Person- first language. It’s time we all use it!

I was inspired tonight when I saw this on social media. Wanted to share it here as well!

We cannot define ourselves or others by our limitations. First and foremost, we are all people first, with an abundance of strengths and uniqueness. We can choose to see deficits as things we cannot do or we can choose to see them as challenges of ways to do them differently!




Speechie Brags!

I love using these!  My students get SO excited to come back to class to find this and a treat on their desk!  It’s even more important for those friends who struggle with positive behavior.   I found this as a freebie on Teacherspayteachers.com.  You can find them HERE!  Give them a try!  Such a small gesture can go a LONG way for some of our students!

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What are YOU using to keep your students motivated and positive?  Would love to hear some ideas!


There’s a Giraffe in my Soup!

This was SUCH a great book to use in my life skills classroom!  I used this book to do a literacy lesson, focusing on animals, groups of animals, colors, and asking “WH” questions!  It is a great book to use for sequencing (the order that animal are appearing in the soup), as well as inferencing (what do you think will happen next?).

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It’s also a great book to use as low level AAC.  Have picture cards of each animal ready and laminated, and then have each student in the group holding at least one card.  As that animal is introduced, have the student hold it up and put it on their “bowl of soup”!  Great way to encourage engagement and participation in the lesson through differentiation.



If you have a chance, check out this book to use in YOUR speech groups!



October Newsletter! *Fall into Speech*

Here’s the newsletter for October!  Giving you some tips on how to improve your memory… Until next time!

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Donors Choose!

I have two projects that I’m raising money for right now!  Hoping to get another iPad to use with a student in speech, and some other speech language therapy supplies!  If you feel like you’d be interested in donating, here’s the link to my classroom page!

Thanks so much in advance.. my students are amazing and SO deserving.

Click HERE to go to my classroom page on donorschoose.org!


September Speechie News!

Here’s the September Speechie News Newsletter!  Keep checking back for more speech therapy tips and news!


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Donors Choose Project!

Hi!  I’m working my first year in a low income school, and there are really limited resources for our students and teachers.  If you have it in your heart to donate to help me fill up some supplies for my students this year, we would all SO appreciate it!  Thank you so much!

If you use the code RIPPLE, Donor’s Choose will match every donation up to $50!

HERE’s my project!

Thanks again,

Mrs. Beckett


Bring it on, new school year!

I am SO excited to be starting my 8th year as a SLP in a NEW district!  I’m now in Joliet Public Schools, and servicing students from kindergarten to 5th grade at Thigpen Elementary!  I have gotten my new office set, and I am READY to meet my kiddos!  I’ve been praying for my students and hoping for an amazing year!  If you’re a THIG parent, use this link to sign up for speech announcements throughout the year!


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Thig parents! Sign up for Remind alerts!

Good evening!

I cannot WAIT to be servicing your students for speech therapy this year!  I will be sending out periodic messages throughout the school year that pertain to speech therapy at Thigpen.  If you’re interested in receiving these messages, join by clicking HERE!

Here’s to a fantastic 18-19 school year!

Mrs. Beckett


Parents– Looking for some rainy day ideas?

I came across this great blog post about rainy day activities for little ones at home!  These activities could be a great opportunity to work on both speech and language, but also fine and gross motor!  They’re sure to keep your kiddos attention, too!  Let me know if anyone tries them out!  I’m going to do the pom pom one with my little guy this week!  Indoor Activities

Find ideas HERE!


Google Keep has changed my life…

I wanted to update this post now that I’ve learned even more great uses for Google Keep!  Check it out and let me know how many of YOU are using this?  It’s such a valuable tool!

Has anyone else tried Google Keep as a method of organization/notes?  It’s Ah-mazing.  It’s changed  my life.  Literally.  Go to THIS website and start using it.  I mean.. right NOW!

Continue reading “Google Keep has changed my life…”


Speech Summer Fun!

It’s that time again!  Summer has arrived!  Are you a parent looking for some language-rich activities to do with your littles this summer?  Here are some ideas of activities to do that can really foster great opportunities for social language, vocabulary, conversation starters, articulation, and language processing skills.  Check out the list below and be sure to add any extra ideas at the end!





