Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Hello Again and Halloween Fabulous Freebie!

HI out there! Long time no-post! Hahaha....
Sorry it's been such a long while, but I've had a very busy beginning of the school year. When I returned to work at the end of August I learned that I would be full-time at a different school this year with almost an entirely new caseload! Needless to say I've spent the first six weeks or so building rapport with my new students, measuring their current performance levels, and beginning to target their objectives.

My caseload this year is a melting pot of speech-language disabilities. One area that I've discovered I need more materials for is main idea and details. I have several students who continue to struggle with this skill, so here is a new activity!

I've received some lovely feedback about my Camping Main Idea and Details activity, so I decided to make a Halloween Main Idea and Details activity. Since you've waited so long for an updated post from me, I also decided to make this activity a Fabulous Freebie!

Here's a peek at my game (if you have my Camping activity, it is exactly the same, except for the Halloween theme :-):






Enjoy, and Happy Halloween!
Stay tuned for more posts coming soon....
Rebecca-SLP :-)

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Semantically Absurd Compound Sentence Treats FREEBIE

HI again!
I'm so sorry it's been a while since I posted...we've had some unexpected family events in the past few weeks that have kept me very busy (and not in a good way :-( .
Thanks so much to everyone who participated in our fundraiser for the Moore, OK SLPs...we raised a LOT of money for those well-deserving colleagues.

Since you've been so patient, and were SO generous for Moore, I have a Fabulous Freebie for you tonight!

My newest activity is a two-for-one. I wanted to get a lot of "bang for my buck", so I'm targeting both compound sentences and semantic absurdities at the same time! My activity is called Semantically Absurd Compound Sentence Treats. The object is simple: join two independent clauses (the second with the coordinating conjunction "so") to make some absurd compound sentences. There are many ways to use these cards (20 pairs, 40 cards total, with blanks to make your own) including:
1. have the client produce the compound sentence
2. have the client repair the semantic absurdity
3. have the client flip either a sentence beginning or ending, and generate the rest
4. have the client repeat the compound sentence (auditory working memory)
5. have the client fill-in the last few words (cloze)

Your imagination is the limit! Use with any board game or toy you have on hand, or just use the cards! Here's a peek at my activity:




Grab this Fabulous Freebie here!
Enjoy, and thanks for hanging in there!
Rebecca-SLP :-)

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Catching Fireflies L Articulation Boards

Hi :-)
Tonight I have another fun articulation boards pack. These boards are the same as my Catching Fireflies R Articulation Boards, except they're for the "L" sound.

Included are 8 boards, two each for initial, medial and final position of words, and one each for L Blends and Syllabic L. Each board has twelve colored pictures, and the pack includes the word list.

Use these boards for eliciting L at the word, phrase, sentence, or conversational level. These boards would be great for "chipper" activities, magnet boards, flashlight games, coin toss, or you could cut apart the pictures for Headbands, etc. Your imagination is the limit!

Here's a peek at my L Boards:





You can find my boards here!

Rebecca-SLP :-)

The 10 Most Important Lessons I've Learned Being A SLP

Hi! As the school year comes to a close, I can't help but reflect about the year (and years) that past, as well as look ahead to next year. I've been a SLP for 13 years, and like all of us, I've learned a lot of valuable lessons along the way. I love to share these thoughts with student clinicians and "newbies", hopefully to make their journey a little smoother, and I thought, why not share with all of you? I bet you have a list, too. So here's my top ten (in no particular order) lessons learned as a SLP:


1. Tell your clients their goals, and often. Years ago, my CF supervisor gave me some great advice....always tell your clients why they're there, and remind them often. This is one of the first things I teach student clinicians...goals should never be a secret. They are not MY goals, they are the CLIENT'S goals. If they can't tell you why they go to "speech", they will never take ownership of their progress. In my experience, you need to review goals monthly, or even weekly, to keep their "eye on the prize".

2. Be nice. No, seriously... be NICE. A very wise colleague/friend always says, "You catch more flies with honey than vinegar." It's amazing how far kind words and joy in your heart will get you. I find this particularly crucial in a school setting. If you can't be nice, don't work with people.

3. A former colleague once told me that her 90-year-old mother's life motto was "Virtue lay in the middle." I think this is very true in our profession. To me, she meant BALANCE. Sometimes, you have to meet people halfway. We've all been in a position where our clinical judgement tells us to do X, and a parent/client wants Y. Depending on how supportive (or unsupportive) your administration is, you may have to bend a little (or a lot) and provide something you wouldn't have otherwise. Sometimes you have to compromise for everyone's sake. Sometimes the fight just isn't worth it. Not always, but sometimes. You can't win them all...sometimes you have to give in. Fight the fights you can win, and that are worth fighting. Let go of the rest (and your ego). Balance.

