Saturday, September 21, 2013

Two! A Blogiversary Celebration!

I can't believe it's been two years! On Sunday, I'm celebrating my 2nd blogiversary! I've been incredibly blessed by this little speech blog. It gives me pleasure to make blogging my second job. Without a doubt SRN has made me a better therapist.

I think about evidence more often.
I talk with SLPs more often. 
I try new materials more often.
I ask questions more often. 
I make my own materials more often. 
I think about current SLP issues more often. 

Thanks for hanging in with me! I love sharing what's happening and facilitating sharing in the field. 

I thought I'd celebrate with some freebies! Enter the rafflecopters below to win some prizes! 

First up, I'm giving one lucky reader 10 different downloads from my TPT store! You can pick anything except bundles! 

Next up, I'm giving away 3 app codes from my friends at Virtual Speech Center! 

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My friends are Smarty Ears are donating two copies of the Custom Boards App. 

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And two copies of Sunny Articulation Test App!

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Thanks for being friends of Speech Room News! 

Wanna go to an open studio tomorrow?

Friday, September 20, 2013

DC and California: Works by Sidney Lawrence

"DC and California: Works by Sidney Lawrence"

Opening Tuesday, Oct. 1, 6-8 pm
Artist talk Friday, Oct. 11, noon (approx. 40 minutes)
Where: University of California Washington Center's Alcove Gallery
1608 Rhode Island Ave NW (one block east of Connecticut Ave at Scott Circle, look for the flags).
Exhibition continues through Thursday, Oct. 31.

Day hours are 8 am to 8 pm. Weekend entry by door security. Gallery is to the left, with occasional UCDC events.

Information: or 202-246-6963

Love It and List It Linky: Vocabulary Activities

I'm back!! The Love It and List It Linky Party is back! This month we're linking up to list our favorite vocabulary activities. This a goal we all work on so I'm dying to see what you're working with!

Here's how it works. The Love It & List It Linky will happen on the 3rd Friday each month. Each month I'll throw out a topic. Any and all SLP bloggers are invited. If you want to get involved just share a short list (3-5 items) on the topic! The only requirements are that you write a NEW post and use the Linky Picture above! Then link your post at the bottom of this page (remember that if you link, don't use your general URL, use the specific POST URL)! Fun right? If you don't have your own blog (uh, hello, I know most of you don't :)) just comment below to share your list of vocabulary favorites! 

The theme for this month is Love It & List It:: Vocabulary. This week I threw all my favorites out on the table. I have a lot of favorites, but here are some of the best!

ONE:: Spotlight on Vocabulary is one of my all time favorites. I have this series for older kids and it's very thorough.

TWO:: The Expanding Expression Toolkit is a wonderful multi-sensory tool.

THREE:: Word Feast Elementary is one of my new favorites! I just purchased it and am loving the activities so far! I bought the book on CD so I can easily print and go!

FOUR:: Vocabulary Take Along is published by Super Duper. It's been perfect for baseline data! The Amazon Affiliate Link is below.

FIVE:: Fill-in Flip Books for Grammar, Vocabulary, and More: 25 Interactive Study Aids is a new book I picked up. It has flipbooks and other materials for things like synonyms and homonyms.

SIX:: Hot Dots are a great tool. I love these 'Laugh It Up' vocabulary set. 

SEVEN:: Candy Land Language is one of my favorites! It never fails!

And start planning for next month's topic!

Link up right here and share you're own vocabulary list::

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Go to this tonight!

Ryan McCoy - Paintings
Opening Reception
Thursday, September 19th
6:30 - 8:00pm
RSVP at the facebook event page
Show Dates: September 19 - October 20
Long View Gallery is pleased to announce RYAN MCCOY :: PAINTINGS, an exhibition by Ryan McCoy, opening on Thursday, September 19, with a public reception from 6:30-8:00pm. The exhibit will be on view through October 20, 2013.
In RYAN MCCOY :: PAINTINGS, McCoy presents a new body of work where he attempts to structure meaning through specific materials to create a personal iconography about time, place, and memory.

“With a consideration for the limitations of written language – that words are just approximations of thoughts and feelings – I attempt to structure experiences and memories from my life through material. The materials I use signify important moments from my life. The materials, representing otherwise disparate moments, are structured onto the canvas or into a space to create new intersections of meaning for me. They are a physical representation of how I feel and think; I try to say what I cannot say with words. This forms the basic logic through which the work is made. I try to just make really honest and personal work.”

McCoy’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and is included in collections on four continents. McCoy earned his MFA and BFA from George Mason University and teaches at various schools in the DC metro area.
Long View Gallery

Warning to Artists

I know a lot of you have artwork on Saatchi Online... so:
Dear Artist,

We have recently been contacted by someone called Sophie Dare who is claiming to want to acquire a lot of works by Saatchi Online artists. I have subsequently discovered that she is contacting artists directly and asking to buy multiple works from them and offering all kinds of incentives. We have heard that one artist (not from Saatchi Online) sent her many works a while ago as part of an agreement and never got paid.

So we would strongly advise not to respond to any emails from this person.

We are very sorry about this and are trying to be as vigilant as possible with cases like this in order to protect Saatchi Online artists.

Rebecca Wilson
Chief Curator and Director of Artist Development, Saatchi Online
Director, Saatchi Gallery

Reading and Graphic organizers for Articulation

I'm sure you're full into the swing of therapy by now! I have one group of articulation students who are working on some interesting sounds.  It's really hard to find materials for 'j' and 'ng'. Today we worked on a reading activity I thought I'd share.   

With those two sounds in mind I found a Martin Luther King Jr. book at (I have a subscription through my district.)

We used the graphic organizer from this book: 3-D Graphic Organizers. Check out the Amazon Affiliate Link below. 

My kiddos loved it and it was a great way to reinforce skills such as paraphrasing, main idea, and details that are so important int he Common Core while we worked on articulation. 

Any other ideas for the NG and J sounds?