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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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.

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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!

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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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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.

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2nd Blogiversary Celebration Day 3

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Who loves being an SLP?! ME ME ME. The giveaways today are all perfect for YOU.

First, is this tumbler which is SLP perfection in my opinion! Check them out:

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Click here to check them out on Etsy! They make perfect gifts and can be customized (the color + a name) if desired. Also, because Dana from 2MBowtique is fantastic, she has provided a discount code good through 12/15/14 for $2 off. Just use the code SPEECHY when you checkout. :)

Also, I have giveaways for two fantastic products for SLPs!

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First up is Common Core Task Cards for Speech & Language (K-2) from Busy Bee Speech which has been an amazing grab and go resource!

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Obviously I hadn’t prepped it yet in these pictures but imagine each desk of cards attached to binder rings so you can grab and go grade specific resources that are adorable and aligned with the CCSS. Click here to check it out on Teachers Pay Teachers.

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 Next is this invaluable resource from Allison’s Speech Peeps. I use it all the time! My current favorites are for /b/ and /p/ to work on adequate lip closure!

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I love how there are both student and teacher copies available so I can take data as my kiddos use the worksheets. The stories are pretty silly and definitely keep the attention of my kiddos. Check it out here on Teachers Pay Teachers.

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2nd Blogiversary Celebration Day Two

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Welcome to day two of my blogiversary celebration!! Have an iPad? Love using technology in the speech room? Then todays giveaways are PERFECT for you!

The first giveaway is for an amazing product that I’m so, so, so thrilled to share with you. I work with a ton of kiddos who utilize AAC to communicate. It is always hard to find appropriate cases and ways for these kids to keep their device on them at all times. Enter in Chat Bag, a solution to this problem.

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Chat Bag is a truly amazing company founded due a need for a case that their daughter could use to hold her iPad and carry it with her. Chat Bag are great because they can fit around the iPad by itself (how I have it in the pictures) or around a case to make it more shockproof/durable.

Chat Bags have an adjustable strap so it can fit a variety of sizes of people! They are made so the screen is always accessible which is important when it is your voice! It fits me just fine (and is actually awesome to carry my iPad around with) as well as several children I’ve seen it on. After much testing and use, I can say that the Chat Bag definitely holds the iPad in place! No falling out or moving around!

One of my favorite things about Chat Bags is the the variety of prints you can get them in! Finding a device that is exciting and personal to a child is super important and this is one way to do that!

Below are some pictures of the Chat Bag in use. See the front and back pictures below:

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I picked this print because I think it’s a great gender neutral one for me to use with a variety of clients. I also love polka dots!

Below is how the Chat Bag can easily be worn.

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Since I put the Chat Bag on to try it out, it hasn’t come off! I just love how easy it makes carrying the iPad around. Instead of leaving it on the floor, I hang it up with my coats!

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Overall, I would definitely recommend the Chat Bag to those of you who work with AAC kiddos, have a child who uses AAC, or anybody looking for a way to make their iPad ultra-portable. The Chat Bag is made very well and fits like a glove. It doesn’t hurt that it can add a little flair to a child’s iPad either! ;)

To learn more about Chat Bags, the story behind the company, or to see all of the fun prints, click here!

Chat Bags can be customized in several ways and also made for other AAC devices like a GoTalk!

Moving on to another topic, APPS. If you have an iPad, you absolutely need to check out the My Playhome app. It is super engaging, functional, and you can target so much with it!

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Teach Speech 365 made this fabulous packet to go with one of my all time favorite apps. The part of the packet I use the most is the following directions pages (as shown above) but there are so many other topics targeted including great pages for targeting concepts! Two great things I’ve noticed: you can take data right on the sheet and it prints great in both color and black & white. Click here to check out this product on TpT.

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Another fun way to incorporate technology is to use to to motivate your kiddos!! This packet is FANTASTIC for your articulation students who are into Facebook. Let’s be honest, it’s way more fun to practice articulation words when it looks like you are reading off of somebody’s Facebook timeline. I sent home some of these pages in my articulation notebooks and had my kiddos design their own page!

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To check out this product on TpT, click here.

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Blogiversary Celebration Day One!

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CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!!? Speechy Musings has almost been around for two.years. Um what?! That is seriously insane you guys. For those of you who’ve been with me since the beginning, I cannot thank you enough. For those of you just joining the fun, you are amazing. For everyone reading this, the next two weeks are for you. They will be filled with giveaways on giveaways, limited time freebies, products galore, and more! So stay tuned!

It is definitely getting to the time of year when it’s white white white everywhere here in Wisconsin! I always love the change in seasons and was so excited to wake up this weekend to this:

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So beautiful.

It’s only fitting that the first day of blogiversary fun is centered around all things winter!

