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September 19, 2015

My Week Under the Umbrella

Hey y'all! Well, I missed a week of Under the Umbrella because I had strep and my daughter had pneumonia.  So, I actually wasn't at school very much.  We (my awesome student intern and I) moved the activities from Labor Day week (super heroes) to this past week so the kids would still have fun with all the materials.

Here's a list of the materials I used:

1. Superhero Speech by Jenn Alcorn at Crazy Speech World
2. Save the Sentences by Jenn Alcorn at Crazy Speech World
3. Super Story Dice by Jenn Alcorn at Crazy Speech World
4. Superhero Quick Drill by Mia McDaniel at Putting Words In Your Mouth
5. Weekly Speech and Language Homework by Jenn Alcorn at Crazy Speech World

The kids had a great time and we accomplished so many goals! Next week: Pirates!

September 7, 2015

My Week Under the Umbrella

Hey everyone!

Just wanted to share a little with you about our week in my speech room.  We had a football theme going on and everyone loved it, even me! Here are the products I used:

Left to right:

My students loved all of these activities and really got in the football spirit! 

Here's a sneak peek as to what we are doing next week - Superheros! 

Also, I have a new graduate student intern beginning on Tuesday and I wanted to share a great resource from Carissa Ten Hoeve of Home Sweet Speech Room.  The SLP Student Teaching Binder makes it so easy to keep organized when you are supervising an intern! I made my new intern a welcome packet with all the information she will need to get started.  

Also, don't forget the SLP Must Have Sale going on right now over at TPT! Search #septslpmusthave to see all the products including my If You Give A Dog A Donut Book Companion at 50% off. 

Y'all have a great week! 

August 23, 2015

Fresh new product

Hey everyone!

I am so excited to bring you a preview of my newest product, Sticky Note Speech and Language: Language Edition!

This is a new idea that I had to print directly on sticky notes for stimulus materials for language.  I've tried it out with my kids and they have LOVED it!   This packet features sequencing, leveled vocabulary, WH questions and answers, and can also be used for generating sentences. 

A wonderful way to use the sticky notes is to use the WH answers in conjunction with the vocabulary to line up a sticky note sentence.  There are endless ways to use this in therapy.

Look for more sticky note pack coming soon! What topics would you like to see?

August 16, 2015

Back to School!

Hey everyone!

Are you back in school yet? I have been back since July 28 and the kids came back August 4.  It's been busy getting ready and getting to know all my new students.

I am really trying to follow Theme Therapy this year.  I enjoy it and I think the kids do too. Jenn Alcorn over at Crazy Speech World has made my life infinitely easier in this area.  She has organized a Theme Therapy freebie download complete with links to her products.  The download is also editable and you can add in other materials you may already have.  I love it! It will help me stay organized this year. I'm so thankful to her for creating this resource!

For the first week of therapy, I use a few different resources.  The following are what I do in therapy for "Get to Know You" week.

1. Book: Monsters Love School by Mike Austin
2. Back to School Monsters: Get to Know You Activity by moi (FREE)
3. Owl Conversation Starters by Mia McDaniel
4. Silly Puddy Monster toys
5. My First Week in Speech by Nicole Allison (click here for FREEBIE version)

These activities really help me get to know my students and the conversation helps them get to know me! Great ways to establish rapport.

Next up, Baseline Data.  This is so important and something I am implementing with all of my students this year.  Since I am in a new school, I need baseline data on everyone.  But, even if I were in a school I have always been in, I would continue to do baseline data to see where we are after the summer break.  These are the resources I am using to gather this data:

1. Social Language Informal Assessment by Super Power Speech
2. Phonology Progress Monitoring by Natalie Snyders
3. Language Rubrics by The Speech Bubble
4. Curriculum Based Language Assessments by Nicole Allison
5. Listening Comprehension Screenings by  The Speech Bubble

I'm really excited to use these materials.  After Baseline Data comes setting goals.  I want to set relevant objectives for my students and I want them to know WHY they are coming to speech.  Also, I want them to set their own goals for speech.  These are the resources I use to accomplish this:

I hope you find these resources as useful as I have.  Look for more to come as we start September!

July 7, 2015

Dog and Donut!

Well hello! It's been a while, but I made it through IEP season and now I'm enjoying my summer with my family.  I have done a little creating along the way and have some new materials to share with you.  The first one is the next book in my If You Give A… book unit series.

I am so excited about this unit. It is adorable and I can't WAIT to use it with my students when school starts back.  My daughter helped me make it, so that was a fun as well. 

 Auditory memory:
 Word associations:
 Cause and effect:

Game board:

Articulation practice for /d,k,b/:

This unit is a total of 44 pages. It can be used for preschool - second or third grade. It contains activities for older elementary children including graphic organizers, auditory memory, and articulation.

p. 4-6 Sequencing with transitional phrases including first, next, after that, finally.
p. 8-13 Auditory Memory with activities including repetition of 3 unrelated words in exact order and WH question sets from the story.
p. 15-23 Word Association graphic organizers. Students can either draw a picture that goes with the word or they can write the words in the boxes.
p. 25-27 Cause and Effect flow chart and homework practice pages. Flow chart can be cut out and used for sequencing as well.
p. 29-30 Vocabulary pictures from the text
p. 32-33 Describing Students are to give three attributes of objects from the story, or students are to guess the object when the therapist gives three attributes of the object.
p. 34 Game Board
p. 36-41 Articulation cards for /d, k, b/ directly from the words or pictures in the book. These cards contain pictures and words so that they an be used for younger or older students.

This product can be found right here in my TpT store! If you like this product, check out my other book units in this series:

** NOTE: the bundle does not include If You Give A Dog A Donut**

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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?

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!

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