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Every year since 2002, no matter what the day is, September 19th is 'Talk Like a Pirate' Day!
I've joined up with Sweet Southern Speech to share what I'm doing in therapy that day!

It seems that kids (and adults!) love the idea of 'Talk Like a Pirate Day' and they really embrace the fun side of the day! From kids answering "yaaaaar" when responding to the register or trying to make it through the day with a homemade eye patch on, they all seem to enjoy being pirates!  Since I know they enjoy it so much I like to incorporate pirate themed games, crafts and activities in my speech therapy sessions and I wanted to share a few of these with you today!


Pop up Pirate is a must! This fun, silly game is not only great used as a reinforcer in speech therapy sessions but it's also good for working on requesting, increasing mean length of utterance and social skills- sharing, turn taking... being a good loser!

I also love this pirate puzzle 'Pirate Shapes' from Orchard Toys.  It contains 4 different boards, but they all have the same shapes missing.  We use this usually as a reinforcer during sessions, playing it as a memory game and we can also work on those all important social skills!


There are so many great crafts ideas on Pinterest!  I love this treasure chest craft from Red Ted Art! Who doesn't want their own treasure chest for their special things?  Check out my board of pirate themed crafts and activities for more ideas.


I love doing themed activities in my Speech Therapy sessions to help kids to work towards their goals. It helps keep them engaged and provides a nice bit of variety!  I've already shared about my therapy plans for September here. But I didn't mention about my plans for Talk Like a Pirate Day because I wanted to share them with you here instead! Here are a few activities I'm planning on using on Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Our following directions colouring packs are hugely popular and I'm sure our Pirate themed pack will be no different!  It contains 7 colouring pages with mixed length directions. It's all no prep, so just print out the pages you need, grab some crayons and you're good to go! They're great for homework too!

This Pirate themed freebie is by Panda Speech and is great for targeting categories in Speech Therapy sessions!  I will use this alongside my pirate puzzle game while we work on our categorising skills!  Panda Speech also has a free Speech and Language Drill sheet available in her TpT store too! This acts as a great reinforcer when eliciting multiple repetitions during therapy sessions!

Peachie Speechie has a great game to use alongside Pop Up Pirate that is for practising speech sounds! This /m/ freebie is available in her TpT store, but you can get a pack with /r, l, s, m, k, g, f, v/ and /s/ blend sounds here.

I have lots of children on my caseload who are working on prepositions too!  I love using these Interactive Books and have a range of them in our TpT Store. You can buy them separately or in this money saving bundle.
We use the interactive book during our sessions to practice and reinforce the prepositions, and I send the worksheets home for extra practice.  The worksheets are all no prep and are great to use as homework! Check out our Pirate themed book & worksheet pack here.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing what we have planned for Talk Like a Pirate Day!  What have you got planned?  Drop me a message below, I'd love to hear about it!

Sweet Southern Speech has hosted a linky to gather together all of the Talk Like a Pirate themed blogposts; head over there now to see what other SLP Bloggers have planned too!

How can it really be September already?  Where did summer go?!!  We're joining up with Speech is Sweet again this month to share 'A Slice of Speech' for September!.  Check out her post & the linky here.
Now, although it seems to have come around really quickly, I must say, Autumn is my favourite season!  I love the changing colours, the crisp, fresh mornings and being able to layer up with cute scarves, boots and chunky knit sweaters! Perfect!

As I've mentioned before, since I don't work directly for a school and I have a large caseload, I like to plan activities that will meet the needs of most of my caseload and that don't require much preparation.  Here's what I have planned for September 2016...
Note: These aren't in a specific week order, I will do a range of these activities throughout the month. 

