Ready to kickstart my senior year next week! I’m trying something different this semester in order to maintain more structure throughout my days. I’ve always made good use of my simple daily planners but I was intrigued by this style. I searched several different companies but no other planner seemed to tick the boxes for me like the weekly @livewhaleplanner. It has exactly what I want and need, and nothing extra to overwhelm me. I love the gratitude section at the top and the 8 habit tracker spots on the bottom the most. Here’s to a new year and meeting my academic, health, and spiritual goals 🌻
Hello guys! I figured I'd make my very first post an introduction so you can get to know a little more about me! My name is Megan and I'm 23 years old. I live in NY (specifically on Long Island) and I'm about to go into my first year of graduate school to become an SLP!!! ****so excited!!!!**** Here's some quick facts about me:
1) I'm from Eastern Long Island, but I actually just signed a lease to live in a house that's closer to school in Nassau County! Hello to my future roomies: two law students and a med student!
2) I have one doggo and one kitty and I LOVE them so much more than words can describe❤ (P.S.A. I am totally okay with you sending me pictures of your animals because I will whole-heartedly appreciate every single one of them and will more than likely gush over them with my boyfriend)
3) I work at a grocery store as a bookkeeper (LOL so the OPPOSITE of what I'm going to school for!) which is where I met my boyfriend!
4) If I could eat one food for the rest of my life it'd definitely be NACHOS.
5) Favorite artists: Ed Sheeran (seen him 4 times), Taylor Swift (seen her 3 times), Blue October (saw them once), and Sam Hunt (haven't seen him yet, but let's go!)
6) I'm very new to this whole instablogging thing, but I really wanted to try it out and become closer with the online SLP community! So please feel free to send helpful hints, constructive criticism, or post ideas!
Also I would love to hear from you! Comment and tell me a bit about who you are! 🎉🤗 #slp#slp2b#speechie#instablog#speechlanguagepathology#blog#communication#gradstudent#slpbloggers
Who caught @katiedimond84 blog post about #busybins yesterday?? If you need more inspiration, here's an example of a great #preschooler busy bin that we threw together in MINUTES from toys/activities we had laying around our house!
For fine motor development: 🖍 markers and coloring books 👦🏽 play doh 🌀 painters or washi tape
For speech/language/early literacy: 🅰️ wooden letters with matching cards 🐢 animal head/tail matching puzzles.
Requesting, commenting and problem solving how to manipulate and use all of these items is also part of what makes these bins awesome for speech and language development!! #speechlanguagepathology#speechdevelopment#finemotorskills#milieu#busymom#busydad#playtime#independentplay
First Bite with Michelle Dawson just turned 10! Or released its 10th episode at least... Have you checked it out? New episodes are released weekly, each offering .1 ASHA CEU credits! It’s on most major podcast servers, iTunes link is in our bio, check it out!
Today is my Friday! Well all Thursdays are the end to my work week💃🏼 Tomorrow we have a fun family day planned. There is no sweeter time than family time. 💕 ••
I’ll be honest I’m still getting back in the routine of going back to work. In the morning I’m juggling pumping, working out, getting ready, nursing and getting both kiddos dressed. I love that my breakfast takes 2 minutes to make and is full of super foods my body needs to carry me throughout the day. I add natural peanut butter to my chocolate #Shakeology so it’s like a Reese’s Peanut Butter shake 😋 ••
Happy Thursday and happy Friday Eve! 🙌🏼
I’ve always loved this prayer, as it reminds me that the things that are truly life-giving are not things of this world. It’s easy this time of year to look for life in our stats, our successes or even just in getting more sleep. It’s important to remember that without the promises, word, and love of God, my cup will remain only half full and unable to pour into others as I want.
My students LOVE wearing their googly eyes when they point to answers! It helps them isolate their index finger and focus their eye gaze on where they are pointing as well as being super cute! Get these at Michaels or Party City for under a dollar!
Well, I’m two and a half weeks into my job. I am overwhelmed beyond belief and don’t feel like I will ever catch up. I want to fall asleep when I get home. My caseload just keeps growing, and I ask my poor office mate a question every 5 minutes. 😂
BUT...I enjoy going to work every day. I love feeling challenged. Now that I’m finally starting to pull kids out and go into their classes, it’s so much fun. I love getting to know them, hearing their stories, and talking about their #goals . 🧡💙
Thank you to everyone who has reached out the last couple of weeks checking in on me asking how it’s going. You rock 🤗
BASSC AAC/AT Spotlight!
Hello! I am Jeanna Antrim and I am one of the SLP/AAC therapists at BASSC.
1️⃣ I have been a school SLP for 7 years.
2️⃣ My husband and I love going to the zoo & watching Marvel & DC Comic movies with our 2 children 💙💜!
3️⃣ My go-to therapy materials are BOOKS 📚, play-doh, and a good old-fashioned board game🎲.
4️⃣ Follow me @speechwithoutlimits & subscribe to my YouTube channel ▶️ for even more speech therapy ideas/materials and AAC modeling tips &videos!
This episode features an amazing SLP guest, Heidi Britz from @smartmouthslp 🎙
In this episode, we discuss Heidi’s passion for travel, how she gets her product inspiration, and a concept called forest bathing! 🤨
It was such a pleasure speaking with Heidi! We felt like we could have spoken to her all day. She has such a positive outlook on life, and some great tips for maintaining a healthy work-life balance. We're excited to share this episode with you! 🤗 #podcast#podcasts#speechiepodcast#speechiesideup
How many times have you experienced this as an SLP?
I used to experience this all the time.
But guess what? It rarely happens these days.
