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Things SLPs Should ALWAYS Say {Frenzied SLPs Linky}

By | SLP Tips And Tools

For this week’s post I am linking up again with the fabulous Frenzied SLPs.  A couple of weeks ago, we shared things SLPs should NEVER say.  For part 2, we are sharing things SLPs should ALWAYS say. 

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Since we work with so many different students and staff members, there are not really any cookie cutter sayings that are always good all of the time.  For that reason, I am sharing two general ideas about what SLPs should always say.

1. Always share a student’s STRENGTHS.  When we are in IEP meetings, writing progress reports, or discussing students with their teachers/parents, it is so easy to get caught up in the child’s weaknesses or difficulties.  Often times, challenging behaviors, lack of progress, or just overall severity of their disability can dominate our discussions…especially during annual IEP meetings.  It can be discouraging for everyone, especially the parent.  To help these situations, we as SLPs can really lead by example and share our student’s strengths.  Yes, we are required to do so in our IEP documents, but I’m talking about really sharing some good info on what the child is doing well.  Don’t just rush over this part.  Providing good positive information to the team can impact the mood of the entire meeting.  It’s so important to have good information to share about what the student is doing well because there’s always something. 

2. Be specific.  This ties in with number 1.  Providing specific feedback is much more constructive and useful than general statements.  Instead of saying, “Little Bobby is making good progress in speech,” give specifics.  A statement such as, “Little Bobby is attentive during speech sessions and is now able to produce his /r/ sound 50% of the time,” provides much more specific information to the parent and teachers about how our student is doing. 
We also need to be specific when providing feedback to our students.  Saying things like, “Good job,” don’t let the student know what they did RIGHT.  “That was a great /s/ sound,” or “I didn’t hear your /s/ sound that time,” provides more specific feedback so they can replicate it or try to correct their error.  It’s easy to fall into the habit of giving general feedback statements (and I have to really fight it myself), but providing specific feedback is more helpful to our students. 

These are two areas that I always try to be conscious of in my own SLP life.   To read some other things SLPs should always say, be sure to click back to Doyle Speech Works and read the other blogs that have linked up. 

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!

What’s in Your Cart {Linky}

By | Teachers Pay Teachers
http://thespeechroomnews.com/2015/11/cybermondaywhatsinyourcart.html

It’s time for a Teachers Pay Teachers site wide sale! That means I’ll be shopping!  I’m linking up with Jenna at Speech Room News to share some of the products I think you should grab during the sale.  My store, along with many others, will be on sale for 20% off.  Plus, you can use the code SMILE to save an additional 10% off your purchase at checkout.  The sale will be […]November 30-December 1. Happy shopping!

From my store: Talkin’ with Twang you will want to be sure and get my Articulation Sudoku pack.  It includes 63 pages of printable Sudoku pages to target a variety of phonemes in a variety of positions.  I like to bind mine into a book and copy the pages I need for sessions/homework.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Print-and-Go-Articulation-Sudoku-2201820

Also be sure to check out my Articulation Scenes packet.  These scenes are loaded with pictures targeting specific phonemes.  Grab it now and you will get all additions to the product for FREE.  I plan to add many more pages in the future.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Articulation-Scenes-1549728

You will also want to check out my newest product, Themed Sounds in Syllables Practice. This packet helps make practicing sounds in syllables fun!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Themed-Sounds-in-Syllables-Practice-2231360

I will also be shopping!  Here are some of the items I plan on getting during the big sale.

Winter Holidays: Open Ended Games by TLC Talk Shop

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Winter-Holidays-Open-Ended-Games-2221095

No Prep Christmas Language Pack by Panda Speech

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/NO-PREP-Christmas-Language-Pack-Speech-Therapy-ELA-2229750

 No Print Christmas Language & Articulation by Speech Therapy Fun

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Christmas-Language-Articulation-Games-No-Print-2212933

Articulation Secret Codes by Kiwi Speech
 

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Articulation-Secret-Codes-1846841

Core Word of the Week by Speech Room News

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/AAC-Core-Word-of-the-Week-Set-1-1925411

Happy shopping!

