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Getting Lost in the Woods with a Speech-Language Pathologist Would Rock [Free Download]

Getting Lost in the Woods with a Speech-Language Pathologist Would Rock [Free Download]

I absolutely love the great outdoors. I believe that my devotion to the wilderness stems from my youth and the fact that I was almost always outside while growing up. As a child, I was never really into video games or television; instead, I opted for activities such as drawing pictures outside and/or building forts in the woods by my house. In my humble opinion, nothing helps to grow your imagination quite like the great outdoors.

Do you ever go hiking?

My friends and I usually go for long hikes in the woods a few times a month. On my most recent hike, I started thinking about what would happen if we got lost. Would we survive? The answer is yes. Yes we would survive. Do you know why? It’s because I’m a speech-language pathologist, that’s why!

Seriously, a SLP is just what you need if you get lost in the woods!

Below, please enjoy the 5 reasons why getting lost in the woods with a speech-language pathologist wouldn’t be such a bad thing.

1. SLPs have warmth.

Anyone who has ever witnessed articulation speech therapy before knows that we SLPs love to use a tongue depressor from time to time. These flat and thin wooden blades are just what we need when we have to show our kiddos how to manipulate their tongues to make a certain target sound. But did you know that if we got lost in the woods, we could easily use two tongue depressors to start a fire? And you thought you were going to freeze to death? No sir, not on my watch!

2. SLPs have food.

Anyone who has ever stepped into a speech therapy room before knows that we SLPs usually have a totally awesome prize box in the corner. You know the drill, if a student earns X amount of stickers, that student gets a trip to the speech therapy prize box. Well, sometimes in my speech therapy box, I have various food items that include small bags of pretzels, individually wrapped cookies, or gum. Sure, it doesn’t sound like the best meal in the world, but if you and I were lost in the woods, those pretzels, cookies, and gum just might save our lives. You’re welcome!

3. SLPs have water.

Anyone who has ever known an SLP will tell you that we are all about vocal hygiene. I simply can’t overemphasize enough to my students how important it is to maintain good water intake. Adequate hydration helps keep our vocal folds moist and happy, thus, ensuring that all of our speech helpers are working like a gem. So let’s say that you and I got lost in the woods, you would never have to worry about thirst getting the best of you because I am always armed with numerous water bottles. How refreshing!

4. SLPs have light.

Anyone who has ever hung out with a SLP knows that we are just so fascinated by everything related to the physical condition and function of the mouth. I can’t even begin to guess how many oral mechanism examinations I have given in the past, but I can tell you that it is well into the hundreds. With all that being said, how do I properly see things inside of a dark mouth such as the teeth, the tongue, the roof of the mouth, the jaw, the throat, and the tonsils? With a flashlight, of course. Yes, the same flashlight that you and I could easily use if we were lost in the woods in the middle of the night. Hallelujah, we can now see the light!

5. SLPs have entertainment.

Anyone who has ever eavesdropped on a conversation between two SLPs before will tell you that we are almost always talking about the newest app that we’ve been using in speech therapy. Digital devices, such as the iPad, have really taken our speech therapy ideas to the next level, so it goes without saying that I always have my iPad in my backpack. So if you and I got lost in the woods, we could easily keep ourselves entertained while we wait for the rescuers to find us. We could play Scrabble, Monopoly, or Angry Birds (just to name a few). Or, we could even play with my favorite app of all time, Multiple Choice Articulation. Haha!

Oh, and I almost forget about your FREE DOWNLOAD!

Keeping on the subject of the great outdoors, I made you a fabulous outdoorsy-themed SLP poster. Click HERE to download it, my friend. I hope you love it as much as a bear loves honey.

Do You Say a Speech Room Pledge During Speech Therapy? [Free Download]

Do You Say a Speech Room Pledge During Speech Therapy? [Free Download]

Students who receive speech therapy services from Mr. Raj always know that upon entering the speech room, the Speech Room Pledge needs to be said before we get started with our activities.

A pledge?!

Yup, I have actively been using my Speech Room Pledge for quite some time now, and my kiddos really enjoy it. In fact, it is amazing to see just how fast my students memorize this pledge. It brings me such joy to hear them say the following:

Speech Room Pledge

Here in the speech room
I promise to listen.

Here in the speech room,
I promise to talk.

Here in the speech room,
we all are good friends.

