The SLP, TPT and Newsletters: What I Learned

If you remember, February was the month that I focused on my newsletter to fellow SLP followers as well as my TpT store that sells speech therapy materials I create.  I found some great info floating out there that helped me!!!  GREAT STUFF that I wanted to share with you today.


There are several ways to send out a newsletter to followers.  I choose MailChimp a little while back for two reasons: 1-CHEAP and 2-Easy to maneuver even for me!

But I knew I was missing some things and not quite understanding things like automation.  So, insert a great book to help me understand MailChimp!  If you are using MailChimp or considering it, I highly recommend this book.  Kind of wished I had found it before I started my newsletter but oh well.  This book breaks things down to make it easy for “not techy” SLP like me.  Everything is so confusing, and I overthink things so that makes it even more confusing.  But this book made it simple!

Another great resource I found was a person!  Jenna Kutcher has been a godsend and she doesn’t even know it!  I have now added her podcast (Goaldigger) to regular listening schedule (in addition to ‘Grammer School from January).  She is all about helping (more…)

The SLP, March, Twitter and LinkedIn

This month I am continuing my SLP social media boost challenge by learning about two channels-Twitter and LinkedIn. To be honest, I have no clue about either one! If you follow me on either, you will probably notice that I am completely incompetent with Twitter and LinkedIn. If I share anything on Twitter, it is shared from Instagram because of that handy dandy “share” button! Thank you, Instagram, for adding that by the way. With LinkedIn, I am so confused. It’s more of professional forum so do you post pictures of therapy crafts or not? Is just for blog posts or is that still too informal? So, you know how I answered these questions? I DID NOT POST ANYTHING! But I’ve been hearing that LinkedIn is the place to be, “where the cool kids hang” so to speak.

I am currently reading a book called “LinkedIn: 101 Ways to Rock Your Personal Brand” by Viveka Von Rosen and Dayna Steele. I am loving this book!!! It’s super easy to read, like it’s basically a list! Once I read a chapter, I go back review it and then apply it to my LinkedIn account. I would highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to improve their LinkedIn account. Viveka has another book that I have on my Amazon wish list. I plan on reading it once I finish this one.
As for Twitter, I have started intentionally posting on there more, not just sharing from Instagram. Currently, I post about 1x a day which is not near enough. Once I get a handle on my LinkedIn account, then I will start researching for my Twitter. I have a couple of automatic posting apps on my phone but have not used them yet.
If you have been following my blog, you know that I planned a social media channel each month to improve. I am working on my follow up post to February’s focus: TpT and Newsletters. If you want to check out my January focus (Instagram), you can find it here!
Are you joining along in the journey? How is it helping your business?

Why Did I Name My Business “Speech Chick Therapy?”

So, I am sure you are wondering why on earth my business name is Speech Chick Therapy. It’s probably not keeping you up at night but, it may have crossed your mind. In my mind, it’s an obvious answer-I am a chick who does speech therapy. Like any other speech therapist, I was called the “speech teacher” while I worked in the school system. That was never my favorite name. It made me sound like a public speaking teacher. Let’s be honest “Speech Teacher Therapy” just does not have a cool ring to it. When I started working in the home health industry, I called a “doctor,” “nurse,” “lady,” “speech lady,” and “so and so’s friend.” Obviously, none of those were great choices.

Since this was my practice and I had/have no intention of expanding, I wanted something that reflected me. Something spunky, kind of cutesy, and most of all UNFORGETTABLE! I wanted a name that I would not be tired of in 2 years. All that insurance credentialing was not fun the first time around. Why would I want to complete it again to change my name?! When I started the preliminary brainstorm, I knew I wanted pink as my main color. I knew my name had to look cute in pink. Then it hit me one day on my way to work! SPEECH CHICK THERAPY!! It was like the clouds parted, the sun shone down on me and the angels started singing…ok, maybe not that last part! It was perfect. It was girly, looked cute in pink and reflected me! The word “chick” makes me think of fun, spunky, informal, and friendly. It is not stuffy or pretentious at all!

Seven years later, I still love the name. Parents compliment on the name when I go for the initial evaluations. Insurance companies remember when I call…which is big! People remember the name. When people remember the name, guess what they do? REFER!!!! That’s right, when someone remembers your name, they refer their friends, relatives, people they meet at the grocery store!

As you can tell, I am not super formal. However, my business is portrayed in a very professional manner. I make sure parents and children are at ease but also understand what is expected of them. I want people to comfortable. I am in their house 1x-2x a week. The family needs to get a sense of who I am as a person just like I need to get to know them.

