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Friday, April 27, 2018

5 Reasons Why I Use Lift-the-Flap Books in Speech Therapy

5 Reasons Why I Use Lift-the-Flap Books in Speech Therapy


There is something about using lift-the-flap books that draws in children and creates opportunities for engaging language and fabulous therapy sessions. Lift-the-flap books are typically promoted as "baby" books. However, I have found that toddlers and preschoolers are intrigued by these sturdy interactive books with flaps on every page.

So why do I love lift-the-flap books? First of all, they are interactive. Early language learners have short attention spans and learn through experiences. They want to touch, feel, and interact with people and objects around them. Lift-the-flap books offer a platform for young language learners to run the show. They are able to shift joint attention from book to adult readers rather quickly.

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.

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." 

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.

DonorsChoose.org 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, DonorsChoose.org has funded over 1,000,000 classroom projects.  When I discovered DonorsChoose.org, 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.

Friday, January 12, 2018

How to Create a 5-Star Winter Sensory Bin

Create Language and Learning Opportunities with Your Top Notch Winter Sensory Bin


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Children of all ages enjoy sensory play, and winter is the perfect season to explore learning opportunities through the 5 senses. By using taste, touch, sight, smell, and sound, children develop their cognitive, language, social, emotional and motor skills. Sensory play can also help children calm down and focus for other learning activities that require sustained attention, such as story time. 

So what do you think of when you think of winter? I think of snow, snowmen, penguins, polar bears, ice crystals, snowball fights, snow angels, and even hot chocolate. Brainstorming from these possible themes can lead to the creation of some exceptional sensory bins to supplement any book unit or play opportunity.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Announcing My Speech Tools is Now on YouTube

My Speech Tools is NOW on YouTube


2017 held several new beginnings for me. I started my business in February and my blog in April. I had a drive to share my passion with you and it has been an amazing experience. Now in 2018, I am excited to share my new adventure with you. I have created a YouTube channel Speech Therapy Tips with Lisa Erwin, SLP.