Tuesday Tip: “Pinning” Documents With a Stapler

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Do you ever staple your draft IEPs together to stay organized for a meeting, only to remove all the staples to make copies of the signature pages later? If you don’t already know about “pinning” documents with your stapler, you are sure to be excited about this one!

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Open your stapler and lift up on the bottom plate

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Rotate the plate

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Close the stapler and place your pin

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Voilà! Your pages are pinned together so you can stay organized, but  these “pinned” staples will be easy to remove later!


We hope you found this tip helpful! Happy pinning!


SLPs and OTs: The Benefits of Co-Treatment Sessions (and Five Great Resources to Get You Started)

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I am lucky to work with some fantastic professionals from other fields. Some of my favorite people happen to be OTs (Occupational Therapists) and COTAs (Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants).

Co-treating with OTs the school setting is so rewarding! In one case I planned a weekly, hour long push in group with the OT in a classroom of students with varying exceptionalities. We would ask the teacher for her letter of the week and reading theme and we would each plan two activities to go with that theme. We would keep in mind each other’s target goal areas by choosing activities that were both language rich and had a fine motor component.

I see SO much growth in these groups because there is opportunity for carryover!! I continue to learn so much about the OT objectives in therapy and am able to carry over many of these in my sessions during the week. My OT friends report the same with my language rich goals and tell me they find themselves encouraging students to elaborate verbally on their ideas, make requests and use their AAC devices in ways that they hadn’t thought of before.

It is both fun and productive collaborating with other professionals and learning about what they do to help our students.

Here are some of my favorite products available on TPT for co-treating with OTs to get you started with thinking about tasks to include numerous target goal areas:

Say it
This is one of my favorite resources for co-treatment because students can practice articulation words by saying the sound, writing the word, then drawing a picture of the word in the box provided. You can also have the student describe the picture to hit language targets, or have to student follow your verbal directions to draw the picture a certain way!

Mazes For Articulation
This resource is great for some of your more advanced students! Consult with your OT to see if it would be appropriate for your co-treatment group. There is also a language version that you can buy here! You start by working your way through the first maze until you reach the target picture. Practice your target word or use it in a phrase or sentence 5 times. Five boxes are provided directly under each picture for easy data collection!

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This awesome resource from Ms. Gardenia’s Speech Room incorporates fine motor and handwriting skills into phonemic awareness activities and articulation drills. SLPs, OTs and students alike love the fun and interactive nature of these activities. It really is worth investing in the bundle!

We use SO much playdoh in our co-treatment sessions! You can use playdoh for following directions activities or as a reinforcer for open ended games and activities. Sometimes the OT brings a thicker clay that is harder to work depending on the needs of her students. These awesome mats by Creating Communicators take the guesswork out of planning a playdoh based session. The children can choose items that belong with the main category to increase their vocabulary skills. As the child chooses items from the main category, they can then label each item, targeting their expressive language skills. We have smashed playdoh directly onto the mats, and sometime the OT has the students use another item such as a tongue depressor to do the smashing!

Almost any kind of craft is also great for co-treatment sessions! Cutting, gluing, tying and attaching are all prime targets for OT goals, and requesting, labeling, following directions, and sequencing are all great for our speech and language targets! You can find so many great easy craft ideas on Pinterest or you can keep it quick and simple by using these great pre-made craft ideas from Peachie Speechie! It’s great to have this bundle in your arsenal of materials for those days when you need a craft idea in a flash!

Do you co-treat with the OT or COTA at your school or clinic? Let us know what your favorite activities are!

Happy Co-Treating!


Tuesday Tip: Use Nail Polish to Make Materials Last

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I hope you are all having a great Tuesday!

I want to share some tips that make my life more convenient, starting with this awesome way to help your materials last longer!

We are speech pathologists. We live to laminate. Sadly, there are some things that you just can’t fit through that laminator slot!

For those items, I love to use permanent marker followed by a coat of clear nail polish! This ensures that my writing stays smudge free and bright for lasting materials!

Give it a try and let us know what you think!


Supporting Educators As They Implement A.A.C.

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Hi everyone!

I want to talk about an area of difficulty many of us experience in the schools when working with students with complex communication needs. Often we put in the time and effort to implement a communication book or other high tech AAC device only to experience abandonment of these tools at the classroom level. This can be frustrating, to say the least. So, how can we get teacher buy in in order to help our students succeed?

Teach the teacher Set aside time to train the teacher. Sometimes it is easy for us as SLPs to see an AAC device as intuitive without considering that to a teacher or aid, this may not be the case at all. Try not to drop the student off with a new device one day, sight unseen to the teacher and expect them to just roll with it. Sit with the teacher and those working directly with the student and model for them how you expect the device to be used.

Give it time If a teacher is able to jump in and use the device with the student all day from the very beginning, great! If not, try to start small and work your way up. The first week, have the teacher use the device during a specific time, such as morning circle. Try to be there during this time to support the teacher and model the use of the device.  The next week, add in several more blocks of time. This will help the teacher and the student feel more confident with the huge change in their schedule.

