Supporting Clear Communication

Back and Better than EVER!

I’m back!
Sorry for my absence. I have been very busy trying to get a handle on my new schedule. Currently I am servicing 8 preschools (soon to be 11), 3 private schools, and 9 home clients. After driving over 300 miles in a week and trying to plan for all these clients life has been crazy. My youngest client is 3 years old and now my oldest is nineteen.  I have quite an age range which requires a lot of different materials. Anyways enough about me.

On Facebook incredibly MishSpoken has 50 likes WOO HOO! I definitely owe my loyal followers so new information! Here are some of the new steps I have taken to keep sane during this crazy time.

1. Create HW packets at the beginning of each month.

- Too often I am printing off a bunch of pages the night before. Over the break I looked through different workbooks that I have to find one assignment/worksheet per week for each student. I give home to ALL of my clients with age ranges from 3-19. It can be challenging to find appropriate assignments to give. Here are some my go to resources:


Main Product Image

-Month-by- Month Carryover by Super Duper (Great for sentences and conversation level)

Main Product Image

- Early Articulation Round- Up by Super Duper (Love it for my pre-schoolers)

Main Product Image

- Super Seasonal Sampler by Super Duper (Great for seasonal worksheets for most common sounds)

Main Product Image

- Sound -Loaded Scenes by Super Duper ( Great for pre-schoolers and kids love to color)

DOT Articulation Workbook

-Dot Articulation by Speech Corner ( Kids love the bingo markers! You can pick up the markers at Dollar Tree for $1)

Social Skills/Language

I recently bought Social Language Skill Homework for a Year from CC at her TPT Store. It was one of the best purchases I have made. I can use it for children with language and/or pragmatic issues. It is a real time saver.

2. Staying organized

Now I travel all the time I feel as though I live in my car! Anyways one of the worse parts of traveling is carrying everything in and out of my car. I used to have everything organized in binders, but the binders were so big and heavy. Therefore I now prepare piles of papers for each day and have them stacked on my clipboard. I only bring the pile that I need for that day. I have only tried it for one week but I already love it. I leave the binders in my trunk in case I need any other forms. I am also trying to have all my piles completed at the beginning of the week so I am ready to go. I have decided to have a folder for each day to keep the piles safe.

3. Keeping Parents Informed

Since I started working in preschool, I have learned that part of my job is informing my parents about the whole speech and language process. Many parents I have worked with love to be very informed about how their child is doing, how long they are going to be in therapy for, and what do I as a SLP. I think it is fabulous when I get these parents, because they want to be fully aware of the education their child is receiving. Here is what I do:


For speech students, I pull out my Iowa-Nebraska norms and describe to the parent how the sound that we use in speech are not acquired at the same time. There is an average age when speech sounds are acquired. The ages differ for boys and girls. I think it is important to explain about the age of acquisition, because most parents do not know this information. Most parents are very appreciative of this, because they can understand better the process of how their child is acquiring sounds. I also explain the steps of working on a sound from isolation, syllable, word, phrase, sentence, and conversation levels.


For language students, I bring out language milestones to share with the parents. Most parents don’t know at what age their child should be asking questions, using prepositions, etc. By sharing with them the milestones, they have a better understanding of what their child needs to work on.  If you are a member of the LinguList on Linguisystems there is a great developmental  communication guide that I use to describe language aspects to my parents. ( If you are not a LinguiList member go join! It is free and they have a bunch of freebies just for members!)

Well that is all for now!  Til next time…. : )




No Comments »

Entire World of R

How many of you have a student who is just not getting the /r/ or even vocalic /r/?

I definitely had to raise my hand on that one. I have always been able to help with the prevocalic /r/ but I always had difficulty with vocalic /r/. I asked my friends what they used to help get their students to get the vocalic /r/. The response was an overwhelming ENTIRE WORLD OF R! Therefore I had to check it out!