5 Things You Didn’t Know About This SLP {Linky}

By | My SLP Story

Happy Thanksgiving Break y’all!  I am writing from sunny San Diego where I’m celebrating Thanksgiving with my family.  For this post, I’m linking up with The Speech Space to share 5 little known things about me.  So let’s dive in […]

1. I have a background in theater.  I actually got my bachelor’s degree in theater.  I went to the University of California, San Diego, which is one of the top three theater schools in the country.  I did a little acting and really enjoyed it, but I was actually a pretty good stage manager…probably because I’m so organized.  While I did not pursue theater as a profession, I still love going to shows and try to attend performances when I can.

2. I jumped out of the first plane I ever flew on.  Yes. I have been skydiving.  Growing up, I didn’t travel far from home, so I had never been on an airplane.  But when I turned 18 I went skydiving.  It was fantastic…but it was also my very first plane ride ever.  I think I was so in awe of being up that high in the sky that I didn’t really think the whole jumping thing through.  But I loved it.  Such a thrill.  And for a while I could tell people that I had been in a plane, but never landed in one!

3.  I’m a complete Disney fanatic.  It’s true.  I love all things Disney.  Disneyland, Disney World, Disney cruises, shows, merchandise, songs, you name it.  If it’s Disney, I will love it.  I think my daughter is a little embarrassed by me, which is sad because she’s only 8!  But I am a forever Disney fan, no matter how old I get.

4. I teach Sunday School at my church.  I have the 1st and 2nd graders and we have such a good time together.  I just love teaching Bible stories to the little guys.

5. I moved halfway across the country for love.  Call me crazy, but I did it and am glad I did.  I met my husband in San Diego when he was just out of the Navy.  He was from Texas and moved back after we started dating.  I was young and in love and just up and moved.  But we’re going strong and will celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary in January.

So there you have it.  Now that you know a little more about me, head over to The Speech Space and see what others are sharing about themselves.  Thanks for stopping by!

Speech & Langauge Screeners Linky Party

By | SLP Resources
http://twinspeechlanguageandliteracy.com/speech-and-language-screeners-linky-party-freebie/


Thank you to Twin Speech Language & Literacy for hosting this great linky focusing on speech and language screeners.  There are so many times when I have needed a quick screener and just didn’t have time to search for a good one.  Now I won’t have to search because there are several SLP bloggers who have linked up to share their screeners.  I have an articulation screener that I use often and wanted to share, too.  My screener is designed to be used by other SLPs, as well as classroom teachers who are in the process of gathering information for a possible referral […]

SLPs often complete informal screenings on students before a formal referral is completed.  Every district has different guidelines on when an SLP can complete a screening.  Some do whole class screenings for younger students at the beginning of the year and some do not.  Sometimes a district does not want the SLP to screen a student until a formal referral has been completed and consent from the parents has been obtained.  In this case, the teacher may need to conduct the screening or gather specific information on the child’s articulation development to help determine whether a referral will be appropriate.

My screener was designed for SLP use, but also simplified enough that a classroom teacher could use it as a way of gathering more info for the SLP prior to the formal referral.

This product includes:

*Stimulus pictures for 47 target phonemes, including blends and clusters.  Most phonemes have stimulus items for the target sound in word initial, medial, and final position (when applicable).

*A recording sheet with an area for the SLP to make notes/analyze 
the results to help plan future action. 
*A phoneme development chart to use as reference.
*Detailed instructions for teacher use 
(SLPs may want to use the screener more specifically).
You can find my Teacher Friendly Easy Articulation Screener in my Teachers Pay Teachers store by clicking HERE
Also, be sure to head over to Twin Speech Language & Literacy to check out all the other screeners.  There are some really good tools over there!  

