Wednesday, October 1, 2014

GIVEAWAY & PRODUCT REVIEW! Interactive Idioms from Publishing Company

Could it be my birthday? No.  OK.  Maybe it's Christmas?  No. Hmm.  No matter what, I feel super lucky and I have that excited feeling inside that is similar to the one a child gets when they were able to open their first present on Christmas morning! This is because I've just received a shiny new interactive set from Publishing Company, and I just know that I'm going to like what I see!  I always love their materials! And "yes" it is exactly what I was hoping for!  It is a full set of materials for targeting a language goal and it is all ready for me to take to the speech clinic tomorrow to start using right away! materials are awesome.  They all come laminated and even have Velcro dots applied to them.  This makes my life EASY!! I look very prepared for a useful and interactive therapy session and the durability of the laminated product that comes in a storage bag means that I will be able to have this great set of materials for many years to come!  

I already have five students in mind that I will use the product with this week alone.  Can you imagine how many more times I'll use it in my therapy sessions in the next 15 to 20 years?  Many more! So, good thing it is so durable, huh? I just know that this product will hold up to the usage amount! 

This new awesome set is called "Interactive Illustrated Idioms 3A3B"  It is actually a set of two different interactive idiom sets and I am lucky to now have for helping my own students understand idioms better. I have a total of 48 different colorful cards to use for working on the literal meaning of idioms.  This is terrific!  There are an estimated 2,500 idioms I read once, and I do have difficulty deciding on which ones to tackle sometimes, but I see that SpeechPages has made the decision for me already by selecting 48 of the most commonly used ones.  Terrific! This idiom teaching has already turned into a PIECE OF CAKE!

What is an idiom?  Here's a friendly reminder: It's a phrase that cannot be understood by just looking at the words.  It is a phrase that can get used a lot by people, but if you haven't memorized the actual meaning of it, you would have NO IDEA what they are talking about!

For example



I actually use these type of sayings all of the time in my own speech without even realizing that I'm saying them (I'm big on saying the, "EASY PEASY, LEMON SQUEEZY" and the "TAKE THE CAKE" ones! Many of my own students just look at me with puzzled looks on their faces and ask, "What does that mean Mrs. Manda?" If we say these saying in our own everyday speech, other people are doing it too of course! This means that we have to take the time to teach idioms to our own children and students.  Increasing their understanding of the figurative language area of idioms will make them more effective at understanding and expressing language and that will improve their overall communication skills tons! 

Idioms are part of our language, but there's no way anyone will know what they mean if they don't practice using them and gain an understanding of both their literal and metaphorical meanings beforehand. This set of cards are going to be very helpful for illustrating exactly what each one means in a colorful and fun way. All we have to do is take the top card off the Velcro to see the literal meaning of the idiom underneath it. We could also take them all off and go on a search to find the meaning.  This will give us an opportunity to practice listening, reading and memory skills too.  If we don't find the match right away together than we will have to remember what we had read or seen. 

The pictures are cute, colorful, informative and the text is easy to read.  I just know that they are going to initiate a lot of discussion about the fun teaching area of idioms!  

One thing that I really like too is how the developers had the forethought to highlight the actual idiom on the card. This makes the actual words to be targeted for memorizing and use easy to see! 

Look at how many I have!  Whew.  Awesome! 
Want your own set?  

Now, who am I going to use these useful cards with?  Well, the first students that come to mind are the ones that I see who are higher on the autism spectrum and need to come see me in order to work on social skills and to increase their higher level language understanding like figurative language. These students have a lot of difficulty memorizing the meaning of idioms and using them effectively in conversation.  They seem a bit too abstract to them.  They struggle to recognize them and to realize the differences between their literal and non-literal meanings.  I will also present these cards to my younger language students who need to start hearing these sayings so that they can understand what their teachers and caregivers are trying to tell them.  Working on idioms is appropriate I think for children ages 4 and higher. 

These cards will make it fun to practice learning about then and they sure will help me continue to enjoy my job as a speech-language pathologist!  I love helping children advance in their language skills.  Yay!

I'm excited to utilize these in therapy very soon!  Would you like your own set too?  Why not head over to today to pick up your own and start helping your students today with the process of learning to recognize, understand, and use idioms in their own conversational speech productions. Your therapy session will not only turn into a HOLE IN ONE, but will also TAKE THE CAKE!! 

Also, you can see if this if can be a LUCKY DUCK by entering the Rafflecopter giveaway located below. Publishing Company is giving away one set of their Interactive Idioms.  Isn't that awesome?!!! 

