Friday, January 31, 2014


We want to let you know that Teachers Notebook is having  a 10% off site wide Super Sale February 1st - February 3rd. 

All products in our Teachers Notebook Store will be an additional 30% off! 

That means a total savings of 40%!!!!!

We hope you can stop by and take advantage of this great deal!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

FREEBIE! Football Fun with Multisyllable Words

Hello football fans! 

We have a fun and FREE activity for you! It is for working on the verbal production or reading of 3 and 4 multisyllable words. 

We hope you enjoy using it during Super Bowl week, but of course it would be fabulous fun all year long for your sports fans too! 

Best Wishes!  Manda & Shanda, SLPs
Twin Sisters Speech & Language Therapy LLC


The need to address the correct verbal production of 3, 4 and 5 syllable words is prevalent on our caseload of school aged children. It is because of this high need to help increase our student’s awareness of syllables in words and their correct sequence that we decided to develop this treatment packet. Inside this comprehensive packet you will find a program designed to increase the student’s awareness of all syllables in words and to help slow down their production rates. We feel that if the child is slowed down and made more aware of how and where to produce each syllable in each word, that they will in return repeat the words more correctly on their own. The program starts with the introduction of several common syllables heard in the English language. After the student has practiced the individual syllables, they can in return start working on their multisyllable words. We have provided a large amount of 3, 4, and 5 syllable word therapy cards, worksheets, and games to help keep the student engaged in multisyllable word production training until the end. 
Best wishes for much success with improving the multisyllable word productions for all of your students.

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


Just in time for the BIG game on Sunday!!

CLICK on the links directly below to get a sample of this packet.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Don't Miss The SLP Facebook Frenzy!

*click on frog image to begin at the Twin Sisters Facebook Page
OR: 1) Click on the map below which will take you to the list of SLPs.

2) Click on one of the squares.  It will take you to that person's Facebook page.  ***Just look at all the fabulous SLPs participating!

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 the FREEBIE.  
* This is what Twin Sisters will look like: *Freebie pages from our Wonderful Winter With VC, CV and CVCV words Packet!!

FRENZY begins Friday January 24th at 8:00 Eastern and will last until Monday 1/27/14 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern. 


Happy Hopping!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Favorite Therapy Item Thursdays -> BEAN BAGS

Our Favorite Therapy Item Thursday post!! 

Today we are excited and honored to have Kari Radovich from Rock Chalk Speech Talk guest post on her own favorite therapy item. Kari is a school-based speech-language pathologist with a bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas and a master's degree from Miami University (Ohio). She loves the Jayhawks and she loves to talk about speech therapy over at her fabulous blog! Go check it out when you have a minute! 

We are so impressed with this post because both of us did not even think of using bean bags in as many ways as Kari has in therapy. She really opened up our eyes to several more helpful and fun ways to utilize them in our own speech therapy sessions! We really appreciate the post and think that she picked a terrific favorite therapy item to discuss with us all! Enjoy the post and don't forget to visit Kari at her Rock Chalk Speech Talk Facebook Site, and to check out her fabulous therapy items for sale over at Teachers pay Teachers

Manda & Shanda, SLPs

You know the saying, "When the going gets tough, the tough get going"?  In my case, sometimes, it's "When the going gets tough... I go and get my beanbags!"  Beanbags have saved therapy sessions a time or two when "the going got tough" with my little guys, but they also work great when I actually do plan ahead of time to use them!

I use beanbags all the time with my caseload.  A lot of the language kids on my caseload in preschool have goals for increasing vocabulary, as many of them come in not being able to label common items in their environment, such as common household items, foods, and animals.  Sometimes I'm able to target these goals during play at center time, but with 4/5 of my prek classrooms having centers at the same time of day, I'm not always able to get into all of them, and I have to target these goals during our pull out time.  Beanbags are one way I can work on picture naming skills during pull out, without it seeming drill-like.

Some days, I have pictures taped to the beanbags and they have to see how many they can toss into a box of sorts (see picture below, where they tossed farm animal beanbags into a jeep for our "Sheep In A Jeep" activity!) 

Other days, I have vocab pictures spread out on the floor, and they have to tell me which picture they want their beanbag to land on, or which picture it actually landed on (or both!).  It doesn't seem like "work" to them so they're completely willing to engage!

