Interactive Book Attachments


I’ve been trying to put a greater emphasis on using book in my therapy sessions. You can target SO much with them and they are a totally age appropriate skill for many of my kiddos. BUT, book companion packs (while great) are seriously way too much work and I felt like I couldn’t prep the book companion packets fast enough!

I also realized that while books are great for our kiddos, much of the time my kiddos just couldn’t attend for long enough to finish the book. And even sometimes when it looked like they were attending, they didn’t retain much of the information from the book. I tried so many things, and then VOILA, I came up with the idea to make a book attachment for one of my kiddos who benefited from sentence strips. IT.WORKED.GREAT. So I made more and I used them with a huge variety of kiddos and most (if not every) kiddo I used it with benefitted.


These book attachments are great for giving the student a model sentence that they can use to retell stories, answer “What happened?” about a page, or describe events in a book.

Included in this bundle is 1 book attachment for the following books:

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
The Mitten
The Hat
Ten Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
Five Little Piggies
Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods That Make My Day
Old Bear
Where’s My Mom?
Room on the Broom
If You Give a Pig a Pancake
There Was an Old Monster
Mud Puddle
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves!
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly!
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books!
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat!
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell!
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow!
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose!
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover!
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick!
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell!

That’s TWENTY THREE BOOKS! At full price it only costs $0.50 a book for a major upgrade!


Set-up is easy which is what makes this product SO awesome! Last week, I assembled FIVE attachments (including laminating, cutting, etc…) in 30 minutes.

All you do is print, laminate, and Velcro the first page:


And cut/laminate/cut/Velcro the strips to go along the side:


Another great thing is that even when disassembled and on a book shelf or in a box, they really don’t take up much more room than the original book.

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Check out some more pictures below to see what they look like when assembled:

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Also, for those of you who keep your book activities in Ziploc baggies, THEY FIT. Just trim the sides of the paper a bit before or after laminating:

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From this packet, you can easily target story retelling, language expansion, pronouns, verbs, emotions, sequencing, vocabulary, and other language concepts without the use of flashcards or any drill! LOVE!

To purchase this super awesome growing bundle, click here to see it in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. You can also read the amazing feedback left on the product so far in case you aren’t convinced!

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Our Speech Room Staples Linky Party


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!

What is this EET I keep hearing about?

Do you feel like everywhere you turn you are hearing about the EET? I feel that same way, and I’m here to tell you what I’ve learned about the EET, or Expanding Expression Tool, in the past couple months. I love it, and I think you will too!

According to the Expanding Expression Tool (EET) website, “The Expanding Expression Tool provides students with a hands-on approach to describing and defining. As a mnemonic device, it provides visual and tactile information which facilitates improved language organization. The kit itself is designed to allow you to follow a hierarchical approach taking student’s expression from words to paragraphs to reports. Therefore, it can be used by a variety of ages.

The kit consists of the Expanding Expression Tool, a manual, stickers for written expression, object cards for describing activities and a poster.

The Expanding Expression Tool is color symbol coded. Students learn the code and from this code are able to provide detailed descriptions including the following elements: the category the item belongs to, the function of the object, the appearance, what the item is made of, the parts of the item, and it’s location.

This tool has been classroom tested in both regular and special education classes.”

I love it because it gives my kiddos a framework to describe and define items or words. If you’re tired of saying things like “Let’s think of other ways we can describe that.” or “Hmm… I’m not sure what you’re telling me about. Where did you see it?” then YOU NEED THIS TOOL.

Curious about the research behind it? Click here to see pretest/posttest results and learn about the research supporting the use of the EET.

Personally, I can attest that not only do my kiddos enjoy using the EET (we like to call it “the caterpillar”), but it has really helped organize their language when describing things. It’s multisensory, which I think is what makes it so successful.

Now that you know the basics of what it is… how about I show you around what comes with a kit when you buy it?

First, the kit comes in a handy little box that just happens to fit perfectly in my therapy bag that I carry around with me at all times. It even has space to throw it worksheet/activities that I use consistently with the EET (more on this later).

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When you open it, it looks like this:

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Included is a large EET strand (the basis of the program), stickers, foam dice, a visual stand-up board, cards, and a book containing worksheets and information about the program. I’ll go through each below:

First, is the book which explains how to use the Expanding Expression Tool AND provides tons of worksheets. The one thing I wish about the EET is that this book came with a CD to print the worksheets.

