Attention SLP Shoppers

Attention SLP Shoppers

Attention SLP shoppers!
The Teachers Pay Teachers big Back To School sale is August 1 and 2nd. With 20% off, you don’t want to miss this! Plus you get an additional 8% off when you use the promo code BESTYEAREVER.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
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It’s time to get strategic about your TPT therapy materials.  What’s really going to help you this year and for the years to come? Let me help you find  must have items for your SLP bag of tricks. Here are some great materials to get you started from my store.  I have no doubt you’ll find yourself reaching for these year after year.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Super Hero Vocab
” I love the organization/layout of this product. I know it will benefit many of my students! Thanks for including the Reading Comprehension stories – my teachers love that I integrate reading in speech all the time!” Buyer[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″][spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
The Under Book
“I am so excited about this book! I have several students who are working on positional concepts and it just takes so many repetitions to learn the concepts. I love that this book is full of repetitions. I am looking forward to more in the future!” Buyer[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
SLP Planner Square Cover
“While I haven’t started my job yet (countdown to my CF position!), I love this planner so far! It looks great, even with my black and white only printer. I love the extra documents (such as the Parent Communication Log).” Buyer[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″][spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Super Stack a Burger
” This is such a fun and engaging activity! I appreciate you including the different levels of difficulty. Thanks!” Buyer[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
DragonsLove TacosSpeechLanguageActivityPacket
” So many of my younger students love anything that has do to with dinosaurs…and who doesn’t love tacos? 🙂 I love this book, but am even happier that such a thorough, applicable and fun speech therapy product was created for it! Thank you so much” Buyer[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
And here’s what’s in my cart, I personally know all of these sellers and am really excited to add more of their wonderful materials to my collection.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
From Sparklle SLP Interactive Notebook Companions for Picture Books, I love using books in therapy!
Interactive Book Companion
From Lauren Dibiase : House Vocabulary Bundle
From Pam at Small Talk SLP:  Find My Sound: R and R blends
Find My Sound
From Jennifer at SpeechTherapyFun : No Prep Articulation Scenes
Articulation Scenes
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Happy shopping my friends and here’s to THE BEST YEAR EVER!
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Prepositions got you feeling like a Bad SLP? (or Bad Teacher?)

Prepositions got you feeling like a Bad SLP? (or Bad Teacher?)

Do you feel like you are aimless or not at the top of you game when working on prepositions?[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
I can totally relate. I work with a lot of special education students. I tried taking pictures of students under tables, in chairs, next to each other. They enjoyed the activity but it didn’t stick.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
I tried having them take turns putting a fun toy on the chair or taking it off the chair. Again fun, but not getting the concept.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
I tried it with matching puzzle pieces, with apps, and games. Still no lasting success.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Talk about feeling like a Bad Therapist.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
But I kept trying. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Then a combination of learning experiences came together. I noticed that teaching opposite prepositions didn’t work.  I noticed that kids got distracted by little details in pictures. I went to an amazing presentation by Dr. Elena Plante, research SLP from University of Arizona and she talked about the importance of errorless learning and teaching one concept at a time.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
I learned about fast-mapping. Fast mapping is the psychological term for learning a new concept after a single exposure to information.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Students with SLI and cognitive impairments are not able to fast-map like their typical peers. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
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I tried making a book with simple visuals and white background. This way the focus was only on the relationship of the objects to each other.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
There is a picture strip with words at the bottom of the page, always the same “Where is the _____”(object) The next page always has   ______ (target preposition) the ___________ (relationship word).[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Object remains the same. For example in “The Under Book” the object is always a banana, it is always under something. Going through the book once gives 12-15 repetitions.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
The other important piece is that the skill needs to be taught in more than one setting. So with all of the prepositions books I offer examples for how to extend the new concept into different settings.
I’m still doing more investigating in this area but I can say, I’m having good results with these books. So are the people who have bought them.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
” I am so excited about this book! I have several students who are working on positional concepts and it just takes so many repetitions to learn the concepts. I love that this book is full of repetitions. I am looking forward to more in the future!” ~Buyer[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Here is the new “Next To Book”.  This completes the first three prepositional concepts that children with typical language development acquire at the age of 3:  “on” and “under” and “next to”. I’ll be working on the next ones soon.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
While I was doing my research, I put together this handy little chart. This will be great as a parent/teacher handout and just to keep for your own reference. I’m giving it to you for FREE, just click here. As a Beautiful Speech Life follower, you are getting it early! I already gave it to my TPT followers, but if you missed it, here it is again. I’ll be putting it in my TPT store later. (It’s also included in The Next To Book)[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
You might also be interested in The Under Book and The On Book. Coming soon…The In Book.
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So take charge of those prepositions and SLP Like a Boss,[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
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6 Ways an SLP can use TPT to be Super Organized and Resourceful