If you are thinking of starting your own private practice, be sure to come with a name that people remember. That reflects you or the feeling you want to convey. Many start a practice and have a staff of therapists. Your staff needs to also convey that same feeling. You are developing a brand (which is a whole different subject that I plan to address later in the months to come!!!) Think of this way-if you had a child, what would the prospective therapy company look like? What feeling would it give you? Whatever you come up, GO WITH IT!! My advice will probably differ greatly from anything you’ve read when it comes to naming your practice. This is what has worked for me, but it may not work for you. Just remember, don’t try too hard, don’t force the “feeling,” and be sure you like the name!

Want to know about Speech Chick Therapy? Maybe you’re curious about my logo. Read this blog post!

Using Coins To Grow Language

How much spare change do you have laying around at home? In jars, on top of the dryer, on the nightstand, maybe in the bathroom…you know you have it. Sometimes, it is not very much. Other times, it’s enough for a Dr. Pepper and vanilla ice cream cone at Sonic during Happy Hour…completely hypothetical! Why not use that spare change at the bottom of your purse to encourage your little one’s language skills? Not we are not talking, toddler age. They are still putting too many foreign objects in their mouths. But your preschooler? Ideal for this activity! Here are some ways to use coins to enrich language!

Tips for Using Coins for Language Skills

Basic Sorting: Early categorizing skills can be reinforced here! Sort quarters and pennies for the easiest task. For a little more challenging task, have him separate nickels and dimes. Use the quarters to teach “big,” and the dimes to teach “little” if you are sorting those.

Coin Value: It’s never too early too teach the value of coins. Consistently reviewing it will only help when it comes time for them to start school. They will be one step ahead in math when this concept comes around!

Basic Comparing: Lay out some change and ask your child to build towers with the coins. Stack all the quarters in one tower. All the nickels in another, and so on. Then, talk about which stack is the tallest, shortest, which are the same. Instead of stacking the coins, your child can line the coins up. Afterwards, talk about which line is longer, shorter, etc. Group coins together and work on concepts like “more,” “most,” “less,” “few,” and “same.”

Presidents: No, your child does not know George or Abe. But they can! Little ones are like sponges. They soak up everything we say! If you don’t believe me, stay something negative about a family member in front of your child. Then, see how many shades of red you turn when sweet little Susie repeats that same comment to the said family member! SPONGES!! Talk about who is on the quarter, nickel, dime and penny. Maybe even find a cute book about one of them on Amazon.

So, I’ve given you my tips on how to coins to encourage your child’s language skills. Nothing fancy. Nothing expensive. Just plain old coins that sit in the console of your car, forgotten.


Need some tips? How about this one?

Speech Therapy Theme Review: Presidents and Money

During Presidents week, I modify my speech therapy lessons so that I can use {ALMOST} the same theme all week long.  I connect presidents to money for my younger clients.  For my older clients, we talk about presidents and money.  The little ones don’t quite understand elections, voting and Presidents.  But they know what money is!  So using money makes it a little easier to talk about presidents.  The older clients that are in school talk about all the election and voting stuff…which saves me from explaining it during my speech therapy sessions.


“Duck for President” by Doreen Cornin is definitely a favorite!  The kids recognize Duck from the other story I read during my farm theme (“Click Clack Moo: Cows that Type”). This is the story of Duck climbing his way to the top of the leadership ladder. But as President, Duck realizes life was easier on the farm.

The other picture book I like to use is “A Picture Book of Abraham Lincoln.” This book is better for elementary kiddos who have at least heard of Abraham Lincoln and know a little about him. It is a simplified story of his life.

Now, since I work with a lot of preschool clients, neither of these books are appropriate for them. So, I made an interactive book about money that is simple. I like to use it for matching and answering simple “what” questions. The book comes with a sorting activity (quarters and pennies) and a spatial concept booklet for the kids to make. You can also find another simple book in my TpT store as a freebie. “Copper Penny, Copper Penny” is a simple text booklet that follows the rhythm of “Brown Bear.” It also can be used to introduce coin amounts in the simplest form.

Activities for Speech Therapy

Most of the activities used this week will be with the money theme. The kids can sort the plastic coins I have. The set of fake money I have is from Melissa and Doug. Besides the interactive book set, I have a set of vocabulary mats and an articulation packet of activities in my TpT store.

Piggy Bank Vocabulary Mats for Speech Therapy

Presidents and Money Articulation Packet

I have a toy similar to this one below. The kids love it! We can work on the concepts “in” and “out,” requesting “more” and “open,” colors, animals and following direction…just to name a few targets.

The last activity I am sharing with you today is the cherry tree craft. All you need is a brown lunch sack, green construction paper and this freebie of cherries! Print the cherries on red paper or have the students color them red…totally up to you! Write target words on the cherries. As the student says a word correctly 5x, he can place (NOT GLUE) the cherry on the tree. After all the words have been said, take the cherries off and place them inside the bag. Instant homework!!

What other activities do you like to celebrate President’s Day?