Resource Connection Topics Below: 







1.       What's in your Apraxia Therapy Kit?  I would suggest the following for starters:  Kaufman cards, Super Duper Flip Book, Linguisystems Apraxia Cards for Preschool, Linguisystems Easy Does It For Apraxia Preschool (specifically the Turtle Vowels Warm-up and Sound Picture Cards), use of a pacing board with pictures from Ricki's apraxia word list, physical prompting utilizing Marshalla or PROMPT

2.       Apraxia Kids - this is an active organization providing resources and


3.       testyyettrying - downloads for artic pics and activites, as well as extensive

          literature on apraxia.    


Articulation-Phonological Processes

1.       What's in your Articulation Therapy Kit?  I would suggest the following:

Super Duper Webber Articulation Cards, Linguisystems Phonological Processes Cards, 

2.       Marshalla consonant placement - click on title to get to site. Scroll down to

videos (on right)  This is a visual-motor approach for apraxia, artic or phonological processes - kids really enjoy doing the hand movements and making the sounds. It can be a quick 5 minute warm-up for teachers too before snack or lunch time

3.       testyyettrying - downloads for artic pics and activites, as well as extensive

literature on apraxia. New minimal pair games have been added for t an k.

Scroll down for links to additional card sets and game suggestions!

4.       Mommy Speech Therapy - (Found on Pinterest) Download free picture cards

for every sound


5.       Speech Language Neighborhood - Download free picture cards for every sound

Activity sets have also been developed for a selection of Apps.


6.       Caroline Bowen, PhD - Dr. Bowen has listed evidenced based practice for

speech interventions.  This site is filled with strategies for improving speech

intelligibility.  Here is an additional link to the Classification of Speech Sound Disorders. Dr. Bowen provides a description of Dodd's (2005) approach is around linguistic profiling and linguistic subtypes. Clinicians use a more simplified, 'family friendly' approach in explaining speech sound disorders to families.   
Pinned ImageThis book , Speech Sound Disorders, was recommended by Caroline Bowen.  It describes evidence based intervention approaches and contains a DVD with video footage of 23 treatment interventions (good and bad models.)


7.     Books for Specific Phoneme Practice

FROM ASHA LEADER - a fabulous resource - This extended list of booksfocusing on specific phonemes is from a book by Fish, M. (2010). Here's how to treat childhood apraxia of speech. San Diego, CA: Plural Publishing. ( and is produced below with permission. Many of these books will be available in school or public libraries. The links provided below go to the Amazon bookstore. Another list of similar books is Books, Stories, and Games that Reinforce Speech Sound Targets (    


8. Rebecca at Adventures in Speech Pathology has put together a great beginning of the school year post on 10 Things You Need for Articulation Therapy. The post lists the 10 things along with links to free resources she found browsing the web to give you materials in the 10 areas. I particularly liked the beautiful, accurate informational handout on the hierarchy of speech therapy Rebecca linked to in #3 from Mommy Speech Therapy

Adventures in Speech Pathology:  Rebecca says, "Born under the sign of Sagittarius, traveling was destined by the stars! I am an SLP who likes to take my profession with me while I travel…. to 51 countries and counting! I am an Australian who has studied in the UK, worked in the wonderful Australian outback, the treasured islands of the South Pacific country of Samoa, and then headed off to the diverse school systems in the United States.  It’s a really easy way to keep all of the cards together. If your child forgets to use their ‘tail sound’ you can just flip the tail sound over so you only have half of an animal, then flip the tail sound back when your child uses their final consonant!"  Find tons of colorful cards and games for articulation and language.




9."Butterfly Position"  is a strategy for correcting lateral s,z and palatals - for children 4 yrs & older- The "butterfly position" is essentially the position the tongue is in when you sustain the "i" sound in bin, fin, win, or the "ee" sound in me, knee, sea. The client is encouraged to think of the tongue simulating the shape of a butterfly.

When you say "i" as in "bin", or "ee" as in "been", the sides of the tongue are raised slightly, like the raised wings of a butterfly, and are in light but definite contact with the teeth. Meanwhile, a central groove is formed along the middle of the tongue where the body of a butterfly would be. The butterfly position is the position to aim for in producing a correct /s/, /z/ etc. Holding this position, the client learns to direct the air-flow "along" the central groove, and not (laterally) over the sides of the tongue.  Read more on Caroline Bowen's website.



1.       Boardmaker Share  - set up an account and have access to 100's of

boardmaker templates.  If you have created any templates, you can download

them onto the site.

2.       IPad Apps for AAC - excellent visuals and descriptions of a variety of

available communication tools for children.


