This week, I found a great app that is **FREE for a limited time!**  I'm not sure how long it will be free, so go grab it if you can. The app is called Pair by Nature  and is geared toward the preschool crowd.  I can see myself using it with some of my students with developmental delays also. This app is really simple and engaging.  With this app, students can learn about logically related items.  It also helps them to develop visual perception skills, cognitive skills, and language skills.  The app developer, Step by Step describes that " children will engage in simple activities, such as matching, pairing, ordering, grouping, and sorting. This allows them to practice essential skills, such as: categorization, conceptualization, generalization, abstraction, memory, language, math, visual perception, fine motor, accuracy, attention, and focus. They will learn about shapes, colors, animals, fruit, vegetables, clothing, tools, vehicles, furniture, professions, toys, etc., ...
Do you ever have days where you know exactly what you need to target, but are just looking for a different way to do it?  I know I have had many days like that, especially when working on articulation.  My first year in the schools, I know that I was so frustrated with the monotony (to me at the time) of working on articulation, that I wasn't sure I even wanted to do the job anymore!  With my crazy caseload now, I have gotten over the feeling that articulation work is monotonous, and now embrace the time I have with my students working on articulation.  We can have so much fun together! So, you may ask, how did I get over the feeling of monotony?  Well, I made a deal with myself that I would try to change things up.  I would take items that I already had and use them as reinforcing activities during articulation work.  Here are ten activities that really work for me: 1.  Go Fishin- This is a game that I had in my speech room, and every time I had it out for my preschool ...
I originally wrote this post for Felice over at The Dabbling Speechie as part of her Monday Motto series.  I thought that with the start of school this week for myself and a lot of you, it may be a good time to share this post here. "Be the change you want to see in the world."  -Mahatma Gahndi Working as a school based speech-language pathologist can be really hard sometimes.  Our caseloads are huge, the students have so many different and diverse needs, and the paperwork (oh, the paperwork)!  But, seeing my kids make gains in any of their goal areas just makes my day all the better. Getting kids to make gains in their goal areas is change.  We help make changes every day.  Nothing gives me more joy that hearing from a former student or parent that I helped make a change for the better in someone's life. Another difficult part about working in the schools is at times it gets a little negative.  Teachers and staff are overworked, and at times under apprec...
Progress monitoring is something that can haunt you all year. In the past, I have felt like I was constantly scrambling at progress report time, trying to scrounge up data that I had taken to present on my reports. When I started out, I didn't think ahead to how I would compare this data over time to show the growth that I knew I was seeing. Now, I have realized that when I use the same tool each time I progress monitor, I can get a much better picture of how my students are learning and changing over time. Here are 5 tips for getting great progress monitoring data: 1. Be Consistent I think this one is pretty important.  When I am doing progress monitoring, I want it to be a snapshot that I can compare with another snapshot.  Whenever possible, I try to use the exact same items when progress monitoring. For story retelling or answering questions about stories, I try to stay consistent with the types of stories that I use.  For example, I may use a Fall Matt and Molly st...
A BONUS Sale?!?! Yes!  If you haven't grabbed everything that you have wanted to before school starts, tomorrow will be a great day to do it!  Teachers Pay Teachers is having a Best Year Ever Bonus Sale on Monday, August 22.  By using the code OneDay at checkout, you can save 28% off of everything in my store, Speech Universe . With this bonus sale, The Frenzied SLPs have decided to host a linky party to share some great tips for starting the year out right. My tip has to do with being prepared .  When starting out the year, I like to make sure I know where my students are in terms of their goals.  Many times they slip over the summer, and sometimes they make great gains over the summer!  This is never more true than with my students with articulation goals.  For the last two years, on the first day of therapy, I have used this Articulation Progress Monitoring Kit   to see where my students are with their goals.  I have loved having this data for myself right at the beginni...
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, increa...
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 bin...
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...