Monday, January 25, 2016

Having a Frenzied week? Try this Easy Meal.

Sometimes we need a quick easy meal.

It's been a crazy SLP day. Therapy, reports, meetings, billing. Whew! You just got home, it's getting late and everyone is hungry. Sound familiar? But what to fix?

Ideas for quick, easy meals for your frenzied weeknights!

This week I am linking up with the Frenzied SLPs to bring you quick and easy meal ideas for those days when dinner needs to be on the table pronto, no fuss, no muss!

Here's what works at my house. This is really two meals. 

Day 1: Crockpot Pork over Mashed Potatoes. 

Put a large pork butt in the crockpot with some onions and carrots, and a little salt and pepper. I add garlic too...whole cloves, chopped or powdered- anything goes. Add your water of course, cover and cook on low all day while you are at work. I like to use baby carrots, so it eliminates the need to peel or chop them.

To make it easy, prep the night before, and put the crockpot in the fridge. Pull it out and plug in before you head to work.   When  you get home, fix some mashed potatoes. Spoon that juicy pork and vegetables over the top: voila! Dinner is served. When everyone is done, pull the remaining pork out of the crockpot, and pull it apart into shreds. Refrigerate- and you have the basis of tomorrow's easy meal.

Ideas for quick, easy meals for your frenzied weeknights!

Day 2: Pork Tacos

You are home again, and tired out from your hectic day. No worries: this will go together in a jiffy.

Heat your pulled pork in a skillet. Chop some onions and fresh cilantro. quarter a lime. Get ready with some shredded cheese and hot sauce too.

Ideas for quick, easy meals for your frenzied weeknights!

Heat up a tortilla until lightly browned on each side. We use an iron skillet for this.

Ideas for quick, easy meals for your frenzied weeknights!

When done, pile everything on that warm yummy tortilla: pork, onion, cilantro. Squeeze on some lime juice. Add cheese and hot sauce. Delish!

Ideas for quick, easy meals for your frenzied weeknights!

Thanks for stopping by, I would love to hear your favorite easy meal ideas.  For plenty more inspiration, check out the linky below hosted by Kelly of Speech2U  for more great meal ideas. Thanks Kelly!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

30 Valentine's Day Speech Therapy Freebies You'll Love!

Are You Ready for Valentine's Day? 

 I love celebrating Valentine's Day with my students in speech therapy. It's such a wonderful holiday to talk about friendship and kindness, and just plain fun too!

Valentine's Day is coming up soon. Be ready with these 30 terrific Valentine Freebies for Speech Therapy by your Favorite SLPs! Head over to read this post by Speech Sprouts.
 30 Valentine Freebies to Love for Speech Therapy

Now is the time to prep some terrific activities.

To help you get ready, I asked my SLP blogger and author friends to share their very best Valentine's Day freebies with you. Here's mine:

A Little Love From Speech Sprouts: 

Valentine Lovebug Prepositions 

Get your kids up and moving while practicing prepositions and following directions. Just hide the lovebugs around your room, and watch the fun begin as your kiddos follow the clues to find them. Readers will enjoy reading the clues or you can read each card for your little ones.

Blank clue cards are included so you can write your own clues to match your room or setting.

Add a bit of competitive fun (and addition practice) if you like by having the kids add up their score when all the lovebugs are found. 

Find more to love in this round-up of Valentine Freebies from some terrific SLPs!

Freebies for Prepositions and Wh questions:

Valentine Lovebugs Prepositions Speech Therapy Freebie by Speech Sprouts
Hearts Everywhere: An Interactive Book by Chapel Hill Snippets
Where is the Heart? Valentine's Preposition Book by Figuratively Speeching SLP
Sweet WH Questions by Speech Wonderland
Bilingual Valentine's Day: Yes/No Questions by Sarah Wu- Speech is Beautiful

Freebies for Syntax:

Valentine's No-Print Irregular Past-tense Verbs by Whitney Palyu Bright Ideas SLP
Verb Use Valentine Game by Christy Jones
Valentine Past Tense Verbs by Beautiful Speech Life

Freebies for Vocabulary:

Valentine Broken Heart Opposites- Speech Therapy Vocabulary by Susan Berkowitz
Valentine's Day Adjectives by Speech Time Fun
Sugary Sweet Ways to Say Said by SLPTalk With Desiree
Whooo Loves Synonyms and Antonyms by Teach Speech 365
Heart Train of Multiple Meaning Words by Kristine Lamb

Freebies for Social Skills:

Cupid Quandry: Sweet Questions for Sticky Social Situations by SmartmouthSLP
Social Language and Color Match Conversation Hearts Game by Looks Like Language

More Freebies for Language:

The Night Before Valentine's Day by Speech is Sweet
Valentine Inferencing by Carly Fowler
Steal Their Heart Language Challenge by The Dabbling Speechie
Star Cross'd: Following Flirty Directions by the Pedi Speechie
February Calendar:Expressive & Receptive Language Activities by Speech Sanity
Valentine's Day: Love Idioms by Speech Paths
Parts of Speech Picture Cards- Valentine's Day by Kathyrn Teaching

Freebies for Articulation:

Valentine's Day Articulation  by Ashley Rossi
Valentine Cupcake Game: Freebie-R-Blends-Reading and Speech Therapy by Natalie Snyders
Valentine Friends Freebie by GoldCountrySLP

Even More Valentine Freebies:

Valentine Cupcakes Open-ended Game by Speaking Freely SLP
Valentine Heart Challenge by Peachie Speechie
Words From My Heart: An Exercize in Kindness by SpeechSnacks
Made With Love: Open-Ended Activity by Let's Talk Speech Therapy
NO-Prep Print and Go Dice Games- Valentine's Day by Jessica Finch
Valentine's Day ABC Alphabet Cards by Lauren Dibiase


You are sure to find some treasures here. When you download your freebies, be sure to leave a little love note for author- it always warms our heart to hear from you!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Getting Organized- My Top 3 Tips for SLPs

Getting organized. 

We all need some organization to survive our crazy SLP lives! ) I know I do. Honestly, it's really not a strength of mine, so I need all the tips I can get!

Getting Organized- My Top 3 Tips for SLPs Speech Sprouts

am joining the Frenzied SLPs this week in sharing our favorite organization tips. 

Kelly at Speech2U is hosting for us this week.  If you need some great new ideas to start your year right,  head over to her lively blog and check it out, then be sure to hop through the linky for more awesome ideas.

So here is the reality for me by the end of the day.

Maybe you can relate? There is so little time during our day to put things up and organize.

Getting Organized- My Top 3 Tips for SLPs Speech Sprouts

I consider myself creative and spontaneous. Organized? Well.....

Maybe not so much. Organization kind of takes a back seat. Still, there are some things I have put in place that really work for me.

1. My Articulation Bins.

Getting Organized- My Top 3 Tips for SLPs Speech Sprouts
Each bin is labeled with a phoneme

These have really saved me with my preschool groups. I have a bin for each phoneme. I keep books, manipulatives, games, handouts and craft templates in each one. If the book or game is too large for it, I have a list in there of what to grab off the shelf. It really works for me! Read more about this here: How to Organize for Grab and Go Articulation Therapy.

2.  My File Dividers

Getting Organized- My Top 3 Tips for SLPs Speech Sprouts
Organizing files and work due.

Okay, these are not fancy, but it works for me to stage my paperwork! I labeled and laminated construction paper dividers to be a bit taller than my file folders. Then I put the files in each section as needed. I order the files by the date due, so the first file in "to eval" will be the first one due. I can see at a glance what needs to be done, and pull the student's file to get to work on it. Files that don't need anything currently go in the back: "student files".

3. My Storybook Library

Getting Organized- My Top 3 Tips for SLPs Speech Sprouts
Making your storybooks easy to find
You know I love literature-based speech therapy, and I have collected a lot of books over the years. Alphabetizing them by title works great to help me find them. I have construction paper dividers to help me locate a section, then all the books beginning with that letter go there.

Even nicer would be labeled paint stick dividers- the extra-long ones. I just haven't collected enough of those yet.... may I have 26 paint sticks, please?

I don't worry about alphabetizing the books within each letter section- my collection isn't large enough to make that necessary. Besides, that might be going a bit overboard for me... I have my easy-going vibe to maintain.


So there you have it. I can't wait to check out everyone else's tips, Maybe I will get inspired. It could happen. (In a creative/ spontaneous way of course!)

For more great posts and ideas, check out The Frenzied SLPs on Facebook.

Happy organizing!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Supporting Students with Autism: 12 Tips for Inclusion Freebie

Need some some easy-to-implement tips for teachers to help their students with autism have a great inclusion experience? 

Thank-you to Emily from Education to the Core for the opportunity to guest-post about this important topic! I find many teachers feel they would love more information on how to modify their approach or instruction for a successful inclusion experience. Head over to see my guest post at Education to the Core and read 12 great tips for teachers. 

FREE: Autism: Tips for Teachers

Whether you are a classroom teacher, speech language pathologist, special education teacher or parent wanting to help support a student, these are great tips to share with everyone working with your student.  

To help you share, I have created a freebie for you.

It includes a teacher handout and an All about Me page for students to help express what works for them. 

Head to Speech Sprouts on Teacher's Pay Teachers to get your free download :  Autism: Inclusion Tips For Classroom Teachers.  I always appreciate your feedback when you download!

Autism Classroom inclusion strategies for teachers

Here's to everyone working together for all our students!