Please say it isn't true!!! Summer isn't really almost over is it???
Well, if it has to end, at least it's ending with a sale from Teachers Pay Teachers to help us prepare for the BEST YEAR EVER. Yes, that's right! TpT is having a site-wide sale Monday & Tuesday, August 1st - 2nd. Everything in the Tech 'n Talk SLPs store will be on sale at 28% off with promocode BestYear.
Thanks to Jenna at Speech Room News, we are joining her BEST YEAR EVER linky party to share some items we recommend from our TpT store, as well as items that are in our cart to help us provide our students with the BEST YEAR EVER.
Let's get started!
From some of our favorite TpT sellers we plan to purchase:
1. From Panda Speech, Let's Go To Camp! A lift-the flap book. We used some of her other lift-a-flap books in ESY and now we want them all!
2. From Whimsy Workshop Teaching, Poem of the Week No Prep Bundle. These are going to be perfect to adapt for our language therapy groups.
3. From Speech Universe, Homework Calendars, Articulation & Language Bundle. Homework done! Yes!!
4. From Speech Time Fun, No Prep Seasonal Scenes for Mixed Groups. These are going to be great for our classroom based lessons.
And now for a few things we recommend from our own store:
1. Language Builders Activity Scenes, Megabundle - This set is on sale for an amazing discount. Includes 14 activity scene sets...if purchased separately these would cost $81.25, but during this sale you can get them all for less than $48 with promocode BestYear. Don't miss out on this deal!
2. Go! Go! Go! Interactive Core Vocabulary Book - This is a fun, interactive book to introduce 'go' for AAC users. Our ESY preschoolers and the autism teachers loved using this as much as we did. Coming soon we will introduce Help! Help! Help!
3. Dot It ... Graph It Articulation Drill /R/, /R/ BLENDS, VOCALIC /R/ - We love that these are interactive, keeping hands busy while others have a turn. And, as an added bonus, these drill pages teach math skills. These are also available for S, L, K and G, and we will add more sounds as the year progresses.
4. FREEBIE ....... Who's in Con'troll' Speech & Language Trolls - This free set of materials is both fun and functional. Includes activity pages for articulation, language and fluency and is sure to give you lots of responses.
Thanks for taking a peek at our cart. Hope you have the BEST YEAR EVER!! Now head back over to Speech Room News and see what great materials other SLPs have in their carts.
Teresa & Anita
Tech 'n Talk SLPs
Today we’re linking with SLP Runner for her Shining Stars post.
Some materials just stand out. They’re Shining Stars among all the choices we have. We’re sharing links to materials that we believe are Shining Stars in other SLP stores, as well as in our own store, Tech ‘n Talk SLPs on TpT.
If you’re like us you are just now getting to know your new students and realize there are some materials you need, that you missed out on purchasing in the recent TpT Love Back to School Sale. Well, now is your chance to make those purchases at up to 28% off. On Wednesday, August 19th, TpT is having a one day only, MORE Love for Back to School Sale. During this one day sale event every item in the Tech ‘n Talk SLPs store will be discounted 28% at checkout with promo code MORE15.
Here are some materials we recommend as Shining Stars from some great SLP sellers:
These homework sheets from Figuratively Speeching SLP are great for therapy as well as homework!
Kathy Grover's Speech All the Time has put together some really great preschool products and this one is just perfect for eliciting responses to ‘who’ questions.
LyndaSLP123 definitely has a Shining Star with her open-ended worksheets. We absolutely love that we can use the same worksheets in mixed articulation / language groups.
Now for a peek at some of our own favorite materials that we think are Shining Stars:
This FREEBIE is one of our most recent products. We love that it teaches social skills while it rewards.
Next up are some materials we are certain will become Shining Stars. These are the first sets in a monthly/seasonal themed series we are developing. These sets, and the series, will be our GO TO materials this year. These materials provide so many activities: vocabulary development, categorization, answering wh and yes/no questions, comparing and contrasting, sing-alongs that incorporate answering questions, creating a scene, worksheets, and interactive activities. As if that isn’t enough, we already have ideas in the works for more activities that will be added to the packets.
