About Me

Image Map

Top Board Games of 2014.

This post includes Amazon Affiliate links.
Kristin over at Simply Speech had the great idea of sharing favorite board games as a linky party.  I'm always up for a linky party!
My favorites:  

 Turtle Talk is a go-to game as it targets so many language goals.  There is also the added motivation of collecting the colorful foam tokens and spinning the turtle.  

I just purchased Bubble Talk this year and I'm so glad I did.  Laughs can be heard down the hallway as we play this game of social skills.  
You have to be super quick for 5 Second Rule - Just Spit it Out!   Students have to name 3 items in a category within 5 seconds.  As any SLP knows, this skill is used for many goals of oral expression and auditory comprehension.  Great for older kids! 

I love Guess Who and the Electronic version is great for middle school students.  I turn it on when we want to work on attention, following directions, and impulse control.  My students and I have extra fun when we use the funny characters and use the voice of the person whom we have chosen.  

Sequence for Kids just that and perfect for young, non-readers!  It gets those little brains working by using critical thinking and strategy skills.  

 Uno is the game that my students usually choose when they have the option.  I have to get creative with Uno as there are not many opportunities to use language and speech with this game.  However, I find Uno Attack to be a great game for the social skills of sportsmanship, turn-taking, and humor. 

Thanks for visiting my blog.  Head back over to Simply Speech for more game ideas.  

A Kiss for all season!

I just came back from Rite Aid where they had some great holiday sale buys.  I snagged up some wrapping paper, games for my students, and a couple of bags of holiday candy.  The "best before" date on the candy was October 2015 (it's Dec. 2014 now) so I knew it would be good for a while.  Here is one idea on how to extended the life your your holiday treats.  
You can use this simple trick with M&Ms, Skittles, Reeses, and just about any Christmas colored candy!  If you have extra Hershey Kisses, check out the official site HERE to find many yummy treats.    Also remember that most baked goods and chocolate may be frozen and pulled out when you need them for your special class parties.  


No snow? Make some magic!

This post includes Amazon Affiliate links.
It's a green Christmas in Vermont and my kids are wishing for snow so I pulled out the package of magical crystals that they got from Santa.  Snow was so easy to make as it only required the package of crystals and a cup of water.  Although they couldn't take out the new sled, the girls enjoyed making snowballs and squishing the white concoction through their little fingers.  

I can't locate the "Just Like Snow" product that we used, but found these similar instant snow making products available at Amazon.  These had the best ratings and ship free with Prime.

Free Option
Sodium Polymer, also known as water lock, is used to make fake snow and is found in laundry detergents, thickening agents, and disposable diapers.  My kids are out of diapers, but if you have disposable diapers, you can make snow!  Use the cotton center of the diaper by cutting it into small pieces, placing the pieces in a bucket, and pouring between 2-4 cups of water on the pieces.  Voila, snow!  

Whether real or artificial, snow is great for sensory bins, teaching thematic units, weather related activities, and just plain fun for the sake of fun.  

Siri-ous results in speech.

As most of you know, I primarily work with middle school students.  This year's caseload surprisingly consists of many students with speech challenges including apraxia of speech, fluency, and articulation   I find it hard to find materials for this age range.  My students have had years of speech services and, not surprisingly, speech therapy is not their favorite part of the day.  My goal this year is to make their service time fun and functional and my most recent idea of using speech recognition technology has been a huge hit.   
Some of my students have iPhones and I'm lucky enough to have an iPad with Siri.  Siri is a voice to text application for Apple products.  There are other voice recognition apps such as Android Voice. The recognition technology is pretty amazing and improving daily. 

Students must be intelligible for Siri to respond appropriately to the request.   The motivation is huge as students drive the search with their interests.  I ask students to share their interests, hobbies, favorite tv shows/music, etc., and Siri does the search for information.  For example, I have a Mine Craft obsessed 5th grader who is constantly searching for tricks of the game.  My 7th grader loves basketball and enjoys reviewing game stats.  This avenue gives students immediate feedback and they are very careful to use their strategies to improve intelligibility. 

The SLP may also drive more language-based searches by asking students calendar related questions or making inquiries about general knowledge, community places, and even asking "how-to" questions for sequencing.   Other functions are available too.  Students may text the teacher, check/input into their calendar, and set the alarm clock.  The service options are endless as is the fun and motivation.  

I would love to hear how you plan to use Siri with your students.  

 You may also like these products related to speech and technology.  

Toilet Paper Crafts~ really

A beautiful, simple craft that is a snap to create and comes from reusing/recycling toilet paper rolls!  

Whether for Christmas, winter, or as an EET Companion, your students will feel so proud of this craft.  I would love to see yours.  Feel free to post pix on my SLPrunner FB page or Instagram @SLPrunner.  

You may also like Warm Fuzzy EET Companion!

What's in Your Cart-Linky Party

Get ready for a HUGE Teachers pay Teachers sale extravaganza!  It's the perfect time to shop with up to 28% off (even bigger savings off my already reduced $-saving bundles!).   My cart is full with some amazing products from talented SLP bloggers as well as some cool clip art for new products ideas!

First, here are a few of my new and seasonal products that you might like to add to your carts.

        My best-seller gone holiday!  Thanksgiving through New Years' situations to target perspective taking, emotions, and problem solving.  

