Welcome back! You have almost made it through the first full week with kiddos!! Hopefully everyone is getting settled! So…..I am asking that you take a few minutes to think about any activities or material you would be willing to share through a bolg post! You are doing great things! Please consider taking a few minutes to share with others!!


TED Thursday Kickoff and Book Study Announcement

Happy Thursday!!  We have a new post series starting today!! Every Thursday  we will be posting TED talks that may benefit you in your work in some way. Today, we are sharing a talk from Chris Bailey, who happens to be the author of the book for our fall book study. If you plan on participating in the book study, you may want to go ahead and purchase “The Productivity Project” by Chris Bailey. You can also  email me (  to let me know you are interested in the book study. We will discuss it again at the Back to School meeting and the study will start shortly after! In the mean time, you can check out our TED talk for today:


More Visuals!!

My mind just wasn’t focusing on a report during my planning today so I decided to take a “brain break” and made an activity that I can use with the majority of my caseload next week and for future end of school years. I thought I’d share in case anyone can use an idea for next week or the rest of this week.

During the end of the year when many classes have movies on, push-in therapy can be challenging. This is inspired by a similar “Happy New Year letter” activity that Kelly Williams (Miklosh) shared with me in January that I believe she found on I did a quick search on TPT to see if I could find something similar for the end of the year with no luck. This is a letter for either the last week of school (pages 2-3) or the end of the year (pages 4-5), depending on what wording you like best. I plan to print pages 1 and 2 front and back and use page 3 for visual supports for language. All I need are several copies, scissors, and glue sticks, and my students and I will be good to go (after they express what they want to say in their letter we will glue their choices on). For the “Dear __,” part, I’m going to have them tell me who they want to write the letter to or give choices verbally or with devices as needed (mom, Mrs. (teacher name), etc.). I’ll use some OT/teacher tricks to help them address and sign the letter as needed (highlighted visual to be traced and/or name stamp). With what time we have left we will practice their letter orally as best as we can depending on ability and share it with their teacher, even if they decided to write to their mom because any talking is good talking.

Thanks, Kelly, for the inspiration! 

Also, I’m attaching the rest of my CBI visual maps if anyone wants them.

Stony Brook Meijer

Stony Brook Kroger Map

Middletown WalMart Map

THANKS, Candra!!!

Tech Tuesday

Carrie Kaelin shares:

Hi everyone! I’d like to share the app that I use most often…. Voice Recorder… from the App Store. I’ve tried a few recording apps, and this is my favorite thus far.

This app is very easy to use. Handy features: 1. Keeps the recordings in chronological order. 2. Very easy to label the recording.   3. You can create folders.   4. My favorite feature…you can ‘rewind’ by 15 second intervals and ‘fast forward’ by 15 second intervals. Nice! Trying to listen to a speech sample and the dog starts barking? Or your co-worker starts talking to you about how awesome their spouse is? Is your hearing acuity not quite what it used to be? No worries….. just ‘rewind’ a bit to listen again.

  1. Another nice feature….. when listening to the recording you can slow it to ½ time (push the 1X at the bottom of the screen). I have used it to listen closely to certain segments of speech and language samples. But honestly, it is more entertaining than anything else. All parties sound like they have been celebrating with a glass of something refreshing….i.e. the speech is slurred. I have never been more aware of my Kentucky accent!

Here’s a picture of what the screen looks like when you are playing the recording…….

Notice the little advertisement bar at the top. That does pop up, but it is not overly annoying.

I not only use this app for recording speech & language samples, but I also frequently record my students during therapy, to target auditory discrimination and self-evaluation. They enjoy hearing themselves and think it’s so funny when they hear Ms. Carrie chime in!

Happy Recording!

Data Days!

Melissa Gates shares:

On the last few days of school I have what I call, “Data Days”. I let the students get out the “Communication Temptation Box” (box of interesting trinkets, mini puzzles, mini games and gadgets) that they can explore. They choose an item to explore or use with a peer while I model, prompt, cue and collect data on individual students/benchmarks. When I announce “switch”, they have to exchange communication temptation items and I collect data with another student. After I’ve rotated through each student, the group shares about an item they explored.

With some groups during Data Days, I let them each pick a book from my shelf (or from a pile of books that I put out on the table). They look for words with their speech sound in the book while I probe / collect data from each student. When I announce “switch”, they swap books with each other and continue looking for speech words. After I rotate through all of the children, they “share out” the words they found with their speech sound while I model and cue for correct productions as appropriate.

If they have language goals, we use the books to address their individual goals, for example: “Find two or objects in the book and be ready to describe them to me”, “look at the pictures and be ready to tell me what happened at the beginning, middle and the ending of the story”, “look at 2 pictures and tell me what you thing the characters might be saying to each other with your good pronouns and verbs”, etc. We “share out” with a friend or group while I model, cue and praise as appropriate.

I include a description of some of these activities in a handout for suggested summer practice ideas. This is an easy task for parents to duplicate at home and the students are familiar with the practice drill.

Data Days gives the students a little free choice and opportunity to practice with peers. It also allows me to get some ending data and see if there are any issues that I need to address before the students leave for the summer.

The activity doesn’t require any additional copying, cutting, pasting, clean up, etc. which is a bonus for me during the last few days of school. It also allows me to “tune in” to what they are interested and get inspired for materials shopping over the summer!

Thanks, Melissa!

Tech Tuesday

James Dendy shares:

I really enjoy using my iPad for therapy. I use it in a number of different ways, for language, fluency, and articulation. One of the best things about having the iPad is one of the most obvious. It eliminates having to carry around lots of materials. This is especially important when you have more than one building you travel to. Everyone knows that when you are doing articulation therapy, it is important to have as many cue cards, words, etc. as possible. The iPad eliminates having to haul these materials from one placement to another. You have all you words for each phoneme built in right there on you iPad. I had already been using an iPad for therapy prior to receiving my new one from our grant. So I transferred my apps that I had already purchased from my cloud to my iPad. I use several different artic apps such as photo artic, speech sounds, speech cards, and quick artic. I especially like Webber Photo Artic Castle because it allows you to to track progress as you go by giving an positive or negative response and at the end you automatically get a percentage for the student with whom you are working with. But again, having the iPad eliminates having to carry cue cards and other items from building to building. It’s pretty obvious but really helpful.