6 Ways an SLP can use TPT to be Super Organized and Resourceful


School is back in full swing for me.
Are you like me and tell yourself that you’re going to be more organized this year? (And say it every year?)[spacer height=”20px”]
This year I’m actually doing it-not perfectly of course.  But I have to say Teachers Pay Teachers (TPT) has made my life sooo much easier. When I first discovered TPT, I was just downloading freebies left and right and buying products that were cheap.[spacer height=”20px”]
Now, I’m a little more discriminating.  Just because something is free or inexpensive doesn’t mean it’s the right product for me.[spacer height=”20px”]
Here are  6 ways that I use TPT to make me more organized and the therapy materials I need at my fingertips.[spacer height=”20px”]


1. Buy staple items that you know you can use every year.
Here is my list for K-3 (yours may look different, you’ll customize to fit your needs)
Articulation rings, flipbooks
Vocabulary Development: Categorizing, Opposites, Synonyms, Compare and Contrast
Grammar: pronouns, verbs, plurals, possessives, adjective and adverbs
Following Directions
Middle School:
Articulation (s, l, r)
Vocabulary: grade level antonyms, synonyms, homonyms, context clues
Grammar: verbs, adjectives
Book Companions
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Watch for items that are Core Curriculum Aligned.[spacer height=”20px”]
2. Consider your teaching/therapy style.
Do you like worksheets and paper/pencil activities or do you motivate students through cards and games?[spacer height=”20px”]
Get products that you can easily picture yourself using. Do you need activities with no or low preparation time? Or do you love having colorful,laminated materials and don’t mind cutting laminated items while you watch the latest episode of The Bachelor?[spacer height=”20px”]
Purchase items that will fit into your way of doing things.[spacer height=”20px”]
3. Don’t re-invent the wheel.
You can get planners, data sheets, forms, posters, homework sheets, brag tags, and punch cards on TPT.  Get SUPER organized by using them.[spacer height=”20px”]
4. Find your favorite sellers
Once you start purchasing items you’ll find sellers that seem like they are making products just for you.  These sellers are gems! Follow them and show them some love by giving feedback on their products. (Especially the freebies)[spacer height=”20px”]
When I need something I save myself time by searching their stores first (less to scroll through than when I do a site-wide search).[spacer height=”20px”]
5. Buy seasonal and holiday items as little treats to keep your sessions fresh and fun. (for your students and for you)[spacer height=”20px”]
Kids get so excited about holidays (so do I). Fun seasonal materials can breathe new life into concepts you’ve been working on.[spacer height=”20px”]
6. Give some thought to how you store your TPT products[spacer height=”20px”]
You want them to be easily accessible.  I use Globe-Weiss clear plastic envelopes with colored ziptops (from Amazon). I print the product cover page and place inside to use it as a label. These are really sturdy and can stand on a shelf.[spacer height=”20px”]
So there you have it, 6 easy ways to help you be organized, effective and fun by using TPT.   Which tip will help you the most? Leave a note in the comments below. [spacer height=”20px”]
Happy Organizing,
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6 Ways an SLP Can Help with Preliteracy Skills

6 Ways an SLP Can Help with Preliteracy Skills

6WaysanSlpCanHelpwithPreliteracySkillsSo what exactly is  preliteracy?