For all you Cariboo Magical Treasure Hunt fans, we have lots of Cariboo items, but this one is a great choice if you love to purchase growing bundles…….purchase now and get all additional updates FREE. This one currently includes seven language packs.
If you like interactive mini-books you will love the self-checking interactive materials included in this one.
Check out some other Shining Stars that have linked with SLP Runner to share their suggestions and materials.
As always, we thank each of you for your dedication to giving each of your students a voice.
Teresa & Anita
Tech ‘n Talk SLPs
Unbelievable! Summer is almost over and we’re preparing for back to school. Where did the time go?
If you’re like us, you are frantically scrambling to gather materials and plan for the new school year. Thanks to TpT’s LOVE Back to School sale, and the SLP materials linky with Jenna at Speech Room News, our planning will be a little easier.
We found some great SLP materials for our wish list and wanted to share them with you. In addition to some new products from SLP friends, we will also be pulling out some of our own tried and true materials. As you prepare your wish list be sure to check out the following:
It seems that our caseload of articulation and phonology disorders has become increasingly more complex and GoldCountry SLP has some materials that we can't wait to use with these complex cases. We're looking forward to our first venture into using the Cycles approach with CYCLES! Final Consonant Deletion /p/, /t/, /k/, /m/.
We love materials that can be used on our iPads and this no print bundle for iPad from AGB Speech Therapy will be great for collecting baseline data for our articulation cases. This looks like a super efficient time saver.
Materials that address lots of skills are so important with the diverse needs of our groups, so we are so excited about this year round Sequences bundle from WhitneySLP. Sequencing lessons are always fun and beneficial and we love having products that can be used all year.
And now for some materials of our own, available in the Tech 'n Talk SLPs store......
Our Picture IT! materials have been a hit with us, as well as with K-2 teachers in our school. The visual supports provided through our Anchor Chart and the printable activity sheets have served to provide our students with exactly what they needed to get them independently describing in verbal and written activities.
Using logic and reasoning skills is so important in daily life. Our Cruising Through Why and Because materials give our students lots of opportunities to practice logic and verbal reasoning. This is a favorite among our 3rd - 5th grade population.
One of our most recent products was one of our favorites during ESY services. We love singing, we love getting our students up and moving, and we love no print lessons. Our Movin' & Groovin, This is the Way I Do Daily Routines incorporates all of these. These materials are a fun way to familiarize preschoolers with the vocabulary and actions of the daily routines they will experience in their new preschool settings.
Whether we like it or not, it's time; so get your LOVE Back to School attitude on and work your way through some great SLP materials recommendations in the Speech Room News TpT LOVE Back to School linky.
Thanks for stopping by.......and best wishes for a great new school year!
Teresa & Anita
Tech 'n Talk SLPs
It's time to celebrate! And we have so much to celebrate......end of the school year - Hip Hip Hooray!!!!, Better Speech and Hearing Month for all those fantastic Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists, and Teacher Appreciation Week for the many dedicated and talented educators.
Just in time for all this celebrating, TpT has announced a site-wide Thank You Teacher Appreciation Sale. We're linking up with Jenna Rayburn of Speech Room News to share what we have in our cart and to tell you about some fun, new items we have to offer for your preschoolers.
First, let us tell you about some of things that are in our cart.
Jessica, at Figuratively Speeching SLP, has summer fun all wrapped up in this great set of games that are sure to keep our students entertained while addressing their speech/language goals.
The Peachie Speechie has a combo pack that addresses a little bit of everything. This set literally takes a "bite" out of everything with a precious crocodile theme.
Another item that promises to be a hit is this summer themed language packet from The Speech Owl. And the best part; it is a no-print interactive product, and that is the favorite kind of activity for us here at Tech 'n Talk SLPs.
And now, here is what we recommend from our store. We've been hard at work on some farm themed materials for use with our preschoolers. The farm theme is popular with our preschool and kindergarten teachers so we thought, why not build on what they are addressing in the classroom. We have published four farm theme activities. Each set includes a 3 page printable document that is interactive, as well as an interactive file than can be used on your iPad, laptop, or PC. Interactives, whether print or no-print are always a winner. Keeping those little hands busy always seems to assist in keeping the minds engaged. We are offering these sets for individual purchase or as a bundle. The activities include: Animals on the Farm, Animal Sounds on the Farm, Things We See on the Farm, and What Goes Together on the Farm.
