Category: SLP FUN!!

Halloween’s Over! Now What Do I Do in Speech Therapy?!

Halloween fell on a Tuesday this year.  It kind of messed up my week.  My themes are each set for a whole week.  I don’t know about you, but I feel weird doing Halloween activities on November 1st in speech therapy.  Thus, making my week very “unsymmetrical.” (Did I seriously just use the word “thus”?!)  It’s too early for Thanksgiving so what’s an SLP to do?  I got you covered!

Fall Speech Therapy Activities

Fall Themes for Speech Therapy

You can do just about any fall theme during the week after Halloween!  I typically do several popular ones in September but you can easily fit them in after the spookiest day of the year.  So themes with leaves or scarecrows would be really fun…especially now that it is cold and the leaves are actually changing colors!  Pumpkins would be another great theme!

Football Theme

This is a theme that can stretch from September to February (Super Bowl Time!).  I don’t have a football theme on my calendar this year but I have done one in the past.  There are some really cute materials out there in TpT world too!  Speech Room Newsroom has a really cute describing activity that you will NEED!  I have her NBA packet and I love using it during my basketball theme.  Crazy Speech World has another packet great for language skills.  Ashley Rossi over at Sweet Southern Speech has an articulation packet  great for a football theme.  These are just a few resources to get you started with a football theme.(Need help getting your theme started? Look here for help!)

Food Theme

When is it a bad time to talk about food?!  Breakfast foods would be a really fun theme to do this time of year.  You could get your theme started with “If You Give a Moose a Muffin” or “If You Give a Pig a Pancake.”  That would give you a good excuse to buy “Pancake Pileup!”  (Let’s be honest, SLPs don’t need a reason to buy a new game!)  So pull out your plastic food and your favorite food books!

Forest Animals

This is my current theme to finish out the week.  We have a squirrel/acorn theme going on today and Thursday. (Blog post coming soon!)  You could also do an owl theme.  I have several owl products in my TpT store that could easily be used this week!  A cute raccoon theme would be another fun theme that would be appropriate for this time of year.  Have fun with it!

So now that you have some ideas and product suggestions, get busy planning!

Letter Board Fun in Speech Therapy

Last summer, the light box was the hit of the classroom.  This has been the summer of the letter board.  All the craft stores have.  Heck, even Walmart and Target are getting in on the fun!  I found my letter board at Walmart earlier in the summer.  I work out of my house so mine often has witty comments (from the kids) or inspirational quotes.  But then I brainstormed a few ideas to use the letter board in speech therapy!

Using Letter Boards in Speech Therapy

Letter Board Articulation

If you are working with a group, have each child come up with a word with their target sound.  Either allow the child to spell their word or you can do it on the letter board.  This would be a great session starter to get the kids thinking about their sounds or end the session with this fun activity.

But if you are seeing clients individually, you can work with the letter board for a large part of the session. Help the child brainstorm words and spell them out on the board.  These can be the words you drill during your game activity!  Then you can take a picture of the  board, send it to mom with a simple text to practice and BOOM-homework set!

Letter Board in Speech Therapy Groups

I think this idea is my favorite!  When I was a school based SLP, I liked to have little “quick starters” for the kids to do while I took attendance, grabbed the group folders , etc.  This idea was inspired by that.  Put 1-2 language tasks on your letter board and place it in a place all of your students can see.  Kids can either complete the tasks on paper or verbal-that’s up to you.  I would suggest that the tasks go with your theme for the week, but it does not have to.  In the picture below, the tasks go with my zoo/jungle animal theme.

Language Activity on the Letter Board

Antonyms/Synonyms on the Letter Board

List a few opposites or synonyms on one side of the board.  Have the kids (taking turns) answer with the opposite or synonym.  Have fun with it!  Discuss the concepts you are discussing.  Give each child a sheet of white paper to draw pictures of one set of synonyms or antonyms.  The visual will help tap into a different learning technique.

Using the Letter Board for Antonyms

Sure you could use a dry erase board and markers, but where’s the fun in that?!  These letter boards are so much fun!  If you find some cheap enough, you could buy 4 or 5 to use with each child in your group!  Each child could have a different task to tackle!

Need another fun idea for therapy?  How about adapting puzzles for artic?

Speech Chick’s Friday Favs: Podcasts

Something I recently discovered is the podcast. Now I’m addicted! Like seriously, “get in my car and start a motivating podcast and never switch to the radio” addicted. I listen to mostly business related podcasts that are by women. I guess that is what I am drawn to since I am a female business owner. I am going to share my two favorites that I am currently listening to…both are ran by awesome-ingly (that’s a word right?) inspiring women!  Oh, and these are not in order of favorites.  Again, I can’t pick just one super favorite!

