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Get a flavor of the style of my book companions with a 50% discount! Scroll down a few posts to see details on this unit and how I used it with my students.

(hint: you get a few bonus hours because I’m not sitting at my computer at 12am!)

Red Nose Day (and a Freebie!)

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What is Red Nose Day?
Red Nose Day is an international movement through Comic Relief to provide support to those in need. In America, the effort is focused on ending childhood poverty, one silly red nose at a time. You can participate by getting your red nose at Walgreens (cost is $1 and half of that goes to the cause), engaging in the conversation, tuning into NBC on May 24, 2018, or setting up your own fundraiser. Get the entire scoop at https://rednoseday.org.


Red Nose Day is about seeing a need and making a difference. I send my three kids off to class each day with “be a good listener, use best effort, & be kind”. There are an overwhelming number of books that can be used to guide you in a lesson on kindness. I chose to spotlight “Be Kind” by Pat Zietlow Miller and “What Does It Mean To Be Kind” by Rana DiOrio because they break down the concept of kindness into tangible actions. This is important to me for my particular students. These books explore what it means to BE KIND in a sincere and meaningful way.

In addition to the tangible examples given in these stories, we will also use this vocabulary template to guide us to a deeper understanding of kindness.

I absolutely adore that Rana DiOrio, the author of “What Does it Mean to be Kind?”, explores the multiple meanings of “kind” to start off the story.  And the illustrations by Stephane Jorisch have such sweet details.

I appreciate the direct examples of kindness in both of the books. I have made a grid to go along with each story.  Each grid has two variations – one with clipart and one without.  Students who enjoy drawing can use the second grid to draw examples either from the story or their personal experiences.

I’m also excited about making this connections chart…How I will be kind a) to others b) to animals c) to the Earth and d) to myself.  My favorite part?  Of course it is decorating the face and gluing a red pom pom for the nose!

I hope you have fun adding a little silliness into the lesson of kindness!  I’d love to hear how you are incorporating Red Nose Day into your teaching.  You can grab this Promoting Kindness in the Spirit of Red Nose Day FREEBIE today!

“No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.”

~ Amelia Earhart

The Great Paper Caper… A fun lesson, indeed!

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I confess…I am obsessed with Oliver Jeffers! His illustrations are adorable and filled with a witty sense of humor.  The messages of his stories connect with children (and speechologists alike!)   We had fun with “The Great Paper Caper”, especially when we made paper airplanes for our own competition!  There is a theme of treating the forest (and our earth) respectfully, so we tied it into our Earth Day conversation.

I used my fun highlighting tape for the book and students used the word template as we dug in deep to the story vocabulary.  I also have a poster (or it can be cut into cards) with an example of the content for pre-teaching or a word wall.  I printed these on card stock for a colorful presentation.

I was able to target comprehension at different levels depending on the goals of my students.  It makes me so happy when we can jump into the land of stories together!

I don’t always cover each of these skills in each group.  For this story, I customized each group’s lessons and we were able to cover a lot of ground in four sessions.

The students loved making their own paper airplane!  You can see we unfolded the (winning) paper airplane to reveal the sequencing steps written inside.  My son made us some prototypes to work from, because otherwise it might been a disaster 🙂

If you’d like to check out these materials, you can find them here: Speech & Language Book Companion: The Great Paper Caper .



I guess I’ve been on a blog sabbatical!

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We have been using this vocabulary frame in therapy…turns out is works well on the blog also 🙂

I guess I’ve been on a blog sabbatical!  At work, I’m just trying to keep my head above the paperwork waters.  I’m proud to say that I’ve done my online documentation (previously known as medicaid billing and always known as a major time sponge) the same day of service EVERY DAY for the ENTIRE YEAR.  This is huge for me because in the past I was notoriously behind due to well, life.  You know that therapy life of planning, creating, implementing, documenting, and meeting about therapy…and then you get to document all of that all over again?! The district expectation is to be current within the week, and I have been current to the day. (yay me!) But alas, no blog entry.