Back to School Sale What’s in Your Cart? {Linky}

By | Teachers Pay Teachers

It’s that time again…back to school!  I start back on August 3, but won’t actually have students until the end of August.  That should give me plenty of time to prep my speech room, organize, and plan for the start of the year.  To help get us all started on our back to school planning, Teachers Pay Teachers is having a site wide sale.  These sales are great because many TPT sellers put their stores on sale at the same time, allowing buyers to save up to 28% on almost everything (discounts vary from store to store).  For this sale, I have linked up with Jenna over at Speech Room News for a What’s in Your Cart linky party.

For this sale, my entire store will be 20% off and you can save an additional 10% off by using the code BTS15 at checkout.  That will give you a total of 28% off!  This is a great time to pick up some of the helpful resources I have in my store.  Here are a few that you will want to check out:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Teacher-Friendly-Easy-Articulation-Screener-1942959

This articulation screener has everything you need to quick screen students at the beginning of the year.  There are picture prompts for all phonemes in word initial, medial, and final position (blends, and clusters, too), data sheets, a phoneme development chart to use as reference, and instructions for use as a teacher screener.  See more about this product in my blog post. Grab it during the sale by clicking here.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/All-About-Me-Interactive-Book-1794790


This interactive book features pages with manipulative pieces for students to tell about themselves.  This is a great getting to know you activity in which students can practice giving information about themselves.  Visuals are provided for every sentence on every page, making this a great tool to use with young students, students with autism, limited verbal ability, or just about anyone.  Grab it on sale by clicking here

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Pronoun-Verb-Flip-Practice-1859039

This pronoun-verb flipbook provides great practice for students who have goals for pronouns (he, she, they), verbs (is, are), and/or -ing verbs.  Students can flip the pages to create sentences to match each picture.  See more of this product in the blog post I wrote about it and grab it on sale by clicking here

I will also be doing some shopping during the big BTS sale.  Here are a few of the products I have had my eye on and will be buying during the sale:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Multiple-Meanings-Activities-for-Middle-School-BUNDLE-1234858

Multiple Meaning Words for Middle School Bundle by Natalie Snyders.  You can purchase each set separately, but I’ve had my eye on the bundle.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Little-Fish-Cut-Paste-Articulation-and-phonological-processes-1988282

Little Fish Cut & Paste Articulation by Mia McDaniels

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Fall-Interactive-Books-1967978

Fall Interactive Books by My Speech Universe

I have my wishlist all ready to go for the big sale.  Comment below and share the great resources you plan on picking up during the sale.

Don’t forget to head back over to Speech Room News to see what others have in their carts.  It’s a great way to browse through different stores.  Happy shopping!

The Best Thing I Learned This Summer {Linky}

By | My SLP Story

I can hardly believe summer break is almost over.  I have been so busy, and it has gone by too quick. For this post,I am linking up with The Frenzied SLPs to share the best thing I have learned this summer. Click the image below to see what others are sharing.

http://www.slprunner2013.blogspot.com/

This summer was my last semester of grad school (woo hoo!), and I had three classes to complete before officially graduating.  One of the classes I took was Pediatric Dysphagia, and let me tell you, I learned a lot!

We had completed adult dysphagia during a previous sesmester, so I figured pediatric dysphagia would be the same thing.  I was so wrong!  Evaluating and treating pediatric dysphagia is very different from evaluating and treating adult dysphagia.

Our class covered feeding and swallowing disorders in children.  We discussed different types of feeding disorders, different types of syndromes and birth complications that can result in difficulty with feeding/swallowing, and different treatment options.  One interesting thing I learned was that very few school based SLPs feel competent to treat dysphagia. As a school based SLP Assistant now SLP Intern) I can say that in the rural areas of Texas where I live, it is rare that we ever have a kiddo on caseload who needs treatment for feeding/swallowing disorders.  That’s not to say it never happens.  But it is rare.

Because it’s so rare, many school based SLPs don’t stay up-to-date with research/treatment techniques in the area of dysphagia.  But we never know when we might get a new student with dysphagia/feeding goals.  It’s usually a school district decision on whether or not to treat dysphagia at the school, but my take away from the class (other than evaluation/treatment skills) was this:  We, as school based SLPs, need to do what we can do to stay caught up with our ability to treat pediatric dysphagia.  Easier said than done, I know, but we just never know when we might get a student who will benefit from our skills. This can really be true of any area we address through speech services (voice, fluency, etc.).  The discussion of dysphagia in the schools reminded me of the importance of being ready for any child we might need to serve through speech therapy in the school setting.

