Last week I posted 12 places online to get FREE therapy materials. In that post, I only talked about websites, and not BLOGS. Today I am going to tell you about some of my favorite blogs to get materials and/or inspiration.
Inspirational Blogs- Inspiring to ditch the worksheets and flashcards
I am not a huge fan of paper-and-pen activities in my speech sessions (although sometimes they do have a time and a place…) and the following blogs provide some great activities to inspire you to step away from the worksheets!
#1 No Time For Flashcards. If you haven’t visited this blog yet, you need to. This blog is FULL of activities that are right up my alley. You can browse the site by age or by category, which is great when planning activities for specific age groups and themes (look in the sidebar). There are TON of activities that can be adapted for therapy depending on your goals. If you didn’t see my recent post on my Spider Web gross motor speech activity, make sure to check it out also…it was inspired by this site!
#2 Teach Preschool. If you work with the preschool population (or children functioning at this level), be sure to check out this blog for endless learning activities that can be adapted for therapy. Like No Time For Flashcards, the activities are organized by category (see the right sidebar) so you can browse and find activities based on themes.
#3 Relentlessly Fun. Deceptively Educational This blog is A M A Z I N G. A mom trying to “trick” her son into learning new things…she amazes me. AND she provides TONS OF FREEBIES than can be adapted for therapy. MUST check them out!
The following blogs have MANY different contributors (teachers and other educators) which means you can get a lot of great ideas from different people in ONE place!
#4 Teaching Blog Addict is (according to their site) “an international community of teachers, home educators, parents, mentors, and tutors. We love teaching and want our children to love learning. TBA provides bloggers and readers direct access to fabulous teaching blogs that are filled with creative teaching tips and fun educational resources.” There are ALWAYS freebies and great ideas. This is a good blog to subscribe to via email so you don’t miss anything!
#5a Classroom Freebies is exactly what it says: A blog full of FREE classroom freebies! With 100 contributing teachers, it is full of great ideas that can be used for teaching and therapy.
#5b Classroom Freebies Too is a sister site to the one above…more free stuff!
Special Education Blogs
#6 Ms. Rachel’s Room is a blog by Rachel, a special education teacher. She blogs about what they do in the classroom and offers freebies!
#7 Life In Special Education is a blog by a k-5 special education teacher. She also blogs about the different activities she does in the classroom and offers freebies!
#8 The Resource(ful) Room is a blog by Amy, a special education teacher who has some GREAT freebies!
Speech Pathologist Blogs
#9 Speech Room News If you are reading this and haven’t been to Jenna’s blog yet..you NEED to head over there. She is nothing less than amazing in her therapy ideas. She posts freebies WEEKLY as well as blogs about other speech topics (she recently posted pics of her speech room, for example). Every time I read her blog I actually MISS my old office and classrooms!! She consistently gets the top clicked links at my weekly linky party. She is awesome!
#10 Speech Time Fun Miss Speechie has joined the blogging world and I am SO glad she did because she has some GREAT ideas!! Check out her blog ASAP!
#11 Chapel Hill Snippets Ruth, SLP and mother of 4 shares some fantastic ideas with us from her Chapel Hill school!
#12 Speech Lady Liz is a school based SLP in Austin, Tx. She has some word lists, take home packets, and other freebies!
#13 Testy Yet Trying is a SLP and mother to a child with Apraxia of Speech. She offers up some free articulation cards!
#14 Jill Kuzma’s SLP Social & Emotional Skill Sharing Site work with students with social/emotional needs? This is the site for you! And she recently hit one MILLION hits on her blog! Go check it out for some social skills therapy ideas and inspiration
#15 If Only I Had Super Powers This is one of the first speech blogs I encountered when I started looking for them. I LOVE CC..she shares her adventures in the SLP world (and some of her home world) often with humor and provides some freebies and inspiration!
25 MORE Speech Pathology Blogs:
Cindy L Meester’s Blog
The Speech Ladies
Live Speak Love
Elena Marie SLP’s Blog
Let’s Talk Speech-Language Pathology
Mommy Speech Therapy
Talk It Up
2 Gals Talk…About Speech Therapy
The Dynamic Duo
Mrs Hodgson’s Speech and Language Blog
Say What Y’all?
The Speech Guy
In Spontaneous Speech
Hanna B SLP
The Speech House
Speech Language Neighborhood
Want more? Life In Special Education has a linky list of nearly 200 teaching/education blogs!! Go check out the list HERE and browse around…you never know what kind of treasures you will find!
STILL want more?? You can also check out The Teaching Blog Addict’s lists of blogs organized by grade and other categories (i.e. special ed, gifted ed, etc). Check it out HERE.
Yes, that was kinda an information overload, eh? Happy blog stalking!