Friday, July 31, 2015

What's in My Cart: August 2015 {linky party}

It's that time again!  Back to School 2015!  I am starting to gather supplies and new activities for this year.  Perfect time for a sale, right?  I wanted to give you a heads up on what's in my cart and a few suggestions of products for you.   Thanks to Jenna at Speech Room News for hosting this great linky party! Check out all of the great bloggers who linked up!

Here are a few things to check out in my store:

If you are in a need of a new or cute decor theme, check out this cute owl set!

These posters are perfect for decor, word lists, or centers.  They include visual and written prompts.

Looking for a planner specifically designed for SLPs? Then this one is for you!

Here are some things that are in my car:

I have had my eye on this word wall from Nicole Allison (Speech Peeps) for awhile now.  I cannot wait to use it in my room!

This literary detective packet from Lauren LaCour (Busy Bee Speech) looks amazing!  It is exactly what my students need.

This packet from Jenn Alcorn (Crazy Speech World) also looks amazing.  I cannot wait to use this with my students!

Just a reminder that the sale will be August 3 and 4.  Use the code BTS15 for a discount! 

Happy Shopping!

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Speech Sounds by Letter Bookmarks

Last Friday, I posted about a new product, Speech Sounds by Letter Posters.  Be sure to check out that post.  Today, I want to talk about it's companion product: Speech Sounds by Letter Bookmarks!

These Speech Sounds by Letter Bookmarks are perfect for the busy speech-language pathologist who wants to send homework home with his/her students for practice.

Bookmarks for initial, medial, final, mixed, and blend sounds are included.  There are both color and black and white versions.

These bookmarks are low-prep. Simply print, cut, and send home.

The sounds included in this packet are:
B, P, K, G, S, Z, F, V, H, L, N, M, SH, TH, R, W, J (dg)

If you are interested in these bookmarks, check them out in my TeachersPayTeachers store! 

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Speech Sounds by Letter Posters

I am so excited to share a new product with you today!!  They are something I have been working on for a little while now. 

These Speech Sounds by Letter Posters are perfect for your speech room or a traveling speech-language pathologist! Use these to teach your students how to make the sounds or use as a center for them to practice their sounds independently!

The front of the posters include the sound, the letter, a visual cue, and a written cue. The back of the posters include the sound, letter, visual cue, and a word list for practice.

The sounds included in this packet are:
B, P, K, G, S, Z, F, V, H, L, N, M, SH, TH, R, W, J (dg)

To prep this product, simply print all pages, fold on the center line, laminate, and go!  I like to print on card stock for extra durability.

I plan to put these posters up around a mirror to create a center where the students can practice their sounds. It will look something like this:  

If you are interested in this product, you can find it in my TpT Store!

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Sizzling Summer Sale!

Can you believe we are already in the middle of July?!  I know I can't.  One of my co-workers called me the other day and made me start thinking about what I need and want for the new school year.  So if you're like me, take advantage of this awesome sale today and tomorrow!!

Here are some of my featured products to check out while you're thinking about the new year:


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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Articulation Vacation {app review}

I love the beach and vacation and everything to do with that.  I was thrilled to find out this was a theme for one of Virtual Speech Center's apps!  

First, enter your students' information in.  Once you add their names, you can select the phonemes.

Once you select the phonemes, you will also select the level that the students are working at.  Your choices are word, sentence, or paragraph.

The students will work their way through five different games:

  • fishing- fish and catch objects with the target sounds
  • beach treasure hunt- look for hidden objects in the sand
  • picture-taking- take pictures of objects with target sounds
  • parachute game- land parachutes of objects with target sounds
  • postcards- read or listen to paragraphs with words with target sounds

You can record data as they work their way through the activity.  You can also add extra information in the notes section.

You can change the settings as needed.

At the end, you can view reports of the students' work and progress.

Overall, my students really enjoy this app.  The vacation theme and games are fun and motivating for them. I really appreciate the multi-player option, as well as the ability to select multiple target phonemes for each student.  The data collection and reports helps this busy school SLP.

If you like this app, you can find it in the app store for $22.99 at the time of this review.

P.S. Check out my review of this app on Yapp Guru!

Note: A copy of this app was provide for my review.  No other compensation was received.  All opinions expressed are mine. 

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Continuing Education Options For SLPs

I've seen a lot of discussion recently about CEUs and what the best ways to complete them are.  As someone who just received her CCCs and will have to begin continuing education soon, I thought I would do some investigating for you.

First, let's talk about the basics of CEUs.  ASHA requires 30 hours every three years.  Your state will also have requirements, so be sure to check those out.  They are not always the same either.  For example, my state requires 30 every two years.

ASHA has a way to record CEU information for you in something they call their CE Registry.  This is an easy option because it will automatically submit your compliance form if you have 30 hours in the registry.  Please note, however, that the CE Registry will not record anything that is not a course registered with ASHA (see more about that below).  You are allowed to record your own, so that is another option.