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Next, is the EET strand. You will probably use this the most of anything else in the box. My younger kiddos call it “the caterpillar”. Each bead slides up and down the string:

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Another way to make the EET fun and interactive is to use the included dice. For some reason, dice really get my kiddos excited:

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There is an entire deck of cards included, with simple pictures you can describe AND cards that outline how to use the EET for higher level skills like summarizing:

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Last, there is a handy stand up poster:

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This is what my box looks like:

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I like keeping extra worksheets and visuals inside so everything EET related is in one place since I don’t see kids in one room or office:

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The worksheet shown on the right above is part of a packet I made that works super well with the EET (or without it). Click here if you’re interested!

And below is a picture of EVERYTHING:

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Below is an example of the EET in use. I like to use my worksheets, the visual poster, a card, and the EET all at the same time. So much multimodality support going on here!

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When you go to order the EET, you will be given the option to add on several items that increase engagement with the idea and open the door to tons of fun and interactive treatment ideas. One of the fun add-on options is the EET Steppers. My puppy likes them too :)

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They are also great as puppy pillows apparently:

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So how do you use it?

Basically, for the younger kiddos, you find a simple object to describe. Each bead on the strand helps your kiddos remember various ways to describe objects. To teach the EET, I like to start one bead at a time. After your kiddos know each bead, they can simply slide each bead over as they describe the item in that way. For example, the top green bead reminds your kiddos to describe the group (green=group) and the next blue bead reminds them to describe what the object does (blue=do). It’s fairly easy to teach and I love that the large strand can eventually be faded to a visual using the included stickers that can be easily kept on a student’s desk.

Does it work?

YES. After teaching each bead, my students need substantially less support to describe items and are now able to describe them much more completely. If you don’t believe me, ask ANYBODY who has an EET and I’m sure you will hear the same thing, this thing works!

How do I get one?

I hope by now you are convinced to buy an EET. Because it is copyrighted, please purchase the kit and do not attempt to make your own. CLICK HERE to check out the website. There are very compelling videos and an online ordering form. From the site, you will be able to add on extras such as the

 Note: I was provided with an Expanding Expression Tool to write this review. The thoughts expressed are mine. No other compensation was provided.

Social Skills Calendar

This school year, I’ll be running a social skills group at my work! I wanted a basic outline of topics to hopefully target each week. I decided that most of the time, things are too difficult to target in just one week so I made this handy dandy calendar of which topics I’ll target when. I will target each topic for 2 weeks and move on, but obviously most of the topics are connected.


I began the year with topics I know I’ll want my students to be familiar with right away. For example, if my kiddos aren’t using whole body listening, very little will get done the rest of the year!

 I hope to tie in themes/holidays as appropriate to target skills as well. For example, I put “Giving Compliments” over Valentine’s Day so it could easily be incorporated into therapy!

Note: Many of the topics are based on Maria Garcia Winner’s vocabulary and her Social Thinking Model. For more information on this, visit!

Hope this has been helpful!

The best visual schedule/motivator ever.

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The title says it all! I am so excited to share this idea with you all!

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This idea began when I began working with a very hard to motivate student. She was very smart, but wasn’t really interested in stickers or other rewards I  use for the other students. Additionally, her classroom teacher had concerns about her task completion skills. If the teacher didn’t tell her each step of a process, or what to do next, the student would sit there or get into things!

 I needed some sort of motivational visual schedule! Below is what I came up with, and I can tell you it was a HUGE hit. She loves using “her boxes”!

First, I purchased/printed all of the materials in the picture below. I used Boardmaker and made the icons 1 inch. To make the reward strips, I put 3 empty boxes and then a fourth with a ribbon in it, indicating they had earned a reward.

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You can see some of the icons I printed in the picture below. I cut them out as I need them. Many are classroom related for carryover.

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I put a soft piece of Velcro on each box of a pill box, and the reward strip. Then, I put rough Velcro on the icons and the fake money (I used only the nickels).

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Next, I put the icons on the pill box like a visual schedule.

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Inside each compartment was a fake nickel with Velcro on the back. I told my students that they needed to finish each task and fill up their reward strip to earn painting time at the end of the session! They were excited to get to work.

After each activity, the student opens the pill box, puts the nickel on their reward strip, and puts the icon (e.g. writing) in the pill box to indicate the activity is all done.

