Friday, May 1, 2015

Better Hearing and Speech Month

May is here-and in SLP land that means that Better Hearing and Speech Month has arrived! This year's theme is "Early Intervention Counts". After working in Early Intervention this year, I have never found this statement to be more true.


Join me each Friday in May as I highlight Early Intervention in informative blog posts. I will also be hosting a giveaway-you won't want to miss this! Check back next week for more details. And in the mean time, head to identifythesigns.org to find out more about ASHA's campaign to help us all identify the signs of communication disorders a little earlier. 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Everyday Speech Social Skills Video {Review & Giveaway}

When working on social skills, it's helpful to have a peer model to aid in teaching the skill. With such busy schedules, it can be hard to bring in someone to your session to serve as a model. That's why I love video modeling! But it's often hard to find videos to exactly fit my needs. Everyday Speech has the solution- and it's a great one! 


Everyday Speech is best known for their iPad app, Let's be Social. When they added videos to the app, they got such an overwhelming response that they decided to make even more. They hope to have 40 videos by the time they launch-40! The videos can be purchased as standalone videos, video bundles, or you can subscribe to their website to get access to their whole library.  


You will be able to watch the videos from any computer or tablet. You can even download the files to watch them offline! To watch on your iPad, you can download the VHX app here

Some of the topics covered include:

-voice volume
-staying on topic
-making eye contact
-using a filter

See a lot of the videos included in the picture below.


So what do I think of it? These video rock. I mean seriously, where else can you get videos specifically designed for the topic you need to teach that goes into the depth and detail that these videos do. Each video is right around 2 minutes long. They use real kids and adolescents in their videos in situations that our kids will really encounter. The videos not only show what to do and what not to do, they pause to explain what is happening and to give additional information.  
 


Videos start out by explaining the skill that the video is targeting.


Emotions are identified and explained as they relate to each social situation.


Teachable moments are pinpointed and enhanced.


Thought bubbles are used throughout to show what each person is really thinking.

Think this is something you would love? Sign up to be on the wait list now to get the best deals! Those on the waiting list will get:
  • A guaranteed 50% off promo code, with no limits on purchase size
  • Two Speech with Sharon followers will win a free package!
  • For the blog/site that gets the most waiting list sign ups, everyone that signed up from that site will get a free video package.

To get in on this awesome deal, be sure to use this link! How would you use these videos in therapy?

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Fib Revealed!

I hope you enjoyed our Two Facts and a Fib blog hop! I know I enjoyed trying to guess everyone's fib. 


Now to reveal my fib! 

My entire county goes to one high school. Fact

I live in Jasper County, Illinois, a large county in the southern central region of Illinois. According to the 2010 Census, Jasper County covers 494.51 square miles and is home to a total of 9,698 people, which breaks down to less than 20 people per square mile. We have one private Catholic school that goes up to 8th grade. In the public school system, we have one grade school, one middle school (which is now housed in our high school) and one high school. I had 140 people in my graduating class.   

At one point or another in my childhood I had these animals as pets: cat, turtle, dog, and fish. Fact

My parents have had cats and dogs since my brother and I were little. One day, my brother and I found a turtle down by the creek near our house. We convinced our mom to let us keep it! We fed and took care of it for over a year. One morning, my mom woke up to the turtle crawling across the living room floor. Needless to say, from that day forward, we no longer had a turtle as a pet. Mom and dad did agree to let us get some fish as a replacement. Now my parents have a cat, while my husband and I have a dog. 

I am very musical and can play the clarinet, piano, and trumpet. Fib


I do consider myself a musical person. I have been in my school's band and chorus since I was in elementary school. I was an active member of my high school's marching and concert bands, as well as musicals and choir concerts. So which musical instrument do I know how to play? The clarinet! I didn't really have much of a choice when I started band in elementary school. My cousin had a clarinet that she gave to me to use, so it was either play that or play nothing. Good thing I was good at playing the clarinet! I did dabble around with my brother's trumpet, but I could never get it to sound quite right. Since I can read music, I am also able to punch out notes on a piano. However, I am far from saying that I can actually play the piano. Maybe one day!

Did you make the right guess? If you guessed C, congratulations! 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

2 Facts and a Fib


Who's ready for a little April Fool's fun? The rules are simple: I will write down three statements. Two are facts and one is a fib. All you have to do is pick the fib! Hop to each blog and at the end write your best guesses down to win a $50.00 Amazon gift card. The person who guesses the most correctly will win the gift card. In the event of a tie, we will use random.org to determine the winner. 



Here are my two facts and a fib. Can you spot the fib?

A) My entire county goes to one high school. 

B) At one point or another in my childhood I had these animals as pets: cat, turtle, dog, and fish. 

C) I am very musical and can play the clarinet, piano, and trumpet.


Have you guessed my fib? Be sure to write down either A, B or C. Then, click the picture below to head to the next blog on the hop. 



