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The BEST ways to use ice cream in language therapy! 

Keep children engaged in therapy with ice cream themed activities Yum! Let’s bring some ice cream themed activities into our speech room!  Whether you are seeing summer students, tying it in with field day or school spirit days, or using it for birthday celebrations, ice cream is a fun, child-approved theme. It can target all your speech and language goals too! Win, win! Use toys Let’s be honest. Kids love toys. When we pull them out for sessions we have instant excitement and engagement! Here are a few of my favorites to use with ice cream themed therapy sessions: *As

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healthy lunch is a habit

How to Avoid SLP Burnout

6 happy habits to make next year easier (& they’re not what you think!) Most school based SLPs will have ten glorious weeks to enjoy the summer. Hmmm…maybe a bit less when we consider the first couple of weeks are needed to recuperate from the past year.  And maybe the last week is more about prep for going back…Still, seven weeks to recover, refresh, and indulge is a wonderful opportunity!  How will you use yours? Most importantly, how can you avoid SLP burnout in the first place? If you are one of those SLPs always on the brink of burnout

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keep momentum in SLP career

Avoid SLP Burnout

How to maintain your momentum as an SLP for over 20 years If you are in any of the SLP Facebook groups, you’ll notice an inordinate number of posts about SLP burnout. For those new to the field, or looking to get into the field, it can be discouraging. Who wants to spend a few grueling years in graduate school, acquiring school debt, only to feel defeated within the first several years of employment? Or maybe you’re watching the end of the summer approach faster than you can believe and wonder if this school year will be as bad as

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sandcastle with ocean themes in speech therapy label

Ocean Themes in Speech Therapy

When you think ocean themes in speech therapy are you assuming it’s for those of us who see students in the summer? It’s time to reconsider! Ocean themes cover a wide range of activities which means an even wider range of speech and language goals to target. Related themes or titles: Sea creatures Under the Sea Speech on the Beach Sharks Pirates A visit to the Aquarium Speech rooms love pirate themes in September to tie in with Talk Like a Pirate Day! Books with an Ocean Theme Links to purchase books may contain Amazon affiliate links. I receive a

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Conversation Starters in Language Therapy

Use conversation starters in language therapy as a must have Back-to-School activity for your speech room. Conversation starters are a great way to work on articulation, vocabulary, language skills and fluency with a controlled topic. They’re also a way to kick off the school year when you need a low-prep activity to covertly assess skills in natural conversation. How to use conversation starters in language therapy Draw a card and answer the question: This is the typical format for these kinds of language activities, but consider all the possible subtlties! You can read the question aloud and see who struggles

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Picnic Themed Language Activities for Speech Therapy

Step into spring or summer with picnic themed language activities in your speech room! I see students year round and this year I kicked off my summer sessions with a picnic theme. By using themed based activities across the board, it simplifies my planning and how much stuff I need to travel with. Check out these easy-to-implement activities below and be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom for some free printables! Links provided may be Amazon affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Thank you for supporting my blog! If you love play

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End of year activities for speech therapy

May is not the time to get fancy with end of year speech activities. It’s a time to make it easier on yourself. The trouble is the kids are not cooperating. They seem to be overloaded with end-of-the-year fidgets and silliness. Another “typical” round of speech therapy is not going to hold their attention. Here are a few quick end of year activity ideas that make it easy on you and provide enough fun and novelty for your speech students to keep them engaged: Special friend day: Allow students to bring a favorite stuffed animal to the speech room and

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Tips for communicating with speech families

Staying in touch with caregivers doesn’t need to be difficult or time-consuming. Here are five tips for communicating with speech families that won’t overwhelm you. I contract with private schools, so when the pandemic arrived and I was no longer permitted on campuses, I began doing home visits. It was a big adjustment. Not only was there the uncertainty of virus exposure (despite all precautions), but driving from house to house was time-consuming. So, I was delighted when I could return to the school setting this past October. I feel so much more efficient! However, there were some definite advantages

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Decrease stress with a Sunday checklist

SLPs have always had a stressful job and the past year has added to the issue. Taking five minutes to look over your Sunday checklist can decrease your stress. I love the feeling of starting Monday morning with a clear list of to-dos and activities planned and printed for all of my students. I just wish it happened more often. But even when I’m barely keeping my head above water, I can take 5 minutes on Sunday to mentally prepare for the week and decrease my stress with a Sunday checklist. That quick pause does just as much for my

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toddlers playing near each other

5 Types of Communication Intents

Early language is more about communication intents than vocabulary. Let’s take a look at 5 types we see in early language. Requests When little ones need support with language skills, we tend to focus on requests. This is because: They’re usually very motivating They’re naturally reinforcing It’s easier to set up situations that encourage these interactions They make our days more manageable “Late talkers” have more frequent and bigger tantrums because they’re frustrated by their lack of language (aka their ability to tell you what they want). Helping them learn to express their wants and needs can decrease these outbursts.

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ice cream cones

The BEST ways to use ice cream in language therapy! 

