Using Popular Music in Speech Therapy + Worksheets

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One of the reasons I wanted to start this blog and make materials is that I’m constantly trying to push myself to find, use, and create creative, engaging products that my students will love! That is why I made this packet. It will allow you to incorporate something most (if not all) of your students enjoy, AND hear every day! MUSIC!

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By incorporating popular music into your sessions, you can encourage your students to think about their speech and language every time they hear a certain song on the radio. It is also really motivating, because who doesn’t like jamming to an awesome song?!

In general, I’d recommend this product for your middle and high school students (or advanced elementary students) because of the reading/listening demands. Check it out in my store HERE.

The ENTIRE PACKET is BLACK AND WHITE for super easy prep and printing! No cutting or laminated needed. Just print and go. I think this would be a super fun way to either..

1) Introduce a topic/concept or…

2) End a unit on a particular topic/concept

Check out some examples of the worksheets included below:

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 Doesn’t that look like fun? All you’ll need are music lyrics, which can be found and printed online for free!

Don’t know what songs to use? I’ve included a list of 10 kid-friendly (and popular) songs with some ideas of concepts you could target!

The packet is 30 pages long, and includes worksheets for:

  Articulation

  Adjectives

  Prepositions

  Verbs

  Parts of Speech

  Inference

  Figurative Language

  Compare/Contrast

  Vocabulary

  Synonyms/Antonyms

  Superlatives

  Words That End in -er

There is also a worksheet for finding words containing their speech sounds AND 2 worksheets to figure out what kinds of music your kiddos like.

AND if that isn’t enough, there are worksheets for artist & song information. That means your kiddos can Google for information about artists and/or songs or you can print off the information ahead of time and have them read for the answers!

I hope this packet brings a ton of fun to your speech room!

Click here to purchase the packet in my TpT Store!

Teach Speech 365 recently wrote a blog post on using song lyrics in speech therapy, AND included a freebie that you should definitely check out here. Great minds think alike!

And if you care to see the most adorable (and distracting) puppy on the planet, check out these pictures:

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Isn’t she great?! Reminds me the part in Despicable Me when the little girls says, “It’s so fluffy I could die!!”

Anyways, if you’re interested in checking out my latest packet for using music/song lyrics in therapy, check it out in my Teachers Pay Teachers store here!! Thanks for your support! :)

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SLP Blogger Secret Santa!

When I started blogging, I had no idea what I was getting myself into… and I mean this in the most wonderful way possible. Through blogging, I have gotten very close with many fellow bloggers. I proudly hung many of their Christmas cards in my apartment and think about them often.

A group of us decided to do a Secret Santa gift exchange this year and it was SO.MUCH.FUN.

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Thanks to the amazing Speech Time Fun for the adorable graphic!

The group of us used Elfster to switch names (thanks to Kristin from Simply Speech for setting it all up) and the website couldn’t have been easier! We were able to create general or specific wish lists too!

I was THRILLED to see that I drew Jenn from Crazy Speech World. I am a HUGE fan of her blog and was excited to find something for her.

About a week after I sent out her present, I got a package in the mail and tore into it like a 4 year old!

My present was Nicole from Allison’s Speech Peeps! I’m in love with her blog and products, and the gift she gave me!!

I got…

A Starbucks gift card (which sadly is almost all gone)… We have a Starbucks practically in our backyard so it’s very tempting!

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And a personalized SLP clipboard! The color scheme on it is SO me and it will definitely be used at my externship this semester!

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Thanks for reading, and to each and every one of the amazing SLPs that I’ve gotten to know over the last year!

My Realities of Graduate School

I try to keep this blog as speech focused as possible, and honestly debated about posting this but thought that other graduate students might be able to relate. So here is my graduate school story…

Today is the day. Today is the day where I get to move back home to complete my final semester of graduate school. I will be doing a full time externship in an elementary school and taking all online classes.

I am not going to lie to you and pretend that graduate school was this amazing, fun experience.

Honestly, at times I felt more isolated than I could have ever imagined feeling. I missed my parents, my brother, my boyfriend, and my friends more than I thought I ever would. I felt lonely and trapped being in another state so far away. I didn’t make a big group of friends like I thought I would. I developed bad anxiety. Each time I returned back to Virginia after spending time back home, I wasn’t myself for weeks. I was just sad. I stopped responding to emails and shut myself off.

