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!

PS: If you don’t like Speechy Musings on Facebook you probably should because some awesome freebies, giveaways, and announcements will be happening all week and I wouldn’t want you to miss anything! Click here to join the fun!

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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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Pinterest Boards for SLPs

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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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Speech and Language Facebook Groups

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If you aren’t familiar with Facebook groups, you might be wondering what they are, how people use them, and why you should join! Well read on my friends, and discover one of the BEST ways to collaborate with SLPs around the world!

1) What is a Facebook group?

According to Facebook, groups are “for members of groups to connect, share and even collaborate on a given topic or idea”. Basically, you find a group that discusses topics you are interested in, request to join, get approved, and start participating (or just creeping & reading posts).

2) How are they used?

Each group is used differently. Typically, SLP groups are places for SLPs to ask questions, share stories, get advice, and connect with other SLPs. Each group kind of has it’s own vibe, niche, and specialty so it’s important to find the group that’s right for you! Some groups are primarily for sharing optimistic stories about being an SLP, some groups are for SLPs working in a specific work settings, and other groups are used primarily for asking questions and getting answers from other SLPs.

3) Why should I join one?

You should join one because it will make you a better SLP!! I love how much these groups are used. They aren’t some quiet forum. Questions are asked EVERY HOUR and most questions get many, many responses. I love the emphasis on evidence-based practice – making sure every SLP in the group is aware of great speech therapy methods and ideas. You will learn, laugh, empathize, and get answers to your burning/tricky SLP questions! To be honest, I’ve never even asked a question and I’ve still learned so, so much. I love that it’s in my Facebook feed so I just read a question, see the responses if I’m interested, and keep scrolling to see news from my family and friends. I don’t even have to click to another site or remember to check something else! It’s all in one place!

4) Okay I’m convinced. What SLP groups are out there?

So.many. I’ve tried to link to all of the ones I’m aware of below, but if I missed any great ones, please let me know in the comments so I can get it added!! The trickiest part about Facebook groups is they can be difficult to find/search for.

School-Based Speech and Language Therapy - Great for those of you who work in the schools. Typically used to ask/answer questions and discuss issues related to working in a school.

Speech Pathologists at Large - A group for any SLP in any setting!

Pediatric Medical SLPs – A group for SLPs working in the medical setting such as hospitals or rehab centers!

Speech Therapy Ideas - In general, I’ve found this idea to be less active than the others, but is still a good place to gets ideas for therapy.

Adult Rehab Speech Therapy – Do you work with adults in a rehab setting? This group is for you!

Medical SLPs Forum - Intended for any SLP working in a medical setting.

Bilingual Speech Language Pathologists - A great place for bilingual SLPs to collaborate!

Early Intervention Speech-Language Pathologists and Early Intervention SLPs Birth to 3 - Both great groups for those of you working with the early intervention population!

School SLP Jubilee – One of my favorite groups! It’s simply a place to share the awesomeness that is being an SLP. Some of the other groups get bogged down with venting. This one is positive stories only – something we all could use!

SLP Bloggers & SLP TPT Sellers – Do you blog and/or sell on Teachers Pay Teachers? You need to be in this group. Great collaboration! You do need an invite for this group so let me know if you have a blog or store and are not part of the group!

AAC Alternative Awesome Communicators - A group for both AAC users and the wonderful people who work with AAC users, including SLPs!

Did you just get carried away and request to join several groups? Awesome, but here’s a little hint. Your newsfeed is about to explode with SLP greatness. If you feel overwhelmed but don’t want to leave the group, you should know how to stop notifications! Check out the picture below:

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The picture above is from the School-Based group. In the middle of the picture on the right side, you’ll see a bar. On the right it says “Notifications”. Mine has a blue check meaning some sort of notifications are on. Click on that button and you can change the settings for notifications from everyone, your friends, or none at all.

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Turn it off if you don’t want to see things popping up from this group. You’ll need to do this for each group individually but it does help clean out your newsfeed if you feel overwhelmed but still want to check in from time to time.

So there you have it! Any groups I missed?

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Using Room on the Broom in Speech Therapy

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Lately, I’ve been on a kick of (attempting to) use one book in therapy for a week. I know, I know. Why don’t I just buy a big book companion packet and be done with it? Well, several reasons. First, I’m cheap and if I want to use a different book each week that will get super, duper expensive. Second, I’m busy and prepping a full book companion packet each week would take forever. I’d never get to make any products of my own! I see many of my kiddos for 2 hours, one-on-one weekly so I go through activities fast!! Below is some of the fun I’ve been having with Room on the Broom, my favorite book for the Halloween season!