Am I your first stop? Head on back to the first blog by clicking the button below. There, you'll also find the quiz answer form for you to fill in your answers after you visit each page. 





Thursday, February 19, 2015

Frenzied SLP February Edition: Love

As an SLP, I love many things- color coded planners, smooth ballpoint pens, when my student finally says the dreaded /r/ correctly.

As a frenzied SLP, I love things that are quick, easy, and effortless. That's why I love SpeechPathology.com. For only $99, you get access to as many different CEUs as you want for a year! It doesn't get much easier than that. 




SpeechPathology.com isn't just for the school SLP either. They have CEUs on early intervention, swallowing, aphasia, stuttering, ethics, autism, cochlear implants, and multicultural issues, to name just a few. 

The site also offers the courses in many different contexts, including live webinars, video courses, text courses, and audio courses. 

And if you plan it right, you can use the one year membership to count towards two CEU cycles for ASHA. How? Just register for the site during June or July of the last year of your three year cycle with ASHA. That way, you can use the CEUs for the last five or six months of your current cycle, as well as the first five or six months during your next cycle. 

Now you know why I love SpeechPathology.com. So, all you frenzied SLPs, what do you love?

Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with SpeechPathology.com and earn no benefits from directing you to their site. 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Moments of Clarity

We've all had those days. You know, the ones where we wonder why we ever thought it was a good idea to become a Speech-Language Pathologist. You are overwhelmed with paperwork while still trying to find time to perform effective therapy. Your private-practice client just cancelled his session. Again. A teacher/principal/parent questions your therapy approach. You find out about an IEP meeting for one of your students the day it is due, 5 minutes before the meeting starts. 

It's no secret our job is stressful. (Well maybe it is to our administrators or insurance companies- who seem to think we can handle adding bus duty and lunch supervision into our schedule or who deny every claim we submit and force us to somehow think of a clever way to get our claims accepted, all in our spare time.) Burn-out rate in our profession is high, and I don't know about you, but I don't want to be scouring the internet for "jobs for any other profession but speech pathology". 

So how do I stay motivated to keep doing what I do every day? Focusing on moments of clarity. Moments where I am reminded why I wanted to become an SLP in college. Moments where I realize that I am making a difference. 

I was having a rough day in therapy this week. Two clients cancelled on me the day of their session. One session was spent more on managing behavior than performing therapy. I didn't have time to eat lunch that day. My last therapy session of the day, however, was awesome! My client was requesting to play with many different activities, maintaining eye contact during communication,  and was making contextually correct comments (a big one for this little guy with Autism). 

When I got home from work that night, I found a Facebook status from my client's mother. Her words reminded me why I love being an SLP and reassured me that I made the correct career path. 

My boss loved the comment as well, she even posted it to the business Facebook page! 


So when you are feeling down and wondering why you ever wanted to be an SLP, find that moment of clarity. Once you find it-whether it is a card from a client, a few nice words said at a meeting, or even a client's mom's Facebook status- write it down, take a picture, hang it up. Do something with it. Display it where you can constantly be reminded of why you rock at your job.

Because you do rock. You are an SLP after all. :) 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Frenzied SLPs!

I am so excited to be a member of the Frenzied SLPs



First, a little more about myself:

  • I'm a born and raised Southern Illinois girl. I love wide-open spaces, hometown pride, and having everyone know my name.
  • My husband and I love wine. We have an annual wine trail weekend with our friends where we like to stock up on some favorites to bring home with us. Unfortunately, they don't last long in our house! Good thing the wineries aren't that far away ;)
  • On December 16, I became the mom to my perfect little boy, Ian. While 16 weeks pregnant with him, his heart stopped beating. I was able to give birth to him and hold him in my arms-memories I will cherish forever.
  • While I do love wearing dresses and getting dolled up, I am a true tomboy at heart. I own my own shotgun and bow, and shoot them often in the field by our house. One of my favorite things to do in the spring is search the woods for mushrooms. On a summer night, you can find my husband and I fishing in our pond. Don't worry, I still make my husband take the fish off the hook, that's gross after all!

Now on to the reason you're here, you're a frenzied SLP! Each month we will bring you a little something to help make your frenzied life as an SLP a little easier. This month, I've got a little cleaning tip for you!

I don't know about you, but my house always seems to be a M.E.S.S. My husband and I just moved in last month, and I never knew how quickly a perfectly put together house could turn into a mess. Dishes are stacked up in the sink. Laundry is overflowing from the basket. Blankets and pillows are all over the living room floor. Mail is stacked up on the one empty corner of my desk.  

And I know I'm not alone here when I say I don't like spending an entire Saturday cleaning my house. There's got to be an easier way, right? Right!

I've got a weekly cleaning schedule that will keep your house clean in less than 30 minutes a day. The trick? Pick a room to tackle each day. Breaking up the cleaning into small, manageable tasks will help you get things accomplished without feeling overwhelmed. And that's the goal after all, right?



Want a copy for yourself? Get the printable version here and enjoy a cleaner, happier house!