I am hoping to keep up with my newly gained knowledge of pediatric dysphagia through research articles, trainings, and hopefully by working with some kiddos after school hours through home health or a pediatric clinic.  Do any of my school based SLP friends work with dysphagia in the schools or on the side for a clinic?  Do your schools offer training related to dysphagia? 
 

Summer Speech Fun {Linky}

By | Speech Therapy Ideas
http://kcummingsslp.blogspot.com/2015/07/fun-in-sun-summer-time-therapy.html

I. LOVE. SUMMER. I absolutely love it.  Even here, in the heat of Texas, I just love summer.  The other seasons don’t even come close for me.  In honor of my love for summer, I am linking up with Simply Speech to share some of my favorite summer themed games and activities that can be used in speech therapy.  Read on to see what I have to share, then click back to see what favorite activities Simply Speech has for summer and check out the others that have linked up, too.

(I’ve included Amazon affiliate links on each picture, but there are many different places you can find these games/activities. )

Playing in the sand is the perfect summer activity.  I especially like it because here in Central Texas, not every child has the opportunity to visit a beach and experience the fun of making a sand castle.  I love kinetic sand because it’s not as messy as real sand and you can use it in so many different ways.  I like to bury target cards or items in the sand and have my kiddos search for them.  I also like to work on following directions while playing in the sand.  It’s also great for describing and exploring new textures.  There are so many different types of sand you can find at different prices.  There are also recipes online that show you how to make your own.  It’s the best!

Sidewalk chalk is fun for days when you just need to get out of the speech room and enjoy some fresh air.  I use it to write target words on the ground for my kiddos to practice their sounds.  You can also draw a series of shapes on the ground and have the kids follow directions using the shapes (stand in the circle and clap your hands, sit in the square and close your eyes, etc.).  You can also work on basic concepts such as big/little, in/out, and so much more.  The options are endless!

I love cooperative games.  Some kids just aren’t ready for competitive games and I can’t always lose valuable therapy time dealing with a child who is upset over not winning.  Cooperative games allow the kids to work together to complete the game and then they all “win.”  This Birds of Summer game allows the kids to work together to save the baby birds from predators.  It involves so many skills including memory and problem solving.  Your kiddos will love it!

Summer is about being with family, barbecues, and eating pie!  I love this game because it reminds me of delicious apple pie served at a family picnic.  You can use it to work on carryover of articulation skills, turn taking, conversational skills, and so much more.

Those are just a few of my summer fun games and activities.  What are your favorite summer fun favorites?  You can write a blog about it and link up over at Simply Speech, or tell me in the comments.

Happy summer!!!

Kristin

Teachers Pay Teachers Sale – Linky Party!

By | Teachers Pay Teachers
Linky Party @ Speech Room News

To celebrate educators, TPT is having a site wide sale.  My store (any many others) will be on sale for 20% off.  Plus, if you use the code “Thank You” at checkout, you can save an additional 10%.  That’s a total of 28% off the original price!

I have linked up with Jenna at Speech Room News to help promote the sale.  Check out which products I think would be great to grab during the sale and then click back to her page to see what others have to suggest..

From my store, you’ll want to grab my Spring Print-and-Go Sentence Packet.  This packet is great for working on all different types of sentences, including complete/incomplete, simple/compound, and complex sentences.

Sentence Packet – Spring

I also have a Wh- Question packet that works great with older students or those that are reading.  It can be used with younger students, but will need to be read to them.

Wh- Question Packet

During the sale, I plan to get some of the awesome flip books by The Dabbling Speechie.  I have had my eye on these for a while and the sale will be the perfect opportunity to make my purchase!

Inferences Flip Book

/f,v/ Flip Book

Happy Shopping!