Sunday, January 25, 2015

What are the Top 100 Speech Pathology Websites for 2015?

Speech Sprouts Was Chosen!

I am so excited. My fledgling blog has been chosen as one of the top 100 speech pathology websites by Kidmunicate! I am honored to be on this fabulous list along with Asha, Speech Room News, Superpower Speech, Activity Tailor and many more awesome websites for SLP's.

 Wow, no pressure! I will do my best to bring you some awesome content this year. Some great things planned, so stay tuned.

You really need to check out amazing this list of resources. Head over HERE. and you will find SLP blogs, a neurological specialist, sites on apraxia, stuttering,autism, SLP job opportunities and plenty of inspiration. Enjoy.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Sound-Loaded Storybooks for Articulation- Find 'em Here by Phoneme!

You should be using great children's storybooks in speech therapy.

The kids are engaged, it incorporates language and literacy,

and frankly, it's fun!

sound loaded storybooks for articulation in speech therapy

When a colleague and I started our intensive preschool speech therapy program, we had to design it pretty much from scratch. We wanted to incorporate literature in our two hour sessions. So the hunt was on for books that worked well for each phoneme. Really difficult in the library, because even if a target word appears in the title, it doesn't necessarily repeat in the text much. (Still, a creative SLP reading to preschoolers can throw it in more often than written, and I certainly do that!

I haunted the library, consulted what lists I could find, and developed my own go-to lists.


My criteria? I was looking for books that:

  1.  Repeat a specific phoneme/blend over and over, or has opportunities to insert it! 
  2. Target word is a simple wordshape (CVC, CVCV, CCVC, etc) to help my kids with apraxia and severe speech sound disorders. 
  3. Great story with engaging illustrations. I am visual, and so are preschoolers!
  4. Simple, repetitive text when possible. LOVE these.
  5. Language opportunities- does it lend itself to discussing basic concepts, object function,  past tense, -ing verbs, theme vocabulary, wh questions, etc?

Sound-loaded storybook List for Speech Therapy

Below are a sampling of my favorites. There are many more titles in the full list, which is a freebie you can download the at my Speech Sprouts Store Here.

Once you download, I will be able to send you notice as I update the list, because it will be growing as I discover new books I love!

Initial ch books

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault

Tippy- Toe Chick, Go! By Laura Dronzek

Itchy, Itchy Chicken Pox by Grace Maccarone

Initial /f/ books

Gingerbread Boy by Paul Galdone (repeats "fast")

The Fire Station by Robert Munsch

The Foot Book by Dr Seuss

Final /f/ books

Three Billy Goats Gruff by Paul Galdone

Three Little Pigs by Paul Galdone

Give Me Half by Stuart Murphy (great for concept of "half" too)

Initial /g/ books

The Day the Goose Got Loose by Reeve Lindenbergh

Three Billy Goats Gruff by Paul Gladone

Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberly

Final /g/ books

Hello Red Fox by Eric Carle

A Frog in a Bog by Karma Wilson

Big Egg by Molly Coxe

Initial /h/  books

Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

The Little Red Hen by Rebecca Allen 

Initial “j” books

Jack and the Beanstalk by Stella Williams Nathan

Hop Jump by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw

Initial /k/  books

Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss

Three Little Kittens by Paul Galdone

Final /k/ books

Duck on a Bike by David Shannon

One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root

Shake my Sillies out by David Allender

/l/ books

The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle

Llama Llama, Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

It looked like Spilt milk by Charles Shaw

Initial /m/  books

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Joffe Numeroff (I insert "moose" for the pronoun. If the moose...)