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I sell these in a big mega bundle containing tons of books in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. You can check them out here. I am absolutely in love with them! I was actually reading a book the other day without one and one of my kiddos asked for it! I think it really helps to keep younger kiddos engaged while reading and identify the most important parts from the text in a book! Also, they are perfect for sentence expansion/grammar/sequencing :)

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Awesome, FREE cards for Cariboo targeting comprehension questions about Room on the Broom! Don’t have Cariboo? Don’t worry! Just print and use as regular comprehension cards. Download these here.

Room on the Broom Worksheet

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Another wonderful FREEBIE! SLP sellers are just the best for sharing all of their fabulous freebies. I love using this worksheet in my laminating pouches. Another fun way I use this worksheet is to have the kiddos draw who is on the broom at various points throughout the book! That way they can erase to update it each time somebody new joins the broom! Download this worksheet here and check out the dry erase pockets below:

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This FANTASTIC Room on the Broom comprehension book is only $2 so that is awesome. My kiddos LOVE pulling off the question mark boxes to see if they’ve answered the question correctly. It’s so motivating for them! This book is made by the same seller (The Speech Bubble SLP) as the free worksheet above and they pair really well together. Purchase this comprehension book (really, it’s only $2) here.

Below is a product I meant to assemble (another FREEBIE) but just ran out of time. It looks awesome if you’re looking for some sequencing cards and more comprehension cards! Very cute.

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In total, if you buy all of the products I’ve recommended and download all of the freebies, you’d end up spending $14 and have book attachments to last you the entire year.

Looking for some crafts and snacks and other hands on creative ideas? Below are some projects I do with this book as well. These are super fun!!

 Broomstick Bookmarks Using Popsicle Sticks!

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 Healthy & Peanut Free Broomstick Snack

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If you don’t already have the book, I’d recommend purchasing it! Kids love it! I found mine for $6.99 at Target but it’s slightly cheaper on Amazon.

Have fun with Room on the Broom!! Anything I missed? I’d love to hear!

Looking for more Halloween ideas? Check out my Halloween Pinterest board here!!

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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!

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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!”

LOVE IT!

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

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Interactive Book Attachments

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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.

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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
Corduroy
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!

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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:

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

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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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UPDATE: This product will continue to be updated and the price will increase with each update! Therefore, this list and prices above may no longer accurate! Purchase ASAP to get the lowest price and receive future updates for free. Thank you!!

Interactive Visuals for Commenting, Asking, and Answering Questions

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I don’t know about you, but I work with A TON of beginner communicators who benefit from the use of AAC. I kept finding that I was spending so much time on making visuals for commenting and requesting. I wanted a way to expand the length and type of utterances my kiddos used so I created this product! Since I created it and began using it, it has saved me so so so much time because I no longer have to reinvent the wheel each time I need a visual. I created a binder and keep all of the visuals in there, organized by increasing difficultly (MLU) starting with 2 word utterances up to 4 word utterances, and then to answering personal questions using 5-6 words to answer (e.g., My favorite animal is a dog).

Check out the goodness of this packet below:

The packet is divided into four major sections. First, there are interactive visuals for describing and requesting. The pages of this section, once assembled, look like the picture below:

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You’ll notice that there is a sentence strip along the top (I printed these on different colored cardstock to make them stand out), and removable icons on the bottom of the page.

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The sentence strip can be removed so your kiddos can hand it to you!

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What I love about this product is you can customize each page including the number of words on the sentence strip. You can mix and match everything! See how the same page can be used with both a 2 and 3 word sentence strip below:

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I have included sentence strips up to 4 words so your kiddos can practice using descriptors as well:

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Below is an example of another page with many common descriptors:

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And this is how I set up the sentence strips so they are removable and interchangeable:

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The next section targets asking and answering personal questions. If you can’t stand the thought of cuttig out squares and Velcro anymore (I’ve been there) I’ve included two versions. One is interactive and one is not for easy prep!

The picture below is an example of an interactive page. The question is along the top line, and the sentence strip to answer is along the bottom:

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Here is the same page, but the non-interactive (and super easy prep) version:

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And below are two more examples of these question pages:

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The next section of the binder includes tons and tons of sentence strips.

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I like to keep these on a binder ring and pop out the ones that I need for various activities:

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The last section of the binder includes optional cards for use with the commenting pages.

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I keep these in a plastic container that goes in my favorite storage box. This makes the cards super easy to grab and go!

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If you are interested in checking out this product, click here to see it in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. I am constantly adding pages to it as I think of questions/comments!

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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!