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This continued until the reward strip was full.

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This activity can be modified in SO many ways, which is why it is great!

1) You can make the reward strip longer and use a bigger/longer pill box (see some of the longer strips/bigger pill box in the picture of all the supplies).

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2) You can fill the boxes with other things. I plan on putting pom poms in the boxes and having my students each pom poms to glue on do a dot pages. You can also put small items like stickers and beads in there as well. One thing I hope to do in the future is put a bead in each compartment for classroom use. Then the student can keep a string in the classroom and see how many beads they can earn each day.

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3) You can put the icon of what the student is earning over the ribbon!

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 4) Or you can put the reward activity in the last pill box so it’s a surprise to the student when they finish their work!

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Really, the possibilities of this visual schedule/motivator are endless! And how cute are these owl pill boxes?! :) I actually purchased extras of these boxes after realizing how great they function as storage for my millions of icons flying all over the place.

The picture below shows how I store all of the money/icons in the pill box:

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Easy right?

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What is great about this tool is that it can easily be implemented in the classroom. Did you notice how many of the icons I printed are classroom subjects? This is because this tool now functions as a way for students to increase their task completion and to be more independent. And the students love the reward aspect of it!

 I purchased these pill boxes at Walgreens. Not sure if everybody has access to a Walgreens, but the link to see the product is below:

Walgreens 3 Day Pill Cases

It looks like you can’t order them online. If you’d rather order online, the pill box below on Amazon looks very similar! I also like how it says 1, 2, and 3 on each box.

Hope this helps motivate some of your students. Thanks for reading!

Teaching WH Questions

So many kiddos have WH question goals… in some form or another. The ability to answer WH questions is important, in all settings: school, home, in conversation, etc…

I knew this, but I always wondered how to teach WH questions without feeling like I was testing the kiddo. I didn’t want to repeat the question over and over, emphasizing the first word anymore. I didn’t want to point to my WH questions poster that they had seen 100 times but hadn’t fully understood. I wanted to give them an activity where they could succeed, and reflect back on later as the questions got more difficult.


So what’s an SLP blogger to do? Make something! I made a WH Questions Interactive Book. This book is AMAZING for actually teaching the concept of WH questions. Almost every single kiddo I’ve used this with has been able to be successful with it almost immediately. Below are some ideas for teaching WH questions. Have fun!

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I follow the steps in my WH Questions Interactive Book. Below are more pictures of the book. Basically, you can use the first couple pages to sort/teach the basics.

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Then, have your students find three icons for each page: one that describes the who, one for where, and one for what. The book contains eight scenes, 8 people, and 8 items. Each picture is simple so you can use this to teach a variety of levels!

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I also included icons for each type of WH question, and example questions for how, when, and when for each scene.

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 I work at this level for quite a while with each student. I really want them to understand all of this!! Before moving on, I like my students to be able to independently fill in the boxes for each page, AND be able to answer my WH questions about each page when I mix up the order of the questions asked.  For example, I might turn to a page and ask “where” first once, and then “who” first the next time. I usually point to the icon on the bottom of the page when I ask the questions.

After they are able to do this, I use the following worksheets which are also included in the book:

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These are also great for mixing it up, to ensure your students really understand what is being asked.

After these interactive materials, I move to more typical WH Question activities. You can find these all over Teachers Pay Teachers depending on what you’re looking for.

I LOVE the visuals I found at Speaking of Speech. I glued them on the back of paint chip cards and they fit perfectly. An easy way to have your students reference visuals! Check it out!

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The last way I love to teach WH questions is to use Story Cubes.

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I absolutely love the freebie worksheets from Sublime Speech. Click here to check them out! I would recommend having your students plan the who, where, what, why, how, and when for their stories, and then use the one from Sublime Speech to write the story! I may or may not be working on a Story Cubes freebie myself so stay tuned!

What creative ideas do you have for teaching WH questions? I’d love to hear!

Click here to see my WH Questions Interactive Book in my Teachers Pay Teachers store!

Interactive Visuals for Guessing Games, Describing, and Inferencing

How many of you use Hedbanz or Jeepers Peepers in therapy? They are both amazing games but can sometimes be challenging for some of my language/ASD kiddos! I feel like I spend so much time prompting and prompting and prompting. I knew there had to be an easier way, but I had trouble finding an appropriate visual for them online. So I made my own! If you feel the same way, or want your students to be more independent when playing this game, this product is for you!


