Favorite Sites and Blogs:
This is the page to find my favorite, time-tested websites for pediatric speech-language pathology resources. Feel free to email your favorites at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll review them. Trust that I don’t link to anything that requires $ or for you to be particularly creative. I am not creative, and I am fundamentally against re-inventing the wheel. If it takes me longer to make than to implement, I am going a different direction.Therefore, to be listed here, sites/blogs must have:
1. Cheap ideas (free)
2. Easy implementation
3. Effective Stimuli
How to write goals that tie into thematic approaches to therapy
Absolute Favorites (I want to be your friend if you write them)
Rebecca, you’re my #1. Great resources for articulation, fluency, phonology, and language. Comprehensive free resources and creative ideas.
A woman after my own heart! This site truly has it all. Literacy, phonemic awareness, language, articulation, AT…you name it. I really love her links and her Tuesday Treasurebox. Her links are especially useful and have really expanded my resource list.
The PAL awards go to best toy, games, and books for children to facilitate language development. I especially like that I can search by age because I know so many families that just aren’t sure what their child should be playing with or reading.
This self-proclaimed “materials enthusiast” offers great links and ideas for organization as well as speech and language therapy. I really like her resources for incorporating storybooks as well as her forms/tutorials for keeping organized (something I am less than good at once you pull me away from my Dropbox).
While she is just coming back from a hiatus, I really love this site. She has great word lists that you can download with the boardmaker picture from google docs, and I also really like her wish lists that can be found under the take home tab. I also like the way she writes as her voice is very authentic and approachable.
This is a great resource that I plan on investigating more. Especially because the author is a “tech junkie” and provides tutorials including how to add board maker images to proloquo and how to take data using an iPad. I also really like her list of apps and their uses as well as having free Spanish materials as well as free materials like books and SmartBoard activities. As a fellow gluten-free gal and someone who uses her blog to post on topics outside of speech pathology, I dig her unique style and perspective.
The ASHAsphere posts some really interesting and well-written blogs about a wide range of topics. For a new SLP like myself, this is really helpful in building my professional knowledge/vocabulary.
Most everything on this site is very well thought out and incredibly useful. I love that I can just print and go.
One of my clinical supervisors brought this blog to my attention. Check out the freebies section. Not super TPT heavy.
Look to the right hand column for free downloads and materials Mondays. Also, I really like the therapy wishlist tab as it provides some pre-k toy ideas.
This is an incredibly comprehensive site. The materials exchange page has free resources for most every area we tackle. This site also has a very nice IEP goal bank and support on goal writing. I haven’t explored the lesson plans or links yet, but I intend to in the future.
I don’t LOVE every resource provided on this site, however, the author is kind enough to post a lot of free resources and for that I list her here to be used when I can’t find what I need.
A creative concept to a blog: 2 authors writing from school-based and medical perspectives.
Free handouts from Super Duper. I’m not thrilled by all of their resources, however, in the immortal words of a former clinical supervisor “I think super duper is…super duper.”
This site is particularly useful for work lists. I haven’t really gone through it with a fine-toothed comb, but it seems to have a lot of free resources.
I’ve not used this site much, but it offers many free resources for SLP’s. It provides book analysis, printable games for home practice as well as extensive language materials and discussion. I’d like to dig/download all little more before I draw top many conclusions.
I love the book review portion of this site! You can contribute a review as well using their review template. Each review lists potential targets and strategies as well as the IEP goal can be found at the bottom of each page.
This is one of the first sites I ever bookmarked for speech therapy. While it is incredibly comprehensive, it is also daunting and a number of the links (last I checked) are out of date. I wouldn’t suggest using this site if you’re in a time crunch, but I would dig through it while waiting for my flight at the airport.
This pediatric SLP is making Kentucky proud! A professor of mine has us watch two of her fabulous (slight repetitive but very helpful) videos, and I had since found this site to be so helpful for beginning communicators.
This is a really solid source of a wide variety of resources, particularly for pragmatics. The layout of the site is jumbled and looks like a crayon box threw up all over it; but if you have some time to dig, you’ll find some gems. All free, easy to load PDFs.
This site has resources for language (interactive PPTs!), literacy, and AAC. It also has tutorials on how to make games like lotto boards and PowerPoint ebooks. I especially like the online booklet defining language, literacy and communication as I think it could be potentially useful for families who may not be clear on how intertwined these are.
This blog is a gem. I love its commitment to independence and empowerment of individuals with disabilities. Also, each post is clear and concise, provides awesome resources as well as instructions/explanations. I really like her symbols in reading and writing process post and her online activities for switch use post. The organization of her site is also very helpful as in the right hand hand margin, all her posts are listed.
This AAC toolbox is a current and exhaustive resource for all things AAC for both adults and peds.
The Toys and Tots Helpdesk is a site from Arizona State University (I went there for my undergrad-Go, Sundevils!). You seek out AAC/AT resources on this site based on functional outcomes.
This is a part of a family of sites that provide so much information, quality research, and guidance in implementation of literacy intervention and assessment. I had a professor show this to me and I filed it away immediately.
Truly a wonderful resource for free ebooks primarily for computers but many are now available for iPad as well. Suitable for parents and clinicians.
I used the website extensively during my time as a special education teacher. It is so well organized by grade and skill that it makes it incredibly easy to navigate and find what you need (and then some).
A blog that reviews apps for SLP’s, OT’s, and SPED teachers. Very comprehensive. I would check this out before spending any $ on an app.
This is a professional blog which not only outlines the features of apps but also suggests targets and strategies for each app review.
I’m not super app-happy, however, this site is inspiring.
Finally! A list of apps that are regularly updated, organized and described. Bless you.
A great resource for apps, app reviews, and websites to support language development (cute robot graphic, too).
Not Free BUT some freebies available (TPT-heavy sites)
The Center on The Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning is a site from Vanderbilt that provides outstanding resources including decision-making guidelines and training modules (for professionals), family tools, practical strategies, and videos. I posted this under family as it has many printable brochures. There are also solid resources for preschools and daycare centers.
This is truly a gift from a parent of a child with CAS. Well-written, supportive, and very encouraging.
This is Part 1 of a 4-part article listing great toys for children. A fantastic resource for when Christmas and birthdays roll around. This article also links to descriptions of strategies to facilitate your child’s language development.
The Early Head Start Research Center provides comprehensive and quality information for service providers and families.
This blogger outlines current research to help inform your evidenced-based decision making process.
This site provides, lesson plans, IEP goals, and strategies to match speech targets to the common core. Even if you’re not a school-based SLP, I think tying your goals to common core standards helps to ensure that your outcomes are meaningful to the child and help them to progress academically. It also helps to validate your goal selection because it isn’t just your clinical judgement. And as far as team-building goes, (at least, from the perspective of a “early retired” special education teacher) you targeting common core outcomes shows me that you’re considering the whole child and that we want the same things for the child.