Sunday, July 31, 2016

Back to School---Awesome SLP materials! TPT storewide sale!

It's back to school time (almost) and so TPT is throwing a sale!  All of my items are 20% off and then TPT is adding an extra amount off if you use the promotion code BestYear !  You can't go wrong.

I have several awesome items perfect for the more language-challenged children on your caseload. These also work if you are a special education teacher and want to emphasize language/literacy in your classroom centered around themes.

Check out my Apple Literacy Packet with interactive books, a craft, visuals, and nature scavenger hunt.  Kids love it!

A new item is a Friendship Packet.  Kids learn places in the school, learn verbs of friendship, and make a customized friendship booklet.

Finally there's a cute Back to School packet.  This also has interactive booklets, a craft with communication board and sequencing activities and vocabulary bingo.


In addition to selling items on TPT, I also purchase my teaching supplies from some very gifted SLPs.  I have a couple of recommendations for materials that I use all the time.

Super Power Speech has developed an awesome social skills packet with games, posters, and social stories centered around a super hero theme.  Check out Super Social Skills!

Nicole Allison has developed a large pack of articulation carryover materials.  Once I bought this, it was in constant use for those kids who have mastered specific sounds at a word level but need help with self monitoring and carryover.
Check out Articulation for Reading and Conversation!

I hope everyone has a great start to the new school year!  I know I will!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Pokémon is Everywhere---Free printable interactive book

I hope everyone is having a good summer!   I am!   After a trip to Yellowstone, I'm a lady of leisure--no summer school work for me this year!

The past two weeks, I've suddenly become aware of Pokemon Go.  I downloaded the app into my phone and stumbled around a park a bit, finding three of them, before deleting the whole thing.  It made me look more like a zombie than I wanted, ha ha.  However, I do recognize that lots of people are really enjoying this, so I perused some public domain photos and created an interactive book for the kids.  Go play Pokemon Go outside with your students, then come back and read a book together! This is a free download.  Picture symbols are from Smarty Symbols---I do have a professional license for using these.  Please don't reuse them on another product. Photo credits are provided in the pdf document where needed.

 Click here to download this free book.  Have fun!
Smarty Symbols

Yellowstone was great, by the way.  We put over 5000 miles on the car and visited or drove through 18 states.  Have to go again.

Monday, July 4, 2016

AAC Device Implementation Form---Free Download

By Ruth Morgan, M.S. CCC-SLP and Ashley Robinson, M.S. CCC-SLP

About a month ago, an esteemed colleague of mine, Ashley Robinson, and I published a model for AAC device implementation.  We stated that the high tech device often recommended for a student was only the tip of the iceberg in terms of developing successful communication in a natural environment. Many factors need to be in place.

Since that time, many of you have viewed this post.  As with many blogs, ideas are presented but here there needed to be a more tangible document to accompany these stellar thoughts, so Ashley and I have developed a handy form to go with this iceberg model.  It is basically a set of yes/no questions, with space for a short action plan to go with each 'no' answer.  Helpful links are embedded in the form itself.  Questions follow the same categories as those presented in the iceberg model.  We have envisioned that the child's IEP team (with an AT professional) would meet and discuss these points, one by one, and problem-solve, assigning team members for different actions.  The actual form is three pages. You can download it free at the link below.

screenshot--one of three pages

The key is teamwork.  No one person can successfully implement AAC whether that person is a parent, an SLP, or teacher.  This form will help to guide a team to think about different parameters in AAC implementation and use.  Please let us know if we need to add or edit questions.  I'm sure we will be revising as time goes on with your help.

Author Bios:

Ruth Morgan is a full-time speech language pathologist at Ephesus Elementary school and author of Chapel Hill Snippets. You can find her materials on Teachers Pay Teachers.

Ashley Robinson splits her time between providing speech language pathology services at the secondary level and working as part of the district Assistive Technology team. She is the author of


Saturday, July 2, 2016

I'm Back!

Hi Friends,

I've been traveling on a long road trip to Yellowstone and back, seeing lots in between.
(I never knew that Kansas had so much wheat, or that the Badlands originated from volcanic ash)
Now, no ESY this year, just a much needed summer off!  I'll be posting new materials and speech thoughts soon.

18 states
22 days
5500 miles