Here in the speech room,
the fun never ends.

Now let’s get started!

Do you think my pledge could work for you?

I believe that my Speech Room Pledge stands as a representation of all that I want my students to be. I want them to be kind to one another, respect everyone’s thoughts and feelings, and ultimately, I want them to become hard working members of society that communicate beautifully.

Download my pledge and enjoy!

Click HERE to download my Speech Room Pledge. This simple pledge takes all of about thirty seconds, so not much time is wasted at all. It easily sets the speech room culture and it is totally a powerful force for unity. In Mr. Raj’s speech room, we are a team and a family. I always tell my students that we are in this together, so let’s grow those brains! I believe that this pledge perfectly brings it all together to show that I mean what I say.

If you find yourself using this pledge (and adore it as much as I do, lol), please let me know. I would love to hear from you! Have a wonderful day.

25 Ways to Praise a Student in Speech Therapy [Free Download]

25 Ways to Praise a Student in Speech Therapy [Free Download]

Do you often find yourself saying the same thing to speech therapy kiddos on your caseload after they do something fantastic? For example, let’s say a student of yours nails a specific sound that he/she has been working on for weeks. Do you shout, “Good job!“? I am sure you do. Or, let’s pretend that a student answers all of your tricky WH questions after you read him/her a story. Do you exclaim, “Good job!“? Again, I am pretty sure you do.

Ugh. We need to change it up!

I used to always say, “Good job!” to all of my students, and boy does that get to be BORING and PREDICTABLE! Where’s the pop? Where’s the pizzazz? The spectacular students on my speech therapy caseload deserve a bit more than the stale and routine “Good job!” praise response. Do you think your students deserve more, too?

Of course they do!

That is exactly why I created this FREE poster just for you. Click HERE to download 25 Ways to Praise a Speech Kiddo. This fun poster is full of my favorite sentences that I say to my students after they do something awesome in speech. Trust me, these sentences are clinician tested and client approved. I use these on a daily basis and I know you will adore them. Please give these positive sentences of praise a try next time one of your students knocks your socks off because of their effective communication skills. Let me know how it goes, friends.

Yucky Restaurant Menus in Speech Therapy [Free Download]

Yucky Restaurant Menus in Speech Therapy [Free Download]

Have you ever been to a restaurant that serves meals such as dirty socks soaked in pancake syrup or chocolate covered salty soccer balls? No?! Really?! Well, today is your lucky day because this speech therapy activity encourages you and your speech students to create a silly restaurant scene right in your speech therapy room. The activity includes a waiter, a diner, and some disgustingly funny (and imaginary) initial /S/ food menu items. I hope you’re hungry!

Step 1 – Download the menus!

Click HERE to download a free, 2-page initial /S/ gross foods menu. It features yucky dishes like red hot seven eyeball soup, sour seal tongue pizza, and more. These interesting entrees are sure to get your kiddos laughing and chatting in no time!

Step 2 – Have the waiter practice the initial /S/ sound!

Got a student working on perfecting the often tricky initial /S/ sound? Have him or her pretend to be a waiter. Make sure the kiddo remembers to produce a crisp and clear initial /S/ sound while he/she welcomes, seats, and serves another student some imaginary food from the menus. Have the waiter say initial /S/ sentences like:

  • Hello sir, let me take you to your seat.
  • Hello sir, I am here to serve you.
  • Hello sir, I am so happy to see you.

Step 3 – Have the diner practice the initial /S/ sound, too!

Enlist another student to pose as a famished customer who is looking to order one of the initial /S/ things on the menu. Have the diner say initial /S/ sentences like:

  • I would seriously like to try _______ because it seems delicious.
  • I see you have _______ on the menu. I would like to start with that.
  • I so would like to eat _______ because it sounds tasty.

Step 4 – Let the snacking begin!

With the power of your imagination, feel free to sink your teeth into the invisible meals sitting on your speech therapy table. Ask your students to describe the way that their make-believe meals taste. Teach them new icky describing words like revolting, nauseating, and repulsive.

In closing . . .

I have had a large amount of success in the past with turning my speech therapy room into a wacky restaurant. With the free menus that I am sharing with you, I guarantee that you and your speech students are going to have a blast practicing the initial /S/ sound. Bon appetit!

*** FREE resource?! Download it HERE!! ***

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