PLEASE READ! MY BLOG HAS MOVED!

Hello wonderful new followers!

Lately, I’ve seen an influx of new followers and readers here so I thought I’d send out another reminder that I’ve moved my blog to a new site. Right now is a perfect time to go check out the new site as I’m hosting 2 big product giveaways that end this weekend! My new site is speechymusings.com and I would love your presence over there!

Thank you and stay awesome.

Shannon

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Teachers Pay Teachers vs Teachers Notebook

I spent much of this past weekend uploading all of my products into my new Teachers Notebook store! So for those of you Teachers Notebook-ers, you can find my new store here. It is filled with the same speechy materials as my Teachers Pay Teachers store, in case Teacher’s Notebook is more convenient for you!

TpT vs TN

So what exactly is the difference between Teachers Notebook and Teachers Pay Teachers you might ask??

Really… not much. But below are the basics from what I can tell so far:

Teachers Pay Teachers
More traffic
The paying structure for sellers is a bit different (get paid in quarters, there is a premium and a basic account, etc…)
Personal opinion, but I think it’s visually less appealing

Teachers Notebook
Less traffic
Less sellers
Has a great Pinterest account (your items get automatically added to the proper boards which is awesome!!)
Really great layout
After paying a one-time membership, .30 is taken off every order plus taxes
Has a ‘Speech Therapy’ label!! (really easy to search for speech therapy stores/products)
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So why don’t you hear about the wonderful Teachers Notebook more? Honestly, probably because most of us bloggers are already very overwhelmed with the options available to us! For example, if I make a new material, I make a blog post about it, share the post on Twitter and Facebook, make a pin about it on Pinterest, upload the product to Teachers Pay Teachers and then Teachers Notebook. Many bloggers and TpT creators don’t want another additional step! But regardless, I think you should investigate Teachers Notebook. At the very least, the search feature might pop up some new results and materials you can add to your speech room!
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The most important commonality between the two is that by using TpT or TN, you are supporting real people who dedicate much of their time to create great materials instead of buying from a big box company! Every time I search on either website, I am amazed at the amount of high quality and affordable materials!

Compare my stores and see which you like better: Teachers Pay Teachers or Teachers Notebook.

Enjoy, and happy shopping 🙂

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You know you are in SLP graduate school when…

SLP Graduate School

Lately, I’ve been thinking about the funny things my friends and I do now that we are in the thick of graduate school. Our lives have become one twirled & tangled speech language oral mechanism hearing swallowing neuroanatomy mess. So really, take a break from all that stress and insanity and laugh over how strange you are!

You know you are in SLP graduate school when…

*You text your friends in IPA

*You assess every child you see out in public (or do this)

*Eating healthy isn’t even an option. Can Starbucks be a meal replacement?! Oops.

*You realize how little you know

*SOAP is now all capitalized, doesn’t have anything to do with cleaning, and kind of makes you cringe

*The first place you go at Goodwill is the games, books, and toys section

*You get a break and all you do is watch reruns on Netflix

*You are torn between loving your classmates and wanting to be back home

*You’ve seriously considered taking (or are taking) some sort of ADHD medication or anti-anxiety medication

*You get zero male interaction. Okay, well maybe the delivery man or an older male client.

*The more you learn about different disorders, the more you think you might have one.

*Dollar bins are THE BEST.

*You think this is funny

*If you go to a different school than your undergrad, you have ZERO school spirit.

*You spend half of your measly graduate assistant income on lamination and velcro

*You could have an entire conversation with your classmates using abbreviations

*You test if your outfits are clinic appropriate by kung fu fighting and rolling on the floor

*You collect children’s books and board games

*You feel constant pressure to pursue a PhD and do a thesis

Isn’t being in SLP graduate school fun?! Did I miss anything?! Let me know!

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Articulation Deck of Cards for S & Z

The materials I always love most (and use the most) are the ones that are versatile and can be used all year round.

S & Z Articulation

This 10 page packet can be used like any deck of cards. On each card these is a picture and a word containing either S or Z in initial, medial, or final position.

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Play any card game. I love playing War with these cards!

To Play:

Deal out all the cards, so that each player has 26 (or less if you’re playing with more players). Players do not look at their cards, but keep them in a pile face down. The object of the game is to win all the cards (or have the most when time runs out).

Both players turn their top card face up and put them on the table. Whoever turned the higher card takes both cards and reads both words aloud. Then, they add them (face down) to the bottom of their pile. Then both players turn up their next card and so on.

If the turned up cards are equal there is a war. The tied cards stay on the table and both players play the next card of their pile face down and then another card face-up. Whoever has the higher of the new face-up cards wins the war and adds all six cards face-down to the bottom of their pile (reading all six words on the cards).

If this sounds like something that you could use in your speech room, you can find them in my TpT Store here. Stay posted for other sounds!

Make A Silly Story!