Click the images for a peek at each individual product. Click here to view the bundle. On the Farm Interactive Bundle
Animals on the Farm
Animal Sounds on the Farm
Things We See on the Farm
What Goes Together on the Farm
Thanks for stopping by. Make sure you visit all the great SLP stores participating in the Speech Room News, What's in Your Cart Linky. Click, to head on over and check out all the great recommendations.
Everyone loves a Hero. Everyone loves a Sale. Everyone loves a Linky Party.
And it’s time for ALL three!!!
SLPs, and all educators, are definitely heroes in the eyes of so many children and so many parents. To honor all the education HEROES, TpT is having a site-wide sale, Wednesday, February 25th. Tech 'n Talk SLPs is joining the big HEROES sale with 28% off every item in our store when you use the promo code HEROES at checkout. And thanks to Jenna Rayburn at Speech Room News, SLPs are having a Linky Party to share what will be filling their carts.
We at Tech ‘n Talk SLPs have been busy creating new materials to help all our speech and language therapy students find their voices. One of our newest products is our Patterned & Interactive Mini-Books for Apraxia. This product includes interactive mini-books for VC, CV, CVC, CVCV, CVCVC, and Multi-syllabic words. With each mini-book, students have the opportunity to produce these combinations at the single word, phrase, and/or sentence level. What do we love about this product? The students actually perform the actions that will be described in the sentences they will produce. In our CVCV mini-book, students must put items on a sofa, then make statements such as, “I put a baby on the sofa.” Practical and functional application in an engaging activity. Click the image to read more about this product. And be sure to download the FREE sample.
What's in My Cart??????
Mystery pictures are soooo much fun, and Gold Country SLP has some great Mystery Picture activities for articulation practice. Take a look at those here.
Oh……and don’t tell anyone, but rumor has it there may be a fun addition coming to this packet. There may be some Mystery Sentences showing up soon. Can’t wait for that great addition.
I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for something new and inventive to get students motivated to do speech homework. I can’t wait to see how my students react when I give them the Articulation Placemats Homework Sheets from Figuratively Speeching SLP. What a great idea!
How do you add some fun to listening for details? Easy. Just use the Take a Ticket: Listening Comprehension product from Teach Speech 365. I’m sure this one will be a hit with my students!
This one is not in my cart, but only because I purchased it a while back, but it is definitely a keeper and one I highly recommend to get those BRAINS in gear for articulation drill. LyndaSLP123 has an apocalyptic bundle of fun with her BRAINS articulation decks.
Be sure to visit the What’s in Your Cart? Linky Party at Speech Room News to see what’s selling!
Thanks for stopping by. Happy shopping:)
First, I have to say.....it is next to impossible to get everything done as an SLP in the public school system. But, somehow we manage. It is so easy for individuals that don't work for the education system to say, "Oh, just let it go." They just don't understand that the timelines keep clicking, the IEPs keep rolling in, the re-evaluation reports must be written, and therapy plans must be made. There are some things that we just can't 'let go". And, even if we could, 'let it go", if you are an SLP you know that it is just not in our nature to 'let it go". I've come to the conclusion there must be some deep genetic code in all SLPs that makes us keep going and going and going. As a profession we seem to, so frequently, push ourselves to the limit and then say, "Oh, wait, I also need to ......" and amazingly we do it ALL. In our jobs we are first and foremost, Speech-Language Pathologists, which means we do therapy and evaluations, but we are also teachers, counselors, leaders for professional development, a sounding board for parents, and perform clerical duties such as monthly medicaid billing. As a whole I think we love most aspects of our duties, but we would all agree that when it comes to the clerical duties, we would all like to LET IT GO!
