Monday, May 18, 2015

Homework Hotline Linky

I'm linking up with my friend Tracy from Gold Country SLP  to let you know about two of my products that would be fantastic to send home as homework this summer or any time of year. They are both designed to be used with preschoolers and K-1, and are completely black and white with no prep required!

The first one is my Blowing Bubbles Categories.  This one has four different activities for identifying members of categories and naming categories in three different formats: dot paint worksheets, cut and paste, and flip books, which are great for using in the car. My parents tell me they like to pull them out and use them when they're in carpool lines, or at the gas station, or anytime they find themselves waiting for a few minutes. Great idea!

The second one is a companion product that targets early developing sounds, called Blowing Bubbles Early Sounds. These print-and-go worksheets feature 5 different words per page and are great for using with dot paints, but you could cover the pictures with chips, erasers or anything else you'd like. Picture cards are also included. My families LOVE these!

You'll find both of these items in my TpT Store!

Thanks for stopping by! Now go back to Tracy's blog and visit some other talented blogger's pages to gather some more awesome homework ideas!

Monday, May 4, 2015

What's in My Cart: Teacher Appreciation Sale Linky

It's that time of year again, time for the Teachers Pay Teachers Teacher Appreciation Sale! Yay! I always find some awesome products to buy at a bargain price. I've linked up with Jenna at Speech Room News to show you what's in my cart this time around.

I'm definitely going to grab Brittany's Summer Print and Go Language Pack. I've got a couple of her other seasonal print and go packs and they are AWESOME! Very versatile and very little prep, and they cover a multitude of goals. Perfect for the end of the year and all summer long!

There are two great baseball-themed products I'm looking at...

Speechasaurus' Baseball Themed Language Activities, which targets describing, WH questions, vocabulary and categories...

...and Jessica's (The Speech Space) Baseball Mania! for targeting auditory and reading comprehension.  They both look so awesome, so maybe I'll get both!

Gold Country SLP's Summer Mystery Pictures is another item in my cart.  Kids love these! And this pack includes 6900 words! I think these will be great to send home as homework.

I was lucky enough to preview this one, and it is adorable!  Be sure to check this one out!  It targets pronouns, past tense verbs and adjectives. It would also be a great one to send home as homework!

My cart is getting full, but I can't check out without this one!  Super Power Speech's Social Language Informal Assessment is a must-have!

A product I'm loving right now is my Goin' to the Zoo  Early Language Pack.

It targets all sorts of early language skills including pronouns, plurals, WH questions, basic concepts, and possessives, and even has a set of cards and directions you can use with your Cariboo game.  I used this set for two whole weeks and my kids loved it! Be sure to check it out if you've got little ones on your caseload!

So that's a look at what's in my cart.  What's in yours?  Are you still looking?  Then head back over to Jenna's site and see what some of my friends have in their cart!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Chicken Soup for the SLP Soul: Funny Edition (Linky Party)

It's May, so if you're an SLP you know what that means, it's Better Hearing and Speech Month! To kick off this month that highlights what we do as professionals, Felice, our very own Dabbling Speechie thought it might be fun to share funny moments from our lives as SLPs. I think it's a great idea, so I'm linking up to tell you about one of MY funny moments.

I love to work with preschoolers, and about a year ago, an almost-two-year-old joined my caseload. He was full of personality and charm, even with a very limited expressive vocabulary. He won my heart from the start! I suspected childhood apraxia of speech, so we began to build his vocabulary using Nancy Kaufman's method of successive approximation. In this approach, the SLP models simplified word pronunciation patterns (word approximations) to the child using early developing speech sounds and sound combinations.  This approach was working well for this little buddy, and we began simplifying many words in his environment to make them easier for him to say.

My office is in my home, which is a complete blessing.  One of the perks is that each day, my little dog, Bruno greets each child as they arrive at the door. We say hello, and give Bruno a pat, and then head to his crate to safely lock him in. Next, the child feeds him a treat and then off to the speech room we go! The kids just love Bruno, and he has become a very special part of our daily routine. But his name is difficult to say for many little ones, so over the years, his name has been simplified to "Boo No" for those little ones just learning to talk.

