Feeling weak? Be sure to FINISH STRONG!

Friday, May 29, 2015

I am down to my last 10 school days! The last stretch can be difficult, so here are 3 things I do to motivate myself! 

1.  Snacks! Everyone has their favorites! My current favorite is popcorn as I am trying to watch my weight! These popcorn flavors are from Trader Joe's! Cheap and low calorie. Perfect snack to munch on while writing reports! I also love having chocolate covered espresso beans, a nice sweet pick me up!

2. Universal Toys- The Fold & Go Dollhouse from Melissa & Doug is my favorite as of late! Along with Hape accessories.

My niece (age 3) playing with the house!

I have bought pretty much every single Hape room for this dollhouse, now they don't all fit! The students do not care though. I love seeing everything spread out all over the floor. You can target so many various goals and it's great for all ages. Yes, the dollhouse is pink, but the boys do not care! All my students beg for this thing. It's probably the most used item in my speech room.

3. Give yourself something to look forward to- A good ole paper chain to count down the days, I have also put HUGE post-it notes on the front of each file that counts down how many reports/IEPs I have left! As well as something special to do on the last day of school! Like book yourself a massage, a pedicure, a nice dinner out, or a long walk on the beach!

Enjoy your summers! Are you working? I am! But I get a few weeks off! Woo hoo!

share this on »
Add a comment »

Speechie Freebies: Better Speech and Hearing Month Bookmarks!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Buzz Buzzz Buzzz Buzzzzzzzzz..........

I am one of the new collaborators on the Speechie Freebies Blog! 


Instructions on making my Free BHSM Bookmarks! 

1. Print the bookmarks on colored cardstock, colored paper or plain white paper!

2. Cut the bookmarks out and fold them in half to make them double sided! One side has a communication quote and the other has a speech and language fact!

3. Grab a glue stick and dab some glue to keep them together.
This one is my favorite! "Coffee is a language in itself" Jackie Chan

4. Laminate if you like! I actually used book tape for mine because I wanted to save on lamination. It worked out really well!

5. Use ribbon or yarn to add a tassel to the end of your bookmark. Want to get fancy? Add some beads too!

6. Hand them out to teachers and parents! You could even have your students help you make these and they could pass them out to friends and family. We will all learn about better hearing and speech! 

P.S. I drew the artwork! It was fun!

Enjoy and come back next month for more freebies!

share this on »
1 Comment »

The Fib Revealed!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Hope you enjoyed our 2 Facts and a Fib Blog Hop! 

Here is my fib, revealed!!! 
A. FIB!! I have four freckles in my eye just like my mom. I only have 1 in my left eye, my mom has 4 or more in both eyes! 

B. Fact! My house is full of paintings and space stuff! My mom is a water color artist and my dad worked at Lockheed Martin for 33 years. 

C. Fact! My husband is a doomsday prepper and zombie fanatic! We call him Zombie Zach.  Loves all things zombies even before The Walking Dead became popular. We have a zombie shrine in our house and a garage full of apocalypse preparation gear. 

share this on »
1 Comment »

Two Facts and a Fib

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A big thanks to Kelly of Speech2U for putting this fun blog hop together and for inviting me! 

I am really looking forward to this blog hop! Why? 
We get to learn some fun facts about other bloggers, plus it's going to be so much fun to figure out everyone's fib!

Not to mention you could win prizes just for taking a super fun quiz!!!  

 Make it easy to follow along by grabbing the quiz form: here

Are you ready to play!?!? Here we go...

Take your best guess! For clues, you can check out my instagram page @queenspeechslp 

Make sure you come back to see the Fib Revealed on April 7th! 

http://www.speech2u.com/2015/03/two-facts-and-a-fib-blog-hop.html http://www.thedabblingspeechie.com/2015/03/31/two-facts-a-fib-blog-hop/

share this on »
1 Comment »

Social Attribution Task

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Have you every heard of the Social Attribution Task (SAT)? 

I hadn't until I attended SCERTS Model training by Emily Rubin, M.S., CCC-SLP

If you haven't heard of SAT, let me tell you about it...
  • It was originally a cartoon created by Heider and Simmel in 1944 
  • It is now available on YouTube! You can access it at work, if you know how to access YouTube. At my work you have to use MyBigCampus or know how to get through the filters to access it at your site.
  • I would suggest you watch it first before showing your students.
  • You see shapes move around on screen for a few minutes.

