August 10, 2020
Do you ever feel like you are struggling to find ways to motivate your students? We all have our “go-to” reward systems, such as the treasure chest or token bag. But, what if you could find ways to intrinsically motivate your speech students - especially students who are on the autism spectrum?   I'm so excited to chat with my guest in this episode - Jessie Ginsburg.  Jessie inspires a new way of thinking about the SLP's role in working with young children with autism through her national publications, talks, and her top-ranked multidisciplinary clinic in Los Angeles.    Today, Jessie shares with us how she fosters intrinsic motivation in her students by being flexible in her therapy sessions and allowing the student to have more control.   After listening to Jessie's tips, I hope that you will feel inspired to put away the reward box and allow your students to guide you in what motivates them. A simple shift in our thought process as the SLP may help create great results. Full show notes available at   Where We Can Connect:  Subscribe to the Podcast Follow Hallie on Instagram  Follow Hallie on Facebook Follow Hallie on Pinterest
August 3, 2020
Many of your SLP students will struggle with auditory challenges and hearing loss that impact their ability to communicate.    For these students, you will need to make accommodations in your therapy sessions for those challenges to help them make progress.    Luckily my guest in this episode, Fara Augustover, has a specialty in auditory oral therapy for individuals with hearing loss, auditory processing disorder, and other listening challenges.   Fara is a Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and the founder of Island Wide Speech. In this week’s episode she shares tips for working with students with hearing loss and how to help determine if your student is struggling with an articulation concern or a hearing challenge.    I hope that after hearing my conversation with Fara you feel ready to dive in with your students with hearing challenges. Plus, who else is going to RUN to the store to get an acoustic hoop? Let us know how it works out in your therapy sessions.    Full show notes available at   Where We Can Connect:  Subscribe to the Podcast Follow Hallie on Instagram  Follow Hallie on Facebook Follow Hallie on Pinterest
July 27, 2020
There’s SO MUCH curriculum for students to master in class, and it is imperative that speech sessions continue that learning when possible.  When I was introduced to the work of Cathy Alexander, I was blown away by her knowledge of grade-level curriculum, and I’m sure you will be too.    Cathy Alexander has been a speech pathologist for over 25 years working in public schools and private pediatric clinics. She is an international speaker on the subject of vocabulary and the author of Core Curriculum Articulation - S, R, L, and the WH Question Blast Off Board Game.    Grab a notebook and pen for this episode and let Cathy teach you how she incorporates the curriculum vocabulary - particularly verbs- into her speech sessions.    Full show notes available at   Where We Can Connect:  Subscribe to the Podcast Follow Hallie on Instagram  Follow Hallie on Facebook Follow Hallie on Pinterest  
July 20, 2020
In a time when we are all doing fewer in-person therapy sessions and more virtual visits online, it can be difficult to find fun ways to work with our students. One great resource that I have enjoyed are FREE virtual field trips.    In this quick episode of SLP Coffee Talk, I’m excited to be your guide through the world of virtual field trips. I share with you some of my personal favorites and how I use them to encourage language learning with my students.    After giving this episode a listen, you will have a list of fun virtual field trips to use - especially in your virtual sessions with students.    Don’t forget to reach out to me on Instagram @speechtimefun and let me know which virtual field trip you are going to check out first!    Do you have any other fun ones to share with me?    Full show notes available at
July 13, 2020
Do you feel like your therapy sessions need a little more fun? Do you struggle to find ways to interact with your students with more complex communication concerns? If so, you may want to consider how to incorporate the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication in your therapy sessions.    In today’s episode, I chat with Rachel Madel - a Los Angeles-based speech-language pathologist who is dedicated to coaching parents and professionals on how to incorporate technology to best support speech and language development. Rachel presents on the use of AAC with children with complex communication needs.    After listening to this episode, I hope you will have a wealth of additional tools and ideas for incorporating AAC into your therapy sessions. This is sure to be an episode you will save to your favorites and come back to again and again.    Full show notes available at
