Monday, December 7, 2015

Triller - A great app for speech therapy!

During Thanksgiving my children were playing with a new app on my son’s phone.  They were laughing and having so much fun that I had to get in on the action.  I am so glad I did! We had a ball plus I found a new awesome activity for therapy! Yay! I tried it out today with a few of my groups, and it was a hit J
Triller is a music video app . . . Wait – A music video app for speech?  How does that work? Surprisingly, this app is a great tool for both speech and language therapy.  First I’ll explain how the app works, and then I’ll tell you how I used it in therapy.

The app comes with a wide variety of song choices, but the part I like best is you can choose to use songs from your own music library.  That way, you can be sure the song is appropriate to use with your students.  After selecting a song, you can record several clips and the app edits them into one really cool music video.

Now, how can a music video be used for speech therapy? Let’s start with artic. I gave my students a few songs to choose from.  After they selected one, we Googled the lyrics and picked out words that contained each student’s target sounds. After practicing the sounds, the students were ready to lip sync/sing the song and make the video. For language, the possibilities were only limited by my imagination. A few of the language concepts I addressed today included following directions, sequencing, predicting, inferring, and appropriate social interactions. 
The videos can be emailed, texted, or posted to social media sites.  They are a great way to incorporate communication with parents for individual students. I’m loving the videos my groups made and wish I could share them, but due to confidentiality, we just get to enjoy them together in the therapy room.
With permission, take a look at one of my adorable 1st graders.  Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off was the perfect song to practice /k/ final in conversation!
Whenever you need a quick and easy therapy idea, the Triller app is loads of fun!
Saturday, November 28, 2015

What's In Your Cart? Cyber Monday Sale

This year we've done almost all our Christmas shopping online.  It is so convenient and super easy to find what you want. You can also get the best deals that way, too! That's why we are linking up with the fabulous Jenna Rayburn again at Speech Room News to bring you the most convenient and best deals around for the Cyber Monday TPT sale :)
Thanks so much to Jenna for hosting this linky!

Here's what's in our cart for the sale:

Elizabeth's receptive and expressive language packet at The Speech Owl looks like so much fun! To make it even better, it's no print! Yay!

Love this no prep Christmas packet from Mandi at Panda Speech! So many great activities!

This whole body listening activity from Daria at Speech Paths looks so awesome and it is perfect for the holiday season!

While your shopping, please take a minute to check out these great deals from our store:

This bundled set of Morphology Ring-a-Lings includes our drill and practice cards for plurals, possessives, 3rd person verbs, and past tense verbs. This product also comes with sentence facilitating strips to help students produce sentence level responses. Cards include morphemes for /t/, /d/, /ed/, /s/, /z/, /es/ and irregular forms.

This set of Motor Speech Ring-a-Lings includes over 100 color drill and practice cards for apraxia and other motor speech disorders.

Levels include:
Sounds in Isolation
Reduplicated Syllables
VC Words
CV Words
VCV Words
CVCV Words (with changing vowels)
CVCV Words (with changing consonants and vowels)
CVC Words (with same consonant sounds)
CVC Words (with different consonant sounds)

This product also comes with 6 common, functional pacing board phrases, such as "I need help." and "Thank you." Cover cards for each level make these cards easy to organize. Each card is marked for ring placement for easy storage.

This handy print & go packet includes 21 black and white, print and go articulation practice activities. Each activity is open-ended and can be used with any speech sound target. These speech sound practice pages are great for therapy and home practice and are designed to elicit numerous responses. There are 3 activity sheets for the following holidays: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine's Day, President's Day, St. Patrick's Day, and Easter.

Thank you for looking! Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

5 Things You Didn't Know About These SLPs & A Give Away!

I was just sitting here scrolling through Facebook and ran across Jessica at The Speech Space's linky.  I enjoyed reading everyone's blog so much that I was inspired to join in the fun.  My sweet colleague and longtime friend and I share this blog so I thought I'd do a little twist on the linky and share 5 things you didn't know about us.  Here goes:

1.  Angela and I both attended Auburn University where we received our B.S. Degree in Education (Speech Pathology) and graduated in 1994.  Even though we graduated together, I am nine years older than Angela.  After completing 3 years of college, I decided I wanted to take a short break.  My short break turned into a long one, but I'm so thankful for God's timing. I can't imagine my life being any other way!

Throwing it way back to when we were right out of college! War Eagle!
This was from twin day.  Angela doesn't wear glasses but she put on a pair of mine for the pic.

2. Immediately after graduation, Angela and I were hired as school SLPs at a small school system in Franklin, Georgia; and we have worked together for the past 22 years.  There are only three SLPs in our system and we all share an office which brings me to my 3rd fact.

