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January 2016

Dollar Store Speech Ideas {Linky}

By | Speech Therapy Ideas

We all know therapy materials can be expensive, while our budgets tend to be limited. I rarely purchase materials from the big companies because they are so expensive.  Much of my therapy stash comes from Teachers Pay Teachers, my daughter’s old toys, and…dollar stores!  I love wandering the aisles of 99 cent stores, Dollar Tree, and the Dollar Spot at Target.  There are so many great things we can use in our speech sessions.  Today, I’m sharing some of my favorite dollar store finds and how I use them during speech sessions.

My favorite speech room purchase from the dollar store is my cookie sheet collection.  I love using cookie sheets with my students and getting them for $1 each is a great deal.

I use cookie sheets in so many ways.  They work great as individual work stations for my students.  The ridge around the edge of the sheet helps keep their cards and materials from scattering all over.  I also love to add magnets to flashcards and other materials, so they stick to the cookie sheet.  Kids love playing with magnets, so they always enjoy using the magnetic cards.  I usually just get the sticky magnetic tape and attach a small square to my cards.  Cookie sheets are also great when you want to use play dough, shaving cream, finger paint, etc. and keep the mess somewhat contained.

Some of my other great dollar store finds include containers and blocks for sorting.  I found these little containers and blocks for 50 cents at my local 99 cent store!  I use them to work on sorting colors, big and little, comparative and superlative adjectives, and following directions.  Dollar stores are great places to get all kinds of colored containers. 

I also recently found these cute hand puppets at Dollar Tree.  They are actually bath puppets, but we use them in speech to practice conversational skills, role playing, language skills, and even articulation practice!  I also like to put our target cards inside of them and have students draw from a puppet to practice.  For my students working on sentences, I will fill each puppet with action words and have them make a sentence about the puppet animal using the verb card they pull from it. There are so many ways to use these in speech and my pre-k students just love them.

 I’m also growing my bug/critter collection…all purchased at dollar stores.  These little critters are fun for sorting.  We sort by type of creature and/or color.  We also use these to work on describing.

These are just a few of my favorite dollar store speech finds.  My collection grows every time I visit one of these stores.  I’m a little addicted, but at least it’s affordable!

For more great dollar store speech ideas, be sure to check out the links below.  Have a great dollar store idea you want to share?  Link up below or share it in the comments.

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My 3 Favorite Organization Tips for SLPs {Frenzied SLPs Linky}

By | SLP Tips And Tools
http://sparklleslp.blogspot.com/2016/01/organization-tips-for-slps-frenzied-slp.html

I have to start off by saying that I am a pretty organized person, but sometimes my business overpowers my need for organization.  As each school year goes on, my therapy room and desk gets a little less organized every week.  I always say I will get back on track, but materials pile up and my shelves get messier. But there is one area that stays organized all year long…my therapy binder.  I cannot function with a messy therapy binder.  The 3 organization tips I am sharing today all relate to this binder.

1. Have a place to keep all of your important working paperwork.  For me, it’s a 3 ring binder.  My binder has a section for each student on my campus.  For every student, I have a “face sheet” with their name and eligibility info, copy of their IEP, sheets for recording daily notes, and parent contact log.  I use these pages daily to keep track of progress and record session data.

2. Use a calendar to keep track of important deadlines.  In my therapy binder, I also have a master calendar.  I have 4 different school calendars to keep up with, plus paperwork deadlines, and other misc. events.  To help keep track of important dates, I keep a master calendar where I mark all important deadlines, including school holidays, report deadlines, meetings, etc.  I keep this with my therapy binder so I can access it anytime I need it.

3. Use a caseload summary sheet to track FIE and IEP due dates.  I keep a caseload summary sheet at the front of my binder.  This sheet has every student, their date of birth, service time, date of initial evaluation, due date of their re-eval, and IEP date.  I mark on this sheet throughout the year and update it as needed with new student info.  Many IEP programs have an option to print a form like this for your caseload, but I also have the one I created posted for free in my TPT store.  You can download it HERE.

So, those are my organization tips.  Good organization can really impact your day.  For more great tips on organization, be sure to check out the other posts in the Frenzied SLPs blog linky.  Click HERE or on the image below.

http://sparklleslp.blogspot.com/2016/01/organization-tips-for-slps-frenzied-slp.html

Thanks for reading!

In 2016 I’ll Try… {Blog Linky}

By | My SLP Story
 Happy New Year, SLPeeps!  

2015 flew by for me.  It was truly a fantastic year and I’m optimistic that 2016 will be just as good.  Our 2015 was full of big events for my family:

*I graduated from grad school.
*We took our first Disney cruise (first cruise ever).
*My 8 year old daughter went on her first solo plane ride to San Diego.
*My husband graduate from college.
*We began working on our new home floor plans.
*I attended my first ever ASHA Convention.
*I really began to put more time and effort into my blog and Teachers Pay Store.

Now  it’s time to look forward to the new year and start making some plans.  It’s always good to set goals and make plans to try new things.  One of the things I plan to try this year is themed units for speech sessions.

There are many great reasons for using thematic units in therapy. Twin Speech Language and Literacy wrote a great guest post over at Crazy Speech World outlining the benefits and explaining how to use themed therapy units.  You can read that post HERE.  It’s an older post (from 2013), but still full of great info.

I have seen so many great book companions and themed lesson ideas on blogs and Teachers Pay Teachers, but I haven’t had time to really sit down and plan any for myself.  As a new grad and CF, I have been pretty busy.  My speech sessions have not been too creative.  So for 2016, I am planning to try incorporating themed units into my lesson plans.  I’m very excited about this and I’ll let you know how it goes later in the school year.

What new thing are you planning to try this year?  To see what some of my blogger friends have planned, you can head over to All Y’all Need and read some of the other blogs that have linked up.

Happy New Year!