December 1, 2016

5 Holiday Books to Use in Your Speech Room


We all know that a good book is a great way to sneak speech, language, and literacy goals into your speech therapy sessions!  Here are 5 that I've rounded up for the holidays!  Please note that the links listed below are not affiliate links, these are just books that I like and wanted to share.

Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson - This is a cute little story about a bear trying to stay awake to celebrate Christmas with his friends.  This could be easily adapted for children with apraxia because there is a repetitive phrase ending with the word, up.  Read the sentence a few times and then leave the last word out, providing them with the opportunity to say it.  

The Night Before Hanukkah by Natasha Wing - This story talks about Jewish holiday traditions.  It's a great way to review vocabulary related to Hanukkah and also to discuss what to expect for children that benefit from discussing events in advance. 

Search & Find Christmas Fun - This book is a FUN way to work on vocabulary!  I picked it up at TJ Maxx, so keep your eyes peeled if you're there!  At the time of writing this post, I can only find an online link to eBay and it looks like Kohl's had it, but it's out of stock.  

Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas by Jane O'Connor - This is another spectacular way to work on vocabulary! Fancy Nancy sneaks in some great vocabulary, which she refers to as words that are "fancy".

The Biggest Smallest Christmas Present by Harriet Muncaster - This is a fun book for working on basic concepts (big/small) and superlatives!  It's a really cute story of a girl who is very, very small and receives Christmas presents from Santa that are just too big for her!  It's sure capture your students' interest!

What are your holiday favs?  I know there are a ton and I'm only touching the surface here!  Please share what books you like to use during the holiday season!

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November 27, 2016

Five Fab Freebies for the Holidays: Part 1




The holiday season is upon us, and I've got some festive freebies for you to try in your speech room!


1) Presents and Perspective Taking, by Jaclyn Watson, is a great set of worksheets that can help your students work on just that-perspective taking! With a Christmasy twist, it's sure to be a fun activity!


2) Next up, we have a language-based freebie that is appropriately themed for the cold and Christmas time. Created by Ashley Rossi, this can be used to target verbs, synonyms and antonyms, and much more!


3) The third freebie that I have for you is one created by Breanna Allor. It is Roll a Christmas Tree, and includes templates and instructions for you to use this Christmas-construction game in therapy. This game can be used to target many goals, and is a fun way to bring some holiday cheer to your room!


4) Fourth, we have Final Consonant Deletion Minimal pairs. This freebie was created by the SLT Scrapbook and includes 15 pairs of words that target final consonant deletion!


5) The fifth and final freebie that I have for you is a no-prep coloring activity and a velcro game. Build-A-Santa, by Panda Speech, is a fun and creative way to bring Santa to life in the speech room! Any goals can be incorporated into this activity.

Thanks for stopping by to check out these fabulous holiday freebies! Make sure to let the creators know how much you love their products!

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November 11, 2016

10 Non-Food Rewards for Speech Therapy


Do you give candy as a reward in speech therapy?  I used to.  Since then, I've learned to think outside of the box a bit.  While kids might love candy, parents (myself included) aren't always a fan.  I don't like the idea of providing something unhealthy as a reward.  Some even say this can set up a lifetime of bad habits for the kiddos.  On top of that, we also know candy isn't good for their teeth.  Although I'm not speaking from personal experience, I would imagine that convincing a young child to get a cavity drilled is not a good time.  Over the years, I've come up with some ideas to give rewards that are NOT food-based.  Here is a quick list of ten non-food items that you can offer as rewards for children participating in your speech-language therapy sessions.

1.         Music.

Play one of their favorite songs, or just a part of the song. Or, if you don’t have a copy readily available, offer to sing it with them - maybe a fun and catchy song, like “The Wheels on the Bus”? That way, every time the child completes a task, you can add on another verse, from the tires all the way to the steering wheel!  Have older students?  Ask them who their favorite artist is and let them listen a song by them at the end of the session.

2.         Videos Clips.

You can watch a quick video clip together on YouTube, or you may choose to make a video of your own.  Do wacky things together, like making silly faces or dancing around.  You'll both get a kick out of watching the play back!