I used to think that CEUs had to be at a conference or seminar, but I was wrong!  There are a lot of options out there, so let's get started!

I'm going to lead off with this because I don't want anyone to miss it.  ASHA is offering fifteen FREE CEU courses beginning in July and running for 15 months.  Registration is open today, so head on over here to sign up!

One of the easiest ways to get a lot of CEUs in one place is a conference.  Some examples include the ASHA Convention (every year in November) and ASHA Schools (every year in July).  ASHA also hosts some online conferences such as Language and Literacy in Elementary Schools and Complex Cases in Adult Dysphagia.  You can read more about ASHA conferences here.  Also be on the look out for specialty conferences.  One example of this is the National Association for Neonatal Therapists Conference (every year in April).

Be sure to check out your state association's website for information about their annual conference or other workshops they are offering.

Another easy and cost effective way to gather CEUs is ASHA's online journals.  If you are a special interest group affiliate, you can read a journal article and receive CEUs for $5.  You heard me, $5.00.  Check out that page here.

If you like going other places than ASHA for you continuing education, you have a lot of options.  First up, Super Duper has FREE CEUs for us.  You watch a video and take a quick test.  Pretty awesome, right?  Check them out on Super Duper's site.

Another cost effective option is  For $99/year, you have access to unlimited CEUs.  They have courses on a wide variety of topics to meet all of your needs.  Some of them can even count for college credit, which is a double bonus if you need that too!

Another online option that a lot of SLPs recommend is Video Continuing Education.  You can purchase a yearly subscription for all courses ($179.99) or you can purchase one course at a time (ranging from $9.99 to $299.50 for SLPs).  Price varies by topic and number of hours.

Passy-Muir has free, online CEUs available to you.  Their topics include getting started, vents, swallowing, pediatric, special populations, and special focus, all related to their technology for trachestomy and ventilators.

Find workshops on programs designed by other SLPs/related professionals.  These could include one on the Expanding Expression Tool by Sara Smith, PROMPT training, Kaufman Apraxia Approach, Social Thinking courses, the SCERTS model.

Here's one I didn't know about until recently.  College or University Coursework at any level can count as continuing education so long as it is in an area that meets the definition for professional development (foreign languages that you need to communicate with your population, autism, literacy, neurological disorders, genetics, etc).  This is one way to get a lot of CEUs because 1 semester hour counts for 15 hours of continuing education.  This means that one course can cover your continuing education requirements (3 credits= 45 hours of CEUs).  Not only can your work on track advancement if that applies to you, you can knock out a lot of CEUs at once.

Another one I didn't know about until recently is teacher-oriented content or employer-sponsored in-service activities such as special education workshops.  Yes, these all count according to ASHA.  So long as it is information that enhances your ability to better serve your clients or deals with professional ethics, diversity issues, etc, then you can count it.  In the schools, we are already required to complete so much professional development, why not count it for this too (if applicable)?

Other places to look include:

Note- these are in no particular order.

Northern Speech Services
Home CEU Connection
Ciao Seminars
Relias Academy
SATPAC--one free course for /r/ and /s/
AAC Institute

Phew--that was a lot of information.  I hope that helps you get started!

What are your favorite places to obtain CEUs?  What are some of your favorite CEU courses that you've taken? 

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Prep Positions {app review}

Do you love the circus or circus-themed items?  Then this app is for you!  Smarty Ears recently released a new app called Prep Positions, and it has a fun and motivating circus theme.  It targets prepositions!

First up, set up your player profiles.  Once you do that, you will see a screen where you can select the level for that student. 

Click on "modify" on the screen above, and you will be taken to this screen below.  There are 15 different levels, and this screen allows you to see the prepositions targeted on each level. 

Once you select the appropriate level, the activity will start.  The students will be presented a picture, a sentence with a blank, and three options to fill in the blank.  Simply drag the correct answer to the blank. 

Once they select the correct answer, this screen below will appear.  The student is then prompted to read the sentence they created out loud. 

As the students complete the activity, they will  earn balls to be used in the game.  The app will tell them how many balls they earned and how many they have total. 

These balls can be used to play a cannon ball game.

 Once the student is done with the preposition activity and the game, you can view the results.

You can view the reports by level, by session, or by preposition.

Overall, this is a great app to target prepositions.  It allows for multiple players to use the app at the same time.  You can customize it for each of those students as well. In fact, there are 15 different levels of play! This app allows for a lot of practice.  It is easy to use but is also fun and motivating for the students! Finally, this app aligns with the Common Core.  

You can read more about the app on the Smarty Ears website.  If you are interested in purchasing this app, you can find it in the app store for $19.99 at the time of this review.

Note:  A copy of the app was provided for my review.  No other compensation was received.  All opinions expressed are mine. 

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