4. Guard your free time. A superintendent of schools I once worked for said, "Rebecca, this district will be happy to take your free and personal time. It's up to you if you let us." Profound, right? I'm a SLP, but I am many other things, too. I'm a mom, wife, sister, daughter, friend, etc.....Never forget that work is work, no matter how dedicated you are....don't let work take all of your free and personal time. Believe me, they will try. Live your life.

5. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Be honest, and explicit. Tell parents/clients what you honestly think is best (see #2 about being nice when you do it ;). Practice good communication skills. Be consistent; don't do "personal" or "back-door" favors. Stay out of the politics! Politics are EVERYWHERE. And everyone has an agenda (even us, hopefully for the right reasons). Do your job professionally and with integrity. Don't fall into the political trap and compromise your ethics; treat every client the same, no matter who they are (or who they know).

6. Keep learning. A school psychologist once said to me, "You don't know everything, Rebecca." This was after I declined to go to the same seminar I had been to several times. I agreed with her. I don't know everything (PS- I never will). It's impossible to know everything. That's one of the main reasons I started blogging. I was learning so many new ideas and "tricks" of the trade from other bloggers, I wanted to be a part of the dialogue. Not because I have all the answers, but rather because I DON'T.

7. Nobody's perfect. Nobody. It's not possible to be perfect (see "keep learning" above), yet SLPs more than most any other profession, in my opinion, strive for perfection. I once heard someone say, "I am not my mistakes. You are not your mistakes, and I am not mine." Have I forgotten to write progress reports in time---yup. Did I under-service a student for an entire year once a long time ago---yup. Work on the wrong objective for a few months---sure thing. We all make mistakes. Learn from them, forgive yourself, and move on. Try your best, but expect to make mistakes. We. All. Do. One of my favorite professors ever said, "Nobody ever died from speech therapy, Rebecca." (Except dysphagia, of course;). What she meant was, it's OKAY to make mistakes. Nobody is going to die from them. Honestly. Not even you.

8. Have fun. Every human wants to have fun. We do, and so do our clients. I know that sometimes we take heat from non-SLPs about "playing games" in therapy, but that just tells me they need more education about what therapy, and the human experience, is. No, life is not all fun-and-games (PS-neither is therapy), but why NOT make it fun if it can be? Seriously, why not?

9. Make new friends, but keep the old. I don't think I've ever met as many intelligent people as the SLPs I've worked with---in schools, hospitals, and the VNA. Never, never burn bridges. Consult with colleagues, old and new, and keep that professional learning community alive (see #6).

10. Be flexible. If you're feeling cognitively rigid, see #3. Be as flexible as possible...in scheduling, in service delivery, etc. Give people choices if you can. Let clients/students choose their favorite activities. If we're trying to teach others to think flexibly, shouldn't we also try it? Be a role-model for other professionals, work interdisciplinary...and remember, we're all in this together.

So that's it. My top ten all-time lessons learned as a SLP. Well, so far, anyway ;)
What are yours?

Rebecca-SLP :-)

Monday, June 3, 2013

Helping Moore, Oklahoma SLPs

Hi Again!

I hope you're doing well! I know many school-based SLPs have already finished out their school year (congratulations :-), but here in Mass we still have another three weeks. I'll be posting until the end of our school year, then taking a much needed break until we return to school in late August. I have MANY therapy material ideas to work on this summer, so even though I won't be blogging, expect some goodies come fall ;)

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Jess over at Figuratively Speeching SLP (if you haven't checked out her blog, please do so...it's fantastic) about helping out the SLPs of Moore, OK. I was honored to be part of a large team of SLP bloggers who contributed to two HUGE materials bundles through TPT,with all proceeds going directly to the four Moore SLPs who lost everything at their schools.



My Catching Fireflies Language Processing Packet is in bundle 2. There is also bundle 1, with many materials from the "bigger" SLP blogs. Please consider helping out this amazing cause, and getting a ton of great therapy materials at a super-bargain price! It's a win-win, if you ask me.

So, stay tuned for a few more Fabulous Freebies and other posts in the next few weeks, and please consider helping out some fellow SLPs.

