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!

December Lesson Plans & Activities for Speech & Language

By | SLP Resources

December is such a crazy month and I am always scrambling to get things done.  To help with prep time, I decided to plan for the next three weeks all at once.  I really want to use some of the great products I have purchased on Teachers Pay Teachers, so this was my chance to sift through my purchases and get organized.  I don’t have any winter or holiday themed products in my own store, so I’m relying on my fellow TPTers for activities this year.  I have so many great items already purchased and a FULL cart for the Cyber Monday sale and I can’t wait to use them. (Quick reminder: The sale is on Mon, Nov 30 – Tue, Dec 1.  Use the code SMILE at checkout to save an additional 10% off all purchases).

I am sharing a pdf of my plans HERE (dropbox link, but you do not need a dropbox account to view).  It’s not fancy, but it does have clickable links to each of the products I will be using.  Feel free to download and use it as a guide for your planning.

Here are some of the things we will be using in speech over the next few weeks […]

 For Articulation:
The Peachie Speechie’s Holiday M&M Challenge – My students love these because they get to take their candy home with them at the end of the session. I love them because it helps us keep track of our trials and get 100 in each session. I will pair this activity with my articulation cards and apps. 

TLC Talk Shop’s Winter Open Ended Games – This will work great paired with my articulation apps on the iPad and my articulation cards (which I will use for data collection before break).  I love the different activities included.

Teaching Talking’s Roll, Say and Color sheets from her Winter Themed Articulation Packet – These are great because all of my kiddos can have their own page for their target sound, but we can all do the same activity…and they can take their finished product home to practice their words.

Speech in  Bag, also by The Peachie Speechie – My kids will love decorating their bags with colors and holiday stickers.  Then they will get to take them home to practice over the break.

With my phonological students I will be using Kristine Lamb’s Grab N’ Go Phonological Processes.  I love how organized these packs are.  Just grab and go!

For Language:
Speech Therapy Fun’s No Print Christmas Language and Articulation – I am so excited to have a no print activity to use on the iPad or computer.  It has several different activities included, but my students will be working on pronouns, wh- questions, and categories.

Panda Speech’s No Prep Christmas Language – This packet includes print an go sheets for a variety of goals.  I’m especially excited about this one!

I also have several middle school aged students.  These groups will be using The Peachie Speechie’s I Mustache You a Question Conversation Starters.  We will be working on articulation carryover, as well as conversational skills and social skills.  I will be collecting data and recording progress using The Speech Bubble’s Social Language and Pragmatics Rubrics

My middle schoolers will also be working on multiple meaning words using the Middle School Multiple Meaning Words Bundle by Natalie Snyders.

I’m still looking for a quick, holiday activity for my middle school students to complete, but our sessions are so quick I may not have time for one.  Comment below if you have any suggestions!

ASHA Recap with “The Twang”


I’m back to reality after ASHA and I have to say, it was AMAZING!  I had so much fun, so I decided to share a quick recap with all of you.  If you were there (or have ever attended an ASHA convention), you probably understand how much fun it was.  If you were unable to attend, hopefully you can live vicariously through all the posts myself and other bloggers have shared, and make plans to attend one in the future.  It’s definitely a great time […]

I flew in to Denver on Wednesday evening and had the privilege of rooming with the fabulous Mandi from Panda Speech.  It was too late to start the ASHA festivities, so we had some dinner and got settled into our room so we could be ready to go first thing Thursday morning.

Thursday started with the opening session, which was a great intro to ASHA.  I enjoyed it very much and was just a tad disappointed to find out it didn’t count for any CEUs (although since I’m a CF I still don’t really NEED any CEUs yet).  After the opening session I headed over to check out the exhibit hall, where I may or may not have stayed most of the day.  It’s just too easy to get caught up in all the fun of the booths and giveaways!

I enjoyed talking to different folks in the exhibit hall and entering all of the fun giveaways.  I met some of the SLP Bloggers at their booth, stopped by Jen’s Speech Therapy Fun booth, and posted a TON of pictures on Instagram.  It was so fun to share my adventures and see what everyone else was up to.  We all used #ASHA15 and could keep up with all the ASHA happenings that way.  I posted so many that by the end of the convention, there were other exhibitors who started to recognize me and greeted me by “The Twang” (from my handle, Talkin’ with Twang).  It was a lot of fun.  And, all of my running around the exhibit hall did pay off because I won a few giveaways.  One of which was $100 iTunes card from The Speech Wizard.  Thank you to them!

 I also stopped by The Peachie Speechie’s booth (several times) and picked up some great t-shirts and even got tattooed!

I also picked up some goodies to give away.  Be sure to follow me on Instagram so you can enter.  Details will be posted soon.

Thursday night, we stopped by the SLP Bloggers meet and greet, which seemed to be a big hit!  There was a nice crowd and tons of giveaways.  Thanks to the SLP Bloggers for hosting that event and for the $10 gift certificate to Teachers Pay Teachers I won.

On Friday, I did make a point to attend several sessions.  I really liked the session I attended on using recasting to increase comprehensibility in students with Downs Syndrome.  Very interesting.

I also got to help work the Smarty Symbols booth on Friday, which was a lot of fun.  I just love Smarty Symbols and use them with my students as well as in my products, and it was an honor to be able to represent them at ASHA.

Friday night, we attended the ASHA Tweet Up with Gift of Gab Resources.  That was a ton of fun and I got to meet the beautiful face behind @ashaweb on Instagram.

On Saturday, I attended a few more sessions and finished out the day wandering the exhibit hall and getting to know some of my fellow SLP friends.  I also attended the closing party Saturday night, where I got to spend some time with Speech to the Core and some great ASHA and NSSLHA people.

The days flew by and my brain definitely felt over loaded and over stimulated at times, but I would go back in a second!  I learned a lot, made some great friends, and got to take a glimpse into the vast world that is everything ASHA.  I don’t know if I will be able to attend every year, but I will definitely be back sometime in the future.

Did you attend ASHA?  Feel free to share some of your experiences in the comments below.  I’d love to hear from you!