Five Fun Sites for SLP Graduate Students

If you didn’t see my previous post, I’m starting a short series for future and current SLP graduate students! This is my second post and it is about five FUN sites!

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1) What Should We Call SLP – HILARIOUS SLP related memes and jokes. Updated regularly!

2) Life as a Speechie – If you’re on Twitter, you should definitely follow these girls! All of their posts are so relatable!

3) SLP Humor Pinterest Boards – There are many of these, but here are some of my favorites: board one, board two, and board three.

4) Linguist Llama – I don’t know why, but this stuff really cracks me up. Check out some of the more popular ones by searching linguist llama on Pinterest.

5) This blog has some hilarious videos on it here. Including a hilarious cranial nerves YouTube video song. Count that video as a little undergrad review session… ;)

Any other fun sites I missed? Let me know in the comments! I’m always down for some good SLP humor!

Preparing for SLP Graduate School

I recently got an email, asking about how to best prepare for SLP graduate school. I thought it was a great question and thought I’d share some of my advice in a post!

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1) My best and primary advice isn’t very helpful, but do NOTHING. Rest your brain. Enjoy your summer. Spend time with those you love. You won’t have much time to do these things in the coming months!

2) Get organized. Everybody has a system that works best for them. Get this system prepared and ready BEFORE day 1. I like to keep everything in 1 binder, with tabs for each class. Have this all ready right away. Buy extras of things like notecards, looseleaf paper, printer paper, pens, etc… You do not want to run out of essentials in the middle of a stressful weekend! This also means get fully moved in. If you’re moving across the country or across the state, make sure everything is how you want it to be when classes start. Otherwise that box of miscellaneous materials might be there all year!

3) If you are interesting (feel no pressure), do a very basic review of material. Brush up on IPA, reread some short study guides you made in undergrad. I liked doing this just to get my frame of thought back to speech.

4) Get familiar with online resources. Play around on Teachers Pay Teachers. You can see my store here. Check out my blog’s Online Resource Page or my Resources by Diagnosis page. Start bookmarking your favorite SLP blogs and websites! You will master finding things online during graduate school, but I think it’s a good idea to become familiar with these things now!

5) Ask questions! If you are curious about anything, email/call the contact person at your school! Don’t feel the need to wait until day 1 to find out!

6) Don’t stress! Seriously you will get through grad school! There is a reason they let you in! It’s incredibly competitive to get in, and you wouldn’t have been accepted if you couldn’t get through the coursework. Relax, and begin to worry more about learning your future career instead of accumulating an A in every single class. The A’s will come. Learn as much as you can and enjoy the process! Grad school can seem like it’s going by slowly, but imagine having your own speech room and realize the value of every morsel of information you’re gaining each and every day in the classroom!

7) Find humor in your situation. I love reading SLP grad student jokes! It makes me feel less alone in those stressful nights!

8) Prepare to enjoy yourself, at least a little! Your clients will be amazing. Your classes will be interesting (at least much more than undergrad classes…). Your classmates will rock. You will leave graduate school with memories! Enjoy these years!

If you have any other questions, email me at speechymusings@gmail.com or leave a comment below! I have FOUR MORE POSTS on this topic coming up! See below and stay tuned!

Five Fun Sites for SLP Graduate Students

Top Five Blogs to Follow for SLP Graduate Students

Top Five Products for SLP Graduate Students

Top Five Resource Websites for SLP Graduate Students

Advice for SLP Graduate Students

As always, thanks for reading!

Word A Round Review + Giveaway

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Welcome to giveaway #9 in my series of ‘Back to School’ giveaways for SLPs!!

If you haven’t seen the line up/information on these giveaways, check out the post here. Even though this is the last one, others may still be running!

 When Thinkfun asked if I would be willing to review a game of theirs, I jumped on board. They sent Word A Round which is SUCH fun game. I’ll show you more about it below!

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As you can see, the packaging is really small, which is SO nice for SLPs. It kind of reminds me of the game Spot It! and the size of that container. When you open it, you can see the circular cards inside.

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 Below are example cards (fronts & backs). So here’s how you play! Turn over the first card to the side with the words on it.  All players look at it and race to shout out the word in the black ring. If you look at the top left card, you should be able to find the word ‘strange’. The player who finds the hidden word first keeps the card. The color on the back of the card dictates which ring all players need to find the hidden word in next.

