Sunday, September 16, 2012


The beginning of the year is up and running.  You can't just ease into the school always begins with a bang.  Each year, I participate in literacy centers in the kindergarten classrooms.  It's one of my favorite things about my job.  I get to work closely with the kindergarten teachers, get to know all of the new kindergarten students, as well as, get a accurate idea on each child's speech and language skills, without spending tons of time screening.  It's also a great way to do some classroom intervention.  Kids are group based on their skills.  This week, we will begin our groups.  Here is one lesson I have put together.  Enjoy and have fun!  This is also a great activity for parents to use at home, too!  Visit my teachers-pay-teachers store for your free download or click below for your copy. 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

August. A month full of Sundays.

I had huge plans for this summer. I was going to do all kinds of planning and getting ahead. Well, not so much. Here it is...August. I'm having dreams about school, back to school commercials are on television and department stores are filled with fall clothing. I looked at my "To Do" list and thought I should start out small. I decided to update my I.E.P. list and my data sheets. They're nothing special, but they definitely help me stay organized. And, they work for now.

 At the beginning of the school year, I go through all of my files and gather the following information: I.E.P. date, R.E.E.D. date, and M.E.T. date. I take this information and put them in order according to their due dates. I create a key for Speech/Language Only, R.E.E.D. due, and M.E.T. due. I assign each category their own color by highlighting the entire box. If you are a S.L.I. only kiddo, then I put an asterisk by your name. If you have a M.E.T. due, then I highlight the box in red. If you have a R.E.E.D. due, then I highlight the box in yellow. Does that make sense? Download your copy here. Feel free to make changes or suggestions!

Oh, data! This is always a struggle for me and my forms are forever evolving. Eight years in and I just can't seem to find the perfect system for me. Here is what I have so far. I can't take credit for the overall organization of these. My friend Amy shared them with me. I have made adjustments, so they work for me...for now. They're two separate documents, so each fall I photo copy them back-to-back and put them in a binder. If you think these will work for you, download them here. Again, make changes or suggestions. Maybe what you do, would work for me?!

P.S.  I apologize for no photos.  I'm still learning on how to navigate this blogging world.  Please don't think I'm a loser.  :)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

60 Minutes

I haven't posted in awhile! I'm having a very lazy summer! Anyway, I saw this news clip tonight on 60 minutes and had to share. It's so moving! It made me cry! Enjoy

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Doing The Robot

Happy Weekend, Everyone!! Scrappin Doodles recently added Robot clip-art and I had to have it! I thought it was the perfect clip-art for a Fluency game. One strategy for having smoother fluency is to talk like a "robot", as taught by Dr. David Daly (i.e. Constant Voicing). Dr. Daly is an expert in the area of Fluency Disorders. I'm lucky to be from the same state that he lives in...Michigan! I'm even luckier to be just 30 minutes from his clinic. I had the pleasure of observing him work with a student of mine several years ago. I learned so much from him in just that 60 minute period. So, here is a little Fluency game that I made using the robot clip-art. I would recommend copying it onto card-stock for durability. It could be a fun carryover game or great to send home for practice. For your free copy, visit my TpT Store. I hope you enjoy! Below is a link to Dr. Daly's "The Source for Stuttering and Cluttering", available at LinguiSystems website. I use this book religiously! It is a great material to own!

Saturday, June 16, 2012


I absolutely had to post about this topic. I can't even express how excited I was to get my first followers. I called my sister right away to tell her how happy I was. Huge shout out to Jenny at Owl Things First AND April at Wolfelicious. Maybe only other bloggers can relate to the excitement, but...I'm telling you, I wanted to scream I was so excited! Silly? Maybe. But, I don't care. I was ecstatic. I NEVER want to forget how it felt. And, I never want to forget that Jenny and Laurie were my first supporters. I love it when females support females! Grazie! Grazie! Grazie! Do me a favor...follow them, too!
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Friday, June 15, 2012

Bragging Rights!

I haven't posted for a while and I feel so ashamed! But, I had a quick minute and had to post about how excited I am that Mayer-Johnson is following ME on Pinterest! It may not seem like a big deal to many, but to is HUGE. I wanted to scream with excitment! Now...if I could just get them to follow my blog. ;)

Monday, May 7, 2012

Better Hearing and Speech Month

It's May and that means it's Better Hearing and Speech Month! I hate to admit this, but...I've been working as an SLP for eight years and this is the first year I have celebrated BHSM. I feel like a terrible, terrible Speech Path. So, this year, I'm starting off slow. I decorated my door with some informational posters. I purchased these from the ASHA store. They have some great developmental milestone information for reading and writing skills. I also bought some cute pencils and happy face erasers from the BHSM store. I put the pencils in all of the teacher's mailboxes. Be sure to check out for some great tools. I plan on putting weekly fun facts in the teacher mailboxes and some water in the staff lounge (to address vocal abuse). I hope next year will be a little more exciting, least this year, people are talking about it!