Don't Wake the Monster! {No Prep Speech Therapy Games}

I have always been a fan of card games that are super easy to prep and play.  I have played versions of "Bang" or "zap" for years and I've carried this over into speech as well.  In speech this past week we've been playing "Don't Wake the Monster!". Color ink is expensive and hard to come by at my school so I prefer black/white printables that I can make colorful by printing onto colored copy paper.  Since I often have a group of kiddos working on different goals I have been printing each kiddo's cards on a different color paper so we can all play together but work on different goals!
I also set the iPad timer from anywhere from 5-7 minutes depending on the group.  They LOVE the timer, it makes them work harder and stay on task.  Plus they love being able to tell when time will be up!   I have put together two different packets, one with articulation games and one with language games. If you're looking for quick and easy articulation or language games you can check them out by clicking on either picture below!

Apraxia {No Prep}

Working with kiddos with Childhood Apraxia of Speech can be challenging and yet so rewarding.  I have also found it is pretty difficult to find materials for apraxia that don't cost an arm and a leg.  Since I don't have an extra arm or leg to spare ; )  I have been slowly putting these things together and finally put them all into a new packet.  This packet practices production of vowel sounds and different syllable structures (CV, VC, CVC, CVCV). 

I had a sweet kiddo yesterday who LOVED the "Don't Wake the Monster" game with the printable picture cards. She loved it so much, I am working on making the game for other articulation sounds too, coming soon! She asked to take it home and play it with her mom (hello homework!). Check it out by clicking on the picture below.

Ways to Show a Number {Flipbook}

Hi friends!  I hope your school year is going well!  Mine has been busy, busy as I'm sure yours has too.   I was looking at my "Ways to Show a Number" anchor chart the other day and thought that would be great to turn into a flip book!  So, here it is! The file has two flip books; one to teach and one to practice.  Click on the picture to check it out!
Head over to my Facebook page to enter to win a free copy!!

Where am I? {Clip Chart}

Happy Saturday!  I have a large mound of paperwork to work on today, just wanted to pop in to share a new freebie! Now that the school year is underway kiddos are starting to attend a variety of classes.  I put together a clip chart to help keep track of who's going where!  Click on the picture below to get it for FREE!
Have a great weekend!

Smarty Symbols {Review}

Hi!  I hope everyone's school year is off to a great start!  Mine has been wonderful and crazy busy at the same time. My new kiddos on my caseload this year have come to me with some goals that I haven't tackled much in the past.  Several included communication boards or low tech AAC options.  I quickly realized I was going to have to make some language or communication boards to go along with therapy.  I didn't have a subscription to board maker or any other clip art that would be needed to make communication boards without buying individual clip art packs and that was going to be expensive! Please know that I am a beginner when it comes to making communication boards and I know these aren't perfect but Smarty Symbols has definitely made my job much EASIER!  Let's dive on in!

What is Smarty Symbols?  Smarty Symbols are a clip art service for teachers, speech-language pathologists and parents.  They are very seller friendly in that you are allowed to make and sell things (such as on TPT) with their images.  And let me tell you, they have a TON of images.  They also add more and more everyday.  I began playing around with it by using the printing center which I found out will pretty much make a communication board for you!

In the printing center they will give you a blank communication board template.  You can choose how many rows/columns.  I stuck with the 4x3 board to show you what it can do.  

You can also change the thickness of the squares as shown below.  On the right there is a search engine to quickly find whatever symbol/image you want to put on the board. 

I started making a demo board to show you what it looked like and just to play around with the features. When you find the image you want, you can drag and drop it easily into the square.  You can also drag and drop pictures around on the board if you decide you want them in a new place. The word below each picture was automatic (scroll down a little bit and see that you can change the word if you want).

Another cool thing about Smarty Symbols is that you can download each piece of clipart if you like to save them on your computer. My computer is pretty full of clipart so I don't plan on downloading a huge amount but it's nice to have the option. 

I really like the option to easily change what is below the pictures so you can really personalize it.  Also, a variety of skin colors, gender and hair colors are available for the images too.

Besides a communication board, you could also make picture schedules for kiddos who like to know what's coming next.  (For some kiddos I realize clip art may not be appropriate and real photographs may be a better fit but if you're looking for clip art Smarty Symbols probably has it!)

That wraps up the tour!  Overall, I am very glad I went with Smarty Symbols over some other communication symbol companies (Boardmaker, Symbolstix, etc.)  The terms of use that comes with the commercial license also allows you to sell and share items you make (which you all know I love to share!) and the price is lower than any competitor I found.  I plan on making a few AAC resources with Smarty Symbols so stay tuned!  Now to put those communication boards to use!

***Please note I was not paid for my review of Smarty Symbols, but I was given the yearly subscription at a discounted rate.***

#SeptSLPMustHave SALE!

Every 7th of the month during the school year a huge group of SLPs throw a sale and offer one of their products for 50% off!  Well, tomorrow is the first sale of this school year!  My Speech Sound Homework and Handouts will be only $2.50 starting RIGHT NOW until Monday at midnight (or Tuesday morning when I wake up). : ) Be sure to put the hashtag #SeptSLPMustHave into the TPT search engine to check out all the other fabulous must have speechie products on sale!