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The Fib Revealed!: From the 2 Facts and a Fib Blog Hop

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The wait is over! All of the SLPs in the blog hop have revealed their facts and fibs, and the winner of the $50 Amazon gift card has been announced! To find out who won the gift card, visit Speech2U's blog post here. To find out which stories were my facts and which was the fib, continue reading.

2 Facts and a Fib Blog Hop

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I am a very gullible person. I have been my entire life. Luckily, as I got older and went to college, I got better at reading people. Today, I get to be the sneaky one and have you all play a game of 2 truths and a lie with some of my SLP friends! Don't try to trick me into giving away my answers or anyone elses! Also, for the few of you who have known me personally for over a few years, don't give anything away! Continue reading after the break to learn more about this blog hop and what prize you can win for guessing our fibs!

Spring SLPs on TpT Hop and Hunt!

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Spring is here! There is significantly less snow on the ground outside my window! I can see green grass (...and brown)! I haven't seen a robin yet, but I'm sure they're out there! I am not a winter person, so if Winter is still in your zone or you're excited for Spring, this TpT Hop Hunt is for you! This is the first time that I have participated in a TpT Hop, so things were a little glitchy to begin with, but everything should be good to go now! Not sure what a TpT Hop is? Continue reading to find out and to grab lots of free materials for Spring!

What's In Your Cart Linky Party for Teachers Are Heroes Sale 2015

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How does one choose what to include in his or her cart as an SLP during a sale, when that person does not have a caseload at the moment? That is the predicament that I am in, and one would say, just don't get anything. I wish I had that self-restraint. Therefore, I tried to purchase items that could work with clients across multiple ages, settings, and goals. See what I chose to put in my cart this sale by continuing to read below!

Chicken Soup for the SLP Soul Blog Hop

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Good morning all! My name is Jessica Solari of Consonantly Speaking, if you haven't been here before! I'm excited to have joined up with a team of bloggers to present Chicken Soup for the SLP Soul to you! You'll hear lots of amazing and inspirational stories from all of us, and there is a prize that you can possibly win at the end. To read my story, click through the break; but make sure that after you read it you keep scrolling down to get my secret number, continue to the next blog/story, and for information on how to win a prize!

For the Love of Speech Blog Hop

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I am SO excited to be collaborating with my SLPeeps again for another blog hop! This one is related to Valentine's Day! It is taking place February 1st-4th, 2015. Some of the bloggers' materials are free samples of a product, some are free for a limited time, and some will be free forever. Because I run the website Speechie Freebies and will be linking this to there (hello if you came over from that website and welcome!!), mine will be free forever. In order to make sure you get all of the materials in this blog hop for free, download them between the dates listed above to guarantee it! There are about 28 freebies in total if you follow the entire loop! Thank you to Speech to the Core and The Speech Owl for organizing this blog hop!

I am currently working with PreK-2nd grade students, and many of my ECSE students have yes/no question goals. Therefore, when it was time to decide what type of activity i was going to contribute to this blog hop, I thought of them and that's what I created!

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There are 28 cards with yes/no questions on them related to Valentine's Day images! Children can answer the questions by verbalizing "yes" or "no", or by pointing to the yes or no symbol on each card (green check mark for yes; red canceled out symbol for no). Some of my students are non-verbal or have apraxia of speech, so I love having both options available. You can print, cut out, and laminate the cards for durability. Click here or on the image above to download the free PDF file from my Teachers Pay Teachers store!

I hope these flash cards are as helpful for you as they will be for me! Thank you for stopping by my blog today and I would love it if you would follow me on social media! I have been more active on Facebook and Instagram lately, but I have lots of blog posts coming up soon as well! I took a little break when I started my new job, and now it is almost done!

To continue along on this blog hop, please click the image below to head over to Smart Speech Therapy's blog for another freebie!

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Last Day to Vote to Support Speech-Language Pathology Blogs in the Edublog Awards of 2014!

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With ASHA still on my tongue and the fun that went with it, I completely forgot to check the Edublog awards for 2014. Then, when I did, I was so overwhelmed with excitement that I forgot to post about it! Oops! I am excited to announce that the other blog that I manage, Speechie Freebies, made the short list for Best Group Blog again this year! We are one of 24 blogs that made it to the short list! Congratulations to the bloggers/authors on the Speechie Freebies team! We have doubled our authors this year as well as followers, and the quality shows! This couldn't have happened without you! I am incredibly thankful for all of my readers! I am continuing my goal to make sure that no speech-language pathologist is without materials!

Edublog Awards 2014 Best Group Blog

Now, even if we don't win (which we may not since today is the last day of voting), it is a HUGE honor to be nominated! If you have time to vote today for any SLP blogs you like that made it to the shortlists, please do! I know we would all appreciate it!

Here's how:

1. Create a Listly by signing in with the social media account of your choice (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or LinkedIn).
2. Once you have created a Listly account and are signed in, head to the Edublog Awards' website and click the Best Group Blog list in the drop-down menu (or click here).
3. Click the "up" arrow underneath Speechie Freebies' box to vote for us!
Another way to vote is to create a Listly like in step #1 above and then click on Speechie Freebies' up arrow in the menu below:

Please help the SLPs sweep all of the categories we were nominated for this year with your votes! Remember, you can vote for more than one blog per category! It is much appreciated! Thanks again for all of you who nominated Speechie Freebies and thank you for your continued support!

Meme Use in Speech-Language Therapy Sessions With Clients in the Y and Z Generations

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When I was first introduced to memes, I thought they were all for comedy and that they were image-based on the internet. However, I later found out that the term “meme” is actually more complex and broad than what you can find online. The word “meme” originates from science, noted first in Richard Dawkin’s book The Selfish Gene (1976), where Dawkins (an evolutionary biologist) discusses how in genetics a meme is a self-replicating unit with significance in explaining human behavior and cultural evolution (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meme). He discusses that a meme is a cultural entity that might be replicated or imitated based on its ability to be retained, transmitted, and their aptitude to be replicated. In this article about memes and their use in speech-language therapy, I will be mostly discussing memes passed through social mediums including the internet, television, and radio through audio, video, images, and text as well as combinations of these mediums.

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Memes passed through the social mediums of the internet, television, and radio are different than other memes. These can be saved to be found later and generally tracked back to the original source. This can show scientists, researchers, and marketing specialists how they transform over time, how many people have viewed or heard a particular meme, and what types of actions, in particular the continuation or dormancy of the meme, occur following a person being subjected to the meme. Scientists and researchers study how memes evolve and predict which will survive and spread throughout a culture.

To learn more about popular memes and how they can be used in speech-language therapy sessions, continue reading!

Creating Content Again For Speechie Freebies

Obviously I have been gone for a while. I will explain that in my next posts.

What I have missed the most is creating free content on my other website, Speechie Freebies. I have been kind of running things behind the scenes and creating the linky parties for Friday FreeBEES, but I would like to contribute more!

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For now, I would like to present this free venn diagram I created a while back to compare and contrast the two books "Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type" and "Giggle Giggle Quack" by: Doreen Cronin!

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I used these books at the beginning of the year last year and my students loved them! I love the personalities that Doreen Cronin has given her characters! We did a lot of comparing and contrasting literature throughout the year in my vocabulary groups, so I created a venn diagram to compare and contrast these two books!

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You can pick up this freebie at my Teachers Pay Teachers store by clicking the image of the venn diagram above! I hope you find as helpful as I did!

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!

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