Thanksgiving Social Skills

Looking for a way to work on social skills and pragmatic language with your students? This packet would be a fantastic way to work on this with all elementary students! This would also work as a great push-in therapy tool … Continue reading

Be the Energy You Want to Attract

I try to make this my mantra each day… Love others the way you want to be treated AND the way everyone deserves to be treated! Life is too short to be anything but thankful. Blessed. Energetic. It’s just too short, folks! Spread positivity whenever you can. And it’s always worth going the extra mile for people in your life…. it fills your soul. So get out there and BE the energy you want to attract.

Teaching kids to ask and answer questions…

Questions can be so hard to teach. How to ask them. How to answer them. How to differentiate them from statements. I decided I needed to create a product that would help! This is a Mega Bundle of different activities all in one! There are 80+ pages of ways to teach questions to your students! Almost all activities come in both black/white and color! There’s even a set of “WH” question posters included! (You can get the WH question posters by themselves HERE...).

So jump in now, grab this WH Question bundle, and start improving your student’s receptive and expressive language skills now! Give me feedback on how these activities work for YOU!

Have a great week!

Love, Speechie Kate

Handout Freebie!

I created this quick handout for SLPs, special education teams, teachers, parents, etc! It has two pages depending on which one you want to use, and it’s FREE! Feel free to laminate this sucker and place in your office… have handouts on parent education nights, etc. I hope you guys can use it! It’s in my TPT Store now for FREE! 🙂

Let me know how YOU guys are able to use it, and shoot me any suggestions to improve it! Thanks, ya’ll!

Love, Speechie Kate

Fall is my FAVORITE!

Ok. So I really love fall. I love everything about it. The leaves changing colors… cute boots…big blanket scarves… and even the adorable fall graphics I found to make my newest TPT product! I created this Fall Describing Packet that … Continue reading

Halloween Social Skills

Hey, ya’ll! This is a great new product I made for working on Halloween social skills! It includes “expected” versus “unexpected” behavior, conversational topic starters, and problem solving cards! It’s great to use as a print-and-go or cut them out and laminate to use in groups! Check it out at my TPT Store!

PUSH-IN Therapy… Why it’s so Crucial

Looking to find a handout for teachers, parents or administrators on WHY you use push-in therapy? What are ALL the things you do in a classroom’s lesson while you’re just observing. This is an excellent way to explain to parents, also, on why you’re adding push-in therapy minutes onto an IEP. These minutes are so beneficial and truly give you the “big picture” for your students. Push-in therapy is more than just observing. Use this resource to advocate and educate! Check it out at my TPT store!

Grab this resource HERE at my TPT Store!

Top 10 Tips for a Productive IEP Meeting!

Parents of children with disabilities don’t usually consider themselves to be superheroes… but they truly are. Here are some tips for PARENTS when coming to your child’s IEP meeting!

Here are your Top 10 Tips!

1. Share concerns. Your child’s team will want to know what your concerns are for your child and for how their needs are being met at school! We appreciate your input.

2. Generate a list of questions beforehand so you don’t forget in the meeting! Jot them down on paper or in your phone so you have them handy.

3. Bring a file of important documents. Keep them together so it’s ready if you need it! Use a file folder or even a binder to keep yourself organized.

4. When you’re not agreeing with the team’s recommendation, acknowledge everyone’s good reasons and intentions. State WHY you are suggesting the change for your child’s plan, but also be reasonable in remembering the often limited resources in the public schools. Do we want to give every child a 1:1 support system? Yes. Do we have the room in our schedules, additional personnel, and financial means to do so? Nope. We want to do the best we can with the resources we are given! All of our students deserve the best.

5. Ask questions if something is unclear. We know there is so much information and it can be overwhelming. We may use certain acronyms, labels and terms everyday—if they’re not familiar to you though, you need to ask! Be assertive in the dialogue surrounding your child’s plan.

6. Remember that you are speaking for your child. Keep in mind what is best for them, and advocate for changes as needed. We love having your child here at school, but no one knows them like you do!

7. Remember that we’re on your side! Sometimes it’s disheartening and frustrating to get negative information about your child’s academic progress, behavior, set backs, etc. We are all here with the common goal of supporting your child as best as we can. Work as a team!

8. Inform the case manager if you are bringing others to the IEP meeting. It helps us to prepare physically (copies, number of chairs, etc). Help us to be prepared!

9. Let us know if you can’t make it! We want to see you. Reschedule or do a phone conference if that works better! Having parents not show up for a meeting about their child is so disheartening. We see your child at school all week, but in order to work as a team, we need you to be informed on all of their progress!

10. Thankfulness. Remember that we are doing our best each and every day not only with YOUR child that has additional needs, but with MANY children with special needs. We are so thankful for what you are doing at home with your children, as well. If we work together, the results will truly show.

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  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!


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!

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!