I purchased the Entire World of Instructional Workbook ebook. I prefer e-books because I can have it on my iPad and access all the time. When I opened up the book for the first time, I was overwhelmed with all the information about the /r/ sound. The workbook discusses how there are 21 types of /r/. WHO KNEW? Each chapter of the 224 page book is devoted to a specific variation of /r/ including Initial /r/, /ar/, /or/, /ear/, /ire/, /air/, /er/ & /rl/. The chapters include information about each variation across all three positions. The book has a screening tool you can use to help determine which /r/ variations need to be targeted in therapy. After the screening, the book gives you examples of how to step up the hierarchy of treatment. The book recommends especially for vocalic /r/ to start with the more visual /r/’s and then increase in difficulty.

If you are still not confident in how to proceed, the book provides a chapter specifically on case studies. The cases studies give examples of clients and how to use the EWR effectively in order to produce /r/ correctly.

Each chapter starts with specific instructions to help elicit the correct variation of R. Next, help is given to produce the vocalic /r/ at the syllable level. After the syllable level, the book supplies words, sentences, and carry over activities for each sound in each position. The pages also allow for documenting which words should be practiced in speech versus home.

Overall, if you are in need of a /r/ resource, Entire World of R should be your go to resource.

For more information about this resource check out Say It Right!

P.S. I love to pair this with the Vocalic /r/ Turn & Talk by Super Duper.

Anyone else have a go to /r/ resource?


No Comments »

Last Week in the World of MishSpoken

I figure I would give you all a peek into this past week. For those of you who don’t know I serve clients from ages 3-14. I have a client of every age in between.

First up I am so excited that to do a Harry Potter themed activity. I found a great lesson plan for middle school students created by the US National Library of Medicine. Yes the author is strange, but the lesson is EXCELLENT. Check it out here!

Over the Thanksgiving holiday I had the opportunity to visit family in London. While vacationing I went to the Making of Harry Potter, where I was able to go behind the scenes of how the movies were made. It was fabulous and I really wanted to do an activity on it. It also helps when you are lucky enough to have students obsessed with Mr. Potter almost as much as I am.

Well it is finally December! I think one of the strangest things for me is seeing Christmas trees and Santa decorations in school! Where I grew up in MA, it all had to be religion neutral. Florida does not appear to be the same. For the children who do celebrate Christmas I picked up coloring book in the dollar section of Target. I took the pages out and divided the pictures into sections. Next I wrote in vocabulary words or targeted sound words. My plan is to use these pages with a variety of children.

For those who don’t celebrate Christmas and for even those that do, I wanted to create a more neutral crafts that all children could do! I pick up foam gingerbread men again from Target. I plan on using them to motivate the children to complete activities.

Main Product Image

For those of you who haven’t tried out the Super Duper Wh- Questions app, you are definitely missing out. I tried out the lite version of just the “who” cards and fell in love. I bought the pro version after the first time I used it. I highly recommend you try the lite version! It is great!

Quick tip: Have you ever forgotten to bring your mirror? If you have an iPad you can use the camera option. The kids love it and it is great for working on placement. I also will use Photobooth on my laptop as well. It all depends on what I have access too.



No Comments »

Homework Time

Homework Folders

Recently I started providing all my school clients with folders that contained a weekly homework/communication log and homework. My first copy of the log I was using was taking too much time to fill out during the session. Using examples from others and modifying my old log, I created a new log that I think will save me time, but provide parents with the information they need to understand how his/her child is progressing. My new form allows me to write in the date, check off activities completed, progress, and homework. For the daily activities I tried to incorporate the major goals that I work on with my clients. The progress column lets the parents know how well his/her child is performing. For homework I mainly send home some type of worksheet for practice, so I didn’t put any extra options. I have my school clients make sure they get the paper signed.  I put signature/ response so that way if  parents wish to send me a note, they have to option to do that. If the student completes his/her homework and gets a parent to sign he/she gets an extra sticker on his/her prize box sticker chart. Now the log should only take me a few seconds to complete rather than minutes. It also provides room to be able to add comments if necessary.

If you want you copy of my log grab it here!

