Friday, July 31, 2015

What's in Your Cart?

Today I'm linking up with Jenna over at Speech Room News where we are ready to give you suggestions for the upcoming TpT sale. Here are a few items from my store that you can use everyday!

Schoolhouse Talk: I’ve done ALL the work for you!  Really!  Here is a packet that features initial and final sound including: R, S, L, initial blends for R, S, L, TH, SH, CH, J, K, G, F, T, D, N, P, B, M and final S-blends!

Each page features 20 words. Students simply say the word correctly and color in the apple. Alternatively, each apple can be covered with a bingo chip OR the child can use a paint dotter!  It is a FUN way to practice. Ideal for homework OR use in therapy!

Deep Test for R: I made this because I could not find a deep-test screener for R with PICTURE stimuli. This tests /R/ in all positions of words using pictures--100 of them! All post-vocalic forms of /R/ are included, as well as intervocalic /R/. Collect pre- and post-test data. Use for probing periodically during the school year. Use for single words, sentences, reading and conversational speech! 

Cycles packets: Have you checked out my cycles packets? By the time you read this, there will be a fourth packet available in my store. These are EASY prep, with specific, detailed instructions included. Use for young children with poor intelligibility due to phonological error patterns. There are do-a-dot pages, lists of words for auditory bombardment and other activities. These can all be used for homework, as well. The packet above is my best-seller!

Now, here are some suggestions for items I have personally reviewed. They are both terrific! 

BTS Scavenger Hunt: Pam of Small Talk SLP has made a terrific packet that is EASY to prepare and use! She has made boards with many pictures using cute, appealing graphics! Once printed and laminated, the boards can be used over and over again. Tasks include hunting for items in a category and rapid naming of items in common categories. This is something you can use anytime of year!

Harry Potter and the Socerer’s Stone companion packet: Karen-The Pedi Speechie, has made a HUGE (almost 400 pages!) packet to accompany the famous book. There are activities for each and every chapter in the book. Tasks include: vocabulary, antonyms, synonyms, comprehension questions, sentence formulation, sequencing and articulation, just to name a few! This packet is idea for upper elementary/middle school students.

Happy Shopping AND Happy Back-to-School!

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Frenzied SLPs and SLP Strong

The Best Thing I Learned This Summer...

Well, the truth is I already knew about this, but let me say I re-affirmed that friendship is important. Very important. 

I was fortunate to attend a conference where I was able to meet up with some of my SLP friends from across the country. Some of us have collaborated online for quite a while, so we are not strangers!  However, several of us met in person for the first time. 

Thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Pam, my roomie during the conference. She is wonderful! It was so great to meet in person!

Antics in the photo booth with Mia, Kelly and Lynda, four of your Frenzied SLPs.

Lynda, Tammy, Linda, Lisette, Ashley

Linda came all the way from New York. We had a chance to visit at length and I learned about her challenging job situation, but most important-I made a new friend. Lisette and I chatted about working in the schools and as medical SLPs, too. And this is the second time I have had the chance to meet up with Lynda. We’ve collaborated and shared for quite a while, but meeting up in person is just the best thing ever!

Marvelous Mia who recently posted about the importance of friendship. Yep, she gets it!

The tips and ideas learned at the conference were worth the price of admission, but the BEST part was the time I spent with friends. Priceless!!!

Remember, working together, makes us all STRONGER! 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015


Here is a quick, easy project you can do to add to your therapy toolbox!  Address articulation, vocabulary, categorization, synonyms and much, much more!

Here is what you need: A color printer, magnetic sheets (see below), metal jar lids and template to print onto the magnetic sheets.  Avery Magnet Sheets!   Another option: Cut magnetic stick-on strips to fit or magnetic stick-on "coins" and attach to the backs laminated circles.

Lids! Here are some lids from These are affordable--which is great if you serve multiple school sites! Metal Lids!     

The magnetic sheets are very easy to use. It is important, though, to figure out which side of the page your printer prints on. Experiment with a blank piece of paper. My printer requires pages to be loaded face down for printing. The magnetic sheets print on only one side--the other side is magnetic! Now, here is a photo showing the thickness of the magnetic sheets compared to regular paper.

Next, you need to download the FREEBIE template below.

Print out the template onto one of the magnetic sheets. You can use a scrapbook tool to cut out the magnets as shown below. You will need to trim the edges of the magnetic paper so it will fit into the cutter.  

You can also use scissors to cut out the magnets.

Put the magnets on the underside of the lid and you are ready to play!

Flip several lids over and have your students guess at what is under them You can also hid things under the lids for the kids to find! They will go wild!!

Check out the other templates I have made! Click below!



Don't forget your freebie!

Have FUN!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Let's Talk Vacation!

Vacation! Tonight I'm linking up with my colleague Kim over at the Activity Tailor for her linky titled, "Let's Talk Vacation!" 

Whether you are having a “staycation,” or taking a short or long trip--all are great ways to unwind. We are saving for a big family trip next summer, so this year we took a short trip to Stinson Beach, which is just north of San Francisco. The “prime directive” was to find a beach house rental that would allow us to bring our beloved dog, Heidi. Turns out that was not too difficult. The house was perfect—just steps from the beach.

Heidi is a total beach girl! She loved romping with all of the other dogs and believe me this beach was dog heaven. Almost all of the other dogs were off-lead (no leash), but Heidi has not had much training without a leash. By the last day, however, we felt brave. We let her go and of course she did not go very far. She would trot or run a few steps ahead of us and then stop to look back, making sure we were still following her. She made a LOT of new friends and her behavior was perfect. Dogs need social training just like people do! 

The second day we were there, my hubby made a discovery (see the third picture above) on the beach. It was a crab that somehow got flipped over onto its back. It was totally helpless. Heidi charged up to it and I yelled (or screamed, more like), afraid that she would be her nose pinched. Well, hubby could not just leave the crab to die. He had to rescue it. He walked all the way out to the water and put the crab safely in. His trusty assistant was a lot of help. 

All to soon, it was time to head home, but not without some great memories. We will definitely go back to Stinson Beach, hopefully soon!

What adventures did you have this summer?