I believe that speech and language therapy should be fun, functional and interactive. I know that not all SLPs have the time to search for new ideas or the budget to afford new materials. To help with this, I’ve put together a podcast to freely share knowledge and ideas to implement in your speech therapy sessions. For those looking for something fresh and fun that students and SLPs both adore, I’ve developed no print materials that are creative, affordable, and a therapy tool that many SLPs have told me they didn’t know they were missing!
Meet Jessica Cassity
I’ve been a certified speech-language pathologist since 2007. I went to the University of Pittsburgh for my undergraduate degree and then to Northeastern University for my master’s. In regards to my work experience, I’ve done a bit of everything from pediatrics to geriatrics- SNF, hospital, school, and private practice.
When running a social skills group in 2013, I started to create my own materials. I fell in love with doing this because it really let me tap into my creative side. Since then, I haven’t looked back and have continued to custom make materials to meet my clients’ needs. I always feel such a sense of pride when I know I’ve developed something that will help a client achieve their goals.
My favorite type of speech therapy material to create is what is called a “no print”. These are awesome because they involve no printing or prepping and are used right on your tablet or computer. Students love that they get to “play on the iPad” and I love that they are working on meeting their speech and language goals!
I have to be honest, I’m generally not a huge fan of the iPad in my speech sessions, but this is an exception to the rule. No prints are not like apps because there is no noisy audio or flashing screens and you can not set them up and walk away. You are their guide as they move through the different sections and you are constantly giving feedback and communicating the entire time. I think the art of listening and interacting throughout a session is such an important component of modeling the skills that are necessary for becoming an effective communicator.