What I wanted out of a visual was something interactive. Something my kids could use themselves, even the nonreaders. Click here to check it out in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

This product contains:
-1 category page
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-12 subcategory pages (similar to the one shown below)
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-Yes/no page (for sorting and storing icons)
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Note: When I say “page” above, I am referring to two pages, that once assembled combine into one. One page is the storage/question strip page and the other contains the symbols.

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To Use: Begin with the first categories page and the yes/no page. Prompt the student to pick a category icon and move it to the sentence strip at the top of the page. Have the student read the question out loud.

If the question is answered with “yes” move the card to the Yes side of the page and vis versa. This page will help those students who have difficulty remembering or putting together information they have gained from previous questions. After the student knows the category of their card, give them a subcategory page. For example, when they know it is an animal, give them the page that says “It is an animal” on the top. This second page will help them uncover more details about their animal.

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To work on describing, pick an icon and have the child find the category and then describe it using the icons on the subcategory page. I have them do this using the yes/no page again, describing what something is and isn’t.

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For inference, the SLP can fill the yes/no page and have the child guess what object they are thinking of! Provide picture options as needed. I like to lay out three cards from Hedbanz and fill the yes/no page. Then, the student can choose the appropriate card and explain why they picked it.

This game is perfect for students who use AAC, who have difficulty formulating questions or recalling information, who have ASD, our language kiddos and other students that you are trying to fade off of prompts during these fun guessing games!
Curious how it works? Download the preview and get the first 2 pages (for asking about the category) FOR FREE!

This game does require assembly, lamination, and Velcro. Or, you can use page protectors and dry erase markers to circle/cross off choices.

Speechy Musings does not own the right to Hedbanz, Jeepers Peepers, or 20 Questions and is in no way sponsored by these companies.


Make Your Own Story Visuals for ANY Book!

I love materials that are adaptable to a variety of levels and easy to make, and this one is both of those things!


In fact, this is SO easy to make that I’ll tell you how to make it AND use it in this post!

(1) The first step is to make a background using any visuals you would like. I made two: one with racing visuals, and one with just words. (ignore the Velcro on the second word one when you get to the Velcro part later on!!)

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 (2) Write a basic beginning, middle, and end for the story in boxes as shown below:


3) To make the small pictures as shown in the picture above, all I did was copy the pages of the book at 50% reduced size and cut off everything put the primary image on the page. You might need to do a bit of trial and error with that percentage depending on the size of the page/picture of the book you’re using, but 50% worked well for me.

4) Laminate everything!! Cut out the text summary and the pictures, but leave the background visual (the racecar or words visual). By keeping the background one piece, you make it much easier to store and keep together!

5) Velcro, velcro, velcro! You can see some of my Velcro-ing above, but below you can see the backs of the moveable pieces as well. Velcro-ing like this makes the activity incredibly adaptable, as I’ll show you later on!

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Overall, for the Velcro, put a small Velcro square on the exact middle of the pictures. Then on the longer sentence strips, I put two pieces as shown above. Look at the pictures in the previous parts of this post to see how I Velcro-ed the rest (except please ignore the visual I pointed out earlier!!).

Okay!! Now you’ve got the product created. Below are some ideas of how you can use it:

The picture below is how it looks all put together, and how I store it:


 One obvious way to use this is to just remove the sentence strips from the mat and have your students arrange both the picture/sentences in order to describe the beginning, middle, and end of the story.


For your students who don’t need the picture support, you can have them match just the written parts of the story with what happened in the beginning, middle, and end.

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For your students who aren’t at that reading level yet, forget the words and have them arrange the pictures from the story in order! (this is why I redid the arrangement of my Velcro!) The pictures will stick perfectly on the story macrostructure mat as well!

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Have your students match the pictures to the written text. For your non-readers, you could read the text aloud and have them find the corresponding picture:


Have your students do it all!! Mix up all of the pieces and have them match the picture to the text, and then the text/picture to the correct part of the story (i.e. beginning, middle, end).


This activity can easily be used for understanding story macrostructure, picture description, sequencing, retelling stories, narratives, and SO MUCH MORE.

Hope this has been helpful for you! I love how small this activity is, and how adaptable it can be for ANY book!

Data… Grad School Style

Jenn, from Crazy Speech World, is hosting a “Show Me The Data!” Linky. I wanted to participate, and share the way I took data throughout my first year of graduate school!

