(Thank you to thespeechspace for the “I Love SLP” graphic)

In honor of Better Hearing and Speech Month, we’re recognizing some remarkable folks on TpT: Speech Language Pathologists, also known as SLPs. Perhaps you have some students in your class receiving speech language therapy.

Here’s a sampling of some of the amazing work SLPs do with their students (We grabbed these points from Natalie Snyders’ Better Speech and Hearing Month Awareness Packet – Freebie. You’ll find the full list there!):

  • SLPs help students learn to pronounce sounds correctly
  • They increase vocabulary knowledge and usage
  • They teach students what words to use in what order, and when to say them
  • SLPs help students with minimal speech find ways to communicate (such as through picture systems)
  • They assist students who have difficulty with comprehension or answering questions
  • SLPs help students who stutter develop more fluent speech
  • They help students who struggle with getting their thoughts out in a coherent fashion, whether verbally or in writing

And much, much more.

SLPs and Classroom Teachers: Collaboration is Key

When SLPs and students work together, great things can happen. And when classroom teachers become part of this equation, the greatness only multiplies.

So, who are some of TpT’s sensational SLPs? And what resources do they recommend for encouraging SLP and classroom teacher collaboration, so that the communication-based skills students are learning are constantly being enforced? Without further adieu…

 Time to Meet Some SLPs!

thedabblingspeechie: Teachers Pay TeachersIt’s thedabblingspeechie

She recommends: Social Skill Breaks: Activities For The Speech Room & Classroom
Here’s why: “I’ve used this with a classroom teacher and for myself as well, but I’m ultimately envisioning general ed and special ed teachers utilizing it as a way to quickly and efficiently target some aspect of social skills in their classrooms each day. Once prepped, the stimulus items are placed in different cans. The teacher picks a topic to focus on for 5-30 minutes, (depending on time constraints). I’m seeing more higher functioning students with autism in the general ed classroom, and research is showing that targeting social skills in a natural environment (recess, classroom, amongst typical peers) may be more effective than pulling kids out of class 1-2 times weekly. The teachers are with them more frequently, plus these skills are important for all students and help improve behavior.”

She recommends: “I Spy” Nature Walk BINGO & Book FREEBIE
Here’s why: “I did this nature walk with my mod-severe kids and my kindergarten kids. They loved it! We worked on taking turns requesting the pencil, using the pencil to cross off items, and making comments such as ‘I see ________.’ We also learned about basic concepts, adjectives (such as rough and smooth), descriptions of items by attributes… the list goes on and on.”

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Jenna Rayburn: Teachers Pay TeachersHi there, Jenna Rayburn

She recommends: Visuals for Vocabulary: Vocabulary Posters
Here’s why: “Many students with speech or language impairments need extra visuals. My Visuals for Vocabulary set is a packet of posters to be used as supports for instruction as well as a visual prompt for students working on skills such as synonyms, multiple meaning words, and associations.”

She recommends: Ice Cream Truck Game: Following Conditional Directions (free)
Here’s why: “SLPs work on critical underlying skills that students need in order to participate across the school day. This might include skills like following directions, understanding vocabulary, having a conversation with peers, and speaking fluently. If your student can’t understand the directions to a task, she won’t be able to show you what she knows about that topic. Teachers can use my conditional directions freebie to practice this specific skill set (and it has a fun summer theme!)”

Check out her blog!


Nicole Allison: Teachers Pay TeachersHow’s it going, Nicole Allison?

She recommends: Curriculum Based Language Assessments for Grades K-5 Aligned with Standards
Here’s why: “Both teachers and Speech Language Pathologists are required to align curriculum to the Common Core Standards. My Curriculum Based Assessments for grades K-5 make it easy to gauge a student’s language skills in the classroom. Teachers and SLPs alike can administer these assessments and then collaborate to address specific strengths and weaknesses. Perfect for RTI!”

She recommends: Spring Differentiated Figurative Language {Freebie!}
Here’s why: “With three levels of differentiation, this freebie provides fun ways for teachers and SLPs to work on figurative language concepts!”

Check out her blog!


Natalie Snyders: Teachers Pay TeachersGreetings, Natalie Snyders

She says, “I really enjoy celebrating Better Speech in Hearing Month in May. It gives me the opportunity to help teachers understand what I do and how I have valuable knowledge and experience to directly help not only students, but teachers, too.  One of my favorite quotes is from Daniel Webster: ‘If all my possessions were taken from me with one exception, I would choose to keep the power of communication, for by it, I would soon regain all the rest.'”

