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Cycles Approach: Making the Most Progress in the Shortest Time

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We’ve all been there…a new student on the caseload who is maybe 25% intelligible…if that. They have so much to say, but also so many errors. Where do we even begin? It can be overwhelming at first, but there are things you can do that will ensure your child makes excellent progress in the shortest amount of time.

First, you absolutely MUST conduct a thorough evaluation. I’m talking more than just a quick administration of the Goldman Fristoe. Make sure you have as much data and information as you can to determine the best type of treatment for your student. When I have a child who is highly unintelligible, I immediately start by looking for error patterns. It’s important to note what sounds are being deleted, distorted, or substituted. If there are substitutions, what are they? Where are the errors occurring – initial, medial, or final position? Are errors consistent across words, phrases, sentences, and conversation? Your formal assessment (i.e. Goldman Fristoe or other articulation test) will provide some data, but I recommend going beyond that. If possible, record a speech sample. You can use sound loaded articulation scenes to help with this.

Once you have a good amount of data, start looking for phonological processes in the child’s speech. These are error patterns that occur across a wide variety of words. Examples include deletion of final consonants (saying “ba” instead of “bat”), stopping of fricatives (saying /p/ instead of /f/), or gliding (saying /w/ instead of /l/). The ASHA website has a summary of different phonological processes with examples. Click HERE to see it. I also love this chart from Little Bee Speech. It’s important to note which phonological processes are still being used that should have resolved by now (according to the child’s age).

If your student is indeed demonstrating some of the phonological processes listed on these charts beyond the age that is considered typical, you know you can proceed with the cycles approach. Using the cycles approach allows your student to make faster progress than they would with traditional articulation therapy. Rather than focusing on one sound error, treatment cycles through the error patterns focusing on one phonological process at a time and cycling through the others. This allows you to work on many targets in a short amount of time. You can read more about the cycles approach on Caroline Bowen’s website by clicking HERE. She has a great list of references and information on how to implement the cycles approach.

Here are my personal tips for implementing the cycles approach (please refer back to the websites I mentioned earlier for more specific information on the cycles approach):

1. Identify the phonological processes that may be impacting intelligibility the most. Start with the earlier developing patterns and make a list of all the deficient patterns. It’s also a good idea to list which targets the child is stimulable for. This will be your road map as you work through your cycles. I usually focus on 2-3 main phonological processes at a time.

2. Keep a cheat sheet handy to help you as you go through each session. In the Cycles Approach, each session follows the same structure. Having a cheat sheet handy will help you as you get started, so you don’t miss any steps. You can download my free Cycles Session Structure handout HERE.

3. Select 4-5 target words to focus on for each session. I use the same 4-5 target words for a total of 60 minutes (either 2 30-minute sessions, or 3 20-minute sessions) before moving on to a new set of targets. For example, if a student is deleting final consonants and fronting, I may work on words with final /p/ for a total of 60 minutes, then move on to words with final /m/. I would then move on to target fronting with initial /k/ for a total of 60 minutes, then initial /g/. I would then go back to final consonants.

4. Use familiar and/or frequently occurring words. In my experience, using familiar words helps reduce the amount of time spent teaching a new word. When the child is already familiar with the target words, they tend to be able to auditorily discriminate correct vs. incorrect productions faster. This helps them as they move through their cycles. If I have to use a target word that is unfamiliar to the student, I make sure to spend sufficient time making sure they really understand the word and what it is. I also often select target words from my minimal pairs bundle. I know many SLPs do not like to mix approaches, but this set of cards provides many different target words to choose from. While working through cycles, we won’t focus on minimal pairs, but I do like to use words that are part of a minimal pair so I can use the contrast approach if needed.

5. Encourage home practice. I always include parents and teachers in my treatment. It is so important to provide parents and teachers with the list of target words a child is working on. If I see the child for 20 minutes, 3x per week, they also should be practicing the target words in between sessions. You can jot down the target words on a sticky note for parents/teachers, or send a copy of your target word cards home for them to play memory or even just drill for a couple of minutes. I also demonstrate what a short practice session might look like to show them how quick and easy it can be. The easier it is, the more likely it is going to be done.

This may sound like a lot and be a little overwhelming, but I promise, once you get going, it becomes second nature and you will see so much progress!