3.         Puzzle Pieces.

Offer one puzzle piece for each accomplishment. Imagine how that child will feel when he or she can complete the whole puzzle! You may want to consider giving the child pieces that interlock so that they can put the puzzle together as they go.

4.         Sticker Charts.

You can’t go wrong with stickers. Keep a sticker chart marked with each goal the child is expected to meet. S/he will light up when s/he sees the chart filling up with more stickers by the day! Bonus points for scratch-and-sniffs!

5.         Games.

Any game can really fill this requirement, let the child pick his or her favorite. You could even play a turn for each accomplishment, which is a great way to work in a lot of targets!

6.         Points.

The points system is as much of a classic as is the sticker system. For each accomplishment, the child can accumulate a set number of points. These can either add up to a more significant prize at the end, or you can just treat the points as rewards themselves.

7.         Praise/Compliments.

This probably goes without saying, but telling the child “you did a great job today!,” and then explaining what they did correctly, can go a long way in boosting self-esteem and nurturing positive results in the future.

8.         Change of Location.

Remember how excited you got when, for whatever reason, class had to be held outside? Offer the same change of venue as a reward for a job well done.  Never has a breeze across the face felt so sweet!

9.         Build a Tower.

Start off with a pile of blocks (or legos) and let your student add one on after each trial.  This is a great way to get in a lot of targets, while making it fun.  They'll get more and more excited about doing their "speech tasks" as they see the tower grow!

10.       Bookmarks.


Design and personalize bookmarks on the computer that you can then print and give to the child. You might also want to consider adding line art for him or her to color in, in addition to the child's speech strategies. 

These are some basic ideas that are sure to please!  What non-food rewards do you use in your speech room?

November 10, 2016

No Print All Year Club Testimonials

What are people saying about the No Print digital downloads you will receive in the No Print All Year Club?  I'm so glad you asked!


Here's what Dianna said about the No Print Preschool Spring Language Pack:
"Wow! I didn't know what I was missing! This is my first No Print Language Pack, and I am absolutely hooked! This is such an awesome, interactive way to practice language arts skills. I cannot wait to use this with my students. They will love this! Thanks so much for so generously sharing your gifts and for making this so adorable and so easy to navigate! The preposition activities are going to be a big hit!"

Laura said:
"This is PERFECTLY timed! The snow has melted, and I've finally just gone all the way through my fabulous Winter NO PRINT w/my students. I just uploaded to dropbox and popped it onto my iPad, and I'm ready for the warmer temps and my preK-1st. I got SO much use out of Winter, I can't wait to have this for all of Spring. I will use this like the other one.... as a language-artic-expressive-receptive-wh-screener-progress-monitor all-in-one! I just swiped through the slides and really, really like the variety of targets (the "wh" ?'s are even better). Seriously, this is great. You only need one more slide ––of a kitchen sink. ;-)"

Rickelle said:
"Amazing and I didn't even have to send hours printing and laminating."

Jacqui said:
"I have really enjoyed this product. A variety of targets for my little ones and it's interactive on the iPad, which they love. And now that my access to a color printer is more limited, it's great to see these no print options! Thank you!"

Sarah said:
"Words cannot express how much I have loved this product! Wonderful!"

Kendra said:
"This product is great! I've been using it the past couple of weeks in a variety of sessions with my kids. They love being able to use the iPad and I love that I didn't have to do any prep! Thank you for this great time saver!"

Vanessa said:
"Love the variety of targets for various students and ease of use. Using on the iPad is motivating for students and much more portable for the therapist. Thanks!"

Judith said:
"I am a huge fan of 'no print' activities as I have an Interactive Board in my room I can use with these. There is a nice variety of language targets, and I would not use these with only preschoolers, but students who are considered early language learners, such as students who are working below grade level. It is easy to navigate through the activities as well. The snowman game at the end is so cute and reinforcing, even I enjoy making one!"

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November 6, 2016

Five Fab Freebies for SLPs: Fall Part 3


How is it November already?  Before we jump into winter next month, I wanted to bring you one last bunch of great fall freebies.  Enjoy!

Fall Listen Up! Following Directions FREEBIE

1) First up we have Fall Listen Up! Following Directions by Panda Speech. In this freebie, the therapist will read prompts and the student will color the picture according to the directions!

