Following Directions with Toca Pet Doctor

I’m constantly looking for new and fun ways to work on following directions; especially for my patients who have Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, which is best treated by varying activities and tasks. One of my favorite apps to use for any and all speech and language treatment is Toca Pet Doctor. This app isn’t one of the …

How to Screenshare an iPad

I had a terrible realization when I bought a tablet for work: most SLP apps are for iPad! I’d say around 95%! Maybe it just feels that way. For in-person appointments that’s fine now that I own an iPad, but what about telepractice/telehealth/online appointments? Since 50% of my families continue to request online appointments and …

SLP Self-Care Tip: Force Yourself to RELAX!

I love the part of Terminator 3 when Claire Danes is making as much noise as possible in the back of her vet rescue truck (where she’s been imprisoned by the newest Arnold Schwarzenegger robot from the future) as a robot-battery-turned-bomb explodes outside and Arnold yells at Claire, “RELAX!” as he looks intensely towards the …

Regulation Tool: Pillows Fight!

With this Zones of Regulation tool the child either uses 2 pillows and hits them together or hits a pillow against a bed, chair, or sofa. This tool is great for the red zone, which I’ve found is particularly challenging for kids who have witnessed domestic violence. These kids often fear their own anger, but …

Irregular Past-Tense Verbs with Disney Shorts

As a private practice provider, I believe a huge part of my focus on functional skills is helping children use age-expected speech and langauge skills during conversation. For many of my patients, this means we work on them using correct grammar during conversation. To work on conversational grammar with Disney short videos I periodically pause …

Rebrand: “The Imperfect SLP”

“Hi, I’m Amy and I’m a recovering perfectionist.” I really wish we had meetings for us recovering perfectionists! The daily battle to accept my imperfections and mistakes is often isolating and I’d love time and space to talk about it with the many who can relate. I know some would be my fellow SLPs. SLP …

Review: Handwashing Timer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

As an SLP who worked as a microbiology laboratory assistant in college I can’t help but feel annoyed when kids scrub their hands for less than a second! With all my preschool patients getting sick left-and-right lately I decided to try this Handwashing timer. Pros Relatively inexpensive (I got mine for $9.29). A visual to …

Regulation Tool: Wiggle Cushions

This is honestly the tool I use most often. These cushions are like magic for children who have trouble sitting still like those who have ADHD or are just more active. Each cushion has 2 sides: on is bumpy and one is smooth. They usually come with a pump to inflate them and I like …