Another language task I use beanbags for is increasing MLU.. It's easy to get kids to imitate 2-3 word carrier phrases like "I see..." "I got...." etc... when they're super motivated by beanbags!

I also use beanbags with my articulation kids as a general reinforcer activity.   Throw some artic cards on the floor and have your students aim for them.  As fun seasonal activities, I make items with the die-cut machine at work like hearts, pumpkins, snowflakes, leaves, etc..., write numbers on them, and spread them out on the floor.  
The kids toss their beanbags, and the number they land on is the number of different speech words they have to say or the number of times they have to say each word (I just decide as I go!).  With older kids, you could make it a competition--when they land on one, they add that number to their score, and whoever has the highest score at the end of the session, wins!

Don't have a lot of floor space to work with? Use your table!  Prior to this year, I did therapy out in an open pod area just outside the PreK/K classrooms.. There were generally Kindergarten reading groups or another therapist out there doing therapy, too, so I didn't have a lot of room to work with.. So I had the kids toss beanbags onto the table instead of onto the floor! The following picture is an example of table beanbag tossing when we were working on vocabulary with our transportation/"things that go" week!

Something so simple, yet so highly motivating! There are dozens of ways to use beanbags, but these are a few of my favorite ways! How do you like to use beanbags in therapy??  Leave a comment below if you can.  Thanks a bunch and have a great day! 


Sunday, January 19, 2014

Save 30% and buy our Valentine's Day Speech, Language & Articulation Bundle!

A nice quote about love: "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart." -- Helen Keller

We have something super sweet for everyone! It is our latest bundle and it is packed full with six super awesome heartfelt Valentine's Day themed documents. This bundle will provide you with a large variety of worksheets, games, activities, and therapy cards targeting speech, language and articulation goals! We have even included door signs, and reinforcer pages with a lovely and colorful Valentine's Day themed clip art and other pages that are black and white to save on printer ink.

We hope the large variety of documents included in this bundle will be all that you will need for treating or teaching your students from pre-k to high school (as the articulation documents are appropriate for young to old) this winter as you share the love and fun surrounding Valentine's Day. 

Please know that this bundle will save you 30% off the price of buying the documents separately. That is a terrific deal that will save you $11.25. Enjoy the savings!

31 pages: Valentine Articulation- 4 syllable, & /L/, /S/ & /V/ words

173 pages: Pre-K Valentine's Day-Speech,Language and Articulation Unit

37 pages: Valentine's Day Cupcake Category & Item Naming Games & Worksheets

80 pages: Valentine's Day Pronouns HE, SHE, THEY, HIM, HER, HIS, THEIRS, THEM


50 pages: Valentine's Day Games & Worksheets For Working on Eye Contact & "WH" Questions


Our Snow Themed Speech and Language Therapy Week

This is what it looks like for Shanda this week outside her door in Minnesota (minus the digital snowman)

This is what it looks like for Manda this week who is on vacation in Florida.

Not to be too revengeful, but Shanda decided to make this and next weeks theme at the speech clinic all about SNOW!  Ha! No, I wasn't jealous of Manda this week- not at all:)

Snow, Snow, Snow!!! We have a TON of it outside our doors at the speech clinic, but it can be fun to talk about inside too!  On our speech door we put up a cute sign that is free at Speechpages.  We played super fun games of "Pin the Hat on the Bear" and  "Snowman Toss".  We always get our speech and language goals rolling outside our room with motor activities like the ones shown in the pictures. It gets the students engaged right away.  We have them repeat and answer one of their goal targets with each turn. On the door we had students putting the snowmen in order from 1-10, finding what was different in the picture, labeling snowmen body parts and completing size discrimination questions on snowflakes.
Games are a blast. We brought out the cold themed ones! We played Don't Break the Ice, Don't Rock the Boat, and used a winter themed game board from our winter themed articulation packets (seen in next picture).  

In addition, it was fun for the little ones as they gave each animal a trip down the slide as they imitated or named each alphabet on the animal from the Fisher Price A to Z learning zoo set. We have several students working on /s blends/ so winter is a perfect time for those sound targets. 