3.      ny2 (News to you) - is an online newspaper - creators of the Symbolstix -

thousands of picture symbols to create icon boards


4.       Rett Syndrome -  Linda Burkhart provides guidelines for Applications and 

Practical Strategies for Children with Rett Syndrome. FREE handouts on a

variety of AAC topics.


5.      YAACK - Choosing an augmentative communication system


6.       ASHA & AAC - read all about it


7.  COMMUNICATION BOARDS:  READ THIS BLOG -  TestyYetTrying gives a simple and clear explanation of how and why a communication board is used.  She utilized this strategy with her own child,  giving her success at communicating and reducing her frustration.  

8.  Communication Matrix - I just learned about this website -Rett Syndrome course with Theresa Bartp;ptta. Ph.D, CCC-SLP. An easy to use assessment instrument designed for individuals of all ages who function at the earliest stages of communication. Download the FREE guide too.

Seven Levels of Communication

  1. Level I. Pre-Intentional Behavior
  2. Level II. Intentional Behavior
  3. Level III. Unconventional Communication
  4. Level IV. Conventional Communication
  5. Level V. Concrete Symbols
  6. Level VI. Abstract Symbols
  7. Level VII. Language

Four Reasons to Communicate

The Matrix is organized into four major reasons to communicate that appear across the bottom of the Profile: to REFUSE things that we don't want; to OBTAIN things that we do want; to engage in SOCIAL interaction; and to provide or seek INFORMATION. Under each of these four major reasons are more specific messages that people communicate: these correspond to the questions that you must answer as you complete the Matrix. The specific messages are arranged by level. 









Easy Bee - website with comprehensivie information about AAC, PODD and Communication Partners

Image of child using her PODD with her mother.


Connectability - Create FREE Visual Supports - Fill out your template Visuals can be presented in several formats, depending on your child's level of understanding. Ranging from most concrete to most abstract, possible visuals are:Objects, Color photographs, Black and white photographs, Color line drawings, Black and white line drawings 

Wash Hands Routine

The list below will give you tips on the different ways visuals can be used and examples of the recommended sizes for each type of visual. Click on "Workshop" and watch a video on how to create an icon board.



1.       ASHA Policy Documents concerning Autism


2.       Autism Speaks - What is Autism, related links


3.       Child Brain - PDD checklist - gives you a score online The questionnaire

available is an experimental screening tool based on the DSM-IV criteria for autism  


4.       Autism Games - a fellow speech colleague, Beth Schaefer shared this useful

site with me and I love it. Tahirih Bushey, MS,CCC-SLP created this website -  she describes through script and video how to play games. There are practical

suggestions for parents as well.

5.       Autism Community - This website was created and is moderated by Abby

Twyman, M.Ed., BCBA. She has been working with people with autism and their

families since 2004. As of April 2010, the Autism Community has been

collaborating with Dynavox Mayer-Johnson.    On this website you will find

extensive information, the latest news events, and resources.  

6.       Bright Tots - Thank you Beth Schaefer for this website resource.

Devoted to Autism, this site lists numerous Autism Therapies, Autism Diets and

Medical Interventions. It also has a nice description of Aspergers, Classic

Autism, PDD, Fragile X, Rett Syndrome and more. Many links are listed to right of

the screen and at the bottom of the screen.

7.      The Autism Teacher -Great ideas for Pretend Play - In order for children to attach symbolic meaning of objects to words, they need to make a connection during functional play.  MNicoleM says, "Children with autism often have difficulty pretending. They don't always use toys the way typical children do - give them a tea set and they may bang the cup on the table, spin the plate, etc. rather than pretend to pour or drink tea. They don't intuitively associate the toy pieces with real-life situations or they don't know what to do with the toys. One thing that we work on in my classroom is learning *how* to play appropriately. Here is one way I address that - by providing visual prompts of what to do with the toys."


8.       DIFFERENT ROADS TO LEARNING - This company has supported the Autism Community since 1995.This is a nice resource for materials.  They have also developed APPS which are on my favorites list. They stated,  "When children are first diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, parents often don't know where to begin. They comb the web, looking to make sense of the myriad interventions and treatments that are out there. At Different Roads to Learning, we believe in Applied Behavior Analysis and Verbal Behavior interventions."


9.    AUTISM WEB - gives a nice explanation of Teaching Methods:

  • Difference between Appllied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and Verbal Behavior
  • DIR/Floortime
  • RDI - Relationship Development Intervention

This site also lists tips for teacher and parents, resources, special diets, books, etc.