 3. We HATE to be cold! We keep our office nice and toasty!

4. We don't like ice cream, but we love chocolate :)

5. We both think families come first! Angela has two fantastic teenagers.  Trey just turned 17 and is the kicker for our region champion high school football team.  Sara Kate is 15 and is a varsity cheerleader and also competes on the award-winning Stingrays cheer team. Her husband, Ken, is a great guy who coaches and teaches P.E in our system.  I have three wonderful children.  My oldest daughter, Brittany, is a stay-at-home mom to my precious grandson, Tillman.  She's married to my son-in-law, Chase, who is a pharmacist. My son, Luke, is a site coordinator for Pine Cove Christian Camp and is currently attending seminary.  My youngest daughter, Meg, attends the University of West Georgia where she is a member of the tennis team. My husband, Rudd, (who is a great guy as well) works in Atlanta for Coca-Cola.

Angela and her family in Paris this summer.

Angela's husband and children.
Sara in action!

Trey under the Friday night lights!

My family at Thanksgiving last year.
My sweet hubby! 

Brittany and Luke eating at a food truck in Austin, TX


My youngest, Meg, with my grandson, Tillman :)
Sorry about the picture overload! Can you tell we love our families?
Now, how about a give away?! For a chance to win our Morphology Ring-A-Ling Bundle, comment below and we will randomly pick a winner on Monday, November 30th.
Be sure to visit Jessica Cassity at The Speech Space to learn more about other SLPs!  Thanks to Jessica for hosting this fun linky!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Get Fired Up for Fire Safety!

October 4 - 10 is National Fire Prevention & Safety Week and we are getting fired up! Because we understand the importance of teaching our kiddos about fire safety, we're planning our therapy for next week around this red-hot theme. While planning we found a smokin' website that we think both teachers and students will love! Sparky School House is a valuable resource for fire safety apps, lessons, games, and more. We're all ablaze over the app, Sparky's Match Game, for our little ones.  This fun match game teaches children what fire alarms look and sound like and what to do if they hear one. If you have older students who are burned out on the same old activities, check out Sparky's Brain Busters.  This app is even appropriate for middle school students.  It has many interesting facts and targets WH questions.

We were looking for some new 3 alarm activities to go with our theme when we ran across Teaching in the Tongass adorable Firefighter Clipart Bundle.  It was just so darn cute, we decided we would make a pack of our own to use.  Our Fire Safety Speech & Language Therapy Pack contains fun activities for speech and language practice and reinforcement.  These activities include a short fire safety story (for ipad or computer), story comprehension questions,  vocabulary cards,  defining and describing sheets,  interactive home practice sheets,  sentences with wh- questions, and a reinforcement game.  Click on the picture below to get a free sample from this pack.  This is one of our favorite sheets from the pack for a couple of reasons.  1) The students get lots of practice and repetition of their speech target and 2) It is so easy! No prep and low ink! This is a great go-to activity when you have too many irons in the fire and no time to plan :)

Last year we made a freebie SmartBoard Find the Fire Truck Game that was perfect for using with any skill.  You can still download this game for free if you didn't get a chance to get it last year.  Just click on the link to get this game for absolutely free! :) The students get "all fired up" when they find the fire truck and hear the siren alarm!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Ahoy, Mateys!

Yo, ho, ho! In honor of National Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19th, we are linking up with Tracy at GoldCountrySLP to tell you about some fun pirate-themed activities for your therapy. We just finished planning, and we have tons of fun games, activities, and craftivities planned for our kiddos for the next two weeks :) Our Pirate Speech & Language Therapy Pack contains lots of games, activities, and craftivities including pirate facts, pirate jokes, vocabulary cards, and much, much more!

If you like using book companions in therapy, like we do, then be sure to check out our Pirates Go To School Companion.  Your students are sure to love the humorous pirates in this book by Corinne Demas and after reading it, you can use our book companion to work on listening comprehension, vocabulary, phonological awareness, comparing & contrasting, and synonyms.  Also included are a cute craftivity and a fun reinforcement game which can be used with any skill.


While your at TpT take a look at these adorable open-ended games by TLC Talk Shop! They look like a barrel of fun!
You also can't go wrong with these engaging pirate-themed Speech Seeks & Language Looks by our best buddy and buccaneer, the Speech Peach, and THEY ARE FREE!!!!
Make sure you visit Tracy's page by clicking the graphic below to see all the other pirate treasure available!

Thank ye for visiting our blog, Mateys!  Would ye like some buried treasure? Just click the link below for a no-print digital Treasure Hunt game!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Fire Truck & Dalmatian Party Fun!

