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Becoming a Children’s Author, Part 4: Nuts and Bolts

In Part 1 of this series, I talked about the “roots and inspiration” for becoming a writer.  In Part 2, I described how I developed the storyline and characters of “How Katie Got a Voice (and a cool new nickname).”  Part 3 jumps ahead to how my book came to be translated into German.  Now, [...]

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Becoming a Children’s Author, Part 3: Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? An Adventure In Translation

A month or so ago, I received a lovely email from Katja Lauther, an occupational therapist in Germany.  She had read my children’s book, “How Katie Got a Voice (and a cool new nickname),” and fell in love with it.  ”We have to have this book in Germany,” she said. “Can you make this happen?” [...]


Asking More Specific Questions

I’m a fan of materials by Jean Gilliam DeGaetano of Great Ideas for Teaching, Inc.  In fact, you can read a review of a book I have been using for years by clicking HERE.    Now I have a new fave:  Asking More Specific Questions.  This 60-page book is full of black/white cartoon drawings that [...]


An Invitation for ALL SLP Bloggers!

Hello, friends, I tried really hard to contact you all by email, but it was taking me forever to find the Contact button on each of your blogs, so I’m going to have to go with a blanket invitation, rather than the personal one I was hoping to deliver.  Since starting Speaking of Speech.com many [...]


Review: “Hailey’s Dream” by Jennifer Kuhns

I love using children’s books in therapy!  Nothing else allows me to work on articulation, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension and so many more speech/language goals all at once.  I am particularly drawn to stories that lead to thoughtful discussion.  ”Hailey’s Dream” by Jennifer Kuhns, illustrated by Patty Burgi Sneed, generated quite a bit of discussion recently [...]


A BHSM Challenge for Students!

As you know, May is Better Hearing and Speech Month.  To highlight the importance of communication in our lives, I am offering a challenge to all students, grades 3-12:  Be silent for one day.  My children’s book, “How Katie Got a Voice (and a cool new nickname),” is about how classmates have a difficult time [...]

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Minimal Pairs Academy App

Oh, holy moly!  How many times have you wanted to work on minimal pairs but were stumped for words?  The good folks at Smarty Ears have come up with a great solution:  Minimal Pairs Academy!  In the Settings, you can select from more than 20 phonological processes.  Each provides a list of minimal pairs of [...]

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iPractice Verbs App Review and Raffle

Is it just in my neck of the woods, or does it seem that there are more students these days who have difficulty with grammar?  I’ve spent a lot of time this year working on verb tenses. iPractice Verbs, an app from Smarty Ears, is a new favorite in my therapy room.  There are two [...]

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Preposition Remix

With “May is Better Hearing and Speech Month” rapidly approaching, I’m delighted to announce that the good folks at Smarty Ears have given me not one, not two but THREE free codes to raffle off this week!   The first is for Preposition Remix.  Like most Smarty Ears apps, this app links to the Therapy [...]


For you: Reader’s Theater with Scenery!

In a previous post, I wrote about how I celebrated May is Better Hearing and Speech Month by hosting a disability awareness day.  My children’s book, “How Katie Got a Voice (and a cool new nickname),” was presented to the entire elementary school as Reader’s Theater.  It was so well received that I’ve been asked [...]