The SLP Book Club: Down’s Syndrome

  Welcome to the second SLP Book Club!  This book club has been my dream and my baby as an SLP and a bibliophile. I am so excited to find others out there that want to explore new books with me and discuss them in the comfort of your jammies and slippers! If you haven’t already joined to get updates

May 2016 Lesson Plans

April was such an amazing month for me! My new nephew was born, my brother proposed to his amazing girl friend, and I completed my first half-marathon. Can May get any better? We’ll see! Now that we are almost down to the home stretch (and some lucky folks out there really are in the home stretch), I hope that these

Embracing 40- Taking on New Challenges

In the spring of 2015, my children were given a task. In order to qualify for their black belts in Tae Kwon Do, they would need to run two miles in under twenty minutes. So, I did what any supportive/pushy parent would do and recruited others to run with them. I am not a runner. I have never been a

The Importance of Categories

“Doggy.” “No honey, that’s a kitty.” “Doggy.” “No honey, that’s a cow.” “Doggy.””Yes! That’s a doggy!” We all know this conversation. Kids categorize items, even without knowing they are doing so, to make sense of their world. Early on, that often looks like all animals are “doggy”, all people are “mommy”, and all toys are “ball”. Gábor Győri states that,

Modeling Language- A Free e-Course

  When you work with a student who is non-verbal or minimally verbal, do you wonder what to do? During my first year out of grad school, I was completely lost. I had a class of severely impacted and medically fragile students, and I had no idea what to do with them. I felt so overwhelmed, in fact, that my

It’s Not Always Fun and Games

  Several years ago, I decided that I had had enough. My students had spent five minutes negotiating whether or not they should play “Candyland” or “Sequence”; then five additional minutes deciding who was going to be “red”; then three minutes deciding who would be going first. I accomplished less than ten trials/data points during the entire session. I was

eMerging SLPs: Merging into the self-contained classroom

As far as speech pathology jobs go, I have a tough population. I wear Kevlar sleeves as part of my uniform. I have developed wicked fast reflexes. I get drool, spit, and occasionally blood on me regularly. However, there is nothing about my job that I love more than my self-contained classrooms. Yes, I adore most of my colleagues; yes,

April 2016 Lesson Plans

Around here, April is RAINBOW month! The weather is so erratic that rainbows appear daily. I love it! A few things I’ll be doing this month: Running my first half-marathon Need I do anything else?? As we start dreaming about summer break, I hope that these lesson plans make your speech planning easier so you can focus more on YOUR

Literacy and the SLP

At a recent IEP meeting, a parent told me how her daughter loves to play school at home. She practices “reading” books to her stuffed animals and siblings. This student both has poor articulation and reading skills, so I found it touching how much she loves school in spite of her daily challenges. I wanted to come up with a

Embracing 40 – Looking Gorgeous

When I began teaching high school science, I was a terrified 22-year-old. I had graduated college only 3 months prior. I had been married for a month. On that first day of school, the students walked through the classroom door and looked for their new teacher. They couldn’t find her. Although I stood at the front of the room wearing

Secrets for Modeling Language

The difficulty with verbal language for many children with language disorders is that it is fleeting and invisible. Communication boards make that language visual, permanent, and give clear delineations between different words. My students with low language skills need as many cues as possible. Modeling language with communication boards and books make understanding language an easier task. My jaw dropped

eMerging SLPs: Merging into the Resource Room

  Merge: A push-in classroom delivery of specially designed services. Resource Room: A room for special education and general education students receiving small group pull-out services. Students may spend 30-90 minutes per day in the resource room for specially designed academic instruction. The resource room is not a self-contained classroom. Next month, I will be discussing merging into the self-contained

February Monthly Wrap Up

This February I’ve been trying to work on improving my blog. I’ve joined a blogging class and am working on setting up a newsletter. I’ve been going strong with my reading and running. I joined a “Women’s Running Academy” to improve my running form and hopefully make a friend or two. We began the SLP Book Club this month and

The SLP Book Club: Stuttering

  Welcome to the FIRST SLP Book Club!!!! I’m so excited that you are here! I introduced the book club last month with the mighty hopes that I could engage other SLPs and bibliophiles in conversations! And wow! Did you appear! Within a week, I had over 69 people say that they wanted to take part in this adventure! I