2nd Blogiversary Celebration Day 9

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I’ll be honest, I’m OBSESSED with the products and giveaways for today.

First up is Building Verbal Imitation in Toddlers.

I got this box in the mail and it felt a bit like Christmas!

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When you open the box, you’ll see a couple pieces of paper (including sheets to receive CEUs), a DVD, and a booklet.

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Everything is incredibly self-explanatory including the handouts:

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The booklet is FANTASTIC. After watching the videos, it is great to flip through to reference later on.

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So I flipped through the booklet, read the papers, and then put in the DVD. My first impression was that I love her dialect :)

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I don’t want to give away too much about this amazing DVD because I honestly think if you work with this population, you NEED to buy & watch it for yourself. Some of my favorite topics were:

1) How to figure out what level to start at and when to back up.

2) What to do if you’re not making progress.

3) Example activities for each level (including videos with actual kids, and not just the easy ones!)

To get a GREAT description of the set, click here. It’s better than anything I could write. What I can say is…

This DVD gave me a fresh, welcome perspective when working with early communicators who cannot yet imitate. I can say (not proudly) that after watching this DVD I am revamping the therapy I do with a few of my kiddos. I think I was working on skills that were too difficult!! Shame on me. If you work with early communicators and kiddos that cannot imitate, you NEED to check this out.

Another great thing I can say is that when I posted about this on Instagram, multiple people posted saying how Laura’s videos and conferences have changed the way they do therapy. That’s a pretty good sign that her videos are helpful.

Why is this DVD better than a textbook, reading a blog, or reading current research? Because Laura in incredibly engaging. She provides relevant examples that will leave you feeling inspired about what you can do for these (sometimes) tricky kids. Additionally, my favorite part by far was the videos of her doing real life therapy with real life kiddos. A textbook or research article can be great, but oftentimes I wish I could see the technique being done in real life. This DVD gives you just that!

Again, click here to check out the program. While you’re there, click around and see what else she has available!

Because this is a product geared towards EI, I have several TpT products geared towards the same age group!

First is this fantastic Nursery Rhymes for Early Communicators product from Super Power Speech.

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My favorite way to use it is by laminating and Velcro-ing the manipulatives and using them on my Super Duper board. The kiddos love playing with them while I sing the rhymes! Below is an example from the Itsy Bitsy Spider. Also included are books for each rhyme which I printed 6 on a page to make mini books, ready to send home!

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Check out Nursery Rhymes for Early Communicators on TpT by clicking here. There, you can see all of the amazing rhymes included!

Next is an amazing product by a blogger, recently turned EI SLP over at Sublime Speech.

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Danielle has a whole line of products using these adorable mice, Mia and Mason. This product targets the concepts same and different. I have loved printing this packet and using the pages in my dry erase packets so I can reuse the sheets over and over without using any lamination! I love easy prep packets!

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Click here to check out this packet on TpT.

Last, I’ve included a product of my own. Included in this EI bundle is my Early Communicators Data Packet.

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Click here to check it out on TpT or here to watch a video where I show each page included!

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Editable Monthly Speech and Language Newsletters

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Do any of you send out monthly newsletters to the families you work with? Well then I’m about to save you bunches and bunches of time. Click here to check them out on Teachers Pay Teachers.

For each month, I’ve included the following:

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-1 editable, filled out newsletter (edit any text/headers)
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-1 editable newsletter with just headers
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-1 newsletter with no text/headers (just editable boxes)
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-1 blank newsletters, just graphics
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-1 page of monthly vocabulary with pictures
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This packet is growing, which means if you purchase now, you will get any future update for free. As of 12/01/14, October, November, December, and January are included but updates will come fast! I love how they turned out. I tried to use minimal ink (no thick borders and such) yet I think they print great!

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Click here to check it out on Teachers Pay Teachers.

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Why I Love Teachers Pay Teachers

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Teachers Pay Teachers has changed my life. Without question. Partially because I sell on the site and the extra income fed me through graduate school. But I also buy on Teachers Pay Teachers and that is what I’m talking about today.

