Sunday, March 26, 2017

Fresh Speech Therapy ideas for Spring: Read Sheep in a Shop

Are You Ready for Spring?

I have happily put away my winter speech therapy activities, I am so very ready for spring! How about you? I am linking with the Frenzied SLPs to share a fun spring activity, and I can't wait to see what everyone else has to share. e sure to check out each one, and you should get plenty of spring inspiration.

Fresh Spring Speech Therapy Ideas by Speech Sprouts

The birds are chirping, my daffodils have bloomed, and there is a new baby horse in the field down the street. And yes, those narcissus in the picture are from my very own garden! If you are a bit north of here, you may not be seeing it yet, but it's on it's way, I promise.

Fresh Spring Speech Therapy Ideas by Speech Sprouts
Isn't he adorable?

March came in like the proverbial lion, and out like a lamb. We already had a 90 degree day in Texas, believe it or not. Lamb you say?

Time for a Spring Sheep Activity! Read Sheep in a Shop

I love the "Sheep" series by Margot Apple. We have read Sheep in a Jeep and Sheep on a Ship. They are sound-loaded with the "sh" phoneme of course, so we work on articulation of stridents. They also have a fun story line with rhyming text. Each story includes a silly mishap, and my children love it! This week we read Sheep in a Shop.

Speech therapy storybook fun with Sheep in a Shop plus a cute lamb craft for spring! Read this blog post by Speech Sprouts

The sheep need to shop for a birthday gift, so they head to the shop. But what to buy? They try out everything in the shop, wreaking havoc as they go. They finally make their decision, but not before making a stack of balls come tumbling down on them! The problem is, they don't have enough money to pay for their purchase. What to do? Why, shear each other and pay in wool of course!

Speech therapy targets you can address with Sheep in a Shop.

There are plenty of articulation and language opportunities in this story, especially:
1. The "sh" phoneme: sheep, shop, sheer
2. Regular plurals and final clusters: rackets, rockets, blocks, clocks, pockets, trains, planes
3. Rhyming words

An Easy Spring Sheep Craft

After reading the story, we had to make our own spring lamb. I always make a sample ahead of time with crafts, then have the children predict what they will need, make a request for each item, describe what they are doing (cutting, gluing), then re-tell what they did!
Speech therapy storybook fun with Sheep in a Shop plus a cute lamb craft for spring! Read this blog post by Speech Sprouts

To make this sheep you will need:

Speech therapy storybook fun with Sheep in a Shop plus a cute lamb craft for spring! Read this blog post by Speech Sprouts

1. A small paper plate or white construction paper circle about 5" in diameter
2. Cotton balls- I cut them in half to make them go further
3. Black construction paper- you will cut out one head and two legs. I pre-cut them for my pre-schoolers
4. Wiggle eyes
5. Ribbon for a bow.-you may want to pre-make these for young children.
6. White glue

Speech therapy storybook fun with Sheep in a Shop plus a cute lamb craft for spring! Read this blog post by Speech Sprouts

Assembly is easy.

Glue the head and legs on in the back of the circle. Add a wiggle eye. Now it's time to add the cotton balls.

How to get plenty of repetitions of your speech therapy targets

You keep control of the cotton balls, and get additional practice opportunities by requiring the children to say one of their articulation words or other targets before giving them each cotton ball to glue. That's a lot of practice!

Here are a few of our sweet creations!

Speech therapy storybook fun with Sheep in a Shop plus a cute lamb craft for spring! Read this blog post by Speech Sprouts

Need more springtime activities? You may want to check out these Speech Sprouts posts:

11 Spring Speech Therapy Freebies You Won't Want to Miss

Spring Speech Therapy Ideas That are Just Ducky!

13 Great Easter Freebies For Speech and Language: No Hunting Needed!

Be sure you head over to check out more great Spring Ideas by the Frenzied SLPs by clicking these links:

Happy, Happy Spring Everyone!

Speech therapy storybook fun with Sheep in a Shop plus a cute lamb craft for spring! Read this blog post by Speech Sprouts www.speechsproutstherapy.comSpeech therapy storybook fun with Sheep in a Shop plus a cute lamb craft for spring! Read this blog post by Speech Sprouts

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Sharing Kindness- and Freebies! A Sweet Blog Hop with the Frenzied SLPs.

Friendships and Opportunities are Built on Great Social Skills

Teaching kindness is so important.

Sharing Kindness with Freebies for Valentine's Day or any day by Frenzied SLPs sharing Kindness blog hop!

