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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Thematic Organizer Review + Giveaway

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Welcome to giveaway #2 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. There will be giveaways happening all week!

This giveaway is for 1 Thematic Organizer for SLPs from All Ya’ll Need. You can check out the blog post about the item here.

Below are some example pictures of some of my favorite pages in this binder:

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My Thoughts: When I first got it, I was shocked at how HUGE it is. It’s 107 pages!! Each theme takes up only 2 pages (a cover page and a materials page) so that is A LOT of themes covered (50 to be specific). It seems that they thought of everything! The graphics are cute and I really like the idea of having a reference binder so you can easily keep track of all of the materials you use for each theme!

If you’re interested in winning a copy of this product, enter the Rafflecopter below! It’s perfect for back to school so you can start the year organized! If you don’t win, check it out on Teachers Pay Teachers here.

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Disclaimer: I received this product at no cost in exchange for my review. All of the thoughts and opinions expressed are mine.

Maybook Planner Review + Giveaway

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Welcome to giveaway #1 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. There will be giveaways happening all week!

This giveaway is for 1 Maybook Planner/Book that you can design yourself! Check out the site here.

Because I couldn’t decide on just one, I ordered two. You can see them as they arrived below:

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BTW: This is the back and those circles are stickers on the packaging, not the planners themselves. I decided to keep mine simple and not add any personalization so the front looks the same!

So from the beginning… my books came in this ADORABLE package:

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In general, the planners are stitched up the side and have a soft cover. They are very thin, portable and simple. And did I mention great looking?

Below are some pictures of the inside of each of the books I ordered:

1) Academic Agenda

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2) Meal Planner (funny story, I meant to order a Calorie + Exercise Journal but for some reason my brain was fried and I got this instead… haha)

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My Thoughts: Obviously these planners are great looking, so that’s a plus. I really like the look of them more than my previous store bought planners. They are definitely reasonably priced, especially for the customization options! I love that MayBooks offers books other than planners. I WILL be returning to purchase a Calorie + Exercise Journal at some point haha. I was worried about the soft cover, that it would get bent up. I’ve been carrying these around for about a month now and so far so good (which is impressive because I’m kind of a mess!). I think these will probably be too small for my primary school planner because I literally write EVERYTHING in my planner (think: scrub the tub tonight, pick up clothes off of the floor, take a 30 minute TV break, sometimes even ‘wash your hair!!’ when things get stressful). I think I’m going to use this planner as my blog planner. So far, it’s been PERFECT for that!

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Update: In the picture below you can see how thick they are! (and my healthy snack choice haha) My desk is pretty thin, like maybe 3/4 inch. So the planners are much thinner than that!

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Aren’t they cute? Over at their website you can also design baby bump diaries, meal planners, budget journals, address books, wedding diaries, and MORE! You can pick any design, customize with a monogram, and more to make it just for you!

Interested in starting your school year with one of these fabulous books? Enter the Rafflecopter below and I’ll pick one winner who can customize any book of their choice!

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Back to School Giveaways

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Welcome to my series of Back to School Giveaways!!

You may begin to notice that some of the items in these giveaways are a little different than your typical SLP blogger giveaway… Here’s why:

I think you are all amazing. Really. Every single one of you spends your “free time” reading SLP blogs (hopefully including mine!). Some of you even spend your personal money on TpT products! How many people do you know in other professions that come home and spend their time browsing blogs and websites related to their job? How many other people do you know that spend their hard earned money on products for their jobs? Not many I’d guess. But YOU ALL DO.

So I thought, heck! These people deserve a massive back to school giveaway! AND one that includes products FOR THEM, not their caseload.

Stay tuned! This series of reviews and giveaways will include a huge variety of products! Some for you and some for work. The products are ones that I think all SLPs or SLP graduate students could use to start their school year off right!

Without further adieu, below is the lineup:

1) Maybook Planners

2) Thematic Organizer Binder for SLPS (All Ya’ll Need)

3) Lanyards

4) The Speechettes (Perkilou Products)

5) Lunch Bags

6) My ‘Back to School’ Speech Therapy Packet (Speechy Musings)

7) Mason Jar Tumblers

8) Any 3 Items From My Store!

9) Word-a-round

Links will be linked to the titles above once the review/giveaway is posted so check back often! I’ll be hosting one per day!