Directly from Autism Web:

A Look at ASD Diagnoses in the Future

"In early 2010, the American Psychiatric Association released draft revisions to its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) and invited comments from both professionals and the general public. The final and official fifth revision of the DSM is expected to be published in May 2013.7

When published, the DSM-5 is expected to affect how autism and associated disorders are diagnosed. Among the proposed revisions are:

  • changing the name of the diagnostic category to Autism Spectrum Disorders;
  • including Asperger Syndrome, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, and PDD-NOS under the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders, rather than defining them separately and a bit differently, as is now the case;
  • removing Rett Syndrome from the DSM entirely (and, thus, from the autism spectrum).8"



Dysphasia-Feeding-Oral Motor

1.       Suzanne Evans Morris, PhD.  

 New Visions was established in 1985.  Its programs are located in the Blue Ridge foothills of Nelson County, Virginia.New Visions provides continuing education and therapy services to professionals and parents working with  infants and children with feeding,swallowing, oral-motor, and pre-speech problems. 


3.       Talk Tools - TalkTools® was founded by Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson with a vision

of sharing expertise among practitioners serving those with speech, oral, and

feeding disorders. With 40 years of developing innovative products,e.g., horn

hierarchy, straw hierarchy, jaw grading and techniques for enhancing speech

and feeding skills,  TalkTools® prides itself on fostering programs, tools and

training to therapists.  

4.        Beckman Oral Motor - addressing issues concerning oral motor patterns and

oral motor movements


5.        Oral Motor Exercises - list of simple activities to implement along with working

on sound production


6.        Interesting read from Pam Marshalla - The Oral Institute- Pam has provided a summary of 86 objects that have been used for oral motor activities and she explains the stated purpose.  I have found pairing oral motor with sound production has been a successful strategy to help children develop the muscle memory to produce sounds - for example alternate blowing a horn, recorder,harmonica,etc.. then producing B, P.

7.        Check out the  Flip Book from Super Duper.  Each page has 3 flips of  pictures to practice simple CV combos and is considered a staple in our  program.  Blowing bubbles (which encourage lip pursing and proper breath control)  alternating with production of SH, CH, J sound has provided success for our children as well . 


 8.         The Speech Mama - Kim Marino is the SLP who created this site.  Her feeding,

drinking and oral motor  practices are inspired by Lori Overland and Sara

Rosenfeld-Johnson.  Kim also offers practical strategies for young children with receptive and expressive language delays.  The right side of her website has a listing of pertinent topics to explore.       


9.   Good suggestions for working with the Picky Eater - Alisha Grogan, MOTR/L is a pediatric occupational therapist who specializes in feeding difficulties and sensory integration in the Pittsburgh area.  Also, the mom of two wonderful boys under three and blogger at Your Kid’s Table, which combines all her feeding and sensory knowledge as a mom and OT.  


Receptive-Expressive Language

1.       What's in your Language Therapy Kit?  I have the following:   

Doll house with furniture and dolls, farm animals, fence (made of blocks, legos, etc), food in basket and dishes, vehicles, doll with hair brush, tooth brush, bath,  ball, "First 100 Words" book by Usborne and other simple picture & board books, Ricki's printable handouts (click on Ricki's printable forms to the left of this screen) - first words, functional nouns, and functional actions, adjectives, picture action cards, camera so you can take pictures of preferred  items, set of category cards,  PLS-5 (Language Sample Form is very useful), CELF-2.

2.       Little Talkers videos - modeling of suggestions to give to parents - they

provide basic information and suggestions for follow through at home.  Developmental milestones and activities are included as well.

3.        Down's Syndrome -  Click on this link to connect to the "Got Down's Syndrome"  website

4.        Teach Me To Talk - Laura Mize has provided numerous tips on this website.  Laura  is a speech-language pathologist who specializes in treating young children, ages birth to three, with communication delays and disorders in her private practice in and around Louisville,  Kentucky. She also hosts a popular weekly podcast “Teach Me To Talk with Laura and Kate,” and  has created DVDs and treatment manuals. Teach Me To Talk - offers practical suggestions for helping young children respond to simple Wh, OR and Yes-No questions. This is a nice resource to share with families and staff.   I developed the Wh hierarchy (download under Ricki's Printable Forms) which provides a guideline for teaching response to Questions. 