Back to my little buddy. This little guy could say "Boo" and "No" separately, but as soon as we tried to say those syllables in sequence, he would say "NeeNew". For WEEKS we worked on blending and shaping, and still, Bruno's new name became NeeNew.  Then, my charming little friend decided that I was no longer Pam, but I was, in fact, NeeNew.  His mom and I chuckled, and resigned ourselves to the fact that I was now NeeNew, even when we prompted "Pam".  Well, one day, we were deeply engrossed in play when his mother's stomach rumbled loudly.  My buddy, who at this point was still only using single words,  sat upright in his chair and said, "What's that?" Then he looked at me and pointed and said, "NeeNew toot!" and broke into a fit of giggles. His mom and I dissolved into puddles with laughter. Not only did I bear the disgrace of being called my dog's name, but I was also falsely accused of tooting during a treatment session! Only a child could get away with that! But he DID combine two words together, so I was willing to sacrifice my dignity for his success.

What's YOUR funny story? Surely, you've got one, too. Please share it in the comments, or link up with The Dabbling Speechie here!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

SLP Trading Post and Giveaway

I'm participating in Sounds Like Fun's Speech Trading Post.  A number of participating SLP's were paired up and asked to trade products from their Teachers Pay Teachers stores and then review them on their blogs.  I was so fortunate to be paired up with one of my favorite fellow SLPs/sellers, Abby Goldenstein from Schoolhouse Talk, who so generously shared her Fun in the Sun Beach Themed Speech and Language Activities with me.

First, let me just say this is one very versatile product!  Fun in the Sun is jam-packed full of bright, engaging summer-themed activities including...

...these fun flip-flop synonym and antonym cards, irregular plurals and irregular past tense verbs strips. I love treatment materials that I can put on binder rings! Those rings make life so much easier! And aren't those flip flops darling???

But I didn't have time to prepare those before I worked with this student last week, so we just opened the file on my iPad and used them there! It was so convenient to have so many targets right at our fingertips!

I also used my iPad for the Compare and Contrast Fishies activities. These pages were awesome for finding similarities and differences, and I loved how Abby included the sentence prompts. This is definitely a new twist on many of the compare/contrast materials I've seen, and I really like the format.

Another activity you'll find in this pack is this set of cards targeting vocabulary words which are commonly found on high-stakes testing. The students match the vocabulary word to its definition. One student and I have been working on high stakes testing vocabulary for the past few months using Natalie Snyders SLP's High Stakes Testing Vocabulary Product and this activity is perfect to use as a review!  I was so happy to see it included in this pack!

Fun in the Sun also includes a number of print-and-go activities that require no prep.  You'll find a Fun in the Sun board game and dot reinforcers for open-ended activities, and targeted activities like Speak and Color by Syllable, Splendid Blend Mazes for articulation of blends, Sea Life Word Search, and Fun in the Sun Fortune Tellers. I can't wait to use these! Not to mention, these will be so great to send home as homework!

I'm so glad I got to tell you about Abby's product! Isn't it great??? It's so flexible, fun, and targets so many skills that it's sure to be just what you need for many kids on your caseload.  You can enter to win a copy at the end of this'll love it, too! But if you're not that one lucky winner, you can still visit Abby's store and grab a copy of your own for only $4.00.  Be sure to visit Abby's blog,  Schoolhouse Talk to see her review of the product I gave her, and a chance to win that one, too!

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Getting to Know Your Favorite Online SLPs Linky Party

I'm linking up with Natalie Snyders for her Getting to Know Your Favorite Online SLPs Linky Party to tell you a little bit about myself.

Who am I?

I am a pediatric speech-language pathologist with 25 years experience. I am in my eleventh year of operating my own private practice, serving toddlers through middle schoolers, and loving every minute of it. I live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with my wonderful husband. We are the parents of three boys, ages 25, 24 and 17. We have a dog, Bruno, and a cat, Bella. My oldest son is married, so I am also a mother-in-law!

I am active on both Facebook and Instagram. You can find me in both places by searching for Small Talk SLP.

What do I offer?

In my practice, I strive to make learning fun for the kids and their parents.  I love to rotate through thematic units, keeping it fresh for everyone, including me! I love to have parents participate in my sessions, and teach them how to work with their child at home. While I like to be fairly organized and like to have a plan for each session, I tend to be pretty flexible when things don't go as planned. I view adapting my goals to their needs for the day as a challenge!

In addition to serving kids in my practice, I love to create materials to sell on Teachers Pay Teachers. I started my store just over 2 years ago, with the goal of sharing quick little activities with all of you at low cost. Some of my best sellers cost just $1.00 each! I have learned so much since starting my store, and now you'll find many of my products include multiple activities.  I'm especially proud of Goin' to the Zoo, an early language skills pack, and my Fast Pace Race Articulation Challenges.

