There’s nothing better than finding that “just right” motivating topic to target your students goals! When I came up with the idea of conversation cell phones! Cell phones are very motivating for some of my students and this idea worked like a charm! I recently redid the graphics on this product, and added some new […]

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Materials, Social Skills

Conversation Cell Phones

It’s definitely that time of year where I feel swamped. One of the most time consuming things I do during this time of year is evaluations. So.Many.Evaluations. I work with 3 year olds through 2nd grade so I do a lot of language sample analysis. I love doing them as they provide incredibly useful information, […]

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Elementary School, Freebies, Language, Materials, Musings, Therapy Ideas

Easy Language Sample Analysis

AAC materials are incredibly hard to find online, primarily (I think) because the graphics in systems are diverse and copyrighted. In order to have AAC visuals and materials for your caseload, think about how many different systems your students use! Speak For Yourself, TouchChat, Proloquo2Go, LAMP, etc.. Every system uses separate buttons, graphics, and layouts. […]

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AAC, Freebies, Materials

DIY AAC Visuals and a Freebie

For me, finding targets and activities for articulation at the word and sentence level is fairly easy. I can do a lot with flashcards! Things get more tricky when looking for fun activities that get in lots of trials at the structured or unstructured conversation levels! So many of my students as these levels still […]

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Articulation, Materials

Articulation Menus for /r/

Recently, I felt like I had an influx of students who were finally stimulable on some new sounds! Yay! Except… I suddenly had an incredibly difficult time getting them to produce these sounds when combined with a vowel in syllables. Here’s my tips and tricks for moving from making sounds in isolation to working on the […]

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Articulation, Materials, Therapy Ideas

Moving from Sounds in Isolation to Syllables!

  The Old Lady books go together with SLPs like peanut butter and jelly. They are amazing books for their repetitive nature and silly sense of humor. This week will be all about St. Patrick’s Day in my speech room! Below are some ideas of how I use There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed […]

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Language, Materials, Therapy Ideas

Using There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover in Speech and Language Therapy

  AAC lesson plans and materials? Too good to be true? It’s not! AAC is one of my biggest passions in this field. I love, love, love it. However, I like to mass lesson plan each week. I plan a minimal number of activities and try to use them with the majority of my caseload. Sometimes […]

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AAC, Materials, Reviews

AAC Language Lab Review

If you’re a follower of Speechy Musings, you know that I recently switched to a school setting. I primarily work with students up to grade 2 and have a TON of students with phonology disorders. I worked for 1 week at the school before heading out to Costa Rica. Rough life, I know. I was […]

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Articulation, Materials, Reviews, Therapy Ideas

Cycles for Phonology: Assessment, Setting Up, Progress Monitoring, & Intervention

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! I love incorporating themes into therapy but don’t like planning to encroach on my personal life either. So enter in my Mini Articulation Cards. They make crafts SO easy! I printed mini articulation cards on red paper for each student on my caseload. My language students work on describing, categorizing, and […]

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Materials, Therapy Ideas

Love Monsters

For many students on my caseload, question formulation, or putting words in the correct order when asking questions, is an incredibly difficult skill. I saw this difficulty across students with social skill goals, AAC goals, and syntax goals. A few months ago, I wanted to encourage one of my social skills kiddos to ask a […]

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Materials, Therapy Ideas

Question Formulation Maps

Since I’ve switched to the school setting, I’ve had moments where I desperately wished I could see some of my grouped students 1:1, even just for a short time or for certains days (e.g., days I want to do progress monitoring, formal data collection, etc..). I felt like a bad SLP on these days: I […]

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Articulation, Materials, Therapy Ideas

Centers for Articulation

I’m fairly obsessed with the Expanding Expression Tool (EET). I love how it incorporates so many language skills into one functional tool that I can pair with almost any activity. In order to keep my kiddos on track and motivated, I recently started teaching the EET in a more structured way. Bonus: it’s also super […]

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Materials, Therapy Ideas

How I Teach the EET

a good system shortens the road to the goal.

- orlson marden