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This way worked incredibly well for me in our on campus clinic, and hopefully it helps get some of you started! Feel free to leave a comment or 2 or 3 about the way you take data. I’d love to learn more!


I posted a little bit about how I take data in my How to Survive SLP Graduate School post, but here it is again, with more detail (after going through second semester!). I’ve provided affiliate links to Amazon so you can see the exact products I use!

First, you will need to buy a binder and binder pocket inserts. And a good pen! :)

Then, find a data sheet you LOVE. My personal favorite is from Let’s Talk Speech-Language Pathology. You can see her data sheet here. I just print the second page and make billions of copies :) I’ll probably make my own eventually, but for now, this one works!

Let’s say for example you have 3 clients. Put one binder folder in a binder for each client. I like to choose a client’s favorite color or something to help keep it straight! In the folders, I put worksheets/some materials I use every week with that client. For kids, it might be a rules sheet or for adults it might be a favorite visual. Then behind the folder, I put the completed data sheets for that client. I keep blank data sheets in the very front of the binder.

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Here is an example of what it looks like. The green folder is for a young artic client I had. You can see his data from the first session. Some keys to making this easier:

1) Put the objectives in the same order each time. That what you can flip through the pages and compare performance session to session easily!

2) Calculate and write in percentages in a different color. I chose red. It’s much easier to see!

3) Make a key if necessary. We aren’t experts yet! Sometimes on the bottom of the page, I’d write in my cueing hierarchy with a code for each level so that I didn’t forget how to mark it! (see picture below)

Below is a picture of how I took data for a client with aphasia. As you can see, I wrote down many more subjective notes!


Keeping track of data is really important for all SLPs! This way has helped keep me organized, analyze long-term trends of my clients, and write those SOAP notes!

Movement Breaks for Speech Therapy

Hopefully most of you saw a previous post of mine about regulation, and having my clients find their optimal level of energy throughout our sessions together. If not, click here to catch up and read it!


Many of the clients I see have trouble maintaining a regulated state, or maintaining an appropriate energy level throughout our sessions. In order to help them eventually learn to regulate their energy levels themselves, we discuss various ways they can calm down or perk up!

According to a research article you can find here, “it is not developmentally appropriate for the kindergarten students to receive Direct Instruction for more than 8 minutes”. According to a second article you can read here, “taking a movement break will not compromise any student’s academic achievement even when the children lose instructional time”. Many other articles point to movement breaks as a great strategy for a variety of students!

Below are three of my favorite ideas, that typically take 5 minutes or less!

1) Slap Your Name
Cut 1 large circle out of construction paper for each student. Cut a slightly smaller circle in white paper and write their name on it. Hang in on a wall above the level of their head. Put 1 minute on a timer and start the countdown. Once the timer starts, the student will jump and try to slap their circle/name. If they can do it, raise the circle. If they can’t, lower the circle. The point of the game is to see how high they can get their circle. This is extra fun if you have a couple kids together in a group! They love competing to get their circles up and up! Jumping is a really great movement break because it doesn’t require a large space and uses up a lot of extra energy!

2) Speech Boot Camp
This is another fun, and easy idea! Using the materials and space you have in your room, make boot camp cards. You can use index cards! Write ‘boot camp drills’ on each card. For example, “Do 5 pushups”, “Do jumping jacks for 20 seconds”, or “Jump up and down as many times as you can in 10 seconds.” You (the SLP, teacher, etc…) can be the drill sergeant, or pick a lucky student! The drill sergeant should pick cards, and direct the group to do each action. You can put 5 minutes on a timer to see how many exercises they can do as a group in 5 minutes! The whole group needs to work together to finish each exercise! This is a great movement break because it can also be used as a following directions activity!

3) Dance Party
Have a dance party! I keep a playlist on my iPad called “PG Playlist”. Every song on it is relatively recent and ‘cool’, but are all appropriate and pre-selected by me. I’ll play one song and everybody can dance or wiggle or move as much as they can during the song! Looking for some fun music? Check out this timely blog post from Rockin’ Teacher Materials.

These ‘movement breaks’ are often called ‘brain breaks’. Check out this fantastic Pinterest board I found filled with FUN ideas for brain breaks, including some videos you can play! How easy is that?

What do you use to keep your kids focuses? Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to get some new ideas!