This packet targets narratives, sequencing, story elements, and categories! All in one! 🙂 It prompts the student to tell or write a creative story after picking a person, place and a thing to involve in the story!

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To Play:
Decide who goes first. Have that student flip over one card at a time (orange, then blue, then purple). When all three are flipped over and put on the mat, they should create a creative story incorporating all three elements. If they do that correctly, they return their cards to the bottom of the deck and earn a point.
If they get an foil card, their turn is over. They should return the cards to the bottom of the deck.

Other Ways to Play
–You can use this to target categories! Have the child sort through the cards and find the ones that go together. For example, the cowboy would go with the boots, sheriff badge, cactus, etc…
–Have the child look through the cards and choose any three to write/tell a creative story about. No game needed!
–Pull three cards and have the child say if those items go together or do not go together. Have them explain why or why not! They could list items that could be used instead if they do not go together.
–There are included worksheets for describing the main idea of your story, the problem, the solution, and sequencing the events of your story!

Included:
-8 people cards
-8 place cards
-24 thing cards
-1 page of foil cards
-1 page of pick anything cards
-4 pages of worksheets

See sample pictures below:

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If this looks like a packet you could use in your speech room, head on over to my TpT Store here.

Also, just an FYI, there is a great iPad mini giveaway going on at Smart Apps for Kids. You should all go on over TODAY and enter to win a free iPad mini!

http://www.smartappsforkids.com/2013/01/celebrate-our-second-birthday.html#more

Thank you!

Cash Cab Expressive Language!

Yay for new materials! I love Cash Cab so much. A while ago I used to work for a daycare and we took field trips every day! That meant bussing around 14 kids in my big, white van each afternoon.

A month into the summer, I began playing Cash Cab with my kids in the van. I’d prepare a huge list of questions and pretend I was Ben, the driver, from Cash Cab. They all got really into it and it decreased the backseat naughtiness substantially!

So now I’ve created an expressive language packet with a Cash Cab theme! You can find it here.

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This is a fun packet targeting a variety of expressive language skills! It is a whopping 95 pages long and contains over 400 game cards targeting:

Naming Items Within A Category (Red Light Challenge! Cards)
Naming Function
Describing A Word
Word Finding
Comparing and Contrasting Two Words
Creating WH Questions
Describing A Process (How Questions)
Multiple Meaning Words

The packet also includes:
One Group Game Board
Individual Game Strips
Cash Cab Money Earning Score Sheets
Foil Cards
Shout Out! Cards
Describing Things Visual
Game instructions for three ways to play
1 Set of Blank Cards

This game allows for a variety of ways to play! You can play with all of the skill decks, or only use some!

See sample pictures below:

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If you need more materials targeting some of those skills, check the packet out in my TpT Store here.

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Say It! Trains for Apraxia

I am so excited for this packet! It took a LONG time but in the end, I love how it turned out and I cannot wait to use it.

Say It! Trains Apraxia

This 41-page packet is intended for use with students with apraxia. But, it can also be used for those with severe articulation deficits or those with phonological awareness goals.

The consonant sounds /b, m, p, t, d, h, n, w, s, k, g, y, z/ are included. In addition, a wide variety of vowels are targeted as well!

For each of the sounds above (including vowels) there is a card included. These cards can be used to help your students isolate each sound in a word and cue themselves. For example, on the ‘B’ card there is a picture of a ball. On the bottom of the card it says, “Buh, buh, buh like the sound of a ball bouncing” to help you think of great ways for your students to remember the sound! (see the example page below)

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Two games/activities are included. The first has the student build a word using sounds. See a page of words in the picture below. Words were chosen to reflect a wide variety of vowels sound with all of the consonants listed above! There are 207 word cards included!

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You can also build the word yourself and have the student focus on the articulation of each sound.

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The second game targets nonsense CV syllables.

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Reinforcement cards and mats are included as well.

Visual cue cards are included. These help students that benefit from placement cues. One is left blank so you can customize it with your own cues if desired!

Visual Cues

 

If that looks like a product that might help you in your speech room, check it out in my TpT Store here.

Thank you!

Chain Letter Link Up

I was fortunate enough to get interviewed by [simply speech] for the chain letter link up! You can read that post here.

Afterwards, I got into contact with Lauren from Busy Bee Speech and Felice from The Dabbling Speechie. You can read their responses below:

BUSY BEE SPEECH

1. Your name, email, and TpT store if you have one. If not, feel free to leave me your blog link.
Name: Lauren LaCour
 
2. When and why did you start blogging?
I started blogging around the beginning of October.  Honestly, the main reason I started blogging was to distract me from some personal situations I had going on in my life.  I was also creating materials for myself and thought, why not share?!  It’s so great connecting with other SLPs and getting new ideas.  Y’all definitely push me to be a better therapist!  🙂
 
3. What is your favorite population to work with?
I love working with my preschoolers.  It’s amazing watching that language light bulb click on in their little brains, and it’s so cute how excited they get when they finally say that word correctly.  They are usually ready and eager to try new things and play whatever new game I have for them.  These kids have my heart.  🙂
 
4. How much time per week do you spend blogging and/or creating materials?
On a typical week I probably spend about 15 or more hours on blogging and creating materials.  I like to take my time and really think through the materials I make.  I even research a lot when needed.  If someone else is going to buy or use a product from me, I want it to be worth it and useful in therapy.  
 