BUT.

But I learned so much about my future career. I learned that I love speech-language pathology and I’m good at it. I’m passionate and couldn’t imagine a career other than this. I started blogging and “met” the some of the most amazing, passionate SLPs this world has ever seen. I worked my butt of and was able to pay off some of my loans while in school. I made friends that I will never forget. I appreciate my parents, brother, boyfriend, and friends more than ever before. And honestly, I feel as though I’m better able to relate to my students when they talk about feeling isolated, anxious, and lonely. To me, that matters a lot. I ran my first half marathon. I passed the Praxis. I got way better grades than I ever have in my life. I explored a new part of the country. I learned how strong I am by myself.

What I’m trying to say is that if your graduate experience (or any experience for that matter) isn’t what you dreamed of or expected, it will end. Make the most of it while you’re there. Go out and experience the area. Take up new hobbies with your classmates.

And for heaven’s sake, don’t quit! You got this.

Edublog Awards: PLEASE VOTE

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I NEED YOUR HELP!

I hope by now you’ve heard about the amazing Edublog awards! Many speech bloggers have been nominated this year, so click here and head on over to vote in each category for your favorites!

You can vote for as many people as you like, but you can only vote once per person!

I am SO THANKFUL to have made the final cuts in two categories (Best New Blog and Best Resource Sharing Blog). To make it easy for you, you can vote below!

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Click on the up arrow in the bottom left corner of the Speechy Musings box (or whoever you are voting for). You will have to choose an account if you don’t already have one through listly. Simply click on Google+ if you have a Gmail account, Facebook if you have a Facebook account, etc… and log in! You may need to go back and click the up arrow again to make sure your vote has been registered! If it worked, you should see the number go up one and the up arrow will turn blue!

If you have ANY questions, please comment below or email me at speechymusings@gmail.com anytime!!

I appreciate EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU for your vote, as do all of the other amazing SLP bloggers that have been nominated!!

Again, I’ve only shown the 2 categories I was nominated in above, but feel free to click here to vote for all of other categories! Show your speech pride! You can read a post by Sublime Speech here that details what speech bloggers were nominated in each category to make it easy!

Speechy Musings Blogiversary: Gripcase iPad Case Review

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Welcome to day 8 of this exciting blogiversary celebration! Speechy Musings has been around for a whole year! If you want to see the lineup of giveaways for the blogiversary, check out the post here! Today is the last giveaway of the bunch but I’ve had so much fun!! Thanks to you all for participating!

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So this case is AWESOME. I even took off my “adult” case and took my iPad to Mexico in this case!! Check it out:

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I love, love, love the handles on this case! I didn’t realize how much of a difference simple handles would make, but it’s so much easier to stare endlessly at my iPad now ;) Below are some pictures of front and back of the case:

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Additionally, you can purchase a stand (needs to be purchased separately, not included in the giveaway) for the case! Again, LOVE this stand. Check it out below:

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I like that it can hold the iPad in multiple positions. I didn’t get a good picture of this, but there is also a nice slit in the bottom of the stand, which is genius for charging your iPad when it’s in the case!!  The area in the back would be nice for storing a stylus!

I should mention that I had this case on while I was taking pictures for another review and I just straight up dropped my iPad (first time ever!!!) and it landed screen down… nothing happened!! It didn’t even sound like a hard landing. The handles are raised a bit from the screen so I think they take a lot of the pressure on a fall like that.

One critique (and I think it’s mostly how I put the case on) is that my iPad screen protector was kind of pulled up after I kept the case on for a few weeks. I wasn’t happy about this because I had an expensive screen protector, but it wasn’t bad. I took the case off to shake the sand out (true story) and when I put the case back on I was careful to make sure the case didn’t tug funny on the screen protector. I took it off a week later and the problem seemed to go away, so I think you just need to put it on carefully!

Overall, this is my favorite iPad case, and I sadly have four. It definitely makes the iPad bulky, if you’re not into that, but I feel like it provides the iPad with security and it’s so easy to hold!! Even the patients I work with at the nursing home have no trouble holding it, and they felt uncomfortable holding the iPad before that! Success!

