Kristin over at Simply Speech is hosting a linky looking to find out what some of our favorite board games of 2014 were.  My students love to play games, but sometimes I feel like we just don't have time when focusing on specific goals.  So, when I pull out a game, my students really get excited! The first game that I love to use to target a variety of skills is Go For The Dough  by Super Duper, Inc. This game is made to target synonyms, antonyms, definitions, categories, multiple meanings, and rhyming words.  Many times though, I just use the "money" and play it as an open ended game for targeting articulation or other language skill drills.  My students love earning "money" when they land on granny.  My favorite thing to do with this game recently is to use it with my EET.  Students use the items on the definitions money and also use the EET to describe.  We have been having a great time using the game this way! The next two games that I love are gam...
I have been using interactive books like these for years.  My ASD team purchased a few of the Pyramid Educational Consultants books back when I started in the ASD realm.  I can't even find the books that I have for sale anywhere now.  After we started using these, I realized that I wanted to make my own.  This was way before I really knew how to create products, and I think I created it in Microsoft Word.  For my friends who make products, you will understand that it took a LONG time to create this original product.  I have a really hard time formatting anything in Word.  It is just hard for me to get things to go where I want them to.   Anyway, back to my original books.  I made several winter themed books about what we do in winter vs. summer and also what do we wear in winter vs. summer.  These books were a big hit, and I used them for years. Fast forward to now...I have so many students who are struggling with sentence expansion, vocabulary, and answering simple questions.  I...
This weekend at Costco, I was lucky enough to come across a great Melissa and Doug package of birthday cake and pizza.  My own kids have these toys at home, but honestly, many pieces are missing, and a little beat up.  I was excited to find these toys at Costco for only $9.99 for the whole package!!!     What a great find, right?  I knew that I have a couple of students who will totally love using these, but they need some visual cues to create sentences and request.  I made these visuals, and wanted to share them with you in case you come across these great toys too!  You can get these visuals for free HERE .      I put everything in a box, laminated and put Velcro on the visuals, and now have a great little activity to work on requesting.  I plan on using it for requesting with single pictures, I want sentences, and using the attribute of color.       Hope you enjoy the freebie! Jen     ...
Because of changes to Facebook, this will be our very last Freebie Frenzy!!!  The idea behind this frenzy is to create a fun game that targets a variety of speech and language targets, and give it all away for FREE!  If you go through the whole frenzy, you will have a complete game with 21 different card sets that will compliment the game board. Click on this picture and it will take you to a clickable map.  You can start anywhere on this map, but make sure to go all the way through to grab all of the great card sets.     Have fun!  This frenzy will run from today, Sunday, October 26 at 9am EST to Monday, October 27 at 10pm EST.  Grab your freebies while you can!   ...
WARNING: This is a non-speech related post!  I totally understand if you stop reading now. :) Yesterday, I ran my first half-marathon in honor of my son, who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when he was five years old.  The half-marathon was the culmination of many, many hours of training which definitely took me away from blogging and creating TpT products for a while.  Between working full-time, transporting two kids to all of their activities, and running several days a week, I was tired!!!  So, if you haven't seen me around much, now you know why. In July, I had a fundraiser in which many other SLP bloggers and TpT sellers donated items to form two different bundles to be sold on TpT.  This fundraiser was amazing, and allowed me to make a donation in the amount of $1,394 to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)!  Thank you again to everyone who purchased one or both of these bundles!  Between this fundraiser, a small one I did with Jamberry Nails, and many gene...
I have been using the same types of homework incentive charts for years now.  I decided it was time for something different this year!!!  How about a bulletin board game?!?! The mascot at my school is the owl, so I use a lot of owls in my room.  This year, our PTA adopted a pirate theme, so we are now seeing lots of pirate owls all around school!  The theme also goes along with a theme our principal has adopted called "teach like a pirate."  This is based on some professional development by Dave Burgess .  Check him out, there is some great stuff there! So, back to my homework incentive chart.  I have wanted to make a large bulletin board game for a while now.  I found some really cute owl pirate clip art, and decided to go for it.  Students will all start at the owl pirate and follow the map to get to the treasure box.  They each have a ship with their name on it that will sail the "speechie seas."  I laminated each ship and put a tiny piece of adhesive putty ...
Froggy Facebook Frenzy of FREEBIES!!! Sept 7-8 Come and hop along our Facebook Frenzy and collect 18 products to make a HUGE book companion! The products range from young to older students and include activities for an array of speech and language goal areas. Click on the map to download the "linkable" Google Doc frenzy map! If you like any of my phonological awareness book companions , you will want to be sure to grab this freebie over at Speech Universe on Facebook. When you go to Speech Universe on Facebook, click on the tab that says "SLP Frenzy" and then it will direct you on how to collect your freebies! You can see the cover pages of all of the freebies included in the frenzy HERE. Because of changes to Facebook, this is the last Facebook Frenzy we will be able to do.  I hope you enjoy grabbing all of these great freebies! ...
So this year, I was not able to get into my speech room until the last minute.   We had some major renovations done to my school, and I had to pack absolutely everything up.  I also have a student intern with me this fall and wanted to make sure to familiarize her with the school and procedures, etc. during my first two days back.  Because of these reasons, I really have not done anything too creative with my room yet.  I want to put together a cute bulletin board outside of my room, but it just has not happened yet.  I do, however, have something to share with you that is new to my room this year! At the end of this last school year, I came across this filing cabinet in a hallway at my school.  Someone was getting rid of this trash treasure. I am forever looking for new storage options for my room, and scooped it right up!  The custodian thought I was crazy for being excited about this, but I knew that I had big plans for this baby! First, I took off all of the handles and t...
What?  Another Sale?!?!  Yes!!!  TpT has set up a second back to school sale to BOOST you into the new year!  The sale will be August 20! If you are like me, and don't start back up to school until after Labor Day, this is an awesome way to get back into the mind set of going back to school.   Some of the other SLP bloggers/ TpT sellers have gotten together to share their favorite products that they have created, as well as their favorite products from other people.  Thanks to Jen over at SLP Runner for setting this up!!!  I decided to link up and share my favorite items too! First, my newest favorite, that I am so excited to use is my Paper Bag Articulation Books !   I used my /s/ version with students in the spring, and can't wait to use all of my different versions this fall!  So far in the bundle I have S, Z, F, V, K, G, L, and R.  This week before the sale, I am also adding S, R, and L blends!!!!  My students really loved having their own books and cards to...
Thanks to Jenna over at Speech Room News for hosting another "What's in Your Cart?" linky party!  Before every big, site-wide sale at TpT, Jenna hosts a way for us SLPs to share what we are looking forward to purchasing during the big sale.   On Monday, August 4 through Tuesday, August 5, there is a big site-wide back to school sale going on!  You can get 28% off of everything in my store- including bundles!!!!  What a deal!!! You just have to use the code BTS14 at checkout.  Don't forget to use the code! (I speak from experience)     Here is my newest item that I am so excited about!  Paper Bag Articulation Books {BUNDLE} These are a fun way to make and store your students own articulation cards.  S, Z, R, L, F, V, K, G are all available right now, with more on the way!       I also have a few things in my cart that I think you might enjoy too...   Articulation Deep Test - R with 100 Picture Stimuli by Gold Country SLP This will ...