Friday, April 6, 2018

5 Fabulous Farm Books for Speech Therapy

5 Fabulous Farm Books for Speech Therapy

There is something so enticing about playing with a farm set. Cows, horses, chickens, ducks, pigs and tractors are enjoyable for toddlers, preschoolers and elementary students. Farm sets are open-ended toys which sparks imagination and can keep children actively engaged. Farm related books are also a great way to introduce students to new vocabulary, narrative structure, build background knowledge and facilitate creativity. Farm books create opportunities for language expansion and experiential learning.

I've identified my five favorite farm book for speech therapy. In this post, I want to share those books with you as well as identify target goals and give you some ideas on ways you can use them in your therapy sessions.
(Amazon affiliate links are included. Any purchase from Amazon links may result in a small monetary profit to My Speech Tools).

Friday, March 23, 2018

Grab Your Students' Attention with Button Nail Art

Grab Your Toddler and PK Students' Attention Button Nail Art

I first heard of Button Art from my ABA SLP friend Rose Griffin. After I ordered this play set from Amazon, I was thrilled with the bright colors and motivating pictures. After using it a few times with my preschoolers, I wanted to share this engaging activity kit with you as well as highlight a few speech therapy goals that you can target with your young learners.(This post contains an Amazon affiliate link).

Monday, March 12, 2018

10 Speech and Language Goals for "In the Tall, Tall Grass"

 Spring Forward with Speech and Language Activities for "In the Tall, Tall Grass"

In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming is a colorful fun read aloud written from a caterpillar's point of view. With rhyme, rich language and simple text this is a wonderful book to share with students this Spring.

In this post, I want to give you 10 different goals you can target using "In the Tall, Tall Grass" for your speech and language therapy groups this Spring.
(Amazon affiliate links are included. Any purchase from Amazon links may result in a small monetary profit to My Speech Tools).

Monday, February 26, 2018

See You at TSHA 2018

Will I see You in Houston?

Do you live in Texas? TSHA 2018 is coming to Houston, Texas. I hope to see you there! Several SLPs from the Texas Panhandle are  attending. I'll be driving about 10 hours from Amarillo to Houston and looking forward to meeting the other Texas SLPs.  This is my first state conference to attend and I am thrilled to be presenting on the topic "Supporting Literacy and Language Skills in the PPCD Classroom."  I will be addressing four goals in my presentation (1) Identify skills from the Texas PreK Guidelines that align with ASHA’s Preferred Practice Patterns for preschool students in order to develop a strong collaborative team; (2) Discuss a variety of evidenced-based strategies for supporting literacy and language skills for preschool students; (3) Learn practical techniques and strategies to differentiate activities for all students; and (4) Leave with an action plan, practical ideas, strategies and resources ready to use.I'll be sharing some real-life experiences, therapy tips and ideas, a few of my products in action, and video clips from my sessions. If you are in Houston this week, I hope to see you there.

Lisa, SLP
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Friday, February 23, 2018

Fund Your Speech Therapy Materials with Donor's Choose

Sizable Funding Available for Speech Therapy Materials

Funding for speech therapy materials is scarce for public school speech-language pathologists. Limited funding and a large caseload often means purchasing only a handful of new materials each year. In addition, public school speech-language pathologists frequently buy their own materials in order to meet students' needs and address target goals properly. is a United States 501 non-profit organization that connects local donors with educators to fund public school classroom projects. Since it's founding in 2000 by a high school teacher, has funded over 1,000,000 classroom projects.  When I discovered, I did a little research and then started the process of creating a project of my own.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Quick and Easy Activity to Teach Inference Skills

How to Use a Mystery Bag in Speech Therapy to Teach Inference Skills
Do you need a quick hook to grab the attention of your students? Are you introducing a new theme, topic, or skill? Mystery Bags are a fun way to elicit student engagement. Mystery Bags are a common use in elementary classrooms as a form of show-and-tell. This activity is so versatile and can be used to address many different goals. So whether your students are in elementary or middle school, this activity will address their goals. 

In this post, I want to share with you some new ways to use Mystery Bags in your speech therapy lessons.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Try Doodle Buddy App in Speech Therapy for FREE

This FREE app is Perfect for Speech Therapy

Do you search iTunes and Google for FREE apps to use in your speech therapy sessions? Are you wondering how to incorporate technology into your therapy session but aren't sure where to start? Doodle Buddy is a free app for your phone or tablet that is versatile for all ages. You can draw, color, paint, and create just about anything on Doodle Buddy. 

In this post, I want to show you 5 different ways you can start using Doodle Buddy today.