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This game goes pretty quickly! Below is an example card close up. Can you find the 3 hidden words in the card below?

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Isn’t it fun? This game could easily target reading, vocabulary, and attention. This game is intended for children ages 10+ and I’d agree so it’s probably best for your middle school & high school students! You can see it on Thinkfun’s website here. If this looks like something you could use in your speech room, enter the giveaway below:

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Three Items From My Store Giveaway

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Welcome to giveaway #8 in my series of ‘Back to School’ giveaways for SLPs!!

If you haven’t seen the line up/information on these giveaways, check out the post here.

This one is short and simple. The winner will get to pick any 3 items from my Teachers Pay Teachers store. Check out my store here!

And enter the Rafflecopter below.

Thanks for sticking with me through this giveaway series… there is ONE giveaway left! You are ALL so wonderful! :)

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Mason Jar Tumbler Review + Giveaway

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Welcome to giveaway #7 in my series of ‘Back to School’ giveaways for SLPs!!

If you haven’t seen the line up/information on these giveaways, check out the post here.

I am freakishly excited to bring you today’s review & giveaway! Maybe it’s my obsession with drinking from straws, or my love for glass drinking containers, or how cool mason jars are, but this products ROCKS. This giveaway will have THREE winners. Each person will win one of the mason jar tumblers shown below AND a cuppow lid. Don’t know what that is? Read on.

These mason jar tumblers are made by Kristina over at Lil’ Bit Country. Check out her fabulous Etsy store here.

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The three mugs I received were a tall skinny one, a shorter one, and a blue one!

So let’s start at the beginning! The tumblers came wrapped beautifully.

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And here is everything that was inside:

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Here are the assembled regular mugs:

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When you order, you’ll have your choice of straw color. I chose these three:

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I also received 2 cuppow lids. If you don’t know what one is, is transforms a mason jar into a coffee mug! They are SO cool.

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So why are these tumblers so cool? Well they are mason jars (stating the obvious here). I love how they look! They fit perfectly in my cup holders of my car.  I can use them for a variety of hot & cold drinks using the cuppow lid when desired. Colors/tastes don’t stain glass! Everything except the straws is made in the USA. They are dishwasher safe and BPA free and the grommets are food grade. And they are cute. Did I say that already?

I really think they make everything I drink look more refreshing. Here are some pictures of the tumblers in use:

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Interesting in purchasing your own? Check out Kristina’s Etsy store, Lil’ Bit Country here.  Show her some love for making my new favorite “toy”. And check out her store. She has some other cool items like a mini jar that attaches to the top of a mason jar to hold salad dressings! Perfect for packing a lunch.

As I stated earlier, Kristina is just awesome and is giving away THREE of these tumblers (one of each kind as seen above). So three people will receive a tumbler, straw lid, AND a cuppow lid!

If you need another reason to think Kristina is the coolest, she is offering Speechy Musings readers 20% off of her store if you use the code SPEECH13 through August 3rd.

Enter the Rafflecopter below for a shot at winning:

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Back to School Packet Giveaway

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Welcome to giveaway #6 in my series of ‘Back to School’ giveaways for SLPs!!

If you haven’t seen the line up/information on these giveaways, check out the post here.

This one will be short! I’m giving away THREE copies of my Back to School Speech & Language Packet!

You can read my blog post about this product here to see if it is something you could use for your speech room! Enter the Rafflecopter below to enter:

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Lunch Bags Review + Giveaway

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Welcome to giveaway #5 in my series of ‘Back to School’ giveaways for SLPs!!

If you haven’t seen the line up/information on these giveaways, check out the post here.

This giveaway is for 2 lunch bags from Max & Ozzie’s. You can see her Etsy Store here.

I was so excited to receive these lunch bags! They came packaged in tissue paper with some ADORABLE business cards.

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Like the winner of this giveaway, I received 2 lunch bags. One blue polka dot and one mustache design!

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You can see both of them standing in the picture below:

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These lunch bags are not insulated so they would be perfect for those of you who have access to a fridge at your schools/clinics/jobs. To get a feel for the size of these bags, I packed one with a V8, a yogurt, a string cheese, and a spoon.

