December 9, 2015

We Can Still Be Friends

Real conversation from school this week with 3rd-4th graders:Student 1: I won't be at the Christmas Program.Me: Why...

Posted by Kayla SLP on Wednesday, December 9, 2015

November 28, 2015

What's In Your Cart?

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Hello, everyone! Who is ready for another edition of "What's In Your Cart?" Bueller? Bueller? Just kidding, I know you're all excited! I love to see what others have in their carts because it gives me even more ideas of what to put in mine! To access the original link up post, hosted by Jenna Rayburn at Speech Room News, click the image above!

First, let me show you some products that I recommend from my own store, Kayla SLP on TPT.

This is one of my best selling products and a personal favorite of mine. This product targets inferencing skills for KG-6th. Game boards are included, as are blank cards to create your own inference cards. Included are 30 clue cards, 6 optional game cards, blank cards, answer key, 2 game boards and a data sheet. All pages are in both color AND blackline! Simply put the cards in a stocking and let your students draw one out to guess what the gift would be! This is great for SLP language groups, but could be used for any language classroom.

This is my newest product. Synonyms Chains are a QUICK, EASY, PRINT-n-CREATE activity!  The great thing about this product is that you can use it with ALL AGES and grades KG-9th. Making a chain is fun for little kids, but not too childish for older children! You can hang the finished product up in the hall or in your room as decoration.  Print on any color paper to correspond to a holiday or your school colors. Very versatile! It's certainly not only limited to the holidays because the vocabulary is general vocab all students need to know. Print front-to-back in order to have a sentence example on the back of each fill-in-the-blank synonym strip. Students can use context clues by reading the sentence in order to determine a synonym for the underlined word!

Finally, my Winter Story Sequencing activities are a great addition to your winter lesson plans. This is used for students Pre-K to 6th, depending on the level of support you provide. Included are 7 Winter Themed Stories, each with a 6-Step sequencing activity (picture cards). The included stores are The Snow Day, Gingerbread Man, Building a Snowman, The Missing Reindeer, Decorating the Tree, Making Holiday Cookies, and Making a Snow Globe. These can be used into January and February!

Here's what I plan to buy during the site-wide sale:

Be sure to link up and show others what you plan to buy! Happy shopping!

Until next time,

5 Things You Didn't Know About This SLP + Giveaway!

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1. I love musicals. My favorite movie is Moulin Rouge (which no one will ever watch with me because I know, and say, all the words) but I also love Chicago, Hairspray, Grease, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Rent, Across the Universe, and Rocky Horror Picture Show). 

2. I have "webbed" toes, aka  partial simple syndactyly. Okay, no, not like a duck and not all of my toes, BUT my 2nd and 3rd toes are connected a little more on both feet. I get it from my momma. No one has ever noticed until I told them. If you're curious, you can see what I am talking about here.

3. I can't stand the feel of microfiber. It gives me goosebumps and makes me a little queasy! Something about the way that it sort of "sticks" to your skin when you touch it... okay I have to stop talking about it now. Ugh!!! (shudders)

4. I'm cat obsessed. This is something you probably already know. My parents currently have 5 cats (I still sort of consider them mine, because I grew up with those cats) and my husband and I have an adopted shelter cat named Misha. She's a little over a year old and it's her first year with a Christmas tree... so that has been interesting. She's seriously like mine and my husband's child. 

5. I have been to tons of concerts. I've seen Rob Zombie, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Journey, Joan Jett, Rod Stewart, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Alice Cooper, Alabama, Oak Ridge Boys, Charlie Daniels, Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw/Faith Hill, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks, ZZ Top and have been to 3 Warped Tours... just to name a few.

I wanted to join in on the giveaway fun as well! Complete the steps below to enter the giveaway for my newest product, Synonym Chains!

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November 1, 2015

Using Communicative Temptations in Speech-Language Therapy

I wanted to talk a little about something I've found to be extremely useful with some of my students lately. I have some students who use very little language when communicating and I've had a hard time eliciting language from them. One day, something I learned in grad school lit up like a light bulb over my head: Communicative temptations!

