Book Club-3rd Edition

Welcome to JCPS SLP online book club-3rd Edition. We will be reading Out With It; How Stuttering Helped me Find My Voice by Katherine Preston. If you are interested in participating in the book club this go-around you should check it out!

Just like last time, this book club will operate a little differently than traditional, meet-once-per-week book club! We will check in once per week, but you will do it via the blog!

Here is how this will work:

Each week (the posts will publish on Wednesday mornings) we will cover 1-2 chapters from the book. One person will be responsible for putting together a reflective post for the chapter(s). It does not have to be extremely long or in depth, it just needs to be reflective of what you read. In your post, you should include questions and statements that provoke discussion among your fellow book club members. Book club members will then post comments and/or questions about their thoughts on the chapter and questions posed in the post.

Here are the requirements (to earn PD credit):

  • Each person must sign up to compile one post (covering 1-2 chapters). This post will need to be submitted by the Monday before at noon.
  • Each person must make at least 5 comments throughout the course of the study.
  • You must log on and read the post each week, even if you choose not to comment on that particular post.
  • If you meet the minimum requirements, you will earn 3 hours of PD credit! And you can do it all at home in your bunny slippers! We will start with chapter 1 on 9/27/17. This will allow you time to get the book and get started reading, but also allow us to complete the study before winter break!
  • This is a great opportunity to earn credit, connect with other SLPs and enrich your practice through learning about the perspectives of others! If you have questions or comments, please leave them below! If you are wondering, someone else probably is as well!
  • Please let me know if you are planning to participate by sending an email to: by 9/20/17. Also, if you have a request for the chapter you would like to post about, include that information as well.

ASHA School Connect Conference

Today, Nicole Groft, SLP at Gutermuth Elementary shares some information about her recent attendance at the ASHA School Connect Conference:

Hello fellow SLPs! I had the opportunity this summer, through a Fund for Teachers grant, to attend the ASHA School Connect Conference! I wanted to share just a few things that I thought were helpful and most influential toward my practice. One major focus in the conference was a push toward narrative and literacy-based therapy for language as opposed to drill and practice. Studies show that narrative therapy not only enables therapists to work on a variety of skills during one lesson, but also shows more significant carry-over of skills to the classroom and can reduce planning time after units are established.

One presenter at the conference who was particularly fabulous was Phoung Palafox. Her presentation was very engaging and informational and if you have the opportunity to see her speak, you should! She spoke not only about literacy-based therapy but also about the types of materials and books chosen. She expressed the importance of multi-cultural selections to provide our students “windows and mirrors”. Books can be “windows” that allow students to see outside of their own perspective and “mirrors” to reflect familiar experiences, culture and views. Children require both. She also recommended using books with vibrant pictures to engage students and provide rich visuals. She loves to use Caldecott recognized and awarded selections.

Some books that I have found to meet many of these standards include:

“A Chair for My Mother” by Vera B. Williams

“Allie’s Basketball Dream” by Barbara E. Barber (great for a sports unit)

“The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats (great for winter unit)

“John Henry an American Legend” by Ezra Jack Keats (tall tale/ folklore)

“The Family Book” by Todd Parr (great for family unit)

“The Adventures of Beekle” by Dan Santat (great for friend unit)

“One Plastic Bag” by Miranda Paul (great for recycling unit for older students)

“Those Shoes” by Maribeth Boelts (empathy/friendship)

“Everybody Cooks Rice” by Norah Dooley

“Last Stop on Market Street” by Matt De La Pena (transportation/neighborhood unit)

“Henry’s Freedom Box” by Ellen Levine (black history/underground railroad)

“The Name Jar” by Yangsook Choi


I know books are difficult to purchase with our speech monies, but many can be found just down the hallway! My school librarian is very helpful and will let me borrow books for an extended period of time during my units. Also, I have been granted a DonorsChoose project to help build my classroom library and a Fund for Teachers grant that has also helped me to purchase books and instructional materials. If you have any questions about ways to raise money for books, supplies and materials through grants or projects, please feel free to contact me at:

Please comment below with your favorite book to use during therapy!


Thanks, Nicole!!

What are you doing?

I wanted to take the opportunity to ask everyone what they are doing so far this school year? Please comment below with any fun activities you have done. You could even share pictures! We really loved seeing everyone’s pictures via Twitter!

Getting to know you…

Although it is possible  start out the school year with a caseload full of kiddos you already know, chances are you will have at least  a few new kiddos. If you find yourself in this situation, here is a quick activity that will allow you to get to know your new kiddos, reacquaint yourself with kiddos you already know, and even introduce yourself to them!

This is a template for a speech class yearbook! It is set up to mirror the EET prompts to help kiddos tell you about themselves. If you have kiddos who are familiar with the EET system, this will allow you to review it to start off the year. If your kiddos are new to the system, this will give you a good opportunity to introduce it in a non-threatening way that allows them to share information about a topic with which they are familiar: themselves! At the top, there is space to paste a photo of the student (or have them draw a self-portrait) and another space to draw something that describes them. At the bottom, there is space to list student goals in student-friendly terms. You may even want to review these pages with your students throughout the year, at the end of the year, or as each student’s IEP comes due. (Here is a copy of the same sheet with some guiding examples)

What activities do you do to ‘get to know’ and reacquaint yourself with your kiddos?

Sea Snacks

HAPPY LAST FRIDAY OF SCHOOL!!! Today, Candra Grether, SLP at Phoenix and Jtown High, shares an awesome idea for those last few therapy sessions. If you aren’t able to work this into your schedule before school gets out, maybe it will be useful in August!!

Most SLPs are probably wrapping up speech sessions this week but if anyone still needs an end of the year therapy activity and has money burning a hole in their pocket, I shopped for ingredients for this Tuesday evening and made the visual recipe in PowerPoint last night while watching TV. It has made for a fun last day of speech activity in the MSD classrooms in one of my schools today. Besides the obvious language targets of following directions, sequencing, and word combining/describing (e.g., “red fish”), it’s also been good for functional communicative skills of requesting and rejecting (a few have only wanted goldfish, for example, and one student can’t have anything with red dye) as well as manners and problem solving (leave an ingredient or two out before reviewing the “materials needed” section). Plus, BEACH THEME! 😊 This year has flown by.
*Found the blue jelly beans at Party City.
Thanks, Candra!