Sunday, May 1, 2016

Better Hearing and Speech Month!

Happy Better Hearing and Speech Month!  

There are a lot of awesome things going on this month, and I cannot wait to share them with you.  Be on the look out for Instagram posts, app giveaways, reviews, and more! 

This year, I'm teaming up with my friends at Consonantly Speaking and Simply Speech to bring you a fun Instagram contest for BHSM!  Please read the rules below and have so much fun!

In order to participate in the Photo-A-Day Challenge for Better Hearing and Speech Month, you must first have an Instagram account. You can sign up for free at or on the app on your device. You cannot upload images from the web (Instagram won't let you for some reason), just from a phone or tablet. Then, make sure that your profile is not set to private or that Kristin, Jessica, or myself can follow you to see your images. If it is private, we will not be able to see your entries. Next, look at the image above and post an image for each day throughout the month of May 2016 within the theme of that particular day. Make sure in the description that you use #instaBHSM in order for it to count for our giveaway. If you want points towards ASHA's "Communicating Takes Care" social media Contest, that is a completely different contest (and you have to sign up separately for that one on ASHA's website). However, you can also use the hashtag of #BHSMContest for your image to count for that one as well. Make sure to use both so you get points for each contest!
Be sure to follow [simply speech]Consonantly Speaking, and Home Sweet Speech Room on Instagram so that you don't miss the winner being announced!
The person who most consistently posts images throughout May corresponding to the themes will win a prize basket! In the case of a tie, will be used to randomly select a winner!
This challenge will run from 12:00 am May 1st, 2016 to 11:59 pm May 31st, 2016 in Eastern Standard Time. It is an Instagram-only challenge, so posts on other social media will not be counted (that doesn't mean that you can't share them elsewhere, we just won't double-count or count posts from other social media).

There will be some pretty awesome prizes, including your chance to win a TpT gift card! 
We can't wait to see your photos, so please share and hashtag them!  Enjoy! :) 

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

More Than Words and The Hanen Centre E-Seminars {giveway}

It's been a long time, friends! I hope all is well with all of you.  I have to apologize. The last couple of months, I have been busy trying to somehow stay balanced with two jobs and time with family and friends.   During my time away, I've been doing some research, discovering new/ new to me products, and have begun some awesome new packets for my students.

With my clinic job, I see a wide range of kids.  They range in age (birth to 21) and range in abilities.  I realized pretty quickly that there were some gaps in my knowledge.  I have spent hours researching for each individual client I see because I want to be the SLP for them that I can be. One of the areas I realized I wanted more information on was helping parents with young children who have a significant language delay.  I had some ideas, but I wanted more.

I remembered back to grad school and my preschool placement. My clinical supervisor kept talking about The Hanen Centre and was raving about their books.  We even had a speaker come in and talk to my class.  So one of the resources that I recently was reminded of is their book/DVD called More Than Words.

 It arrived just in time for me to sit outside in the beautiful weather and read it.

More Than Words is a book geared towards parents with children with autism, which is perfect for this month (Autism Awareness Month). According to the Hanen Centre, it's a book that address very specific challenges that children with ASD face and strategies to help with those challenges. It is designed to improve the understanding of language and the ability to have back-and-forth interactions.

What I love about it is that it's written for parents. I can recommend these strategies and parents will understand them.  I also love that they are research based.  You can read more about their research here. I love that they address every day situations that parents will encounter.  The DVD is a great companion resource to give parents real-life examples of each situation discussed.

If you want to learn more about More Than Words, check out The Hanen Centre's website here.  You can view sample pages, see the outline of the chapters, and read about the research behind the book.

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, The Hanen Centre has also graciously offered to provide one of YOU with a code for a FREE e-seminar. They are 2 hours long, and I bet you can count them towards your certification maintenance hours for ASHA ;)   Enter below if you're interested.

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Have a great rest of your week!

Note: I was contacted by The Hanen Centre and a copy of More Than Words was provided for my review.  No other compensation was received. All opinions expressed are mine.  

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Create Your Own Testing Vocabulary Board Game

My students struggle a lot with testing vocabulary.  Every year in the spring semester, we start hitting that vocabulary hard with the hopes of bringing up the students' test scores.  If they can understand the vocabulary words in the word problems or questions about their reading passages. 

It's a well known fact that students learn better when students are motivated. I wanted to come up with a way for students to learn these words in a way that was more fun than simply flashcards.  My students love games, so why not have them make a board game to help them learn these words? 

My students have been loving this activity.  They are staying engaged while learning these words in a way that works for them.  While making the game, they are learning the words and the definitions.  When the play the game, they are reinforcing what they have already learned. 

