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Free Materials to Promote Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) 2015

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I wrote a posts in 2012 and 2013 (I was busy getting married in 2014, so no post then) about free materials that you can use for Better Hearing and Speech Month! There are even more SLP bloggers and Teachers Pay Teachers is EXTREMELY popular, therefore there are significantly more materials for you to print and use for free! My post will begin with newer freebies, followed by the materials in the 2012 and 2013 posts! To find these free, downloadable, printable materials, continue reading!

Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) Linky Party 2015

BHSM Linky Party 2015

I am holding a month-long linky party where speech-language pathology and audiology bloggers, material creators, and businesses can link up to show what they have done for Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM)! I would love to see posts about what BHSM means to you, any materials (paid or free) that you have created for BHSM to spread the word, any blog posts showing swag you have worn to promote BHSM, etc.! The only rules are it has to be related to you or your business/practice/blog as an SLP or AUD and you must provide the direct link to your post/video. NO LINKING TO PRODUCTS/MATERIALS DIRECTLY - YOU MUST HAVE A POST ABOUT THE PRODUCT/MATERIAL AND WHY/HOW IT RELATES TO BHSM (not just any product/material; must be BHSM related)! Anything that does not follow these three rules will be deleted. This can be a post about something you did this year or you can re-post about what you did in a previous year (as long as the post itself is current)!

Here is the image that you can use to show that you linked up to my party! I would love it if you could please link it back to this blog post (not my blog directly but this specific blog post)!

BHSM Linky Party 2015

Link to your content below relating to BHSM! Remember NO links to materials - must have a blog post or Facebook note explaining the material and how it relates to BHSM (must be a material related to BHSM, not just any general material). Direct link to your blog post/Facebook note/video about how you celebrated/are celebrating BHSM!

To link to your content, press the "Add Your Link" button. Then, type in the direct link to your post. After that, choose the picture you want associated with your link and submit!

I look forward to seeing what everyone posts! You all are an important part of Better Hearing and Speech Month!

Better Hearing & Speech Month Instagram Photo-A-Day Challenge

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When I first saw Instagram, it was a social media platform that I was not interested in joining. I felt like it took away a lot of privacy and people on it took a lot of "selfies", which felt kind of self-centered to me. Then, I noticed that other speech-language pathologists were using it to share therapy ideas. So, I had to join in! I love taking pictures and scrapbooking! Once I started following more and more users, I started noticing photo-a-day challenges. These ranged from fashion to autism awareness to occupational therapy awareness to weight loss challenges. Therefore, since Better Hearing and Speech Month is coming up in a few days, I teamed up with Kristin from [simply speech] to create our own speech-language pathology awareness photo-a-day challenge since she had the same idea (great minds think alike)! To learn more about this challenge and what we are giving away, continue reading below.

Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) Linky Party

Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) is coming to a close. Originally I had planned on doing weekly linky parties, but wedding planning has gotten in the way. So, I am holding a 2-day linky party where speech-language pathology and audiology bloggers/material creators/businesses can link up to show what they have done for BHSM! I would love to see posts about what BHSM means to you, any materials (paid or free) that you have created for BHSM to spread the word, any blog posts showing swag you have worn to promote BHSM, etc! The only rules are it has to be related to you or your business/practice/blog as an SLP or AUD and you must provide the direct link to your post/video. NO LINKING TO PRODUCTS/MATERIALS DIRECTLY - YOU MUST HAVE A POST ABOUT THE PRODUCT/MATERIAL AND WHY IT RELATES TO BHSM (not just any product/material; must be BHSM related)! Anything that does not follow these three rules will be deleted. This can be a post about something you did this year, or a post from a previous year!

Here is the image that you can use to show that you linked up to my party! I would love it if you could please link it back to this blog post (not my blog directly but this specific blog post)!

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Thanks for participating! I hope that those who are reading get a lot of information, inspiration, and content to use next year from this Linky Party!

Free Materials to Promote Better Speech and Hearing Month 2013!

Free Materials for Better Hearing and Speech Month 2013

Last year, I wrote a post about free materials that you can use for Better Hearing and Speech Month! This year, with the rise of SLP bloggers, there are significantly more materials for you to print and use for free! My post will begin with the list from last year, followed by new materials created this year! To find these free, downloadable, printable materials, continue reading!

Discounted Apps, Product Sales, Giveaways, Events, and Donations for Better Hearing and Speech Month 2013

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Each year during the month of May, us speech-language pathologists and audiologists celebrate Better Hearing and Speech Month! Many companies, speech-language pathologists, and audiologists offer information, handouts, sales, giveaways, and more to promote better speech and hearing. We not only promote better speech and hearing but celebrate those speech-language pathologists and audiologists during the month who work hard to provide the best therapy for those with communication disorders. To learn which companies are celebrating with sales, giveaways, and events or to find out how you can donate to speech-language pathologists/audiologists and organizations providing therapy for communication disorders, continue reading!

What Does Better Hearing and Speech Mean to You? Worksheet

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Last week an idea came to me at dinner - I wanted to know what better hearing and speech meant to my students. Immediately when I got home, I threw together a document for my students to answer that question through coloring and writing. Then, I posted their drawings and sentences outside my classroom so everyone could see what we do in speech! Here is what the entrance to my office looks like:

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Here is a preview of the document:

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I posted the document at the end of the post, so feel free to use it with your students! In addition, click "Read More" to see my students' awesome art!

Giving Back to Our Teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week

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It's Teacher Appreciation Week and boy do I feel blessed to work where I do with an amazing staff! The parent club has spoiled us all week with cute little treats in our mailboxes and a Hawaiian luncheon today! I even received a gift of hand sanitizer and candies from a student! Even though some of us work alongside teachers and feel like teachers, we can still give back to them during Teacher Appreciation Week!

Two speech-language pathologists have already written some posts about informing teachers about speech and language disorders as well as vocal hygiene. Live Speak Love wrote a post that included information pages for teachers (and parents) in regards to how to encourage correct sound production, language performance, strategies to help support students with autism, and how to state expectations positively in the classroom. Speech Room News shared a handout from graduate student Jenna Williams that detailed vocal hygiene for teachers.

Next week, I plan on placing a few informational handouts on the tables at lunch for the teachers to look at while they eat and perhaps share a little speechie snack.

Making Sure to Say Thank You For BHSM App Donations, Giveaways, and Sales

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With all of the giveaways happening around the web for iTunes applications, it is important to say thank you. Many people say a little thank you sentence on a developer or a website's Facebook page. Some people forget to say thank you at all. With all of the giveaways, sales, and donations of applications for Better Hearing and Speech Month, it is important to say thank you to those who have played a part in sharing applications with us to help others communicate better. Written thank you notes are still appreciated, so I created a few different thank you notes for my students to sign and send to the people who made it possible for us to use speech and language applications!

Better Hearing and Speech Month Coloring Page With Suggested Homework Activities

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Week 2 of Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) is upon us and I decided to create my own sort of coloring-page/homework page for my articulation and language students! Each letter of BHSM has three activities that students can do at home to practice their speech sounds or language skills.

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