Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Speachy Feedback Linky!

It's the most wonderful time of the month!! It's time to reward you for all that stellar feedback you leave on my products. This month is a little different though. This month, I'm choosing TWO winners- yep two! One for some awesome feedback left on a paid product, and one for just as amazing feedback left on a freebie.

So here's my winners for this month! If your TpT username is listed below, email me at with a product of your choice from my store.

You can find Listening Detectives here, and my newest freebie, Very Opinionated Penguins! here. Be sure to check out Allison's Speech Peeps to see if you were a winner in a different store! And as always, keep that feedback coming :)

Friday, December 13, 2013

ABC's of my Speech Room {H is for...}

"H" is for one of my favorite things- Highlighters! I have about 5 or 6 different colors and use them for literally everything. I highlight IEP due dates in my planner with yellow. When the meetings are actually scheduled, I write them in my planner and highlight them with pink (and white-out what I had highlighted in yellow). Things like early dismissals, team meetings, and special school events are highlighted in blue. But that's not all. I have post-it notes all over my desk, and, you guessed it, things are even highlighted on those!

My students love using highlighters, too! We use them on their artic pages, highlighting their sound in each of the words. They highlight words with their sounds in their Reading A-Z books. For my language kids, we highlight vocabulary words in their texts (obviously on photocopies, I do not condone highlighting things in their actual textbooks), the main idea, synonyms and antonyms, etc. We've even used them to color just to have some fun. 

How have you used highlighters in your room??

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Listen Up! An Auditory Processing Pack

I've got a fun new pack for your older students working on auditory processing skills! 

Pages 3-9 include the Auditory Discrimination Cards

16 Same/Different Cards- Each card contains 4 word pairs. One word pair is the same, the other three words pairs are different. Say the word pairs and ask the child after each pair if the words are the same or different.

16 Syllable Awareness Cards- Each card contains 4 words. Say the whole word, then ask the child to say the word without the indicated syllable.

24 Sounds in Words (Initial, Final, and Medial) Cards- Each card contains 4 words. Ask the child if they hear the specified sound in each word. Two words include the sound, two words do not.

Pages 10-16 are the Auditory Memory Cards

18 Numbers Cards- Each card contains 3 number sequences: 3 numbers, 4 numbers, and 5 numbers. Have the child repeat the number sequence after you. You may say the sequences either forward or backwards. 

18 Words Cards- Each card contains 3 one-syllable word sequences, 3 words, 4 words, and 5 words. Have the child repeat the word sequence after you. You may say the sequences either forward or backwards.

27 Sentences Cards- Each card contains one sentence with either 7, 9, or 11 syllables total. Have the child repeat the sentence after you.

Pages 17-21 are the Auditory Integration Cards

24 Following Directions Cards- Includes both 2 and 3 step directions.

24 Listening for Details Cards- Read the sentence to the child and have them answer the questions about what they heard.

12 Inferencing Cards- Read the sentences to the child. Ask them to infer who/what is happening.

Pages 22-24 are blank card pages. There is one blank page for each different section (Discrimination, Memory, and Integration).

Use these cards with your favorite open-ended game! Please note that each category of card (Discrimination, Memory, and Integration) are different sizes due to clipart. 

Does this look like something you could use? You can find it here

Friday, December 6, 2013

ABC's of my Speech Room {G is for...}

Whew! It's been a while since I've had any sort of blog post. I could give you a million reasons why I've been MIA, but I'll spare you the four page list and just let you know I've been busy. It's no excuse. I know many other bloggers are way busier than me, and they still get posts and products out every week. I guess I'll just insert here that all bloggers are different and that's what makes us all special and unique :)

But on to what this post is really about....

Ohhhh the Germ-X. I have the biggest bottle I could find at Wal-Mart. And it's already almost all joke. I haven't been sick yet this year and I want to keep it that way! 

I'm naturally prone to seasonal allergies and the occasional head cold, so I'm no stranger to the friendly bottle of hand sanitizer. (I might also have small travel size containers in my purse and therapy bag...) 

Any time of my students blows their nose, I make them go straight to the Germ-X. Cough in your hand? Germ-X. Use your finger to wipe and/or pick your nose? Germ-X it is. Even put your hand anywhere near one of the orifices of your face? You got it, Germ-X. 

I know I'm not alone when I say that I don't want their germs on all of my pencils, playing cards, and game pieces. Spread the love, not the germs.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Cyber Monday/Tuesday Sale and Linky!

It's time for the HUGE TpT Cyber Monday (and Tuesday) sale! I've got my entire store set to 20% off December 2 and 3. Use code CYBER at checkout and save a total of 28%- now that's a bargain!!