5. PRE-LITERACY -  Learn with Play @ Home - This link will take you to a blog re: Early Literacy Ideas - 5 fun ways to encourage your preschooler - I am an advocate of early exposure to reading books (at birth!), modeling language throughout the day, and writing.  I have created many books with children (non-fiction, e.g.going to the zoo, social stories, etc. and fiction, e.g. rhymes, predictable books, e.g. Brown Bear What Do You See, Old Lady, etc.) This activity is effective with expanding language, syntax practice, e.g. He, She and articulation, e.g. tie in sounds you are working on.    At first child  may be hesitant to speak or write/draw.  With encouragement and repetition, the metamorphosis takes place:

1. Read a preferred predictable book together or speak with family to learn of any recent trips they have taken. 

2. Ask specific questions to guide the response.  

3. Write down the child's responses.  Have at least 5 responses. Discuss a good title together.

4. Type up the story (at least 22-24pt) and find related pictures on "Bing Images"

5. During your next session child can help cut out the sentences and pictures and help glue onto the paper to make a book.  I usually use a 1/2 sheet of paper for each sentence.  Child can add drawings to each page - decorations around the words and pictures and/or their own drawings of people and objects.   Talk about components of a book as well - the front and back of the book, author, and reading left to right.  Highlight or underline words too.  


Multilingual Children's Speech website: - The purpose of this website is to present a compilation of resources for SLPs who are  working with multilingual children with speech sound disorders.  


Multilingualism is used as an overarching term for bilingualism and multilingualism. “Children who are multilingual are able to comprehend and/or produce two or more languages in oral, manual, or written form [with at least a basic level of] functional proficiency or use, regardless of the age at which the languages were learned” (adapted from Grech & McLeod, 2012, p. 121).






The Stuttering Foundation of America has a section just for preschool with suggestions from Barry Guitar:


1.       Speaking of Speech -    Click on the Preschool Section


2.       Pinterest - Speech Therapy sites galore - sites from Pinterest will be featured

from time to time.   This site is LOADED with speech activities,however it is very time consuming to browse.    Click on toPinterest Back to School Themes.            


3.      Kidssoup - Only $26.99 for a yearly subscription and well worth it.  Many of our

therapists use this site.

Save time and money.Get instant online access to more than 5,700

theme-based preschool and kindergarten teaching resources and crafts.Covers

all the topicsand themes you want to teach throughout the year.  Store and

organize your favorite resources in your own filing cabinet in your Resource Box. 


4.     Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons -  This is a website with 100's of very cute 

cooking activities to do with kids and can be paired with a favorite book. Team up

with your teachers to conduct a cooking activity together. Download my Cooking

Handout (Ricki's Printable Forms) which has many suggestions for learning

concepts. After you click on the Kitchen Fun Link, scroll down the page and on the

right side you will see a list of themes. Click away for a multitude of cooking ideas!


5.     DLTK Growing Together -  This site provides themed activities including books, nursery rhymes, fairy tales, recipes, art activities and more....and it's FREE! 


6.    BING IMAGES -   have created numerous lessons pairing pictures with a book I am reading. Click  on the BING IMAGES link and make sure you do not use pictures that are  copyrighted. In the keyword Search screen, type what you are looking for, e.g.  happy girl, boy eating. Click on the image you like and make sure you click on

"See full-size image" (better clarity when printing). Copy and paste into a word

document and adjust the size.


7.    Judith Kuster's Virtual Library - loaded andI mean loaded with book links

for Rhyming books, books organized by speech sound, books organized by

language, theme books, ABC books, online books. Judith also has links for every

possible topic, e.g. autism, apraxia, hearing, swallowing, fluency, AAC,  articulation, grammar, prosody, language, etc. Thank you Beth Schaefer for  another winner!


8.    Parent Info - ParentingInformer - this site has great articles to share with staff

and parents, app reviews, videos, parenting tips and advice.  Thanks to Parenting

Informer I downloaded 2 FREE apps which sort apps by age and price. Click on

the link below or to the left of this screen at the App Store.  They are getting

added to my "must have" list for app reviews:


       Smartot Parents 


9.    NO TIME FOR FLASHCARDS - Allison McDonald is the Founder and Editor of this site. She is a staff blogger at and writes curriculum for Itty-bitty bookworm, a literature based preschool curriculum.  Early childhood education is her passion which is evidenced by the wealth of FREE book-related activities on her site. She has a list of  books by author, theme, letter of the week, or age - you choose. She has successfully achieved her mission to share her knowledge, to provide an accessible resource filled with multi level-easy to follow and fun activities for young children. These activities are supported with books, songs and play and most important, to ditch the flash cards!  THIS IS A MUST HAVE FAVORITE!