I read a comment on Facebook that made me start thinking.  It basically said something like, "Why do people go overboard for a 1st birthday party?"  Considering that my grandson's 1st birthday party pictures were just posted a few days before this comment, I felt a little offended :(  Rather than responding to the Facebook post, I decided to vent here.  While this post won't be the norm for what you will usually see on our blog, I hope you will see some cute ideas that might inspire you.

First, let me start with the comment that I really wanted to post on FB. "Tillman's party was a ton of work but it was well worth the trouble. I enjoyed the family time we all spent working on it. The look on his sweet face when the fire truck pulled up was priceless! He couldn't take his eyes off it. Little ones will only have one 1st birthday. Want a big party? Go for it! Or keep it sweet and simple. Precious memories, no matter what you decide to do."  With that off my chest, Let me share some of the details and adorable pictures of the party with you.

Maybe it does look like we went a little overboard, but I am happy to say my family is blessed with so many talented folks.  Tillman's other grandmother is an interior designer/wedding coordinator.  All the tables, tents, and chairs belong to her so they were no cost.  She also made the precious banner for his high chair. My sweet cousin makes children's clothing and she donated all the material for the table clothes and she made Tillman's adorable fire truck outfit and his Dalmatian bloomers.  I am super thankful for these family members who know how to sew, because I am sorely lacking in that area.  I made all the pennants, banners, posters, and printables.

Tillman's Fire Truck and Dalmatian Party - View from the Street

We decided to have cupcakes for easy serving.  I found a tutorial on Pinterest and made the cake stand to match the other décor.
Of course, we had to use party-themed food.  The menu consisted of "Hot" Dogs, "Paw-some" Potato Chips, Fire Flames (Cheetos), Fiery Fruit, Firehouse Chili, Cool Down Coleslaw,  and 5-Alarm Baked Beans. Menu cards were made on PowerPoint.
We ordered the puppies from Oriental Trading. I printed a thank you note to tie around each puppy's neck.

I made the centerpieces using tissue paper and graphics I designed on PowerPoint.  The Dalmatian and the fire truck were created using shapes on PowerPoint.  Thanks to Creative Clipart and KG Fonts for the other clipart and fonts seen in all the pictures.
I used scrapbook paper and card stock to make this banner.  Thanks to Angela (my colleague, best buddy, and TpT store co-owner) for teaching me how to cut letters and artwork freehand :)

The birthday boy with his smash cake and high chair banner made by his other grandmother.
You can't have a fireman party in July without a fire extinguisher!

At the last minute due to the heat, I decided to make a water blob for the kiddos to play on.  It was a royal pain but all the kids absolutely loved it.  I found the tutorial on Pinterest and the next one I make shouldn't be as much trouble since I learned from trial and error.  I also found a cute little puppy sprinkler (which I forgot to make a pic of).  It was beige and brown so I spray painted it white and painted on black spots to make it look like a Dalmatian.  Needless to say, it was popular with the younger party-goers.
The firemen were so awesome! They brought gifts for the children and let them go inside the fire truck :)

Here is Tillman and his Grandpa (my hubby).  I wish you could see more of his cute outfit!

Thank you for letting me share my pictures with you! I had so much fun helping plan, organize, and make this party happen!  I am truly blessed!
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

New Logo Flash Freebie Celebration!

We are elated, ecstatic, thrilled, overjoyed, excited (you get the picture) about our new logo and banners made by Laine at A Little Peace of Africa.  We can't say enough good things about her! Laine is wonderful and working with her was exceptionally easy! If you need a new logo or blog design, take a look at her work. It is fabulous and very reasonably priced :) 

To celebrate our new look, we are giving away a flash freebie J  Head on over to our TpT store (don't forget to look at our new graphics) and pick up Harry the Dirty Dog Language and Literacy Lesson free until 9:00 p.m. Eastern time.  Positive feedback is appreciated, but totally not necessary! Also, we are very close to having 300 TpT followers.  If you would like to follow us while you are at our store picking up your freebie, that will just give us more to celebrate J  If we reach the 300 follower mark by 9:00 p.m. Eastern time, we will offer another flash freebie to celebrate our new followers!
Thank you for celebrating with us! What do you think about our new logo?
Saturday, August 8, 2015

Back to School Scavenger Hunt

So here we are! Back at school! How about starting the year off with a little fun and a give-away? We are joining Kristin at Beautiful Speech for a Back to School Scavenger Hunt.  You don't want to miss out on this! Kristin is offering some fantastic grand prizes . . . a $50 Amazon Gift Card, a $25 TpT Gift Certificate, and a $25 iTunes Gift Card! Wow! I told you they were fantastic prizes!  In addition to these grand prizes, there will be several TpT products given away by various sellers.

