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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two young children playing

Language and Stages of Play

What are the stages of play? We often say the goal of talking is that we want our children to be able to communicate their wants and needs to make their lives, and our lives, easier, but that just covers the basics! What we’re really moving towards is their ability to use language to communicate ideas and feelings and develop relationships with others. For children, this happens through play. “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning, but for children, play is serious learning.” Fred Rogers There are many stages of play beginning in

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This SLP Life

Who else uses December to take stock and plan for the upcoming year? How many times have you vowed to bring more balance into this SLP life? Educators are at such high risk for burnout normally and this year has pushed everyone to the edge. For me, it’s been an opportunity to reflect on what I really want to be doing, especially now that the kids are both in college, and what I want this next chapter of my speech career to look like. I knew I’d need some help. This SLP Life I’d met Melissa Page online several years

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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

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 »
two young children playing

Language and Stages of Play

What are the stages of play? We often say the goal of talking is that we want our children to be able to communicate their wants and needs to make their lives, and our lives, easier, but that just covers the basics! What we’re really moving towards is their ability to use language to communicate ideas and feelings and develop relationships with others. For children, this happens through play. “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning, but for children, play is serious learning.” Fred Rogers There are many stages of play beginning in

Read More »

This SLP Life

Who else uses December to take stock and plan for the upcoming year? How many times have you vowed to bring more balance into this SLP life? Educators are at such high risk for burnout normally and this year has pushed everyone to the edge. For me, it’s been an opportunity to reflect on what I really want to be doing, especially now that the kids are both in college, and what I want this next chapter of my speech career to look like. I knew I’d need some help. This SLP Life I’d met Melissa Page online several years

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