What's In My Cart?


Back to School.  A time that I totally dread, but then am secretly excited about!  Who doesn't love a fresh box of crayons, new notebooks, and a totally organized room?  Another part of back to school that I love is snagging some great new resources at the annual TpT Back to School Sale!

This years sale is on Monday, August 1 and Tuesday, August 2.  When you use the promo code: BESTYEAR you can save 28% off of EVERYTHING in my store!  That includes all of my bundles too!

Here are a few things I thought you might like to grab during the sale:

My new Articulation Progress Monitoring Kit will be great for the first few weeks.  You can begin collecting your data on all of your articulation students, and keep up with it for four progress monitoring sessions throughout the year.  Data collection made easy!


Another fun back to school item is my Back to School Interactive Books.  These are easy to make, and so fun to use with students who need help with vocabulary, increasing utterance length, or need visuals to help with their language.

Now for a few things that are in my cart.  I am planning on doing a lot of back to school vocabulary with my students with ASD, so the first two items will be nice additions to what I already have!

This Back to School Interactive Book from Mia McDaniel looks great!


These Back to School Bingo Riddles by Speech Sprouts will work great with my higher level students too!


These new Artic Pix from Gold Country SLP look so bright and cheerful, I just have to pick them up too.  They will be a nice change from some of my old articulation cards.


And finally, I think I might also have to grab this super sweet SLP Planner from Speech Language Pirates!

Thanks so much to Jenna at Speech Room News for hosting this linky!  Head on back there to see what other SLP bloggers have in their carts too!

Wishing everyone a great back to school season!

Articulation Progress Monitoring


Progress monitoring for articulation was something that I struggled with for a long time.  I never felt like I was comparing like data.  I would pull out a pack of articulation cards and take data on the words that came up.  I didn't write down the words, I just had plus and minus marks on my paper.  I would get a percentage for the sound, but not much more information.

Two years ago, I started working on a system for myself to progress monitor articulation skills.  I wanted it to be easy for me to pick up and go with multiple students in a group, all working on different sounds.  I also wanted to be able to compare how students produced the same words over time.  I started with a few sounds, and it grew and grew.  With a little tweaking and putting in some fun new clipart for you, I think it is ready to share with everyone!

Here is my Articulation Progress Monitoring Kit:



This kit is really easy to put together and to use.  I started with a large three ring binder.  I think the one I have set up is a 3" binder.  You don't need one that big, but I like to keep lots of copies of the data sheets so I always have one ready when I need it.


Next, print the entire kit.  I laminated my picture pages, but this is not necessary.  I glued all of the cover pages for each sound onto tabbed dividers.  This makes it super easy for me to find the sound I am looking for in seconds.



I just flip to the section I need, grab the target pictures and a data sheet, and I am ready to take some data!

I like to keep about 10 of these data sheets in each section.


This data is so easy to collect!
If you are worried about the amount of colored ink this may take, rest assured.  You can print this in black and white, and it turns out great.  Here is an example of two identical pages.  One is printed in color and one is printed in black and white using my printer settings.  You could easily print out a set for your student and keep it in their file to pull out when you need to collect data for progress reports. You would only need to print four pages- the three picture sets plus one data sheet.  This packet is set up alphabetically, so each sound is easy to find within the file.


This kit has been so useful to me.  I actually look forward to taking my articulation data at progress report time!

As a bonus for making it this far in my post, I am offering you a FREEBIE!  You can try this packet by printing the entire set for G.  I hope you enjoy it!


You can get the entire packet for all of the sounds HERE.

Let's Have a Conversation!



Many of you have asked where I got my visuals for conversation in my 5 Tips for SLPs Working with Students with ASD.  I have worked on these over the years, and I am ready to share them with you!

Let's Have a Conversation is a packet that has helped me and the school social worker at my school give our students with ASD a way to learn how to have a very simple conversation. Using visuals and removable icons, we have expanded utterance length in our students and helped them to learn the skills needed to have a conversation.

We try to do this during our peer support times with our SNAPs students (Students Need A Pal), but also practice with just ourselves and the students with ASD.  When we have SNAPs students, we have them ask the questions.  When they are not there, the social worker or I ask the questions.

The questions are simple such as, "What is your favorite color?"  We give students a variety of options to choose from.  Sometimes, they may start with just answering with one word.  We try to quickly work up to complete sentences just to expand utterance length.  In reality, students don't usually answer a question with "My favorite color is blue."  They may typically just say the word, or something like, "I like blue."  I have included two different visuals in this packet for that reason.  You can choose which carrier phrase you would like to use.

This is the visual used to ask questions.

This visual is used to answer the question using the carrier phrase:
"My favorite ____ is ____."

This visual is also used to answer the questions using the carrier phrase:
"I like ____."


There are also ten topic cards included that can be used with students who are ready for the next step in conversations.  On the left of the card is a topic question.  On the right hand side are some additional comments or questions that the student may use in the conversation.

Additional topic cards.


These visuals have helped so many of our students make gains with asking and answering questions with their peers.  We have had so much fun watching our students grow in their conversational skills! You can get these visuals HERE and hopefully watch your students grow too!