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First up is this super fun game by Blue Orange Games. It is the Spot It! Frozen game. How many kiddos on your caseload are just obsessed with Frozen? I’d be willing to bet a large number of them. This is also the most portable game ever!

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I’ve used this game for tons of therapy objectives including comparing and contrasting, describing, story retell, and as a general reinforcer.

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For those of you unfamiliar with the Spot It! games, game play is simple! You flip over two cards and the first person to spot the one item on both cards gets to keep the cards. There are letters on these cards too so its great to sneak some letter identification in as well!

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Can you find the matches below?

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Not sure what the items are called that match in the second picture? Don’t worry! I didn’t either but Blue Orange Games thought of that and also includes a guide :)

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It’s super easy to learn and really motivating!

If that wasn’t enough fun planned for the month of December, I have been busy prepping some fantastic products including these three that I cannot wait to start using with my kiddos!

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I’ll be using this product primarily in my homework notebooks for my articulation kiddos. I really like the monthly calendars that detail activities to do each day! It is different than the other activities I typically put in their notebooks and I know my kiddos will enjoy that! Check out this product on TpT here to see all of the other things included such as a parent letter and no prep, black & white homework pages.

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Another awesome product for your articulation kiddos is Jingle Bell Speech! The included black and white sheets are my favorite – they are SO cute. There are also super cute cards for /r, s, l, k, g, f, v/, SH, CH, TH in the initial, medial, and final position. Click here to check out all of the other awesome goodies in this packet including game boards!!

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Last but not least are these fun Interactive Vocabulary Books for winter. My kiddos benefitted from the fall and Thanksgiving ones so I am super pumped to prep these!! How perfectly does the “Build a Snowman” interactive book fit with the Frozen theme? Click here to check out the product on TpT and read the awesome feedback if you’re not convinced yet!

Want to get ahead in your winter session planning? Enter the Rafflecopter below to win Spot It! Frozen and all three fabulous TpT products shown above!

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Looking for more winter activities? Check out some from my store below. Click on the images to check them out on Teachers Pay Teachers!

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Our Speech Room Staples Linky Party

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Sometimes searching on Teachers Pay Teachers can be absolutely overwhelming. It’s nice to search by top rated products or best sellers, but I know there has to be less popular products that others love and use all of the time. Those products can be so hard to find!!

Below are my favorite four products from other TpT sellers:

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1) Structured Sentence Building from Queen’s Speech: I LOVE using this product to expand sentence length and work on answering WH questions. They are also great to target basic vocabulary! My students love them, they are easy to prep, and black & white. Doesn’t get much better than that!

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2) Alphabet File Folder Songs for Basic Language by Super Power Speech: I use this product every day. There are so many songs in this product and they all target a variety of language skills. Not only that but they are engaging and my students love (and thrive on) interactive materials. I love that CC has thought of everything including file folder tab labels. I keep these all in a file folder bin and grab and go! Love, love, love these!! (and definitely check out her other file folder song products!)

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3) Tackling Apraxia: CV and CVC Early Sounds Edition by Mia McDaniel: Ugh flashcards ugh flashcards and ugh flashcards. My kiddos do not like flashcards and are not fooled by flashcards disguised with cute graphics. While flashcards can be great for their ease of use, they are not that functional and certainly not fun. This product is the best because it is motivating while maintaining a heavy emphasis on drill. AND it gets a ton of trials in each session, because my kiddos are having so much fun! Stop buying flashcards and check out this product instead!!! Pretty much every apraxic kiddo I’ve worked with has loved this product.

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4) Match It Quick by Speech Therapy with Courtney Gragg: You know a product is great when a kid comes in saying “That looks super boring and I won’t like it” and leaves saying “That game was the best!”. This product will do that. It is played the same as Spot It!, the popular game in circular metal tins but with a variety of articulation sounds targeted. It’s great for those kiddos that are doing great in highly structured environments but aren’t quite generalizing completely yet. She has them for a variety of sounds so definitely check out her store!

AND below are 2 of my products that I think you’ll use every day:

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1) WH Questions Binder: I love this product because it is interactive (with small, Velcro-ed icons) and targets WH questions in a much more functional way than flashcards (can you tell I hate flashcards?). Additionally, there is a huge teaching component to this product which makes it great for kiddos who are struggling to grasp the concept.

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2) Interactive Book Attachments Bundle: I realized that with many of my younger students, one of the biggest struggles when reading books was getting them to attend and synthesize the information. Using a book companion packet is fairly useless when the student was paying little attention to the actual book. So, I created the interactive book attachments that attach to the backs of common children’s picture books and provide a sentence strip to describe what is happening in the book. My kiddos have loved being able to find the icon that matches the page and use the sentence strip to tell me what is happening! It provides good visual support to keep your students successful and motivated!

So there you have SIX of my speech room staples. Check out the amazing blogger’s below to see even more products that you just gotta have in your speech room!