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Need an easy, spring themed craft to brighten up your therapy space?  Try this easy flower craft!

Easy Flower Craft for SLPs

Crafts are always a great way to target following directions ("Show me a small petal"), prepositions ("Glue that to the top of the page"), and requesting (by having your students ask for each item they need).

These flower crafts are also easy to adapt for articulation, phonology, grammar, and describing!

Easy Flower Craft for SLPs

Simply use different colored paper to cut out "petals," and glue them around a yellow circle for the middle of the flower.  

Easy Flower Craft for SLPs

Have your students write (or have the therapist write if they need help) their target words or phrases on each petal.

Easy Flower Craft for SLPs

As shown here, you could use this craft for different verb tenses, but you could also use it for older students with describing - perhaps write a different descriptor on each petal while describing a flower, for example.

Easy Flower Craft for SLPs

Looking for some other fun craft ideas to use in therapy?  Check out more easy ideas here!


In my opinion, books and speech-language pathology go together like peanut butter and jelly!  They're two of my favorite things in the world, and complement each other so well.

I not only love using children's books in therapy, but I also love expanding my knowledge in the field through reading... although I sadly don't often have enough time suring the school year to keep up with my ever growing "to read" pile.  I'm hoping to have some time over spring break - or (let's be real!) over summer vacation to have a chance to catch up on my reading.

I recently shared a some of the books in my "to read" pile over on Instagram, and several of you asked for more details about them - so here you go!  Here is my "SLP Books to Read" list, in no particular order.  (And yes, I have a bad habit of starting books when I get them, and then putting them to the side to finish later!)

101 Strategies to Mark Academic Vocabulary Stick by Marilee Sprenger - Some of the ideas in this book might be ones you already utilize, but I like the easy to use ideas that can be implemented in therapy without specialized materials or lots of prep required.  This is an easy book to read a few pages at a time.

Zones of Regulation by Leah Kuypers - This has been very helpful in giving me vocabulary and visuals to talk about emotions and actions with my younger students, particularly when I push into our younger elementary self-contained classroom that my husband teaches.

Language at the Speed of Sight: How We Read, Why So Many Don't, and What Can Be Done About It by Mark Seidenberg - I've just started this book, but it's an interesting read by a cognitive neuroscientist who reviews the latest science in teaching reading.

Piecing it Together: A Systematic Approach Toward More Effective Language Therapy by Martha Frimer Cheslow - I think this book would be especially helpful for a beginning clinician or an SLP who isn't quite sure where to go with language intervention.  I like how there are specific goal examples, as well as potential therapy activities to go along with the suggested goal areas.

Learning with the Body in Mind by Eric Jensen - This was a book I read in grad school, and recently rediscovered it on my bookshelf.  I like that the suggested activities are simple to follow, and how it talks about the scientific basis behind the different activities.

The Informed SLP - I've done a more in-depth review here, but I love these bite sized article summaries, featuring the latest research in the field of speech-language pathology in easy to read and immediately apply format!

I'd love to know - what is on your SLP "to read" list?  Leave a comment below and let me know!

Do you ever get bored with the same old flashcard (and maybe a game) drill with your mixed articulation groups, especially for your older elementary students?  It's so hard to plan for students working on different sounds or levels, so you have given up being creative?

I've got a new therapy idea for you!  And BONUS - it's about as low prep as you can get.

First, you'll want to grab a piece of paper.  Divide the paper into the same number of sections as you have students in your group.  Then, write at least 10 words in each section that have each student's targets in them.  When your students come in, you can quickly have them take turns to practice all of their words - so if you have them say each word quickly 5 times, you easily have 50 productions each right there!

Then, you'll have each student pick one of their target words, and they have to come up with a complete sentence with that word.  As you are taking turns, you are building a collaborative story!  This can be as silly or as serious as you want, and you can even keep adding to your story in subsequent sessions.  (It's also a great way to sneak in some grammar/syntax practice as well!)

Check out my video below for an example story some of my students and I made together!

Do you think this is something you would try in therapy?  If so, let me know with a comment below!

PS:  Don't forget to sign up for my free email newsletter to have ideas like this sent directly to your inbox on a regular basis!

Sometimes, as busy school SLPs, we need a reason to laugh!  Here are five problems (intended in fun!) only my fellow SLPs understand.

Need a laugh?  Here are five problems only school SLPs understand!  (GIF style!)

Why do you work with Johnny?  I understand him just fine.

Need a laugh?  Here are five problems only school SLPs understand!  (GIF style!)

Hey, Mrs. Snyders!  Happy Balentimes day!

Need a laugh?  Here are five problems only school SLPs understand!  (GIF style!)

When you are informed that three new kids just moved in with speech-language therapy on their IEPs, which means you will have to rework your entire schedule.

Need a laugh?  Here are five problems only school SLPs understand!  (GIF style!)

Occupational hazard: spit on your glasses.

Need a laugh?  Here are five problems only school SLPs understand!  (GIF style!)

Getting mail in your box for the "speech coach."

Need a laugh?  Here are five problems only school SLPs understand!  (GIF style!)

What would you add to my list?

Need a laugh?  Here are five problems only school SLPs understand!  (GIF style!)

Books are a great way to target many different speech and language skills in therapy, particularly for mixed groups!  You can use them to target goals such as:
  • describing
  • story retell
  • past tense verbs
  • predicting
  • inferencing
  • comparing/contrasting
  • identifying problems/solutions
  • articulation and phonology
  • expanding utterances
  • answering WH questions
  • and more!
The Top Recommended Books for Elementary SLPs

One thing I often do is stick notes in a book after I read it, to help remind me what specific targets or questions I asked.  Sometimes I use post it notes, and sometimes I use sticky library pockets and index cards.  This makes each book even more low prep the next time I use it, so it’s easy to just pull it off the shelf and go!

