Friday, October 27, 2017

I Can Statements for Speech and Language

Hi Speechies!

I LOVE the idea of using I can statements in my speech room. I keep them posted where the kiddos can see them and refer back to them. It helps keep everyone (myself included) focused on the task(s) at hand during a therapy session.

I created this fun little "I can" bubble so you can easily post your students' goals, too! Included is the I can speech bubble and 34 speech and language related I can statements. I also added in a blank statement card so that you can write in your own.

A few tips:

I laminated everything and added velcro to the back so I can just stick the statements right on the bubble. I keep it hanging on the white board in my speech room and the kids and I refer back to it frequently during sessions.

You can grab your "I can" speech bubble + statements right here!


Thursday, October 26, 2017

How to Improve Your GRE Score

Hi Speechies!

I'm pretty sure it's safe to say that the absolute worst part of my grad school application experience was taking the GRE 🙈 I had to take it 2 times to get a somewhat decent score. My verbal score improved by quite a bit the second time I took it. I did 7 specific things to make that happen.

Instead of just typing them out, I made a quick video going over all 7 tips. Doing these things will help you raise your GRE score and ultimately better your chances of getting into grad school!

Speech-language pathology programs are competitive so a solid GRE score is essential. Take a peek at the video:

Good luck to those of you going through the application process right now!


Sunday, October 22, 2017

Halloween Speech Bingo

Hi speechies!

Halloween is upon us and there are SO many fun therapy ideas that we can do in our speech rooms! I just created a little Halloween Speech Bingo Game and wanted to give you a peek:

Bingo is great for working on articulation, turn taking, following directions, and SO much more. It keeps the kiddos engaged AND it's a low prep activity for you (can I get an amen from all my busy SLPs?). 

You can scoop up your copy of the game here.

Oh and for fun, I like to use googly eyes as Bingo tokens...the kids really get a kick out of it!



Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Weekly Lesson Planning Sheet for SLPs/Teachers

Hi speechies!

Some exciting news - I am finally transitioning from P.E. into speech! I couldn't be more excited and you know that I created a few new products to accompany my transition. I'm going to share my new products with you over the next few weeks ☺️ First up I give you:

Most speech-language pathologists who I know share a love for organization. I put together a weekly lesson planning sheet to help me organize my therapy thoughts and ideas. So far it's been extremely functional and I love it! Doesn't hurt that it's cute, too, am I right?

It's no secret that speech therapists and teachers wear many hats. Having a solid way to lesson plan keeps us organized and sane...which are both important!

The best part? It's totally editable so you can make it work for you! There are 2 options (you can see above): a 2 column option and a 3 column option.

You can download the template here!

Happy planning!


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Pumpkin Cookie Dough Recipe

Hi Speechies!

I was apprehensive about posting a recipe on this blog BUT let's be honest...grad school students can always use a cheap, healthy, sweet recipe in their lives right?! Plus who doesn't love a good pumpkin recipe, am I right? I got a lot of messages on Instagram requesting it so here we are:

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons of nut butter (I use almond butter)
  • 1 tablespoon of cacao nibs (or chocolate chips)
  • 1 scoop of protein powder (I use peanut butter cookie by PE Science)
  • 1/4 cup syrup 
  • 1/4 cup oat flour (I make my own - you can check it out in the video below)
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice

You're going to mix everything except the maple syrup in a bowl. Heat up the maple syrup in the microwave for 30 seconds. Add maple syrup to mixture. Put mixture in fridge to chill for an hour. Enjoy! 

I usually divide this recipe into 3 servings. I've kept it in the fridge for up to a week and it's still delicious!

Here's the video of the recipe. The recipe starts at 9 minutes and 23 seconds:

Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think!


Sunday, October 1, 2017

How to Ask for Letters of Recommendation

Hi speechies!

Today's topic has been highly requested so I'm excited to share it with y'all ☺️ Application season is upon us now that it's October so I give you:

I know it can be daunting to ask for your letters of recommendation so that's why I'm laying out 5 steps to make it a smooth process:

Step #1: Build rapport with who you plan to ask.

Step #2: Set up meetings to formally request your letters.

Step #3: Go to those meetings prepared (dressed professionally and with your folder...folder details are in the video below).

Step #4: Follow up the meeting with a handwritten thank you note.

Step #5: Send reminder emails as necessary.

You can watch the video version below and I go into detail about how to make each step happen. I hope this helps!

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