Here is how the Scavenger Hunt works.  Click HERE to see a list of Scavenger Hunt participants.  Click on each participants' link to visit their social media site.  Look for the secret word on each person's site.  Once you have visited all the sites and collected all the secret words, go to and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway.  You must enter all the secret words into rafflecopter in any order to enter the giveaway for the grand prizes.

In addition to the grand prizes listed above, we are giving away our Articulation Ring-a-Lings Complete Set Bundle, a $10 value.  This bundled set of Articulation Ring-a-Lings includes over 600 color articulation cards for the speech sounds: p, b, m, w, n, h, d, y, k, f, g, t, r, l, v, j, z, s, th, sh, and ch. Each card is marked for ring placement for easy storage. This product also comes with sentence facilitating strips to help students produce sentence level responses.
Secret Word:  Ring-a-lings

To enter to win the Ring-a-Ling Bundle, leave your email address in the comments below and follow us on TpT :) 

Good Luck!
Thursday, August 6, 2015

"Speachy" Feedback Linky Party

We are so excited to be linking up with Nicole Allison over at Speech Peeps for her "Speachy" Feedback Linky Party. We love getting all of your feedback and want to personally thank each of you for your kind words.

We looked though our recent feedback and have chosen Jackie K. as our winner.

Thank you, Jackie K. for the awesome feedback about our Articulation Stations! Please email us at and let us know which item you would like from our store.
We would like to thank everyone who has left feedback at our store. Be sure to check back at Allison's Speech Peeps to see if you might be a winner.
Thank you for visiting our blog :)

Friday, July 31, 2015

What's in my cart? Back to School

Recently one of my son's friends from his freshmen year in college graduated with her master's degree in speech pathology.  She posted a picture with her fellow SLP grads on Facebook and I remembered the joy I felt when I graduated.  I also remembered being so anxious and nervous about starting my new job as a school-based SLP.  Although, Angela and I were fortunate to start our careers together, I think we were both a little overwhelmed with the huge responsibilities we were about to undertake.  I can't help but think how much easier our first year would have been if we had had a wonderful resource like Teachers Pay Teachers.  Because of this, we wanted to give each of these SLP graduates a gift from our TpT Store.  Angela and I have been humbled by their gratitude and even though our gifts were small, we hope we helped them discover an invaluable resource :) Congratulations, UWG Class of 2015 SLP grads!

University of West Georgia Class of 2015
Masters of Education - Speech Language Pathology Graduates

With that being said, I am ssssooo ready to use this fantastic resource to do some Back to School shopping!  We are linking up with the fabulous and iconic Jenna Rayburn at Speech Room News to share what's in our cart for the TpT Back to School Sale!

First let me tell you about three products from our store, Sounds Like Fun, that will get your school year off to a great start, and then I'll share three items I am buying on TpT to get my year off to a great start.

This 36 page Back to School Therapy Pack includes activities for listening comprehension, compare & contrast, vocabulary identification and labeling, categories, describing, sequencing, basic concepts, antonyms, "wh" questions, "Would you rather?" questions, "Back to School" word lists by sound, and 10 reinforcement games which can be used for language or articulation therapy.

This bundled set of Articulation Ring-a-Lings includes over 600 color articulation cards for the speech sounds: p, b, m, w, n, h, d, y, k, f, g, t, r, l, v, j, z, s, th, sh, and ch. Each card is marked for ring placement for easy storage. This product also comes with sentence facilitating strips to help students produce sentence level responses.  Are you looking for sounds for specific developmental levels? We also have smaller sound sets if you aren't ready for the complete set bundle.
This interactive articulation word wall is great for bulletin boards or speech room wall décor and can be opened in iBooks on the ipad for traveling SLPs. Initial, medial, and final speech sounds include: b, d, f, g, k, l, m, n, p, r, s, t, v, z, ch, sh, j, and th. Initial and medial speech sounds include: h, w, y. Consonant blends for l, r, and s are also included. These word list are perfect for readers and can be used imitatively with non-readers. Ideas for use can be found in this product.

We love these no prep worksheets from Jessica Finch, The Speech Peach :) No need to prep anything, just print these sheets off and you are ready for therapy and instruction! It can't get any easier than this!

This All About Me Interactive Book from Kristin at Beautiful Speech looks like a great activity for beginning of the year therapy and it is a super price!

We wish we could buy everything in Kelly Workman's store!  It all looks fantastic, but since we are only poor school SLPs (lol), we are going to start with this jam packed Vocabulary Dice Decks :)

We trust you will find all these great products helpful in getting your new school year off to an exceptionally great start!

Happy Shopping!!!