We have been targeting the following words:
analyze, classify, compare, conclude, consider, contrast, defend, demonstrate, describe, determine, distinguish, eliminate, evaluate, evidence, example, explain, generalization, indicate, infer, judge, justify, label, narrate, persuade, predict, relate, represent, show, specify, summarize, support, tell, and verify. 

I put together a packet for you in case you want to do the same activity with your students! 



Included in this packet are:
-instructions for the students
-game board templates
-spinner templates
-cards for the game
-rules to play page for students to fill in

I hope this helps your students learn the vocabulary words and that they enjoy it!  You can find it in my TpT store now!

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Speech Farkle

Happy February, friends!  I have been super busy with a new house, two jobs, and trying to balance a social life on top of it all.   In the meantime, I have had a chance to make some new products, so be on the lookout for those!  

Today, I want to share with you one that I created and my students absolutely love.  In fact, they've requested it 3-4 times already!  I call it Speech Farkle! 


To take a turn, roll all 6 dice at once. Choose one or more scoring dice to keep (a 1, a 5, or another score as indicated on the scoring guide).  Re-roll all other dice.  If you do not score on a roll, you “FARKLED” and your turn is over. 

If all 6 dice score, you must roll all of the dice again.  You must score 500 points on a given turn in order to enter the game.  After that initial 500 points, there is no set amount you must score each round. The first one to 10,000 wins!

Included are directions to play, a score card, and scoring cards for the following sounds:
K, G, P, B, T, D, S, Z, S-blends, F, V, M, N, H, DG, L, L-blends, R, R-blends, CH, SH, J. 

Speech Farkle is available now in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store if you are interested in purchasing it!   

I have some great news for you--today (Sunday, February 7) only, this product will be on sale for HALF off!! Get it now here


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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Cyber Monday Sale: What's in Your Cart {linky}

Cyber Monday is tomorrow!  Hopefully you didn't spend all of your money on Black Friday and saved up for tomorrow! ;)  Teachers Pay Teachers is throwing a big site-wide sale in honor of Cyber Monday for November 30 and December 1 (this Monday and Tuesday).  Now is the perfect time to stock up on all of your speech therapy material needs!  Thanks to Jenna for hosting this linky party!

Here's a few things to pick up from my shop:

 Polar Express Expressive Language

Speech Sounds by Letter: Posters

Football Game Day Grammar

 You'll find these in my cart:

 Figurative Language

Common Core Aligned: Making Inferences Task Cards

Interactive Articulation Binder for Speech Therapy

What's in your cart?  Any great recommendations? 

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Friday, November 13, 2015

ASHA Sales and Fun

Happy Friday, all!

I hope you're enjoying ASHA if you are at the convention in Denver right now!  I was not able to attend this year, but I was able to go in previous years and loved it!  It's a great learning and networking opportunity!

In honor of ASHA happening this weekend, my TpT store will be on sale until Saturday, November 12! Check it out here!

Another sale happening right now is Word Vault Pro--it's discounted to $19.99 for the convention.  Get it now!! It's an awesome app!

One last thing--if you haven't seen it already, there's a photo scavenger hunt right now!  To join, check out this group on Facebook called the Unofficial ASHA15 Photo Scavenger Hunt!  You can win 40 AWESOME prizes from a lot of bloggers (22 to be exact)!

Finally, be sure to check out major companies like Super Duper.  A lot of them have sales just for ASHA!

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Multisyllabic Word Party {app review + giveaway}

Apps continue to be a great way to motivate my students.  I'm always looking for new ways to target multisyllabic words and counting syllables.  Home Speech Home released a new app a month or so ago to do just that!  Check it out with me below.

First, watch this video to see how it works!

There are four games:

Tip-Tap--This game is a simple pacing board where the students tap out the different syllables of the word.  It uses different colors to separate the syllables and teach segmentation.

Outline- This game is geared toward teaching shape recognition.  The students drag the picture to the outline of that object. When put in the right spot, the picture will pop up with the pacing card (as seen in Tip-Tap).

Say and Slice- Students will say the word and slice it where the syllables are. It is a great way to target segmentation!

Remember- This game is based on Memory.  Students will try and match pictures.  When they make a correct match, the pacing card will pop up.

I love that this app was created by speech-language pathologists.  I appreciate the reinforcement--both audio and visual.   This app is easy to use for both the SLP and the students.  It is a perfect tool for individual or group therapy as well as center time.  This app uses real images, which are easy to understand/interpret.  This app can be used with a variety of students too!  Your students will enjoy this app!

If you are interested in purchasing this app, it's available on the App Store here for $3.99 at the time of this review.

Home Speech Home is giving away a couple of copies of this app for Home Sweet Speech Room readers!  Enter below:

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