What is Phonological Awareness? Phonological awareness refers to knowledge of the general structure and sounds of words, including syllables, rhymes, and sounds. We can this by identifying rhyming words, manipulating phonemes (sounds in words), and counting syllables. If you are looking for a no-prep, systematic way to meet your kids’ needs in this area, make […]

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Language, Materials

Super Simple Ways to Up Your Phonological Awareness Game

Vocabulary sheet using real pictures for speech therapy

Are you a fan of using real picture scenes for speech therapy? I love them so much that I have a whole BUNDLE of amazing Real Pictures products, featuring photographs to target narratives, inferencing and predicting, WH questions, vocabulary, describing and grammar! Photographs are an amazing way to encourage lots of expressive language in our […]

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Elementary School, Language, Materials, Middle School, Therapy Ideas

Beautiful, Concrete, & Effective: Using REAL PICTURES in Your Materials

Is there anything more beautiful and versatile in speech therapy than a good narrative? Everyone loves a good story! Narratives, or connected sequences of events or stories, are the language of the classroom and academics, especially in the younger grades. They can entertain and inform. Narratives are also the backbone of every good social exchange. […]

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Language, Therapy Ideas

Narrative Intervention: The Complete Guide from Basics to Complex Language

What causes speech delay? That question came up recently for our guest writer today, fellow SLP, Candace Hayden, M.A., CCC-SLP. Candace is a current, practicing school speech-language pathologist. Thanks for joining us today Candace! Yesterday I was getting my teeth cleaned at the dentist when the hygienist found out that I’m a speech therapist. Like […]

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Musings

What Causes Speech Delay? The Blame Stops Now

Are you looking for ways for teaching emotions to your clients? Check out my Emotional Awareness worksheets with structured high-quality activity sheets targeting 20 different emotions, what they look like, and how they make us feel in our bodies. What is emotional awareness? Basically, it is the need to understand your own emotions and feelings. […]

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AAC, Language, Therapy Ideas

Teaching Emotions: More Than Just “Happy” and “Sad”!

sample page for high frequency words for speech therapy

There are SO MANY ways to target articulation (and language!!) that don’t involve our artic kids finding words from text passages or just “focusing on their sounds” during other, unrelated activities. ⁣My favorite words for speech sound or articulation therapy are high frequency, and they can be found everywhere, all the time! New Research on […]

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Articulation, Materials, Therapy Ideas

Best Advice for High Frequency Words in Speech Therapy

Teaching /r/ can be tricky! If you’re looking for some quick /r/ articulation lists, check out my systematic, super functional high-frequency /r/ packet! This resource will help you target words your students actually use like “really” and “are” instead of random, noun-based targets like “rooster” or “monster”. It includes printables to target R in isolation, […]

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Articulation, Middle School, Therapy Ideas

Tools and Techniques for Eliciting /R/ in Articulation Therapy

WH questions in speech therapy come up a lot! They’re really functional and seem to be easily noticed as a weakness by teachers and parents. I wanted to share a few thoughts when targeting WH questions as well as a few of my favorite resources for targeting WH questions at a variety of language levels. […]

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Materials, Therapy Ideas

5 Activities to Work on WH Questions in Speech Therapy

I wanted to take a step back from my usually speech/language blog posts to chat about something I love very much: fonts, especially accessible fonts. 😂 For the past 8+ years, I’ve spent a significant amount of my time designing and developing printable resources for SLPs. In that time, I’ve learned a ton and have […]

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For SLPs

Why Fonts Matter: Choosing Accessible Fonts in Speech Therapy Resources

Just a note before we get into it. This is a guest blog post from Amy, another SLP, all about virtual speech therapy organization! You can find Amy’s SLP Facebook page here. WOW – It’s almost December of what is surely the most unusual (I’ll refrain from using 2020’s most overused word unprec…) year of […]

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Organization

SLP Organization Ideas for Virtual Therapy

Wordless picture books are one of the most versatile and useful tools that you can have in your speech and language therapy room! Check out my top 10 list!

In case you don’t know, wordless picture books are one of the most versatile, useful materials you can have for speech therapy! I’ve worked in 3 different settings since graduation. This has turned me into a material hoarder as there are very few materials that are appropriate for all of the children I’ve worked with! […]

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Elementary School, Grammar, Language, Materials, Therapy Ideas

Best Wordless Picture Books for Speech and Language Therapy

Social skills generalization is critically important, especially if you notice that your lessons on social skills aren't translating to the lunchroom and the playground for your students. Learn more about how to make social skills instruction active in real time and applicable for your students.

This is a fabulous guest blog post about social skills generalization by: Sher DeGenova MA CCC-SLP When I first started teaching social skills generalization 10 years ago, I followed in the footsteps of many special education staff before me and focused on game-playing.  My students learned the rules of Headbanz, Pirate Talk, Snail Pace Race, […]

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Social Skills, Therapy Ideas

Social Skills Generalization – At Recess, Lunch and More!

a good system shortens the road to the goal.

- orlson marden