It just so happened that I had some students with me at the same time my light bulb went off. We were using bubbles to elicit words like "pop" and "blow", but I was mostly getting giggles and stomps. Now don't get me wrong, I was glad they were having fun stomping bubbles-- but I really wanted some language. This being said,  I realized I was holding the perfect form of communicative temptation right in my hand.

I tightly closed the lid to the bubbles and handed it to one of the students. She held it, looked at me, looked at the bubbles and attempted to open them. Nothing. The lid didn't budge. She them shoved the bubbles back into my hand. I held them, looked at the bubbles, then looked at her. Nothing. I didn't try to open them. This student was beginning to look a little concerned. She tapped the lid. I held the bubbles with the lid still on. She took my hand, placed it on the lid of the bubbles, and attempted to twist my hand on the lid in order to open the container. I did nothing. She was getting frustrated. I asked her, "I'm sorry, I don't understand-- what do you want?" She, again, attempted to manipulate my hand to open the container. I said, "OH! You want me to open them? Say 'open'." As soon as the child attempted the word "open", I immediately opened the bubbles, blew one and then put the lid back on. She very soon understood how this game was going to work. I would wait for her to elicit some sort of verbal approximation of "open", then immediately fulfill her request. A few minutes later, I was able to elicit "blow" from her as well. I would open, dip the wand and hold it in the air where she could see, then wait for her to communicate "blow". As soon as she said "blow", she received the reinforcement of bubbles floating in the air for her to pop and stomp.

After seeing such success in a short amount of time, I decided to brainstorm some other ways of using communicative temptations with students. After all, bubbles will not be effective for everyone. 

Here are some other ways I have used communicative temptations during therapy:
- Putting a locked iPad in front of the student. The student must request assistance in orde to gain access to apps. 
-Put desirable toys (racetrack, dollhouse) on a high shelf where the student cannot reach. If the student tries to drag you over to that area, act like you can't see what they want or cup your hand over your ear to encourage a verbal response. 
-Take an item, such as a stamper, and use it on yourself. "Ooh" and "Ahh" over how cool it is. Then put the stamper in your hand and close your hand tightly around it. The student must request the item from you.

Here are some ideas from other SLPs who also use communicative temptations in therapy:

"I have a student who uses core/fringe vocabulary boards (low tech AAC) for various activities throughout the day. When we are using the one for puzzles, I will purposely hand  him the wrong piece that doesn't fit. It took a couple times modeling but now he will request a different piece using the core /fringe board (we are up to a 4 word phrase "I want different piece") another way I do this is by purposely giving him the wrong snack at snacktime or the wrong piece during Mr. potato head. I want him to communicate that wasn't the right one!"-  Mandi, Panda Speech

"When playing with leggos/blocks I keep all the pieces in a clear plastic tub with a lid and hold it on my lap. The child can see in the tub, but must ask for the pieces he wants. I then open the tub and give him what he asked for. We work on requesting, colors, using "more" and so much more."- Kristin, Talkin' With Twang

"I love using a hanging bag with clear pockets to put highly desirable objects in. I put it in the kids line of sight but out of reach." - Heidi, Smartmouth SLP

"I love to use the windup toys that flip or do something special. My kids are fascinated with them and we work on asking for "help", "more", or labeling the action." - Erin, The Speech Attic

"I've been working on the word "go" with one of my kiddos this week. He loves cars so he was excited to see that I wanted to push the car back in forth on the floor with him. I modeled saying "go" when I pushed the car to him. He immediately pushed the car back to me. Before I pushed it back to him the next time, I just held the car and looked at him. He picked up quickly that he needed to say "go" to make the car go back to him." - Natalie, Speech Wonderland

"When playing games, I hold the dice in my hand until they verbally request it."- Ashley, Sweet Southern Speech

These are all GREAT ideas! Tell me, what do you use as a communicative temptation in therapy? I love to learn from others!

October 12, 2015

Fall Speech & Language for Littles!

It's the most wonderfullllllll timeeeeeeee of the yearrrrrrrr!