Enjoy your vacation (if you get one)!
Rebecca-SLP :-)

Monday, May 27, 2013

Lollipop, Lollipop Fabulous FREEBIE

HI again!
This post will be short and SWEET ;)

I have made another simple Fabulous Freebie titled Lollipop, Lollipop, OhLaLa Lollipop Inferences!

This SWEET little game will have you reaching for the toothbrush!
The activity is simple...it's a standard Bingo game with description cards. Simply infer which baked good or candy to cover based upon the clues. This Freebie includes 4 Bingo boards and 24 inferencing description cards.
Here's a peek:



If you've been loving my Fabulous Freebies, please watch for a special post coming soon about how you can help the SLPs of Moore, Oklahoma. I've contributed a Catching Fireflies activity to benefit the SLPs who lost everything. Please check back in to my blog soon for more details.

My Lollipop freebie is here.

Happy brushing,
Rebecca-SLP :-)

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Catching Fireflies R Articulation

Hello again :-)
I hope you're having a great week.
I just want to take a minute to let everyone in the Oklahoma area know that we are thinking of them here in the Northeast; I hope all of our "speechies" out there are safe with their families.

Tonight I have a "first" for Just Speechie SLP readers---an articulation activity. It's not that I don't work on articulation (actually, motor speech disorders are my favorite thing to treat), it's just that I have many articulation materials already, so don't feel like I need to make a lot more. That being said, I have found that my students love these fireflies, and I was looking for some new and fun homework ideas for my kiddos, so articulation fireflies it is!

Are you sick of cutting out stimulus cards? Yup, me too. That's why I decided to make articulation firefly boards, and not cards. First up is prevocalic and vocalic /r/.....
Here's a peek at some of the boards:



Included you receive 8 articulation boards (one each for prevocalic /r/, OR, ER, IRE, AR, AIR, EAR, and /r/ blends). Each stimulus item may be produced at the word, phrase, sentence, or conversational level, at your discretion.
 Each board has twelve pictures in mixed positions; use the boards for "Chipper" games, as a magnet board, for a coin toss game, with a flashlight, or cut out the pictures to make stimulus cards for Headbandz, etc. Your imagination is the limit! I have also included the word list for reference with the pictures :-)
Find my activity here. Please watch for more Firefly articulation boards this week, and don't forget my SALE (get 20% off) ends tonight!

Stay Safe,
Rebecca-SLP :-)


Sunday, May 19, 2013

SALE, and Camping Main Idea and Details!

Hi All! In honor of Better Hearing and Speech Month, I'm throwing a sale in my TPT store from tonight until Wednesday, May 22nd....
Everything in my store will be 20% OFF, so grab some new activities at a discount!
If you've been reading my blog or follow me on FB, you know that I love to give things away, so any excuse to mark down some pay packets is always fun for me :-)

Tonight I also have a sweet new activity that is perfect for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend:
Camping Main Idea and Details!
Included in the packet you receive twelve camping related stories, a main idea and details template, and a double-wide board game! Here's a peek:





The purpose of the game is to race around the campsite while identifying the main idea and at least three key details from each story.
Happy Better Hearing and Speech Month!
You can grab my new packet here, and watch for other new activities this week (maybe some articulation fireflies ;)!
Rebecca-SLP :-)

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Stars and Stripes Cause and Effect FABULOUS FREEBIE

Hello again! It's been a while....well, a few weeks anyway.
The past few weeks at work have been overwhelmingly busy, but I'm over the hump, and I'm thrilled to be back to blogging. I didn't expect to miss it as much as I did! I haven't realized how fun it's been to share some simple ideas and materials with everyone :-)

In thinking about the upcoming Memorial Day holiday, I wanted to make something festive but useful for my students right now. I have several students who need more practice with cause and effect, so I decided to make a simple cause and effect matching game.

I bought this sweet accordion flower clipart a while ago, and I've been saving it for something special. I love that the flowers are red, white, and blue. I'm sure I'll be making more materials with these.

The gist of my activity is to match two effect accordion flowers (white and blue) with one cause flower (red). The students will make groups of three in red, white, and blue (hence the "stars and stripes" theme ;).

Here's a peek at my activity.




 I also think this would be fun for Fourth of July, so if you're working in the summer you may want to grab it now. (Sorry if you're working in the summer!) As always, thanks for reading my blog, and please leave feedback so I know if this is useful for you, too! Grab this Fabulous Freebie here.

