Saturday, 31 October 2015

Favourite Videos- Part 2

First of all, let me say Happy Halloween! 
I hope you and all of the little people have a great and safe time trick or treating and partying tonight! :)

 I posted my first video that is aimed to help with treatment and education, for teachers, SLP-A's and SLP's.
I have been looking and there are so many videos and so much information out there. I thought I should share some of this information on to you! 
These videos are informative, helpful and if nothing else, a nice reminder.
Carrie Clark from has some awesome videos.
I found this one particularly helpful for Group Sessions.

There are so many more ideas than the way I was doing group therapy. I had a lot of down time and she suggest so many other alternatives. I particularly love the stations approach! The un-group reminds me of the 5 Minute Kids program, which I have used with  my artic. kids when I had a large caseload.
I love how you were specific when telling how to do the session and take data!
THANK You, so helpful!

Take a look!
Tips for Group Speech Therapy Sessions 
Thank you Carrie Clark!


Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Alphabet Learning Locks

Alphabet Learning Locks
Alphabet learning locks from Lakeshore Learning!!

I recently purchased a bunch of games from LL and it's like Christmas!!!!!

Alphabet learning locks is a fun game for pre-K and kindergarten aged kids to learn beginning sounds and letter sound correspondence.
The keys have the letter (lower case) printed on them and then the locks have  letter on it and on the  other side is a picture that begins with that letter or sound sound.

Game play: 
The kids choose the lock, I like to keep the locks  picture up so that they can't figure out the answer. Then I have the students tell me the beginning sound of the word that they chose: for example pig then they tell me they hear the /p/ sound & that they need the key with the "p" on it. 

It's a really fun and cute wait for kids to learn phonological awareness- you know how much I love phono!!!
Using the locks, you can also segment the words, talk about ending sounds, talk about other words that start with that sound and even rhyme with them. There are a lot of ideas that you can use  with this game.
 Just don't lose any keys or locks.


Saturday, 24 October 2015

Favourite Speech Videos

Favorite Speech Videos for resources and therapy ideas!
For the next few weeks every Saturday I am going to post a favorite speech video for information and resources.
FV Part 1

Speedy Speech

Have you heard of Speedy Speech? It is a really neat program that I am thinking of trying out!
It helps you get many productions of articulation in a short amount of time.

Speedy Speech is a program that has everything you need to provide articulation therapy.
In the pack is a step by step guide of directions on how to carry out the program, as well as word lists and pictures for auditory bombardment, auditory discrimination, lists at the word, phrase and sentence level (with pictures) in the initial, medial and final positions. Included are also many useful reproducible sheets for keeping data, caseload summary, letters for parents and teachers, homework, and certificates.

Speedy Speech also has apps available!

It also includes help with some language goals. Here is a video targeting "wh" questions.


Speedy Speech - WH Questions from Speedy Speech on Vimeo.

Have any of you out there used Speedy Speech? What do you think? 


Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Halloween fun!!!

Halloween Fun!
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays! I think of an old friend Brandy, the kids, costumes and of course, the CANDY!!! Do you love Halloween?
I was recently working at one of my schools  and they are having a fun Halloween contest. 

The class with the cutest or scariest door is going to win a subway lunch party. Michelle, the speech aide, has made a really cool door and she wanted me to post it so she should get more likes. 
Michelle really wants to have a party for her Speech Goblins!!
Check out the Facebook page and click on your favorite door. 
Thank you 

Little Finder

Disclaimer: these opinions expressed are  my own and I was not compensated in anyway.

Little finder is an app by alligator apps which helps children choose items after  hearing the name. It's a very customizable game and it also has a Zen mode so there is no timer. It's good for young kids who are learning to read. It's also a good app to teach vocabulary.

 You get out 1 to 2 players and it's free. It is a good app for auditory memory.
You can also have two players which would be cool in group settings. This also might be a really good reinforcement activity for children.
Alligator apps has some really cool apps that, although may not be appropriate for speech therap, would be really good for teachers, beginning readers, and kindergarten to grade 1(ish).
Another idea is to look at the pictures at the end of the game and talk about the attributes of each item, what category they belong to, and associations. Can you think of any ways that you could use this in speech therapy? 


Monday, 19 October 2015

Speech therapy online-Information request

Hey everyone!!

I saw this quote and really liked it to remind me of how important my role is when working with children! 

I am thinking  of starting speech therapy online to schools and to private clients.
Now, I am technologically challenged! 
So I need your help...
What are some good software companies and products?
How do I screen share? Is there a company that provides this??

If you work with speech therapy on line - help a sister out and let me know what you use, what you like, and what you suggest!!!
Comment below or email me for privacy at


Sunday, 18 October 2015

The What Box?

I made this box! It is a slow Sunday and I was feeling creative!!
All I used was an old tissue box, some  card-stock, scrap booking stickers and a glue gun!
I know its not that pretty but, hey, I try!! ha ha! 

What can you use the What Box for? 

There are so many uses for this box in speech therapy! 
Go to the dollar store or look around your therapy room and throw some small items in the box.
You can put small items (animals, vehicles, etc) and talk about their attributes.
Have the students explain what they look like, their color, size, shape, what category they belong to,  where you find them, what you use them for... So many ideas! 

For preschoolers- you can put soft items in it and also talk about prepositions- the monkey is on the box, in the box, behind the box....

You can also use it for "wh" questions... put your cards in and have your kiddos pull them out and answer them :)
Even pronouns, You can put people in the box and have the students pull them out and use a catch phrase "he is in the box,  he is out of the box, etc."
You can also target prepositions, and verb tenses.


Saturday, 17 October 2015

Fall freebies part 5 
Ok, ok! This isn't really a fall freebie but I love it none the less.
You can really use it anytime of year.
It is a category sorting activity from Allison Fors.
Thank you Allison! 