10.  The Speech Room - Jenna Rayburn M.A., CCC-SLP created this Blog and loves doing fun activities in the speech room and incorporating technology! She listed pictures of very cute activities including an Ice Cream Pronoun Game, Flip the Sound Pancake, review Howie Owie Game from Learning Resources....which reminded me to pull out  NED'S HEAD, an all time favorite.    " Feel free to use the freebies on this blog." 


11.  LessonPix - LessonPix was created by Lori and Bill Binko for the people who support and who love special learners. The goal was an easy online tool to create specific, customized materials for parents, teachers and therapists. Lori and Bill are parents of a special needs child. They have created  picture schedules, bingo games, puppets, "ask for" cards, picture books, playing cards, lacing cards, and more. Request any specific pictures you need.  You can also upload your own photos. 

LessonPix is only $24.00 per year. Thanks to Alicia Lore for sharing!


12. Toddler Toddler activities games crafts- Jennifer has enjoyed doing crafts, painting, drawing with her son and has shared her creative ideas with others on her website. Well worth checking out!


13. - Check out all the THEMES at the Activity Idea Place!    Very cute art activities, games, simple songs and cooking activities.

Amber started this website in 1998 as part of an Early Childhood Education project called the file box. This site hosts over 200 different lesson plan themes for toddler, preschool and kindergarten teachers.  Amber spent a lot of time developing and writing each of the lesson plan ideas on this site. Please get her permission to publish (i.e. websites, email, newsletters, books, etc.)  Thank you for the resource Edna!



Everything literacy for the 3 and under crowd.  Hundreds of book recommendations with related activities organized in many convenient ways including by author, theme, age, etc.  Thank you for the resource Beth!


15. Fantastic Organics - healthy recipes for kids and adults.  My husband and I have been eating organic for 16 years.  You are what you eat!    In partnership with Whole Foods Market®, PBS KIDS® has collected tips, ideas, recipes, videos and games to encourage you and your family to explore organics. PBS KIDS and Whole Foods Market are delighted to partner up to help you and your family make conscious decisions about organic foods, and be inspired to create healthy and sustainable lifestyles.


16. Chateau Meddybemps -The writer, illustrator, and designer of this site is Jerry Jindrich (pronounced jin'-drik). He lives in the small town of Newburgh, Indiana, with his delightful wife, Susan, and good friend since first grade. Susan, a preschool educator for over 18 years, is responsible for all the material about learning you'll find on the site. There are original stories, amusing characters and whimsical ideas. Wordplay and humorous illustrations abound, offering visitors opportunities and reasons to smile, maybe even to laugh. But on a second level, Susan and Jerry are building a site that quietly reflects our belief that learning is a wonder-filled experience for all ages, an experience that can be shared by children, parents and teachers. This site celebrates that belief. 


17. Serving Pink Lemonade: download Free pics for songs - Old Lady, 5 Speckled Frogs, 5 Monkeys, 5 Apples, 5 Ducks and Letter People.  Jeanine and Amy--two sisters who love to play with their kids.  They live on opposite sides of the country but keep in touch over the phone and through blogging.  They love sharing with each other the activities they do to keep their  kids happy and busy—and that’s how this blog was born—as a place to share ideas. 


18. Tinsnips What's Cooking - Print picture recipes to help students who benefit from visual cues.  You can also find ideas for things to do and make, social stories, songs, hands-on, functional activities that address multi-sensory learning styles.  


19. Thanksgiving preschool pack + Brown Bear, Hungry Caterpillar (click on new 2012 link to download food pics), Toy Story, Gingerbread Baby and soooo much more.  Really nice printables for many themes.  The site is a little disorganized but worth visiting.   

20. Preschool Crafts for Kids is loaded with simple crafts for young children!  Jason Winter is an RPCV(Returned Peace Corps Volunteer). He served 2 years from 1997-1999 as an Environmental Education volunteer in Paraguay, South America.  He's been living in Japan, teaching English since 2000, been married to a beautiful Japanese woman for nearly 10 years, with 2 beautiful daughters.


21.  The Educators' Spin On It - Your source for loads of Eric Carle book activities 


22. Speech Room News - Has a nice packet of activities for Polar Bear Polar Bear

23. Kids Pages - Over 100 categories of pictures you can download for games, eg. adjectives, verbs, nouns, emotions, shapes, colors, and soooo much more!!

24. Perkilou's Percentages - Quick Reference Guide by - also check out their Freebies!  (Thanks for the info Beth!)

25. Let's Talk Speech Pathology - Great tips for teach early speech and language.  Brea is a Speech-Language Pathologist who " will never charge money for activities that I post. My free downloads are more of a "thank you" for reading my blog. I soon hope that more SLPs will jump on the blogging bandwagon and share their ideas and activities free of charge.