You guys rock!

Speachy Feedback Linky Party

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Nicole Allison over at Speech Peeps started a linky party to reward one of you who has left some amazing feedback recently.

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Below is the feedback I’ve selected!

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If you are tgunn0627 please contact me for ANY free product in my store!! (speechymusings@gmail.com)

This feedback was left on one of my newer products: Mega Fluency Packet. You can find that product here.

I love this idea because I LOVE FEEDBACK! Please keep the amazing, wonderful, kind feedback coming so we can all continue these linky parties!

Your feedback MAKES.MY.DAY.

StoryBook Maker Review + Giveaway

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Have I got an AMAZING app review and giveaway(s) for you today!! This is seriously one of my favorite apps ever. I played and played and played and played with it until I finally stopped so I could write down all of my ideas for all of you!

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I was lucky enough to get a code to check out StoryBook Maker by Merge Mobile. Check out the fantastic reviews or see it in the iTunes Store here. It is DEFINITELY worth the $3.99. Below I’ll tell you why, what you can do with it, and giveaway 3 copies!

First, the picture above explains the basics. You can make books and input pictures, stickers, text, and MORE onto each and every page to customize it as you wish.

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After you make the title, you can choose the layout of the first page.

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Then your book gets saved into your library.

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This app fits perfectly into my Story Makers folder on my iPad.

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I made 5 pages to try and demonstrate the functionality of this app.

Page One: I played around with the backgrounds. Also, that tennis ball is interactive and can be bounced around! How fun :)

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Page Two: A more real page for us SLPs. This app would be great for making artic books! Once you make a book, it’s saved in your library for the future. Take a look at my example /r/ page.

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Page Three: I got excited about the drawing function! See your student’s creativity come alive when they can draw on their pages!

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Page Four: This app is PERFECT for making social stories with pictures. You can upload pictures onto the pages and personalize the text. (yes, that is me on halloween)

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Page Five: You can make your pages look very modern and pretty! One of the distinguishing features of this app is how GREAT all of the pages look! Check out these stickers you can use!

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Okay so now that you’ve seen some of the sample pages, let me tell you what makes this story maker app different than the rest.

1) It’s SO easy. No joke. It just makes sense. You can customize EVERYTHING and there are tons of options. Sometimes that makes apps overwhelming or hard to use. Not this app. It is flawlessy designed and organized.

2) You can save the books. Buy it now, put together some books over the summer, and enjoy an easy therapy activity during the school year!

3) It’s only $3.99. Need I say more?

4) You have access to a library of books that others have made.

5)  It’s totally customizable and can be used in SO many ways for us busy SLPs. I could even see using this app with adult clients!

Enter my giveaway below. Merge Mobile has been kind enough to give me three codes to give away! Show them some love for their kindness, and for creating such a cool app!
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Dysphagia Resources

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Looking for CEUs, resources, apps, or books about dysphagia? Look no further! Below are my favorite dysphagia resources.

–FREE Online Resources–

 Dysarthria Profile (Revised) - The scoring form, 5 pages.

–CEUs--

 Northern Speech Services CEUs – Click on the ‘Dysphagia’ tab.

Free LinguiSystems CEUs – Many are dysphagia related. No search feature.

SpeechPathology.com Dysphagia CEUs - $99 for a year subscription for unlimited CEU courses on a variety of topics. This link will show you the dysphagia CEU classes.

McNeill Dysphagia Therapy Program – View upcoming courses (that can be used as CEUs) on this program.

–Reference Material--

Evidence Based Dysphagia Exercises: A great resource including the purpose, applicability, instructions, and warnings for each.

Swallowing: An Illustrated Journey: Great interactive visual guide that explains the stages of the swallow. Could be a great tool for patient education! *

–Blogs--

Dysphagia Ramblings

–Apps–

Dysphagia App Review (Speechy Musings)

–Facebook Group–

Dysphagia Therapy Group – Professional Edition

–Pinterest Boards–

Dysphagia Board (Speechy Musings)

Dysphagia Treatment/Materials

Dysphagia (The Thrifty SLP)

Dysphagia (Therapy Midlands)

* = May need to make a free account.

Know of more? Let me know so I can add them! Let’s grow this resource page!