She recommends: High Stakes Testing – Vocabulary Builder
Here’s why: “This product is an example of how SLPs can help support learning in the classroom — it’s a year-round product targeting one vocabulary word each week that students commonly come across in those high-stakes tests we have to endure every year! It’s great for both speech-language therapy and regular classrooms.”

She recommends: Better Speech and Hearing Month Awareness Packet – Freebie
Here’s why: “This packet helps explain to teachers and staff the role of the SLP in the school, as well as ways teaches can protect their own voice and hearing… so they can be better educators themselves.”

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Jenn Alcorn: Teachers Pay TeachersHello, Jenn Alcorn

She recommends: Common Core Speaking & Listening Rating Scales {K-5}
Here’s why: “When students have communication disorders, it impacts their ability to meet grade level standards. I created these rating scales to identify areas of need related to the the Common Core Speaking and Listening Standards. This is a helpful tool that teachers and SLPs can use to work together, identifying a student’s weaknesses in the classroom and creating a plan so that the student can be successful. Additionally, carryover of those skills learned in speech and language therapy is very important for long-term success.”

She recommends: Granny Says! {Following Directions Freebie}
Here’s why: Following directions is an essential skill for students in the classroom. ‘Granny Says!’ offers practice for multiple types of directives to target students’ listening comprehension. It can be used within the classroom setting and is a ton of fun!”

Check out her blog!


Lauren LaCour: Teachers Pay TeachersSalutations, Lauren LaCour

She recommends: Candy Math Word Problems for Language Disorders
Here’s why: “So much of math is language-based, especially word problems. This resource helps kids to understand the vocabulary and language surrounding math. Teachers can use it in centers or as a game to reinforce and explain the complex language aspect of math.”

She recommends: Parent Ed. Handouts (free)
Here’s why: “This resource includes four handouts with tips on how to build speech and language skills at home. These skills can definitely transfer to the classroom as well. Teachers of all grade levels can benefit from these tips and gain a better understanding of their students with language impairment.”

Check out her blog!


Speechy Musings: Teachers Pay TeachersGood to see you, Speechy Musings

She recommends: Common Core Reference Binder for SLPs
Here’s why: “This resource significantly helps increase collaboration and understanding between SLPs and teachers. Because SLPs and teachers will be working towards common goals (the Common Core State Standards), learning objectives will be more synchronous. The teacher checklists provide information on which grade-appropriate Common Core State Standards a child is not meeting that relate to speech and language therapy. Additionally, screeners, progress monitoring, and therapy materials are included so the SLP and teacher can both provide intervention on delayed skills.”

She recommends: Book Lists By Speech Sound Printable Half Sheets (free)
Here’s why: “These are ideal for ‘bombarding’ articulation students with their speech sounds — essentially giving the child many opportunities to hear the correct pronunciation of the targeted sound. They’re also great for parent and teacher carryover.”

Check out her blog!


Super Power Speech: Teachers Pay TeachersWhat’s happening, Super Power Speech?

She says, “SLP/teacher collaboration is crucial. I spend about 50% of my week merged into the classrooms.”

She recommends: Common Core Teacher Input Forms for IEPs (K-5)
Here’s why: “This is an inexpensive way to get teachers and SLPs on the same page (literally) about student goals and what students need to work on to reach these goals. Teachers love it because it is super short (one page of checklists and one page of current levels to be filled in). It gets right to the Common Core Standards that classroom teachers are teaching. SLPs love it because it helps directly guide the IEP goals based on what is happening in the classroom!”

She recommends: Behavior Visual Cards (FREE)
Here’s why: “Most of the teachers in my school are now carrying around visuals such as these little cards. They help with behavior management and classroom expectations for students that don’t respond well to verbal instructions (because of a disability and/or language barriers).”

Check out her blog!


Sublime Speech: Teachers Pay TeachersHi there, Sublime Speech

Here’s why: “One of the most difficult pieces of SLP/teacher collaboration is knowing what is typical and how to address atypical development/performance within the school environment. These forms help to clarify what’s developmentally expected (Colleague Handouts), how to refer with quality information (Starter Kit), and how to ensure that IEPs are followed through within the students’ classrooms (Starter Kit).  If these barriers are removed, SLPs and teachers can become powerful partners for the students that they share.”