5. What’s your favorite topic to create materials for?
My favorite topics to make materials are probably preschool and fluency.  It’s pretty easy to find cute clipart for preschool.    It gets a little more difficult finding motivating pictures for older kids (that aren’t just from google images).  Fluency is another one of my favorite populations to work with and make materials for.  I like researching effective techniques and activities that I can make into fun games for my stutterers. Plus, there isn’t that many materials out there for these kiddos.
 
6. What’s the best thing about blogging?
One of the best things about blogging for me is hearing how much your kids like some of my activities or ideas!  It’s so cool thinking about something I’ve created being used in another part of the country or even another part of the world.  The network of SLPs out there is so positive and encouraging.  It makes me want to keep at it!  
 
7. Do you have any blogging tips?
Blog for the right reasons and have fun with it!  As much as I love all of the feedback and Facebook “likes” and sweet comments (you have no idea how much it means!), I don’t do this for you.  I do this for your kids.  If even one of my materials or ideas helps a student out there to be a better communicator, then I’ve succeeded.  If an activity of mine motivates a student to learn or try harder, I’ve done my job.  I don’t want to fuss over my number of pageviews or always beg for likes on my Facebook page (and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with doing that!).  I just don’t want that to be what I’m about.  So, no need to constantly babysit your blog.  Just have fun!  🙂 
 
8. Add a question and answer of your choice (can be speech related or not).
What are some of your other hobbies?  Apart from blogging and making materials, I love reading and crafting.  Big, fat novels are my favorite, although I don’t get to read as much as I’d like to.  Theology books are a must for me too.  I also make wreaths and other crafts all the time.  If I’m not on my laptop blogging, you can find me with a book or glue gun in hand.  
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THE DABBLING SPEECHIE
1. Your name, email, and TpT store if you have one. If not, feel free to
leave me your blog link.

Felice Clark.  thedabblingspeechie@gmail.com.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Thedabblingspeechie

2. When and why did you start blogging?

I started blogging at the beginning of October. It has been a
little over a year since I lost my Dad and about 6 months since I lost
my Uncle.  I was contemplating the idea of starting a blog about
speech therapy, but could never get things moving.  At my Uncle’s
memorial service, a quote was shared by Mark Twain that my Uncle
loved.  “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the
things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the
bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in
your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”  That stuck with me, so I
decided to explore, dream and discover what the blogging world would
bring me.

3. What is your favorite population to work with?

I love working with students on the autism spectrum
especially students with PPD and asperger’s.  I loved my junior high
and high school students and helping them navigate the complex social
scenarios they encounter everyday.

4. How much time per week do you spend blogging and/or creating materials?

It ranges from week to week, but on average 4-5 hours.  I
try to spend 20 minutes a day at work or use my prep time on
Wednesdays to create materials.

5.  What’s your favorite topic to create materials for?

I have fun creating games that can go with any speech or
language target.  I love creating materials for social skills and
teaching language comprehension.

6.  What’s the best thing about blogging?

It has been an awesome experience to meet and chat with
other bloggers via email.  I would never have been connected with
other speechies from around the country had I not started blogging.
Starting this blog has helped me to keep therapy fun and discover more
creative therapy ideas to use and share with all my colleagues.

7.Do you have any blogging tips?
Come up with a theme and name before you begin.  Make sure
you are ready to invest extra time to keep up the blog.  Having a
notebook to jot down blog post ideas is also helpful.  Also, pace
yourself and set goals to help you not get overwhelmed with keeping up
with your site.

8.  What got you into speech therapy?
I had a friend who’s mom was a speech therapist.  I
interviewed her as part of a science assignment and that got me
curious about the field.  I decided to major in speech therapy not
really knowing what I wanted to do, but thought this field of work
sounded cool.  Once I started the program, I loved it and continued
forward!  Looking back, it was evident that God had my back and knew
what he wanted me to pursue for a career before even I did.

Definitely go on over to both of their blogs and read, read, read! I spent some time reading them and they are both really amazing bloggers!

Thanks for reading!

How did I get here?!

Many people often ask how and why I chose speech-language pathology as my career. I am so passionate about this field, but I will admit that a bit of luck went into ending up in such an amazing career path.

I began as an Elementary Education major, but after a volunteer experience with people with disabilities, I immediately switched to Special Education. After realizing classroom management wasn’t a strength of mine, I ended up switching to Communicative Disorders. It turned about to be an amazing decision. I still would love to end up working primarily with children with multiple or severe disabilities, but I love the flexibility that Speech-Language Pathology gives me!