A few recommendations from my store include:
My best-selling "Idiom of the Week". I'm working on getting more idioms added, so get it at this locked in price before it goes up after the update!

"Language Boxes for Older Students" is a great way to target those upper level skills with your upper elementary and middle school students in a fun way.

I also just added two more versions of my Articulation Jenga- Vocalic R Edition and R/R-Blends Edition, be sure to check them out!

You can find my entire store here!

I'm also linking up with Speech Room News to show you "what's in my cart"!

Talking QR Codes for Auditory Memory and Processing from Mia McDaniel

Inferencing for a Year from The Speech Bubble

Articulation Battle Boats from Sublime Speech

And some clipart, but you'll have to wait to see that :)

What's in your cart??

Monday, November 25, 2013

ASHA 2013 Recap!

I had the great privilege of attending the 2013 ASHA Convention in Chicago, Illinois a few weekends ago. It.was.AWESOME! I can't even begin to describe how wonderful it was. The networking opportunities, the informative sessions, the free stuff, meeting fellow bloggers-nothing can beat all of that!

So here's a few of my favorite sessions:

  • "BTW It's Time: Contextualizing the Common Core Standards for Students with Speech and Language Impairments"- This was my first session of the weekend and it was one of my favorites! Robin and Bonnie provided tons of examples for relating the CCSS to speech therapy. They discussed Speech Sound Disorders, Academic Vocab, Syntax/Morphology/Grammar, Written Expression, and Pragmatic Skills all related to the CCSS. Be on the lookout for their powerpoint presentation to be uploaded to the ASHA website!
  • "Listen/Lead/Learn: At the Intersection of Quality Services & the CCSS"- When I went to this session, I didn't realize that Judy Montgomery was one of the presenters (She's the author of Bridge of Vocabulary)! I love learning new things about vocabulary instruction, so I was super pumped for this session. And it didn't disappoint! My favorite part of this session was the way that they suggested writing PLOP's and goals- all while incorporating the CCSS. Here's the PLOP outline: "Most (grade level) grade students have mastered (certain skills). Student Name is able to do (skills they have), but struggles with (skills in need of improvement). This adversely affects his/her ability to do (adverse affect). Why do I love this so much? Because it incorporates the CCSS related to their grade level when talking about what they can and can not do, and also incorporates the adverse affect from their inability to perform at their grade level on the standards. Maybe you all have been using a template like this all along, but since my district is only slowly incorporating the Common Core into everything, this was a welcome breath of fresh air when writing IEPs. 
  • I was lucky enough to get a seat for Sarah Ward's "Just Treatment Tools to Develop Executive Functioning Skills"! She so graciously offered a link to her presentation so we can all take advantage of her wonderful ideas: My absolute favorite part of her presentation was when she showed us the Photosynth app. It stitches pictures together to make a panoramic view of a room so you can have your student performing different actions in all parts of the room. Be sure to check it out!
  • I also attended a great session on Auditory Processing Disorders- "Auditory Processing Disorder: Team Evaluation and Management". Mary Buehler went through many aspects of the evaluation and also treatment techniques based on the type of processing disorder the student presents with. 
Now it's picture time!

Here's one from lunch with some fellow bloggers! (Don't laugh, but I felt like I was talking with celebrities!!)

And there's me in front of one of the convention signs. 

This last picture isn't necessary, but I thought it was too funny not to share. This is both mine and my roommate's bags at the end of the weekend. I title it, "A new meaning to the term bag lady". 

If you didn't get the chance to attend, be on the lookout for the session powerpoints on ASHA's website sometime next week! Did you attend the convention? What were some of your favorite sessions??

Monday, November 18, 2013

November Speachy Linky Party!

It's time once again to reward someone for leaving quality feedback in my store! I've linked up with Allison's Speech Peeps to bring you a Speachy Feedback party.

And now for my feedback winner:

User "annenissim", email me at to claim a free item from my store

You can find "I mustache you a question...Can you sequence?" in my TpT store here. If you grab it, be sure to leave feedback. Maybe you'll be next month's winner!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

ASHA Sale!

I'm headed off to the ASHA Convention! If you aren't joining me in Chicago, you can still get in on the fun- I've put my store at 15% off until Saturday. So head over to my store and enjoy the savings!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Serving up Prefixes and Suffixes

Today I'm serving up a fun way to teach prefixes and suffixes!

Use these handy anchor charts to teach what prefixes and suffixes are. One chart is included for prefixes and one is included for suffixes. Also included (not pictured) is an anchor chart for spelling rules when adding a suffix to a root word.

The next set of anchor charts include common prefixes/suffixes and their meanings. The prefix page includes 31 prefixes and their meanings. The suffix page includes 24 suffixes and their meanings.