And remember, it's better to STRIKE WHILE THE IRON IS HOT and enter the giveaway right away because you don't want to miss your chance of winning this fantastic set of idiom teaching cards by the LUCK OF THE DRAW. The giveaway will only be posted for one week.  Good luck!! 

Best wishes,
Manda, SLP
Twin Speech, Language & Literacy LLC

Note: provided a free copy of this awesome idiom teaching packet for me in order to complete this review. Publishing Co.
P.O. Box 356
North Olmsted, OH 44070

  Info @

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Favorite Therapy Item Thursday: Kelly from Speech2u talks about Speech-Pictures! Analysis & Therapy by Char Boshart, SLP

Hi! I'm Kelly from Speech2u. I'm excited to share one of my favorite therapy products with you. Admittedly, I have a lot of favorites. I love games and toys cool and crafty Pinterest projects. I chose the ebook, Speech-Pictures! Analysis & Therapy by Char Boshart, MA CCC-SLP because it is a lifesaver for me when I have a client or student who is just NOT making progress with their articulation.

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I've taken several classes from Char Boshart and highly recommend attending one if she comes to your area. She is an excellent presenter and I learned so much about articulation and the motor component for speech. I'm tongue-tied and it was in her class that I first realized most people can use their tongue to clear all the food in their mouth-including the food by their molars. I was really geeking out in her class.

I don't use this book with every client or student-I'm guessing I use it with about 5-10 percent of my caseload. Here's what I think is great about it. The beginning includes about pages of lingual capacity activities. I know that Oral motor therapy is considered controversial-but these are activities on a hierarchy-that are designed to teach the placement. If a child can't elevate his back tongue-he's probably not going to achieve a good /k/ or /r/ sound.

These activities work better one on one-and it is nice to get carryover at home-but I'm usually done with the program in about 2-4 weeks. I had a client years ago who was came to me at a private clinic where I used to work. He was going into second grade and was still fronting his /k/ and /g/s. He'd had other outpatient therapy and he was getting services in the schools. Knowing that he'd had speech therapy for probably 5 years, I knew that his therapist had tried all of the conventional tricks-and it was time to try something different. So we worked on the lingual capacity activities for back tongue movement. It took three weeks with the parents practicing at home-but we were able to get him producing the /k/ sound in all word positions. It doesn't work this great for every student or client-but it works for at least 50% of them which is awesome!

The second half of the book consists of in depth analysis of how we produce each sound as well as teaching tips and hierarchies for each sound. Each sound (r, s, sh, ch, t, d, k, g, f, v, th, l) is broken down by each articulator (ex. how does the jaw, sides of the tongue, mid tongue and tongue tip/lips move to produce each sound.) Common errors or distortions are discussed with potential treatment activities. Specific information on how hard or soft tissue abnormalities can impact speech are included along with possible compensatory treatment techniques.

The ebook costs $20.00 which is money well spent if you have ever had a tricky client or student who just wasn't making progress with their articulation goals.

Disclaimer-I am not affiliated with Char Boshart and did not receive any compensation for this review. I just really liked her book and wanted to share it with others.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

FREEBIE! Pre- K Autumn Time Concepts


It's pumpkin time again and that is why we revised our Autumn Time Concepts Packet. It is filled with fun fall-themed clip art and a whole lot of fun worksheets to do with your Pre-K students!

Here is a list of  the type of some of the worksheets that you will find inside this FREE download:

1) What’s Different? 
2) What Shapes Do You See?
3) Smallest to Biggest
4) Boy or Girl?
5) Count the Pumpkins
6) Name the Letter
7) Name the Autumn Object
8) Name the Color


You can download it right away from our:
or our:

Just click on the link to either store today! And have a fun, jumping into a pile of leaves with shouts of glee, biting into a sweet and juicy apple, pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating kind of FALL!  :) 

Shanda Gaunt, M.S. CCC-SLP
Manda Riebel, M.A. CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologists
Twin Speech, Language & Literacy LLC

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

A tip for slowing down speech & a free "All About Me Worksheet"

Hi everyone,
I have a student who is a very fast talker.  He is only four and he loves cars, trains and anything boy! He needs cues to slow down his speech because when he talks super fast, he is almost impossible to understand! I tried using a pacing board with him last week, and I have also tried having him point to one syllable at a time on some multi-syllable word picture cards that I have, but those strategies did not seem to have an impact. That is when it hit me!  I decided to take out the cars that he loves so much and "park" them after we played with them a little while.  We gave them all a designated parking spot after working on his articulation goals together for the /K/ -/C/ sounds with words like:  "park" "car"and "truck" and then we turned the parked cars into a visual pacing board.  