My New Homework Go-To

Recently I was browsing through the overstocked items on Super Duper and came across the Month-by-Month Artic Carry-Over  Fun workbook. I think it was love at first sight! It was just what I was looking for in terms of contents and usability. I loved how they had different activities for every month and there was four activities per page. For a traveling therapist who has to print most of my materials from my home printer, it is definitely a money saver. I often modify the directions of the activities to be used for social skills, vocabulary, expressive and receptive language. All the homework promotes parent and child dialogue with the parent monitoring for a certain area of language or speech. Now I can prepare homework for students using half the time, expense, and resources. For more information on this resource check out the Super Duper Website here.



No Comments »

Thanksgiving Books

I love using book in therapy sessions. They help build literacy skills as well as language, vocabulary, and even social skills. I have a few Thanksgiving books that I am using this year.


1. Turkey Trouble

There are so many books out there that talk about Thanksgiving from the turkey’s perspective, but this one is just laugh out loud funny. The book tell the story about  Turkey who is a little nervous about Thanksgiving to say the least. He decides that if he dresses up like another animal, the farmer would be able to find him to eat. The turkey tries to be a horse, a pig, cow, a sheep and almost a rooster. Every attempt at dressing up as another animal fails, but provides funny illustrations. When he is about to dress up like the rooster, he decides that is not a good idea because the farmer will eat the rooster if he can’t find the turkey. Then turkey has a fabulous idea of what costume to dress up with when he is holding a tomato in the garden. He dresses up like a pizza delivery man and delivers a pizza to the family. The story ends happily ever after for the turkey as the family eats the pizza for Thanksgiving instead of the turkey. This book is great for sequencing, vocabulary, inferencing, and problem solving. Check out a reader’s guide for Turkey Trouble here.


The Night Before Thanksgiving - Thanksgiving Books for Kids

2. The Night Before Thanksgiving

This book is just like the Night Before Christmas, except it is for Thanksgiving. The book includes many Thanksgiving traditions such as family gathering, cooking a turkey and pies, watching the parade on TV, etc… Of course my favorite part is when the children are sleeping they have visions of drumsticks dancing in their heads. Overall it is a cute book that has just the right amount of words to be read in about 10 minutes. It features elements such as rhyming words that can also be touched upon. It is a great book to ask questions about your students’ Thankgivings and traditions they have.


No Comments »

Super Duper Articulation Castle

I mentioned on my facebook page how I miraculously won the Super Duper Articulation app. I figured that since they are awesome and giveaway products, I would write a review to spread the word about their new app.

The Articulation Castle app takes you to a far away land filled with race cars, spaceships, rodeos, treasure hunts, derbies, and balloon popping. The app sets itself apart from other apps with an abundance of over 3,000 stimulus words. That’s right 3 followed by three zeros. Not only that but the app includes 24 different phonemes! So those are some specs, now I will let you join me as we explorer the app together.https://mail-attachment.googleusercontent.com/attachment/u/0/?ui=2&ik=f0f96847ae&view=att&th=13addd46d0429852&attid=0.1&disp=inline&safe=1&zw&saduie=AG9B_P_II3xVouWio4BCutG3OB8O&sadet=1352341857227&sads=_LSg5N6QBIv4AjaZ7PMEVKvCPHo&sadssc=1

When you first open the app, you are greeted by two smiling faces  of the knight and princess in front of an enchanted castle. You are given five options at the menu: Start New Session, Continue Session, Quick Play, Players, Results.



Player is the first play to visit in order to enter clients into the system.  You can select the addition sign (+). Next you enter the client’s name or code (whichever you use) . Then you select add goal:


When adding a goal you can select by sound, class (Stops, Nasals, Glides, Fricatives, Affricates, Liquids, and L Blends) or both. After selecting either a sound or a class, another screen appears that allows you to enter response type (imitation or spontaneous), position (initial, medial, final, recurring), Syllableness (word, phrase, sentence), accuracy (%). For scoring, you are given four options: correct, incorrect, approximate, and cued. If you ever forget what all the symbols mean scroll to the bottom and select key. Each player can have multiple goals and you can adjust levels accordinglyhttps://mail-attachment.googleusercontent.com/attachment/u/0/?ui=2&ik=f0f96847ae&view=att&th=13addd521fe60bdd&attid=0.1&disp=inline&safe=1&zw&saduie=AG9B_P_II3xVouWio4BCutG3OB8O&sadet=1352342027564&sads=23jZhd8m0LHhwDpytsvgw3vdJGU


*(My dog Penny needs to work on “Stops” and her “w” in words like “woof.)

