Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Therapy Assistant Association of Alberta

Therapy Assistant Week


Therapy Assistant Week is September 19 – 23 

Tell us what your site is doing to celebrate. Not sure what to do? Check out our website under “TA Week” for ideas and printable posters. Be sure to capture pictures of your activities and submit them to our Photo Contest where you could win prizes!
Make sure you check our website often for updates on Events, Employment Opportunities and other TA activities happening in the province. If you have an upcoming event, job vacancy or activity, we would be happy to post these for free as a benefit to our members. Email your information to

Don't forget to look for me at the U of A and Glenrose, Wednesday Sept 21, Presenting on why you should become a THAAA member! :) 

Thanks, Mindy

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Monday, 12 September 2016

Great Fall Ideas for Speech Therapy!

September can be a fun time! It is when we are getting back in the groove of school and meeting our new caseload. We set a precedence for speech therapy, how it can be fun, the rules and the way we like to run our gig! My motto is you don't get paid if you don't do the work- if the kids don't have a good attitude (positive) or if they aren't trying then I don't let them play the game or pick something out of my treat bag :) It works well, I rarely have any behavior concerns. Once they meet me a couple times they know what to expect and all (usually) goes smoothly. I try to make speech fun,  stay positive and always try and make my "kids" feel special!

Back to September... I wanted to give you a few ideas on how you can make September go easily without a bunch of work, you know kind of ease in to it  :)

1. A new product of mine- a no prep printing pack that you can use 1 on one or in groups to target vocabulary! All you need is a stapler and some crayons!

2. Back to School Pack- targets pronouns, beginning sounds, and more!

3. The Fall Speech Pack- targets pronouns and possessives, along with following directions.


And each of them are under $2!!

Thursday, 8 September 2016

SLP Must have!

Well I'm a day late ha ha! Anyway I am still going to post my pic for SLP Must have!
My  September pick for SLP must have is my 
articulation mats!
They are so cute, colorful and reusable!

Only $1.50 today only!!

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Frankie's Food Truck Fiasco

I bought a few games in the spring and thought I would get them out and ready to go for my caseload. I bought Frankie's Food Truck Fiasco Game.
Here are a few things I like about it!

1.  Increase Vocabulary- You can talk about each food item with your kids. What does the food look like, its shape, where does it come from, etc. Describe the items.

2. OT- the squirrel cat tweezers (not sure what else to call them) helps those kids with pencil grasp and other fine motor skills. Target 2 areas at once, great for those kids with a dual diagnosis. 

3. Turn Taking- help the kids with taking turns and conversation skills.

Check it out and tell me what  you like about it!

Friday, 2 September 2016

Coloring & Vocabulary Skills

Coloring and Language Skills- Vocabulary 

Many times I am working with groups and I spend all of my time managing behaviors. Ugh! So I came up with an idea to use coloring (easy!) to keep those little hands busy.
This pack contains activities that target vocabulary such as associations, what doesn't belong and labeling the category.
I really like this (if I do say so myself) and think I might try this idea and use more speech and language targets.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Back to Shool Ideas for Speech

September is here and that means back to work, if you haven't started already it won't be long :) I have mixed feelings, I am excited about getting back into the swing of things but I'm always a little sad to say goodbye to lazy days, campfires, and beach days.

To welcome September I made a list of some favourite freebies for September...

  I really like this freebie that targets verbs ( you can use it for pronouns too!) Thanks Impeccable Speech!

Fall Verbs {Freebie}

A really good product to help with pronouns. Love the pictures and the amount of examples- lots of practice here! It also targets it which I like because there aren't many products that target this goal.Thanks!Kathryn Garcia

Parts of Speech (Grammar) for Beginners: Pronouns

Now I know the next one is for December but you can really use it any time (it's not Christmas theme). It targets some sight words and color words along with phonemic awareness skills - beginning and ending sounds, rhyming, etc.

December Morning Bright {Kindergarten Literacy Morning Work}

photo credit: Lost on blue via photopin (license)

Friday, 26 August 2016

Take Time To Look After Yourself!

Well, its beginning to be that time... back to school!! To all of the professionals who work in school, September can be a time of anxiety, especially if you were on a break this summer! Just thinking about my schedule brings on anxiety for me!!

I love my job and I especially love working with the kids but we all need a little break. This summer I was able to take some time off and only work part time (ya right I have 3 kids- there's no such thing as a break!). You know how it goes, you work all day then you come home cook supper, clean up, quickly talk with the kids and maybe do homework before jumping into bed exhausted only to start over in the morning. Now don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed my time at home and with my kids: camping, and taking them to enjoy fun activities. It was a really nice break from a very busy school year but sometimes you just need to take time out for you. Just you!!

I recently had a chance to speak with Jesse Brisendine, Life Coach. I was so excited to speak with and meet him (via Skype) and I wasn't at all disappointed! He is just as great as he seems! Jesse posts inspirational videos that seem to be sent just for me. The videos are what I need to hear just when I need to hear it.
He posted a video on taking time to nurture yourself and I thought it was a nice reminder as we all get ready to get back to the grindstone... Remember, although we are all in the business of looking after others, children, spouses, caseloads, we need to take time for yourself. This is something I definitely need to remember to do- all the time!
I came up with a quick list of 10 things you can do throughout the day to help you nurture yourself and keep the stress level down.

 Check out Jesse's video here!!

1. Take your lunch and eat it alone outside or in a park.

2. Sit at your desk (or go somewhere that you can be alone and quiet) for 3 minutes and just close your eyes and focus on breathing.

3.Take the long way when you are walking to the bathroom, classroom, or meeting. If you have time, take a walk outside.

4. Take your coffee break without your phone, or checking emails.

5. Make a list of the things that are VERY pressing and only do those, unless you time for more.

6. Laugh and Smile! 

7. Have a bath complete with candles and bubbles and wine ;) Stay in there for at least 20 minutes.

8. Ask co-workers, friends, and/or spouses for help- don't take it all on yourself.

9.Have fun with your kids (caseload and biological!) There is nothing that can reduce stress faster than laughing and playing with kids!

10. Make a gratitude list everyday and keep adding to it. Don't forget to read it every morning and night! 

Thanks, Jesse!