I'm about to say something that will probably rub some people the wrong way. But I don't care.
The reason that this kept happening to me over and over again before is because I wasn't super confident and secure in my expertise.
I used to blame everyone and everything else but really it was me.
I was the Cause. And so are you.
We are at Cause for everything in our lives, including our careers.
Yes there are misconceptions and a certain amount of ignorance about what we do as Speech Language Pathologists.
Most people outside of our field don't realize exactly how much education and credentialing we are required to have just to be initially certified.
Some people see this as a branding problem.
They think if we could just change our public image and educate the public more about what we do, we could command more respect from parents, administrators, and other professionals.
And this could help.
But you know what would work even better?
If YOU as an SLP did the (inner) work that would cause you to start OWNING that you're a badass expert in your field who DESERVES to be respected and PAID more for what you bring to the table.
This involves more than a just having a great looking resumè.
This is about who you're BEing.
This is about loving and trusting yourself.
That's the real work.
I have worked with SLPs over the last few years to help them find more fulfilling and lucrative work in the field that they love both in the States & abroad.
What I've found as a common theme is a lot of burnout, dissatisfaction with pay, lingering self-doubt even after all of their years of experience, and uncertainty on how to get to the next level.
Does this sound familiar?
If so, let me support you.
I have created a coaching program specifically tailored to address the needs of Experienced SLPs (5+ years of experience) who are ready to become in demand so that they can attract more lucrative & fulfilling job opportunities.
DM me for details. 😎 👉🏽
I collected these shells on the beach this morning. Did you know they are called "Mermaid's Toenails or "Jingle Shells?" I think they will make a great icebreaker when I see my middle/high school kiddos in a couple weeks.
We can brainstorm some adjectives to describe them like---translucent, shimmery, perforated, imperfect, fragile....
We can also address open-ended/think-outside-the-box questions like "What could you make with these?"and "Why do you think they are called Mermaid's Toenails?"
Inspire and motivate your students by sharing something about your summer break with them!
If you're looking for a new way to target vocabulary with your older students, look no further!! 😍 These print and go worksheets are one of my favorite creations EVER. 👍🏼 They took almost 2 years to dream up, plan out, and create but now I use them every day. ⠀
➡ They teach a variety of STRATEGIES so your students get more and more comfortable learning new words. 🎉 I've seen great progress using this packet and hope you do too! ⠀
What makes this packet so awesome?! First, there's three levels so you can adjust as needed. ➡ There's also an editable version, informal assessments, and visuals! Sooooo many skills are taught and practiced throughout the packet. 💡 ⠀
Here are some examples:⠀
•Hearing, using, and identifying the vocabulary word in a variety of ways including writing it, speaking it, and identifying it among other words⠀
•Learning root words, prefixes, and suffixes ⠀
•Using context clues to understand the vocabulary word’s meaning in sentences⠀
•Defining the vocabulary word in your own words⠀
•Using word families to better understand target words⠀
•Understanding parts of speech and how the part of speech can change from prefixes/suffixes/other morphological features⠀
•Naming and identifying synonyms, antonyms, and multiple meaning words⠀
•Using the word in functional, real life applications⠀
If you have any questions about this packet or how I teach vocab in general, let me know! 💬 I linked the product and my blog post about teaching vocabulary to older students in my Instagram profile so definitely check it out if this is an area of interest for you! ⠀
Happiness in our household! Our @twolittleducklings cards arrived today - thanks for the swift delivery @littlewhimsynz! We ❤️ them. Mr Two is a keen animal & dinosaur lover, needless to say he was so excited to have a look through all the card sets. He had so much fun matching them with his animal collection. It was a lovely language building activity as well. He was asking heaps of questions about where all the animals live and what they eat. Mr One had a great time with the animal sound cards and attempted a couple of the noises ‘hoo hoo’ being a favourite for the owl. I got the fruits & vegetable cards for Mr Fussy let’s hope he has some fun with them and tries a few veges! These sets are for home but I’ll definitely have to get some for the clinic too! Pretty keen on the positive affirmation set, Australian animal set, emotions set, & body parts / clothing. Heck let’s just get them all! #animallovers#dinsosaurlovers#twolittleducklings#expandinglanguage#makinganimalsounds#eatyourvegetables#speechlanguagetherapy#speechlanguagepathology#speechtherapy#speechiemum#speechiemom#speaktomenz
When you work in early intervention and need make the most out of what you got! 🤷🏻♀️🤷🏻♀️ I love using everyday materials (like ice trays!) in my sessions because it shows parents how ANYYYYTHING can be used to support speech and language. With just some pom poms and an ice tray I can target colors, sorting, categorizing (what else is that color?), following directions (put the blue one on your toe, etc.), requesting using single words or two-word combinations and some early sounds!
I often get questions about pouches. “Is it bad if my kid eats only purées?” “Is it ok that my kid refuses these pouches?” I love purée pouches for little ones, in moderation! These are a convenient way to take snacks on the go and to get some good volume in your little one. There is nothing wrong with feeding your little ones purees, but remember to give them VARIETY of textures and maximize your opportunities for self-feeding!
💪🏼Your child CAN self feed with a pouch! Hand them the pouch to suck on the top, or give them a loaded spoon if it’s a thicker purée! Try something crunchy or something homemade that isn’t as smooth as a manufactured purée. If you haven’t started finger foods, try thicker purees like oatmeal and mashed potatoes that can be picked up without utensils🍴 #excusethemess#homegrownfeeding#earlyintervention#speechlanguagepathology#feedingtherapy#mops#babiesandtoddlers @happybabyorganics
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