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Great Speech Blog!

A colleague just shared this speech blog with me and I think it has some really great features.  One of them is the “FREE” worksheets tab!  I just printed a ton of them for myself to use in therapy!  These are great and simple worksheets to use with students of many ages and levels.  They are separated by word level and phrase level.

This would also be a great and easy tool for PARENTS!  Even colleagues with young children at home who are working on some early speech sounds.  They are simple and easy to use.  Check out the rest of this blog too—Let me know what you think!

Again, the blog is: www.heatherspeechtherapy.com!

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SLP’s: CAAP Test Visual for Parents!

Hey Speechies!  I made this visual using the CAAP Test articulation norms to use with parents in an attempt to better explain when students should be proficient with each sound.  I think it helps to Continue reading “SLP’s: CAAP Test Visual for Parents!”

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Speechie Tech!

 

Wanted to share some ways that I use technology as a school-based SLP!   Say it with me… Technology is your friend.  Now, I do agree that it is REALLY frustrating when it doesn’t work.  You make your plan, get your lesson prepared, go to grab your computer or tablet, and something goes wrong!  True.  But don’t we also have to always be flexible and have back up plans for our lessons even when technology is NOT involved?  It’s part of the gig!  Technology can really help to supplement your lesson, relate to your students, and motivate kids to learn.  Here are some basic ways that I’ve incorporated technology into my job….

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Quizlet!

Quizlet can be a GREAT resource for teachers, SLPs and students.  If you go to www.quizlet.com, you can sign up with a FREE account!  It’s essentially a way to create online, virtual flashcards.  Parents and students can easily use this at home as a way to practice academic vocabulary.   Students enjoy using the flashcards on the computer, and there are even games to play with them as well!  In addition, you can have the computer read the words and definitions to you.   Great for auditory learners!

This is a great resource for SLPs also!  Therapists can use these for language/vocabulary, multiple meaning words, and even articulation drill practice.   As an idea, you can create a separate account and give the password/sign in to parents.  THEN, parents and students can log in at home, click on the flashcards they need to practice (r sound, sh sound, synonyms, etc.), and complete as “homework”.  It even scores the matches you get correct in each game! (Easy way to track data?)

It’s a fantastic way to hear, see, spell and read these words continuously throughout the school week.  Another great way to prepare students from home!  Check it out and let me know what you think!

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Speech Corner

I’m going to start posting speech “blurbs” in our Thursday note at Pioneer Path again this year!  Please take a minute to check it out!  I’ll post on different communication themes and strategies to use with students at home!  Here’s a link to my September “Speech Corner.”  It’s mainly an introduction and offers you all my contact information.  Looking forward to having lots of contact with parents, teachers and other SLPs this year!  Thanks!!

If you’d like to view it here, click on the link! 🙂  2016SpeechCorner_September

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Welcome Back!

Welcome back!

So excited to be starting my 7th year in speech pathology in Channahon.  I love our students and seeing how excited they are to be coming back to school.  I have lots of new ideas and resources that I’m looking forward to using this year as well.

I think we as teachers and therapists have to  be EXTRA excited at the start of the school year in order to get our students thinking positively and wanting to learn.  I hear many parents and teachers that are dreading the start of the school year… why?!   I am the first to say that summer was so fun and I loved being home with my little man, Carson.  I mean… stroller walks, playing in the pool and nonstop peek-a-boo never gets old, right?? 🙂  But I also really appreciate each season for what it brings.  If it was summer all year round, we’d never look forward to it as much as we do now.  We’re always wishing we had something in the past or looking forward in the future.  Today is a GREAT day!

And if you need an extra boost of positivity, let’s learn from THIS  girl…

Thankful for each and every day I can get up and work with my students and try to help spread a positive and hopeful mindset.  Some of our students are extra excited about the school year because they may have less-than-wonderful circumstances at home.  Maybe a death in the family, a financial hardship in their household, a best friend moving away, or parents getting divorced…  Sometimes coming to school is the only safe haven our students feel—a place they feel safe, loved and accepted.   So put aside the regret of a never-ending summer and look forward to TODAY, not only for you, but for  each and every face that walks into school this week.  They need us!

WELCOME BACK!

What are YOU most thankful for this school year?

 

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Perspective from a Parent who has a Child with Autism

Wow was this article an eye-opener!  Talks about day-to-day struggles of being a mom to a child with autism.  I can’t imagine what a blessing these kiddos can be for their parents and families, but also how overwhelming it must be for parents to care for them financially and emotionally.   Parents of ALL children truly are superheroes.   Continue reading “Perspective from a Parent who has a Child with Autism”

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What Autism feels like…

This is a great video that a friend posted on Facebook. Wow. Just wow.   Check it out HERE

I feel like I have even been guilty of talking to my students or my patients at the hospital as if their speech output is an indication at all of their comprehension/understanding. It must be maddening to Continue reading “What Autism feels like…”

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Free Autism Resources for Therapy

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Here’s a cool website I came across…  It has a lot of FREE resources on Autism and therapy ideas…  There are links to products and visuals that have already been made too.   There’s a cool visual on Continue reading “Free Autism Resources for Therapy”

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Rewordify = Amazing teacher resource

So I was introduced to this website called Rewordify…. You can access it HERE.

So here’s the deal. This website lets you copy and paste text right into it, either from your computer or from a website. Once you copy/paste into the website, it will “rewordify” your text, turning it into any reading level you want. It’s amazing! You can have the settings set so that it will pick up the most challenging vocabulary and insert a less challenging synonym. That way, the context of the article doesn’t change, but students can modify it to their own level. When you hover over the changed vocabulary word, it will show you the original word.

Then, once you have rewordified the text, you can make the original vocabulary words and changed words into vocabulary flashcards. Kids can then still be held responsible for learning the vocabulary, but are able to read the text with more independence and fluency.

This site gets cooler. It has traditional, popular novels already inventoried on the site. You just pick a book that’s already loaded (ex. grapes of Wrath), rewordify it, and read each chapter according to the students reading level.

Talk about instant classroom differentiation!

Check it out and let’s me know what you think!

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Books about Disabilities

Cool resource!  Just found it online.  Find it HERE.

Any SLPs, social workers, teachers or parents want a book that highlights a certain disability?  This is a great site— gives a ton of book ideas for kids based on the type of disability you want to discuss.  This could be great for reading at home with your kids if you want to give them some background on kids with disabilities…  Or even a great list to use for disability awareness in your classroom or therapy room.   Thoughts?!  Any good ones you’ve read lately that you’d like to add?

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Fork over the pacifier….

This is a great blog post I saw on ASHA’s blog.  Click HERE to check it out. Talks about how babies and toddlers who use pacifiers, bottles and sippy cups for too long can impact speech and swallowing.   I thought it gave a lot of Continue reading “Fork over the pacifier….”