  An amazingly effective Problem Solving strategy for serious middle & high school issues.  This product will make a huge impact in how you approach Problem Solving.

Hot off the press: similes/metaphors, personification, idioms, multiple meaning words with data tracking and rubric for assessing progress.  

Check out these awesome products that I can't wait to get me hands on! 

by Nicole Allison

Multiple Meaning Snowflakes by Activity Tailor

Christmas Around the World! by Super Power Speech

Don't forget to use the code:  TPTCYBER at checkout.  

Head back to Speech Room News for more TpT ideas.  

Make your own Plinko Game

Come on down, you're the next contestant in 
Speech and Language Plinko!  

I'm a big fan of The Price Is Right, especially the old episodes with Bob Barker as the host, and I always longed to play Plinko!  In fact, one item on my bucket list was to be on the game show.  I even stood in line in Hollywood, but sadly missed the cut off.  So when I saw this Instagram (regram) by Pediastaff, I just had to try it for myself!  

These are not technical instructions as box sizes and creativity will vary.  
Cut a large cardboard box to the size board you desire and bend the backing to make it stand.  Use a hot glue gun to adhere clear straws to the sides of the Plinko panel.  The straws are cut to make 9 rows leading towards the winning numbers.   Paint sides of the board with acrylic paint.  Insert colored thumb tacks about 1 inch apart with enough space for marbles   Cut glue sticks as marble stoppers at the bottom of the board.  Let dry and give it a try.  

I did not include graphics because everyone's board size will be different.  You may create-your-own or search online for suitable graphics.   
* Warning: The thumbtacks did go through the cardboard.  I folded the extra cardboard as a backing and duct taped it to make as a stand.  You may also cover the thumbtack backs with duct tape or adhere a piece of cardboard to make a backing.  
You may like these other speech therapy games that may stand alone or be used with Plinko: 

Thanksgiving Soup - Freebie!

The youth classes at my church assembled 150 Thanksgiving Soup mixes for charity this past weekend.  My kids (ages 4-10) were all able to participate in making the soup mixes and it was so great to see how much fun and organized the process was.  There is my little one in the first picture.  
I thought that this would be a great activity for my Life Skills students as they work at so many different levels.  They say that the secret of happiness is giving to others.  What a great feeling to create something that can be so useful and appreciated by others!

I put together the ingredients and assembly instructions for you too!
 Click HERE to download. 


Describing Turkeys

Turkey legs for language!  I had the materials and thought that this adorable Thanksgiving place setting idea by The Party Animal looked to be a quick and easy craft so I gave it a try.  

Instead of place settings, I made a describing activity to use with the 
Expanding Expression Tool.  

Students pick a leg and describe their word using the Expanding Expression Tool by Sara Smith.  Instead of filling the turkey legs with newspaper, you could fill them with the items indicated on the bag, prizes, or fun food!  
I filled mine with popcorn.  
You could even pop the popcorn in the paper bags.

Paper Bag Popcorn: 
              1. Put 1/4 cup popcorn kernels into a brown paper lunch bag.  
              2. Fold the top of the bag over and tape.
              3. Microwave until there is more than 3 seconds between 
                  popping kernels.
              4. Carefully remove and open bag.  

I hope your students enjoy this craftivity.  Feel free to send your pix to my Instagram and/or Facebook page.  I love hearing from you! 

You may also like my Describing Turkeys product:

Super Sweet SLP FRENZY!

You won't want to miss this last SLP Facebook Frenzy.  

The frenzy runs Oct. 26-27th and includes 22 freebies for you!  
Click on the picture below to download a clickable doc frenzy map.  

Click on the map to download the clickable Facebook Frenzy map.  

Have fun!

S...Peachy Feedback! Are you a winner?

Welcome to another wonderful month of S…Peachy Feedback!  I'm so grateful for the warm welcome of my new product Pocket Pacers and had to highlight the great feedback from AGB Speech Therapy. 
Please email me at: jenng12slp@gmail.com to receive a free product of your choice from my SLP runner store.  

Be sure to head on back to Allison's Speech Peeps linky party to see more
 S...Peachy Feedback.

Our Speech Room Staples!

I love this Speech Room Staples link up with Speech Musings.  A perfect idea to sneak a peek into other speech rooms to see who is using what.  

Here are some of my favorite materials from some very talented bloggers. 
1.  If you have not tried Speech Tube, now is the time.  My students are pumped up for our social language lessons and the idea to incorporate popular youtube videos into therapy is brilliant by Speech Room News!

2.  I really enjoy being able to have app companions for language and My PlayHome Stores is one that targets so many goal areas.   A must-have by Teach Speech 365 for working with younger learners who love technology. 

3.  Cooking in speech is just as much fun as technology!  Rachel Lynette's cooking recipes are perfectly proportioned for one and the targets of sequencing, following directions, and listening are all easily worked on in this yummy product.

1.  My SLPrunner products are made with my own students' language and learning needs in mind.  My go-to products are hands-down my monthly activities for language.  I have just updated the year full of language activities bundle by adding monthly data tracking forms to see progression over time.  
2.  Since working on monthly theme-therapy, my life as an SLP has become so much more manageable.  Each month, I have $-saving bundles incorporating activities for a multitude of language goals and levels.  Here is October

Head on back over to Speech Musings for more Speech Room Staples!