Monday, January 25, 2016

SLP Eats - Quick and Healthy!

Tonight I'm linking up with the Frenzied SLPs to share ideas about quick and easy SLP eats.

First, I need to tell you that the cooking part of this is NOT quick. However, I cook and freeze large recipes in small, meal-sized containers for calorie control and convenience. Heating up the individual servings is very quick and easy. 

Let's start with breakfast. Here is my favorite on the go meal in the morning. If I'm heading to the gym before school, I grab one of these before I head out the door. It's easy and quick to heat up at school. The calorie count and grams of protein are in the preferred range. 

Here is another alternative. This is a breakfast casserole made in the crock pot. It will be portioned out and frozen, so it can also be taken to school. Click on the photo for the recipe.

On to lunch. I always start with a salad. It is half romaine lettuce and half spinach. I buy the pre-shredded carrots. A few slivers of thinly sliced red onion adds some pizzazz. My favorite dressing is Newman's Own Cesar Lite. Two tablespoons equals about 70 calories. Some dressings are three times that much!

Entrees (for either lunch or dinner) usually consist of a hearty casserole that I make ahead, portion out and freeze. Here is my Spanish rice and chicken dish. I jazz it up with some red pepper flakes! Click the photo for the recipe.

Another favorite is this paleo sausage dish that is made in the crock pot. I use turkey sausage. 

Here is the recipe:  

2 lb(s), Sausage - Italian, sweet, links
2 Green Bell Peppers diced and sauteed
2 large, Onions - diced and sauteed
1 can diced tomatoes
1 tbsp(s), Spices - Onion powder
1 tbsp(s), Spices - Garlic powder

Put all of the ingredients into the crock pot and cook on high for about 2 hours. I serve over 1/2 cup whole wheat noodles, which I make ahead and mix into the individual portions of this recipe. 

Now a word about storing these creations. Here is a shot of the inside of my freezer. I label each container. Those labels have been printed on card stock, laminated and a dot of Ailene's Tacky glue is placed on the back. Sounds familiar doesn't it? Pull off the labels to heat up the dish. Re-use as necessary. 

Last summer at the TpT conference, I met my wonderful friend Pam from Small Talk SLP. She had brought some yummy granola from home that she made. Well, that was IT. I had to make some once I got home. I played around with a few recipes and this is my favorite-Maple Pecan Granola. Here is a photo. The recipe is below it. Warning: It is addictive and healthy, but NOT low-calorie!  You have been warned!!

Here is the recipe for the granola:

4 cups whole, old fashioned oats
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2/3 cup maple syrup (I use pure maple syrup--it makes a difference!)
1/3 cup vegetable oil (you can use coconut oil)
1 teaspoon maple flavoring

Mix oats and nuts together in a large bowl and set aside. Mix syrup, oil, maple flavoring and salt together. Pour that mixture into the dry ingredients and blend well. Spread onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake at 325 degrees for 35 minutes. Enjoy!

That's it-for now! I have a LOT of recipes I have collected. Expect another installment of #SLPeats in the future!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Speechie Freebies - Valentine Friends

Today I'm happy to bring you another great FREEBIE with a Valentine theme. Click below for an easy, NO PREP, black ink only set of worksheets. You can use these in therapy OR for homework or BOTH!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Dollar Store Speech Ideas!

Who doesn't love the Dollar stores? I'm an addict! Dollar General is about 5 minutes from my house and Dollar Tree is about 15 minutes away. I troll them both regularly. And I do mean TROLL! My mindset when I walk in the door is: "There is plenty of cool speech stuff in here. All I have do to is find it!" Oh and find it I do....

What are the best items at the dollar stores? Seasonal products! My favorites are the erasers, stickers and party favors. Party favors? Yes! What can you do with those? Oh and "Table Scatter." Look below!

Now let's head to the bath section. The bath section? Really? Check out these puppets-I have most of them. I always need something to reinforce the production of final K. This shark will do nicely!

And here is my all-time FAVORITE item from Dollar Tree!!!! Are you ready? Eraser dice! They are colorful and QUIET! I only wish I had purchased more of them. I look for more every time I'm in Dollar Tree.

Have fun trolling, er, shopping!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Speechie Freebies!

Brrr it has been cold here in the Gold Country! We had snow on Christmas Eve and it stayed around for almost two weeks! That is unusual here!  

Thinking about all thing chilly, I have a GREAT freebie for you! It is a page of visuals with coordinating complex directions--temporal, conditional, ordinal and multiple modifiers. Let me tell you, these activities are difficult to find. I know because I used to spend a lot of time looking for materials to fill this need--that was before I learned how to make them myself. Now you get to benefit from my efforts!

Click on the photo below to head to my store and download this fabulous freebie! It will save you time and meet your students/clients need effectively. Oh and you don't have to print out the visuals---just bring that page up on your computer screen. NO PRINT!

Want to more of the same? Click the picture below to see the FULL product!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Favorite Organizational Tips for SLPs

Today, I'm linking up with the Frenzied SLPs to describe some organizational tips. 

Two new ideas!

1) One day I was shopping on Zulily and saw a car seat organizer with expandable pockets. Something about the design gave me an idea. Here is a picture of what I'm talking about. 

This organizer has pockets that are deep enough to hold decks of cards. If you are an itinerant SLP, you KNOW how helpful this could be!  After purchasing that organizer, I went a little crazy with car seat organizers and bought two more. Here is another one.

One of the benefits of using these is that you can remove them quickly and easily if necessary. I had to leave my car recently to have some work done on it. I quickly unclipped the organizers and stored them securely until I got my car back. Then, I was able to quickly pop them back into my car.  Easy-peasy!