Thanks for hanging in there,
Rebecca-SLP:-)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Hang In There

Thanks for hanging in there while I've been swamped with paperwork and meetings! New posts and a Fabulous Freebie coming near the end of the week ;)
Rebecca-SLP:-)

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Helping Hands Sentences FREEBIE!

Happy Better Hearing and Speech Month!

Are you feeling stressed, tired, and overwhelmed at work right now? Yeah, me too. I probably won't be posting as much as usual in the next few weeks because I have SO many evaluations, IEPs, and reports that I am working on right now :-(

Feel like you need a helping hand with some easy therapy and homework ideas for your clients right now? Me too! That's why I created my Helping Hands Sentences activity. My Springtime Sentence Repetition for Auditory Working Memory Freebie has been a huge hit on TPT, so I thought I would make another sentence repetition freebie that could be used multiple ways. 

Here are five ideas that I have to do with this activity:


1. Sentence repetition: play the board game and have the student repeat each sentence verbatim.
2. Auditory Closure: play the board game, read each sentence, then repeat but leave off the last word for the student to fill in the blank.
3. Compound sentences: play the board game and have the student draw two cards per turn to combine with “and” on the mat.
4. Present, past, and future tense verbs: play the board game and have the student say the sentence in past, present, and future tense while moving the card along the mat (e.g., “Yesterday I washed the dishes”, “Today I am washing the dishes”, “Tomorrow I will wash the dishes”
5. Social inferencing: play the board game and ask the student how someone might feel if the student did that. 

I've included 40 4-8 word sentence cards, ten blank cards for creating your own, a past/present/future verb tense mat, an "and" mat, and a board game!
Here's a peek:







I purposely made this activity black-and-white so that we can all save on colored ink! Do you have any other ideas about how to use this? If so, please share :-) Find my Fabulous Freebie here.

Stay tuned for more towards the middle of the month, and thanks for reading Just Speechie SLP!
Rebecca-SLP :-)


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Phony Baloney: A Social Fake Game

HI there. Tonight I want to share with you a new material that I created called Phony Baloney: A Social Fake Game. First, let me start by saying that yes, I DO know that Italians may spell it bologna, and that you can also spell it boloney (trust me...my husband and I both looked it up :-), but I wanted to reference being a "phony baloney", or faker, so baloney it is! Please don't take offense if you're a deli meat connoisseur ;)

So, what's my game all about? Well, I have several students who are working on social cognition and pragmatic language. My intention with this game is to practice both perspective-taking skills, as well as the pragmatic function of "what do I say?" Sometimes, the socially expected response or action may be to do or say nothing. My students really need practice in ignoring some social issues, do yours?

 Here's a peek at my game:


My game has 40 social situation cards that describe a scenario where a "social fake" is needed. The student must answer four questions about the situation from this template:

Here's the game contents and directions:



Here's a peek at the cards:


 Also included is a double-wide board game:

I got some very nice comments back from my previewers, what do you think? If you're interested in my game, find it at my TPT store here.

Have a great night!
Rebecca-SLP :-)
PS- the first person to comment below, with an email, will win the game FREE ;)



Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Plant A Seed Regular Verb FREEBIE with blank cards

Hi! Did you like my irregular verb freebie this week? Want some regular verbs, too? Well here they are, by request :-)
Here's a peek (it's exactly the same as my other activity, but with regular verbs):



You get 30 regular past tense verb cards. I have also included a blank sheet for both my regular and irregular verb cards for you to make your own (by request).


Find my extra Fabulous Freebie here.
Happy Wednesday!
Rebecca-SLP :-)

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Plant a Seed: Irregular Verb FREEBIE!

Hi out there. If you've watched the news at all in the past week, I'm sure you've heard about the tragedy at the Boston Marathon, and the chaotic and tense days that followed. Here in Massachusetts we truly had a difficult week watching the events unfold, and worrying about the victims as well as public safety. This past week was also our spring break from school, so I decided to give myself the week off from blogging to spend time with my well-deserving children and family.

Tonight I'm back with another Fabulous Freebie! I know it's Earth Day tomorrow, but I wanted to make a simple irregular verb activity that could be used beyond tomorrow, so my simple Plant a Seed activity uses the same sweet springtime graphics as my Springtime Auditory Working Memory Complete Kit. If you want, feel free to combine this activity with my kit and use it for mixed groups with any of the kit board games!
Here's a peek:




I hope this week finds you safe, well, and grateful for the wonderful world we share. I know I am!
Happy Earth Day! Find my freebie here!
Rebecca-SLP :-)