FREEBIE! Pre-K Autumn Time Concepts

2) Next up is Pre-K Autumn Time Concepts by Twin Speech Language and Literacy. This freebie contains tons of time concept worksheets perfect for use with many Pre-K students!

NUTS SQUIRRELS ARTICULATION SPEECH THERAPY FREE

3) Next is Nuts About Articulation by Monae's Speech House. This freebie will give you and your students lots of opportunities to work on /r/ words! 

Candy Corn Opposites {Freebie}

4) Next is Candy Corn Opposites by Kayla SLP. This product contains 10 basic opposites in cute candy corn shapes to match together!

{{FREEBIE}} Pumpkin Reinforcer Pages

5) Last we have Pumpkin Reinforcer Pages by Speech Me Maybe. Reinforce your students by having them color in the pumpkins each time they answer correctly!

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October 24, 2016

Five Fab Freebies for Fall: Part 2



If you live in part of the country that experiences fall, I hope you are loving it as much as I am.  The leaves changing color, the cool air, and all things pumpkin!  To keep with the spirit of fall, I've rounded up five more fall-themed freebies to use in your speech room!

FREE Articulation Vocalic AR for Speech Therapy

1) First up we have Articulation Vocalic AR for Speech Therapy by Ashley Rossi! This freebie includes 36 cards targeting vocalic-ar!

Fall Speech and Language Mini Bundle

2) Next is Fall Speech and Language Mini Bundle by Short and Sweet Speech. Areas covered include: articulation, apraxia, receptive and expressive language, following directions, pronouns, and more!

Sequencing Mini-books with an Apple Picking theme FREEBIE!

3) Next is Sequencing Mini-books with an Apple Picking Theme by Activity Tailor. These seasonal mini-books will give you lots of options for addressing issues with sequences!

Social Skills:  Multiple Meanings

4) Next up is Social Skills: Multiple Meanings by SmartmouthSLP. This fun freebie is a great way to help your students learn flexible vocabulary and multiple meanings of Fall words!

Fall On-Off Topic: Lite Version

5) Lastly, we have Fall On-Off Topic: Lite Version by Old School Speech. Teach students the terms "On Topic" and "Off Topic" with a Fall Theme with this fun freebie!

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October 23, 2016

3 Ways A No Print Will Simplify Your Life!



I'm not going to lie.  I. Love. No Prints.  Love them!  I work in a small office one night a week and since I make the majority of my materials, that often meant lugging things to and from the office.  That was not working for me (or my back).  So, when I learned about No Prints, I was totally intrigued.  I decided to make one with one of my client's in mind.  It was a hit!  An added bonus for me is that my 3-year old adores them too and is constantly asking me when I'm going to make my next "game".  So, why are no prints so great you ask?  Well, let me tell you...

1) Portability.  No prints are amazingly portable.  Once it's on your iPad, that's all you need and you're ready to go!  Take it with you from school to school from house to house, etc.  No more lugging boxes and boxes of materials!

2) No prep time.  Who has time to prep materials?  Printing, cutting, and laminating can all be expensive and time consuming.  With no prints, there is nothing to prep.  All of the materials are ready for you once you click "download" and you're all set to start your speech therapy session.

3) No clutter.  Just like I know you don't have time to prep, you sure as heck don't have time to organize your speech room!  Of course your office looks beautiful for back to school week, but as time goes on the paper work starts to pile up and things aren't put back in the right place and it starts to look, well, overwhelming!  The beauty of the no print is that it can be stored on a flash drive, your computer's hard drive, or your iPad.  It doesn't take up any extra room!

Bonus Reason:  Many no prints also target multiple goals, which is another added benefit!  They are great for mixed groups because you can touch on many areas with the same resource.  It also means you get a lot of bang for your buck, without the downside of trying to figure out where to find the time to print out and store a bunch of new materials!

If you love the idea of no prints as much as I do, then come on over and join the No Print All Year Club!  If you're a newbie to no prints and don't get what all the fuss is about, watch the video below, then sign up here to sample a portion of one of my no prints for free!

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I'd love to know, have you used a no print before?  What did you think?