Keep children engaged in therapy with ice cream themed activities Yum! Let’s bring some ice cream themed activities into our speech room!  Whether you are seeing summer students, tying it in with field day or school spirit days, or using it for birthday celebrations, ice cream is a fun, child-approved theme. It can target all your speech and language goals too! Win, win! Use toys Let’s be honest. Kids love toys. When we pull them out for sessions we have instant excitement and engagement! Here are a few of my favorites to use with ice cream themed therapy sessions: *As

Read More »
healthy lunch is a habit

How to Avoid SLP Burnout

6 happy habits to make next year easier (& they’re not what you think!) Most school based SLPs will have ten glorious weeks to enjoy the summer. Hmmm…maybe a bit less when we consider the first couple of weeks are needed to recuperate from the past year.  And maybe the last week is more about prep for going back…Still, seven weeks to recover, refresh, and indulge is a wonderful opportunity!  How will you use yours? Most importantly, how can you avoid SLP burnout in the first place? If you are one of those SLPs always on the brink of burnout

Read More »
keep momentum in SLP career

Avoid SLP Burnout

How to maintain your momentum as an SLP for over 20 years If you are in any of the SLP Facebook groups, you’ll notice an inordinate number of posts about SLP burnout. For those new to the field, or looking to get into the field, it can be discouraging. Who wants to spend a few grueling years in graduate school, acquiring school debt, only to feel defeated within the first several years of employment? Or maybe you’re watching the end of the summer approach faster than you can believe and wonder if this school year will be as bad as

Read More »
sandcastle with ocean themes in speech therapy label

Ocean Themes in Speech Therapy

When you think ocean themes in speech therapy are you assuming it’s for those of us who see students in the summer? It’s time to reconsider! Ocean themes cover a wide range of activities which means an even wider range of speech and language goals to target. Related themes or titles: Sea creatures Under the Sea Speech on the Beach Sharks Pirates A visit to the Aquarium Speech rooms love pirate themes in September to tie in with Talk Like a Pirate Day! Books with an Ocean Theme Links to purchase books may contain Amazon affiliate links. I receive a

Read More »

Conversation Starters in Language Therapy

Use conversation starters in language therapy as a must have Back-to-School activity for your speech room. Conversation starters are a great way to work on articulation, vocabulary, language skills and fluency with a controlled topic. They’re also a way to kick off the school year when you need a low-prep activity to covertly assess skills in natural conversation. How to use conversation starters in language therapy Draw a card and answer the question: This is the typical format for these kinds of language activities, but consider all the possible subtlties! You can read the question aloud and see who struggles

Read More »

Picnic Themed Language Activities for Speech Therapy

Step into spring or summer with picnic themed language activities in your speech room! I see students year round and this year I kicked off my summer sessions with a picnic theme. By using themed based activities across the board, it simplifies my planning and how much stuff I need to travel with. Check out these easy-to-implement activities below and be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom for some free printables! Links provided may be Amazon affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Thank you for supporting my blog! If you love play

Read More »

End of year activities for speech therapy

May is not the time to get fancy with end of year speech activities. It’s a time to make it easier on yourself. The trouble is the kids are not cooperating. They seem to be overloaded with end-of-the-year fidgets and silliness. Another “typical” round of speech therapy is not going to hold their attention. Here are a few quick end of year activity ideas that make it easy on you and provide enough fun and novelty for your speech students to keep them engaged: Special friend day: Allow students to bring a favorite stuffed animal to the speech room and

Read More »

Tips for communicating with speech families

Staying in touch with caregivers doesn’t need to be difficult or time-consuming. Here are five tips for communicating with speech families that won’t overwhelm you. I contract with private schools, so when the pandemic arrived and I was no longer permitted on campuses, I began doing home visits. It was a big adjustment. Not only was there the uncertainty of virus exposure (despite all precautions), but driving from house to house was time-consuming. So, I was delighted when I could return to the school setting this past October. I feel so much more efficient! However, there were some definite advantages

Read More »

Decrease stress with a Sunday checklist

SLPs have always had a stressful job and the past year has added to the issue. Taking five minutes to look over your Sunday checklist can decrease your stress. I love the feeling of starting Monday morning with a clear list of to-dos and activities planned and printed for all of my students. I just wish it happened more often. But even when I’m barely keeping my head above water, I can take 5 minutes on Sunday to mentally prepare for the week and decrease my stress with a Sunday checklist. That quick pause does just as much for my

Read More »
toddlers playing near each other

5 Types of Communication Intents

Early language is more about communication intents than vocabulary. Let’s take a look at 5 types we see in early language. Requests When little ones need support with language skills, we tend to focus on requests. This is because: They’re usually very motivating They’re naturally reinforcing It’s easier to set up situations that encourage these interactions They make our days more manageable “Late talkers” have more frequent and bigger tantrums because they’re frustrated by their lack of language (aka their ability to tell you what they want). Helping them learn to express their wants and needs can decrease these outbursts.

Read More »