Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Pirate Treasure Speech ~ FREEBIE

Aaaarrgh!  It's Talk Like a Pirate Day on Friday, September 19th!  We've been breaking out all things pirate in the speech room this week.  I've even drummed up a little open ended freebie for you that can accompany any card deck or target skill.

You can play this game using the enclosed coin squares OR use your own plastic coins/candy coins.  I used some chocolate coins that someone had given me.  You could really use anything appropriate for a treasure chest.

The kids get a kick out of the shiny "treasure."  Aye, treasure!

Included in this packet are treasure chest mats to keep their cards and coins, number cards, wild cards, and coin squares.

To play, just print multiple copies of the coin cards (I do like 3) and one copy of the wild cards.  The kids choose a card to see how many coins they get to put on their mat.  The person with the most coins when the cards run out is the winner.

I love open-ended games because they are so versatile.  I pretty much use them with nearly all of my students.  Makes planning super easy.  You can grab this freebie at my TPT store HERE!  Don't forget to leave some lovely feedback if you download.  ;)

Happy Pirate Day!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

SLP Style: Stitch Fix Review!

Have you heard of Stitch Fix?  It's a fun little secret that I'd been thinking about trying for a while.  My roommate finally talked me into it, and now I'm hooked!  It's perfect for the busy yet fashionable SLP.

Here's how it works:
1.  Sign up for Stitch Fix on their website.  Use my referral link if you want!  They'll have you fill out a detailed questionnaire letting them know your style preferences.

2.  For a $20 styling fee, they will shop for you and send you 5 pieces of clothing or accessories right to your door!

3.  When your clothes arrive, try them on in the comfort of your own home with your own shoes and accessories.  If you keep at least one item, your $20 will go towards the cost of that item.  If you keep all 5 items, you get a discount.

So worst case scenario, you keep nothing and are out $20.  Best case, you keep them all, get a discount, and have several fun and unique pieces for your wardrobe.  :)  You can opt to have a box sent to you every month or just on the date that you choose.

Want a little peek into my first box??

1. Melanie Lace Detail Button Down Blouse
2. Kaleigh Ankle Biter Skinny Jean in RED!

3. Rye Abstract Print Solid Trim Blouse

4.  Adanya Vneck Mixed Print Dress

5.  Kayla Metal Teardrop Earrings

Your box also comes with a letter from your stylist and these fun cards that give you suggestions on how to wear the included items.

I actually loved ALL of the items that came in my Stitch Fix box last month and ended up keeping every single one of them.   They were all perfect for work.  I pair the dress with a jean jacket and flats.  I put the abstract print blouse with gray dress pants.  I've worn the red pants with several tops and the white top with several pants and skirts.  I love it when you can get some good quality staple clothes in your closet.

The only con to this service really is the price of the clothes.  You can specify your price range in the questionnaire, but most of the articles are kind of costly.  The discount helps a lot, but that's only if you love them all.

What do you think?  Is this something that would make your work day a little more fun?  :)

Monday, September 15, 2014

S-Peachy Feedback September 2014

It's that time again!  We get to showcase some of our favorite feedback and give a little bit back to those of you who take the time to leave some sweet and thoughtful comments about your purchases!

Be sure to click on the image below to go to over Speech Peeps.  That way you can check out all the blogs to see if you are a winner.  :)

My winner this month is Nancy P!  Thank you so much for such amazing feedback about my Speech Therapy Task Cards for Articulation!  It totally made my day.  Here's what she had to say:

Nancy P, you win anything you'd like from my my TPT store.  Please email me at to claim your prize!  If you'd like to check out this product go here.

Thanks everyone!  Keep the awesome feedback coming.  I love hearing from you.  :)

Friday, September 5, 2014

Themed Therapy Worksheet Combo

This year has probably been my busiest, craziest, most hectic beginning of the year I've ever experienced in all my 8 years of being an SLP.  I feel like I'm being pulled in five directions and have redone my schedule five thousand times.  The last thing I have time to do is spend a lot of time planning, which is why I am loving this themed therapy thing SO much these days.

Do you use themes in therapy?  I know that several of my sweet bloggy friends do and love it, so I wanted to be on the ball with it this year.  I've already sat down and planned my themes for the entire school year.  Pretty fab, right?  This month I'm covering superheroes, pirates, and football.  The kids are eating it up so far!  

To make my life even easier, I created another worksheet pack that covers these specific themes!  It's a combo pack, so it's a LOT bigger than my other ones (63 pages!).  Check it:

This pack includes all of my favorite worksheet activities.  They are geared toward articulation but can usually be adapted for other skills as well.  There are generic worksheets for all 3 themes and including dots, cut and paste, color a picture, syllables, tic-tac-toe, roll and color, draw and describe, and more (i.e. there are pirate, superhero, and football sheets for each of the type of worksheet).  Here are a few examples.

Plus, there are already filled out worksheets for /r/ and /s/ (30 of them!)

What do you think?  You can grab them at my TPT store HERE!  

Want to win a copy of your own??  Just comment below with how this would help you.  I'll pick a random winner on Sunday!  :)  Have a great weekend!

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!

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