Throwback Thursday: Before They Were SLPs

Throwback Thursday: Before They Were SLPs icon

I may feel that I was born to be an SLP - I was talkative, loved to read, creative, and loved to have fun! However, there was a time when I did not know what a speech-language pathologist was (hard to believe, I know, but as I said before I didn't know until 5th grade). That was when I was a cute little baby. Today I am joining up with my SLP blogging friends to bring you a giveaway. We have compiled our baby pictures to see if you can guess who's who! Read more to see our cute pics and to have a possibility of winning an Erin Condren gift card!

Articulate It! Application Review

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Holy revamp, Batman! When Articulate It! first came out, it was a great app, but it did not have as many features and had an older look to it. Granted, it was one of Smarty Ears' first applications, but to be honest, it kind of turned me off from using the application compared to some of my newer ones. Luckily, Smarty Ears keeps up with updating their applications and realized this fact as well. They did a complete over-haul of this application, as well as some of their others that came out early on. The graphics and style show a significant difference, as well as the content of the application, which makes me feel completely comfortable using it again with my students! Continue reading to learn more about how to use this application!

Back to School Blog Hop!

Back to School Blog Hop

Some of you are already back at school while many others start next week. Personally, I start next week, but with all of this preparation, it feels like I started already. Take advantage of my preparation with this freebie that I created for the SLPs Hopping Back Into School blog hop! Before I go into what I created, make sure you continue reading to find out what the prizes you can receive for participating in the blog hop are as well as to find your freebie and the letter I have for your code!

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Games - Lists of Games to Use in Speech-Language Therapy

ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Games - List of Games to Use in Speech-Language Therapy

It seems like I never stop creating resource lists. Sometimes they haunt my dreams - at least until I get them done. Finally, I can say that I can check another off my list that I have been working on for months - my games to use in speech-language therapy lists. Originally these were all going to be on one long list, but then, as I started categorizing them, I realized that would not be possible. Around my 1-year blogiversary, I thought I was done with the lists, but of course companies never stop creating new products and games, so I found myself yet again, buried. I went even further down my sink hole when I started visiting Toys R Us, educational stores, and the games/calendar store in the mall with a pad of paper and a pen - jotting down title after title of board games. Finally, I knew I was in for the long-run when I went into the "Word Games" section on Amazon.com. That is all okay though because I know that this is a resource that I can stand behind and that all of my hard work has paid off. This is the reason I have not been able to progress to the next letter in my ABCs 4 SLPs series, but now, I feel that I can finally do so! I love being able to go to the store and knowing the reason behind purchasing an item or being able to quickly place something on a lesson plan knowing what skills it covers. Continue reading for the ability to download all six of my resource lists!

Thank You To My Followers, Family, and Friends

I want to publicly say thank you to everyone who has contacted me following my previous blog post about my personal experience with panic attack anxiety disorder. I did not expect the large amount amazing and inspiring comments that I received as well as so many kind and encouraging comments! I received dozens of Facebook comments, e-mails, and comments on my blog post of inspiring stories of others' battles with anxiety disorders, encouraging words, and more of which I intend to respond personally to each and every one. Thank you again for following my blog, your kind words and inspiring stories, and your continuous support!

The Journey to Becoming and Accepting Who I Am - Living With Panic Attack Anxiety Disorder

This is not a blog post I ever expected to write, especially not with the number of people who read my blog. This post is very personal and will offer a look into who I am. This post is not only part of my own therapeutic process, but to offer an exposed view my life with panic attack anxiety disorder, how it has made me who I am today, and how it affects my professional/social relationships. I invite you to continue reading my experience if you would like as I have nothing to hide about my strengths and my difficulties.

Love It And List It Linky Party: Favorite Games For Therapy

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Jenna at Speech Room News has created a new monthly linky party: Love it and List it! For the first month, she asked all of us SLPs/SLP bloggers to list our favorite games to use in speech therapy sessions! To find out what the top games I use in therapy are, continue reading after the break!

What is the Main Idea? Super Fun Deck Product Review

What is the Main Idea? Super Fun Deck

My students have loved being answer detectives using secret decoders to find out whether or not they answered a question or filled in the blank of a sentence correctly. Now they can use the secret decoders from Super Duper Publications again to find the main idea of a story! Put on your detective hats and learn more about how to use this super fun deck with your students!

Auditory Processing Studio Application Review

Auditory Processing Studio app icon

Want to get down making some beats with Andrew from Virtual Speech Center? Then the reward game of this application is something that you and your students will enjoy! Andrew is back in Virtual Speech Center's Auditory Processing Studio application! Students can work on auditory processing skills with and without background noise using this application. Continue reading for my review of Auditory Processing Studio!

Ring Bling Product Review

Ring Bling game

For those of you looking at the box of Ring Bling, this isn't Pretty Pretty Princess. Don't be detered by the rings (although I have gotten many a guy in college to play Pretty Pretty Princess). In addition, Ring Bling is not to be confused with the book or film "The Bling Ring" which recently came out in theaters. Although, I do like to think that I am hip enough to say "if you can follow directions then be sure to put a ring on it!" (then again, probably not).

Jokes aside, Ring Bling, the game by Super Duper Publications, is probably the game that provided the most intriguing questions from my students on my counter. It definitely caught their attention with the bright colors and they definitely wanted to collect (if not keep and bring home) as many rings as they could! To learn more about the game that conjured up all of these jokes and questions, be sure to continue reading for my review!

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