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NumNum "Gootensils" Review

*Please note: I purchased these using my own money and was not reimbursed or sponsored by the company in any capacity.*

When my Pediatrician began to discuss introducing solids with me, the SLP in me started to get VERY excited. I mean, abnormally psyched to puree things. Going into it I knew my daughter wasn't going to just open her mouth and willingly start eating. What I didn't realize was  how obsessed she would become with holding her own spoon and attempting to feed herself. In my quest to find something she could use I stumbled upon NumNum "Gootensils".

All About the Spoons
The slogan is "when it's too soon to spoon" - so cute. They were created to increase utensil usage, geared towards babies that are eager to learn and use a spoon.
The spoons are:

Flat, short, and stubby which makes them perfect for tiny hands. Featured in a set for varying texturesone open head (orange) one sealed head (blue)Textured the handle and "spoon" part itself …
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Leprechaun Traps!

Leprechaun traps seem to be all the rage! I've been seeing them all over pinterest, facebook, instagram, etc. I made "traps" with my students last year and they were a hit! Every year I usually leave green "foot prints" all over the speech room with a little note from the leprechaun. I guess I'm making up for not having an elf on the shelf!

Last year I created a fun packet for "how to catch a leprechaun" (click HERE to view) where students theorized how they would catch a leprechaun and then wrote their own story. We did a follow up activity where we made actual traps.

This year I wanted to create a complimentary pamphlet for actually making the traps. I love black and white, print and go activities - especially if they are supporting a large scale creative project!

The packet targets WH-questions, sequencing, inferencing, making predictions, and I also use it for following directions. It's a great way to work on planning and pacing!

I typically …

Spread the love - Valentine's Day is coming! A review of two favorite inferencing freebies!

With Valentine's Day quickly approaching, I thought it might be fun to do a quick overview of two great freebies! One is from Expressly Speaking and one is from Happily SLP. I like to "share the love" and write about my fellow SLP bloggers and TpTers sometimes, and what better time to do so! Both of these freebies are for inferencing, something I find you can really target with this holiday! Links to the products are in their titles, and both of these are free, free, free!


Valentine's Day Inferences by Expressly Speaking This is an adorable game that requires some cutting, laminating, and organizing but can really be used again and again! It's a clue-based game where students need to focus on comprehension and inferencing skills in order to win! A clue is read aloud and students must correctly identify who should get the Valentine based upon the clue provided. You can target a lot more than inferencing with this, and if you have mixed groups you can even have your …

Weather Visual Freebie!

Happy New Year! I'd like to start out this year with a freebie - the best way to kick off 2017!! I've been creating a lot of 1 page "cheat sheet" visuals lately for my kiddos and their parents in order to help with carryover in the home. I decided to carryover some morning meeting skills in order to target "put on" and "it feels/it looks". You can achieve a lot of goals this way, whether it's increasing length of utterance, vocabulary, imitation, etc.

You can download this HERE on Teachers Pay Teachers! Be sure to tag me in your photos on instagram @practicallyspeeching if you use it! I love to see my products at work!

Thanksgiving Mysteries

Just a quick post - I realize it has been a while! I love using mysteries to target inferencing, making predictions, and drawing conclusions. With Thanksgiving around the corner, I thought it would be fun to solve some turkey trouble!

I created a packet with 6 different short stories that contain a graphic organizer on the same page. This will make it easier to teach note-taking skills and allow students to look back at the story without having to flip pages!

The stories are simple and can be read aloud or independently depending on the goals you are
wanting to accomplish.

You can preview the entire packet on TpT by clicking the link found HERE!

All About "Sticker Stop" - a free classroom management and carryover tool!

Recently I have been seeing my beloved "Sticker Stop" popping up in many SLP classrooms and I'm LOVING it! It is one of the best activities I've ever made for carryover and behavior management (I think, at least!) and it's free!

When I originally made this activity I was using sticker charts for my kiddos. The story goes as follows - my supervisor came to observe me during my first year as an SLP (eek). She is awesome and (gives great, constructive feedback) so when she suggested I ask the kids what they learned as they get their sticker my wheels started turning. I work with little ones, so I found that a visual was really key in reinforcing this idea. A traffic-light format is a great way for kids to pace their answer and work through the question - plus, most littles know that red means stop and green means go!

I no longer use stickers, as I recently fell in love with Classroom Dojo. However, I will always use my sticker stop. It's part of the routine of …

FREE Parent Handout for "Self-Talk" and "Parallel Talk"!

This summer I pledged that I would work with more of the little little guys in my private practice - early intervention and preschool age. I love this age group and really missed working with them (currently I see preK through second grade in a school setting). Working in a home-based environment is incredible because of all of the great parent-training we get to do. I love being able to explain and show exactly what I'm doing and the strategies I'm using.

As all SLPs know, with this age group we are doing a lot of self and parallel talk. Sometimes I leave my half-hour sessions out of breath! Of course, talking is never an issue for an SLP!! I find that my parents are talking to their child, however their language needs to be modified, or they need to present things differently (i.e., giving options to elicit more language vs. yes/no questions).

I created this parent handout to familiarize my parents with what I'm doing and to emphasize effective carryover. I like to say …