As a busy school SLP, I'm all about comfort when it comes to clothes, but I also want to still look professional at the same time.  I have been seeing the ads for Betabrand "Dress Yoga Pants" online for a while now, and finally decided to give a pair a try.

I shared some pictures of my experience on my Instagram account, and had several people comment that they would like to hear more about the pants, so here is my full review!

Betabrand has several different styles and colors of yoga dress pants available, along with travel styles, tops, and dresses.  Some of their items are still in the "development" phase, and if you pre-order one of those styles, you can get a 10-20% discount.

After some deliberation, I decided to go with the pewter gray "Straight Leg Dress Pant Yoga Pants."  I have a lot of both black and blue in my wardrobe, and I figured it would coordinate well with these colors.  I wasn't quite sure about the sizing, so I compared Betabrand's size chart with a different online store that I often buy from to help me figure it out.  (This turned out to be perfect on the size for me.)

After I got them in the mail, I couldn't wait to try out my new pants!  They were a little long to start with, but they description said they would shrink a bit after washing them.  I washed them on delicate, and let them air dry, like the directions suggest.  (Actually, I did put them in the dryer on low for about 10 minutes the next morning so they would be dry enough to wear, and they were fine.)  When I put them on, they felt amazing!

Off I went to work, ready to start the school day.  I paired it with a simple short sleeved shirt and black cardigan, along with my black Tieks and one of my favorite necklaces.

Like many SLPs, I do a lot of walking in my school day.  Our school houses about 600 students or so in preschool through sixth grade, so we have some long hallways!

In the afternoon, I see more of my younger students, which often can mean getting down on the floor.  On this day, I decided to go "fishing" with my kindergarteners.

After school, I walked to the post office (about 3 blocks from my house) to pick up the mail.

So, after giving the Dress Yoga Pants a full day's trial, here are my thoughts:

Pros:  These pants are VERY comfortable, no matter what the situation or activity.  (I think they would be especially great to travel in for a long car or plane ride!)  Other than my favorite worn-n pajama pants (do those count as pants??), these are the most comfortable pair of pants I have ever worn.  They come in a good variety of colors and styles.

Cons:  They are a bit pricey, unfortunately.  (However, you can get $15 off your first purchase by using my referral link here!)  Also, one minor quibble, but I wish they had pockets.

Overall impression:  I was really impressed by just how comfortable these pants were, yet still look professional at the same time.  I will definitely be purchasing more pairs in the future!

What do you think?  Have you tried these before?  Are you ready to try a pair now?  Let me know in the comments!
I must admit, I am not much of a craft person when it comes to therapy!  However, every couple of months, I like to pull out an quick and easy craft for my students to do.  Most of my students (and ok, myself!) are dreaming of summer with less than four weeks left in our school year.  I decided we should make something with a summer theme, and voila!  This cute ice cream cone craft was the result.

This simple craft has been great for all sorts of articulation and language goals!  All you need is different colors of construction paper, scissors, and glue.  I cut large pieces of contruction paper into three strips each for the background paper, then either I or the students (depending on their level) cut out the "scoops" and cone from the different colors of construction paper.  After this, we wrote our targets on each scoop, and finally glued them to the page.

Here are some of the goals I targeted with this craft:

  1. For students working on articulation/phonology goals, we wrote their target words/sentences on each ice cream scoop.
  2. For students working on describing with the Expanding Expression Tool (EET), we made our scoops match up with the colors in the tool, and wrote the corresponding attribute on each one.
  3. For students working on following directions, I gave them specific instructions to follow when we assembled our ice cream cones.  (For example, "Put the blue scoop below the white scoop.")
  4. For students working on expanding utterances or asking questions, I put the materials out of their reach, and had them ask for what they needed.  (For example, "Can I have the blue scoop?")
  5. For students working on plurals and verb tenses, we wrote the target form of the word on each scoop.
  6. For students working on categories, we came up with a category (such as ice cream flavors), and wrote them down on each scoop.
  7. For students working on coordinating conjunctions (FANBOYS), we came up with a sentence using each conjunction and wrote it on the scoop.
What do you think?
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