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Sometimes, as busy school SLPs, we need a reason to laugh!  Here are five problems (intended in fun!) only my fellow SLPs understand.

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Why do you work with Johnny?  I understand him just fine.

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Hey, Mrs. Snyders!  Happy Balentimes day!

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When you are informed that three new kids just moved in with speech-language therapy on their IEPs, which means you will have to rework your entire schedule.

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Occupational hazard: spit on your glasses.

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Getting mail in your box for the "speech coach."

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What would you add to my list?

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Top 10 Favorite Books for SLPs

Books are a great way to target many different speech and language skills in therapy, particularly for mixed groups!  You can use them to target goals such as:
  • describing
  • story retell
  • past tense verbs
  • predicting
  • inferencing
  • comparing/contrasting
  • identifying problems/solutions
  • articulation and phonology
  • expanding utterances
  • answering WH questions
  • and more!
Top 10 Favorite Books for Speech Language Therapy

One thing I often do is stick notes in a book after I read it, to help remind me what specific targets or questions I asked.  Sometimes I use post it notes, and sometimes I use sticky library pockets and index cards.  This makes each book even more low prep the next time I use it, so it’s easy to just pull it off the shelf and go!

Top 10 Favorite Books for Speech Language Therapy

Today, I’d like to share with you ten of my favorite books that I find myself reaching for the most when working with my elementary students (kindergarten to sixth grade).

Even Superheroes Have Bad Days (by Becker & Kaban) - I love this book because of both the theme (so many of my students love superheroes) and because of the message!  It talks about how everyone gets angry or frustrated, and gives examples of good choices to make when that happens. It’s full of /s/ words, too!

Adrift (by Jessica Olien) - This adorable book is about two polar bears who are polar opposites (sorry, couldn’t resist the pun!) who end up being stranded together, and end up as friends.  Bonus: There’s lots of /l/ words!

A Boy and His Jaguar (by Alan Rabinowitz) - This is a book I like to use with my older students (3rd and up), particularly for those who stutter.  It tells the story of Alan Rabinowitz, who grew up with a stutter, and now works for the Bronx Zoo.  It’s got a great message, but I do always have a discussion beforehand about how things in schools were very different back when the author was growing up, and we know people who stutter are no different than anyone else.  This one is also loaded with vocalic /r/ words.

Top 10 Favorite Books for Speech Language Therapy


Shark Detective (by Jessica Olien) - This book is about a lonely shark who wants to be a detective, but people are afraid of him.  He teams up with a cat to find a missing mouse, and ends up finding a family.  Lots of /sh/ words in this one!

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (by Chris Van Allsburg) - This is another one I like to use with my older students (about 3rd on up).  There are different, mysterious pictures on each page, each with one or two sentences to set up a story.  This is great for taking a language sample, because the reader can use their imagination to decide what happens next.  You can also use it to target things such as verb tenses, conjunctions, expanding sentences, telling things in appropriate sequence, describing, predicting, cause/effect, and inferencing, as well as sentence/conversation level articulation and fluency. 

Where the Sidewalk Ends (by Shel Silverstein) - This is a classic book of poetry that I love to use with my students (especially about 2nd grade and up) working on sentence level or higher articulation and fluency skills!  With poetry, you can talk a lot about using a proper speech and rate of speech, which is good practice for all of our students.  There are also a lot of jokes that involve higher level language in Shel Silverstein’s poetry.

Top 10 Favorite Books for Speech Language Therapy


A Unicorn Named Sparkle (by Amy Young) - This is a cute picture book about a girl who wanted to buy a unicorn, but ended up with something a little different than she was expecting.  (Bonus - lots of /sp/ practice!)

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers (by Mordicai Gerstein) - This is a true story about a man who walked a tightrope between the Twin Towers in New York City.  It's great for story retell, sequencing, inferencing, and more!

Journey (by Aaron Becker) & Float (by Daniel Miyares)
These are both great wordless picture books!  I like to use these when working on inferring, predicting, and story retell, although they are also great for language/articulation samples.


Tell me, what are some of your favorite books to use in therapy?




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Have you seen these adorable miniature shopping carts before?  I spotted them a while ago at Hobby Lobby (similar here on Amazon or  Etsy) and had to grab them for use in therapy!


I wanted to share some ways I have been using them in therapy.
  1. These are great for use with sensory bins when targeting articulation, phonology, or pronouns!  As my students "discover" each individual item hidden in my different sensory bins, we pretend they are shopping for the item.  I'll pick a set word or phrase, depending on their target, that they have to say before placing the item in the cart (such as "I would like a ___" for a student working on the L, or "She wants a ___" for a student working on pronouns when speaking for a stuffed animal).  Then, once the cart is full, we have to "check out" from the store, where the student hands me each item and says the target word/phrase again.
  2. If you have more than one cart, you can use them to have students store their articulation/phonology target cards in and play with quietly while the other students in their group take their turn.
  3. You can also use the carts to go "shopping" around your therapy room to find stimulus cards that you have hidden with your students' therapy targets.  Have you student say the target word/phrase or answer the question before placing the card in their cart.
  4. When working on "smooth" and "bumpy" speech in stuttering therapy, you can use the carts to demonstrate the different types of speech, as well as have your students identify if their speech was "bumpy" or "smooth."
  5. The carts are also great for following directions!  You could set up an "obstacle course" on your therapy table or floor, and give specific directions that your students have to follow (such as, "Go around the tissue box, and then go behind the markers.")
And here are a few more ways to use them in my Youtube video!


