Tag: Private Speech Therapy

The SLP, April and a Podcast!

This month, I am taking on a challenge like no other: this SLP is going to produce a podcast!  If you have been reading up on my monthly goals, you’ve noticed that it has been all social media improvements.  But this month, I am actually going to work on something I have been wanting to do for MONTHS!!!  I knew if I never put it on a schedule, it would NEVER get done.  There is something fascinating about a goal list or a “to do” list that just gets stuff done.  When you physically take pen to paper and go through the motions of writing it down, it feels so amazing to cross it off when it is complete.  Maybe that is just this SLP talking, but I love the feeling!

So, what’s the podcast about?  Well, I am in the planning stages as of this blog post.  I have a name and ideas.  The general purpose of the podcast is to take you through my experiences as a private practice/TpT author SLP.  In no way will I suggest that I am an expert in what I am doing, but I will share basic business “stuff” that ranges from naming your business (be it a private practice or TpT store) to social media marketing (like the blog posts with more breakdown) to SLP fails to self-care.  My tagline is “business, speech therapy and everything in between.”  I plan to offer even more freebies to go along with the episodes… just not exactly sure how often or what format-planning freebies, tips… who knows?

I feel like we are so caught up in setting our business apart from others that we end up looking like everyone else.  With this podcast, I want to (hopefully) inspire others to think outside the box.  Do you.  Be you.  Market you.  Whether you are in private practice or a TpT seller, do you!

Aside from sharing my journey and reliving my epic fails, I want to share books!  If I am reading an awesome and inspiring book, I want to tell you about it!  Maybe I am reading the absolute cutest book ever in therapy… I am going to share it!

The plan is for the episodes to be short.  I enjoy podcasts that are 10-15 minutes long- the perfect time span while I am driving between clients.  I want school-based SLPs to listen on their lunch breaks because we all know you are LUCKY if you get a 10-minute lunch break!

Now that I have shared my soul with you, I hope maybe you are wondering when you can start listening.  The first episode is already planned, it just needs to be recorded.  I am shooting for May to drop the first episode.  The goal is for it to be a weekly show.  Once I get going good, I have a few SLPs in mind for interviews.  If you have ideas for an episode or two, I would LOVE to hear them!!  You can comment below or shoot me an email!

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Prehistoric Speech Therapy: A Dinosaur Craft

This week in speech therapy, our theme was dinosaurs. The past few years I have done the same craft. (You can find it here.) But this year, I wanted to do something a little different. I try to change up the craft year to year to keep things fresh. Speech therapy ROCKED this week with this new craft!!! It was really pretty simple to put together too. Which means it was even more awesome than I originally thought!! SCORE!

Getting the Craft Ready for Speech Therapy

You don’t need many things… or should I say, you don’t need many special supplies. Each kiddo needs a large paper plate, one brad and a dinosaur (Here’s that FREEBIE!!) For the group, you need crayons/markers/dot paints. I chose dot paints! You also need glue.
Cut each paper plate in half with a zigzag pattern. You do a zigzag pattern so that it looks like a cracked egg.

Articulation

I kept this one super easy! I wrote target words on the eggs. If you work with older kids, they could write their own target words. As the child produced their word correctly, he could choose a dot paint and put one dot on their egg ANYWHERE! I am kind of digging these “freedom” crafts. With each trial, he either produced the word 5x correctly or produced a sentence 3x correctly. We circled through the words several times until we had filled up the egg with paint dots. I placed a small hole on the side of both plates and hinged together with a brad. Then we cut out the dinosaur and glued him to the back of the bottom plate. I only used the top half of the dinosaur because he was a little too long.

Language

Since I work with mostly preschool clients, I target a lot of vocabulary and early grammar skills. So, this week, we either worked on clothing vocabulary or pronouns and verbs. I prepped the craft just as I did for the articulation version. EXCEPT, I used these pictures instead of target words. (Hint…The pictures are free!!) I printed the pictures on bright colored paper. We worked on naming them. Once they were all glued, then we went back and worked on them again. For each one they could correctly name, they chose a dot paint (using 3-4-word phrases, “I” and color words) and painted a dot. For the kiddos working on verbs and pronouns, they had to completely produce a sentence using both correctly.

This craft has been such a hit, the kids are asking if we can do it again next week for Easter. They want a bunny to pop up. I guess that is just what we will do!
If you do this one, I would LOVE to see you post on Instagram and tag me!

Needing some more fun spring activities? Check these out!

Spring Time Therapy Review

Spring Time Obstacle Course

                                                                             

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!

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.

Books

“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?