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  • ‘Tis the Season!

    No, not the holiday season (it's only April!). I'm talking about yard sale season! In my part of suburban Pennsylvania, signs advertising upcoming yard sales are sprouting up outside of neighborhoods left and right. All school-based SLPs should get excited when yard sale season starts. Why? Yard sale season is prime time to acquire some ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on April 23, 2014
  • Checking In: How is your year going so far?

    As the 2013 fall term draws to an end, I find myself reflecting upon the big change I made in September! After 16 years in the same school and school district, I changed to a neighboring district. I want to share some of the things I have learned over the last 4 months.... It's nice to know that there are SO MANY schools full of hard working ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on December 9, 2013
  • Being Thankful

    I am writing this blog as I'm enjoying my last day off from Thanksgiving break. This break is a much-needed one for me as there were no days scheduled off for teachers in my district since Labor Day!  Through reading of other online SLP discussion groups, blogs, and in conversations with other school-based SLPs I know, the consensus is ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on December 4, 2013
  • This Week in Therapy

    There are more and more school speech therapy blogs popping up all over the internet, and in one I read recently, the SLP wrote about her week in therapy!  (Check it out here: http://oldschoolspeech.blogspot.com/2013/11/therapy-week-in-review-11152013.html) I loved reading this, and am definitely going to look into some of the fun activities ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on November 21, 2013
  • What Are You Doing Here?

    Today while walking into a classroom a student posed a similar question to me.  I asked him what he thought I was doing in his classroom. He thought maybe to see a student (since he knows I see students in that room) or maybe to talk to his teacher (I believe he commented that I'm always talking to his teacher).  Both ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on November 6, 2013
  • Time for a SWING!

    I have written before about how I like to use movement in speech therapy for busy kids! It's motivating, it distracts them from ''work'' and provides sensory input. I often like to use swings during therapy, and often the swing is so motivating that children communicate much more than usual. The swinging provides proprioceptive input, which helps ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on October 14, 2013
  • This Is Not the Time for Games! Or is it?

    With so much use of the iPad and all the speech-language apps it has to offer, it seems some traditional therapy materials and activities have gone by the wayside a bit. Is there a place for ''therapy materials'' in this world of iPads? Do people even order therapy materials anymore? My office is stacked with loads of materials including ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on July 16, 2013
  • It's a Wrap

    I'm writing this blog with only four and a half more student days to go (followed by in-services on Friday afternoon, Monday, and Tuesday morning, but if students aren't there, does it really count as a workday?).  In some ways it seemed like it would never get here. On the other hand, didn't the year just start?  Either way, it's time ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on June 5, 2013
  • Building a Rapport

    Classroom teachers see and work with the students in their classes daily for nearly 6 hours (not counting recess, lunch, or specials). During the course of a school year, teachers spend hundreds of hours with their students. We work with our students anywhere from one to maybe 3 times per week, the times of contact ranging from as few as 10 ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on February 13, 2013
  • Happy Thanksgiving…Thank You SLP team!

    I'm sure we are all more than ready for Thanksgiving next week! This year, I'm offering thanks for my wonderful SLP team! There are times when it's difficult to be the only SLP in a building, and it's so nice to meet with the district group for our monthly (and sometimes more frequent) meetings. In my district there are 7 of us, and I admire ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on November 12, 2012
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