We all know children who need work building social skills. They don't have a clear view of how other people think or feel, and how their own actions can result in negative consequences because of it.

Social skills are critical for children in making and keeping friends, getting along with teachers and overall success. That's one reason I love all the recent focus on kindness, it is very appropriate and timely. I'm delighted to join in the discussion and help teach skills for life.

I am joining the Frenzied SLPs in sharing kindness this month. 

We would like to share some love with a fun blog hop. This group of SLPs are some of the kindest people I know, so this hop is a natural. Stop by each blog and find a link to FREE materials centered around the kindness theme and incorporating a variety of speech and language goals. Hop all the way through and I know you will find plenty of activities you will love.

I created a fun little kindness freebie for you.

This activity will help children discriminate: Is it kind or not kind?

FREE Is it Kind? Scoop up this Sweet Social Skills Freebie for Valentine's Day or any day, Check out more freebies in the Frenzied SLPs Kindness blog hop!

Laminate or pop the page in a page protector and you can have your students use wax wicks to connect the lovebugs to the pictures of kindness. Dry erase markers will work great too. A BW copy is included, perfect for coloring.

It's easy to expand the activity into a full lesson. Talk about each picture and tell how the people are feeling, and why? Is the behavior a friend maker or friend breaker thing to do?  Tell some more things that you can do to be kind. Draw a picture of someone being kind, then tell about it.
Download this activity in my store, Is it Kind? Activity HERE.

More freebies at each stop.

Check out The Frenzied SLPs Sharing Kindness Blog Hop for more freebies by starting HERE. or just hop to the next post and continue until you are back here. Click the images below to start hopping!


We graciously thank you for downloading and using these materials with your students/clients. If you would be so kind, please leave feedback in our TPT stores if you find a few spare moments.

I'm so glad you joined us.

Be sure to spread the love and tell your slpeeps to stop by too. Have fun!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Tricky Sticks- A Super-Easy DIY Game for Cheap!

 Make this easy game your students will love for next to nothing. 

Tricky Sticks- Make this Super-Easy Speech Therapy Game

Let's face it, sometimes speech therapy drills can get boring.  Getting all those repetitions is well... repetitious. Adding a fun game keeps my students, (and me) motivated. I am always on the lookout for new open-ended games to change things up.

Tricky Sticks is a perfect quick-play game for speech therapy.

Here's why I love Tricky Sticks:

1. I can use it for any target
2. It's perfect for mixed groups
3. I use it with all ages- so easy and they all love it.
4. Quick-play- so you get plenty of repetitions/ responses, maximizing therapy time.
5. Play as long as you like, no set finish time means it lasts your whole session.
6. Space-saving. You can store your sticks in a cup or baggie.
7. Super cheap and easy to make!

I first got this idea from a wonderful resource teacher. 

Wow-  simple and fun, I had to make a set for speech. I stopped at the dollar store and got a package of colored craft sticks for less than two dollars. Can't beat that!

I opened the package and separated out 1/3 of the sticks. The rest I put aside.  Next, I took a black marker and added stars on the bottom of a few of the third I had separated out, and squares on the bottom of the rest of the third.  (ok, maybe it's rectangles) Not too fancy, but it doesn't matter a bit.

That's it! You can make this game in just a few minutes. Easy peasy. Now if only writing IEPs and evaluation reports was this quick and easy. A girl can dream...


 Ready to play? Here's how.

1. Pop your sticks in a colorful cup, shape ends down.
2. Have your students answer a question or practice their articulation word. 
3. After they respond, they pick out a stick and look to see if it has a shape.
4. If the stick has no shape, it's a "keeper." The child keeps the stick in his pile and gets one point.
5. If the stick has a square, you give it to the player on your right.
6. If the stick has a star, pass it to the player on your left.
Tricky Sticks- Make this Super-Easy Speech Therapy Game www.speechsproutstherapy.com7. Play as long as you like. When the session is finished, the person with the most sticks wins.

A variation for older children who are mature enough not to be upset if they lose... I tell them the star means boom! and they put all their sticks back in the cup.

Why Tricky Sticks?

Actually, I am not really sure why I started calling this game Tricky Sticks, other than it sounded catchy and interesting to my students. We have been playing this favorite for years, and my kiddos love it. I have seen some people call a version of this game Kaboom, that sounds catchy too. 

What do you think? 

You don't have to use the colored sticks, but I think it's more fun that way. I hope you give this little game a try. Have fun! 

