Sunday, February 1, 2015

For The Love of Speech Blog Hop: Prepositions

I am so happy to be participating in another blog hop!  I hope you enjoy this fun prepositions book for Valentine's Day!  "Where is the Heart?" is printer-friendly, just print, cut the pages, and have your students color in each page.  Save on color ink with this no-prep, black and white coloring book for your students! You can use this as a book or use the pictures as flash cards to teach the concepts. Once the students have colored the book, you can also use hearts that you provide to copy the positions in the book for a cute carryover activity! You can also send this home for homework.Click on the cover page to download.

I hope this helps you with some of your planning for the next couple of weeks... I know I'm counting down to February break (two weeks, yay!) and just want some quick and easy activities to use with my students!

For your next stop in the blog hop, click on the picture.  

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Frenzied SLPs -- Introduction

I am thrilled to be part of The Frenzied SLPs!  I hope you are enjoying the posts you have seen so far.  

My  New Year's resolution this year is to reduce, reuse, and recycle.  Between my kids and my various jobs, I'm finding it hard to keep organized and clutter-free.  My kids are also learning about recycling and reusing, so I decided they could pitch in and help.

We went away in December, so I had to clean out my car, a massive undertaking, since I am seeing 9 students in their homes over the course of a week.  I had several different bags and tons of games in the back of my car, in addition to whatever my kids brought in that never seemed to find it's way back into the house.  I debated showing you a picture of the corner of my living room, but I figured I would spare you the horror!

As I was sorting through my materials, I found my boxes of broken crayons and empty glue sticks.  Instead of throwing them away, I decided to reuse them and make new crayons.  It's actually pretty easy, I have made them before using silicone molds which I couldn't find (organizational tips anyone ;-) ), so I used mini muffin cups and empty glue stick containers.  

I hope you will enjoy this tip and find it useful.  


First you will need your supplies:

Old crayons
Dixie cups
silicone molds, empty glue sticks, 
or mini muffin pans or cups
microwaveable container with about 2 cups of water

NOTE: I used the microwave because I could not find my silicone muffin pans.  You can find directions on how to melt crayons in the oven here.  

Next, sort and peel your crayons.

I forgot to take a picture of the crayons in the microwave.  Place the cups of crayons in the microwave  You can mix colors to make swirled crayons, but only mix dark colors with dark colors, and light with light.  It takes 4-5 minutes to melt dark ones, but the lighter ones can take up to 10 minutes.  

I added a microwaveable measuring cup with 2 cups of water to the microwave, along with the cup of crayons.  You need to stir the crayons every couple of minutes, they are similar to chocolate chips, where they retain their shape (mostly) until you stir them.  The picture on the left shows the orange melted crayon about to be poured into the empty glue stick.  The second picture shows more being poured into muffin cups.  You need to work quickly, as they harden very quickly.

Finished product!  Twistable crayons and fun shaped ones too!

I hope you enjoyed this tip.  How will you find alternate uses for common household items that are cluttering up your house?

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Speachy feedback

Today I'm linking up with Nicole Allison for Speachy Feedback!  Today's winner of a product from my store is Shannon from Speechy Musings for leaving feedback that really made my day!  

Shannon, please contact me with your choice of another product from my store (!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Product review: Speech Language Assessment Checklist for Adolescents 12-18 Years of Age

Do you work with adolescents?  If so, you definitely need to check out this wonderful product from the brilliant Tatyana Elleseff of Smart Speech Therapy!  I am so excited to review this product with you, as Tatyana continually provides terrific information regarding the assessment and treatment of a huge variety of speech and language disorders.  This product is no exception, and well, checklists just make me happy (yes, I am such a geek, lol!).