So, this month in our Speech and Language Therapy sessions, we're going to be doing some fun, no prep, Autumn (Fall) themed activities!  Here in the UK, schools are just starting to go back after their summer break, and although I don't have a summer break myself, I've decided that for the first week or so, we'll do some "Back to School" themed activities.  We'll be using our fun Ice Breaker Activities - these are great for any small groups and can be used all year round, but are particularly good for the start of term! For any new kids on my caseload I like to use the "All about me" pages and we fill one in each, so they get to know more about me too! We'll also do some following direction activities from our Back to School themed Following Directions pack!  These will act as a good baseline for the children who I know struggle with following directions and gives us a chance to discuss their new classes/schools and for me to get to know them a little bit more!  Since it's a new year for them (but not strictly for me), we will take the time to recap their targets and I'll make sure their teachers know what the children are working towards too.  We'll be using our Pencil Craft Target freebie, so the kids can write their targets down and take them home to show parents, and we'll use the Learning Target Posters so they can write out their targets and take them back to class to show their teachers.  

I always have new children coming onto my caseload, or children who need their speech sound progress reviewing, so I like to ensure I have my Informal Speech Sound Assessment with me.  It's so convenient to use; I love being able to take baseline data and then review progress throughout the year. I printed mine half size but there's a full size version too, which can be saved onto an iPad for a no prep & ink saving option!  We're also still loving the Articulation Tic Tac Toe games; we're currently working on other packs for different sounds! Be sure to follow our store on TpT so you're kept up to date with new releases!  You can buy the Tic Tac Toe games separately, or save money by buying the Growing Bundle (price increases as more packs are added).

I love using the Stamp n Say worksheets in therapy.  These no prep fall themed packs for /k g t d f s sh/ and /s/, /l/ and /r/ blends are great to use in Speech Therapy sessions and then to send home as homework!  You can buy them separately or get them in this money saving Speech and Language Bundle here.  In Speech Therapy sessions we usually use counters or playdoh to cover the images up, they then take them home to colour and practice again!

Pages from the /k g t d f s sh/ pack.

Since I work with children who have a range of language difficulties, I really like using resources which can meet many different goals!  Our no prep Back to School themed and Fall Themed following directions colouring packs are a huge hit in therapy sessions!  They're great to target following mixed length directions, as well as concepts, pronouns, plurals and more!  You can buy them separately or they're available in different bundles. Check out the whole range of following direction packs here.

I'm also using our Fall themed Language Activities Pack this month; it contains a range of activities that meet lots of different goals for Speech Therapy, such as pronouns, prepositions, synonyms, categories and more!  It's all no prep too, which I love! You can buy it as part of the Fall Speech and Language Bundle here!

A peek at some pages from our Fall Language Activities Pack.

I also really like the 10 Minute Grammar Flip Book by Teach Speech 365!  I bought it during the sitewide TpT Sale and absolutely love it!  It's great to use to get baseline data and do a quick screen of language needs, particularly when I'm out on visits to different schools, and I can't carry many assessments around!

Phew!!  So many things planned!! September is a busy month for us!  Also, although it's not on the plan here, since the 19th September is 'Talk Like a Pirate Day', we're going to do some pirate themed activities too.  We'll share about those in our next blog post!

What do you have planned for therapy this month?  We'd love to hear! Drop us a comment below!

Don't forget to head back to the Linky to check out what other SLP Bloggers have planned this month!

I recently purchased a set of these planner stickers from Kiwi Speech on Etsy and I wanted to do a review about them, so I could share about how I intend to use them and to give you chance to have a closer look!

Please note: I ordered these myself, I was not asked to do this review and just wanted to share my views about the planner stickers.  I haven't received any form of compensation, so you're getting a full, honest & unbiased review! :)

I had been coveting these planner stickers for a while and when Kristin of Kiwi Speech announced that she was now offering international shipping, I jumped at the chance to order my own set!  I took a while to choose because the range of colours and options is amazing, but in the end I ordered the SLP Weekly/Monthly To Do Lists and the SLP Schedule 1 planner sticker sets, both in "solid subdued" colours!  I loved the pastel shades and knew they'd match the colour of any diary I get (I get given a diary/planner each September, so I've not actually got mine yet!). Now, I should probably say at this stage that the stickers are designed for Erin Condren planners, but although I covet these too, I've never owned one and it isn't likely I will, because we have to use specific diaries at work.  But, I could tell from looking at the size of them, that they'd be suitable for the diaries we get provided, and I really wanted some,  so I went ahead an ordered myself the sets anyway! :)

Now, because I'm based here in the UK and Kristin is all the way in Pennsylvania I was expecting the delivery to take a while.  But I ordered them on 6th August 2016 and received them on the 16th August 2016!  That is some fast international shipping!

