activities! It is actually the very first product I ever posted on my TpT.  I also have a few freebies too!

I am excited that my blogging journey has just begun!  I have already been connected with many new and wonderful speech people!

Head over to Old School Speech and The Speech Bubble to see what they have to say about TpT and their experiences!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Books for Therapy {Social Language}

Here are a few elementary level books, which I recommend for using with those children who have social language needs.  These are just a few of my favorite books I have used in the past and continue to use over and over again! This post includes Amazon affiliate links.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Superhero Speech Sounds!

After winter break, I saw how bored my students (and myself!) were getting with articulation therapy.  Many of my students talked about superhero movies and tv shows they watched over the holiday break.  This was my inspiration to create the following superhero speech sound material packets! Each packet is sold separately (1.) /r/ and vocalic /r/, (2.) /l/ and /l-blends/ and (3.) /s/ and /s-blends). Who doesn't like a good superhero?!