How do you administer it to your students? 
  • The student being assessed first watches the video.
  •  Then student is asked to describe what they saw.
  • You transcribe exactly what they say. 
  • Typical students would describe the video using social terms (anthropomorphic words),  meaning the student has to interpret the inanimate symbols and attach social actions to these symbols. 
  • Examples: The triangle is trapped! The triangles are fighting. The circle and the triangle are friends, they trapped the big bully triangle. He is mean. The  circle and the little triangle run away from the big triangle. The big triangle destroyed the box.

Why should you use SAT in your assessments? 
  • A study by Klin (2000) has shown that students on with Autism Spectrum Disorders are shown to pass high level theory of mind (ToM) tasks and assessments, but do not show the same level of social adaptation in a naturalistic setting.
  • The study also discussed that, "individuals with autism and AS identified about a quarter of the social elements in the story, a third of their attributions were irrelevant to the social plot and they used pertinent ToM terms very infrequently. They were also unable to derive psychologically based personality features from the shapes' movements. When provided with more explicit verbal information on the nature of the cartoon, individuals with AS improved their performance slightly more than those with autism, but not significantly so."
  • Meaning students with Austism Spectrum Disorders would be able to pass our Theory of Mind  (ToM) tasks, or perform well on pragmatic assessments. However when viewing the Social Attribution Task (SAT) they would exhibit difficulty describing socially what is happening in the video (e.g. They might respond with "I see a circle, two triangle and a square. The circle and the two triangles are moving." but lacking humanistic words like fighting, chasing, mean, friends).  
  •  Another study by Abell, Happe & Frith (2000) found that students with Intellectual Disabilities also performed poorly on the SAT. However students on with ASD tended to use inappropriate descriptors more often. Meaning their descriptions would not be appropriate to what they are watching.
  •  They also found that students with ASD would pass a standard false belief task, but had difficulty with the SAT (Abell, Happe & Frith, 2000). 
  • What does this mean? You can use the SAT in your assessments as an informal measure of pragmatic abilities!

Items to consider:
  • A study by Hu, Chan & McAlonan (2010) suggests that the SAT would best be used on students 8 years or older, "Together studies suggest social attribution ability may not fully develop before the age of 8 years old." Students younger than 8 years old would not be expected to perform well on this task. 
  • Hu, Chan & McAlonan (2010) also found that girls performed better than boys on the SAT.
  • This is an informal assessment. I have not found norms or researched enough to find what is a "typical" versus "atypical" responses. However, you can use this to informally describe how a student views social situations. You can provide a narrative of how they responded and use your professional judgement to discuss the appropriateness and amount of humanistic traits.

Do you know more about the Social Attribution Task (SAT)?
Have you ever used it? 
Leave a comment, I would love to hear about it!
  • Klin, A, (2000) Attributing social meaning to ambiguous visual stimuli in higher-functioning autism and Asperger syndrome: The Social Attribution Task. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. Oct;41(7):831-46.
    Hu, Z., Chan, R., & McAlonan, G. (2010) Maturation of social attributionskills in typically developing children: an investigation using the social attribution task. Behavioral and Brain Functions Feb. 6:10 
    Abell, F.; Happé, F. & Frith, U. (2000) Do triangles play tricks? Attribution of mental states to animated shapes in normal and abnormal development. Cognitive Development. Mar 15(1):1-16

share this on »
Add a comment »

Chicken Soup for the SLP Soul Blog Hop

Sunday, February 15, 2015

 Very excited to be participating in this heartwarming Blog Hop! 
 "You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life" ~Zig Ziglar 

This story begins during the last few weeks of my externship at a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF). By this time I was in the swing of things and felt like I knew what I was doing. My supervisor Bonnie pretty much left me alone to do morning rounds.

I worked from 7:00 am (sharp) to 2:00 pm everyday. I would get in, check my client list on the whiteboard for the day and make myself a schedule. Then sprint upstairs to start breakfast rounds and ended my day with lunch rounds. I typically saw between 7 to 8 clients a day.

One of my morning patients for about two weeks was an elderly religious woman (let's just call her Ruby) who was very frail as a result of pneumonia. I spent my mornings trying to get Ruby to drink her ensure (which she hated) and she tried tirelessly to convince me to give her more chocolate jell-o pudding (which she loved). I had this feeling like I had met Ruby before, but not sure where.