Really though. If there's ever a time that I am super motivated to do fun stuff, it's fall. It's nice outside, we have so many exciting holidays (Halloween being my fav, and my birthday counts as a holiday, correct?), and life is just beautiful in the fall. Sigh. I love it. 

So in spirit of the best season EVER, I decided to join in this linky by The Frenzied SLPs and tell you some of my fall plans for both speech (and I'm throwing in a little language, too).


1. Leaf Picking
This is something new I tried this year that reminds me of the therapy I would do in grad school. I bought this tree from Amazon and laminated it using the big, scary laminator we have in the teacher's lounge (okay, I recruited the teacher's aide to help me because I still am afraid to use it). I then used Aleene's Tack It Over and Over to adhere the laminated tree to my classroom wall. If ordered from Amazon, this tree comes with 64 write on/wipe off leaves, but I laminated them for extra durability against preschoolers. I used my personal laminator with thicker sheets for this. Once the leaves were laminated and cut out, I taped vocabulary words on some of them for my language kiddos. On other leaves, I taped minimal pairs. We put leaves on the tree, then picked them off (and also used words like above, under, between, top, bottom, etc) and put them in a basket. You could also use this same activity with apples instead of leaves!This was a HUGE hit. The pictures that I used came from Lessonpix.

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2. Scavenger Hunt
Since the weather is so awesome right now, I am all about going outside while we have the chance. This being said, doing a fall scavenger hunt is just what the SLP ordered. For articulation, have your students find things outside that contain their target sound.  For language students, have them compare/contrast found items, describe items, etc. You could also send this home with students for a more fun version of homework. This activity works year round, really. I did a spring scavenger hunt last year (again, made on LessonPix) and we all had a great time.

3. Bonfire Activity
Some of my students created a bonfire craft and decorated it with articulation words. This works well with /f/ (fire) and /s-blends/ (smoke), but really you can use any target sound you wish. We made logs, flames and smoke out of construction paper and glued them to a large sheet of black paper (for some of my younger students, I had it pre-cut so all they needed to do was glue). Then, we added articulation words to the campfire. This was a good way for us to talk about fire safety as well.  I also used this activity for EET with some of my language students, where we described a bonfire using all of the elements on the strand. 

4. Books, Of Course!
Room on the Broom and There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves. Books are great for articulation practice (and language too, of course). You can modify book reading to suit the word, sentence and reading levels with ease. Room on on the Broom is great for /r/ and /r-blends/ and There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves is great for /l/ and /s-blends/. These books are a major hit with my younger students.


Be sure to join in and tell your fall-themed articulation activities!

Until next time,

September 13, 2015

Talk Like Pirate Day {Linky}

Shiver me timbers! Is it already almost time for Talk Like a Pirate Day?! 

Gold Country SLP is hosting a Linky for EVERYTHING PIRATES! So many awesome SLPs have pirate themed activities up on Teachers Pay Teachers, and it just so happens that this year, I completed my pirate product just in time!

Here is my newly released product, Pirate Articulation {Early Developing Sounds}.

It includes: 
-Pirate face with open mouth 
*Cut out his mouth to “feed” sounds to the pirate*
-Articulation coins to “feed” the pirate 
-Pirate themed game boards
-Treasure chest/coin dot pages
-Visuals to use target words in phrases/sentences.

Here are some other pirate products I love!

Pirate WH- Questions by Peachie Speechie

Pirate Articulation Cards for Cariboo by Practically Speeching

Pirates Inferencing and Vocabulary for Upper Grades by SLP Runner

Talk Like a Pirate, Color & Say - R, S, L by  Tech 'n Talk SLPs

Be sure to check these out and more on TPT! There are tons of great pirate resources to meet all your speechy needs. 

Until next time,

August 31, 2015

Why I Dumped The Treasure Chest {LINKY}

When my students showed up to speech for the first time this year, the first question out of their mouths was "Where is the treasure box?"

I took a deep breath and prepared myself for the backlash.

"Well, guys. There is no more treasure box. This year we are doing something different that you will like even more."

The next thing that happened was the little scavengers found last year's treasure box and with excitement in their eyes said, "There it is! Are there toys in it?"