They arrived in a hard, cardboard package and the font on the label was so nice!  Inside, the stickers were in a cellophane wrap with a nice 'Thank You' card included with all of the logos for where you can find Kiwi Speech's various social media sites and stores.  I loved the way they were packaged; they were so well protected that they had made it all the way to the UK without any damage at all! :) The order details were also included, and Kristin had checked them all off, so I could see easily that it was all included!

The stickers were even prettier than I had hoped! The colours are gorgeous and the fonts are so pretty!   The quality of the stickers is really good and they're the ideal size for the diary/planner I will have at work! (A small, A5 diary -roughly 6"x8").  Some of the stickers I chose are on removable paper (which I haven't tried yet), but Kristin is honest on her page that they might not be removable on every type of paper- I loved this honesty in her description!  I wanted removable stickers for those times when the stickers are put on wonky (nightmare!) or when I don't manage to complete the to-do list one week, so I can move it to the following week! 
The SLP weekly/monthly stickers have plenty of space to write in student names and the SLP Schedule 1 stickers provide a great, quick reference for meetings, professional development days and 'no school' days!

I also love the additional motivational quotes and the organisational stickers too! I'm going to use the pin/paperclip ones in the note pages of my diary to make a list of things to remember or to make each month! :)  I love being organised and I'm a visual person, so these stickers are perfect for me!

Here's a closer look:

Final thoughts... I love the overall look and quality of these stickers.  The cut and detail on each sticker is perfect and I know that they're going to be really useful at work! I can tell that they will help me stay organised so I can have a great year and I'm really excited to get my new diary next week, so I can put them to use!  I'll definitely be buying more when I've used these up!

If you're interested in getting your own, head over to Kiwi Speech on Etsy to purchase your own sets.  She provides a range of different types and the selection is growing regularly! Be sure to follow her on Instagram too, as you often get a sneak peek on there before they're posted in her store!

I'd love to hear how you stay organised; what are your favourite ways to keep your to-do lists in order?  Let me know below!

This might come as a shock to a lot of you, but as I don't work in a school, I don't get a summer break...  I know right?!  Instead, I get holidays throughout the year, whenever I choose (which is pretty great!).  But this means that I don't get that "Back to School" dread excitement like many of you will be having at this point in the year!  I have a really full and busy caseload and see almost 50 children a week, so I don't tend to do many separate themed activities for individual kids! Instead, I choose activities which can meet the targets of a wide range of my caseload, while also ensuring the kids are engaged and having fun!  I've always liked the idea of sharing about what I do in my therapy room and Scarlett over at Speech is Sweet has a really fun monthly linky called 'A Slice of Speech' which I was so excited to link up with! 

What's it all about?
The linky will take place at the start of each month and is a great way for Speech Therapy bloggers to share visual plans for the month.  It's a great way for you to gain more ideas of things to use in your therapy room too! 

Now, let's get into this month's plans....

Each week I see a wide range of kids; a lot of these need reviewing and I love to use our Speech Sound Screener to monitor their progress! It's ordered by general age of acquisition for each sound, so for younger children, I know I don't need to look through the whole assessment in order to gauge their progress and this is a great timesaver!

A lot of my caseload seem to be struggling with similar sounds at the moment- lots of fronting, backing, stopping and cluster reduction is going on! I love having no prep activities that we can do during the session and that they can take home for homework.  I'm currently loving our new Articulation Tic Tac Toe games for /k g t d/ and /f v s z/ sounds!  We also have a /p/ freebie in our store that is great for working on plosives too!  Since it's summer, I'm also trying to do lots of summer themed activities, and our no prep summer themed Stamp n Say worksheets are great for working on /s/, /r/ and /l/ blends! 