Sooooo.......what's the weather like in your part of the world? Here in Louisiana we've had an absolutely beautiful day. It is currently 5:00 pm and it is a perfect 62 degrees outside on this last day of January. And, while I am loving this beautiful weather, all month long my students have repeatedly said, "Let it snow!" Louisiana doesn't typically see snow, so last year's experience of several days of snow was a real treat for our students. Around the middle of December I began to hear my students discussing snow and wishing for snow. Over and over I heard, "Let it snow. Let it snow." Well, reality has set in and now they are saying, "It's not going to snow, is it?" In an effort to raise spirits, and give my students a chance to talk about what all those northerners are talking about, we talked about snow in speech therapy this week. We used interactive snow books to learn prepositions and vocabulary and we built snowmen. No, silly, not real snowmen, but we still had lots of fun. I purchased several snowman window cling sets in the after Christmas sales and they were perfect for my snow lessons. Each student 'built' a snowman using window clings on our therapy table. The window clings provided each of my students with choices for body parts, clothing, and accessories for building their own snowman. We requested parts to build our snowmen, then named and described our snowmen. We even had a cocoa party for our snowmen! It certainly wasn't like real snow, but it did bring smiles to my students' faces. My students enjoyed this activity so much that they have been asking if we will be doing Valentine window cling activities. And that will be one suggestion that I can't "let go". If we just listen to our students, some of our best therapy ideas can come from them!
Here is a photo of our window (table) cling snowmen. I'm looking forward to incorporating more window cling activities into my speech-language therapy sessions.
We can't believe the school year is almost half done. It seems like just yesterday we were working on schedules. Now that we are at that (almost) half-way point it is time to revitalize our therapy with some fresh new products. And there is no better time for that than during the TpT site-wide Cyber Sale. During this sale every item in our store will be discounted. And for an additional 10% off use Promo Code TPTCYBER at checkout.
We are linking up with Jenna and lots of other SLPs at Speech Room News to share one great item in our store and a peek into our shopping cart.
First let us tell you about our newest product. We are so excited about using this during the weeks leading up to Christmas break. It's all about Rudolph and all about circle time. We have put together a picture e-book that is perfect for helping little ones sequence and tell (or sing) Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. In addition to the e-book the packet includes full color and black and white versions in a printable mini-book. Rudolph crafitivity ideas are included, as well as open-ended dot marker / token pages, and pages specifically for R, S, and L, all centered around Christmas vocabulary. Check it out using the link below.
Now, for a peek at what is in our cart.
Today is my birthday.......Happy Birthday to me! And, guess what came in the mail today? My very own Cariboo game. Did an SLP ever receive anything better as a birthday present? I dare say, NO WAY! I can't wait to get started using this with my students and I found the perfect materials ready - made from Kari Radovich and Kathy Grover's Speech All the Time, and immediately added them to my cart. Click the images to take a look at these great materials.
It seems like more and more of my students are plagued by final consonant deletion errors, so I found some materials that I think will be just the ticket to help remediate those errors. Teach Speech 365 has created a super set of mini-books targeting FCD. I love mini-books and so do my students. These are sure to be a hit. Want to see them for yourself? Click the image to take a look.
So what are you waiting for? Head on over to TpT and start making some great deals. The sale is happening only today, December 1st, and tomorrow, December 2nd.
It's time again for S...Peachy Feedback. We're linking up to share feedback about one of our TpT products, and to give a free product to one special buyer that left some awesome feedback.
Naturally we love using our own products in speech-language therapy, but we love it even more when a buyer lets us know how much our products mean to them. Here is what Linda A. had to say about LANGUAGE PROCESSING WITH NOUNS – LABELS TO QUESTIONS.
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Let’s face it. If you are like us, and are a traveling SLP, one of your biggest nightmares is arriving at your next site and realizing you don’t have the therapy materials you planned to use that day. Granted, most of us can do therapy with whatever we have in our purse, but we really want to use that special material that we picked out just for that student. That’s how iBooks became our best friend!
We first began using our iPads in speech/language therapy about three years ago. At that time we were downloading every free or paid app that might remotely have a use in therapy sessions. Then two problems occurred….first, we had so many apps we couldn’t find the app we needed when we needed it (so it was no different than using physical materials that we sometimes inadvertently left at our other sites) and second, there came a day when we each went to download another ‘must have’ app (that would promptly be lost among all the others) and we received the dreaded message “INSUFFICEINT MEMORY” . Panic ensued; it was not a pretty picture. Admit it, you’ve been there, it wasn’t pretty was it?
