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Five Thumb Monsters and a Dog in Speech Therapy [Free Download]

Five Thumb Monsters and a Dog in Speech Therapy [Free Download]

Anyone who knows me personally will tell you that I am an educator who absolutely loves to sing and dance. I believe in the power of music because it can do so many things all at once. It can educate and entertain our students’ minds, it can trigger positive feelings in their hearts, it can help them relax after a stressful class, and so much more. That is exactly why I often try to incorporate music into my speech therapy sessions whenever possible.

Silly songs for silly students!

If you ever get the chance to walk past my speech therapy room, you will undoubtedly hear me singing a made up silly song in an attempt to make my kiddos laugh while they practice their specific articulation sound. Most of the time my students are huge fans of my impromptu silly songs (and I say most of the time because, well, let’s be honest, every song can’t be a hit, haha!).

Are you working on the /TH/ sound? Try this bad boy out!

I would like to take this opportunity to share with you one of my favorite original silly songs. It is called Five Thumb Monsters and a Dog and it is filled with tons of /TH/ sounds. Feel free to sing this as a song or read it aloud as a poem. Whatever way you choose to present it, I am sure your speech kiddos will dig it! In addition, I have posted a link below to a FREE Five Thumb Monsters and a Dog coloring sheet and MP3 for your downloading pleasure.

Five Thumb Monsters and a Dog by Erik X. Raj

Five thumb monsters thumping on a door,
then a thunderstorm came, and then there were four!

Four thumb monsters thumping on a tree,
then a thunderstorm came, and then there were three!

Three thumb monsters with nothing to do,
then a thunderstorm came, and then there were two!

Two thumb monsters looking at the sun,
then a thunderstorm came, and then there was one!

One thumb monster sat there alone,
then a dog came over, and gave him a bone!

Oh, and don’t forget about your FREE DOWNLOAD!

Click HERE to download the Five Thumb Monsters and a Dog coloring sheet and click HERE to download the Five Thumb Monsters and a Dog MP3.

Speech-Language Pathologists are Smart Cookies [Free Download]

Speech-Language Pathologists are Smart Cookies [Free Download]

A new year is here and with this specific time of year often comes a time of reflection. In regards to being a practicing speech-language pathologist, what went right for you this past year? What didn’t go quite as planned? What changes do you want to make during the next 365 days? These are just a few questions that I am sure you have had cooking in your brain over the last few days (I know I have!).

In an attempt to help YOU get ready for another successful SLP year that’s filled with inspiration and learning, I have created some FREE materials that will make you squeal with happiness.

Free motivational posters for ALL!

I made not one, but two motivational SLP posters for you to hang up in your speech therapy room. Click HERE to download the poster that reads, “speech-language pathologists are smart cookies” and click HERE to download the other poster that reads, “speech-language pathologists make the world a better place.” Both posters are beautiful and I hope you’ll love ’em to bits!

The main reason I believe these posters are extremely important is because sometimes we forget how smart we REALLY are and how much of a difference we REALLY make. Well, I don’t want you to forget. Ever! To quote one of my favorite past blog posts, “The field of speech-language pathology is lucky; sooooooo ridiculously lucky. How is it lucky, you ask? It’s lucky because it has YOU providing therapy.”

Free online workshop for ALL!

One of my favorite things to do is share my speech therapy tips and tricks with passionate clinicians. That’s exactly why I created my FREE online workshop called Articulation Acronyms in Speech Therapy. This workshop features a bunch of online videos of me describing my strategies for teaching the following sounds: S, Z, R, L, SH, CH, and TH. In addition, you will get a ton of printable worksheets (pdf files) that correspond to my articulation strategies that you can use right away with your students.

This online workshop is convenient because you don’t have to worry about driving your car to a specific location to learn my information (gas is too expensive, yo!). All you need is an Internet connection and a willingness to learn new articulation strategies. Click HERE to get started.

Oh, and you have my full permission to broadcast this online workshop to large groups of SLPs during any continuing education event or one of your SLP meetings. I don’t have a problem with that at all. Just shoot me an email to let me know you plan on doing that.

In closing . . .

I know that you and I are going to have a terrific year. I can just feel it in my bones. I truly look forward to it all and if I can ever help you out with anything, please know that I am only an email away. Stay cool!

