Why I Love Teachers Pay Teachers


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.


Drink coffee, slowly (sometimes).


Go on weekend trips with friends. And relax.


Go to a local, nearby brewery on Friday nights.


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

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Watch Ellen.


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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Pinterest Boards for SLPs


My favorite of favorite ways to find speech therapy ideas, materials, and activities is Pinterest. While you can come up with tons of ideas just following your speech loving friends, following these awesome Pinterest boards will make sure you’re seeing the best, newest, and most creative ideas out there! So get following, and pinning!

1) Speech-Language Therapy Blog Posts: My personal favorite Pinterest board for great speech therapy ideas!

2) SLPs on TpT: A great board to find new speech and language materials for sale on Teachers Pay Teachers.

3) Speechie Freebies: A board for FREE speech and language materials!

4) Speech and Language Collaborative: More great pins all about speech and language ideas!

The next few boards are for a variety of SLPs, regardless of the setting. Thanks to Consonantly Speaking for setting most of these up!

5) Pediatric SLP Bloggers

6) Preschool SLP Bloggers

7) Early Childhood SLP Bloggers

8) School-Age SLP Bloggers

9) Speech Therapy: Middle School and High School

10) Adult Population SLP Bloggers

While you’re over on Pinterest, I’d love you to follow me!! Just click here to check out my boards!

Any other great collaborative SLPs boards I missed? Let me know in the comments! Happy pinning!

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Speachy Feedback – October 2014

Gosh you guys and your amazing feedback! I appreciate it all and it was really tough to pick this month!



But alas, I had to pick. Calling Carly Fowler! She left this feedback on my Fall Speech & Language Packet!

“This is a fun packet with a variety of activities! I love the graphics as they are perfect for the fall. The bingo game is great for practicing descriptions. The worksheets are great as they allow students to color but also allow students to practice writing. The sentence builders is why I bought the packet though! I have previously bought some and my students enjoy making silly sentences. They learn how to add details and make more complex sentences. This packet is huge!! Thank you!”


Feel free to check out my fall packet here, or by clicking on the image below:

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Speachy Feedback: September 2014


Getting feedback just might be one of my favorite things about selling on Teachers Pay Teachers. I read EVERY SINGLE piece of feedback you leave me, I really do! Below is some feedback I received recently that just made my day:


 Calling Natalie M… you’ve won a free product from my store! Email me at speechymusings@gmail.com!

If you’re interested in checking out my All About Verbs product, click here. It’s a nice thorough packet!

Keep up the great feedback and have a fantastic week!

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Speachy Feedback: April 2014


I love reading feedback. For real. Check out this amazing feedback I got recently on my Common Core Binder for SLPs Binder:


“To be honest I was hesitant to buy this product because of the price. I read the comments and saw how much others liked it. I bought it and was not disappointed. What a great product… it has everything… and I mean EVERYTHING! I love it. I love the screening tools, data collection, and how its organized. Great product and worth the money! Thanks for sharing it on TPT!!!”          -Beth Hartmann

Beth, you made my day! Email me at speechymusings@gmail.com for a free product from my store!!

If you’re interested, check out the product here.

Thanks everyone for your feedback! Click here to see all of the Speachy Feedback posts this month to see if you’ve won!

I Can Do Apps!

I LOVE apps!! They are so perfect for grab and go sessions, or filling a couple minutes between activities. Recently, I was introduced to I Can Do Apps. These apps are all SUPER affordable, created by an SLP, and really useful!

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I was lucky enough to check out five of their apps: Following Directions, Object Identification, Guess What, Guess Who, and Guess Where. I’ll describe each briefly below, but stay tuned in future blog posts to hear even more about these great apps!

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Following Directions

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Object Identification

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This app is GREAT for use before a tool like the EET. It targets receptive vocabulary and so much more than simple object identification. You can have your students find pictures using adjectives AND verbs! Example pictures of each level are above!

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These three apps are so great I gave them their own folder on my iPad! You can have your students guess who, where, and what based on four clues. Check out some screenshots below:

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As you can see from the picture above, you can guess (click answer) after just two clues. Great for those kiddos you want to push to see how early they think they know what it might be. I have my students write revised guesses with each clue and this app is great for that because the clues come up one at a time.

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Overall, EVERY app I used from I Can Do Apps was fantastic! I use them a lot. The graphics are simple and nondistracting. The concepts targeted are functional and perfect for speech-language pathologists. One thing I need to mention is that these app makers are fantastic and their apps range in price from  $0.99 to $2.99 which is A STEAL in app terms!!

Click here to check out their website and see all of their apps!

Carrie was kind enough to share SIX codes for free apps below. I’ll be giving away 3 copies each of Following Directions and Guess What. Use the Rafflecopters below to enter:

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Speachy Feedback: March 2014


It’s time for another Speachy Feedback! This time I picked a winner that left feedback on one of my newest products: Interactive Visuals for Guessing Games, Describing, and Inferencing.

It’s one of my favorite products I’ve made and I’m happy others are loving it too! Check it out in my store here.

If you’re Lovely S. email me at speechymusings@gmail.com for a product of your choice from my store!

To see the main post and see if you’ve won a product from another blogger, click here or on the image below:

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What’s In Your Cart Linky

I cannot wait for the upcoming Teachers Pay Teachers sale. Up to 28% off my favorite speech sellers?! Yes. Please.



Below are my recommendations from my store for this sale. Just click on each image to see the item on TpT.

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Craftivities are my new speech room favorite. I’ve made packets containing step by step books/pictures with real pictures, communication boards, worksheets and tons more!