I have supervised two graduate student interns this year.  There have been numerous professional conversations about parent/teacher/student communication, building relationships with all stakeholders, specific technique and rationale, patterns of speech/language behavior, educational trends, and evidence based research.  Thanks to a post from Activity Tailor, I learned about “The Informed SLP” which has filled my EBP and research bucket so full!  But alas, no blog entry.

This is a free app! And it definitely FREES up time while improving parent/SLP communication!


I’ve become Brightwheel’s #1 fan.  I am snapping pictures like crazy of materials and work productivity so parents know in real time the WHAT and HOW of our speech language skill work.  But alas, no blog entry.

I’ve been able to reach outside my therapy room to the perfect spot on campus that aligns with the stars to upload my therapy photos on instagram.  But alas, no blog entry.

We’ve explored some very cool authors/illustrators (#OliverJeffersObsessed) and units (Everyday inventions and their African American Inventors.  I even presented at a staff PD about executive functioning. But alas, no blog entry.

These one page stories are the perfect length for therapy sessions!

The grocery store knows us by name. I’ve been to piano, violin, and soccer weekly.  Started a neighborhood book club with Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls.  Binge watched “How I Met your Mother” and decided the name of the show should have been “Robyn, Robyn, Robyn”.  Planned family road trips to DC and FL.  Dreaming about a trip to Portugal, Spain, and Italy.  Currently immersed in “Hawaii 5-0”.  But alas, no blog entry.

Life is such a balancing act. I always want more time (and more Hootie songs!) My mantra this year has been to “follow your arrow”…do what feels right for your path.   I’ve  learned I do really well with predictable patterns, so I’m working on building a better blog post pattern.  I’ve learned to give myself permission to not juggle every ball all the time.  And HEY!  Here’s a blog entry!





Good Cookie Bundle…coming September 2017

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The “Good Cookie Bundle” is coming your way, September 2017!!

CFKC Good Cookie Bundle 2017


WHAT is this bundle? A collection of activities donated by generous SLPs and teachers. You get a variety of resources for one donation!  Everything is donated (I even cover the cut that is taken from TPT) so 100% of the funds raised go directly to Cookies For Kids’ Cancer.

WHEN will the Good Cookie Bundle be available?  During the month of September, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, you can purchase this bundle at a great value.  On October 1st it is off the market and I send the check to Cookies For Kids’ Cancer.

WHO can be involved?  Me, You, Everyone! I would love to hear from you now if you have a product you would be willing to include in this bundle.  (I will send you two of my products as a thank you! Email me for more info: emily@thespeechpathforkids.com)  The spirit of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer fundraising is about ALL kids and ALL types of childhood cancers, but it’s also about coming together for ONE cause…..our kids.

WHY? Now this is the good part!  Cancer has touched every aspect of my life…best friends, family, colleagues, students. I became involved with CFKC through my school community and now my whole family participates in various events throughout the year. Here is a little background on CFKC: Nearly ten years ago, founders Gretchen & Larry Witt made the decision to bake and sell 96,000 cookies to raise money for pediatric cancer research. They were inspired by their brave 2-year-old son, Liam, who tragically lost his battle to childhood cancer in 2011. From that original bake sale, CFKC was born. Since then, “Good Cookies” in their own community have continued to raise money to help children like Liam, through any way they know how. Bake sales, dodge-ball tournaments, fitness challenges, dance contests, TPT Good Cookie bundles – you name it!

Cancer is the #1 cause of death by disease of children in the U.S., however less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget goes towards all of the pediatric cancers combined. Researchers wait two years for those funds.  CFKC is able to provide grant funding within 45 days.  Without funding for research, there will continue to be a lack of advancements in treatment.

CFKC’s medical advisory board has awarded over $12.5 million in scientific grants over the past 9 years supporting the research for for 37 promising clinical trials.  The research that CFKC has funded has resulted in life saving treatments, providing appropriate medicine for kids along with hope for healthier days.

Good cookies

I have a long history of volunteering with Cookies For Kids’ Cancer and I can tell you that they are amazing stewards with the funds raised.  The #1 priority is to fund less toxic, more effective treatments for children battling cancer.

I look forward to hearing from some more Good Cookie SLPs to join in this bundle!!

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