Be sure to check out my Phonology on the Go resource, and feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

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Progress Monitoring…Baselines and Beyond {Linky}

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Whew!  The past few weeks have been hectic!  We are in our third week of school and it has been a whirlwind.  The start of the year is always pretty busy, but I feel like this year it is even more crazy than usual.  Maybe because I have three schools this year, two of which are new to me.  That means I have two entirely new caseloads to get to know and collect data on.  My days have been filled with progress monitoring, which makes it perfect timing for this Frenzied SLPs linky.  We are sharing all about…progress monitoring!

https://www.facebook.com/thefrenziedSLPs

This topic is one of those areas that can vary widely from person to person.  Every SLP has their own way of collecting data.  I have been trying out new ways to collect and store my data this year, but I always seem to go back to being a paper and pencil kind of gal.  Most recently, I have been experimenting with using SLP Toolkit and some Smarty Ears apps for progress monitoring (more info to come in a future post), but I just really like good old fashioned paper data sheets.

I usually start my year getting to know my students and assessing progress on their current goals.  I like to do this right of the bat because it allows me to see if they have retained their skills over the summer break, and lets me know how much ground we have to cover before their next IEP meeting. 

I also tend to have quite a few new transfer students each year.  That means I have 30 days to assess, plan and revise goals as needed. 

Needless to say, my first few weeks of school include data, data, and more data! 

For articulation, I like to use simple data sheets where I have the list of target words down one side and dates across the top.  Then I can use a quick +/- or write in a sound substitution as we go through the word list. 

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Articulation-Cards-Data-Collection-Bundle-1433355

I have several ready to go data sheets with word cards in my Teachers Pay Store.  All can be purchased separately or in the bundle.  I keep these cards laminated in a 3 ring binder with extra copies of the data sheets in sheet protectors.  This allows me to grab them quickly when I need them.  You can also cut the word cards and store them on a binder ring or in bags, or even just display them on an iPad. 

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Articulation-Cards-Data-Collection-Bundle-1433355

My bundle includes several different target sounds, with more to be added in the future (all can also be purchased separately).   Each set comes with a ready to use data sheet, saving you time! 

When collecting baseline data, I always use as many words as I can for each target sound and assess the sound in all positions.  My baselines include anywhere from 20-40 words, depending on the phoneme.  I run through all words on the list because it may be that the student has the sound in one single word.  That would be a great place to start when teaching! 

After I have my initial overall percentage, I then select 5 words that the child missed and use those words to teach and practice the sound.  We will practice for 3-4 sessions (depending on the child), informally assessing the target words at the beginning of each session.  Once the child is able to produce the 4/5 target words correctly, I will then run through the entire baseline again to see if they are able to carryover the phoneme into other words.  Then, if needed, we will select a different 5 words to teach and practice and repeat the process. 

Collecting baseline data can be time consuming, which is why I like to keep it as simple as possible.  Having prepared data sheets and word lists allows me to grab and go with little prep time.  I then have records of student progress that I can add to their file for documentation. 

For more info and tips on progress monitoring, be sure to check out the other bloggers in the Frenzied SLPs linkup.  And feel free to share your tips for progress monitoring in the comments below.  🙂

Best Year Ever TPT Sale {Linky}

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It’s that time again! Back to school! And Teachers Pay Teachers is throwing a big sale just in time! I’m planning to make this year the best year ever for me and my students! To help celebrate, my entire store is on sale for 20% off through August 5. Plus, on August 1-2, you can save an additional 10% by using the code BESTYEAR at checkout.

http://thespeechroomnews.com/2016/07/tpt-back-school-sale-whats-cart.html
To help kickoff the sale, I’m linking up with Speech Room News to share some of the best resources I have available in my store, as well as some awesome resources by my TPT seller friends. Happy shopping! 
From my store you definitely should check out:
1. Articulation Sudoku MEGA Bundle (you can also purchase the individual products separately if you don’t want the entire bundle)

2. Easy Articulation Screener (great for SLPs and for teachers to gather info for referrals)
3. Themed Sounds in Syllables Practice – great for working of target phonemes at the syllable level, but can also be used for word level, too.

Other great products to check out:
1. Wh- Question Bundle from Ms. Gardenia’s Speech Room – my students LOVE these books!