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There are my other new/seasonal products you may be interested in!


Below are my must buy recommendations from other sellers on TpT:

Articulation Booklets from Busy Bee Speech: These are so, so, so fun and great for kids working on carryover!

What Do You Know About /r/? from Sublime Speech: These cards are so much more fun than straight drill, but I’ve found I can get a ton of trials in with them as well.

Language Candy Board Games from The Speech Bubble: When things get crazy, I love easy pull and go activities like this!

Candy Math Word Problems for Language Disorders: So many of my students struggle with math because they don’t understand the language! This has been a huge help.

I’m sure I’ll find 100 things I want before checking out!! To see what other SLP bloggers have in their carts, click here to see the linky at Speech Room News.

Love It & List It Linky: Social Skills Materials

Jenna over at Speech Room News is hosting another fabulous Love It & List It Linky Party!! This time it’s for our favorite social skill materials! I absolutely cannot wait to see what other bloggers and readers recommend.



Below are my absolute favorite materials for social skills:

(1) Buddy Talk

Buddy Talk is great for conversation starters, even for those hard to engage teenagers!! Very portable!

(2) All About Social Skills – Packet One
This is a packet I created recently. I plan to make similar ones targeting other social skills in the future, but I love using social stories and activities to teach social skills, hence why I made this packet!

(3) Apps
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I couldn’t pick just one, so I picked two. My favorites are Conversation Therappy (Tactus Therapy) and Conversation Builder (Mobile Education Store). Click on the images above to check out each.

(4) Elephant and Piggie Books

So many of these books talk about important social skills in an easy to understand and hilarious way! Click here to check out an old post I wrote about these books and to see some recommendations for  speech therapy! These have to be my all time, absolute favorite thing to do in speech therapy, so if you don’t own these books, check out the ones above!! You will not be sorry!!

Not to toot my own horn, but I’m pretty proud of the social skills materials I have in my TpT store, and use them often! Check out each of them below. Just click on the picture to check them out in my store or click here to see all of them!

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Thanks for reading! To head on over (or back) to Jenna’s party, just click here. There, you’ll be able to see tons of other blog posts!

Articulation Carnival App Review

So excited to share my latest app review/giveaway with all of you!! It is really fun and motivating for your artic clients!


Introducing Articulation Carnival by the Virtual Speech Center!  From the home screen you can “Start” (pick clients/sounds), just “Play Games”, adjust “Settings”, view “Reports”, watch tutorial videos under “Info” and see “More Apps” from the developer. See some screenshots of each page I just mentioned below:


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So once you “Start” and choose the student, you can choose the sounds you want to work on. These will save each time for each student, but it confirms each time you start the game as well.


 One important thing (for me) for articulation apps is the quality of pictures. I like high quality, real (not clip art), and salient. I really like the quality of pictures in this app! Below are some examples:

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In the pictures above you can also see the general set up of the app! Starting in the upper left corner and moving counterclockwise we have… Finish, which will end your session and take you to the data section. Then, below that you can see the student(s) names who are active in the session. Below that is the sounds that are being targeted (changes when you scroll between students). Then, we have the position you are targeting (initial, medial, final). Last in this column we have if you are targeting the sound at the word, phrase, or sentence level. Each of these  customization options can be scrolled through (by swiping) at any time.

On the right side of the screen you can take data (correct, approximated, incorrect), see the current accuracy percentage, change the settings, and record your student producing the word/phrase/sentence.

To go from word to word, you simply swipe the current picture! (this took me a minute to figure out haha)

The app comes with the setting to bring up the games page after 5 words (doesn’t matter if they are correct or incorrect). The games options are below:


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Balloon Darts


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All of the games are really fun, easy to play, and motivating! My one recommendation would be for the app to have a timer option! The only game that automatically uses a timer is the basketball one. I would LOVE the ability to choose to add a timer to all of them because they could last forever!

One thing I really like about this app is the data tracking section. I love the graphs they make! Below are some screenshots of the data section! It’s really useful and I love how you can email the data as well.

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One feature I really like is the ability to add your own words/picture. Check out how easy it is to do below:


Just select the phoneme, placement, and type the word/add a picture!

Below is an example of what the app looks like when you play with multiple students (love that this is an option). My one concern with this is that you have to manually switch between students! I would like it if there was an option that did it automatically for you every other turn! (same with sounds, etc..)


If you want a quick overview of what I’ve stated above, below are my overall pros and cons:

-Extremely motivated
-Well designed, great use of graphics
-Great quality pictures
-Very useful data tracking
-Intuitive and fun to use (lots of swipe technology)
-Good settings/options to customize
-Ability to add your own words/pictures

-Have to manually switch between students, phonemes, etc…
-No timers on 3/4 games
-Some text overlapping in the data section

This app is fantastic! I love that is it just like the other articulation apps I use all of the time, except that it has built in reinforcers that kids will love! The app is intuitive and looks great. Additionally, it takes useful data and provides multiple ways to view the data (including graphs). I would absolutely recommend this app to other SLPs looking for a motivating articulation app for their own students! One important thing to mention is that you can buy all the sounds together (for $36.99) OR buy sounds individually (prices vary) which I think is AMAZING when recommending this app to parents! They definitely don’t want/need every sound!

You can find Articulation Carnival here in the App Store or check it out on Virtual Speech Center’s website here.

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Disclaimer: This app was given to me in exchange for my review. No other compensation was provided. The opinions expressed are mine. Prices were accurate as of 01/20/2014.

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