This term covers all the areas a child needs to get ready to read.  It includes important skills like oral language and phonological and phonemic awareness (the awareness of sounds), as well as knowledge of the alphabet and an understanding of common print concepts (print goes from left to right and from up to down on a page, how to hold a book).
A child that has been identified with a speech and/or language impairment (SLI) can be at a higher risk for having reading difficulties.  Studies have indicated that as many as 40-75% of children with SLI will have problems learning to read.
A speech language pathologist (SLP) can help not only in the development of oral language but in the following areas as well:
1. Print Motivation
Get excited about what you are reading to a child, enthusiasm is contagious.  Talk about why you like the book and what you like about it. Be animated. Let  him know that it was your favorite when you were a child or that you read it to your little girl.  Help them to make an emotional connection.
2. Print Awareness
When using books in therapy to help develop vocabulary and sequencing skills, take this time to point out the title and the author. Let the child turn the pages. Track with your finger under the words as you read them.
3.Phonological Awareness
Help kids play with sounds to help them understand that words are made up of smaller sounds. Sing songs, read books with rhymes. Play a funny rhyming game with their names.
4. Vocabulary
Need I say more? As SLP’s we are all about expanding vocabulary. Label the pictures. Talk about some words that you think might be unfamiliar.  When you come across those words in the text, ask if they know what it means.  If not, talk about the words and place them in a familiar context.
5. Narrative skills
Ask questions about the story that can’t be answered with yes or no. Ask him to retell the story; if this is too hard provide a scaffold by asking questions or giving choices.
6. Letter Knowledge
Learning about letters and know what sounds they make is so much fun. Help kids get excited about recognizing the first letter in their name and make a game of looking for letters in their environment.  Make playing with letters fun and multi-sensory.
Learning the letters of the alphabet is a big part of Kindergarten.  It can be challenging to incorporate the repetition kids need and to keep them interested.
I created this Letter Recognition and Sound game to do just that. It’s an engaging, colorful activity with two levels of play.  Students can apply their knowledge of letters and letter sounds as they play games and interact with letters by flipping over the cards and building a smores.
Smores Letter and Sound Recognition Activity
Smores are available  by clicking on this link to my Teachers Pay Teachers Store.
So there you have it…6 Ways an SLP can help with preliteracy skills and have fun doing it!
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Don’t miss the last day of the big sale!

It’s back to school time and Teachers Pay Teachers is making it a little easier to go back.

The big site wide sale is on all day August 4th. Take some time to fill your cart and get up to 28% off.  (Pssst….Use the code BTS15).

I don’t know about you but my cart is full! So many great resources for such great prices.

My newest product is all about vocabulary!. I have linked the activities to the common core curriculum to provide 6 lessons that will help increase vocabulary and reading comprehension.


I hope you love it…I included QR codes, photos, and reading comprehension questions to make it fun, multi-sensory, and functional.

Happy Shopping!


Helping Kids be more Descriptive

Helping Kids be more Descriptive

Nacho Sentence Builder Snip

(Graphics by Ashley Hughes, Creative Clips and Tiffany Teaches)

Who wants their students/clients to speak and write more descriptively? I know I do. I created the Nacho Sentence Builders as an engaging activity to do just that!

This fun game helps students learn to build more detailed sentences using adjectives and adverbs.  Aligned with Common Core Standards (Speaking and Listening 2.4, 3.4, 4.4, 5.4), there are at least three different levels of play(more if you use your imagination).

Correct word order

Research tells us that solid syntactical skills rely on understanding and use of correct word order and organization. By providing these written and oral examples of sentences you are helping your student move from simple sentences to richer, more detailed sentences. As we know (and studies prove), repeated modeling and opportunities for practice are needed for students to solidly acquire these new grammatical forms (Gummersall & Strong, 1999).

Describe it

While playing the game, take the opportunity to talk about how the adverbs and adjectives change the meaning of the sentences. Use examples such as how is “big” different from “humongous”? Use a white board and make a scale starting at “teeny” and incrementally moving up to “giganitic” (Nippold, 1998).

Nacho chips

Nacho Sentence Builder includes all the fixin’s you need to make simple or loaded nachos.

24 Nacho Chip pronouns                     24 Black Bean verbs

27 Guacamole adverbs                         27 Melted Cheese prepos./article

27 Jalapeno location nouns              6 Blank Nacho Chip pronouns

9 Blank Black Bean nouns                   9 Blank Guacamole adverbs

9 Blank Melted Cheese prep./article   9 Blank Jalapeno location nouns

6 different colors of Nacho platters     8 bowls of salsa


Mmmm, hungry yet? I also included three leveled writing/homework sheets.

Sentence Homework

This game is perfect for small groups and is geared toward 2nd – 5th graders.  Now available in my Teachers Pay Teachers store!

Nacho Sentence Builder Snip

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