2. Speech and Language Homework from Kiwi Speech – this will be so great to use this year!

3. Articulation Homework by A Perfect Blend – I love quick homework products!

4. Response to Intervention Bundle by Speech Room News – this looks amazing!

Don’t forget to follow my store while you’re shopping.  You’ll be the first to hear about new products and sales.  You can also join my email list and get exclusive subscriber freebies and deals!  bit.ly/TwangNewsletter

And don’t forget to head back over to the linky at Speech Room News and check out all the other great resources being talked about!  

December Lesson Plans & Activities for Speech & Language

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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!

What’s in Your Cart {Linky}

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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!

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

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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!

Make Your Masterpiece ~ TPT Seller Challenge Week 3

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I have been participating in the TPT Seller Challenge and challenge #3 was a biggie!  Make Your Masterpiece was the challenge for the week and it motivated me to complete a product I had started, but not finished.  I present to you, my Teacher Friendly Easy Articulation Screener.  Read on below to learn more about this new product in my store.

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).

I am excited to have this product ready to use before the new school year starts. Thank you to Mandi at Panda Speech and Kristi at Learning with Leaders for reviewing my product and helping me improve it. I really appreciate your help!  I know I will use it frequently and I hope others find it useful, too!

Thanks for checking out my new masterpiece!  Don’t forget to check out other new products by visiting the linky at Sparkling in Second.

Click here to visit the TPT Seller Challenge Pinterest board and see all the new products posted.

Kristin

Dare to Dream ~ TPT Seller Challenge #2

By | Teachers Pay Teachers

I am loving the TPT Seller Challenge going on right now.  So many educators have joined in the fun, and I just love seeing all the posts.  This week’s topic is Dare to Dream.  We are each posting about what our hopes and dreams are for our TPT stores.  Here are mine:

Freedom from student loans!!!  Ugh, the dreaded student loan payment.  Between my husband and myself we have a good chunk of student loan debt.  I was motivated to start my TPT store when I saw another SLP post about being able to make extra payments on her student loans with her store profits.  That was enough inspiration for me.  I am dreaming of the day that my store brings in enough money that I, too, can start paying extra on those awful student loans.

Flexibility in the budget – My husband and I both work, and we do pretty well with our budgeting, but my dream is to have a little more flexibility built in for those “extra” things.  Sometimes last minute expenses pop up that don’t really qualify as “emergencies” and I would love to have some more “misc.” money built into the budget.  I would also like to be able to know we have funded our retirements sufficiently, as well as our daughter’s college education.  And it’s always great to have extra to give generously. 

Vacations and travel – My family all lives in California, and I’m in Texas.  My visits back home are limited by the expense of traveling back and forth.  Airfare is expensive and driving takes too long.  I also have a long list of places in the world I would love to visit: New York, Alaska, Australia, Hawaii, among others.  Vacations and travel can take months to years of saving for.  I am hoping my TPT store will help us be able to fund some future family trips.

Networking and friendships – I just love that blogs and TPT stores can bring people from all over the country (world even) together.  I am hoping that my blog and TPT store will allow me to meet other SLPs/educators and that I can have a circle of friends all over.  It’s one of the things I love the most about reading other blogs.  Sharing ideas and networking makes us all better at what we do.

So those are my hopes and dreams for the future of my TPT Store and blog.  I am looking forward to reading what everyone else is dreaming of.  You can head over to Sparkling in Second to see all the other blogs that have linked up to share their BIG dreams. 

Sparkling in Second

Makeover Madness ~ TPT Seller Challenge #1

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I have joined in the fun of the Teachers Pay Teachers Seller Challenge hosted by Sparkling in Second, Teach Create Motivate, Third in Hollywood, and Peppy Zeppy Teacherista.

Challenge #1 was to makeover an old product.  I chose one of my first products that desperately needed some updates.  The product is my prefix and suffix packet and you can check out the updates I made below:

This product had a sort of movie theme to it, but it wasn’t very consistent.  I updated the cover page to show off the theme a bit more.
 

I also changed the root word cards so they look like admission tickets (to stick with the theme).

Another change was to make the root word cards bigger than the prefix/suffix cards.  This will help them to stand out more as students manipulate the cards.  I also cleaned up the prefix/suffix cards by making the lines thicker (this will help students to cut them out better if being used as a cut & paste activity).

Other pages include recording sheets, teaching cards, and game boards for extra practice.

You can find this prefix and suffix packet in my TPT Store by clicking here.  It will 35% off for the next few days, so grab it while it’s on sale!