Podcasts

Favorite Podcast #1

“Being Boss” is a podcast I found a couple of weeks ago.  I have been hooked ever since!  It is ran by two women that run their own agencies in the creative world.  While they are not speech therapists, I still find ways to apply most of the information to my business.  The principles are still the same and they provide some great insight into the business world.  I love that they have a private Facebook group as well that is full of great business-minded women all trying to make a name in this world!  Super motivating!  Go check it out on ITunes!

Favorite Podcast #2

A new podcast that I just found this week is called “Boss Up” by Lindsay Teague Moreno.  I like her podcasts for several reasons.  For one, she’s real!  There’s no fake front that she’s putting up.  Another reason is her podcasts are short-like around 15-20 minutes.  She gets to the meat and potatoes of her point so you get the information quick.  Depending on my drive, I can listen to a podcast of hers between clients.  One of my favorite parts is she starts each podcast with the wine she is currently drinking!  Another favorite is she ends with a funny real life mom experience!  So many of these podcasters are all business, marketing, accounting, etc.  Lindsay is real!  Definitely one you need to check out!

I am currently planning a new podcast for SLPs that I am hoping to have in the fall!  It’s geared toward helping other SLPs market themselves whether it be a private practice, TpT store, blog or just themselves!!  Shooting for a super upbeat, motivating while still being informational!  Make sure you are subscribed to the newsletter so that you are current.

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Speech Chick’s Friday Favs: Books

While I try to read as much as I can, it doesn’t always work out. But today, I am bringing you five of my favorite books (make that recent favorites). Not all are speech therapy related or business related. Some are just for fun.  Summer’s not quite over for you school SLPs, so you still have plenty of time to get one last fun read before school starts!

Speech Chick's Favorite Books

#GIRLBOSS

I read #GIRLBOSS a couple of Christmas breaks ago.  It was after the holidays and I was feeling a little bored so I started researching books on Amazon.  I’ve never been a “boring business” book but this one looked interesting.  I bought it and read that baby cover to cover in less than 2 days!  It was exactly what I needed-the motivation to start the new year off right.  I started listening to her podcasts not longer after I went back to work to keep the motivation up.  Even though Sophia is in the fashion industry, I still felt her struggles.  New business struggle is the same in every industry.  How will brand my business?  What do I do to get my name out there? Where is my next paycheck coming from??  Those were all things I worried about what I started Speech Chick Therapy almost seven years ago.  I loved that she was honest about her struggles and why she started her clothing business.  Overall, a great motivating book!

#GIRLBOSS by [Amoruso, Sophia]

 

How to Blog for Profit: Without Selling Your Soul

I have no idea if I ever plan to profit from this blog (aka affiliates and advertising) but I like this book.  It’s easy to read.  I love the action plans that are at the end of each chapter!!  Ruth takes the information she’s just given you and simplifies into a short “to do” list.  I have already read it once but recently started re-reading it…just in case I missed something!  Again, she goes through her struggles of why she started her blog and getting people to read her blog.  Ruth started with more than one blog!  I could not imagine trying to write more than one blog!!!  It’s an awesome book to learn to profit from your blog without being a cheeseball salesperson.

How To Blog For Profit: Without Selling Your Soul by [Soukup, Ruth]

The Unidentified Redhead

Not going to lie…I picked this book up based solely on the title!  The Unidentified Redhead is great fun read for those times when we actually get to read for fun!  It’s about a mid-30’s actress who was washed and lands a new hit show.  She also catches the eye of the newest 20 something “it boy.”  Follow the twists and turns in their relationship as she remains his “unidentified redhead” to the paparazzi.  I took this book to the beaches of Destin, Florida and couldn’t put it down!  Definitely one to read in your downtime!

The Unidentified Redhead (The Redhead Book 1) by [Clayton, Alice]

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

I read this book several years ago (way before it was a movie) and loved it!  I am not sure if it was the mysteriousness of the characters, the special characteristics of the children or the odd relationship between the main character and his father.  Again, this is another fun read!  No therapy or work or business language.  Just a boy who sees monsters, a girl that floats and a lady that turns into a bird.  I suggest reading the book before you watch the movie.  No particular reason…that’s just how I roll.  Book before movie.  I haven’t read the other two in the series but hopefully will get time (eventually!)

