Thursday, August 28, 2014

A Peek at My Speech Room!

I love decorating and making things pretty.  Everyone who knows me knows that I'm pretty much a professional shower-giver.  If you are getting married or having a baby, I'm your girl to give you a cutesie party.  :)

I try to put this to good use in my speech room too.  Every couple of years I like to change up my classroom theme.  This year I went with a chalkboard theme with aqua accents!  And I even made most of my decorations myself.


I have a super long bulletin board in the back of my room.  It's important to me to make my space functional, so I've got a calendar on one side and my speech rules on the other.  The pockets are where my students keep their speech dollars for following the rules.


I made the calendar out of a thick poster board and velcro.  I just switch out the month and rearrange the numbers when it's time to change it up.  All of the numbers and months I designed and printed then laminated with thick laminating paper.



School/therapy organization with sterilite drawers (^) and a "cup"cake tower!


These dots are those dry erase wall stickers.  I popped them on my kidney table.  Now everyone has their own "space" plus a place to do work with dry erase markers.




Here's my behavior clip chart!  All chalkboard themed and ready.  I number the circles on my table, so the kids know that their clip number correspond with where they sit.  


Book nook for my reading center!


These little chalkboard easels from Hobby Lobby gave the room such a fun finishing touch!



I hope some of these pics inspire you a little to cutesie up your speech room!  It's been so fun seeing some of your rooms on Facebook, so I just wanted to share mine as well.  :)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Shark Week in Speech with a {Freebie}

Shark week in the middle of the back-to-school hoo-rah?  I say that's a win!  This week we're celebrating a belated shark week in speech and you HAVE to check out all of our fun!


First, we're tying together our back-to-school theme with sharks by reading Don't Eat the Teacher by Nick Ward.  This book is super cute about a shark who likes to bite everything on his first day of school.  I think it might be out of print but you can still order it on Amazon HERE.
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Next, I made this super fun shark out of an old tissue box and scrapbook paper.  He loves to eat artic cards and all sorts of therapy materials.  ;)



We also did a shark craftivity that included lots of teeth for target words and opportunities to practice following directions.  It's very similar to my dinosaur craft from a while back except this one has fun eyes and a cute dorsal fin.  Check it!



Grab the template for this for free HERE!

Also included in the freebie pack is this cute Do-A-Dot Shark worksheet.  Mark the bubbles each time you say a word or respond correctly.


What do you think?  How do you celebrate Shark Week?

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Appy Weekend ~ Articulation Test

It's the weekend, y'all.  That probably doesn't mean much to those of you who are still enjoying the lazy days of summer.  School is in full swing down in my neck of the woods.  I'm here to tell you a little about a brand new app by Little Bee Speech.  You know, the guys who made the fabulous Articulation Station app?  It's called Articulation Test Center, and get ready to be so excited!

Though I was provided with a copy of this app, all the opinions expressed are my own.


A screening test and a full test comes all in this one app.  The main difference between them is that the screener is shorter and only tests sounds that are appropriate for the age you select.


The full test has lots more areas to customize plus a nice, colorful speech sample probe.


Each item has green tiles at the top to show which sounds are being targeted.  Tapping the picture will give you a verbal prompt to elicit a spontaneous naming of the picture.  You also have the option to record their responses, add notes, and change the settings.


Tap the green tile to indicate that the student produced an error, which causes the tile to turn red.  Tapping it again turns it yellow, which means that the production was approximate.

You can note the type or error produced by tapping the down arrow on the right.  A drop down menu appears for you to note the substitution or phonological process.  Slide the red letter away to note an omission of the sound.



One of my absolute favorite things about this app is the full test has scenes for eliciting a speech sample.



Record the child telling a story about the scene with the microphone tab on the bottom left.  If they need additional prompting, tap any picture to magnify it and read a prompt.


How cool is that?!  After you record the sample you can transcribe it and note intelligibility on the screen provided.  It also has a space for you to calculate specific intelligibility percentage when transcribing.


The screen above is part of the test summary page.  It gives you words tested, errors marked, speech sample information, reported findings, and a recommendation.  This test is not normed, so you will not get standard scores or percentile ranks.


You can watch the full tutorials for the screener here, the full test here, and additional updates here.