Don’t forget to follow me on social media and click back to Sparkling in Second to see what other TPT sellers have updated in their stores.

Kristin

New Product: Verb-Pronoun Flip& Practice

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I’m happy to share my newest product with you today!  I have several students working on pronouns and verbs, and this product is a great way to give them some extra practice. You can use this product in a variety of ways.  I put it together as a flip book…

The product includes 20 verb pictures and word cards (10 he cards, 5 she cards, and 5 they cards).  It also includes word cards for the pronouns “he/she/they” and “is/are” with a visual cue and without.  Non-readers can use the cards with visuals and the verb picture card to generate their sentences.  Readers can use the word cards without visuals to create their sentences.

The flip book is designed to be cut and assembled so the student can flip the various cards to create sentences.  You can view the short video below to see how the flip book works. Assembly instructions are provided with the product. 

This product can be used for students with goals for pronouns, -ing verbs, or is/are. It can also be good for wh- questions (What is he doing?  Who is crying/dancing/etc…?). You can build on each picture by asking questions like “Where do we…? When do we…? and so on.

You can find the Verb-Pronoun Flip & Practice in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store by clicking here.  It will be 50% off for the first 24 hours (until 8:00pm Central Time on Sunday)!

Be sure to follow me on Instagram @beautifulspch I will be giving a free copy of the Verb-Pronoun Flip & Practice to one follower and a friend.  Look for the giveaway post to enter.  

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!

#AprilSLPMustHave Sale ~ April 7!!!

By | Teachers Pay Teachers

Just a reminder that tomorrow, April 7, is the last SLP Must Have sale of the school year.  You can grab some great deals on fabulous products over at Teachers Pay Teachers.  A bunch of SLPs will be selecting one item to list for 50% off for one day only.

My April Must Have is my new spring themed sentence packet. This packet has printable worksheets that can be used for working on complete/incomplete, simple/compound, and compound/complex sentences.  It will be only $1.50 tomorrow!!!  That’s a great deal!

Sentence Packet

Sample Page

I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone has on sale tomorrow.  To find all the great sale items, just search #AprilSLPMustHave.  I will probably also search #SLPMustHave because some people may not add in the month.  You’ll be able to find my product either way. 

Happy shopping!!!

Hopping into Spring – Newbie Blog Hop {with 14 FREEBIES!!!}

By | Freebies

Happy spring and welcome to my blog!  I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of this blog hop (Thank you, Jen and Chelsea)!  Blog hops are a great way to get to know bloggers, and I’m so excited to share my blog with all you “hoppers.”  Plus, I have a great freebie for you at the end. In fact, every blogger in this hop has a freebie to share, so make sure you “hop” through and grab up all the great spring themed goodies!

About me:  My name is Kristin and I am currently a licensed SLP Assistant working in the public schools.  I also am a 2nd year graduate student.  I am in a fabulous grad school program in which I get to work as a full-time assistant while I complete my degree.  It’s a lot of work, but I am getting so much experience.  Even though I don’t start my CF year until the fall, I have gotten a good taste of what it will be like because of the nature of my program.  I have been able to do therapy, write reports, conduct IEP meetings, and everything else an SLP does (with supervision, of course).  It’s been really great and I feel very prepared for my CFY. 

I started blogging because I LOVE reading speech blogs and they inspired me to start my own.  I think it’s so great that other SLPs are willing to share their great ideas and experiences.  I learn something new from every blog post I read.  I’m just so thankful for all of the great posts I read that help me to become a better therapist.  I am also a Teachers Pay Teachers addict!  I have a huge wishlist and spend many nights browsing through products, marking my favorites.

Now for the freebie!!! It’s my spring themed, Print and Go Simple & Compound Sentences Pack.  This product will be great for students working on compound sentences.  There are 4 different no prep, printable activities targeting conjunctions and compound sentences.  You can print and use them right away, or laminate and use with a dry erase marker. You can grab this awesome freebie in my TPT strore by clicking on the link below.

Compound Sentence Freebie
Freebie! Compound Sentences

The other fabulous speechies participating in this blog hop also have freebies for you!  Use the links below to continue on to the next blog, or hop back to the beginning.  You definitely don’t want to miss out on all the great FREE products being shared…and meet some great new bloggers, too!

http://www.schoolslp.blogspot.com/
Continue on to Kim at School SLP

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Start at the beginning with Jen at Speech Therapy Fun

SALE!!! SLPs on Teachers Pay Teachers Linky Party!