My dream job?

I'm living it!  I love being my own boss, and setting my own hours. I truly love the flexibility of having a private practice! I also love being able to get to know my clients well. It's like having a great big happy family!

My 3 Favorite Things:

After my family, I love food (cooking and eating!), my garden, and being outdoors.  We have fabulous places to hike and explore nearby.

Who else should you know?

Annie Doyle of Doyle Speech Works blog. Annie's blog is always full of insight and inspiration! I have plans to meet her in person someday.  We're going to share a bottle of wine :-)

Who else have you gotten to know?  Go back to Natalie's Page to meet some other awesome SLPs!

Monday, March 23, 2015

It's National Puppy Day!

My Grand-Puppy Murphy!!!
I opened my computer this morning and discovered that it's National Puppy Day! It couldn't have come at a better time, because it's been all about dogs around here at Small Talk.  Want to know what we've been doing? Great! Because I can't wait to share!

We've been playing fun games like...

Puppy Pursuit by Melissa and Doug, which is so versatile with 10 different game possibilities. My kids just love playing hide and seek with the 6 adorable puppies! They never tire of this game!

Another fun game is Diggity Dog, a color matching game great for working on colors, turn-taking, listening skills and following game rules.

I used a great book about dogs with my EET kit materials to work on organizing information from non-fiction text with my older kids:

...and this great pet hospital toy for pretend play.

But no dog week would be complete without celebrating my favorite little furry pup, Bruno!

My little buddy turned 6 years old last Thursday, so I created a whole packet of fun activities in honor of him!

It's got 8 delightfully fun activities that your kids will surely love, including Cariboo cards that can be used with your Cariboo game...

or without it by using bones to cover up the pictures if you leave them as a whole sheet, or by cutting the pictures out and hiding bones under them!

It includes 2 levels of auditory directions to make data tracking a breeze, which is something you don't often find with Cariboo card sets.

There's also a color matching game, a fun hide and seek game, an activity targeting verbs and WH questions, auditory comprehension paragraphs, a take-home book about Bruno's day, a category game and some open-ended materials.  My kids LOVED these activities and I'm sure yours will, too.  You can find it here.

Happy Puppy Day!!!


Monday, February 23, 2015

What's In My Cart Linky Party

The Teachers Pay Teachers "Teachers are Heroes" sale is just 2 days away and I am VERY excited to get some new products and save money, too.  I've been shopping around and finding some fabulous things, so I thought I'd join up with Jenna and the other SLP bloggers and share them with you.

The first item I'd like to share is The Speech Owl's No Print Spring Time Fun for receptive and expressive language.

This one covers it all - positional concepts, pronouns, negation, categories, inferencing and many more skills, and the best part is, it's no print so I can use it with my iPad!  I have her winter version of this product and love it, so this one is a MUST HAVE!

The second item I can't wait to buy is The Pedi Speechie's You Can Social Skills.  I am building my library of social skills activities and this one looks awesome!  Do you have any of The Pedi Speechie's products?  Her stuff is unique and incredibly clever.  She makes wonderful products! And this one is no prep, too.  Yes!  I love that!

My kids and parents love the Speech Summit's Sound Rings, so I am going to give this one a try:  WH-Question Rings.  I send the sound rings home for homework and the parents love them because they are so easy to use and convenient.  I'm guessing these will be a hit, too.

Here's another super convenient product in my cart:  Articulation Strips for R by Sublime Speech. These look like they would be great to send home for practice, too

So that's a look at what's in my cart.  I can't wait to see what everyone else has in theirs!

I'd like to tell you about my newest product that I'm very excited about.  It's called Fast Pace Race.

It is an articulation challenge activity for students who are moving beyond drill and practice and are moving toward skill generalization.  The students race against the clock to beat their own times in three different challenge activities and earn trophies and ribbons, each with different point values according to their performance.  My kids ask for this one again and again!  The challenges include Warm-Up Tracks...

Qualifying Races with three different levels of difficulty...

...and Face Pace Races.

This 42-page set includes challenge cards for Voiced and Unvoiced TH in the initial, medial and final positions of words, phrases and sentences, game cards and token boards as well as detailed instructions for use.  Check it out!  I'm sure your students will love it as much as mine do.  And then be on the look out...I'm working on new sound sets that will be added soon!

You can find this in my TpT store here.

So what's in YOUR cart?  Leave a comment and tell me!  I always love a good sale!!!

Click here to peek into MORE SLPs' carts!