About the time that we both started running out of memory, (mentally for us, and physically for our iPads) we discovered TpT (Teachers Pay Teachers). Browsing through TpT we found lots of fabulous speech therapy materials, and even better, we discovered we could save many of those PDF documents to iBooks and never have to print lots of the things that we had purchased or downloaded for free. In addition, the iBooks documents consumed so little memory in comparison to apps. TpT was like a gold mine!
While there are many great apps for speech/language therapy, sometimes, no…make that lots of times, there were things missing from the app that we really wished were there, or there were things in the app that we really wished we could delete, or there was just too much stimulation with all the moving sights and sounds. The materials we were finding on TpT were so much more appropriate for targeting specific skills, after all, they were designed by SLPs out there winning the war on speech and language on a daily basis. Who was more likely to meet our needs as SLPs, than another SLP doing the same things we were doing? At first we printed, and printed, and printed, and laminated, and laminated, and laminated, and then Ahooga! We discovered iBooks. There are so many speech/language therapy materials, as well as materials from other educators, available on TpT that can be saved to, and used in, iBooks with no printing required. And, with iBooks you have the capability of putting all your materials in folders of your own making, labeled just the way you want them so that you have quick and easy access. As an added bonus, there is no more overstimulation for your students. Funny thing is, now, we frequently delete apps that are sitting neglected in an app folder, because we want more memory for all the great TpT materials that we can put in iBooks.
Don’t get me wrong, we still use lots of physical materials, and we still occasionally use apps, but we also frequently use the materials we have saved to iBooks, which now includes many materials developed and created by Tech ‘n Talk SLPs for sale in our own TpT store. We still sometimes forget to bring a physical material with us when we leave one site to head to another, but we NEVER forget to bring our iPads. And the iBooks app on our iPads now contains easily accessible, tried and true, SLP-made materials for almost any area our students might need to target.
If you are looking for handy, portable materials that you can carry with you on your iPad, please visit our TpT store or the TpT stores of many other talented SLPs. There are lots of products that are iPad / iBooks friendly, and we at Tech ‘n Talk SLPs make a special effort when we develop products to include items that can be used on your iPad in iBooks. Many of our products are also interactive in iBooks. Our students love choosing a correct answer and seeing a cool reward message pop onto the iPad screen. Look us up on TpT at: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Tech-N-Talk-Slps
iBooks, oh iBooks, how did we ever survive without you?!?
And a great big thanks to all those SLPs on TpT that create such perfect materials that we can carry with us just by taking along our iPads! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
If you’ve found a great therapy or productivity app that has made your life easier as a traveling SLP, please share. We would love to hear about it.
If you are like us, you have a gazillion therapy items in your room, but among those are a few staples that are your go-to materials. We're linking up with Speechy Musings to share some of the go-to TpT staples we are using in our speech therapy rooms.
One of my most used items this school year has been the Speech Therapy Rubrics BUNDLE from Schoolhouse Talk. This set of rubrics organizes goal writing, data collection, and progress monitoring so that it is no longer a chore. This gives a great picture of where my students are performing and where they need to go.
One, no make that two, of my preschool - kindergarten favorites are from LyndaSLP123. Who doesn't love a tea party and shopping? With Lynda's app companions for Toca Boca Tea Party and Toca Boca Store my little ones have so much fun learning. These app companions are great for vocabulary, turn-taking, requesting, and responding. And there has been lots of requesting since I first introduced these apps and app companions.....always the same request....."Can we do Toca Boca?" With these great app companions it's easy to answer with a resounding "Yes!"
Want to know what we have created that we use as staples in our speech therapy rooms? There isn't a day that goes by without both of us here at Tech 'n Talk SLPs pulling out one or more of our On the Mark Quick Check products. Our Quick Checks have made planning, data collection, and homework a snap. We love having materials that we can grab on the go, use for multiple students, and send home to increase parental awareness and involvement in speech/language therapy. For a closer look at our On the Mark Quick Check Language Bundle click the link below.