Once you have all the information about the client’s goal you can return to the home screen. Next select start new session and choose the players you wish to add. Then select the goal you wish to work on. One can only work on one goal per child at a time. Next you are able to choose from nine different games to play including: photo fun, balloon pop. duck derby, fishing rodeo, hidden treasure, raceway, space explorer, match level (1) and match level (2).


https://mail-attachment.googleusercontent.com/attachment/u/0/?ui=2&ik=f0f96847ae&view=att&th=13addd6f87c28602&attid=0.1&disp=inline&safe=1&zw&saduie=AG9B_P_II3xVouWio4BCutG3OB8O&sadet=1352342180693&sads=iN1NHRofF3SeMJSOlGDSQDJCm8w           https://mail-attachment.googleusercontent.com/attachment/u/0/?ui=2&ik=f0f96847ae&view=att&th=13addd9542c27a50&attid=0.1&disp=inline&safe=1&zw&saduie=AG9B_P_II3xVouWio4BCutG3OB8O&sadet=1352342221907&sads=pVSuvh4IokfWNqD2joIcnutzamk


For each of the games (excluding the matching), the clients each get a turn touching race-cars, balloons, fish, etc. When the touch an object a word appears with photo. The client should say the word and the therapist is able to score the response along the bottom. Each time you point to an object, you given a random amount of points.

https://mail-attachment.googleusercontent.com/attachment/u/0/?ui=2&ik=f0f96847ae&view=att&th=13addd9e3f8fbf86&attid=0.1&disp=inline&safe=1&zw&saduie=AG9B_P_II3xVouWio4BCutG3OB8O&sadet=1352342313357&sads=mw1LvFoIGN1GkSzXctjt1Cd5LDA             https://mail-attachment.googleusercontent.com/attachment/u/0/?ui=2&ik=f0f96847ae&view=att&th=13addda36e654340&attid=0.1&disp=inline&safe=1&zw&saduie=AG9B_P_II3xVouWio4BCutG3OB8O&sadet=1352342344605&sads=SLfud1csn0KqqNUCDZlrxuZCYGs

From the main screen, you are also able to start a quick session without entering in data as well as look at the results of students’ scores over time.


I used this app for a small group of two students yesterday. One was an artic student and the other a phonological. Both were intrigued by the app and were excited to play the game. They selected Fishing Rodeo to play. We play for about 10 minutes and each student practiced about 30 words.  It was nice, because it automatically recorded data and switched back and forth between players.



- ability to select both class and sounds great for phonology and articulation students

- great amount and variety of cards


-ability to score responses as correct, incorrect, cued, or approximate

- fabulous graphics

-motivating and interactive games

-ability to be tailored to each student’s needs

-Price: $39.99. I know some of you may think of this price as a con, but you are getting 3,000 photo cards.

- the ease of taking the percentage at the end and recording into the student’s data  : )


- The random numbers for some of the younger kids are confusing, I wish it would record how many words that got correct/incorrect. I think then it would be motivating for the child to try to beat his/her best score.

- Lte version: Try of the free B download.

Cons from the students:

- The students felt that it was a game where they were suppose to get all the fish or treasures before items moved off the screen. One student tried to touch two items at a time hoping to earn more points. After multiple re-directions and attempts, he finally stopped.

-After about 28-30 words for one target sound in one position, the words cycle back to the beginning. = “I already did this card.”

- There is no set ending point. The game continues until the therapist decides to stop.

- Students felt there should be a game at the end like a bonus round to earn extra points as a reward.


For more information on the app check out this link!


No Comments »

“What” is in a question?

Okay so how many people out there have a client’s goal that is answering wh-questions? If you are like me a BUNCH! Well you may have noticed that not all questions are created equally. What I mean by this is that there are different levels of questioning. I have made it my goal to use questions that are targeted at the varying levels dependent on each student. One resource I always return to is Bloom’s Taxonomy. Back before I was a SLP, I was an elementary teacher. I remember learning about Bloom’s Levels of Questioning aka the pyramid of hierarchy. According to theory, there are different levels of understanding knowledge. It is important that as SLPs, we try to help clients access as many levels as possible.

