Summer Speech Therapy for Students Who Stutter

It’s not unusual for me to get a request to see a student who stutters over the summer. I’m guessing it might be because the stress of the school year increased their disfluencies, or maybe they didn’t want the attention of being pulled from class during the school year. Whatever the reason may be, I actually prefer it. “Flying the plane while you build it.” This quote sums up a lot of what we do, but is perhaps particularly apt here. To me, summer is often the closest I have to building the plane while we’re on the ground since

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Why Not a Worksheet?

You know what (teachers and) SLPs love about worksheets? You print and go. There’s no mess. Plus, you have something to send home to show, 1) yes, we had speech today, 2) yes, we are still working on that goal and 3) please remember to work on this at home too. You know what kids hate about worksheets? They’re work and they’re boring. No big news flash here, right? But there are happy mediums. I loved Highlights growing up—the hidden pics and all the other puzzles. Well, basically those are worksheets. So the trick, especially at this time of year,

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Summer Speech Schedules that Keep You Sane

I had a few years of summer speech that left me frazzled.  Trying to accommodate families as best I could meant appointment here and there and, typical of summer, frequent cancellations or forgotten appointments that had me frustrated and sweating in professional attire when I wanted to be sitting in shorts reading a book in the shade. So, I took several years off. Then last year, I decided to give summer speech another chance.  I had several inquiries from established, reliable clients and I felt more able to make my needs an equal priority. Success!  I had a summer that

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Teacher Reward Tracker and Countdown Calendar (FREEBIE)

I love my job, but that doesn’t mean I’m not itching for the school year to end and summer to arrive.  And for many of us the last month or two seems designed to break your spirit.  The paperwork, the antsy kiddos, the new referrals? (Really, you didn’t notice this months ago?) Teacher appreciation week will be coming up soon and you may or may not be included in that. Let’s take matters into our own hands. I’ve made a teacher reward and countdown calendar. (SLPs, it’s specifically for you, too!) Use it to get through May, or the last

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A Goal of Good Enough

I had an IG post last week that seemed to strike a nerve. I wasn’t sure how it would be received, honestly, but I’m getting close to the end of the school year and taking a hard look at some of my kiddos. Despite what parents and teachers sometimes want, “good enough” might be exactly what I’m striving for. (Click here to see the IG post.) I can be such a theater nerd, so indulge me for a moment. In the musical, “Matilda,” there’s a song titled “Miracle.” The students from the school, perfect Dahl-esque brats every one, sing about

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Irregular Plural Nouns

x The weather was finally better this weekend and I was able to get out and walk several days in a row. It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to do that and I was overjoyed, although I think I need to order some new sneakers. My foots are starting to hurt me. Foots. It might sound cute when a 3 year old says it, but once kiddos hit elementary age….incorrect irregular plural forms stand out as…..wrong. The tough thing is that English has a variety of irregular forms and there aren’t any hard and fast rules. So for our

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Tiny Scanner for Parent Communication in Speech Therapy

For the past few years I’ve been working at one school, but this year I started seeing students at a couple other locations as well (this is the kind of flexibility you need when you work for yourself and the numbers don’t meet your criteria in one setting). At my “primary” school I talk to classroom and resource teachers frequently and I’m apt to bump into parents or just have more contact with them even if just for scheduling because I’m more integrated into the day. When I’m at other schools, communication is much more of an issue. It easy

Read More »

Highly Unintelligible Students

I’ve got a few students that sound pretty good in single words, but listen to them in conversation and you’re left scratching your head. Ugh.  Sooooo much time and effort (on both of our parts) and teachers who wonder what exactly it is we’re doing.   Why can’t you please use your sounds in conversation? I started reading The Informed SLP last summer and I was intrigued by an article on REST (Rapid Syllable Transition Treatment). I was definitely willing to give it a go. The general idea is to have kiddos repeat multisyllabic nonsense words perfectly—sound, rate and prosody.  I

Read More »

Powering Through

This is such a tough time of the year to power through. The weather is gross. The kids are antsy from being indoors too much and we’re still nearly a month away from a decent break. Once we hit April I tend to feel better. Blue skies make a HUGE difference for me. I wanted to take a moment and remind you that the 7th of the month is the SLP Must Have Sale on TPT. It’s a way to grab materials (often seasonal ones) at a 50% discount—always great. But, what I tend to like even more is that

Read More »

Winging It

I was scrolling through my social media feeds the other day and a few comments caught my eye. The gist was with so much paperwork and limited time, most therapists wing it when it comes to therapy. You guys. It makes me cringe, not because I think you need to walk in with set lesson plans for each session, but because we undervalue our work. We are quick to list our credentials and the hard work we put into our certification and wring our hands over inappropriate caseload sizes and low compensation, but when we say we “wing it,” we’re

Read More »

Summer Speech Therapy for Students Who Stutter

It’s not unusual for me to get a request to see a student who stutters over the summer. I’m guessing it might be because the stress of the school year increased their disfluencies, or maybe they didn’t want the attention of being pulled from class during the school year. Whatever the reason may be, I actually prefer it. “Flying the plane while you build it.” This quote sums up a lot of what we do, but is perhaps particularly apt here. To me, summer is often the closest I have to building the plane while we’re on the ground since

Read More »

Why Not a Worksheet?

