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The Best Free Online Learning Resources for Educators & Therapists

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With a national transition to distance learning amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, administrators, teachers, and therapists are working hard to understand the ins-and-outs of virtual instruction. This has led to a significant change in the education landscape, as pretty much every company in this space has stepped up to offer free access to tools, services,… Read More »

Free SLP Download: Super-Fun Final Consonant Deletion Speech Activity

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Practice materials that engage your students are a critical element of successful treatment in any speech-language pathology classroom. This fun (and free!) final consonant deletion activity has 20 pages of minimal error pairs and pictures that are sure to do the trick! How it works Each page of this activity shows two words: one ending in… Read More »

The Day I Discovered the Benefits of Slime (Recipe, How-To Video, and Occupational Therapy Activities Included!)

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Slime for Occupational Therapy

On a recent rainy weekend, my young daughter approached me with a cautiousness I immediately recognized as a sign that she was about to ask something she knew I wouldn’t like.“Mommy,” she said. “Can we make….slime?” Slime! UGH! I had only recently learned that homemade slime had evolved from a niche internet fad to a… Read More »

Pittsburgh-based Charity Enables Children with Disabilities to Live Life to the Fullest

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Freedom of movement and the ability to easily communicate – two necessities of life that are easy to take for granted. But for a child with disabilities – the right equipment can be the difference between integration and isolation. Variety – the Children’s Charity, based out of Pittsburgh, has addressed this head-on, with three programs… Read More »

FREE DOWNLOAD – S Blend Tic Tac Toe Speech Therapy Game

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Looking for some fun new speech therapy materials to bring into your classroom? Our S Blend tic tac toe game is sure to brighten up your speech therapy sessions! This free articulation activity is full of vibrant pictures, and focuses on S blends (S clusters) sc, sk, sl, sm, sn, sp, st, and sw. The… Read More »

Create Your Own Speech Therapy Materials – It’s Easier Than You Might Think!

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As a Speech-Language Pathologist, planning out my speech therapy sessions is a large – and important – part of my job. Every student has their own unique challenges…and there’s not always a worksheet available to target a particular student’s communication goal. So to compensate, I’ve taken to developing my own speech therapy materials. I’ve found… Read More »

Baking Up a Fun-Filled Therapy Session (Yummy Recipes Included!)

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Baking is a wonderful opportunity to interact within your school-based therapy or special education session. While creating something delicious, you have ample opportunity to integrate math concepts (ingredient measurements), sequencing (following the steps in the directions), and vocabulary (the Ingredients.) Beforehand, research some of the ingredients to find out their purpose in the recipe (e.g.,… Read More »

Keepin’ It Old-School With Free, Printable Word Search Puzzles

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Winter Word Search

Is it just me, or does it seem as if technology has become the “new normal” for the elementary-school set? Just this morning, I awoke this morning to find my 7-year-old daughter on her iPad…not playing games, or watching YouTube videos of toy unboxings or “talking” Barbie dolls (though these are favorites of hers as… Read More »

Fun Activities for Children with Low Muscle Tone

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Whether you’re working in a healthcare setting or as a school therapist, there’s a good chance you’ll be charged with helping to improve muscle tone. Low muscle tone, or hypotonia, refers to abnormally low tension or resistance to movement in a muscle.  It occurs when the length of the resting muscle is slightly but atypically… Read More »