This 6 page checklist (overall product is 10 pages) is chock full of the information you need to make an informed decision regarding assessment.  Here is a sample of what you will find in this product:

This comprehensive checklist is well organized.  Here is a list of many of the areas included:
  • Receptive, Expressive, and Pragmatic language
  • Executive functioning
  • Memory, Attention, and Cognition
  • Vocabulary
  • Discourse
  • Speech
  • Voice
  • Prosody
  • Resonance
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Problem solving

Each area contains a well thought out list of characteristics and difficulties associated to assist in the determination of a need for evaluation.  The checklist also includes an area to describe the student's most significant areas of difficulty, as well as any additional information necessary when making a decision on assessment.  Tatyana suggests giving this checklist out to several individuals to assist in the decision-making process.

This product will be very useful for me in the Middle and High Schools in my disrict, as I am constantly being asked to screen students.  This checklist will allow the teachers and parents to express their concerns, and give me the valuable, timesaving information I need to make an informed decision about wat areas of speech and language I need to assess.

So, where can you pick up this awesome product?  Well, you can head on over to her online store to purchase it now HERE for $10.99.  Tatyana has also generously allowed me to provide one of my readers with a copy of it.  Enter via the rafflecopter below!

Other helpful resources from Tatyana include:

Bio: Tatyana Elleseff MA CCC-SLP is a bilingual SLP with a full time hospital affiliation as well as private practice in Central, NJ. She specializes in working with multicultural, internationally and domestically adopted as well as at-risk children with complex communication disorders. For more information visit her BLOG, STORE, or follow her Facebook page.

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Figuratively Speeching SLP is turning ONE!

With a new year comes a new blog design!  I love it, and hope you do too! Stay tuned, later in the week I will be kicking off my one year celebration with some giveaways and freebies!


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Product review: Speech Language Pirates Superhero Syntax

When I saw Denise post about her latest product, Superhero Syntax, I knew my preschoolers would love this!  This product is not only for preschoolers though; those of you with elementary students will be able to use this, as there are higher level complex sentences included.  Take a look at the contents:

Pronouns: Subjective– Slides 1-8 
Pronouns: Objective/possessive – Slides 9-16 
Nouns: Slides 17-24 Verbs: tenses – Slides 25-32 
Basic Concepts: Location – Slides 33- 40 
Basic Concepts: Size (comparatives/superlatives) - Slides 41-48 
Compound/Complex Sentences: Slides 49-56 
Passive Voice: Slides 57-64 
Negation: slides 65-72 
Data Collection Sheet: page 75 
Prompts for use as a reading comprehension task: pages 76-84 
Flip Book Covers: page 85 

This is how I assembled it:
After printing, I folded, rather than cut, each page, so the pictures and writing faced each other. I punched holes along the folded part, and then put all of the pages into a binder. I actually had to buy one larger than the one I had at home, because of the amount of pages included. A 1 and 1/2 inch binder works well for this. Once the pages were in the binder, I was ready to go! Please note, the directions say to cut the pages in half, but due to laziness my eagerness to use this, I kept the pages folded. It works for me for now, and when I have more time, I will be cutting the pages then gluing the backs of them together, to make it easier to turn to the next set of pictures and prompts.

This can also be used as flashcards, and Denise includes the prompts for each picture separately, just for this purpose.

This product is very comprehensive. It includes three pictures per student side, with prompts on the opposite side for therapists to use.  I love the data sheet as well, it makes it so simple to track progress!

My students loved this.  I was able to include receptive and expressive tasks, by having students first point to the pictures representing the sentence prompt.  After this task, we flipped back, and I had them formulate their own sentences.  My only (minor) issue with this was that I did not know every superhero included (shame on me!) and one of my students with apraxia had a meltdown when I could not understand the name he was telling me.  Oops! A quick text to my husband, and the problem was solved!

This is definitely a product worth investing in.  It can be used in multiple ways, with a varied age group and incorporates many goals.  And superheroes, really, what's not to love?  This binder will be traveling with me on a daily basis!  

To purchase Superhero Syntax, visit Speech Language Pirates at Teachers Pay Teachers.
You can follow her facebook page and blog as well!

And, to kick off my one year blog birthday celebration, Denise has kindly offered to give a copy to one of you fabulous readers!  

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

SLP Frenzy

So excited to be part of the SLP Frenzy!  Click on the map above to get started!