2) Again, while trolling Zulily, I spied this-a set of plastic boxes that could be useful for holding card decks. If you have Super Duper cards that are in the old, card stock boxes, these would work for you. See the photo below.

It gets better. The whole set of 18 boxes fits into individual slots in a large storage shelf. Now, you get the idea that I travel a lot, but I have not yet figured out exactly how I will use the shelf. I may just keep it at home and grab what I need for the day before heading out the door.

And now, a not-so-new idea!

3) Giant zip-lock bags. With HANDLES. I purchased the bags shown below at our local Dollar Tree. There are three bags per box and they come in different sizes. 

I'm kind of addicted to them. I like to use them for book companions. All items go into one bag, and it goes into the back of my car. Done!

Hope you get some ideas to make your SLP world a little more organized!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

What Can YOU Do with a Deck of Cards? Episode 1

Today I'm starting a new series of posts about different ways you can use decks of cards in speech and language therapy. 

Yes we ALL know how to play the traditional Go Fish, but did you know there are some variations for playing that game? This series of posts will feature quick, easy, productive games you can play in speech/language therapy with ONE deck of cards.

It's WAR!

Cards: You can play this with a deck of articulation cards OR language cards. Select a deck with two concepts that can be juxtaposed, such as initial and final R, medial and final K, etc. Choose one concept that you want your student to identify, such as final R. For language, I have used grammar targets including past tense vs. present tense, do vs. does, he vs. she, etc.

Directions: The game is for two players, although you could try it with three. That might be interesting! First, shuffle the deck. After the deck is shuffled, deal out ALL of the cards. Each player keeps their cards face down in a stack. Play: Both players take the top card from their stack and place them face up side by side. The player who has the desired concept (such as initial R) wins both cards. If both players turn over a winning card, then the War begins! Those two cards are left in place and a second set are turned up placed beside those. The player who has a winning card can then take ALL of the cards used in the round. Sometimes, several "wars" can happen during one turn! Winning the game: The person with the most cards at the end of the game wins. Set a timer that will determine when the game is over. If you have a lot of time, you can play until one person runs out of cards.

Now, exactly how does this work for artic and language? Let's talk about artic first. Choose a sound deck for your student. For some reason, R comes to mind! I like to choose two positions such as initial and final. Remove the medial R cards. Next you have to choose which position will be the target. Final R, perhaps? Prepare the game as described above. When the cards are flipped face up, the player who has the final R wins the round. In the photo below, the player who flipped up the hammer wins this round.

Wait-you both flipped up a final R? Now it is WAR! See the photo below. The player who flipped up the dinosaur wins this round. You can have your student say the words each time a card is flipped. As you can tell, this is a great way to help students practice productions AND identify where their sound is located in a word. The cards shown below are from Super Duper's R deck. Note: I positioned these cards so all of them are facing you. When you play, the opponent's pile and face up card face him/her. 

For language concepts, you can target grammar, categories and more. Choose your deck. See below for the way I use pronouns as targets. Again, you need two concepts with one as your target. Let's say you want to target identification and use of "she." Use a pronoun deck that contains "she" and "he" targets. Don't try to mix in other types of pronouns, unless your student is older and has attained proficiency with a variety of targets. Play as described above. 

Please let me know if you try these ideas. I would love to hear from you!

Tired of your artic decks? Click on the photo below for a FREE alternative!

Monday, January 4, 2016

New Year's Challenge

Today I’m linking up with the Frenzied SLPs to talk about New Year’s Resolutions. Later this month, I will be taking on a graduate intern for 9-10 weeks. My resolution is to try to be the best supervisor and mentor that I can be. Here are my thoughts on that role.

1.   I will remember what it was like! It has been more than 30 years since I was an intern. Yes, that was a LONG time ago, but believe me, I remember it. Interns have worked very hard to get to this point. As the clinical supervisor, I am in a position to assist the intern in gaining training and confidence assessing and treating various speech and language difficulties (not to mention all of the other duties). It is important to get to know my intern and, in this case, we already know each other. Like me, she has a life outside of the work setting. From a broader perspective, an intern may have a spouse and children. They may even have to work an extra job to make ends meet, since most internships are not paid positions. Those are important considerations to keep in mind.

2.  I will be THERE for the student intern. Am I up for the challenge? To do this right, it takes a lot of time and energy-especially during the first few weeks. Obviously, one must be present physically, but it is equally important to be there emotionally and cognitively as well. I have agreed to take on an intern, and I owe this to her!

3.  Am I a mentor or supervisor? Or both? There is a delicate balance between these roles. Ideally, I will begin mostly as a supervisor and finish mostly as a mentor. Actually, I try to combine both to some extent from the beginning. I want my student to feel comfortable asking questions, trying things that may or may not work, etc. This is THE time for the student to make mistakes, which leads me to the last point.

4.  A few words about criticism. How do you provide constructive feedback or criticism? I like the term feedback better than criticism. Criticism has a negative connotation. Establishing good rapport at the beginning of the internship will pave the way for constructive feedback. Getting to know the student makes all the difference. I want students/CFs to trust me enough to make mistakes knowing I will be there to help them analyze what went wrong in a positive manner using non-judgmental  feedback. That is the best environment for learning, in my opinion. Of course, I will also be the first one to recognize and describe successes as well!

Ultimately, the goal for the intern is to feel confident about assuming the full-time duties of the SLP. In my opinion, it is also important for the intern to know that the supervisor is there for them after they leave the internship. Remember, that intern may someday become your colleague. I speak from first-hand experience!