Also, we read a cute book called "Snowflake the Snowman" as we practiced the /s blends/ and also worked on literacy and reading comprehension goals.
Crafts, especially sticker scenes are perfect for turn taking and for having fun too! We found some cute winter themed interactive sticker sheets at Oriental Trading Company. We also made book markers with snowmen jokes on them. I also gave several students a list of winter themed books that they could enjoy and find at the library. Reading is perfect when it's so cold outside.  We had a great time using the speech and language reinforcers roll and color pages from the Speech Bucket too.
We completed numerous other snow related worksheets and activities as well.
Some of our favorites are shown above. All links of  pictures are listed below!
Have fun and stay warm wonderful winter friends!

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

50% off next 24 hours-Our Two New Units! Verbal Apraxia and Pre-K Valentine's Day

We welcome you to explore our wonderful winter wonderland! We have designed a large winter themed unit for your younger apraxia students who need to work on their productions of VC, CV and CVCV words.

We just know that they are going to enjoy the super cute and fun winter themed animals and objects seen in this extensive therapy document of 103 pages!

You will find a large variety of interactive and age appropriate worksheets, activities and therapy cards for all to enjoy! *Please see the previews at our TpT and/or TN stores for a detailed description.

Our winter wish is that all of your apraxia students will improve in their verbal productions after completing the fun and interactive activities in this unit.

This MEGA packet (173 pages) called, "Sweet Valentine’s Day Pre-K Speech, Language and Articulation Unit for the b, d, h, m, n, p, t, and w sounds", is ready for your download and use with your sweet students today! 

Please see the preview at TpT and/or TN for a complete description of the contents and to preview several pages. This packet is full of a large variety of speech, language and articulation worksheets, activities, games, and therapy cards and many black and white worksheets are mixed within the colorful red Valentine's Day themed pages. 

Stay warm and have a have a wonderful day!

Manda Riebel, M.A. CCC-SLP &
Shanda Gaunt, M.S. CCC-SLP

Friday, January 10, 2014

FREEBIE! Groundhog Day Flashlight Articulation Targeting the K, G, F, & P Sounds

We are super excited to announce that we are now collaborators for Speechie Freebies.  We are always making freebies to share with our fellow SLP's and others and now we have another sharing site in order to do that special task even better.  We would like to thank all of our fellow collaborators for the warm welcome and would also like to say that we are very excited to share in this wonderful blogging adventure with you all! 

Please know that Shanda and I are primarily themed based therapists that strongly believe that speech-language pathologists should not only work on articulation, but also on advancing language and literacy skills too. We both have specialties. Shanda is great with the fluency clients and that super adorable 0 to 3 population. Manda is great with the lispers and the Pre-k to middle school population.  We both enjoy all types of therapy though and direct sessions centered on advancing voice, verbal expression, cognition, language and swallowing skills almost every day!  Most of our therapy sessions are based on a fun seasonal, occupational or holiday based theme and this first posting at Speechie Freebies will be one geared towards having a ton of fun for Groundhog Day!

Groundhog Day is a fun holiday to recognize and this articulation activity will be a great way to start talking about it.  The main activity encourages the use of a flashlight to find and to label pictures that contain the words with the initial and final sounds of k, g, f and p.

Also, another activity encourages the student to use their flashlight to locate objects in the room and to discuss if a shadow was created or not. The student is asked to describe each shadow once made. 

Kids love to use flashlights and that is all you will need to get in order to make this activity work in your own kitchen, therapy room or classroom!  

We hope that you and your students have a blast targeting articulation in this different way.  We strongly think that articulation therapy should be both useful and fun! 

Have a happy Groundhog Day and have a terrific time making shadows and finding  pictures with these Groundhog Day Themed therapy sheets!

Please click on this link in order to grab your own FREE COPY of Groundhog Day Flashlight Articulation! 

Enjoy the freebie!  

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

Did you like the freebie?  If so, more sounds are included in our 88 page Groundhog Day Language, Literacy, Concepts & Articulation Packet!  It is available for purchase at our TpT and TN stores.  Grab a copy today because for 24 hours it will be 50% off!  We think it will be great fun for you and your students this winter (even though we are hoping that we don't have six more weeks of it)!

Groundhog Day Flashlight Articulation, Receptive Language, Literacy & Concepts on Teachers pay Teachers


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