As you travel up the pyramid, the questions get harder requiring higher-level thinking. It is important to make sure you are just not asking remembering questions and then think the child has master the goal! When reading stories or looking at pictures try to ask more difficult questions. Some clients will only be working at the remembering level, while other will need more of a challenge. Find the level(s) that work. Now I understand that sometimes is difficult to keep track of what type of questions goes into each category. Therefore I created a nice chart with examples of types of questions for each level.

 I hope this is helpful for clients working on wh-questions! Any questions? : )

No Comments »

When Great Minds Come Together…

Over the past weekend I have the wonderful opportunity to meet with a few fabulous CF-SLP friends from graduate school. We came together to share materials and advice about things that we love to use and what works. It was a fabulous time! I learned so much and it was great to hear stories about everyone’s different experiences. We all left with a bunch of new resources we could use to help treat our students. We were all CFs who were working with children in the public schools, private schools, private practice, home-clients, and clinic clients. We were able to gain perspective and teach each other a few things. I figure I would share a few terrific things discussed in the various categories.

Top Free Apps (in no particular order)

1. Decibel 10th

Ever have a client who TALKS TO LOUD?

Well this free app if for you. It is a few decibel meter that keeps track of how loud you speak. It is great to for having the child self-monitor while speaking. It allows you to send data collection to your e-mail. Be aware though that your voice and other voices decibel levels will also be recorded so it may just be good for self monitoring.

2. Futuba

This app is great for matching words with images. The interactive game allows for up to four players! It is a great app to use in groups!

3. Draw a Stick Man

This funny, cute app is greatfor predicting. You get to navigate your own stick man in this interactive drawing game.

Top Paid for Apps

1. Articulation Station

A great tool to use with articulation kiddos. The favorite feature was allowing the option to record audio. Want to check it out before you buy it, it has a lite version!

2. Speech with Milo Articulation Board Game

This articulation app that is great for groups. It even keeps track of data for multiple students.

3. My PlayHome

The love for this app continues! It is  a great app that is loved by all to use for prepositions and following directions. Another app with a lite version to try out before you buy.

Most Viewed Blogs


1. Speech Rooms News

One of the first SLP blogs and still going strong, this blog has a lot of information with a wide variety of topics. She is always having great giveaways and reviews of new SLP products. She sells most of her materials through TPT Store, but has some freebies every so often.

2. Simply Speech

This SLP blog has a lot of information on the day to day going on’s of a SLP. She provides information about data collection, homework, communication with parents, etc. She also has free downloads of materials. She also shares lots of pictures from her themed weeks in her speech room!

3. Sublime Speech

Definitely Sublime! This blog is one of my favorite. I feel all materials are very detailed and informative.  She is kind to her followers by usually allowing free materials to her loyal followers for a set amount of time. It is definitely appreciated!

4. Playing with Words 365

This blog has some great informative posts. One of the groups favorite’s was top toys and how they can be used for speech and language.

5. Testy Yet Trying

A great resource for articulation cards. The blog has free artic cards based on position and provides words with different syllable lengths.

6. The Speech Guy

One of the few guys in the SLP of world who provides lots of information on great apps to use with the iPad! Check him out!

Most Used Websites

1. http://www.expressionspeech.com/

Great for Hodson’s Cycles and Basic Concepts


Fabulous materials for just about anything!

3. http://havefunteaching.com/

Great free worksheets including reading comprehension activities by grade level.

4. http://lessonpix.com/

Comparable to Boardmaker, but a cheaper version you pay for monthly.


Is there anything else I should add to the list?





No Comments »

The Three Bears’ Halloween

A few weekends ago I discovered this treasure at a yard sale!

I am so excited that I found such a great Halloween book!

