About Me

Let's take the crazy out of your caseload!

Time-starved SLPs can get totally stressed out trying to pull together a different activity for every goal and every student. It can get nuts. I can help!

I have a passion for using wonderful storybooks and fun themes.

Let’s talk about speech therapy activities that keep our littles busy and engaged so we aren’t managing those behaviors all session! (Sigh). The best activities can be used for a wide variety of learners and levels and are ready to go in a snap. And wow,  it’s a magical feeling when children get so excited, that they don’t even realize they are learning!  

I get how busy you are!

I’m Lisette, a school based speech-language pathologist with a caseload of pre-k to 4th graders, heavy on the preschoolers!

My son had an articulation delay when he was little, and that was my introduction to speech therapy.

His school was having a really hard time finding speech-language pathologists to serve the students. One year, he was seen for only two sessions. (Geesh!) That inspired me to be part of the solution and fill a need. So I returned to school to earn my Masters in Speech-Language Pathology and I loved it.

We were told in grad school the recommended caseload was around 40. 

Well, that never happened! My first job had me at two schools with 70 plus students. It was a lively mix of many diverse learners and children with so many different goals.  Scheduling was a challenge, and oh, all the paperwork!  I remember being completely overwhelmed with groups of 5-6 wiggly children all at various levels and needs.

How on earth do you manage to address everyone's goals in those crazy mixed groups? 

I needed a different approach. Worksheets and drill and kill style therapy was just not working for me. It was well... boring. For everyone. I wasn't seeing the progress I wanted and carry-over was poor.

 I've always loved books and stories and imaginative play. And so did my students. I discovered that engaging my student's imagination with hands-on activities worked on so many levels. This was it!

I had precious little in the way of therapy materials, so I scoured the library for wonderful story books to build our sessions around and I started creating materials to go with them. We also explored fun themes that fired the imagination and supported my student's classroom instruction. Apples, sharks, bugs, snowmen, and frogs...my children were excited to come and dive in.

My students were so much more engaged and it was easy to address multiple language goals and articulation too.  

Why are themes and storybooks my secret sauce?

  • Off-task behaviors go way down
  • Increased engagement improves progress
  • Planning for a single theme saves time
  • You can address many goals at once
  • Less stress, less mess- no juggling multiple activities
  • Easier scheduling for diverse groups
  • Supports literacy 
  • Supports classroom themes and topics
  • Vocabulary-building
  • A naturalistic, conversational way to address language goals
  •  Encourages new connections to a student's background knowledge
  • Students are learning. Enthusiastically!

After 14 years of creating my own activities for children from PK to 4th grade, I started blogging and began my store on Teachers Pay Teachers. Fast forward five years later, and I still love sharing fresh ideas and creating resources that help you meet multiple goals, de-frazzle your day, and have your students asking for more!


A little more about me

I grew up in the Catskill Mountains of New York state. My sweet single mom worked really hard to support me, my sister and brother. We didn't have a lot of money, so we learned to create our own fun. I think that was really valuable! 

I met my husband when I was 20 and moved to Texas when we got married. My husband and I have two wonderful sons who are grown. So now, my two kitty cats help me when I am at the computer... sometimes too much! (Have you ever tried to get your cursor to move the right way when a cat is laying on your mousing wrist?) I love gardening, singing (do lots of that with my littles!), photography, reading, my furballs and creating.

After school, I do PRN speech therapy at our local hospital with adults. I really like working with my elder patients. I have done home health, acute inpatients, and outpatient rehab too. It's a busy life!


Visit my store to find for super-engaging, easy to implement activities!

Click to find Speech Sprouts store on TpT.  Be sure to follow me and have fun looking around. You’ll find comprehensive theme and book companions with hands-on activities to help you target many different skills and levels, plenty of differentiated seasonal speech therapy activities, no-prep and no-print activities too.

If you download, please leave me feedback, I love hearing from you!

Don't miss out on my subscriber-only FREEBIE!

Sign up for my newsletter so you don’t miss a thing. You’ll get news, ideas and an adorable, subscribers-only activity for position concepts and wh questions:  “Where’s Froggy?” 