Unexpected use Explain what to do when a student is using the device in an “unexpected” way.  For example, I have had students who will press one button over and over when they get a new device or who ask for a desired item, such a cookies repeatedly instead of participating productively in classroom discussion. The teachers have taken the device and put it out of reach to solve the problem. Explain to the teacher that this is like turning off a student’s voice and is unethical. Tell them they should treat the student like any other talking out of turn, by telling them “It’s not time to talk about cookies, right now it is math centers.” They should redirect the behavior as they would with any student.

Push in when possible The more time you are able to spend working with the child in the classroom setting, the more modeling you are doing both for the student and the teacher. Buy in is best when there is a shared understanding of the goals and usefulness of the device.

Do you have any advice to share about helping educators value AAC? Share it in the comments below or send us an email!


Winter Freebies by Target Goal Area!

Hello everyone!

The holiday frenzy is coming to an end and it is time to start planning therapy for that long stretch between New Years and Valentine’s Day. Below you will find all of our favorite winter freebies organized by target goal area for your convenience! Enjoy, and happy planning!

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/g/, /l/, /l/ blends, /p/, /r/, Vocalic /r/, /s/, /s/ blends, /sh/, /t/, /th/, /v/ and an open-ended page https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/FREEBIE-WINTERTIME-ROLL-COLOR-ARTICULATION-TARGETING-12-SOUNDS-979273

/s, z, r, th, l, sh, ch, j/ https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Freebie-Snowy-Speech-Articulation-Packet-477657

/g/ https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Articulation-Winter-Craftivty-Build-A-Speech-Igloo-G-FREEBIE-2002045

/k/ https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Freebie-Winter-Articulation-Crossword-981768

/th/ https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Winter-Articulation-TH-FREEBIE-432581

/th/ https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Winter-Spin-Say-Color-Articulation-Freebie-Initial-th-sound-2906546

/s, z, r/ https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/FREE-Holiday-Christmas-Winter-Articulation-Activities-989312

Initial /r/ https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Winter-Articulation-Initial-R-1521359

/sk/ https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Browse/Search:winter%20articulation/Price-Range/Free

/s/ blends https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Winter-Articulation-Practice-Santas-Snappy-S-Blends-1604411

/s/ blends https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Hot-Chocolate-Articulation-Craftivity-S-Blend-FREEBIE-1655822



Phonological Processes Velar Fronting https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Phonological-Process-FREEBIE-Velar-Fronting-Minimal-Pair-Match-Up-3536795

Phonological Awareness https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Snowy-Phonological-Awareness-FREEBIE-445508

Phonemic Awareness S Blends https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/FREE-Blend-Color-Phonemic-Awareness-of-Winter-S-Blends-2341158



Following Directions https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Snowman-Glyph-Activity-All-About-Winter-FREE-391079

Following Directions https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Winter-Listen-Up-Following-Directions-FREEBIE-2917398

Following Complex Directions https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Following-Complex-Directions-Winter-FREEBIE-1012499

Vocabulary https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Winter-Vocabulary-Cards-Freebie-1587594

Sequencing https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/FREE-Winter-Sequencing-Cut-and-Glue-Worksheets-1002366

Yes/No Questions https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Winter-YesNo-Questions-1011867

Categories https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Winter-Wonderland-Language-Activities-for-Speech-Language-Therapy-Freebie-419573

Category Sorting https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Mitten-Sorting-FREEBIE-Winter-Themed-Animal-Sorting-Activity-991308

Pronouns https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Pack-Of-Pronouns-Winter-Valentines-Day-Edition-1637593

Pronouns Interactive Book https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Winter-Pronouns-Interactive-Book-Freebie-2307330

Third person pronouns https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Winter-People-Sentences-Third-Person-Pronouns-he-she-they-445820

Verb Tenses https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Verb-Tenses-in-the-Winter-FREE-1603426

Basic Concepts Interactive Book https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Winter-Clothing-Interactive-Book-2289761



Winter Social Cues https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/FREEBIE-Winter-Social-Cues-2251923

Inferences https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Winter-Inferencing-FREEBIE-1017448

Winter Clothes Social Story Boy https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/What-to-Wear-in-the-Winter-social-story-for-boys-483545

Winter Clothes Social Story Girl https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/What-to-Wear-in-the-Winter-social-story-for-girls-483592

Fact Vs. Opinion https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Freebie-Winter-Facts-and-Opinions-504148

Facts Vs. Opinion https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Winter-Fact-or-Opinion-Sorting-Game-1590592

Pragmatic Problem Solving https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/No-Print-Interactive-Winter-Themed-Pragmatic-Problem-Solving-FREEBIE-2910255

Indirect Requests https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Indirect-Requests-Winter-2242675



Graphic Organizers https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Winter-Graphic-Organizers-Freebie-465471

Reading Comprehension https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Winter-Reading-Skills-Comprehension-Activities-Freebie-958007

Main idea https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Finding-the-Main-Idea-with-Non-Fiction-Text-Winter-Edition-SAMPLE-FREEBIE-1606232

Graphic Organizers https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Winter-Graphic-Organizers-Freebie-465471

Open ended: for mixed groups and all those other goals!





Do you have a freebie you think belongs on this list? Comment on this post or email us at speechnteachtpt@gmail.com

Speech, Teach, and Love,