Tell me, what other ways would you use these fun little carts?


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Are you looking for some easy ways to dress up your therapy space, desk, or bulletin board? You'll definitely want to check out my Inspirational Quote Posters for SLPs!

Inspirational Quote Posters for SLPs by Natalie Snyders


Available in two separate sets (Inspirational Quotes or Seasonal Quote Posters) as well as a money saving bundle, these posters are designed to be printed using only black ink.  I love them, because all you have to do to quickly dress up your space is literally print and go!

Inspirational Quote Posters for SLPs by Natalie Snyders


You can choose to print them on regular computer paper (which looks especially nice framed with colored or scrapbook paper) or colored paper to match your decor, as seen in the examples here.

Inspirational Quote Posters for SLPs - Print & Go!


I personally have used the Inspirational Quote set as a bulletin board display in my therapy room, while I use the Seasonal Quote set outside my door and on my desk.  They would also be great to display in the hallway as a conversation piece during Better Hearing and Speech Month!

Inspirational Quote Posters for SLPs by Natalie Snyders


There's also a generic educator version, which makes for a great gift for your teacher friends!

Inspirational Quote Posters for Teachers by Natalie Snyders


Do you like decorating your therapy space?  Would these work for you?



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Do you struggle with coming up with an organized way to keep track of new vocabulary terms for your students?  I have created a free printable to help!

FREE personal dictionary printable to help expand vocabulary

Research (Wright & Cervetti, 2016) shows that simply being told a definition is not enough when it comes to actually learning a given term.  Students need to be actively engaged in thinking about the word meaning, and this printable provides a great starting point for your therapy discussion!  I like to start by asking my students if they have ever come across this word or what it makes them think of.  We talk about not only what the word means, but also come up with example sentences, a drawing of the term, and brainstorm or look up any related words (synonyms, antonyms, etc.).

FREE personal dictionary printable to help expand vocabulary

This "personal dictionary" allows your students to take ownership of their vocabulary, as well as provide different ways to practice.  I often make several copies and staple ten to twenty together for each student, so we can review words in later sessions.


Reference:
Wright, T.S., Cervetti, G. (2016). A systematic review of the research on vocabulary instruction that impacts text comprehension. Reading Research Quarterly.







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Do you ever feel like you deserve a little more recognition for all the amazing things you accomplish and juggle as a school based SLP?  

Merit Badges that School SLPs Totally Deserve


Well, unfortunately, I don’t have any medals to hand out, but I do have some honorary merit badges for things that totally deserve one!  

Merit Badges that School SLPs Totally Deserve


Completed progress reports!

Merit Badges that School SLPs Totally Deserve

Graduated one student before three more moved in.  :/

Merit Badges that School SLPs Totally Deserve

Helped a student learn to say their name correctly!

Merit Badges that School SLPs Totally Deserve

Explained your full job title...again.

Merit Badges that School SLPs Totally Deserve

Completed the first draft of your therapy schedule in one week or less!

Merit Badges that School SLPs Totally Deserve

Got over 100 productions in a session!

Merit Badges that School SLPs Totally Deserve

Managing to fit every student into your schedule!

Merit Badges that School SLPs Totally Deserve

Made it through 4 or more IEP meetings in one day!

Merit Badges that School SLPs Totally Deserve

Had a breakthrough with a student!

Merit Badges that School SLPs Totally Deserve

Followed the student's lead for a fantastic session.

Merit Badges that School SLPs Totally Deserve

Student's excellent progress warranted a dance party!

Merit Badges that School SLPs Totally Deserve

You totally wrote a terrific and thorough evaluation report.

Merit Badges that School SLPs Totally Deserve

A student carried over a skill into conversation!

Merit Badges that School SLPs Totally Deserve

Finding the perfect resource for your students!

Merit Badges that School SLPs Totally Deserve

Totally got 10,000+ steps in the hallway alone today.

Merit Badges that School SLPs Totally Deserve

Acing that "make it work" therapy moment!

Merit Badges that School SLPs Totally Deserve

Did your part in changing Balentime's Day into Valentine's Day.

Merit Badges that School SLPs Totally Deserve


What other SLP merit badges would you add to my list?

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I don't know about you, but I often have students that need extra visuals to help learn a concept.  I realized the other day in the midst of a session with a sensory bin with a kindergarten student that I needed something to help with preposition or direction terms.

 FREE preposition visual reference chart for SLPs


So, I created this preposition reference chart, and made one for you, too!  :)  I've found it helpful in structured play settings with my younger students.

 FREE preposition visual reference chart for SLPs


This free download is available in my store in a full or half page version.  I hope you find it helpful!



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