Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Frenzied SLPs - What I LOVE

Since it's February and we are still talking about looooooooooove, I decided to share with you one thing that I love to do. READ.

I have made it a goal this year to read one Bible Devotional book, one personal book (fiction or nonfiction), and one professional book every few months.  I love learning and could read about speech pathology/auditory-verbal therapy all day long.

Recently, I attended our state speech convention and had the great pleasure of hearing Dr. Teri Bellis speak regarding CAPD.  It was fascinating! So, of course, I picked up her book to add to my list.

Here is what's on my professional book shelf for this year. I purchased some of these on Amazon and some through Barnes and Noble.

When the Brain Can't Hear  Dr. Teri Bellis
Foundations of Spoken Language for Hearing-Impaired Children Dr. Daniel Ling
50 FAQs About AVT (Auditory-Verbal Therapy) Warren Estabrooks
Speech and the Hearing-Impaired Child: Theory and Practice Dr. Daniel Ling
Auditory-Verbal Therapy and Practice Warren Estabrooks
Bringing Words to Life Isabel Beck

What's on your reading list?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Frenzied SLPs - Me!

Hey everyone!

I am so glad to be a part of The Frenzied SLPs!  I can definitely say that I am frenzied most of the time.  I am a mother to two beautiful little girls, wife to an amazing husband, I work full time in the public school system, I have a TpT store, and our family is involved in many after school activities.  Here's just a little about me:

What I want to share with you is something you probably learned in grad school or undergrad.   But I want to share what I have found to be true on this subject.

Music in speech therapy.

ASHA states in this article the similarities between music and language.  
5 similarities between music and language*:
1.            Music and Language are universal and specific to humans
2.            Both have pitch, timbre, rhythm, and durational features
3.            Spontaneous speech and spontaneous singing typically develop within infants at approximately the same time.
4.            Music and language have auditory, vocal, and visual uses (both use written systems) and are built on structure and rules.
5.            Distinct forms of music and language exist and vary across culture.
I have always been fascinated by the effects of music on language development.  In my own life, I listened to classical music in college when studying and found it to be helpful in my memory retention.  Both of my children have been involved in music lessons since birth to stimulate their language development (they are typically developing, but so much language development came from the time that they participated in music in my opinion).  

ASHA also states in this article that
Musical activities stress nonverbal forms of communication and often surpass physical, cultural, intellectual, and emotional limitations. Actively using music in learning experiences involves the whole child through incorporation of rhythm, movement, and speech. Within the public school setting, traditional communication training methods can be supplemented with musical activities. 

If music can do these things for typically developing children, what can it do for children with language disorders? The answer is: amazing things.  I have two websites with abundant resources that I'd like to share with you on this topic. Innovative Speech and Music Helps Autism.   These two sites offer much advice and evidence of the benefits of music for language development.

So, what is my tip for you? Try music during your speech therapy sessions. Just try it.  And, I'm not talking about blasting The Wiggles or Dora from your iPad haha! I'm talking about using soothing, instrumental music without words.  Play it at a low level so it is just barely detectable.  In my therapy room, I do this every single day with every single session.  Since I have been doing it, I have noticed a calming effect for my more active students and more focus for my distracted students.  I can't say that it is 100% because of the music, but I can say that we all enjoy this in therapy sessions.  If you try it, let me know how it goes!

Be sure to like The Frenzied SLPs Facebook page for more great topics for SLPs! 

Monday, December 29, 2014

January Materials Round Up!

Hey everyone! I really hope you had a fabulous Christmas and will have a Happy New Year! I have already made my lesson plans for January and thought I would share all the wonderful TpT materials I have found.

Also, I am updating my Snowy WHO Owls to Snowy Owls WH Question Pack this week.  It will include Who, What, When, Where, Why questions now, rather than just Who questions.  It is currently $2 in my TpT store and the update will be FREE. BUT - I will be raising the price after January 1st, so grab it now while it is cheap and download the update this week.  You can find it right here in my TpT Store. 

Alright! Now for the Wonderful Winter materials I have found!

January Language Homework from Super Power Speech
Falling Flakes Phonology from Speech Room News
100th Day Articulation from Teach Speech 365 FREE
Eskimo Articulation (R,S,L) from Crazy Speech World
Snowy WH Owls from The Speech Umbrella (ME!)
January Game Boards from Putting Words In Your Mouth
New Year's Sequencing from Home Sweet Speech Room
Penguin Craftivity from Crazy Speech World
There Was A Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow from Crazy Speech World
Arctic and Antarctic Animals Language Unit from Crazy Speech World
Interactive Vocabulary Books: Winter from Speech Room News
Winter Language Data from Crazy Speech World
Winter Speech Glyphs from The Speech Bubble SLP
Build A Snowman from Putting Words In Your Mouth
Winter Fun Pack from Putting Words In Your Mouth
Martin Luther King Unit from Speech Room News

I am so excited about using these materials with my kids in speech! Look for pictures on Instagram, Twitter, and my Facebook page!  Are you also following me on Pinterest? I have lots of SLP boards.  And, here's my TpT store so you can follow there too.