July 6, 2020
Often, we think that we always need to be adapting our therapy sessions to use the latest and most innovative techniques. However, there is definitely a place for tried-and-true approaches that have been working well for many years. One of those approaches is the Cycles approach.    If you aren’t familiar with this approach, then you will love my conversation today with Dr. Dawn Moore.    Dawn is the founder of Expression Speech, Language, and Myofunctional Center in Burlington, North Carolina. Dr. Moore has over 20 years of experience in the field and earned her clinical doctorate in 2018. For phonology, she uses and teaches others how to use Barbara Hodson’s Cycles for Phonology due to the success she continues to have with the program.   She is here to chat with us about why she sees such great success with the Cycles approach with virtually every type of student she has worked with and how you can incorporate it into your therapy sessions.    After listening to my conversation with Dr. Moore, I hope you recognize the value of incorporating cycles into your clinical sessions. Be sure to come back and share with me whether you add it to your strategy and how it works for your students.    Full show notes available at   Where We Can Connect:  Subscribe to the Podcast Follow Hallie on Instagram  Follow Hallie on Facebook Follow Hallie on Pinterest
June 29, 2020
Do you wonder how you can simplify your speech therapy sessions and minimize the tools and materials you need to have?    Our guest in this episode, Ashley Rossi, is here to show us how she keeps things simple by using books as her main therapy material. Ashley is the creator of the blog Sweet Southern Speech where she shares ideas for literacy-based therapy along with so many other great resources.    She will explain why it is so beneficial for students to use reading and stories to help develop their language skills.    After listening to this episode, you will come away with a list of book recommendations to use in your therapy sessions as well as ideas for building your classroom book collection on a budget.    Full show notes available at   Where We Can Connect:  Subscribe to the Podcast Follow Hallie on Instagram  Follow Hallie on Facebook Purchase Hallie’s book “Ella Bella Just Can’t Tell Ya!”
June 22, 2020
When your students are exposed to new language and come across a word they don't know, that's when you need to employ strategies. You've tried context clues, synonyms, and antonyms. Picking random words to drill won't help either. What other strategies can you teach them? What else can you do?   In this episode, let's focus on prefixes, suffixes, and root words. Learn how these parts of speech can do so much to augment their reading comprehension. You will see that knowledge carry-over and help build their confidence as they tackle more and more challenging words.   Where We Can Connect:  Subscribe to the Podcast Follow Hallie on Instagram  Follow Hallie on Facebook Follow Hallie on Pinterest 
June 15, 2020
Do you struggle to create lessons for your students with more challenging behaviors? It can be hard to follow a typical plan when the needs of each student are unique. What works for one might not work for the other.  In this episode, I’m excited to chat with Sasha Long of The Autism Helper to learn why we should embrace a level of uncertainty in our instruction. Sasha is a sport certified behavior analyst and former special education teacher. She travels internationally as a speaker and consultant providing individualized training and feedback to parents, educators, therapists, and administrators in the world of autism.  After listening to this episode,  I hope you will feel more confident in tailoring your plans to each student and working as a team with the paraprofessionals and special education teachers to achieve success.  Full show notes available at   Where We Can Connect:  Subscribe to the Podcast Follow Hallie on Instagram  Follow Hallie on Facebook Follow Hallie on Pinterest
June 8, 2020
If you are an SLP, then you know ALLLLL about the letter R. It is typically one of the last sounds to be mastered by children, and it is a common reason that students are referred for sessions with an SLP.    So, if you feel like you know everything there is to know about teaching this letter sound, then this is the episode for you. My guest, Lindsey Hockel, is a licensed SLP practicing in a private pediatric clinic. She is also the creator of SpeechyThings - a resource site for SLPs with an entire section devoted to the letter R sound.    In this fun episode, Lindsey and I chat about new ways to work with students on the R sound that you are sure to enjoy. 