Us SLPs are an amazing breed of human. We strive each and every day to help our kiddos effectively communicate and navigate their worlds. This job can be a daunting one and is something we don’t take lightly. Sometimes that pressure can be overwhelming.

If I sat down and made activities for each of the kiddos on my caseload when I needed them, I would miss out on so much. And I’m one of the lucky ones. I have an extremely small caseload, supportive coworkers, and tons of materials at the clinic I work at. I am young, excited to go to work, not bored, and not stuck in a rut.

But yet, Teachers Pay Teachers has changed my life and the quality of work I do. I have more time to enjoy myself while doing better, more specific, effective therapy.

Because of Teachers Pay Teachers, I can…

Go to beer festivals.

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Drink coffee, slowly (sometimes).

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Go on weekend trips with friends. And relax.

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Go to a local, nearby brewery on Friday nights.

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Go to the dog park, take a slow walk, and breathe.

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Watch Ellen.

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And, go on vacations without a laptop.

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And most importantly, I don’t feel as though I sacrifice doing good therapy because of these things. In fact, I believe Teachers Pay Teachers has significantly increased the quality of therapy I provide.

Because of Teachers Pay Teachers, I can…

1) Send home targeted, seasonal homework that is motivating.

2) Love what I do each and every day as I don’t feel like a broken record or feel as though I have to do the same lesson plans over and over.

3) Stay up to date with current educational and speech trends and implement them on a daily basis.

4) Make communicating more fun!

5) Plan activities that provide adequate supports for the kiddos I work with. Some needs visuals, got that. Some need interactive materials, got that. Some need carryover activities, got that.

So in summary, I love Teachers Pay Teachers. It makes it possible for me to plan great activities for the week and do more of what I love. Why do you love Teachers Pay Teachers?!

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2nd Blogiversary Celebration Day 8

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Want to know one thing I’m REALLY thankful for? YOU. Yes you, reading this right now, YOU. You rock and are the reason this blog keeps going! This giveaway is all about being thankful.

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 Something I really, really love is amazing bath products. If you’re like me, you’ll LOVE this giveaway.

How cute is this little package?

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I received a lip balm, bar of soap, body wash, and body lotion.

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Everything.was.amazing! I really try to only use products like this as I have extremely sensitive skin. The lip balm was possibly my favorite but to be fair, I’m a lip balm addict. To check out Lynnburg Lane’s store on Etsy, please click here! You will love anything you buy! Or to check out a gift set like this one, click here.

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Enter “speechymusings5off” at checkout and receive $5 off when you purchase any complete gift set ($22 or more) this season!

Something else SLPs need during this season is Thanksgiving products!! Below are two of my absolute favorites:

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Book companion are an incredible way to do speech therapy. All you need to do is prep the packet, grab the book, and go! You can target almost any goal with a good book and some great materials! Two of my favorite sections in this packet are sequencing and manners.

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Click here to check out this packet in Crazy Speech World’s TpT store.

The packet I’ve used the most in the past couple weeks has been these Thanksgiving Social Scenarios.

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They were absolutely perfect for the majority of my caseload that has social goals! I love how the cards ask what your kiddos should say or do. It was a perfect opportunity to teach that sometimes you shouldn’t say something and should just do something, or vis versa. Click here to check them out on TpT.

 Want to win both of the fabulous products and a full bath set? Enter the giveaway below!

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Cyber Monday Sale – What’s in My Cart?!

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For the past couple weeks, I’ve been attempting to buy less on TpT in order to fill fill fill my cart for the big sale! It was only half successful as I have no self-control on TpT but alas, I have some amazing recommendations for YOU! Click on the image above to go back to the original linky party to see all of the posts!

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Whole Body Listening Larry at School Activities by Caitlin Kramer

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Articulation Homework Packet by For His Glory

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Old Lady Craftivity Bundle by Jenn Alcorn (Crazy Speech World)

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Itty Bitty Book for Articulation Practice by Schoolhouse Talk 

Of course, I’d LOVE for you to check out my store during this sale as well. My two most recent products are linked to the pictures below:

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Or, click here to check out my entire store! Happy shopping!

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2nd Blogiversary Celebration Day 7

Welcome to day seven: grab (a) bag day!