Gripcase is a wonderful company and has offered to give one Speechy Musings reader a Gripcase of their own! Note: This giveaway is for the case only, not the stand! Enter the giveaway below:

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Speechy Musings Blogiversary: Badge Blooms Review

**This post contains Amazon Affiliate links for your convenience!**

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Welcome to day 9 of this exciting blogiversary celebration! Speechy Musings has been around for a whole year! If you want to see the lineup of giveaways for the blogiversary, check out the post here! There will be 10 days of giveaways so make sure to check back often so you don’t miss anything!

Next up is an SLP badge reel from Badge Blooms. It came in this cute little box:

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The badge I am giving away is shown below:

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Click here to see the Badge Blooms store item mine was based on. Melissa over at Badge Blooms is fantastic and will customize them as you want!

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I think these would be PERFECT as a gift for an SLP you know! They are so so so cute and I cannot wait to use mine.

Are you interested in them? Check out the Badge Blooms store here or the specific item I based mine on here. Again, you can customize these as you want! Enter the Rafflecopter below to win a replica of the one shown above!

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Speechy Musings Blogiversary: KidBox iPad Case Review

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Welcome to day 8 of this exciting blogiversary celebration! Speechy Musings has been around for a whole year! If you want to see the lineup of giveaways for the blogiversary, check out the post here! There will be 10 days of giveaways so make sure to check back often so you don’t miss anything!

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So so excited to share my review and giveaway of the KidBox iPad Case from KaysCase.

And do I have a story for you guys about this one!! I had time one afternoon and was so excited to put this case on test it out. I took some pictures of it while it was packaged, and then unwrapped the whole thing. When you open it, it comes with a plastic insert, probably to keep the product from bending or flattening during transit.

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Well being stubborn like I am, I just went to town on this case attempting to pull the plastic piece out of the case. It WOULD NOT budge. So I pulled, and pulled, and pulled, and broke the piece of plastic!

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At this point, I am frustrated and wondering how I’ll ever write this review if I can’t even get the plastic out, let alone my iPad in!! As I stand up I see the instructions, notice that there is a slit in the back of the case which is how you take the iPad in and out of the case.

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UGH. So lesson learned. Read the instructions!!

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Once I figured that out, I really loved this case!! I was initially worried about some of the Amazon reviews that said the iPad didn’t stand up well with the stand. I put mine on a table and on carpet with the stand on.

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Every time I poked it, it did wiggle a little, but it never fell or got close to falling. I suppose if a kid poked hard it might tip, but then at least it’s got a case on it :) If you are worried about it falling, you can always put it like this:

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Or just lay it flat! Check out how the case looks flat (front & back) below:

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See that nice slit that I somehow missed?! Haha. I really like how the stand can work as a carrying case as well:

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Overall, this case is great. The only weakness I could see is if your iPad spends most of it’s time upright. Otherwise, it’s incredibly durable, a great material (flexible but your iPad isn’t going anywhere), pretty and colorful, and very functional! OH! I should also mention that it is incredibly reasonably priced when compared to other cases at only $19.99 on Amazon. Check out the link below:

KaysCase is amazing and is giving one of these fabulous iPad cases to a wonderful reader! Enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win 1 KidBox iPad Case from KaysCase!

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Speechy Musings Blogiversary: SLP Plaque Review

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Welcome to day 7 of this exciting blogiversary celebration! Speechy Musings has been around for a whole year! If you want to see the lineup of giveaways for the blogiversary, check out the post here! There will be 10 days of giveaways so make sure to check back often so you don’t miss anything!

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This next giveaway is another fun one that is perfect for a gift for coworkers, friends, supervisors, and other SLPs you know! Or yourself! It’s small enough (3 inches by 6 inches) so it would be perfect to put on your desk if you got a stand for it! Check it out:

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It comes packages in a simple plastic covering, which is good so it doesn’t get scratched or anything!

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The back of the plaque looks like this:

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Makes it really easy to hang up!

At $10, you cannot beat this as an inexpensive way to celebrate speech-language pathology! Check it out in DPPhotography’s Etsy Store here or the entire store here. The store is filled with these plaques for anybody and everybody in your life!

