SLP Coffee Talk

SLP Coffee Talk

A speech and language podcast to motivate and inspire school-based SLPs. Just the tips, strategies, and low prep therapy ideas you need to walk into your therapy room with confidence and plan with ease. Learn and hear stories from an SLP in the trenches just like you!


May 27, 2024 20 mins

Hey there, SLPs! Today, we're going to delve deep into the realm of therapy goals and standardized testing now. Standardized testing is a necessary component of the process, let's face it, but that doesn't mean our treatment objectives have to follow their lead. We're going to reveal how to use those test results to inform relevant, doable objectives. Let's face it, meaningful goals result in actual advance...

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Hallie talks about how to use Blooket in your speech therapy sessions.

Hey there, SLPs! Get ready for a jolt of inspiration in this episode of SLP Coffee Talk. Join Hallie as she spills the beans on her all-time favorite free tool for speech therapy - Blooket! Discover how this interactive platform can turn learning into a game and keep your older students engaged and motivated. From customizable games to real-time feedbac...

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May 13, 2024 24 mins

Effective reading instruction strategies for older students with Sara of Stellar Teacher Company

Hi, fellow SLPs! In today’s episode, Hallie features Sara Marye, an accomplished educator, the CEO of The Stellar Teacher Company, and the creator/host of the Stellar Teacher Podcast. Together, we delve into advanced reading instruction strategies while exploring the science of reading and its application in the classroom for o...

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Hi, fellow SLPs! In today’s episode, Hallie explores the benefits of role-playing in speech therapy to enhance vocational communication skills. Discover the practical strategies for SLPs to create realistic role-playing scenarios that prepare students for the workforce by developing language skills essential for professional success. Tailored for speech-language pathologists working with older students, Hallie offers insights into ...

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Why connecting with middle and high school students increases motivation and participation?

Hey there, fellow SLPs! In this episode, Hallie chats with speech-language pathologists Matt and Margarita to share their innovative strategies for engaging teen learners. Hear about innovative ways to weave student interests into therapy sessions, from comic books to current tech articles, and how personal stories of our own goals ...

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In this episode of SLP Coffee Talk, Hallie Sherman shares a powerful tool for improving therapy practices: Tar Heel Reader. Get ready to unlock a world of free, accessible books that will enhance literacy, comprehension, articulation, expressive language, and social skills. Learn how to make learning fun, increase vocabulary, and captivate your kids with custom stories. You won't want to miss this episode, which is jam-packed ...

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April 15, 2024 12 mins

In the latest episode of SLP Coffee Talk, Hallie Sherman serves up a steamy brew of fresh ideas to rejuvenate your speech-language therapy sessions.  Saying goodbye to the yawns and hello to sessions that are as enjoyable as they are educational. Hallie provides practical examples of how to adapt popular board games to meet various speech and language goals. From "Twisted Scrabble" to "Modified Monopoly," and fr...

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Do you find AAC overwhelming? You aren’t alone! 

No need to worry though, because in this episode of SLP Coffee Talk, I sat down with Cici Fritts and Candace Hayden. They are experts in all things technology and AAC for our speech students and they are here to help you understand how to best help your students with their communication through AAC. 

Topics covered in this episode include:

  • How Cici and Candace help educate...
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Do you struggle sometimes talking to parents and navigating the whole IEP process with parents?

If so, you are going to love today’s guest on SLP Coffee Talk! I sat down with Wendy Taylor to talk all about how you can better help parents when it comes to IEPs. 

Topics covered in this episode include:

  • The biggest challenges parents face in the IEP process
  • How to present information to parents so that they actually understa...
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Are you familiar with trauma-informed care? 

In this episode of SLP Coffee Talk, I sat down with Rachel Archambault, the PTSD SLP, to talk all about trauma-informed care for our speech students. You don’t have to be a trauma detective to support your students who have experienced trauma, you just have to offer them a safe space, and Rachel is telling us exactly how to do it. 

Topics covered in this episode include:

  • What ...
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March 18, 2024 13 mins

Let’s talk about one of my favorite tools to use in my speech room- videos! 

Videos are motivating, require zero prep, and can easily adapt to any goal. In this episode of SLP Coffee Talk, I’m sharing how you can use this versatile resource to target vocabulary goals. 

Topics covered in this episode include:

  • My favorite videos and resources to work on vocabulary with speech students
  • How to use these videos effectively in ...
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Do your students love technology like mine do?

If so, you’re going to love today’s guest on SLP Coffee Talk! I sat down with Gareth Walkom from withVR. He’s here to share what he does with VR and how it can benefit our speech therapy students!

Topics covered in this episode include:

  • The real-life challenges that this tool can help your students overcome
  • How VR can help your students get valuable practice in a safe space
  • Ho...
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March 4, 2024 16 mins

Looking for ways to get your students more involved, more engaged, and seeing more results? You have to try interest-based therapy! 

Many of us struggle with keeping our students engaged and motivated- especially our older ones. So instead of fighting the fight and trying to get them to engage in the activities you choose,  how about we flip the script and focus more on their interests? I’m sharing how you can do it in this epi...

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Looking for tips on doing diagnostic assessments on students who speak different languages?

In this episode of SLP Coffee Talk, I sat down with Puja and Prabhu to talk about diagnostic assessments of students speaking South Asian languages. They’re sharing tools and tips for us to better serve our students who speak these languages. 

Topics covered in this episode include:

  • The challenges SLPs face when diagnosing student...
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Let’s talk comprehensive literacy and AAC!

In this episode of SLP Coffee Talk, I sat down with Amanda Soper who is an AAC expert, particularly when it comes to literacy and vision-impaired students. She’s here to discuss comprehensive literacy and how we can utilize robust AAC vocabulary to help our students reach their reading goals. 

Topics covered in this episode include:

  • The importance of high-quality literacy instru...
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I can't believe it is already Valentine's Day week! 

You're probably looking for some activities you can do to incorporate the Valentine's Day theme without acquiring a ton of prep, without being too cutesy and mushy, and that doesn't require any money. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! 

I'm sharing 3 free and fun activities you can use with your speech students for Valentine’s Day. These are ...

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As SLPs, the relationship between grad students and supervisors is so important for the success of the new SLP. 

In this episode of SLP Coffee Talk, I sat down with two SLPs, Kathleen and Shelby, to talk about their supervisor-grad student relationship. They share their best tips for new grad students and supervisors so that they can all build strong relationships that are beneficial to everyone involved.

Topics covered in ...

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Have you ever thought about using music in speech therapy?

 You are going to love this episode! I sat down with Kevin Simmons, AKA The Singing SLP, to talk all about how we can incorporate music and singing into our speech therapy sessions to help our students reach their goals in a fun and interactive way. 

Topics covered in this episode include:

  • How Kevin discovered the power of music in speech therapy
  • Some of the songs...
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Do you have students who really struggle with the /r/ sound? 

R distortions can be tricky! Clinically, it’s a huge challenge for many SLPs to work with. So in this episode of SLP Coffee Talk, I sat down with Tara McAllister to talk about how we can use biofeedback to improve treatment for persistent issues with the /r/ sound. 

Tara McAllister, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor of Communicative Sciences and Disorders a...

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Wondering how you can utilize sensory play in speech to help your students meet their goals? You’re going to love this episode of SLP Coffee Talk! 

I sat down with Dr. Reyna Hernandez and she is going to share her top tips for all things sensory play in speech therapy. 

Topics covered in this episode include:

  • When Reyna discovered the wonder of sensory play
  • How to incorporate more senses into sensory play 
  • Different activi...
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