He was asked to say one word as he tapped each parked car.  He repeated phrases about himself that we had developed from an "All About Me" poster that we had put together from one of our Twin Speech units called: "Back To School Speech & Language Unit" (see below for a free copy of that worksheet). He instantly slowed down his speech and repeated every single word in each sentence about himself with a slow and accurate rate.  It was wonderful to hear him say so much personal information about himself in such a slow and accurate way! It truly was a functional and productive therapy activity that I think may carry over into his life in a positive way.  It is so good for kids to be able to talk about themselves and have others understand what they are saying like their names, family members, grade that they are in etc.. 

The other nice thing is that I noticed that he continued to talk slow in general conversation when the task was completed.  

We had so much fun doing this and it was an activity that really seemed to help him.  I thought that I would share it to see if is something that you would like to try with your own students too.  

Best wishes, Manda, SLP
Twin Speech, Language & Literacy LLC  

*Click HERE or on the picture below to be directed to google docs to obtain your own copy of the All About Me page.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

SLP Facebook Frenzy -Don't miss it! September 7th and 8th.
*Click on the image to begin at the Twin Speech, Language & Literacy LLC Facebook Page.

 1) Click on the map below which will take you to the list  of SLPs whom will all be participating in the Frenzy.
 (Or click HERE to get to the map).

** Once you have opened the map up in Google docs, click on any of the squares.  It will take you to that specific Facebook page.  

***Just look at all of the fabulous participating Speech-Language Pathologist's!

3) Look for the tab on their Facebook page that looks like this:

5) When you click on the tab and LIKE the page, you will be able to download their FREEBIE.  

* This is what the picture will look like before liking our page: 

This is what is will look like after liking the page:

Here is our freebie. (The Frog Prince: Prepositions and Pronouns).


The frenzy begins at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Sunday, September 7th and will run until 10:00 p.m. Eastern Monday, September 8th.

We hope you have a great time!!!

Shanda and Manda, SLPs

Saturday, September 6, 2014

50% off!- Interactive Halloween-Themed Apraxia Exercises: VC, CV AND CVCV WORDS

Hello friends. This brand new colorful and fun interactive unit for children with limited verbalizations or apraxia will be 50% off for 24 hours. We provide this savings to everyone for all of our brand new postings.

We welcome you to enjoy the super cute and pre-K friendly Halloween world of friendly ghosts, pumpkins and smiling silly monsters by using this Halloween-themed interactive unit with your students whom need to work on their productions of VC, CV and CVCV words.

We just know that they are going to enjoy the Halloween train making using your CV, VC, and CVCV words presented with a colored picture, the Seek-n-Finds and the road racing games a ton!

You will find a large variety of interactive and age appropriate worksheets, activities and therapy cards for all to enjoy in this 55 page spooktacular packet!
Note: This packet has a great mix of both colorful and black and white worksheets in order to save you the cost of printing out in colored ink if you wish!

Please download the preview to read the contents of this unit and to see examples of the pages within the unit. We want to make sure that you know what you are buying before you do.
We sincerely hope that this unit exceeds your expectations and we welcome any and all comments and feedback here at TN or TpT or sent via email. We can be reached at:

Thank you so much for stopping by our Twin Speech, Language & Literacy blog today. We wish you all well and appreciate your support very much!
Shanda Gaunt, M.S. CCC-SLP
Manda Riebel, M.A. CCC-SLP



Thursday, September 4, 2014

Favorite Therapy Item Thursday: LyndaSLP123 talks about Monster Boxes and a Muffin Tray Coin Toss Game!

Shanda and I are excited to welcome, Lynda from LyndaSLP123  to our blog today to guest post on her favorite therapy items. She is an intelligent and resourceful speech-language pathologist who has been working with a variety of students for 19+ years.  Her diverse work environments include: daycares, Head Starts, homes and schools. Currently, she is working in an elementary school and helps a variety of children from Pre-k to 5th grade advance in their speech and language skills.  Her students are lucky because she also creates her own extremely useful and creative products for them and for others to use and buy over at her Teachers Pay Teachers store. You can check out all 72 wonderful products of hers by clicking on this link to her LyndaSLP123 Teachers pay Teachers store today! 

We really appreciate Lynda's informative post today about her cute and creative Monster Boxes and also her clever Coin Toss Game.  Both ideas would be super fun to implement into any therapy room and we hope that you can bring them into yours soon!  Enjoy the post everyone! 