Until next time,

Friday, December 30, 2016

Snowman in a Snowstorm- An Easy Winter Craft for Speech Therapy

Try this frosty snowman craft this January 

There are so many vocabulary and language opportunities during art activities... and I am wishing for a little snow this winter!

 Make a Snowman in a Snowstorm: Easy Winter Craft for January- Recycle your leftover lamination to make these cute snowmen!
Recycle leftover lamination to create these cute snowmen!

I know many of my friends have been digging out after snowstorms dropped plenty of the white stuff...up to four foot drifts in some places.  But here in North Texas it's been a very warm December. We had a balmy Christmas and even a couple of 80 degree days. That's just wrong, even for Texas. I miss snow angels and catching snowflakes on my tongue. So we'll be making it snow in my therapy room the first week of January.

These cute snowmen will be the jumping off point for talking about the winter season.

You'll Target: Describing, seasonal vocabulary. How does it feel outside when it snows?  What are some of the things you can do in the snow? What do you wear when it's cold?

I have a question about that for you all. Growing up in the Catskill mountains in New York, we wore "ski hats" on our heads to stay warm. My Texas buddies call those "toboggans".  Our toboggan was a long curved sled that went flying down the hill (Fun childhood memories for me). So what do you call those knitted hats?


Make a Snowman in a Snowstorm: Easy Winter Craft for January- Recycle your leftover lamination to make cute snowmen!

Do you ever wonder how to use leftover lamination pieces?

I know when I laminate at school, there is always about a foot of unused lamination in the beginning of the run. I save those pieces for this project. It makes a great overlay to paint your snowflakes on. Layer it over a snowman or snow scene and it gives a nice dimensional effect. You can also put a one-foot square piece under each shoe and go "ice skating" on the carpet!

You'll Target: Categories, describing. Examine the laminate. Is it clear or solid? What else is clear? What is it made of? Name some other items made from plastic.


Snowmen in a snowstorm paintings. Brrr...

You will need just a few easy-to-find supplies for this project. Gather blue, orange green and black construction paper, scissors, white tempera paint, q-tips, a paintbrush and lamination pieces.

Make a Snowman in a Snowstorm: Easy Winter Craft for January- Recycle your leftover lamination to make cute snowmen!

Prep the construction paper parts: 

Use a hole punch to create pebbles for your snowman's mouth. Older children will love doing this task themselves. Cut out larger circles for your snowman's eyes.

For my preschoolers, I pre-cut the scarves from construction paper in several colors so they can choose. Older students can trace and cut out their own if you make a template. Cut out orange triangles for the carrot nose.

You'll Target: Requesting and using descriptive color words: I need a blue scarf, I want an orange scarf. Size vocabulary: large and small circles. 

Paint your snowman 

I use dark blue paper. It provides a nice contrast to the white snowman and is also perfect to go with my favorite winter book: Snowmen at Night by Carolyn Buehner. Add dots of glue to the wet paint to put on the "pebbles" for the mouth, then add the eyes and a carrot nose. 

I have my children ask for each part to work on requesting. What do you need? How many black dots?

Dot the "snow" on the laminate.

Give your students white paint and a q-tip, and let them dot away!

You'll Target: Position and quantity vocabulary. Are you working on the top or the bottom? Do you have a few or many? Who has the most dots?  The least?

Frame your art.

After letting all the paint dry, we make a simple construction paper frame. You can cut strips for this. Lay the laminate on the snowman, then the frame on top. Talk about top and bottom. Staple to secure it. Done!

You'll Target: Sequence vocabulary, retelling,  irregular plural: snowman/snowmen. Tell how you made your snowman. What did you do first, then, last? Are the snowmen all the same? How are they different?

Make a Snowman in a Snowstorm: Easy Winter Craft for January- Recycle your leftover lamination to make cute snowmen!

It's Snowing!

Hang up these creations, and it will be snowing even if you are down south like me. 


A New Winter Freebie for You

FREE Winter Speech and Language Activity- Who Has a Scarf? S-Blend articulation practice and Who? questions too.
FREE Who Has a Scarf? Winter Activity

This cute freebie is just a little thank you for a wonderful year in 2016. I can't wait to see what 2017 brings! I hope it's full of learning, adventures, laughter and love for all of you.

This activity is wonderful for practicing that tricky initial /sk/ blend. Children answer "Who has a scarf?" or "Who does not have a scarf?" Of course you can target asking and answering who questions and has/have too.