5 Ninja Characteristics All Speech Pathologists Have [Free Download]

5 Ninja Characteristics All Speech Pathologists Have [Free Download]

When most people hear the word ninja, images of Power Rangers, mutant turtles, or extremely fast people wearing full black body suits and masks usually come to mind. But guess what? When I hear someone speaking about a person skilled in ninjutsu (the Japanese martial art characterized by stealthy movement and camouflage), the first thing that comes to MY mind is a speech-language pathologist!

So, here are five ninja characteristics that I know all SLPs have (plus a FREE DOWNLOAD just for you at the end of the post!):

1. We have SPEED!

We understand that our time is limited so we jump right into all of our therapy sessions. We are quick and we never waste a single moment. A speech therapist is able to inject his/her client with weeks worth of valuable information in a single 30 minute block. All of this helps to ensure that our students are becoming black belt communicators!

2. We have STRENGTH!

I have always heard that the tongue is one of the strongest muscles in the body. With that being said, SLPs are the ones in charge of taming the tongue so that its owner is able to pronounce the target sound appropriately. So in theory, we are voluntarily wrestling the strongest muscle in the body on a daily basis and we never get hurt. Talk about being tough! Hi ya!

3. We have STAMINA!

Students today are so used to immediate gratification that they struggle with waiting for anything. Sometimes our clients do not make progress right away but we never give up on them or the therapy. We always let our clients and their parents know that we are in this for as long as it takes. Speech therapists, just like ninjas, are patient, calm, understanding, and devoted to their cause.

4. We have TECHNIQUES!

Its true! Ninjas have swords and throwing stars but they don’t NEED them to be effective. Same with SLPs – we have tons of therapy materials but we don’t NEED them to provide awesome therapy. We are adaptable to any situation and we are armed with an infinite amount of approaches to teaching.

5. We have INTELLIGENCE!

Ninjas are trained to master a large amount of different weapons and practice their craft in every possible situation (in the rain, in dark, in a tree, etc). Variety builds smarts! We are trained to assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent disorders related to speech, language, cognitive-communication, voice, swallowing, and fluency. In a single day, we could work with a wide age-range of students from preschoolers to high schoolers and beyond. Not just any brain could provide services to such a diverse population. It requires attention to detail and intense concentration.

In closing . . .

So as you can see, a ninja does not necessarily have to be someone who wears black, drops down from the ceiling, and slices everything in the room to pieces! The term ninja can also be very applicable to a speech-language pathologist. So the next time a new friend asks you the question of “What do you do for a living?” you can tell proudly them“I’m a speech ninja!”

Oh, and don’t forget about your FREE DOWNLOAD!

Click HERE to download your very own speech ninja poster.

Flexing Muscles and Using Elbows in Speech Therapy [Free Download]

Flexing Muscles and Using Elbows in Speech Therapy [Free Download]

Are you looking for a speech therapy idea that will add some serious POP and WOW into your next speech therapy session? Are you looking for a speech therapy idea that will make your students cheer with excitement and cause some spontaneous high fives all over the place? Well, look no further, my friend. Here are 2 speech therapy ideas you can try RIGHT THIS SECOND that I know your students will love!

1. Start flexing!

Stuff crumpled up papers in your students’ sleeves. Tell them to have a muscle flexing contest! Encourage them to explain how people get muscles. Is it by eating junk food or eating healthy food? Do some jumping jacks and pushups right in the speech room to further explain how exercise is important to a growing child.

2. Silly elbows! [Free Download]

Have your speech students attempt to tie their shoes . . . with their elbows! Ask them to explain WHY that’s so hard. Make sure YOU also give it a try because your kiddos would LOVE to see you get silly, too! Also, feel free to click HERE to download a FREE worksheet that contains my 10 favorite elbow challenges. This sheet features miscellaneous elbow activities such as:

  • Try to pick up a book with your elbows.
  • Try to scratch your nose with your elbows.
  • Try to hold onto a crayon and color a picture with your elbows.

In closing . . .

I hope these two random suggestions can bring you and your speech kiddos some speech therapy success. Feel free to tweak my ideas to better fit your style. Oh, and if you like these ideas, please tell your SLP friends about my site. Thanks so much!

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