Manda & Shanda, SLPs
Twin Speech, Language & Literacy LLC

Hi!  I’m Lynda from LyndaSLP123.  Manda & Shanda have invited me to talk about my favorite things to use in speech & language therapy.  My go-to favorite therapy items are often DIY activities that are open-ended, allowing me to use them with any therapy group.  Today let me share my two favorite ones:  Monster Boxes and Coin Toss.

Monster Boxes are easy to make.  First find a box.  I used a tissue box for my Monster Box, but I have also made them using cereal boxes and cracker boxes.  Use an X-acto knife to cut out the mouth.  It’s easier to cut out the mouth if you draw it on the box first.  Don’t worry that you don’t cut exactly on the line.  Cover the box with duct tape.  You can make your monster box all one color or use multiple colors.  I use white fun foam to make the teeth, gluing them in with a hot glue gun.   The whites of the monster’s eyes are fun foam and you can use wiggly eyes or colored fun foam for the pupils.  Check out the photos for ideas.  My Monster Box is the green one, pictured alone.

How do I use a Monster Box in therapy?  The students earn one “chip” (Bingo chips or poker chips will work) per turn.  During the last 2 minutes of the session, the students take turns tossing their chips into the monster’s mouth.  I’ve also had artic students feed the monster their artic pictures (because monsters will eat anything).  My students find it funny when the monster throws up (I turn the box upside down and shake out all of their pictures).  The Monster Box is also a fun tool to use for targeting prepositions.  (Put the block IN the monster’s mouth.  Put the car BEHIND the monster.)

The Coin Toss game is easier to make than the Monster Box.  First, take a trip to the bakery section of your local grocery store.  Ask them if they have any empty muffin trays (I think they are actually muffin tray liners) they could give you.  Once you have an empty muffin tray, decorate the bottom of each section with small stickers.  I used glittery star stickers that I bought at the Dollar Store.  You want to vary the number of stickers in each section.  I have between 1 to 5 stickers at the bottom of each of my sections.

How do I use the Coin Toss in therapy?  The students earn one “coin” per turn.  Poker chips work really well for this game.  They are the perfect size for each section of the muffin tray and heavy enough to actually toss.  During the last 2 minutes of the session, place the Coin Toss on a chair.  Each student will stand about 4 steps away from the Coin Toss and toss their coin into the tray.  Each student tosses all of their coins, adds up the points, and removes their coins before the next student’s turn.  The number of stickers at the bottom of the section where a coin landed equals the number of points the student earned for that section.  If two coins land in the same section, then points are doubled for that section.  If three coins land in the same section, then points are tripled for that section.  If four coins get the picture.  You can make up your own rules for the coins that land on the floor.  (Sometimes I let them have one re-try for each coin that lands on the floor.  Sometimes I don’t.)  The student with the most points is the winner.  My 4th and 5th grade students, especially the boys, LOVE to play this game.   I think the boys enjoy the tossing and the competition.

I hope you can use these ideas in therapy.  Come visit me on Facebook or TeachersPayTeachers

Wednesday, August 20, 2014



We put together three awesome bundles for you today! They are such a great savings today during the BOOST sale over at TpT that we wanted to spread the word before the day ended!  Usually these bundles are already such a great deal (up to 30% off the included documents) and today you can save an additional 28% off of that!  That is 58% off!!!  Please come over and check them out.  We would love for you all to have the chance to take advantage of the savings.  

Please check out the Fall Articulation Bundle, The Back To School Bundle, and the Roll, Dot & Say Articulation Bundle's over at Teachers pay Teachers by clicking on the pictures below! 

Best Wishes,
Manda & Shanda
Twin Speech

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Linky Party and New Products!
Our SLP blogger friend, Jennifer from SLP Runner is having a linky party! Many other talented and wonderful SLPs are linky up to her blog site to show off some of their own newest and most favorite documents. (Click on the image to check  out the linky party).  We thought that we too would join in on the fun and would link up to show everyone what we have added to our TpT and TN stores lately.  We have been busy creating a lot of new materials for the new school year!   Teachers Pay Teachers is having a 1-day Back to School Boost Sale. It's on August 20th.  The Twin Speech, Language & Literacy LLC store will be 20% off the entire day and if you use the special code: BOOST at your checkout to receive an additional 10% off your order courtesy of TpT. 30% off will certainly be great for being able to add some shiny new materials to your therapy sessions and for getting your new school year started out just right! Here are some our newest and most shiniest products that we have just added to our store. We have had such a great time creating all of these for you and we hope they will be just what you are looking for to add to some fun to your speech, laguage and literacy sessions! Please click on the pictures and links below to be directed to Teachers Pay Teachers to learn all about each product.


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