 Mix up the fun by laminating the mat and using with dry erase markers, as a smash mat with dough, or with bingo chips. There is also a BW mat included you can color yourself.  Pair the mat with the writing page to use in centers or work on literacy skills in therapy.

Stop by Speech Sprouts store to download. Please leave me some sweet feedback when you do. I love reading your comments, I read every one!

Click HERE to find Who Has a Scarf?


Need more winter speech and language activities? 

Here are more activities available in my store you may like:

Now it's time for a little hot chocolate.

Stay cozy my friends! Until next time.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Surviving the Speech Therapy Holiday Season: How to use No-Print Activities

Are you super busy during the holidays and have no time to prep for your speech therapy sessions?

How To Use NO-Print Activities in Speech Therapy
No-Print Christmas Following Directions

The holiday season always seems to be a giant time crunch for me ...and that means precious little time for prepping great activities to use in speech therapy.

Right now I have 15 ARDS (That's what we call IEP meetings in Texas) and 6 assessments due within the month. I know many of you probably have even more.  With no time to prep, a great solution is using No-Print activities on your ipad, tablet, computer or whiteboard. They are ready to go, and require no printing, laminating or cutting. If you like using apps, I bet you will love No-Print activities too.


What are No-Print activities? 

No-Print activities are usually PDF files that can be opened on your tablet or your computer, and used with a mouse. Some are PowerPoint files, but today we will be mainly talking about PDF files.

There are many No-Print Activities available on Teacher's pay Teachers. You can see Speech Sprouts No-Print activities HERE.

The Mitten Book Companion and Speech Therapy Activities
The Mitten Book Companion

Touch or click the correct answer.

We all use cards in speech therapy to adress a multitude of goals. The advantage of a No-Print activity is that it is all stored digitally!

Better yet, No-Print activities are interactive. When the correct answer is touched or clicked, the picture advances to another slide. Sometimes it's the next question, or it might be feedback or a motivational game as in Christmas Following Directions. Fun!

No-Print Christmas Following Directions in Speech Therapy
No-Print Christmas Following Directions
The No-Print format saves you ink and requires no prep other than downloading and opening the file. Win-win when time is at a premium, and it makes for an activity that is really portable too. This is great if you are a traveling therapist or do in-class therapy.

Using a No-Print Activity on Your Computer

First, if your file is a zipped file, you need to unzip it before using it. You will see a folder with a zipper on it. On my Windows computer I just right click and choose EXTRACT ALL. 

How To Use NO-Print Activities in Speech Therapy
Wheels on The Bus No-Print Interactive Story
If you are using a No-Print activity on your computer, you will need to be sure you have a program to open that file type. For activities that are in PowerPoint format, you will need PowerPoint on your computer.

For PDF files, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is a free download from Adobe.

To use a PDF, open it then click:

If you don't do this step, the file may skip two pages at a time when you use it.

My favorite way to use No-Print activities is with a touchscreen- my iPad or whiteboard. 

No-Print Christmas Following Directions in Speech Therapy
No-Print Christmas Following Directions
If you are lucky enough to have an interactive whiteboard like I do, simply open the No-Print file on your computer, and project to your whiteboard. You now have a jumbo-sized interactive activity that is sure to engage your students.

Using a No-Print Activity on Your iPad

How To Use NO-Print Activities in Speech Therapy
A PDF activity can be used on any tablet and it's a super-portable, easy way to use the activity.  I'm going to show you how to set up your activity on the iPad, since that is what I use. 

We are going to save it to iBooks for best results. You can also open it in the Adobe Reader App on your tablet, but Adobe Reader scrolls top to bottom. iBooks will scroll left to right like a book.

The first thing to do is to email the file to yourself, or you can put it in Dropbox or Google Drive. Open the file on your iPad.

From there, you will click the box with the arrow. Click: Open In... then choose iBooks.

Now you will have the file stored on your iPad and ready to go in iBooks. Oops! Looks like I have saved them to my iPad more than once! 

How To Use NO-Print Activities in Speech Therapy


No-Print Packs at Speech Sprouts

This week we have been using No-Print Christmas Following Directions. You can see this activity in action on my Facebook Page Video HERE.

No-Print Christmas Following Directions in Speech Therapy
No-Print Christmas Following Directions

You'll target following directions with 1-3 details: color, size and object. It is a great auditory comprehension activity and is perfect for Christmas vocabulary too.

Pre-checks are provided for vocabulary, color and size.

You can work on 1-step directions with these pages. Identify colors, small, medium and large and name the Christmas vocabulary.