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 Here it is once it was packed:

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I like closing off the top using a chip clip:

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So cute!! And SUCH a value at only $3.50 a bag. I love how eco-friendly these are compared to paper bags, and they are wallet friendly as well! Check out the product listing of these specific prints here, or check out her store here to see other prints she is selling.

Max & Ozzie’s store was generous enough to offer an identical set of 2 lunch bags for a giveaway! Enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance.

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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!

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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!

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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!

The Speechettes Review + Giveaway

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Welcome to giveaway #4 in my series of ‘Back to School’ giveaways for SLPs!!

If you haven’t seen the line up/information on these giveaways, check out the post here.

This review & giveaway is for The Speechettes: a downloadable speech material product from Perkilou Products. It is Set 1 at this link.

This product comes in an email and can be downloaded to your computer, much like a Teachers Pay Teachers product! It comes zipped, with 4 files inside as follows:

1) Fun Sheets

The fun sheets document is 14 pages long. It includes easy to print, (mostly) black and white worksheets for various speech sounds. Included are sheets like crosswords, fill in the blank worksheets, word searches, and some fun creative speech sound sheets! See two examples below:

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2) Meet Speechettes

This document is 17 pages long. It introduces you and your students to the Speechettes (the characters used throughout this entire product. Each one is a child who describe themselves, why they are in speech, and their family. They are very cute and diverse. See one below:

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3) Memory Game

The memory game document is 5 pages long. It is exactly as it sounds: a fun memory game with the Speechette characters! It includes a sheet to print on the front of each card if desired. The backs of the cards have a picture and a name on them. The point of the game is to find matches and describe the characters you choose! This would be a great game after learning about all of the Speechettes in the other activities. You can also play to earn points (shown in the upper right corner of each card). See an example page below:

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4) Speechette Coloring Sheets

 The last file included in this product is the Speechette Coloring Sheets. This file is 12 pages long. It includes a very simple coloring page for each of the Speechettes. The coloring page has a speech bubble that says what speech sound they are working on. See an example below:

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I feel like this a great value for only $6.99! They also have tons of other materials on their website, including some freebies! So really… go check Perkilou Products out!

Perkilou Products was kind enough to offer The Speechettes Set 1 to one lucky reader! Enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance!

Thanks for reading!

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Lanyard Review + Giveaway

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Welcome to giveaway #3 in my series of ‘Back to School’ giveaways for SLPs!!

If you haven’t seen the line up/information on these giveaways, check out the post here.

This giveaway is for 1 adorable lanyard from ewindbigler design. You can see her Etsy Store here.

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I got the package on my birthday and was headed out for a long weekend so I tore into that package like a mad woman! It came in a cute, simple white box with black tulle. I received 2 prints, but Erin carries MANY more in her shop so check it out! Below is a picture of my keys now!

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I’m in love! For me, they are perfect! I am constantly losing my keys and they have REALLY helped me find them, even when they find their way all of the way to the bottom of my purse!

I am part of an SLP run summer camp for kids with autism this summer! This lanyard has been perfect to carry around my ID and important keys during the day as well.

Below are some more pictures to show why its great:

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As you can hopefully see, there is as clip and a key ring attached the bottom. Additionally, the fabric is sewn into a V as the bottom (as shown in the bottom picture). This helps the lanyard lay very nicely :)

From Erin herself, “While I sell lanyards for personal use, many people buy them as gifts. I usually package them in a box with a professionally printed gift tag attached, and a piece of tulle included for a bow. I have tags available for several occasions, but the one I sent would be perfect for the start of a new school year to give coworkers or teachers.”

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Isn’t it pretty? I thought all of you fabulous SLPs could use a lanyard: either for your keys or your beautiful school ID!

Ewindbiger Designs sells tons of adorable, functional products! If you are like me, you love supporting small businesses as well! Erin sells lanyards, keychains, button magnets, gift tags, cards, aprons, and MORE! Seriously… check her store out here!

If you love pretty things like this as much as me, enter the giveaway below! I’ll pick ONE lucky winner to win a lanyard of their choice from ewindbigler designs.

Even if you don’t win the giveaway, Erin has been kind enough to offer my readers 15% off her entire store. Just use the code SPEECHY15 for an extra 15% off your purchases!

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