#SLPLoveHurts by The Frenzied SLPs

Welcome to the season of love.

Even when that love hurts.
The Frenzied SLPs are all about keeping it real, and this is about as down-to-earth as it gets.

If you are an SLP, you will get physically hurt at some point. Professors may not tell you this. Lists of Top 25 Best Careers may not include that info. And probably the people interviewing you for a job won't mention that detail.

But it's real.

Teaching communication comes with challenges. I've been fortunate. I can count on one hand the number of times I've been physically injured. The teachers and parapros I work with have been pretty knowledgable about their students' behavior and protective of me. Still, it happens.

Back in the mid-90's, all I knew about autism were the classifications at that time - autism, PDD, Rett's syndrome, Asperger's, and Childhood Integrative Disorder. That's it. My Sp Ed director at the time sent me to a home to work with a young child. I had no training except for conversations with the SLP and PPCD teacher who had assessed the child.

The mom was great and knowledgeable. She told me lots of things about her child in a quick 2 minutes - likes, preferences, actions, history, more than I could remember. As we worked, the child started approaching closer. I was excited! The child was interested in the activities! Nope, turns out the child's approach meant a bite on the neck was on the way, and that's what happened. The mom intervened. I finished the session, embarrassed and promising to write down what she had told me. Then, I had to go to the nearest school to visit with the school nurse. She urged me to call my director, who documented the information and asked me to go get a tetanus shot.

So my advice is:
* Keep up-to-date on your tetanus shot. Not really, but kind of, especially if you have biters or scratchers.
* Learn about autism spectrum disorder. There is a wealth of information out there now.
* Respect the people who know the child the best - parents, teachers, school staff. I really should have called the parent first and had a conversation instead of showing up and expecting to do therapy.
* Know your district's procedures for incidents.

My hope is that communication dominates your SLP world, that physical incidents are few-and-far-between, and that you have more ups than downs in your career. And that you won't be injured but will know what to do when it happens.

Five for Friday, Feb. 5

We are linking up this busy week with Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching.
Groundhog Day, 100th Day of School and Super Bowl Sunday, oh my!
Monday and Tuesday started out with Groundhog Day activities
We had highs of 70-75 both days.
Is it any wonder Punxsutawney Phil predicted spring?
A cute open-ended groundhog day game from Mia McDaniel helped get some hard data.
Middle-school students read Groundhog Day text passages from Nicole Allison's winter pack.
I love using the dry-erase pockets from Target to practice highlighting vocabulary and concepts.
Y'all. I'm old.
I pre-date the Internet!
I remember struggling for therapy ideas, driving all the way back to the Special Ed office to look at workbooks and THEN prepping activities.
Yep, there was no Pinterest, no FB SLP groups, and NO Teachers pay Teachers.
I am loving our technology today.
I can look up ideas, buy a very reasonably priced product on TpT, and have it ready to go in 20 minutes.
OK, that was a squirrel. Just wanted to let you know. I am so grateful for TpT and online collaboration.
 100th Day of School for speech/language therapy by All Y'all Need
Did you celebrate the 100th Day of School this week?
We did!
It's kind of nice to be so far along in the school year. And kind of scary, too.
But it's a lot of fun.
Self-contained students played Peachie Speechie's teddy graham challenge (it's a freebie!) and made glasses.
Some groups played 100th Day Ask Away. It's like Guess Who?
It's always great to get in asking questions and perspective.
I was at the middle school on the 99th day of school.
We still did 100th Day activities, including the free app AgingBooth.
It was fun! Most laughed at their pictures.
Only one was pouty about the "after" picture.
Another middle-schooler told me my aged picture looked the same as my "before" picture because I'm already old. We had a quick social skills lesson. (Even though I am old. You just don't tell people they are old.)
And I used another TpT item, 100th Day of School for Upper Grades by Kim Miller.
We used the Draw Yourself at 100, Bucket List, and Money pages. 
And the self-contained middle-school teachers were happy to see me bring in 100th Day activities that were appropriate for their students.

Have I told you I have an awesome licensed assistant?
I do.
While I'm at Friday morning meetings, she'll be doing some make-up sessions.
Football is the theme.
An old Linguisystems Game to Go is the plan.
My students are overwhelmingly Broncos fans.
Who are you rooting for? 


We are teaming up with the FABULOUS Ashley and Angie from Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd and Lucky Little Learners to talk about things we love!

People We Love

Amy: Farley from Oh Boy.... It's Farley! 

Oh Boy It's Farley
Laura: Mia McDaniel from PuttingWords in Your Mouth

Putting Words in your Mouth

Lisa: Jennifer White from First Grade Blue Skies

First Grade Blue Skies

Products We Love

Amy: Post It Notes

Laura: Flair Pens

Lisa: TROFAST Storage from IKEA

Quotes We Love





It's February?
How can that be?
Well, Farley says so.  And Farley does not lie.