No-Print Christmas Following Directions in Speech Therapy
No-Print Christmas Following Directions

Next, click the box you choose on the menu page- it will advance to that activity. 

No-Print Christmas Following Directions in Speech Therapy
No-Print Christmas Following Directions

Children will touch the answer to advance each slide. 

See that tiny Christmas tree under the gingerbread man? Shhh, don't tell your students, but that is your clue that they are about to be "transported" to decorate the Christmas tree shown above. What did you just add to the tree? My kids get excited to see what is next on the tree. It's just for fun, but is a good visual memory activity too.

 Here's a peek at my other No-Print Packs at Speech Sprouts:

The Mitten Book Companion provides both No-Print and Printable cards- choose your format.
Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Where Can You Be? is a No-Print Activity with additional printable activities in the pack.
No-Print Wheels On The Bus Interactive Story is available as a stand-alone activity, or in my: 
Wheels on the Bus Interactive Speech and Language Activities. which also  includes a busload of fun printables for speech and language.

Wheels on The Bus Interactive Speech and Language Activities
NO-Print Wheels on The Bus 


More No-Print activities

Check out these great packs from a few of my SLP buddies over at Teachers pay Teachers!

No-Prep Categories by Susan Berkowitz
Artic Pop! No Print by Panda Speech
Snowball Fight Game- No-Print by Speech Therapy Fun with Jennifer Bradley
How I Became a Pirate by TLC Talk Shop
Winter Sports Games by Gold Country SLP
No Print Articulation Bundle by AGB Speech Therapy.

How To Use NO-Print Activities in Speech Therapy

What Do You Think?

Do you like the idea of No-Print, or prefer the tried and true printable activities? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Until next time, enjoy the season!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

The Power of Story Props with Matt and Molly

Story props make a great story come to life.

Young children love hands-on story activities. Even my most reluctant communicators engage with me when I bring out a few fun props in speech therapy. Story props are wonderful for increasing story comprehension, spontaneous language and story re-telling. They draw in my concrete thinkers and inspire my creative ones.

The Power of Story Props in Speech Therapy with Matt and Molly

You can use story props with any simple children's story. 

I suggest you limit the number of props to 5 or less. The props should enhance the story (rather than distract from it) and allow children to act out portions of the story. For instance, when reading Goldilocks, you might bring a teddy bear (for baby bear) a bowl and spoon for the porridge. Your students can be Goldilocks. They can eat their porridge, sit on a chair, then curl up on the floor (the bed).

The Matt and Molly series is perfect for combining with story props.

One of my favorite activities to do with my preschool and kindergarten speech therapy students is sharing a story from the Matt and Molly series by Linguisystems/ Pro Ed. The Picture Stories and Language Activities Interactive Software is perfect for showing on a computer or whiteboard. It is a collection of 40 simple four-part stories.

(Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Linguisystems or Pro-Ed. I receive no compensation or consideration for this post. All opinions are my own. I am simply sharing what works for me in my speech therapy room. The link is only provided for your convenience in case you want to see more about it.)

I have collected props for each story. It doesn't have to be expensive at all. Garage sales are a great source for toys to use. Other items you may have at home or at school already.

Prop suggestions are included with the card set version of the stories, but not in the software version. Here is a shot of the fall story Raking Leaves shown on the smartboard. I go into our integrated Pre-K room to do Matt and Molly lessons.

The Power of Story Props in Speech Therapy with Matt and Molly

In Raking Leaves, Matt is outside raking up a big pile of leaves. His dog is watching. 

I bring in three props: paper leaves, a rake, and a stuffed animal dog. I cut these leaves with our die-cut machine at school. I actually did this about 8 years ago, and use the same bagful every year. If you don't have access to a die-cut machine, you can draw a simple leaf  as a pattern to cut out your leaves from construction paper. If you are hand-cutting, I recommend you layer a few sheets and cut them all at once to save time.

Acting out a Matt and Molly Story in Speech Therapy using die-cut leaves

I have the children rake the leaves into a pile. 

They love this! What are you doing? "Raking!" A big pile or a little pile? Who's raking? I don't have a child-sized rake, but I think that would be even better.

Finally, Matt finishes the job, and he is looking pretty proud of all of his hard work. Look at all those leaves!

But what is the dog doing? Uh-oh. I think he is jumping!

At this point in the story, I have a student come up and take the dog.They make him jump high into the air... and land in the pile of leaves! We scatter the leaves with the dog.

Oh NO! Matt has to rake the leaves all over again.

