Thursday, July 27, 2017

Back to School Target Haul/Building my SLP Toolbox

Hello speechies!

As a soon-to-be SLP graduate student, I am slowly starting to build my SLP toolbox. I have quite the Target haul to share with y'all today ☺️



What items should I add to my SLP toolbox?!


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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

What's In My Teacher/Grad School Bag?

Hi speechies!

Is it just me or does everyone love what's in my bag posts? I am OBSESSED with watching what's in my bag videos so I wanted to share mine with y'all!


I got my bag from Target and let me just warn you...it is FILLED to the max! Enjoy!


What's something that's in your teacher bag?!


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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Emoji Match Social Skills Activity

Hi speechies!

Kids L-O-V-E them some emojis, right? So why not use them to help teach social skills?! Talk about primetime engagement!



I created this activity to accompany a quick social skills lesson. The kiddos match the feeling words on the clothespins to the emojis on the emoji wheel. Then they match the emoji squares to the appropriate scenario. It's a really fun, simple, and engaging activity!

Here is a detailed look at how this product works:



You can grab this product in my TpT Store!


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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

5 Tips for Better Grad School Applications

Hi speechies!

I'm back with a new YOUTUBE VIDEO 🎥 Are you about to apply for graduate school programs? Have you applied to programs but not been accepted? WELLLL today I have 5 tips that will make YOU the best graduate program applicant that you can be.


Here's a breakdown:

#1 VOLUNTEER

#2 GET INVOLVED IN RESEARCH

#3 SHADOW

#4 NETWORK

#5 BUILD A PORTFOLIO

I go more in-depth about each tip in this video:


Please make sure to like the video and subscribe to my channel!



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Monday, July 17, 2017

FREEBIE: Mini Positivity Posters

Hi speechies!

I am in the process of decorating my NEW speech room and I created these mini positivity posters to welcome the kiddos :)

I wanted to share them with y'all, too! This is a FREE growing bundle in my TpT store. That means that as new posters are created, they will be added to the bundle.



I'd love for you to hop on over to my store and download these for your classroom or even for your desktop/phone background!

Make sure you follow my store so you don't miss any of these cute mini posters in the future!



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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Are Distance Learning SLP Graduate Programs Legit? My Orientation Experience.

Hiiiii speechies!

A new video is live on my YouTube channel. I'm giving y'all all the details about my orientation experience for a distance learning program. HINT: I AM SO PUMPED!



Enjoy and don't forget to subscribe, pretty please!



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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Organizing Your Grad School Courses

In case you didn't know - organization is my love language, y'all. Seriously...I love me some color coding, labeling goodness!


Let me break it down for you here first:
  • Binder/Expandable Folder:
    I have one binder where I house all of my courses. Each class has a divider. I keep ALL of my lecture notes/handouts in here. After each exam, I clean out that section and add the important papers to my expandable folder.

  • Planner:
    Each course is assigned a sticky note color. I write all assignment due dates/exam dates on the coordinating sticky note and put them on the correct date. This allows me to pick the sticky note up and move it if a due date changes. NO more scratching and scribbling in my precious planner!

  • Laptop:
    I have a "School" folder on my home screen. Within that, each semester has its own folder. Within that, each course has its own folder. This is where I keep copies of assignments I've done or any handouts that were emailed to me.

Okay so now that you've read about it, feel free to watch the video for details!


Make sure you like the video and subscribe to my channel!


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I'm on YouTube - Working as an SLP Grad Student

Hello friends!


So I went ahead and pulled the trigger and started a YouTube channel! Here is my first little intro video. Make sure to like + subscribe! Enjoy :)

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Why I Chose a Distance SLP Program + A List of Online Programs

Hi everyone! First of all, thank you so much for the sweet support regarding my rebrand/name change ☺️ I think "The Social Speechie" really fits and I'm excited to grow the name + what it represents!

Anyway, on today's agenda: why I chose a distance SLP program.


When I decided to apply to graduate school, I knew that I was not in the position to pick up my life and move to a program. I'm married, my husband has a job where we live, I have a job where we live, etc. I did get into my local university's in-person SLP program BUT after weighing my options I decided that a distance program was a better fit for me.

And why is that? I chose a distance program because:






This is the main reason I decided to go with a distance program. I'm an older student (27 to be exact) and I have bills to pay. I didn't want to take out student loans to live off of so being able to work full- time or close to it is a priority to me. If I would have chosen an in-person, full-time program I wouldn't be able to do that. I love that by doing a part-time, distance program I'll be able to work while earning my degree. And the best part...my job is at a school as an SLPA + P.E. teacher so I'm getting in-field experience. I'll be able to apply what I'm learning in my courses to my daily life!








Being married means that my time isn't my own. I wanted to go with a program that allowed me to work and maintain solid relationships in my life. With a distance program, I only have "class" 1-2 nights a week for 2-3 hours. I'm not spending my days sitting in classes on campus. My time is my own and I can create a schedule that works for me. I love being able to schedule my classes around my life rather than my life around my classes.







I'm sure that all SLP programs provide valuable clinical experiences. But in my distance program, practicums are done throughout my community. Rather than spending the majority of my clinical time in a university clinic, I'll be in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, schools, and private practices. In my program, we have to complete clinical hours at all of these types of places. Just think of all of the networking that will come from spending so much clinical time in the community! HELLO job offers galore after grad school!





Can I get a hallelujah?! I don't know how it is at your university, but where I got my undergraduate degree, parking was a complete nightmare. And there were semesters where I would be running across campus to make it to class on time since some of my courses were spread out all over campus. Who wants to show up for class sweaty? Not me! Plus, I don't have to worry about car troubles or traffic. Instead, I get to walk into my home office with a coffee in hand (and wearing my PJs if I want) and comfortably complete my coursework.

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I'm doing the distance learning program at Florida State University. It is a 3 year (9 semester) part-time program. I don't EVER have to go to campus (unless I choose to go for graduation...which I most definitely will be doing) and my degree will look the exact same as someone who did the on-campus program (believe me...I've asked, haha). We meet weekly as a cohort via a video chat program and get a lecture just like we would on campus. I'm never taking more than 3 courses (usually 2) at a time. I get to focus on my clinical work!

My program is just starting, but so far, I've made such great bonds with my professors. Since the program is distance, they are adamant about responding to emails quickly and outlining/organizing everything that is delivered to students so well. The support that I've received from FSU's distance SLP program is incredible. I've also already bonded with quite a few other girls in my cohort via Facebook and email!

Some other distance SLP programs that I looked into:


Distance programs usually accept fewer students than on-campus programs and they are quite competitive. But if you are thinking about completing your master's in Speech-Language Pathology online, I say GO FOR IT! I'm so happy with my decision!


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Monday, July 3, 2017

Smart Mouth Speechie is Now The Social Speechie

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