I am really looking forward to creating more materials in 2015! It's a goal of mine to blog more and make great products, so let me know what you need!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas and Materials Update!

Hey everyone! I have been getting ready for Christmas and I'm using my break from school to work on some TpT materials a little.  I have been planning and working on this update to Apraxia Island forever!  I really hope you like it.  If there is anything you would like added to it, don't hesitate to email me and let me know. 

 Included in the update are full color photos to accompany each target word for language and articulation.

New cards for a simple point game are also included.
 A brand new homework page.
 And a revised board game.

If you have already purchased Apraxia Island, please be sure and re-download for free!  This pack is available for purchase right here in my TpT store. Or, enter the giveaway below for a chance to win it for free! 

I really hope you enjoy this update and this pack in general. I am always open to materials/game suggestions anytime at

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

TpT Cyber Monday SALE and What's in Your Cart? Linky Party!

I hope everyone had a blessed and restful Thanksgiving. Mine was a little more hectic than I would have liked it, but it was so very nice to have a week off of school and be with my family.

Now it's full-swing Christmas around here and also on TpT!  The Cyber Monday sale begins tomorrow, December 1-3, 2014, and my entire store will be 20% off in addition to the TpT discount.

I'm linking up with Jenna from Speech Room News to share what's in my cart!

Ok, ok, so I know I haven't been cranking out products lately, but all that is about to change with the new year coming up.  I do have one seasonal product in my store that I'd like to share with you. Snowy Who Owls is a great little language game that is easy to play and easy on the printer ink too!

So now for what's in my cart…. I cannot wait to use these products!!!

Remember to use the code TPTCYBER at checkout to get extra % off!

And check out what is in other SLP's carts at Speech Room News. Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

December 2014 Materials Collection!

Hey everyone! Been a looooooooooooooooooooooong time. But, I have been so busy with family and holidays that I really haven't been ignoring all of you.

I am so excited about the materials I am using in the month of December.  I hope this will be a monthly blog post so I can share all the wonderful materials I have found for my students with you.  Would you also like to see my lesson plans?  Here are the materials I will be using with each age group with the links to the stores where you can find them.  Many of them are FREE! Let me know how you like them.  I will be posting pictures on my Instagram Feed (@karen_slp) of these products in action. Hope you have a great month!

Oh and please let me know if any of these links do not work.

PreK Materials:

Week 1 Reindeer Craftivity FREE


K-5 Materials


                Christmas NonFiction Text

                Christmas Board Game

                December Multicultural Holidays

                Hot Chocolate Cause and Effect

                Christmas Trivia Pack


                Holiday Reinforcer Sheets FREE

                Merry Christmas Quick Drill

                What Does the Fox Say: Yum Yum Yum!

                Hot Chocolate Phonological Awareness

                O Christmas Tree Quick Drill

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

TpT Sale and a Giveaway!

Are y'all enjoying this awesome TpT Sale? I wanted to show you what I purchased today and also share some of my products with you.

I have a St. Patrick's Day book companion available as well as a Luck O The Irish /r/ pack!

I also wanted to let you know about my book companion bundle. It's on sale too!

Now for what I bought today! Here are the links to the GREAT products I bought!

Who's Got The Baby by Mia McDaniel -- Getting ready for Mardi Gras!
St. Patrick's Day Quick Drill by Mia McDaniel -- LOVE the Quick Drill games!
Happy Easter Quick Drill by Mia McDaniel - like I said - love Quick Drill games!
No Print I Mustache You A Question by Sublime Speech -- been on my wish list for a long time!
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover by Jenn Alcorn - Adore these book companions!
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick by Jenn Alcorn - yep, love them!
No Print Grammar Pack for Speech and Language by Nicole Allison - I will get so much use out of this
Luck O The Speechies: A St. Patrick's Day Homework Packet by Simply Speech - always need homework!

Wow I bought a lot! And it was really for not much moolah at all! I'm set up until May! What are you purchasing?

Now how about a little giveaway? If you would like to win my two St. Patrick's Day materials, just enter the easy giveaway below! 

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