I don't know about you, but this time of year starts to get a little crazy for me!  With the holidays coming up, field trips, class parties, IEP meetings, and everything else that disrupts my regular weekly schedule, it can be hard to find the time to come up with new therapy ideas and prep them.

This year, I've got you covered!  I recently posted a set of fall vocabulary picture cards that are perfect to use in the hectic partial week of therapy leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday.  I love these, because I'm able to use these in so many different ways to target so many different goals, from articulation to language to grammar.  I have included several of these ideas with the cards in case you need some ideas.

I simply printed them out, laminated them, and then put them on a ring that I can easily hang up on my bulletin board next to my table or slip inside my clipboard.

Tell me, do you think this is something you might be able to use?  Head on over to my TpT store to download this freebie now!

It's hard to believe ASHA 2015 is over!  It was a whirlwind three days, filled with amazing friends, great new therapy ideas, and meeting many of you.

One of the best parts was spending time with these amazing ladies!

I loved getting to spend time with these 14 wonderful bloggers - Felice (the Dabbling Speechie), Jenna (Speech Room News), Cheri (Super Power Speech), Hallie (Speech Time Fun), Jessica (Consonantly Speaking), Jenn (Crazy Speech World), Whitney (Let's Talk), Nicole (Allison's Speech Pees), Lauren (Busy Bee Speech), Shannon (Speechy Musings), Danielle (Sublime Speech), Courtney (Speech Therapy with Courtney), Rachel (Let's Talk Speech Therapy), and Maureen (the Speech Bubble SLP)!  We've all known each other online for about three years now, but I've only had the privilege of meeting a couple in person before this week.

All 15 of us spent time at the SLP Bloggers Booth 429 in the exhibit hall, and we also hosted a meet and greet on Thursday night, organized by the fabulous Felice from The Dabbling Speechie. 

We had a great turnout with over 100 people gathering for desserts (provided by the fabulous ladies at Yapp Guru) and giveaways.  We had tons of great prizes donated, including gift certificates from all of our stores, a Super Duper gift certificate, app codes from I Can Do Apps and Erik X. Raj, subscription boxes from Time for Speech, an R Made Simple kit, Quick Take Alongs from Super Duper, Smarty Symbols subscription, and more!  

I also attended some great sessions while at ASHA.  I love being inspired by practical new ideas that I can come home immediately and implement on Monday! Some highlights included:

Listening to my friends Nicole Allison (from Allison's Speech Peeps) and Jenna Rayburn (from Speech Room News) present on practical ideas to incorporate the CCSS into therapy.

Learning about ideas to use story books in therapy from my friend Maureen Wilson from The Speech Bubble SLP.

Other sessions I really enjoyed were on how to teach inferencing skills, how to target complex syntax systematically with your students, and how to support math skills from a language persepective.

On Saturday, I had the privilege and honor of co-presenting a session in front of 100 people titled "Social Media Resources for Today's SLP" with my good friends Maureen Wilson (The Speech Bubble SLP), Danielle Reed (Sublime Speech), Felice Clark (The Dabbling Speechie) and Cheri Chin (Super Power Speech).  I will definitely remember it as a highlight of my career!  It went so well that I already am thinking about session proposals for next year.  :)

While ASHA 2015 in Denver was my first ASHA convention, it certainly won't be my last!  I am already looking forward to Philadelphia next year.

Can I make a confession?  I’ve never been to a big SLP convention before.  But next week(!), that changes, when I board the plane to head to the national ASHA convention in Denver!

I must admit, I am nervous, as I have never flown by myself.  (Side note:  If you run into me at the CMI, DFW, or DEN airports, please say hi and introduce yourself!  You will help distract me and make me feel less nervous.  :))

But this year has been all about stepping out of my comfort zone, both professionally and personally.  At this time last year, I saw many of my online friends posting pictures and sharing their experiences at the conference, and I made the decision to make it a reality this year.

My motto this year!

So why am I choosing to attend the ASHA convention this year?

  •  To grow professionally.  There are so many sessions to choose from on a variety of different topics.  As a school SLP with a varied caseload, that is so helpful!  I hate to spend all of my continuing ed time for the year on a conference for just one small subset of my caseload.  By attending the ASHA convention, I can attend different sessions that will cover the majority of my caseload.
  • To connect and network with other SLPs.  I have some wonderful SLP friends I have come to know online, but haven’t had the opportunity to spend time with many of them in person.  As the only SLP employed by my small district, I sometimes feel isolated.  I have come to realize that time connecting with other SLPs is very valuable, and I need to take advantage of the opportunity when it is available.  I love learning new ideas and brainstorming ways to meet similar challenges that my fellow SLPs face, too!
  • To share some of my own knowledge.  Through some of my amazing SLP blogger friends, I have been allowed the opportunity to co-present a session at the convention.  Danielle from Sublime Speech, Maureen from the Speech Bubble, Felice from The Dabbling Speechie, CC from Super Power Speech, and I will be presenting on Saturday at 4:00 on “Social Media Resources for Today’s SLP.”  (If you know me, you know that public speaking is definitely outside my comfort zone!)
  • To meet some of you!  I am one of fifteen bloggers who will be spending time at the SLP Blogger Booth #429 in the convention hall.  I’m looking forward to meeting more of my online followers - if you are at the convention, make sure you stop by!  I will have pens to hand out, as well as postcards with some exclusive freebies.  (Make sure to follow my Facebook page and Instagram account to find out what hours I will be at the booth.)  We are also hosting a meet up for all SLPs on Thursday night - there will be free dessert and tons of prizes!  Find out more and RSVP here.

Have you been to a national or state convention before?  What were the best parts for you?  What tips do you have for me?  I would love to know!
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