Things I dig about this app:

  • Administering this test is very easy and straightforward.
  • The screener only screens the necessary phonemes relevant for that child's age.
  • You can pick and choose the areas you wish to target for the full test or select all of them.
  • There are options to notate the type of error the child produced, including phonological processes.
  • The phonological process sections have a little definition screen that pops up when you tap one, so that you can make sure you are choosing the correct one.
  • You can even record their productions and go back and edit the results later, if you need to quickly make your way through the test.
  • The speech sample option is amazing.  I might buy this app just for that!  Being able to elicit a sample, record it, transcribe it, and track indelibility all in one app is a win in my book!
  • The report section gives you tons of data!  It'd be great to print and add to any report or to track progress for an IEP.
Things that could make it better:
  • The test is not normed.  In many districts you need a normed referenced test to qualify a child for speech.  While this app is great for data, I wouldn't be able to use it by itself on an initial report.
  • While most of the screening tests for the different ages are shorter, the 6 and older screener is almost as long as the full test.  I'd probably just go ahead and give him the full one.
  • I'd love to be able to code an error as being an interdentalization, lateral airflow, or glottal stop.  You could just note it in the "notes" section, but there is no option for those on the drop down menu that I could see.
  • The app is a little pricey at $49.99, even though you do get a lot of bang for your buck.
You can grab this app from Little Bee Speech at iTunes HERE!

And guess what?!  August 12-14 both Articulation Test Center and Articulation Station will be 30% off!  Woohoo!


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Back-To-School Speech Therapy Classroom Kit

Back. to. school.  It's everywhere you look this time of year.  Kids are buying supplies and teachers are readying their classrooms.  You can practically smell the pencil shavings.

Well, for all of you SLPs getting ready for this next school year, I've got a cutesie new pack for you!  Here is my new Back-to-School Speech Classroom Starter Kit.  Check out everything that's included!


*A behavior incentive system - 2 options

Options include speech dollars in both color and grayscale options along with a speech wallet template, as well as 8 sticker chart designs.


I've also included reward coupons with a jar/can label.  These are a great alternative the same prizes, candy, or stickers every week.


I love the speech goals sheets and progress tracker.  The progress chart is in grayscale, so that you don't waste ink when you need to print lots of them.  Students can be trained to track their own progress by using it.


There's also a speech rules poster with mini rule posters.  These are so cute on your bulletin board.  Mine is slightly different to go with my classroom theme, but here's a sneak peak.


My kids always love little get to know you games at the beginning of the year...probably because it means they don't have to do to much real work lol.  These conversation sticks are sure to be a big hit. It includes stick labels and jar/can label.


My classroom theme this year is chalkboards.  Soooo, I thought I'd add some fun decorating products similar to the ones I'm using.


We've got circle chalkboard center labels with blank ones and chalkboard drawer labels with blank labels.  There are 4 binder covers with spine covers that read: Speech Binder, Student Data, Response to Intervention, and Lesson Plans.

4 cute chalkboard with colorful background speech posters finish out this pack.

Everything you need to get your speech room ready is all right here in one pack!  Check it out at my TPT store HERE.

Enter for a chance to win your very own copy via the rafflecopter below!  The winner will be chosen on Sunday!  Good luck!

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Organization Week Day 5: My Favorite Things

Organization week has been awesome!  I hope you've had as much fun as I have!  For the last day, we are diving into a few of my favorite things.



I know I've been mentioning several items here and there all week.  Here are a few more office-y, planning, or organizing supplies that I love.  Some of these I have and some of these I want.  ;)
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1.  My Erin Condren life planner


Ok, I know I've mentioned this before but I LOVE my Erin Condren planner.  I use it for blogging, TPT, and all the other parts of my daily life I need to keep track of.  I use my speech planner for work but this one for everything else.  If you need a $10 referral coupon, you can grab one here.

2.  Sharpie pens


You may have seen this pic on instagram as part of Speech Time Fun's #SLPscannotlivewithout party.    These are my most favorite pens in the world.


They write like a thin marker but don't bleed through.  In our district all original documents have to be signed in blue ink, so these are just perfect for me!

3.  Sticky notes

I love all kinds of sticky notes and for some reason I've developed a rather large collection of them at work.  You can find them in all shapes and sizes for whatever you need.  How hilarious are these
mouth notes?! Lol.


And these stickies are super functional.


4.  Washi tape 

I like using washi tape to pretty up my planners!



I use it to dress up tons of other things too.  Check out this previous post on other ways I like to use it in my speech room.

5.  Cutesie paper clips


I'm all about the fun paperclips these days.  I have these speech bubble clips and little flag clips that I scored from Hobby Lobby.  I'm also loving these cute bicycle ones.



6.  Super cool file holder


Ok, how cool is this?  You can just have it on a desk or shelf and it keeps your files or folders right there, front and center.  This fancy thing is from the Container Store (of course).  Check it out here.

7.  Magnetic storage tins


These would be perfect for my white board to hold a few paperclips, binder clips, or other things I may need quickly.  I have some in my house to hold my spices and love them.  Wish list!

These are just a few of my favorite things (sung in my best Julie Andrews voice).  There are many many more things I love, but you'll just have to stay tuned for those once I'm back in my classroom.  


Feel free to share what speechie things or planning things you love by using the hashtag #SLPfavorites on instagram!  I'll hopefully be able to do a round up post eventually to showcase lots of the things you love.  :)  :)  

Happy organizing!

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