Poor Matt. I wonder how he feels? This is a great conversation starter about what makes us mad. 

There are so many goals that can be addressed in a simple story like this. We talked about the autumn season, raking, jumping, leaves, a rake, a pile, landing. We ask wh questions, yes/no questions. We act out the story and then retell the story. 

The Power of Story Props in Speech Therapy with Matt and Molly

What are your favorite ways to use props with children's stories?

I would love to hear them, I am always looking for fun new ideas to use with stories in speech therapy. So glad you stopped by!

Until next time,

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Why I Became a Speech-Language Pathogist: My SLP Story

What's Your Story?

Did you always know what you wanted to do for a career, or did you happen upon your profession another way? What influenced you to take the path you did?

My SLP Story- How I finally found the perfect profession for me.

The Frenzied SLPs are sharing their SLP stories with you this week.

I can't wait to read how each of them arrived in our wonderful profession. Be sure to check out the linky below, to find SLP stories from some of my favorite slpeeps! But first, I would love to share my journey with you too. Here's how speech-language pathology found me. This is my SLP story.

My son's kindergarten teacher noticed his three-year-old brother was very hard to understand. 

She asked me if I would like to talk to the school speech therapist about him, and see if he needed speech. "But he's only three, not old enough to go to school," I said. I knew he had a hard time pronouncing his words. Robin Hood was his favorite "boovie". He would get mad at his brother and tell him "top it!" He ate his "pood" with his "poon". He loved when his "tat" would jump up and purr. I tried modeling words for him, but we didn't have much success.

My son's doctor had never mentioned anything, so I though it must still be ok. I had faithfully marked off my son's developmental milestones in his baby book. It never mentioned intelligibility....I figured he would grow out of it. Right?

In those days, I considered myself a good mom, and I was. I played with my kids, took them to the zoo, to the museum, joined play groups and scouts, let them dig in the sand, build pillow forts, fingerpaint and cook with me in the kitchen. I truly didn't know much about speech therapy. I vaguely remembered there had been a "speech teacher" at my elementary school growing up, but I never went to see her. Taking my son to a speech therapist never occurred to me, since he was so little. And I had certainly never heard the term speech-language pathologist.

That was my first real introduction to the profession of speech-language pathology.

After my son's initial evaluation, there was a meeting. The results were explained to me, along with a lot of  terms I was not familiar with. Speech therapy was recommended for him, and I was grateful someone would work with him to help him pronounce his words. He got so frustrated when I couldn't understand him.

My son had therapy through first grade, then began working on those lingering /l/ and later the /r/ sounds. (He said my first name was "weezette"). By second grade, therapy services had become pretty infrequent, instead of the twice a week he was scheduled for. I think one semester he was seen twice in total.

The school said there was a shortage of therapists, and just hadn't been able to find enough therapists to cover all the speech students.

Fortunately, with my prompting my son at home, he continued to make progress, and we dismissed him from speech therapy that year.

The following year, I began subbing at the school. I had been a stay-at-home mom for a few years and was considering going back to school. I had my bachelor's degree in psychology, but I knew that wasn't really going to help me get a good job without an advanced degree. I wasn't sure what direction I wanted to go. I wasn't interested in becoming a teacher, as so many members of my family had done. I wanted something different.

 I was subbing in the early childhood classroom when the speech therapist came in to do a lesson. 

The school had found a speech therapist now. She read a story and asked the children questions. They sang a song. I thought, "I could do that." So I asked her more about it. She told me about the various goals she worked on, vocabulary, grammar, comprehension and listening in addition to articulation. She told me she would be leaving soon to do private therapy for a much bigger and better salary, and how there were so many jobs open at that time for speech-language pathologists in all kinds of settings.

My interest was definitely piqued. I started looking up more information about the profession... and I decided that this was it.

I had found the profession that really seemed right for me. Eureka! 

I loved language and science,  I enjoyed working with children, and a school-based job would allow me to have summers off with my own children. I headed to grad school, and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

My SLP Story- How I finally found the perfect profession for me.

This profession has given me such wonderful opportunities to grow, learn, create and help others.  It took me a while to find my perfect "niche", but this is definitely it! I love my job. That's my SLP story.

My SLP Story- How I finally found the perfect profession for me. www.speechsproutstherapy.comI would love to hear your story. 

Just leave a comment on this post. Then click the links below to read some more interesting stories from some of my speech peeps in the Frenzied SLPs. I'm so glad you stopped by.

Until next time!