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I’m IN LOVE with the giveaways today!

First up is this amazing farm animal beanbag set! You can purchase it on Etsy here. Check out the whole set below:

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The front of each bean bag has an animal (or a tractor or farm) on it and the backs have a matching polka dot print as shown below:

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You can see their approximate size in the picture below:

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I had a bunch of ideas of what to do with these bean bags before I got them, but since I’ve gotten them, I’ve used them a ton and keep coming up with more and more ideas of fun things to do! Not sure what you can do with the bean bags? Click here to get some inspiration!

The best thing about these bags is that they have withstood SO MUCH abuse. I mean, these things are meant to be thrown and they have been thrown, a lot, and hard. They still look like new!!

Again, click here to check them out on Etsy. And save that link because you’ll need it for the giveaway below.

Want to see a product that pairs PERFECTLY with these bean bags? Then you have to check out this Apraxia Packet with a farm theme!

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By far, my favorite part of this packet are these foldable mini books that increase in difficulty. They are just the perfect level for so many of my kiddos!

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They are all equally as adorable and simple and great and motivating. Click here to check out the packet on TpT. There are also ones with different themes available, and a bundle!

For some reason, I do a community helper theme throughout the year as my “Oh shoot I haven’t planned let’s grab this bag of materials that I can make work for any goal/kiddo” theme. So this packet was just perfect!

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This packet is 32 pages of goodies including a great following directions section, worksheets, and my favorite: WH questions with visuals:

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I’m obsessed with visuals so I really appreciate when sellers incorporate them! It takes so much more time but I can use them with so many more kiddos then! Click here to check out this amazing packet on TpT.

Last but definitely not least is this pre-k packet. I LOVE that it is print and go!

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I couldn’t pick just one favorite page so below are two that I’ve used quite a bit:

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This packet has saved me so much time and makes it easy to target some of the most common pre-k topics including plurals, possessives, and vocabulary! Click here to see the packet on TpT and check out everything it targets!

Want to pamper your materials closet and win the bean bag set AND all three products above? Enter the giveaway below:

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2nd Blogiversary Celebration Day 6

What? Day 6 you might say?! Yes! Time flies when you’re having fun! Scroll back through some older posts to enter giveaways (that haven’t ended yet) and stay tuned the rest of the week for more fun!

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I’m kind of obsessed with all of the giveaway today so definitely click around and check them out!

First up is this incredible magnetic fishing set! Click here to check it out on Etsy.

One of my favorite things is how portable it is. Everything wraps up into this:

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You can undo the Velcro to open it up and unwrap “the pond”.

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The fish and fishing poles are kept in a zippered bag that is attached to the left side of the pond fabric.

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Look at how cute the fish are. I love that they come in a variety of colors so my little guys can describe the color of fish they catch.

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The fishing poles connect to a magnet in the “face” of the fish.

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Below is a close up of one of the fish. They are made extremely well! I’ve used it weekly for a month now and it all looks brand new. And these kids aren’t going easy ;)

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Below is the whole, beautiful set:

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Here is an example of how I use the product. I love pairing it with a sentence strip from my Interactive AAC Visuals product.

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Two of my youngest kiddos are absolutely in love with this and request it each time. I have heard more language from playing with this set than anything else I’ve done! It is a mega hit! There are so many ways to use it and I could not be happier. Check it out on Etsy here. For only $35 it is well worth it!!!

Language therapy wouldn’t be complete without some amazing TpT products. Check out two of my favorites below:

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If you haven’t used Natalie Snyder’s Progress Monitoring Tools you should probably check them out. Below is a picture of one of them that I printed out to use:

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My favorite part is that they come with a screening and super easy data sheets. I can reuse the screening pages and keep the data sheets student specific to save on ink! Click here to check this one out on TpT.

This next product has also been a major, major hit in my therapy. Like the name says, it truly contains sequencing activities for the entire year.

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As you can see in the picture below, the pages are black and white for easy printing.

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My personal favorites have been the pages where you cut the scenes out and glue them in the right order. I love sequencing materials because they can be used in so many different ways! Click here to check it out on Teachers Pay Teachers.