Top 10 Favorite Books for Speech Language Therapy

Today, I’d like to share with you ten of my favorite books that I find myself reaching for the most when working with my elementary students (kindergarten to sixth grade).

Even Superheroes Have Bad Days (by Becker & Kaban) - I love this book because of both the theme (so many of my students love superheroes) and because of the message!  It talks about how everyone gets angry or frustrated, and gives examples of good choices to make when that happens. It’s full of /s/ words, too!

Adrift (by Jessica Olien) - This adorable book is about two polar bears who are polar opposites (sorry, couldn’t resist the pun!) who end up being stranded together, and end up as friends.  Bonus: There’s lots of /l/ words!

A Boy and His Jaguar (by Alan Rabinowitz) - This is a book I like to use with my older students (3rd and up), particularly for those who stutter.  It tells the story of Alan Rabinowitz, who grew up with a stutter, and now works for the Bronx Zoo.  It’s got a great message, but I do always have a discussion beforehand about how things in schools were very different back when the author was growing up, and we know people who stutter are no different than anyone else.  This one is also loaded with vocalic /r/ words.

Top 10 Favorite Books for Speech Language Therapy

Shark Detective (by Jessica Olien) - This book is about a lonely shark who wants to be a detective, but people are afraid of him.  He teams up with a cat to find a missing mouse, and ends up finding a family.  Lots of /sh/ words in this one!

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (by Chris Van Allsburg) - This is another one I like to use with my older students (about 3rd on up).  There are different, mysterious pictures on each page, each with one or two sentences to set up a story.  This is great for taking a language sample, because the reader can use their imagination to decide what happens next.  You can also use it to target things such as verb tenses, conjunctions, expanding sentences, telling things in appropriate sequence, describing, predicting, cause/effect, and inferencing, as well as sentence/conversation level articulation and fluency. 

Where the Sidewalk Ends (by Shel Silverstein) - This is a classic book of poetry that I love to use with my students (especially about 2nd grade and up) working on sentence level or higher articulation and fluency skills!  With poetry, you can talk a lot about using a proper speech and rate of speech, which is good practice for all of our students.  There are also a lot of jokes that involve higher level language in Shel Silverstein’s poetry.

Top 10 Favorite Books for Speech Language Therapy

A Unicorn Named Sparkle (by Amy Young) - This is a cute picture book about a girl who wanted to buy a unicorn, but ended up with something a little different than she was expecting.  (Bonus - lots of /sp/ practice!)

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers (by Mordicai Gerstein) - This is a true story about a man who walked a tightrope between the Twin Towers in New York City.  It's great for story retell, sequencing, inferencing, and more!

Journey (by Aaron Becker) & Float (by Daniel Miyares)
These are both great wordless picture books!  I like to use these when working on inferring, predicting, and story retell, although they are also great for language/articulation samples.

Tell me, what are some of your favorite books to use in therapy?

Have you seen these adorable miniature shopping carts before?  I spotted them a while ago at Hobby Lobby (similar here on Amazon or  Etsy) and had to grab them for use in therapy!

I wanted to share some ways I have been using them in therapy.
  1. These are great for use with sensory bins when targeting articulation, phonology, or pronouns!  As my students "discover" each individual item hidden in my different sensory bins, we pretend they are shopping for the item.  I'll pick a set word or phrase, depending on their target, that they have to say before placing the item in the cart (such as "I would like a ___" for a student working on the L, or "She wants a ___" for a student working on pronouns when speaking for a stuffed animal).  Then, once the cart is full, we have to "check out" from the store, where the student hands me each item and says the target word/phrase again.
  2. If you have more than one cart, you can use them to have students store their articulation/phonology target cards in and play with quietly while the other students in their group take their turn.
  3. You can also use the carts to go "shopping" around your therapy room to find stimulus cards that you have hidden with your students' therapy targets.  Have you student say the target word/phrase or answer the question before placing the card in their cart.
  4. When working on "smooth" and "bumpy" speech in stuttering therapy, you can use the carts to demonstrate the different types of speech, as well as have your students identify if their speech was "bumpy" or "smooth."
  5. The carts are also great for following directions!  You could set up an "obstacle course" on your therapy table or floor, and give specific directions that your students have to follow (such as, "Go around the tissue box, and then go behind the markers.")
And here are a few more ways to use them in my Youtube video!

Tell me, what other ways would you use these fun little carts?

Are you looking for some easy ways to dress up your therapy space, desk, or bulletin board? You'll definitely want to check out my Inspirational Quote Posters for SLPs!

Inspirational Quote Posters for SLPs by Natalie Snyders

Available in two separate sets (Inspirational Quotes or Seasonal Quote Posters) as well as a money saving bundle, these posters are designed to be printed using only black ink.  I love them, because all you have to do to quickly dress up your space is literally print and go!

Inspirational Quote Posters for SLPs by Natalie Snyders

You can choose to print them on regular computer paper (which looks especially nice framed with colored or scrapbook paper) or colored paper to match your decor, as seen in the examples here.

Inspirational Quote Posters for SLPs - Print & Go!

I personally have used the Inspirational Quote set as a bulletin board display in my therapy room, while I use the Seasonal Quote set outside my door and on my desk.  They would also be great to display in the hallway as a conversation piece during Better Hearing and Speech Month!

Inspirational Quote Posters for SLPs by Natalie Snyders

There's also a generic educator version, which makes for a great gift for your teacher friends!

Inspirational Quote Posters for Teachers by Natalie Snyders

Do you like decorating your therapy space?  Would these work for you?

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