To which I had to reply, truthfully, "Nope. It's full of beans". 
(It really is. The treasure chest is now a sensory box! Also, the look on their faces is kind of priceless when you tell them the treasure box contains beans.)

Last year was my first year as an SLP. I decided to stick with the treasure box idea that the SLP before me had used. It was 1/3 of the way full with trinkets. Mostly frogs... she must have really liked frogs. I'm assuming the kids didn't since they were tons still left.

I excitedly went to the Dollar Tree, scouring the aisles for things students might like. Pencils, big erasers, small play dough containers, bouncy balls, Chinese finger traps, scented pens, creepy crawlies, bracelets, sticky notes, etc. The works. I was so proud of myself!

When the students filled up 5 punches on their punch card (this equates to 5 weeks for most of my students, but some filled it up sooner),  they were allowed to pick from the treasure box. 1 punch=1 session of hard work and good behavior. I thought the goodies would last forever. I was wrong.

It seems like in no time flat, the treasure box was depleted. The things that were left in the box were things that warranted remarks such as, "There's nothing good in here", "I don't want any of that stuff", "I already have this", "There's only boy/girl stuff left", etc. I was half bummed and half irritated. I was bummed because I really didn't want to let the kids down and I was irritated because they were being the slightest bit ungrateful in regards to their rewards.

When I explained to them that I would get more items soon, I would hear "You should buy food" (You're not a puppy, you do not need a treat.), "You should get Minecraft stuff" (NO! EXPENSIVE!), "You should put like, an iPad in there" (Uhh...Yeah... No.). My teacher funds were already dwindling and I would rather purchase useful therapy materials with my money, opposed to toys that would break almost immediately upon use or stickers that would get lost while walking back to class.

That's when I decided to dump the treasure chest.

At the end of the year, I let the students pick 2-3 things from the chest in order to empty it out before this school year. I went ahead and broke the news that next year, there would be no treasure box. The kids seemed okay with it. I wasn't exactly sure what I was going to do, but I knew it wouldn't involve the money it took to keep refilling prizes. 

Fast forward to this year and the beginning of the post. No more treasure in the box, only beans. 

Here's what I am doing instead.

These cards are awesome because once purchased, these rewards will cost you NOTHING in classroom funds throughout the year. I decided to reward my students with free activities instead of stickers or trinkets. And guess what?


When my students get 5 punches on their punch cards, I let my students choose a card from this packet. They can then redeem the card whenever they please! Most students would rather sit in the teachers chair, have iPad time, or not have to wear shoes anyways. Will I ever get to each alone again? Maybe not. It seems that eating lunch with the teacher is a highly preferred reward. (Not going to lie though, it's awesome that they want to spend that time with me!)

If you do not like what I have down as rewards, guess what...

Yes, these are editable! This product is also friendly for non-readers, as I have included pictures on one version of the cards.

This packet includes:
14 different prefilled text-only cards 
14 different prefilled text + photo cards
14 different blank cards where you can put your own text and/or photos

All you have to do is simply cut out the cards, laminate and let the child pick a card when they've earned their reward. Once they redeem the card, it goes back in the stack for students to choose from.

I put my cards in a 4x6 photo album. The child can flip through the pages and see the card they'd like to choose. They really, really like it.

I would like to add that I only use this for my 1st graders and up. For preschool and KG, I give them "Smellies". What is a smelly, you ask? Find out here, where I talk about it in depth!

Do any of you have treasure box alternatives? Feel free to share!

August 24, 2015

Data Collection {Linky!}

Hi everyone! I feel like it's been a little bit since I have posted, and to be honest, I've missed y'all! 
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I am glad to see this topic come up in a linky party. Data collection is one of the biggest pains that we as special educators/SLPs must endure. All we want to do is provide awesome therapy, but somewhere in there, we have to grab a few pluses and minuses to make sure our kiddos are actually progressing somewhere in the midst of all the excitement! 

Linky Rules!

Let me enlighten you with what I have tried.