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children Book 1) by [Riggs, Ransom]

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter

This one hit me right in the feels!  The story begins in 1964. It’s about a doctor who delivers his own set of twins.  The boy is born perfectly healthy.  The girl, he recognizes immediately has Down’s Syndrome.  Without telling his wife, he asks his nurse to place the child in an institution.  However, the nurse keeps the baby, moves away and raises the child as her own.  Amazing story with a sad reminder of how special needs children were treated back then.  As I read this book, I thought of every child I had ever worked with Down’s.  I thought of how amazing each kiddo was.  I could not imagine seeing them any other way…or any child for that matter.

The Memory Keeper's Daughter: A Novel by [Edwards, Kim]

So for right now, those are the books I am crushing right now.  Who knows…in a month I could have a whole new list.  What are some of your favorite reads?

 

Speech Chick’s Friday Favs: Accessories

The best part of any outfit is what you put with it.  Today’s Friday Favorites are brought to you by accessories!  Even though I work with kids (some that are very little), I still like to look professional in my scrubs.  Scrubs can make me look frumpy and careless.  Put a pair of scrubs with a cute graphic tee and earrings, maybe a bracelet or two and BOOM…you look cute!  The accessories I chose are very much “job approved.”  I have worn each and every one of them while working with a rambunctious 2 year old!

What the SLP Wore

Accessory #1: Nickel and Suede

I cannot even begin to tell you how much I LOVE Nickel and Suede leather earrings!  My goal is to have a pair in every color so that I can wear them everyday.  (My goal is a true goal- The SLP will purchase a set of earrings from Nickel and Suede each week until she has purchased all pairs listed on their website.)  I order the small size but you can choose from small, medium and large.  They are lightweight.  I honestly forget that I have them on most days.  The best part about these earrings is they add instant and style to your outfit, without even trying hard.

What the SLP Wore

Accessory #2: Ermish Bracelets

In order for me to like a bracelet, it has to make it through one of my busiest days without annoying me.  If I take it off midday because it got on my nerves, then I probably won’t ever wear it again.  It cannot be loose or have a clasp.  That’s why Erimish bracelets have become a favorite!  You can wear single bracelets but they look the best stacked!  They are not cheap by any means but I also do not get the big bulky bracelets.  I buy the smaller ones and only wear about 3-4 maximum.  They don’t interfere with therapy and are seldom a distraction.  (However, we all know if a little one wants to get out of working, they’ll find a distraction!)  You can also find necklaces and other accessories!

What the SLP wore
All the heart eyes for this stack!!!

Accessory #3: Kinsley Armelle

This is a newer discovery on social media.  I LOVE my Kinlsey Armelle bangle!  This company is based in Texas so of course, it had to go on my list!!  (I love my Texas shops!!!)  I recently purchased a bangle in blush.  BEAUTIFUL!  While it does fit loose, it stays on my wrist and does not interfere with therapy.  I wear it a lot!  I will usually pair it with some Erimish bracelets.  You can also find earrings and necklaces on this site.  Another impressive thing about Kinsley Armelle is the fast shipping!!!  I think it took 2 days from the time I ordered until the time is was on my arm!

Accessory #4: Kimonos & Cardigans

Since it is summer time while I write this, I am going to talk more about kimonos.  I have a couple of bright colored ones that I will wear with scrub pants and a graphic tee.  Of course, if you pair it with jeans or a skirt, it looks great too.  Kimonos are great for dressing up a fun tee.  Add a little bling (like the 3 above), some cute shoes and you are ready with little to no effort!  Kimonos like this one add some great color to a simple outfit.  Once the weather starts to cool off, I go to be my “collection” of cardigans.  ( I am planning on entire post on that in the fall!)

Accessory #5: Converse

No, I’m not sponsored by Converse.  But I do love their shoes!  I won’t say I have a pair in every color, but I have quite a few pairs (There is a reason the shoe has already been part of my logo!)  A graphic tee, light sweater, couple of cute accessories and your converse…you have a cute comfy outfit without even trying.  It’s like you can’t go wrong!  Plus, these shoes go with EVERYTHING!  Scrub pants, shorts, pants, capris, wedding dresses…the list goes on and on.  I just designed a pair on their website.  I am counting down the days until they get here.  I may very well take off work the day of scheduled delivery so that I can accept them personally from Mr. Delivery Man.  (Actually, no I won’t do that!)

So there you have it.  Another Friday Favs with Speech Chick!  I did not add purses or other bags because I was aiming for this to be about what you could wear to work whether you wear dress clothes or scrubs.  I added links to find everything.  There are no sponsors so anything you buy goes directly to the company.  I just really love these accessories and wanted to share with you!