Initial /p/ books

Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allen Ahlberg

The Three Little Pigs by Paul Galdone

Pickles in My Soup by Mary Pearson

/ps/ books

Caps For Sale By Esphyr Slobodkina

Mama Cat has Three Kittens by Denise Fleming (repeats naps)

One Pups Up by Marsha Wilson Chall (change puppies to pups when reading)

Initial /r/ books

The Big Red Farm by Cristianne C. Jones

A Rainbow of My Own by Don Freeman

The Little Mouse, the Red, Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear by Don & Audrey Wood

Vocalic r books

Aaron’s Hair by Robert Munsch

Are You My Mother? By P.D. Eastman

Bear Feels Scared by Karma Wilson

Initial /s/ books

Silly Sally by Audrey Wood

Final /s/ books

The Day the Goose Got Loose by Reeve Lindenbergh

Initial sh books

Shoo, Fly! By Joy Cowley

Sheep on a Ship by Nancy Shaw

Smiley Shark by Ruth Galloway * (Speech Sprouts has a book companion)

Final sh books

A Big Fish Story

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Phister

One Fish Two Fish Red fish Blue Fish by Dr Seuss

/sm/ books

In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming

Big Smelly Bear by Britta Teckentrup

Smiley Shark by Ruth Galloway

/sn/ books

Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner * (Speech Sprouts has a book companion)

Stand Back Said the Elephant, I’m Going to Sneeze by Patricia Thomas

/sp/ books

I Love Spiders by John Parker

The Itsy Bitsy Spider by Keith Chapman * (Speech Sprouts has a book companion)

Where’s Spot? By Eric Hill

/st/ books

Sticky People by Tony Johnston

Stone Soup by Anne McGovern and Winslow Pinney Pels

Draw Me a Star by Eric Carle

Initial /t/ books

Ten Apples on Top

Five Teddy Bears by Anne Adeney

Who Wants a Teddy Bear? By Ginne Hofman

Final /t/ books

I Went Walking by Sue Williams

The Fat Cat Sat on the Mat by Nurit Karlin

Katy No-Pocket by Emmy Payne and H.A. Rey

Initial /w/ Books

The Wheels on the Bus (any version)

The Wee Little Woman by Byron Barton 

Mrs. Wishy Washy by Joy Cowley and Elizabeth Fuller

For our phonological kids:

Syllableness books

Five Little Monkeys Swinging From a Tree” by Eileen Christelow

Five Teddy Bears by Anne Adeney & Cathy Shimmen

Monkey and the Elephant by Carole Lexa Schaefer

Books marked with an *...Book Companion Packet available for these books at Speech Sprouts TPT store

I hope you enjoy exploring these books! Don't forget to download the complete list at Speech Sprouts Store Here.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

i-Tunes card to spend? SLP's Favorite Apps Linky

There is a lot of discussion these days about apps to use in speech therapy. Did you get an i-Tunes card for Christmas? Now is a great time to find a cool new app for your kids.

Are you wondering what to buy?

Check out the Linky party below for great ideas!

 Here's one of my favorite apps for preschool speech therapy: Nighty Night! -The bedtime story app for children.

I use this sweet interactive story with my preschoolers to target language and articulation. They are absolutely captivated by it (ok, me too!). This simple app would also be perfect for younger children if you serve the 1-3 year old crowd.

Disclaimer:  Nighty Night is a paid app. (Currently 2.99 at the App store) I am not affiliated with this app developer in any way, nor do I receive compensation for my review. I just love this app, and use it with my littles!

Here's why I love it:

1. Seasonal: You can choose to turn on snow for a winter scene, or off for spring/summer.
2. Animal Vocabulary and Verbs: Touch the lights on the farmhouse to visit each animal. )  The app comes with a cow, sheep, chicken, pig, fish, duck and dog. The animals are adorable, and each has three fun actions when touched. (think verbs, SLP's!
The chicken lays an egg!
 3. Off/On: Children turn off the light to make the animals go to sleep.

4. Repetitive: I love, love, love! repetitive stories for little ones. Repeats "Good night dear_____." for each animal. Practice initial /g/!

What are your favorite apps for speech therapy?

 If you have written a blog post about a free or paid app it,  link up here, and share:
Thanks for stopping by!