DPPhotography has offered to give one of these amazing SLP plaques away to one Speechy Musings so enter the Rafflecopter below:

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Speechy Musings Blogiversary: EBP Binder Review

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Welcome to day 6 of this fun blogiversary celebration! Speechy Musings has been around for a whole year! If you want to see the lineup of giveaways for the blogiversary, check out the post here! There will be 10 days of giveaways so make sure to check back often so you don’t miss anything!

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I’m so excited to share my thoughts on the Evidence-Based Practice Quick Reference Binder by Carissa at Home Sweet Speech Room! We decided to do a little material swap because it’s her blogiversary too! So many bloggers must have started in November/December! Check out her post about my Articulation by Theme product here.

We are co-hosting a giveaway for a bundle of both products at the end of the post so keep reading! One lucky reader will win both products!!

The Evidence-Based Practice Quick Reference Binder (EBP Binder for short) is a wonderful resource that I think could benefit so many SLPs who want to implement therapy that will be evidence-based and effective, but don’t have time to read 100 articles to do so!! Carissa has done all of that work for you. I can’t imagine how long it took to create this binder.

So what exactly is in this binder?

Good question. Carissa has compiled tables of EBP articles organized by topic! See below for some example pages:

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Additionally, she has included app lists for each topic, and blank app lists so you can continue to add your favorites:

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For each topic, she has compiled really handy reference pages containing some of the most important information she found on each topic:

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You can see the whole table of contents below:

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Overall, I really love this product! There is a reason I printed the entire thing!! I love reading through it when I’m watching TV. It keeps me thinking in an evidence-based way when planning my sessions.

There is a reason this is her number 1 best-selling item! For more information, check out her TpT product post here OR read her blog post, OR watch a video where she takes you on a tour of the product!

Enter the Rafflecopter below to win a copy of her Evidence-Based Practice Quick Reference Binder and my Articulation by Theme Resource!!

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Speechy Musings Blogiversary: /r/ Book of Elicitation Techniques Review

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Welcome to day 5 of this wonderful blogiversary celebration! Speechy Musings has been around for a whole year! If you want to see the lineup of giveaways for the blogiversary, check out the post here! There will be 10 days of giveaways so make sure to check back often so you don’t miss anything!

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I have a feeling this giveaway will be a hit with all of you wonderful readers. It’s for the Book of Elicitation Techniques by The Entire World of R Series and Say It Right.

This is an awesome book, and filled with information that is stuff I wish they taught you in school!

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Before I begin my review, please head on over to the Say It Right site here and read the information they provide on the book. They also show example pages!!

My basic overview (which is nothing compared to the info they provide on their site) is that this book provides information and tips on eliciting /r/. It’s incredibly useful to read and really just makes sense. It includes really useful pages such as probe lists, worksheets, and data sheets.

It provides information on a huge variety of techniques which I love because if one technique doesn’t work for one client, you have many more to choose from.

Let me just try and explain how much information is included in this book. The book covers: all about /r/, evaluation (screenings, probes, checklists), other products, treatment techniques (cueing, cognates, coarticulation, whisper technique, nonsense words, carry-over), elicitation techniques (for er, ar, air, ear, ire, or, prevocalic r, rl, r-blends), oral movement, data/homework, AND case studies. And  that’s not even everything!!

Below are some of the sections I’ve found particularly useful:

1) Cueing: These pages provide examples of many, many types of cueing. It’s a great reminder for me to use multiple modalities for cueing including auditory, visual, and tactile cues. This book provides examples of each of these types of cues specifically for producing /r/.

2) Coarticulation: I knew how important coarticulation can be for effective and efficient therapy but I love how this book explains it, and makes it specific to /r/.

3) Carry-Over: As any good therapy book should, this book contains a section on carry-over which I found to be really useful! This section describes Controlled Randomized Practice, which I had never heard of before but it really makes a lot of sense!

 Okay so those are three of the hundreds of amazing sections included in this book! If you need help with /r/, GET THIS BOOK.

You can see some example pages of the book below:

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Again, if you are interested in this book definitely check out the Say It Right website here to read more! They describe it perfectly. Overall, I would absolutely recommend this book. It taught me so much about eliciting /r/ and will be a valuable resource to read when what I’m trying just isn’t working!!

Say It Right is wonderful, and is giving one of these books away to a lucky Speechy Musings reader! Enter the Rafflecopter below:

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