Another of our own products that is new staple for us is our INTRODUCING SPEECH SOUNDS SING-ALONG POSTERS. The two of us love incorporating music into our speech/language therapy sessions and this product evolved from our enjoyment of music. This set of posters addresses 22 speech sounds and includes 33 target pictures/words for each sound. These were designed for printing or for use on an iPad. Traveling among four schools makes the portability of this all the more reason for it to have become a staple in our 'speech mobiles'. You can check out this product here.
It looks like the rest of education is finally catching up with what we as SLPs have been doing for years.....that is, making sure our students know what 'They Can" do. One of our speech room staples is our own Kid Friendly I Can Posters. From the moment we each hung these in our speech/language therapy rooms they have become a focal point. These posters are lessons within themselves and are just too cute. If your administration is pushing you to post "I Can" statements be sure take a look at these.
Now that you've had a look at the materials that we love, comment, and share some of your own.
With all the craziness that a new school year brings, hearing from another SLP that we've created something
that is making their job easier is GREAT! Take a look at what Educational Inspirations had to say about our
ON THE MARK QUICK CHECK LANGUAGE BUNDLE.
Educational Inspirations, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive
your choice of any item from our store.Thanks so much for such awesome feedback.
If you would like to take a closer look at this product you can do so here:
ON THE MARK QUICK CHECK LANGUAGE BUNDLE
And, thanks to everyone for all the feedback. We love hearing how you are using our products.
Blogging. Hmm. Should we? Shouldn’t we? We’ve been mulling this over for about a year and finally decided to take the plunge. To say that we enter this with some trepidation would be a gross understatement. To clarify, we are both full time SLPs (Speech – Language Pathologists) in the public school system, and when you are an SLP, or an educator of any type in the public school system, there isn’t much time for anything else. Educators seem to eat, sleep, and drink ‘education’; sometimes not by choice, but nevertheless it happens. The problem is, even though as an educator there isn’t much time for anything else, both of us seem to find a million other things we need to (ahem, want to) do. We want to be active on a Facebook page, we want to be active on Twitter, we want to develop materials for our TpT (Tech 'n Talk SLPs on TpT - Teachers Pay Teachers) store, we want to blog (well, maybe not that one so much) and we want to share the things we’ve learned with all those new SLPs that are joining the ranks of this great profession. Oh, and did I forget….it would really be great if we could have personal lives too. Fortunately for us, we both have the most supportive husbands that fully understand when we start talking SLP business they just have to move over. Actually, at this point, they can both talk the talk almost as good as we can. Between the two of us we have provided Speech-Language Therapy services for almost 70 years. And, believe us, that makes for a lot of telephone conversations that our husbands have been forced to overhear. Wow! 70 years! Does that make us sound ancient? We hope not because honestly, as each year passes, we both have become more passionate about our work. And that leads us to the topic for our first blog post.
As we already stated, between the two of us we have almost 70 years experience as Speech – Language Pathologists in the public school system and we truly love what we do. Because we feel so strongly about our profession, it is truly heart wrenching to see so many new SLP graduates enter positions in the school system only to remain for one to two years and then announce “I’m leaving. This is not what I thought I would be doing.” Burnout, and we mean rapid burnout, seems rampant in our field. What are we doing wrong? Or maybe the question isn’t, “What are we doing wrong?”, but should be, “What is wrong with a system that makes someone so quickly decide they chose the wrong profession?”
It is so refreshing at the beginning of each school year to see among our ranks a young, new face filled with excitement, a bit of anxiety, and a million questions; someone that we just know is going to be as passionate about this field as we are. We, and they, have such high hopes for what this new job and experience will bring to them. But as we approach the middle of the school year, we see the light fading in their eyes, we see the anguish accompanied by tears as they start to sink under pressure. And, most regrettably, and all too frequently, as the end of the school year approaches we start hearing murmurs of searches for other employment and questions like “Is it better if you are working in a hospital, or for a home health agency? Is it better if you work for a contract company?” and the most dreaded statement of all, “I think I’m not coming back.”
What strategies are being implemented in your school district to combat this growing concern? We would love to gather and share any and all strategies so that we may all benefit.
Teresa & Anita
Tech ‘n Talk SLPs