You know what (teachers and) SLPs love about worksheets? You print and go. There’s no mess. Plus, you have something to send home to show, 1) yes, we had speech today, 2) yes, we are still working on that goal and 3) please remember to work on this at home too. You know what kids hate about worksheets? They’re work and they’re boring. No big news flash here, right? But there are happy mediums. I loved Highlights growing up—the hidden pics and all the other puzzles. Well, basically those are worksheets. So the trick, especially at this time of year,

Read More »

Summer Speech Schedules that Keep You Sane

I had a few years of summer speech that left me frazzled.  Trying to accommodate families as best I could meant appointment here and there and, typical of summer, frequent cancellations or forgotten appointments that had me frustrated and sweating in professional attire when I wanted to be sitting in shorts reading a book in the shade. So, I took several years off. Then last year, I decided to give summer speech another chance.  I had several inquiries from established, reliable clients and I felt more able to make my needs an equal priority. Success!  I had a summer that

Read More »

Teacher Reward Tracker and Countdown Calendar (FREEBIE)

I love my job, but that doesn’t mean I’m not itching for the school year to end and summer to arrive.  And for many of us the last month or two seems designed to break your spirit.  The paperwork, the antsy kiddos, the new referrals? (Really, you didn’t notice this months ago?) Teacher appreciation week will be coming up soon and you may or may not be included in that. Let’s take matters into our own hands. I’ve made a teacher reward and countdown calendar. (SLPs, it’s specifically for you, too!) Use it to get through May, or the last

Read More »

A Goal of Good Enough

I had an IG post last week that seemed to strike a nerve. I wasn’t sure how it would be received, honestly, but I’m getting close to the end of the school year and taking a hard look at some of my kiddos. Despite what parents and teachers sometimes want, “good enough” might be exactly what I’m striving for. (Click here to see the IG post.) I can be such a theater nerd, so indulge me for a moment. In the musical, “Matilda,” there’s a song titled “Miracle.” The students from the school, perfect Dahl-esque brats every one, sing about

Read More »

Irregular Plural Nouns

x The weather was finally better this weekend and I was able to get out and walk several days in a row. It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to do that and I was overjoyed, although I think I need to order some new sneakers. My foots are starting to hurt me. Foots. It might sound cute when a 3 year old says it, but once kiddos hit elementary age….incorrect irregular plural forms stand out as…..wrong. The tough thing is that English has a variety of irregular forms and there aren’t any hard and fast rules. So for our

Read More »

Tiny Scanner for Parent Communication in Speech Therapy

For the past few years I’ve been working at one school, but this year I started seeing students at a couple other locations as well (this is the kind of flexibility you need when you work for yourself and the numbers don’t meet your criteria in one setting). At my “primary” school I talk to classroom and resource teachers frequently and I’m apt to bump into parents or just have more contact with them even if just for scheduling because I’m more integrated into the day. When I’m at other schools, communication is much more of an issue. It easy

Read More »

Highly Unintelligible Students

I’ve got a few students that sound pretty good in single words, but listen to them in conversation and you’re left scratching your head. Ugh.  Sooooo much time and effort (on both of our parts) and teachers who wonder what exactly it is we’re doing.   Why can’t you please use your sounds in conversation? I started reading The Informed SLP last summer and I was intrigued by an article on REST (Rapid Syllable Transition Treatment). I was definitely willing to give it a go. The general idea is to have kiddos repeat multisyllabic nonsense words perfectly—sound, rate and prosody.  I

Read More »

Powering Through

This is such a tough time of the year to power through. The weather is gross. The kids are antsy from being indoors too much and we’re still nearly a month away from a decent break. Once we hit April I tend to feel better. Blue skies make a HUGE difference for me. I wanted to take a moment and remind you that the 7th of the month is the SLP Must Have Sale on TPT. It’s a way to grab materials (often seasonal ones) at a 50% discount—always great. But, what I tend to like even more is that

Read More »

Winging It

I was scrolling through my social media feeds the other day and a few comments caught my eye. The gist was with so much paperwork and limited time, most therapists wing it when it comes to therapy. You guys. It makes me cringe, not because I think you need to walk in with set lesson plans for each session, but because we undervalue our work. We are quick to list our credentials and the hard work we put into our certification and wring our hands over inappropriate caseload sizes and low compensation, but when we say we “wing it,” we’re

Read More »