The next pages are for your students to practice their skills! There are two pages each for prefixes and suffixes. Common prefixes (or suffixes) with similar meanings are included in a tennis racket. Your students must choose the correct prefix/suffix to add to the root word to create a new word. Then have your students write the word's definition.

Let you students practice even more with these next pages! Included is one tennis court for prefixes and one for suffixes. Your students must match the prefix or suffix to a root word to make a new word. Some prefixes/suffixes may go with more than one root word. 

Following the matching page is a definition page. Use this page to write out the words you made from the matching page. Then pick two words and write sentences using those words. 

The last page included introduces the idea that words may have both a prefix and suffix or two suffixes. One example is provided for prefix/root word/suffix and one example is included for root word/suffix/suffix. Have your students follow these examples to create new words (see if your students can come up with real examples). 

Does this look like something you could use with your students? You can find it here! Be sure to leave feedback if you grab it!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

SLP Blogs, Websites, and Products- Oh My!

If you haven't noticed, there are TONS of new SLP blogs popping up every day (including mine only a few short months ago!). Jessica from Consonantly Speaking has compiled an ahhhhhmazing list of resources, including blogs, helpful websites related to speech/language pathology, as well as websites that sell speech and language materials. Her list includes over 700 resources for fellow SLPs. Check it out here!

Friday, November 8, 2013

ABC's of my Speech Room {F is for...}

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links.

F is for one of my favorite organizing materials- File Folders! I use these from Staples because I like the fasteners on the top. If I had money to splurge, I would get file folders with an extra divider in them, but the ones I have will do for now.

So how do I use them? Well on the left side, I print out an IEP summary for the student. The IEP program my school uses does this for me, but in case you're interested in making one up for yourself, here's what's on it: the students name and birthday, their annual review date and 3 year re-evaluation date, accomodations, present level of performance, goals, and minutes per week.

On the right hand side, I attach an attendance calendar. I use symbols such as "I" for individual therapy, "G" for group therapy, "SU" for student unavailable, "SA" for student absent, "TA/TU" for therapist absences/unavailability, and then "SH" for student holidays when there was no school. It makes Medicaid tracking easy and it takes two seconds to write in the correct symbol as your student walks into speech. In the middle of the folder I place my data tracking sheet and other materials I'm using for that specific student. 

And there you have it- how I use my file folders! What's an "F" in your classroom that you can't live without?

Friday, November 1, 2013

ABC's of my Speech Room {E is for...}

E is for that oh so wonderful Electronic Spinner! My kids go crazy for it-even my middle schoolers! Who knows if it's the flashing light, the suspense of not knowing which number it will land on, or just the plain fact that it's not regular dice, but this thing has been a staple in my speech room from the beginning. What else could get a kid so excited to do artic drill therapy? I know one thing for sure, I'm not getting rid of this thing anytime soon.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Following Directions with Prepositions Halloween Style

In case you missed it, I've decided to post my Facebook Frenzy product on TpT for you all to enjoy!

It includes 16 Halloween characters and props, a house, a tree, and a mat to place the pictures on.

Example cards are included for the prepositions above, below, beside, between, in front of and behind. Use these cards to pre-teach/review with your students the prepositions used in this activity. 

Also included are 10 each of 2, 3, and 4 step directions.

If you missed the freebie and would like to purchase this in my store, you can find it here!

Friday, October 25, 2013

ABC's of my Speech Room {D is for...}

D is for my room decorations! I still don't have many up, but I like have a few fun things in my room to make my broom closet a little more enjoyable. 

First is my name plaque that I have hung on my door. I got everything I needed from Michael's! 

 Next is my "Welcome to Speech" banner. I found this on TpT, but I can't for life of me find the link for you guys! If you search "Chevron Welcome Banners", you'll come up with tons of options :)

Last is my subway art inspired pictures! I got my inspiration from All Y'all Need's Subway Art on TpT. I wanted to change a few fonts and colors to make it more fit my style, and this is what I came up with!

I hope you all enjoyed my room decorations. What are a few of your room decor ideas?

Monday, October 21, 2013

S...Peachy Feedback Linky Party!

It's that time again!! Time to reward those of you who leave great feedback for your favorite TPT sellers! I've linked up with Allison's Speech Peeps for this month's S...Peachy Feedback Linky Party.

Your feedback means the world to me. I promise I read each and every one, and each and every one is wonderful. I love hearing what you all have to say, so keep leaving that feedback! Not only does it enter you in a chance to win a free product from my store (and let other's know what you thought of my products), you earn TPT credits to use on future products- what could be better than that!!

This month's winner is:

Congrats "lindarobideau", email me at to get your FREE product from my store! You can find Language Boxes for Older Children here, and be sure to leave feedback if you grab it :)