By | Teachers Pay Teachers

Teachers Pay Teachers is having a big sale and my store will be marked down 20%, plus the additional % that TPT gives using the promo code HEROES.  The sale starts on February 25!

You can use the code to get some of my products at a discount. Check out the following products I will have on sale…

Vocabulary/Categories Pack

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Categories-Sorting-Vocabulary-Printable-1548252

Comparative/Superlative Adjectives Pack

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Articulation Scenes

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I plan to use the sale to grab some great SLP items, too!  Here are a few of the items in my cart:

1. Community Helpers: Photo Book & Flashcards by Speech Room News

Community Helpers: Photo Book and Photo Flashcards

2. Interactive Book of Pronouns by Speech Made Simple

Interactive Book of Pronouns

3. Grammar Progress Monitoring Tool by Natalie Snyders

Grammar Progress Monitoring Tool for Speech Language Therapy

You can head over to the wonderful hostess of this linky party, Speech Room News to see what other SLPs are posting about. 

SLP Must Have Sale!!!

By | My Products

Tomorrow is the 7th, which means it’s time for the monthly SLP Must-Have sale on Teachers Pay Teachers.

Each month, participating SLPs and Teacher Pay Teachers sellers choose one special item and mark it down 50% for one day only.  This month, my Articulation cards BUNDLE is my must have item!  You can’t miss this!  Regular price is $7, but tomorrow only it will be ONLY $3.50!!! Visit my store between 7am-10pm central time to snag this great deal!

Articulation Cards Bundle

This bundle contains all of my articulation cards at one low price. Included:
Initial /f/
Medial /s/
Medial /t/
Medial /d/
/s/ blends
Voiced /th/
Multisyllabic /l/ words
Multisyllabic words (variety of phonemes)

Please follow my store and blog to stay up to date on new items posted, including freebies!

www.teacherspayteachers.com/store/beautiful-speech
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And don’t forget to follow me on Twitter
@beautifulspch

And don’t forget to check out what other SLPs have on sale in their stores!  

Freebies!

By | Freebies
I have been swamped with grad school projects and report writing, so I haven’t had much time to blog or work on new products.
I have created a few items that I’ve needed for my own students, and I’ve decided to share them!  You can find these products for FREE in my Teachers Pay Teacher store Beautiful Speech on TpT.
First up: prefix and suffix worksheets
Next: /k,g/ sentences – this product is to use with those articulation kiddos working on /k,g/ in structured sentences.  I’ve included picture/word cards for initial /k,g/, medial /k,g/ and final /k/.

Articulation Cards Bundle

By | My Products

These first few weeks of the new school year have been exciting and exhausting!  I’m getting to know a new group of kiddos at a new campus and traveling back and forth between 2 different schools.  I discovered quickly that I did not have articulation cards for all the kiddos on my caseload.  Being a grad student I also do not have tons of extra dough to purchase cards….so I decided to make my own!  The articulation cards in my Teachers Pay Store are cards I made specifically to use with the kiddos on my current caseload.  I plan to add to them and make the sets more complete in the future.  Take advantage of the low prices now.  When I add to or edit a product, anyone who has already purchased it can re-download for FREE!

If you follow my blog and TpT store, you will always be the first to find out when I post new products or have items on sale.  Also, my products will always be on sale (or FREE) the first day I post them, so make sure you follow me so you don’t miss out.

I also posted a bundle of all of my current artic cards (plus a few extra sounds).  I am giving away a free copy of that bundle.  Enter my Rafflecopter giveaway below.

Thanks!

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New Product in TpT! {Wh- Question Cards}

By | My Products

I’ve been working on a new product for my Teachers Pay Teachers store and it’s finally ready!  It is a packet of cards and teaching aides targeting wh- questions.  I spent several evenings working on this and trying to get it just right.  I am learning how to create great looking products to use in my speech therapy room.  It’s been fun learning new “techie” things. I still have a lot to learn, but I’m getting the hang of it.  I am  looking forward to sharing more products in the future.  

 My Wh- Questions Packet can be purchased in my TpT store.  It is listed for $4, but will be on sale during the TpT Boost sale on Wednesday, August 20, 2014.  Use the promo code “BOOST” at checkout to save some $$$.

You can also enter to win a free copy!  Enter below and I’ll be choosing 2 winners.

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