The Sensory Room (How it works!)

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In 2012, our school had an oddly sized, closet-like room become available for use. After speaking with my principal, I wrote a Donor’s Choose to turn this space into a Sensory Room for the in-proportionate number of students with sensory needs. At the beginning of this year, I did another Donor’s Choose to add new equipment to the room. My

Get Back to Green Box (Getting Ready to Learn)

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This year in social skills group, my Special Education teacher and myself have been teaching the Zones of Regulation. As part of this instruction, we wanted the students to have tangible items that help them “get back to green”, or in simpler terms “ready to learn”. We worked for multiple weeks on their Green boxes, for their classroom use.  Here

What’s in Your Cart? Teacher Appreciation Sale!


I know it’s getting close to summer, but there are just so many great ideas out there! These are my recommendations for your cart during the fabulous Teacher Appreciation Sale (5/5-5/6)! Adorable and super practical items in Teaching Talking’s “Apraxia Garden Theme” Unit! You cannot go wrong with Nicole’s “Common Core Summer Packet“! Natalie’s “High Stakes Testing: Vocabulary Builder” is

May Lesson Plans 2015

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May is the last full month of school for me. Hurray! And on the non-rainy days that I sometimes experience, I love spending outside in May! Here’s what I’ll be doing in May. Feel free to download my FREE lesson plans. I have combined paid and free products along with crafts and other ideas. And as a special May freebie

Finding peace (when balance can’t be found)

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Let me start by saying that I have NOT found peace (which was supposed to be my word of the year). I did order some nice looking id labels with the Chinese word for “peace” on them. That’s kind of the same, right? In case you don’t know much about me and my family here is a synopsis. I am

Everyday Speech Social Skills (Review and Giveaway)


If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will know that I don’t really do reviews for commercial materials. I like to talk about my life, work, and creations. Not other people’s. But last week I started really struggling with my social skills groups. The materials that I have on hand all seemed either too high, too low,

The Gardener (Speech/Language Book Companion)

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I’ve wanted to create a book companion for this book for years. It’s been one of my favorites to read alone or with my older children and I just know that my students will love it as well. (amazon affiliate link) The Gardener is a Caledcott Honor picture book written all in the form of letters to family members about

Social Story Collages

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I’m sure I didn’t invent these… I more just “came up with” an idea. An idea that I’m now a little obsessed with doing for all of my students: Social Story Collages! What does that mean? It means I take actual photos of students demonstrating expected (or unexpected) behaviors on the iPad and then sit down with them during therapy

April Lesson Plans 2015

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April means rain! And flowers! And other lovely things! Here’s what I’ll be doing in April. Feel free to download my FREE lesson plans. I have combined paid and free products along with crafts and other ideas.   And as a special April freebie for you, I created another cute way to practice verb tenses (click on the picture to

Work Systems for Early Learners

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I’ve been having a rough year with some of my early language learners in a self-contained classroom. Keeping them engaged for a 30 minute speech session was just not working. Instead they would protest by throwing all the materials, screaming, attacking themselves or others, or running away. Not great thearpy conditions. Many data entiries were “Screaming. Would not work, “or

How to Make Your Own Core Communication Flip Book

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There was much inquiry into my core communication flip book from last week’s post about Engaging Early Language Learners!  I modeled  this particular book modeled from one at our Autism regional program. It is not for sale because of Mayer Johnson copyright terms. If you are interested in buying core communication boards, The Dabbling Speechie and Speechy Musings both have

Engaging Early Language Learners

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If there is one thing I have learned, it is that my earliest language learners will NOT just sit nicely at a table or at circle time and say their words/sounds. They need to move and interact and somehow be involved. They like to see completion and know they are done. They need a lot of visual support. Here are

Thinking About Others – A Family Affair

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Disclaimer: “Thinking About Others” is a term used by Michele Garcia Winner. To read more about this term and her awesome social thinking methods, visit her website here. I am the mother to two gorgeous children. Although they were born in Korea, they are American in every way possible. Unfortunately, this also includes the fact that they often feel entitled.

What’s in Your Cart Linky Party!


Hurray!! A sale at last! My cart is starting to fill up and I know I have so many more things to add! Here are my SLP suggestions for your cart from some of my besties: This is such a brilliant idea that I’m embarrassed that I didn’t think of it first: Story in a can! I’m a huge fan