Three Bears’ Halloween is a new twist on the classic tale. In fact, it is almost exact opposite of the regular story line. The story takes place with the three bears getting ready to go trick-0r-treating. The Baby Bear makes his rounds of the neighborhood, until his family comes upon a “spooky” house. The door is even unlocked. Then, there are a series of spooky events including a mystery person laughing  “tee-hee-hee”  which frightens the bears. The three bears decide to go into house and end up eating food, breaking chairs, and hiding in beds. At the end, the mystery person ends up being a witch and the bears run all the way home. Well, the witch is really Goldilocks dressed up, so she is not a scary witch at all. The story lends itself for speech- language therapy, specifically answering wh-questions and prepositions. I created a companion guide to go along with the story.

For wh-questions, I created both knowledge questions as well as higher level questions such as inferring. The questions can be asked as you read or at the very end. The black questions are low level and the orange questions are the higher level questions.

For prepositions, I created questions to ask while reading the story.

Extension Activities:

1. Sequence: The comprehension questions include several sequencing questions. It would be a good time to review what first, second, third, and fourth meent. You could even ask the questions during the story and at the end to see how much is remembered.

2. Compare/Contrast. Grab you favorite copy of the classic tale of The Three Bears and have the students compare and contrast the similarities and differences using a diagram.

Check out this website for more details on extension activities.

For your own copy, check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, a local bookstore, a local public library, or maybe in even a yard sale!

Grab your companion guide for The Three Bears’ Halloween! I hope you enjoy the story as much as my students and I did!

No Comments »

The Best Intentions: A Little Bit of Everything

Being out on your own as a first time SLP (CF-SLP) always seemed like the greatest thing in the whole world! You can plan, organize, and do as much as you can beforehand, but nothing quite prepares you. So I figured I would share the up and downs of my first “almost” month as a CF-SLP.

The Bag

You all probably remember my fabulous blog post with the greatest rolling giraffe bag you have ever seen! I mean it is the coolest! Well unfortunately my body didn’t quite agree thinking it was the coolest! I guess from the pulling/ pushing/ twisting/ turning involved with wheeling the bag around I continued to pull my pectoralis muscle. My physical therapist (aka my husband) has banned use henceforth of my awesome bag. So now my bag is still fabulous and pretty to look at which I just that is all it will remain for the time being.



The New Improved System

One upside to the giraffe bag being sent out the graze in the safari is that I came up with a better system. I travel currently between 4 schools and 4 homes (soon to be 6). It has been so difficult to keep straight which materials I need when for which place. Did you get that? Therefore, I went into my pantry and got all of those reusable bags that I own.

I selected a bag for each location I will be going to. Therefore when I leave one school and go to the next I can just switch tote bags! So far this has been working out wonderfully.






I keep my binders with data sheets and activities in my old backpack along with essentials like pencils, highlights, crayons, glue, tape, scissors, etc…

P.S. My pectoralis muscle is already feeling better! : )


Data Sheets

Well I posted awhile back my data sheet that I thought was SO terrific. Now I have learned that one data sheet does not fit all. For some students, I go into the classroom for normal classroom activities. During these times I am not able to collect data on these sheets, because I am assisting the students with their classwork. Usually I may have some numbers to include although most is objective/subjective information that doesn’t contain any numbers.  Therefore I create a new data sheet for push-in students.

 I also made improvements to the data sheets click here!

Here is another data sheet with an extra comments section.

Behavior Charts

Smiley faces work for kindergarten, but not so much for the older grades. For my intermediate grades I was having trouble figuring out what to do with managing behaviors. I was in a session and pulled out the game Uno. An idea was born: use the cards as a behavior management system. I can use the green, yellow, and red cards to signify a child’s behavior. Everyone starts on green, yellow for warning, and red is the end of the road. I used the cards and for the first time and didn’t have to speak to my students about behavior. They all stayed on green. I decided to create my own cards that are the same colors, but include words to signal more information.  Grab you set here!

Also here are the Speech Room RULES the kiddos need to follow to stay on green!



I have a lot of games to use with students. My problem as a traveling therapist is carrying the games in and out of all the locations. Some of the packaging for the game is ridiculous. I mean why do some games have so much extra room in the box. I would be juggling so many boxes it was ridiculous! I decided to purchase big, clear, Ziploc bags to replace the bulky games’ boxes. Therefore I can fit more in my bag without a problem!


