Tag: Traveling SLP

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 in the Home: Using Valentine Cards

Every year, I always have leftover Valentine cards. There’s 20 kids in the class but the Valentine card companies package the cards in quantities of 32.   I’m pretty sure it’s a conspiracy of some sort but I digress. Anyway, what should you do with those leftover cards? I have some ideas for you! That’s code for easy tips for speech therapy in the home, moms!!!

Ideas for Speech Therapy Home Practice

  1.  Articulation:  Is your little one working on beginning /k/ words?  Write some of those words on the extra valentines.  Place them in a bag, basket, bucket, etc so that your child can pull the cards out and practice the words.  Easy enough!
  2. Describing:  Use the card as it and have your child use describing words to tell about the picture/character.  For older kids, write different household objects on the card and have them describe the object.
  3. Spatial Concepts:  Take some of the valentines and “hide” them in a room.  Have your child find each card and tell you where they found them using position words.  For example, if you put one under the coffee table, the child should use “under” in his sentence.
  4. Sorting:  Whether you have one box or 4, have your child work on sorting skills.  Tear the cards apart and group them according to the picture.

These are just a few ideas for parents out there. I often have parents ask me what types of activities they can do in the home to carryover the skills. My answer is always “KEEP IT SIMPLE!” Families are busy with different schedules, homework and other obligations. You also need to keep it cheap! There is no need for parents to spend a ton of money on activities. Use everyday objects and routines to enhance your child’s speech and language skills!

Needing some more tips for home practice? Try this one!

Speech Therapy Theme Review: Valentine’s Day

This week, we are all about hearts, pink, red and love in speech therapy! I have a few different books that I use in speech therapy during this week. There are so many great ones out there so it’s hard to pick just one! I can’t pick just one activity to use either. I have several that I enjoy using in therapy. If you follow me on Instagram, you saw the idea I posted a few days ago about using the adorable felt envelopes from our favorite dollar bin too. Keep reading to see more ideas!

Valentine Books for Speech Therapy

Years ago, I worked with a diagnostician that was once a kindergarten teacher.  Even though she had been out of the classroom for many years, she kept all of her books and activities.  That’s where my favorite Valentine book came from!  She brought this adorable little book for me to use in speech therapy sessions at the kinder/Pre-K level.  I instantly fell in love with it!

The copy I have is called “Four Valentines in a Rainstorm.” Now it is called “The Day It Rained Hearts.” This is such a cute little book about a girl who catches some hearts in the rain. She uses the hearts to make Valentines for her friends. Each one is specifically designed just them.

Here are the craft activities I used for this book.  One is for articulation while the other was using for kiddos working on verbs.

Of course, another favorite is “The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose.” You cannot forget about the old lady who swallows all things Valentine!

Another cute Valentine book is “Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse!” The mouse is almost as popular as the old lady in my speech therapy sessions! I like this one for my young preschool clients.

Happy Valentine's Day, Mouse! (If You Give...)

 A new addition to my Valentine theme is “The Berenstain Bears Valentine Party”. This book is cute because it is a” lift the flap” book!

The Berenstain Bears' Valentine Party

Speech Therapy Activities

There are TONS of fun activities on TpT!!! SLP Tree has an adorable activity for grammar! “Bad Grammar Valentines” works on discovering the grammar mistakes in Valentines and correcting them. I have been using this game for a couple of years. The kids enjoy it and forget they are working!!! Small Talk SLP has another great activity that I use with my older elementary clients. It is a critical thinking activity that gives a profile of an imaginary character. The student must use the clues to choose the right valentine for the character.

My store has two sets to help plan your Valentine therapy. There is a quick print articulation packet that includes open ended activities and a craftivity! The other set is good for your preschool clients. It includes an interactive book, make & take spatial concept book (good for elementary!!) and a sorting activity (works on big and little).

Valentine Quick Print Articulation Activities

Interactive Heart Activity Set for Speech Therapy

What activities do you use for Valentine’s Day?

This SLP Eats: {Vegan} Lasagna Soup

Last month, I brought you my favorite chicken enchilada recipe. Today, I am switching gears for this month’s SLP eats. This past fall, my husband decided a vegan diet was the best bet for his health. My kids and I did not immediately jump on the bandwagon. Let’s face it…if forced to live on bread and cheese, I could do it! I love my REAL cheese way too much! However, we did give a try during Christmas break with a few dinner recipes. It wasn’t too bad (but still added my real cheese!) and I did notice that I lost a few extra pounds. I wasn’t trying to lose weight but when you cut out the food I live on as a traveling SLP (aka fast food), it happened. So here is one of our new favorite recipes that is very healthy unless you add the real mozzarella cheese!!!


Let me start by saying this soup is DELICIOUS! I make it just as it is written in this blog post, BUT I cook it in my pressure cooker.   I found the sweet spot for this one is 8 minutes on high pressure. Some posts recommend 5-6 minutes but that is for a regular soup. The lentils do not cook thoroughly at 5-6 minutes.

This soup hits the spot, especially on a freezing day of therapy visits. The kids and I add some mozzarella cheese (which makes it not vegan!) and some garlic bread. My favorite part is walking into my kitchen and smelling the basil and oregano cooking…yum!

So, what’s for dinner at your house?