1. I will be the first to admit that sometimes, when I have a group of 3-4 students (particularly language groups), sometimes their goals get jumbled in my head. Who has the follow 2 step directions goal and who has the 3 step direction goal? Who is supposed to be doing this independently and who needs the picture cues? I like to have the students' goals listed right in front of me. This is why each student that I work with has their own, individual data sheet that is kept in their speech folder. Their data sheet has their specific goals copied and pasted on the top of the page for quick reference. The speech folder stays in my room and they bring it to me at the beginning of the session. I get the data, close the folder, and they put it up at the end of the session. Last year I kept them in a binder by day of the week, but it get confusing when sometimes you have to mix groups up or a group is seen on a different day than usual.

2. At times, it can tough to be quickly switch data sheets when you have a group students. This is why, last year, I used the app Super Duper Data Tracker Pro.  It's nice because you can speak the students' goals into the iPad and it types them out for you. You can also choose if the child completed the task independently or required cues. Even better, it will graph the data for you AND you can email it to yourself! However, the app makes a ding noise every time you check correct/incorrect, etc. This happens even with the volume down on the iPad. This is distracting to many of my kids. However, the format makes it so easy to switch between kiddos and the goals are always listed in front of you.  There are lots of pros and a few cons to this app. In the end, the main reason I changed back to paper is because of the distracting sounds created by the app. 

3. I do not like writing the same thing over and over. It's busy work. This is the issue I have with most data collection systems that I have found. I have to hand write in all the student's information and goals each time I fill up their sheet. I am much more efficient when I can type, or of course, when I can copy and paste the information. This is why I created the product below. It's a PowerPoint document, so all you have to do is duplicate the slide to match however many students you have. Then, go through each child's IEP and copy and paste their goals into the top section, along with any other information you may need. This way, you only put the information in ONCE but can print the slide as many times as needed! as you move down the page, you notice there is room for 5 session on each page (and printed front to back, you have 10!) I do this and keep the paper in the child's folder. When the session rolls around, I do not have to write in what goal we worked on that day. I only have to write the number of the goals that corresponds with the ones listed at the top of the page. There is also room for notes! After each IEP meeting, I revise the goals for that student and it's ready to print for the next time I see them. Once the sheet it filled up, I put it in their working folder to use when progress report time comes back around. This system has worked really well for me, but this free product is also editable so you can really suit it to match your students' needs and your particular data collection style. 
Here's a freebie that *may* make your data collection a tad bit easier.

Psst: I also recommend Sublime Speech's SLP Starter Kit on TPT.  I let my articulation students who are close to graduating "grade" each other then graph their progress on the provided sheets. 

I hope something on here helped! Happy tracking!

August 1, 2015

Teacher Blogger Shirt from Teacher Shirts Online!

Hi everyone! I just wanted to take a minute to brag on on the website Teacher Shirts. They recently had promotion where they offered free t-shirts to anyone with a teacher blogger site. Being a school-based SLP with a blog (among other social media and teacher seller accounts) I decided to take advantage of this offer in order to give my blog some much needed exposure.

Imagine the surprise of my school staff when they saw my shirt. Many thought I was just being clever (Kayla SLP just sounds like I am advertising my first name job position), but upon seeing the back of my shirt, they started asking questions. 

Some responses that I received:
"Cute shirt!"
"Clever, I like it!"
"Wait. You blog?"
"Since when?"

Equally as popular was this:
"What's blogspot?"

Each response gave me a new opportunity to expose others to my blog and my Teachers Pay Teachers account. It allowed the teachers at my school to know me a little better and appreciate the extra work I do in addition to actually working at the school. 

Want to get one of your own? Go here to order a high-quality blogger t-shirt that displays your logo. The design tool is extremely easy and I love how easy it is to upload my OWN design onto a shirt, with my choice of color. 

If you don't yet have a brand or logo, you may decide to choose one that is pre-made. They even have options for an entire staff (think how cool your SPED staff would look if you had matching team t-shirts)! 

Disclaimer: This blog post was written per request of Teachers Shirts upon receiving my free teacher blogger t-shirt. Thoughts and opinions on the quality of the shirt itself are all mine.