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Easy EET Thanksgiving Turkeys

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Looking for a super easy idea for Thanksgiving? Try making these adorable EET turkeys!!

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I used a FREE downloadable template that I found on Teachers Pay Teachers and printed directly onto the construction paper. No tracing necessary! Download the template here.

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I gave each kiddo a pile of paper strips as shown above and had them pick the feathers they needed to make an EET turkey. They even added an eyeball on one of the white feathers!

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Below are two turkeys, one for the EET and one that I made with another kiddo. Crafts are fantastic because you can target so much with them including concepts and following directions!

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How cute are they? And it took about 10 minutes to prep a few of them!

PS: I have my students glue the feathers onto the backs of the body first. Silly me (it was early on a Saturday) forgot to reverse the order. When I do it again, I’ll put the green feather to the left most side and reverse the order so it makes more sense! :)

Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy making some fantastic turkeys!

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2nd Blogiversary Celebration Day 5

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 I dig activities based on books! It not only makes therapy easier to plan, but it often gives meaning to flashcards and worksheets for many of our kiddos!

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Enter in the Peekapak. Peekapak is a monthy subscription services that delivers a book with corresponding creative activities each month! The box contains activities, crafts, and other creative things that go along with an included book.

Below are some images of the Peekapak I recieved:

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My box, book, activities, and crafts were all about shapes.

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Everything (even the needed scissors) was included which is super nice! Just grab and go! No prep work necessary.

The included activities were simple, but very appropriate and related to the topic of shapes. My box included: a tangram puzzle, a kaleidoscope spyglass, and make your own parachute drop experiment. Additionally, a book and a set of scissors were included.

Interested in the Peekapak? Click here to head on over to their website and use the code SPECIAL10 to save $10!

There are also tons of amazing resources on Teachers Pay Teachers for SLPs to use with books. Check out two fun ones below:

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1) This is a fantastic packet for the book Rainbow Fish and the Big Blue Whale! This packet is super thorough so I can’t even list everything included but some of my most used parts have been the game board, character and setting cards, and the sequencing cards. And who doesn’t love the Rainbow Fish books? Interested? Check it out on TpT here.

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2) This packet is mine so I don’t want to weirdly talk it up too much but its fun and great and this book (The Great Fuzz Frenzy) is the best. Check it out on TpT here.

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2nd Blogiversary Celebration Day 4

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Today’s “theme” is all about social skills and FOOD.

The product up for grabs is this lunch bag, which is seriously perfection.

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I have been in a Costco kick lately and typically pack the exact same lunch every day: a Naked juice, a container of soup, and chicken salad.

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This lunch bag fits all three of the items shown above perfectly. It has a small pocket on the inside that I haven’t used yet but might be nice for a napkin, a card, or to put a spoon or something in!

Need a lunch bag upgrade? Click here to check out the beautiful lunch totes from Carried Away Bags. Keep the link up if you want to enter the amazing giveaway below for your shot to win one!

A blogiversary celebration wouldn’t be complete without some reviews of amazing TpT products. Well don’t worry, I have THREE for you today!

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1) Describing Donuts: You can tell when a product is awesome when it’s prepped and used right after you get it! That was this product for sure:

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I love how it provides tons of visuals and uses some of the same parts as the EET, something many of my kiddos are already familiar with. Wanna see more? Click here to check it out on TpT.

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2) Froggy Friends

I have SO MANY social skills kiddos so I was super excited to check out this product! There are three sections including manners, social situations, and feelings. Check out some example cards from each section below:

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Thus far, I’ve just used this product on my iPad but I really want to print it soon. It’s fantastic and I know will continue to get a lot of use! Click here to check it out on TpT.

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3) Who Wants to be a Social Skills Superhero

Who doesn’t love superheros? This product combines three popular topics: TV shows, superheros, and social skills. Great, great, great. Like with the last product, I’ve primarily been using this on my iPad. I just printed it and cannot wait to laminate and assemble everything!

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To check out this product on TpT, click here.

Wanna amp up your lunch time social group? Enter the giveaway below for your chance to win!

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