My second realization was that games aren’t always the best to do when working in a group. Some groups are able to handle playing a game, while others just require more re-directions to stay focused on the task. This results in a decrease in the number of trials for the activity accompanying the game. I was definitely not having that! Therefore I save about 3-5 minutes at the end of each session for a reward game times. I set a timer at the beginning of the session that will leave a few minutes at the end. I tell the students that if we complete all of our work before the timer goes off then we will get to play a game at the end. It works out very nice.


Ravensburger Penguin Pile - Up - Children's GameTumbleJengaTopple Game

I try to pick games that can be played quickly such as Topple, Tumble, Jenga, or one of my Goodwill finds Penguin Pile-Up. These games are fast and the kids love them! It also makes the children feel that if they work hard, they will get rewarded!

For some groups that are smaller, playing games like Candyland or Chutes & Ladders is feasible, but for my larger groups it does not work out as well!

Binder Organization

I currently have three binders: one for public schools, one for private schools, and one for home clients. Each binder contains pocket dividers for each client.

I write the client’s name on the tab, so I can easily access his/her information. In the front of the pocket divider is the data sheet.  I love having this pocket folder, especially for data entry. I have to enter all my data both for the schools and home clients into the computer. I use a highlighter to underline the data I have entered into the computer. This way I can easily keep track of what has been enter and what still needs to be entered. The see-through quality of the dividers makes it easy then to flip through and look at the data.

In the backside of the pocket dividers are any worksheets or activities for the students. I like having a clear separation between the data and activities because I don’t have to search for anything and won’t lose the most important data sheets.


iPad= Lifesaver

For some students, it is difficult for them to understand directions for correct positions of their articulators to create certain sounds. For these kiddos, I have been trying something new. I will make a video of a close-up of my mouth producing the sound.  Yes I hold that iPad camera right up to my mouth so you can’t even see my face! Next I watch the video with the child and point on the specific features for that sound. Next I have the client make a video of them producing the sound. After we compare my video to his/her video to see were improvements need to be made. So far it is working well and I am definitely going to continue to work with these videos for correct placements.

For those who don’t know, you can upload PDFs to your iPad to use. I have PDF versions of materials that I use on the iPad all the time. It is convenient and saves paper. It is great for the traveling therapist who doesn’t have a printer and can bring what they need up on the screen. It is good for things you don’t want to print such as pictures that you are only going to use once. If you don’t know how to add PDFs to your Apple device this website has great directions. (I usually skip steps 4-7).



I am always looking for new games and activities to do with my students. Also, I have been looking for supplies to fill up my prize box. Well I found an awesome and cost-saving solution: YARD SALES. I grew up always going to yard sale and having yard sale at my parent’s house. It is just a part of who I am thanks to my mother.

Currently all the neighborhoods around me, including my own, are housing communities. Each community twice a year has a community yard sale. The greatest thing about community yard sales is the efficiency because you can drive to one housing development and go to a bunch of yard sales in one area. Some communities have just one big yard sale at the clubhouse with everyone just setting up tables. For the past few weekends I have been a frequent visitor to a bunch of community yard sales. You can find GREAT deals even if I dare say it better than Goodwill. Today I got two new games and 7 books for a total of $1.25!I think it was my best find ever. I am really excited about my new game Guess What I Am. It is like a Hedbandz type game, but a little more goofy!



Last weekend I got 17 matchbox cars, giant legos, and four books for only $4.70.  The boys that got to go to the prize box this week were thrilled with the car selection. Two books I got in the deal were  The Three Bears’ Halloween and There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves! .

                      The Three Bears' Halloween

Both are classic books that I can’t wait to use in therapy! Stay tuned for new blog posts featuring these two books!

Overall, I have learned that any good SLP has to be flexible and willing to change to support growth and learning for his/her clients. You have to find what works best for you and if it doesn’t work out figure out a way to change for the better. I have gained so much knowledge in a short amount of time. I am excited to discover how I can improve and make things better!


No Comments »