Friday, 16 October 2015

Fall Freebies- part 4

Halloween Speech Pack 

I made a new speech pack for Halloween.
It includes following directions, concepts, articulation practice and phonological awareness! 
This pack also includes some cute pictures for conversation starters!

Do you have any great fall freebies you would like to post? 
Comment below :)

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Fall Freebies- part 3

Fall Freebies Part 3 

Here is a great freebie from Short & Sweet Speech. It is her free Fall Speech and Language Mini Bundle!

Fall Speech and Language Mini Bundle

It is so cute and very useful for speech! It has some great fall-owing directions, articulation practice, regular and irregular plurals and more! Love it! Found the reading comprehension particularly useful!

Thanks so much!!!

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Fall Freebies- part 2

Fall Freebies part 2- I told you yesterday that I found some cool freebies for fall and Halloween. 
Now I would like to post a product of my own. Check it out! Normally I sell it for $1 but get it now, I will only have it free for a day or 2!! Be sure to follow my store for A LOT of freebies :)

This Halloween emergent home reader is a great way to practice reading, printing, and beginning sounds!
It also includes coloring pages, writing prompts and an activity where you cut and glue the beginning sound on the correct Halloween item!

And keep your eye out for more freebies tomorrow!

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Fall Freebie greats- part 1

I have found some really great freebie that are
awesome for fall and Halloween!
Here is my first post!
Teach Speech 365
put out this freebie!
Included in it are so many things to work on in speech!
There are general articulation practice,
candy corn idioms,
multiple meaning mummy's and ghostly similarities and differences, just to name a few!
 I love it.... and its free!
Ten for October [FREE}
Comment below on your fave fall freebies!

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Beginning Sound Jars

Beginning Sound Jars 

Do you have
Students working on beginning sounds? And those few that just don't seem to get it?
I do and although I feel bad, I also feel frustrated! ugh! :/
I made this for extra reinforcement for those guys!
It is a fun way to work on beginning sounds by cutting out the words with the correct sounds and also for the kids to come up with their  own words.
 Beginning Sound Jars
It will be on sale this weekend so get it fast and give me some feedback!


Friday, 9 October 2015

How Many Muffins?

How Many Muffins? Syllable game 

Syllable game freebie that uses real photos and practices with words up to 3 syllables!
Check it out and follow my shop for more freebies!!

Happy Thanksgiving Canadians!

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Kirsi's quiet book...for Language??

I was looking around on you-tube. I know, I know, not a great use of
my time! :O And I found the most incredible book! It looks great for
preschoolers to target some OT skills but if you work on it with your
child it could be a great way to target some fabulous language. 
I find this really ironic since these books are called quiet books!
WOW! This is the coolest thing ever!!!! 
There are tonnes of them out there- check out you-tube!

As I watch it I see ways to target a lot of language goals;
  • pronouns
  • verbs
  • plurals
  • wh questions
  • vocabulary and categorization
  • colors
  • prepositions and concepts
  • .. the list is really endless! 
This book is so great! Can you imagine the time and effort it has taken to make this? I wish I was that clever and talented!I may try and make one in my spare time... huh! LOL!

Comment below and let me know what you think. How would you use quiet books for language?



Friday, 2 October 2015

Augmenter App Review

I was approached by the makers of this app to do an app review on my blog!!! So let me start off with gratitude!! Thank you, thank you, thank you for giving me the privilege of doing a review on your outstanding app!
To explain the app let me use their words:
This is a magical augmented reality app created for teachers to help bring science teaching alive. The augmented reality app includes 300+ Models for all grades. This app has been specially created to make science fun, game like and stress free. The 3d augmented reality models help students understand concepts easily. The magical 3D augmented reality format holds the interest of the students through stunning visualization and aids understanding in ways not possible before.
Some of the awesome features in the app include:
Augmented Reality View
Stereoscopic 3D View
Interactive 3D View

Some of the 3d models included in the app are:
Human anatomy
Skeleton system
Digestive system
respiratory system
excretory system
animal cell
plant cell
Arrangement and types of teeth, etc...

 There are animals which I find particularly helpful for vocabulary!

Animals include animated dinosaur, animated tiger, elephant, giraffe, fish, deer, stag, rhino, hippo, duck, dolphin, beetle, penguin, rat, scorpion, tortoise etc.

Fruits like Apple, orange, Mango,pomegranate, banana, guava, pear, pineapple etc.

Cool interactions available in the App are:
Titles for each part
Take apart individual parts
Hide parts
Highlight parts
Set transparency
Break up the whole model
Analyze parts
Take a screenshot of the model
Pen tool for drawing.

You will love it! 

Download it here!

OK, now the APP review!!
  • I am in awe of what technology can do- remember dicing the work or maybe even a frog in Bio? I do! This takes all the goriness out of that and keeps it clean for your students! Plus it gives you access to soo many things from flowers, animals, human body, and even more!!!

  • I love the pictures/videos on this app. It give you information about the items that would be great for older kids who are working on higher level vocabulary. 
  • I love the videos that show you how to use it!
  • I love that you can take these items apart, tile them and have them labeled for you!
  • I like that you are able to see 3D representations of things you would otherwise not have any access too!
  • I think this would be awesome for any science class or any students who are looking to increase their higher level vocabulary and general knowledge... :) 

  • I do like this app but I mostly work with preschool and school-aged children so I feel like some of the items in the gallery are way "above" their vocabulary level.
  • Also, although only 1 time, I did have a glitch where the app just shut down and wouldn't open the image from their gallery.  As time goes by the Developer usually works out the glitches!

Try this app out and let me know what  you think! Comment below!