During my time with Ruby I never met any of her family members, but I could see their presence in her tiny hospital room. Ruby could talk and talk bout her church, the baptism pool she designed, showing me the cards and messages her family had left. Her bulletin board just overflowing with love.

Toward the end of the second week, I could tell Ruby was not her usually perky self. Something was wrong, I could tell the instance I walked in the room that morning. I asked her if she was alright, to which she quietly responded yes. I grabbed the pudding and began helping her eat. After the first spoonful I heard a cough, and another cough. We moved onto the thickened coffee, that produced another cough. I stopped. No more breakfast until we figure out what is going on. Ruby's nose was runny, the nurse said she was running a fever. Ruby continually coughed for a while longer, I suspected the pneumonia was back.

I told my supervisor that I think she needed to go back to the hospital. She needed more advanced medical attention than we could provide. My supervisor agreed. That was the last time I ever saw Ruby.

My supervisor and I would make a habit of checking the obituaries every morning. Sounds morbid, but when you work in a SNF you don't get to find out what happens to your clients. Also if one happens to pass away, then you can send a card to the family. We checked the obituaries like we normal do, and Ruby's name was in there.

I start reading. I was suddenly dumbfounded. Ruby wasn't just a client. She happened to be my oldest friend's grandmother. It was like every memory started flooding back. Since we were born, my friend and I lived next door to one another. I attended many family gatherings and parties at her house, I mean we were practically family. I had met Ruby many, many times. However, when I saw her in the SNF, she didn't look like the Ruby I remembered as a child.

I immediately called my friend to tell her I had been feeding her grandmother breakfast every morning during her last weeks here on this earth. My friend couldn't believe it. "How did we not run into each other?" she said. Remember I leave at 2:00 pm, my friend didn't come to visit until she got off work around 4:00pm. We never crossed paths. My friend was so grateful and felt at peace that someone she knew was spending time caring for her grandmother in her last days.

In this field, you honestly never know who you are providing therapy for and the impact it will have. Although we don't always get to know the outcome of our clients, we can take pride in that we touched their lives, even if for a little bit.

Check out these amazing prizes! Be sure to keep hopping! 


Don't forget to grab my number! 
Enjoy hopping! 

share this on »

My other love...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

This month's Frenzied SLP theme is all about things we love. While  I love everything Speech and Language Pathology. My one true love or should I say my passion is crafting.  I guess you could call me a home body. I would rather be home or in my backyard creating something than doing anything else.

Depending on my mood, the season and whatever tickles my fancy, I dabble in different crafting forms. I actually used to have a craft blog where I posted all my recent projects. I paint, quilt, embroider, hot glue, glitter, bead...you name it I have probably tried it. So much so that I think I am going to need a craft room soon. Shhh, don't tell my husband I said that.

Below are some new and some old projects. I hope this inspires you to try creating something new! 

I made a dog collar cover for my puppy Bindi.

Rifle Paper Co. inspired Kenny Loggins quote water colored for my mother this Christmas.

A baby blanket I started crocheting (finally finished) for a friend's baby.
Crafting keeps me centered and lowers my anxiety. It gives me something to think about other than my job! I also cannot watch TV without doing something with my hands. Lately this is why crocheting is my favorite. I am good enough at it now that I can watch TV and crochet without looking at my hands. 
The infamous morning monster I made for my best friend. He has traveled all over the world!
An antique pattern I stitched for my grandfather of an Alfa Romeo
I LOVE mermaids. This is a pattern I created from vintage mermaid postcards.
My mermaid piece is one of my very favorites! I tried many different types of stitches and threads. It was one of the most complex things I have embroidered. I have it framed and hanging in my bedroom.
I love making baby stuff! Especially using embroidery and felt!
Felt is another one of my favorite mediums. You can make bean bags, appliques, ornaments, puppets and so much more!

Blown eggs, watercolor and sharpie.

I still put these eggs out every Easter!
So colorful!

Another cute blanket! Outerspace!
Can you tell I like making things for my friend's babies!?
A mobile I painted for my speech room when it was ocean themed.


I still own these shoes! They were so much fun to embroider! 

Creating things for other people and to decorate my own home makes me feel good and like I accomplished something, especially if it's a new craft I haven't tried before. 
 Being a crafter is how I ended up becoming an SLP blogger and TpT seller.
Making things is what I enjoy doing. 

Do you have a hobby? If so what is it? 

share this on »