Sign-up is in the sidebar of this blog 😊


Okay, now for some important legal information. Please read:

DISCLAIMER, TOU, PRIVACY and COPYRIGHT information for Speech Sprouts at speechsproutstherapy.com:

Terms of Use: If you continue to read and browse this blog, you are agreeing to the following Terms and Conditions, and are responsible for compliance with any applicable laws. If you don’t agree, please do not continue to visit this blog or refer to it in any form.
Privacy: I will not, without your express consent, sell or give away your personal information to any third parties for the purpose of direct marketing. Personal information collected on this site may include:
·       Information you have provided for subscription to this website, email notifications or contest participation.
·       Information collected by Google Analytics for the purpose analyzing and improving this blog. You may find more information about Google Analytics here:  http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/
·       Information that is collected by cookies to track your use and navigation while you are on this website. For more information about cookies, go to www.allaboutcookies.org

Disclosure Policy: This policy is valid from 24 June 2014
Limitations: This blog is solely meant as a resource for Speech Language Pathologists and educational professionals. This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. For questions about this blog, please contact me at speechsproutstherapy@gmail.com.
The ideas and opinions within are strictly my own. They do not represent the views of my current or past employers. Any comments made are the responsibility of the author, not myself, and do not represent my opinions. They may be removed at my discretion.
The information within is absolutely not meant as medical or therapeutic advice, or to replace a consultation or evaluation by a certified speech-language pathologist.

If you are a parent, caregiver or teacher concerned about a child’s development, please contact www.asha.org for a list of certified speech-language pathologists in your area. Your doctor or local school district may also be able to refer you to a certified speech-language pathologist.
All websites, activities, therapy materials, products or applications mentioned in this blog are presented as potential tools and aides for speech-language pathologists to use, at their discretion in therapy. They do not replace professional therapy services and it is the responsibility of qualified speech-language pathologists to decide if they are an appropriate tool or adjunct for use in therapy for any individual child they treat. In summary, the content of this blog is to be used at the discretion of qualified speech-language pathologists and I make no guarantee of the usefulness or effectiveness of the content.

Blog posts are written on personal time and not during time paid by an employer.
In no event shall Speech Sprouts or speechsproutstherapy.com be liable for any damages of any kind, arising out of the use or inability to use the materials on Speech Sprouts Internet site, content from guest posts, or third party links.

This blog may accept forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation.

 This blog abides by word of mouth marketing standards. We believe in honesty of relationship, opinion, and identity. The compensation received may influence the advertising content, topics or posts made in this blog. That content, advertising space or post will be clearly identified as paid or sponsored content.

 The owner(s) of this blog is not compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the blog owners. If we claim or appear to be experts on a certain topic or product or service area, we will only endorse products or services that we believe, based on our expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.

 The owner of this blog would like to disclose the following existing relationships. These are companies, organizations or individuals that may have a significant impact on the content of this blog. We have a financial interest in the following that is relevant to our blogging: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Speech-Sprouts.
To get your own policy, go to http://www.disclosurepolicy.org

Copyright Information:
Speech Sprouts materials and the content of this blog are protected by copyright laws. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States License.

Unless otherwise specified, all material and content on this site are the intellectual property of Lisette Edgar of speechsproutstherapy.com. This includes, but is not limited to photos, graphics, charts, blog entries.

You May:

·       Print the information contained within this blog for personal, non-commercial use.
·       Download one copy of freebies or other material provided in PDF files for personal/non-commercial use only. If another individual would like a copy of the content, you must direct them to this website, where they may download it for themselves.
·       You may use short quotes/excerpts from this blog as long as you credit Speech Sprouts and provide the link to speechsproutstherapy.com
·       Link to material from this blog to your own website or blog as long as you give credit.

You May Not, without express written permission:
·       Copy or modify any of the materials contained in this blog for commercial use.
·       Remove any copyright notations or watermarks
·       Copy and use any graphics contained within
·       Store any of the content of this blog on a website, server or other electronic retrieval systems.
·       Copy or use photos from my blog without express written permission.
·       Post or allow downloads of free or paid items on another site.
·       Copy or take graphics out of products. Graphics used on this site and in my products were obtained under a specific license from an artist and/or a company that owns them. If you are interested in obtaining/ using of these graphics, you must contact the graphic creator’s website.

No comments:

Post a Comment