Have you seen these amazingly functional and stylish AAC necklaces from Lisa Street, over at Speech Street?


Lisa graciously offered to send me one of her jewelry pieces to try out.  She offers both necklaces and bracelets in her TpT store.  I don't wear bracelets very often, so I decided to go with the necklace option.


One thing I noticed right away when I open the box was how well made the necklace is.  I was a little worried that the symbols wouldn't stay attached very well, but I was impressed by the quality construction.  It's also very lightweight, which is an important consideration when you have several symbols hanging around your neck or wrist!


These are a great system to have on hand whenever you might need basic communication symbols throughout your school day, especially in the hallway, on the playground, or other unstructured time/space.  The symbols are double-sided, offering eight different visuals on four charms.


These would make a great gift for a fellow SLP, special education teacher, or social worker!  I can even see recommending something like this as a backup system for a parent to have at home or in the community.
I don't know about you, but I seem to have a LOT of /r/ students this year!  As it came time for parent teacher conferences and third quarter progress reports, I knew I needed to make something to explain just how complicated the /r/ sound can be for students to learn, and why.

I decided to make a one page handout, similar in style to my bestselling Speech-Language Therapy Explanation Handouts.  Naturally, I copied it on my trademark green paper so it would stand out!

speech language therapy articulation Natalie Snyders

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Did you know that there is now a monthly subscription box for SLPs?  It's called Time4Speech.com, and they graciously sent me a free sample box to try out.  (While the box was provided to me free of charge, all the opinions expressed here are my own.)


The box is available for $25 per month (with a digital-only option for $10 per month).  It's designed for ages 3-6, or children in preschool through about first grade.  

The box is built around a particular theme each month - the one I received was outer space themed.  Something I love about the box is that it includes toys, activities, and specific instruction sheets on how to target both speech AND language goals!  As a busy SLP, I love items that can be used over and over again in different ways.



Included in my box were a large outer space poster, a page with both speech and language instructions, articulation cards with themed words for common targets for this age range, a moon ball,   open-ended game board, game pieces, a spaceship pen, a rebus story, sticker chart with stickers, and glow in the dark stars.


For $25, I feel like this box is a very good value.  As a busy school SLP, I could definitely see ordering this for myself as a special treat each month!  (Seriously, who doesn't love fresh new therapy supplies that someone else has put together for you?)  Unfortunately, I don't have very many students on my caseload at the moment in this age range, but if I suddenly had an influx of kindergarten and first grade students, I would definitely order at least a couple of boxes during each school year.



While a few of the items were clearly for one child only - such as the sticker chart - I could see myself using the whole box during a week or two of therapy in my regular sessions.



I think this also is a great idea to recommend to parents and grandparents of students who want to help support their child's speech and language development at home!  This would be a great suggestion for over summer vacation or as a Christmas/birthday present.  

While this is currently targeted for ages 3-6, I would love to see some themed boxes for older students, too!


Side note: my cat Walden loved chasing the moon ball around my office!  I guess he is three years old, so he's technically within the target age range for this box.  :)
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