December 27, 2015

What's Really Going on in the Speech Room?

We've all heard it before...

"All that speech therapist does is play all day."
"Their job is not stressful at all."
"She only sees X number of students."
"She's just sitting in there on her computer."
"I could do that job.  It looks so easy."

Do any of these sound familiar to you?  I know I've heard  them before...if not as an SLP, I surely did hear similar things when I was a teacher.  I don't have actual statistics to support this, but I think speech-language pathologists are probably some of the most misunderstood professionals in the least in the school setting.  So many people have no idea what we really do, which is why I decided to write this post.  I want to share a little bit of what's really going on in the speech room, because you can't always tell just by peeking in.  I am sharing 5 common statements that I have heard about my job and a brief explanation of what is really going on in each situation.  I hope it brings more understanding to our position in the schools. Enjoy!

November 28, 2015

What's in Your Cart {Linky}

It's time for a Teachers Pay Teachers site wide sale! That means I'll be shopping!  I'm linking up with Jenna at Speech Room News to share some of the products I think you should grab during the sale.  My store, along with many others, will be on sale for 20% off.  Plus, you can use the code SMILE to save an additional 10% off your purchase at checkout.  The sale will be [...]

November 24, 2015

5 Things You Didn't Know About This SLP {Linky}

Happy Thanksgiving Break y'all!  I am writing from sunny San Diego where I'm celebrating Thanksgiving with my family.  For this post, I'm linking up with The Speech Space to share 5 little known things about me.  So let's dive in [...]

November 19, 2015

ASHA Recap with "The Twang"

I'm back to reality after ASHA and I have to say, it was AMAZING!  I had so much fun, so I decided to share a quick recap with all of you.  If you were there (or have ever attended an ASHA convention), you probably understand how much fun it was.  If you were unable to attend, hopefully you can live vicariously through all the posts myself and other bloggers have shared, and make plans to attend one in the future.  It's definitely a great time [...]

October 29, 2015

Once Upon a CF...

This is a tale of an overconfident SLP Intern who quickly learned she did not know as much as she thought she did...

Yes.  Yes, it's true.  When I completed my SLP graduate program (a mere 2 months ago), I thought I was ready to be on my own.  During my two years of grad school, I gained so much experience working both as an SLP Assistant and as a graduate student clinician.  I clocked well over the required practicum hours and planned all of my therapy sessions.  I had great supervisors who prepared me well.  I was great with time management and even had time to start my very own Teachers Pay Teachers store.  I was feeling confident and ready for my very own caseload.  Who needs a CFY...I was ready for that CCC!

Fast forward 2 months and here we are [...]

September 20, 2015

Reflection: Choosing Service Time for Speech Students

Lately, I have found myself reflecting on the amount of speech time each of my students receives.  As I acquire new students and re-evaluate IEP goals and objectives, I need to decide on the best service delivery time to meet my students' needs.  I decided to write a post about the process of deciding on service delivery time for speech.  This is a moment of self-reflection for me, but may be helpful to others also [...]

September 16, 2015

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Speech & Langauge Screeners Linky Party

Thank you to Twin Speech Language & Literacy for hosting this great linky focusing on speech and language screeners.  There are so many times when I have needed a quick screener and just didn't have time to search for a good one.  Now I won't have to search because there are several SLP bloggers who have linked up to share their screeners.  I have an articulation screener that I use often and wanted to share, too.  My screener is designed to be used by other SLPs, as well as classroom teachers who are in the process of gathering information for a possible referral [...]

September 15, 2015

Welcome to My New Blog!!!

Welcome to my new blog!  I have been laying low on social media this month while I transitioned over to my new blog and it has been so difficult!  I have wanted to post and share every day, but I was waiting for the blog to be ready and now I am excited to share it with you all.  I want to thank Blogs Fitfor a Queen for designing my new blog.  They really did a fantastic job and I HIGHLY recommend them for all of your blog design needs. Thank you Blog Queens!

A few months ago, I began thinking about a blog change.  I really liked “Beautiful Speech,” but there were several things that got me thinking about a change.  The biggest reason for my name change was that the name “Beautiful Speech” was already taken on several social media sites (I had to use “BeautifulSpch”) and I was unable to take ownership of beautifulspeech dot com.  I also wanted something with a little more personality and Talkin' with Twang was just perfect. (Shout out to Jenna Rayburn at Speech Room News for helping me come up with the new name....isn't she amazing?) These reasons, among others, were what convinced me to go ahead and make the switch.  And I am LOVING the new blog so much!

Eleven years ago I moved from San Diego, CA to a very small town in Central Texas.  I immediately embraced the small town Texas life and have loved every day I have lived here.  Speech therapy in rural Texas can bring some interesting moments and challenges that you may not find in more urban areas.  I hope to share some of my Texas speech adventures with you through my blog posts. 

I also love creating materials to use with my students and hope that others may find use for them as well.  The main purpose of every product I create is to fulfill a need I have in my therapy room.  I always work from my caseload, but try to make my products general enough that others can use them, too.  Not everything is Texas/southern themed, but I do hope to create some new products over the next few months that will showcase my new theme of Talkin’ with Twang.  I am looking forward to sharing a bit of my small town Texas life with you and hope that you may be able to add a little southern twang to your speech room, too! 

Thanks for stopping by!