Here is our Currently

Listening.....Grease is the word!
Inspired after watching Grease Live!  Now, a little time with the originals of Grease.   Listening to Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta belt it out.   Greased Lightning, indeed.
Loving.....February holidays!
Groundhog Day, National Wear Red Day, Super Bowl Sunday, Chinese New Year, Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, Valentine's Day, Presidents Day, Make a Friend Day, Random Acts of Kindness Day, Tell a Fairy Tale Day.
Don't forget about Oscar Night.
I kind of like National Tortilla Chip Day on February 24 as long as I get salsa or queso with my chips.  I even like queso and salsa on my chips at the same time.
And my birthday is in February.  
Lots to celebrate and have fun with this month.
Thinking....I already read my book club book!   Yay for me!
Our meeting is not til the end of the month.
But I have always enjoyed biographies and autobiographies, so I flew through this month's pick, The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner.
It was a lot to think about.  It is about a polygamist family.
The author is a little girl raised in a polygamist family and community.
I mean I am still thinking about the book.
But I hope I can remember the book at our next meeting.
Remember, I am having a birthday.
The memory goes as you age.
Wanting.....to go to French Lick Blogger Meet Up in March.
It is hosted by the fabulous Holly Ehle of Mrs. Ehle's Kindergarten Connection.
Lisa and I went last year.
It was super fun!
We are sooooooooooooooooooo excited to go back this year.
One month and counting down.....
Needing.....a pedicure.
Let's face it.  We are past the point of want.
It's February and my toes have not seen new polish since 2015.
Don't look at the toes.
Swooning......pretty Valentines.
I love pinks, reds, conversation heart colors, new Valentines, antique Valentines.
They are all pretty when they come from the heart.
This week I seem to be swooning over Snoopy, too.
And that's ok with me.

Hope y'all have a wonderful February!

5 for Friday, Jan 29

We love linking up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching.
Even if it's Laura's turn and she's a day late, again. Sigh.
It's winter.
The calendar says so.
The big blizzard is evidence.
Texas hasn't gotten the news.
Our temperature ranged from the 40s to the 80s.
We still learned about Polar Bears: Facts and Opinions.
 Polar Bears Facts and Opinions by All Y'all Need
I'm partial to it because my sister created it.
But it really works well with my 2nd-5th grade groups.
Students have to write facts and opinions. Ready-made homework sheet!
The artic students underline words with their sounds. The language students focus on their concepts. The fluency students practice reading.
And all I have to do is copy the page!
Younger students got to enjoy Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?
We got to make animal sounds and work on categories.
And - bonus! My school's library had the big book.
You know - the ginormous 2 x 3 feet books?
And guess what? It came in a big plastic bag with all the toys animals!
Proof that things cycle around.
Even if the packet is older than my licensed assistant.
Just kidding.
But not by much.
I'm also seeing some middle-school students now.
They are all in self-contained rooms, but what a variety of skills and needs!
Nonfiction Texts with ELA Targets from Nicole Allison fit the bill!
I printed out the Polar Bear passages and put them in clear plastic folders.
The students practiced highlighting and searching for information.
Next week, we finally get to see February.
First up is Groundhog Day.
A fun game from Mia McDaniel will be in use! She makes the cutest game boards!
And Growing Kinders has a {free} Groundhog Day book that will be perfect for my younger students!

Wednesday is our 100th Day of School!
My room is in the kindergarten hall, which will be full of streamers, counters, and volunteers.
Super fun!
We'll be playing the 100th Day of School Ask Away.
(Yes, I just printed it out and noticed a typo. We're still using it.)

Happy Groundhog Day, 100th Day of School Day, and whatever else comes your way!

Quick & Easy Meals for Frenzied SLPs from The Frenzied SLPs!

The Frenzied SLPs are veering into the world of work life meets home life.
 All Y'all Need Taco Soup
When I get home, I often want my couch to be my friend, not my kitchen. One of my go-to recipes, especially in the winter, is Taco Soup. It has a lot of ingredients, but as my sister Amy says, if you can brown ground beef and open cans, you can make this. 

Taco Soup
1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1 package taco seasoning
1 can corn
1 can hominy
1 can Ranch-style beans
1 can black beans
1 can diced tomatoes with green chilies
1 can tomato sauce
1 pkg. dry Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing mix
2 cups water
Optional: Mexican-blend cheese, corn chips, sour cream

In a large pot, brown ground beef. Add taco seasoning to meat and stir well. Add all other ingredients. Cans are not drained. Simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Go lay on the couch in between stirs.

To serve: Crush corn chips in a bowl, ladle soup in, and top with cheese and sour cream.

Tip: Keep ingredients on hand to avoid a trip to the grocery store in the cold, which is 40-50 degrees for me because I'm in Central Texas. My brother-in-law said this was the best soup he'd ever had. I hope you enjoy it!

The Frenzied SLPs have even more quick and easy recipes for you! Just click the links below. Thanks to Speech2U, Old School Speech, and Speech Sprouts for their work on this linky!