The Buckeye Speech Path: Teachers Pay TeachersIt’s The Buckeye Speech Path

She recommends: Pirate Synonyms & Antonyms BUNDLE
Here’s why: “This is a great game for extra practice with synonyms and antonyms. It comes with two levels of vocabulary, and I use it for 1st through 5th grade.  It’s simple to play and provides the students with many opportunities for practice.”

She recommends: Describing Dice Mats FREEBIE for Speech Therapy
Here’s why: “This works across the curriculum — it can be used with Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, and Vocabulary, for example. The student rolls the dice and provides specific information about the vocabulary word. We work on using the information in a complete sentence as well.”

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Teach Speech 365: Teachers Pay TeachersHow’s it going, Teach Speech 365?

She recommends: Mirror Activities Bundle
Here’s why: “This bundle includes all of my mirror activities. I’ve heard great things from teachers who have used these in centers. I love creating materials that will work well in the therapy room as well as the classroom!”

She recommends: Language Sample Checklist (free)
Here’s why: “This can be shared with teachers to show them what SLPs typically look for when we assess a student’s expressive language abilities. It can be also be used to see if a referral to the SLP might be necessary.”

Check out her blog!


Miss Speechie: Teachers Pay TeachersHello there, Miss Speechie

She recommends: 4 Square Writing Approach for SLPs
Here’s why: “It’s very important to teach students in the speech rooms the skills they’ll need in the academic setting. It’s also important to demonstrate to classroom teachers the strategies you’re working on with their students. By utilizing similar activities and strategies, one goal will be met: student success.  Many teachers in my school use the ‘4 Square Approach’ to teach writing. I’ve broken down each step and necessary skill that’s needed in order to complete the task. It will benefit teachers to know how an SLP will be breaking down the skills to help the student.”

She recommends:  Answering Questions with POQ (free)
Here’s why: “Many speech and language students struggle to communicate using complete sentences. I use the POQ (part of question) strategy to help students generate complete sentences to answer questions. When classroom teachers understand a strategy that works in the therapy room, they can do carry it over into the classroom when asking their students to respond to questions verbally or in writing.”

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Here’s why: “Both of these products include elements of the classroom curriculum — either grammar or idioms. SLPs target these areas as does the classroom teacher, but each comes at it with slightly different angles, cues, and research. These products help with collaboration because both teachers and SLPs can use them — the products can lead to conversations about strategies used in both settings to most benefit our students, which is the ultimate goal!”

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Speech Therapy Games: Teachers Pay TeachersHi there, Speech Therapy Games!

She recommends:
Rhyming Games & Worksheets – Phonemic Awareness – CCSS Aligned for Kindergarten

Rhyme Fold Overs (Freebie)

Here’s why: “Phonemic awareness is so important as a foundation to early literacy skills. SLPs have an in-depth knowledge of this skill set that in conjunction with our teacher colleagues, lets us identify and target children at risk of becoming failing readers. There are plenty of opportunities for collaboration in this area of speech therapy, especially in Kindergarten as we work together during ‘push in’ time, literacy centers, or with RTI. My Rhyming Games and Worksheets Packet was designed with just these needs in mind. If you have Kindergarteners who are struggling to understand the concept of rhyme, try my Rhyme Fold Overs freebie!”

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The Speech Bubble: Teachers Pay TeachersIt’s The Speech Bubble

She recommends: The Speech Detective: Carryover Program
Here’s why: “This carryover program encourages the teacher and SLP to check in and communicate about the student’s skills and progress as they transfer them from the speech room to the general ed classroom. This allows the SLP to share strategies and skills the student has learned and the classroom teacher to provide insight into how these can be shaped to help the student be successful. Collaboration between the SLP and teacher means a customized program for the student.”

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There’s more!

Exciting news: thedabblingspeechie organized a blog hop with other SLP blogging buddies. Start here — you’ll be taken on an adventure from blog to blog in which these expert educators share important tips about communication.

And then… some of these same SLPs also put together this ridiculously adorable lip syncing video. I dare you to not get really, really happy while watching it. In fact, I triple dog dare you. Thank you, SLPs, for being such an amazing bunch. You make us want to sing and dance!


Be sure to check out speech therapy resources available on TpT!