Here are some ideas:

  • Visit the zoo and label as many animals as you can find
  • Go to the park and make a new friend
  • Help your child write a note or email to a classmate
  • Go on a picnic at a local Forest Preserve
  • Cook a new recipe together and discuss “first, next, then”
  • Go on a nature hike and enjoy the outdoors
  • Make and go on a scavenger hunt outside
  • Visit the local pool and start a conversation with a new friend
  • Go to the grocery store and sort items into groups (which are fruits, name 3 meats, which items are cold, etc.)
  • Let your child watch their favorite TV show and then have them give you a summary of the episode afterwards
  • Read a book together in the sunshine and talk about the people and places in the story
  • Go on a bike ride and talk about your favorite summer activity
  • Roast marshmallows and have your child give step-by-step directions on how to make them

Here is a great list of other ideas too!

Summer Bucket List

Any other ideas or activities that your families love to do in the summer?



Sorry it’s been so long since I have posted here!  I have been a little busy delivering our 9.5lb little sunshine!  Welcome to the world, Charlotte Mae Beckett!


We are all doing well at home!  As of today, she’s 2 months old and has added so much joy to our new family of 4.  Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers!  I’m already back at work full time and loving being with all my students again!  Looking forward to finishing out the year, and hoping to post some resources over the summer for parents to work on speech/language with their littles! 🙂


Artic on the Go!

Happy January and Happy New Year!  I wanted to give some suggestions to parents and other colleagues on ways to encourage our students and kiddos to use accurate speech sounds at home!


When students are learning a new speech pattern and working on specific sounds, it is paramount that they are exposed to reminders and good examples outside of therapy time.  Learning a new speech pattern is hard!  You are essentially re-wiring a neurological and physiological pathway that was developed incorrectly.  It’s hard work!  Be sure and Continue reading “Artic on the Go!”


Baby Time!

Well, in case you haven’t heard (or have seen my gi-normous belly!), I am due in just a few short weeks!

Katie Preggo

Balancing toddler life, working full time and pregnancy has turned out to be pretty tricky (thus the very few blog updates this year! So sorry…).   I am so looking forward to being home with the newest sweet edition to our family, but will be missing my students at school every day!  I love what I do, and I love all my students– my job really is the best. Continue reading “Baby Time!”


I Forgot my Homework?!

memory brainIs your child forgetful? Can’t remember dates, times or names?  Has no idea what is for homework tonight? Loses things easily?   Continue reading “I Forgot my Homework?!”



I have had not one… but TWO…projects funded through DonorsChoose.org.  Check out my personal page here!  It really is incredible how generous Continue reading “#thankyoudonorschoose”


A “Minion” Reasons to Love SPEECH!

I am SO ready for school to start back up this fall!  I always enjoy summers off (playing with my son, trips to the zoo, shopping, pool days, etc), but I also equally love getting a fresh slate each school year!  I am in such a unique role, because I get to have the same students for speech from 3rd all the way to 8th grade!!  Some of my students I have serviced all 5 years.  It’s a privilege. 🙂  I ALSO get to welcome my NEW 2nd graders this year, and a sprinkle of fun preschoolers!  I really do have the best job and remind myself how thankful I am to have this opportunity every day.  Life is too short to be anything but thankful!


I decided to go with a “Minion” theme this year!   Continue reading “A “Minion” Reasons to Love SPEECH!”


Phonemic Awareness Fun!

Working with students on phonemic awareness can be a blast!  My student was working on sound identification, blending and segmenting!  She’s also Continue reading “Phonemic Awareness Fun!”


Better Speech & Hearing Month! #BSHM


Being a speech pathologist is the best decision I have ever made!

May is Better Speech and Hearing Month! If you know of students with a passion for helping others, encourage them to pursue speech! I have had so many fantastic opportunities with this degree, and I feel incredibly blessed to have played a role in Continue reading “Better Speech & Hearing Month! #BSHM”