My caseload is very varied, so I love to use products that can target a range of skills.  If I can use one product all day long, I am a very happy SLT!
Currently, the kids on my caseload are loving these summer themed language activities- the pack is no prep, so you can just print and go! It's great for working on pronouns, verbs, synonyms and antonyms, categories and more! I also love our summer themed following directions colouring pack!  This pack focuses on helping kids practise following directions, but also targets pronouns, plurals and verbs!  Both of these are perfect for sending home as homework too!
I'm also loving these Preschool Vocabulary Smash Mats by Simply Speech and these Language Dough Dab Mats by A Perfect Blend (bonus- these are free too!).  These are great used together to work on categories, core vocabulary and more!  Plus, kids just love using playdoh!!

Truth be told, I have a few other things planned too- such as completing formal assessments and reports... but that's not quite as fun to talk about! 

I hope you've enjoyed reading about what I've got planned for therapy in August! I'd love to know what you've got planned too- drop me a comment, I love finding new resources and activities to use!
If you're wanting more ideas, be sure to head back to the linky to check out what other speech therapy bloggers have planned too!

How can it really be August already?   Here in the UK, most schools have only recently broken up for their summer holidays and don't go back to school until September! But I know many of you overseas, particularly in the US, are gearing up to return to school soon!
Well, thankfully Teachers Pay Teachers have helped with the Back to School preparations by organising a sitewide sale and Jenna from Speech Room News has hosted a fun linky to help us celebrate!

The theme for this sale is Best Year Ever! I love the positivity of that statement and I'm so excited to share some products with you, which I'm sure will help make your start super easy and help you towards having the Best Year Ever!

We've been busy over here at The SLT Scrapbook, making new resources and updating old favourites! Here's what we would recommend from our store:

Our Informal Speech Sound Assessment is our best seller and was recently updated!  With this low prep assessment, you can assess all speech sounds in all positions (where possible!).  It provides a great way to monitor progress throughout the year!

This is brand new in our store!  I love using games during therapy, and so do my kids!  I think it's great when the work is incorporated within the game!  This Growing Bundle of Articulation Tic Tac Toe games will contain tic tac toe games for all speech sounds- the price will increase each time a pack is added, so buy early to save big!  You can also buy separately. We currently have /k g t d/ and /f v s z/ products in our store!

This Seasonal Bundle contains the 4 seasonal themed following direction colouring packs from our store- at a great money saving price!  Or, you can buy them individually from our store here:
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter.
These products are great to use when working on following mixed complexity, verbal or written instructions!

Our Ice Breaker & Team Building Activities pack has recently undergone a huge update!  It now contains a large range of activity ideas, crafts, team building games and worksheets, which are great for back to school activities, small group working and social skills groups!  Most of the activities within this pack are no prep! So you can just print and go!  Perfect for back to school!

Our interactive prepositions books are really popular and so engaging!  This growing bundle contains all of the prepositions books that we have in our store currently and will contain any future books too!  If you buy now, you'll save big!

Now that I've shared some top resources from our store, here's what I recommend from some fabulous TpT sellers!

This huge packet of activities has really caught my eye! It contains 202 pages of activities for /k g f v/ sounds!  I love the variety and the fact that colour and black and white versions are included!
You can check this out from The Speech Attic here.

I was lucky enough to get to preview the tablet activities in this great product by Fun in Speech!  If you're working on following directions, I highly recommend this No Prep Following Directions Activities pack!  It contains 190 stimulus items, organised by concept and difficulty!  

In our cart, we have some great clipart from various TpT sellers!  We have loads of new products in the pipeline and can't wait to share them with you all!

Make sure you keep up to date with what's new in store & what we have planned in our speech room by following us in all of these places........

Thanks for dropping by! Be sure to head back to the linky to check out what other TpT sellers have in their carts!
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