Saturday, 29 June 2013

One more day!

Tomorrow the winner of my first giveaway! If you submitted an entry remember to like my Facebook page Creating Communicators, or find me on Pinterest!

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Thursday, 27 June 2013

My First Giveaway!!

Follow my blog with Bloglovin My first giveaway! Win my Brown Bear Math and Literacy activity package. It is a 70 page booklet that is great for speech therapy, in the classroom or for any daycare/headstart staff. Check it out! Good luck and happy summer!! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Reading to your children- why?

I found a really great article and it got me thinking about books& reading to kids.
I have heard many teachers talk about the backslide kids have during the summer especially with their literacy skills. In order to keep the reading and language skills going we should read to our kids and the promote a conversation to ensure comprehension.
A few great tips for parents during the summer are:
1. Read everyday. Read anything, it doesn't have to be books; read recipes, poems, signs, and even cereal boxes!
2. Take turns. Have your kids read to you and you to them. I know my kids love it when we read TOGETHER! I  read a page and then they read a page.
3. Ask questions! Many parents make the mistake of asking questions in a testing manner. Ask questions that  promote thinking and not yes/no answers. What do you think will happen next? Why did that happen? Why did you like the story?
4. Make it fun. Turn the book into an activity. Many books have colouring pages and other activities that go with them. When you find colouring pages or activities turn it into a language rich experience. you can sequence the story by asking what was the first thing that happened in the story, the. What happened, and what next, etc. A great website to look at is for book activities. I also sell book buddies for Brown Bear, Brown Bear, The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, etc. 
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The cool article was


Monday, 24 June 2013

What to do about Speech and Language during the Summer?

During the summer many children don't receive speech and language therapy. What SLP's & kids need is parents who understand speech therapy. Parents need to practice and encourage language rich experiences with their children. Speech Language therapy is not just drilling flash cards! You need to get your child talking! Try these activities everyday (that are free & easy) to get the language going.
Cheers, Mindy

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Saturday, 22 June 2013

No therapy today!

I Love Summer!
Put the speech therapy down & enjoy Saturday!
Here is my girl, enjoying the sun!

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Educate parents & staff

Speech pathologists are very important, but let's face it, so are parents. Most parents believe that speech is just sounds and they forget about the language component. 
We need to educate parents and staff members (daycare staff, preschool staff, and aides) on how to provide a language rich environment. 
Check out my PowerPoint that is user friendly for everyone about the basics of a language rich environment and how to be a good communicative partner for your children.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

What do I do about Speech and Language over the summer?

I know we are waiting for the end of the school year, but.... Over the summer your child may not be receiving services, especially if services are directed through the school. I have made a calendar of activities that are good from preschoolers up to grade 3. If your child is older, just up the anti! Make the questions a little more difficult and expect a little more from them! Happy Summer!!free-resources/c1atx

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Happy Saturday- Freebie weekend!

If you are anything like me, you love a sale! Or better yet something free! You can get it here for free! All I ask is that you check out my blog: and my store on teacherspayteachers or my website! Thanks Have a great weekend!
Here is an item I normally sell on teacherspayteachers and teachersnotebook.

Friday, 14 June 2013

Speech Banner

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Thursday, 13 June 2013

SLP's Connect your blog with this button!

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Tuesday, 11 June 2013

The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly- Book Buddy

Check out my book buddy, The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly!

You can use this language activity package in the classroom or in speech therapy.
Targets many goals!

Monday, 10 June 2013

Chapel Hill Snippets: Beach Fun Prepositions Bingo---free download

Chapel Hill Snippets: Beach Fun Prepositions Bingo---free download: Today was a beautiful day here in North Carolina!   I have a free download for you (all of my stuff is free).  This is Beach Fun Preposition...

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Freebie!!! Classroom and speech therapy materials!!

I love Free Stuff!

Here is one of the items from my that is normally sold for $10. Today only you get it here for free! The Brown Bear Math and Literacy activity book usually sells for $10!! But today you get it for free!
All I ask is that you follow me on and rate it!

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Brown Bear Math & Language Activity Booklet

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Problems with speech therapy?

I have noticed that many parents are apprehensive about consenting for speech and language services. It makes me wonder why?
I like the glasses analogy. If your child needed some extra "support" with their vision, you would get them glasses. Most wouldn't even question it. And if your child was in class their teacher would not reprimand them for not being able to see things, nor would you. You wouldn't think less of them. You would just think they need support with their sight. That is how I see speech and language therapy.
 Some kids need a little extra boost with pronouncing some sounds or learning some grammar rules, or understanding how to follow directions. No biggie! If your school sends home consent to have your child screened or they have been seen by an SLP and require treatment go ahead and sign it. That is their job to support kids to reach their potential academically and socially!
I have heard parents say "I don't want them to be pulled out of class" or "it will make them feel different."
Here are my comments to that
1) if they are having difficulty with language they need more one on one support to be more successful in the class. Classroom assumes children have all the skills necessary that are appropriate for their age/grade level. This is not always the case- each child has goals specifically for them, working on what they need the most help with.
2) kids, especially younger kids, love to get pulled out of class because it makes them feel special. They love to get some one on one attention and to play a game, who wouldn't love that. There have been a few, very few maybe 4 in my 11 year history doing speech, that don't want to come. For those kids let them try a group setting' or do therapy in their class. There is always a way around it, that works for everyone.
You love your child, you want the best for them.
Why not!?