Teach Speech has some exciting news!  We have recently become part of the Teachers Pay Teachers world.  This website is designed for teachers to be able to upload things they have created for FREE and for SALE!  Then, teachers (or homeschooling parents or parents who love to do activities with their kids, etc) can log on and look for pre-made activities and pay the TEACHERS who have created them rather than the CORPORATIONS who put them out!  How neat is that?  We will continue to be creating materials for FREE, but we have also been working on several BIG projects that we will now have a forum to sell on.  We are not quite ready to debut our thematic units (based on favorite children's books), but will start putting up some of our smaller projects - check it out as we hope to have new and exciting things up each day!

Click here to find the link directly to our store!
 
A colleague recently told me about this website and I just got up this morning to take a look at it.  Wow!  Was I impressed!  

Help Kidz Learn is an interactive site with games, stories, activities, and a parent section.  What I really liked was that most of the games and stories are switch activated!  For those of you who don't know what "switch activated" means, very briefly it is a way for non-verbal, limited verbal output, and limited mobility children have in order to access toys.  You would use a large switch (looks like a big button that you can press) and set it up with the computer (or toy or whatever is switch activated) and the switch, when hit, will make the game/toy do something!  

Once you sign up with the website (free for membership), then you have access to the games, songs, stories, and activities.  They have a great little counting song with awesome counting activities on there, some social stories (without words) for older kids, etc.  Some of the social stories may be good for older kids who are on the autism spectrum and benefit from social stories.

One of my favorite "games" is "pick and play".  You select an instrument (there are three to choose from) and then you get to hear what it sounds like!  This is a great activity for kids who are learning to listen.  It's also a great activity for kids who are working on listening comprehension if you sit with the child and tell them which one to select.  It can also be great for kids who are learning the vocabulary of instruments.

Another great aspect of this website??  It's FREE!  They have ipad apps to download.  The apps cost money, but could be a great investment if the site works for you.  
 
This post is geared more for the speech therapists, but parents - there is a lot for you on that site also (namely the information on normal speech development, communication disorders, and pictures of things you know your child needs to work on at home).  

You know me - I love FREE!  Speech-Language-Therapy is site filled with FREE stuff!  The best part is that it has tons of word lists WITH pictures.  No more searching through google images to create your own flashcards (well, not for the things they have on the site, at least).  They have links to other useful sites, which takes some of the guess-work out of internet searches for you.  The table of contents page is a good place to start.  They have information on typical development, communication disorders, etc.  Now, the "freebies" page is my favorite.  They have a quick phonological screener, therapy facts and tricks, and TONS of pictures for articulation and phonology.  The most useful thing I have found are the minimal pairs for phonology therapy!  Wow!  Minimal pairs that are printable.  All I did was print, cut, and paste onto flashcards!  Woohoo!

Hope you find some good stuff in there.
 
I want to make sure to hit some topics for the SLPs out there.  Of course, the parents can always benefit from this too!  There are a TON of sites out there to help out SLPs with FREE stuff!  I love the word FREE for many reasons, but when it comes to materials and a budget (there's that dreaded b-word) that word FREE is even sweeter.

The site that I'm going to send you to is:  www.speakingofspeech.com.  This site has it all!
  • FREE PRINTABLE MATERIALS (probably the most valuable for parents and SLPs alike)
  • ideas message board
  • things that are "highly recommended" (since we've all bought something that turned out to not be as great as the advertising had promised)
  • a "help line" if you have questions or need an idea
  • IEP goal bank - this is the best since we tend to get in a rut and our goals start to sound vaguely familiar...
  • Lesson plans (these come in especially handy if you work with young children or do themed therapy)
  • Data forms
  • Links that are helpful
  • And my personal favorite... the "Speech Swap Meet".  It's a forum where you can post what items you are selling and which items you want to buy.  I've already sold some materials that I don't use anymore and plan to buy a few from others.

Check them out!