June 1, 2020
As an SLP working in a public school, we often see students who are struggling with language processing disorders. It’s common to feel like you need to jump into an intervention plan and work to fix every skill that the student is struggling with. However, this may not be the best course of action for helping the student.  In this episode, I am chatting with Dr. Karen Dudek-Brannan who helps pediatric SLPs transform their language therapy systems so they can help their clients make meaningful, consistent progress and live better lives. She does this through her online training programs and therapy materials.  In her research, she has found that it’s important to step back and look at the big picture with your student before moving ahead with an education plan.  In this Episode You’ll Discover: How to create a learning system for kids with processing issues Where to start when evaluating a new student  The 5 areas that feed into vocabulary Why language growth is more than just a scripted curriculum How SLPs are different than teachers Full show notes available at   Where We Can Connect:  Subscribe to the Podcast Follow Hallie on Instagram  Follow Hallie on Facebook
May 25, 2020
Do you find handling older speech students challenging? How do you utilize their textbooks and how do you get them to buy-in? In this episode, we are going to answer questions about working with older speech students with my guest, Gabby Schecter from Language & Lattes.  Since graduating in 2011, Gabby has spent her career working with students in 6th-8th grade.  She is constantly learning about and feeling challenged by this age group.  Gabby shares that you can still have fun and build connections, even when working with older students.   Gabby shares tricks in her tool bag to help us figure out what works and how to make planning super easy. Discover what you can do to open dialogue and initiate collaboration with other teachers and how to know when it’s time to let go of our students.    Full show notes available at
May 18, 2020
Kids these days face a myriad of problems that rob them of their happiness. We see students on the spectrum with anger issues or suicide ideation. How do you exactly get in their head, see the world in their perspective, and bring them joy?   In this episode, I am chatting with a very special guest whose books I love, Julia Cook. With approximately two million books in print, Julia Cook is a former school counselor and teacher who never dreamed she could evolve into a national award-winning children’s author, parenting expert and inspirational speaker.  She now travels the country and abroad encouraging others to follow in her footsteps. Her books have been referenced in countless journals in the likes of Parent’s Magazine, The New Yorker, Green Child Magazine, and The Huffington Post.   Julia has created impact through her powerful books that touch on issues in a way that kids resonate with, regardless of age. Let’s talk about the power of stories and how they are the best tools for you to help your students discover the joy in learning.   Full show notes available at
May 11, 2020
What materials do you use for older students that function at a first-grade level or ones that have social skill challenges?  In this area, especially during this crisis time, boom cards, stickers, and cartoons won't work.  So what are you going to do?    In today's episode, I have Speech Dude, Chris Wenger on the show to talk about what motivates older students. Chris is an enthusiastic school-based SLP and nationally-acclaimed presenter who loves to share his knowledge about technology and practical ways to infuse it into the SLP practice for middle and high school students.   Prepare to be blown away with Chris' creativity and tons of great resources! He shares his a-ha moments and his brilliant ways of using technology to teach kids emotional control.  He shares tips on keeping them engaged and motivated to learn.    If you're ready to step out of your comfort zone and make an impact, don't miss this episode!   Full show notes available at  
May 4, 2020
Are you running out of ideas for your teletherapy sessions? Do you have multiple goals but don't have a ton of time to prepare? You're in for a treat today!   In this episode, I'm sharing with you my favorite online resources for free books and articles. These are resources you can easily incorporate with Google Classroom. They are super relevant today while we are dealing with the impacts of the Coronavirus but are also suitable for any time of the year.   Of the many I have used, these resources have proved to work best for me. They've allowed me to plan with confidence, get the job done, target my students' goals, and keep them motivated and engaged.    I’ve included all the links so you can check out these resources online. It's a matter of finding what you like, what your students like, and what works best for you and your needs. You’re welcome! Do you love incorporating literacy-based activities in your speech room? Are you looking for more storybooks to add to your collection that are perfect for speech and language therapy?  I would love for you to check out my book Ella Bella Just Can't Tell Ya Full show notes available at
April 27, 2020
Tough times call for tough measures, and SLPs are no exception. With all students at home these days due to COVID-19, how do you face the challenge of continuing your therapy sessions or, at least, progressing your students towards their goal? Enter Google Classroom.   In this episode, I'll share tips on how SLPs can utilize Google Classroom effectively. If you're new to Google Classroom, just remember your goal: It's all about keeping everyone safe and healthy while still making things work - even when we're in a less than ideal situation.   If you're up to the challenge of learning new strategies for teaching remotely, don't miss this episode!   Full show notes available at
April 17, 2020
With quarantine still going on, are you stressed as to how to take on the challenge of delivering quality lessons remotely, providing students a level of normalcy, and adjusting to life being stuck at home?   In this episode, I have something different for you. I was recently a guest on Be The Exception Podcast with Dawn Ellis, creator of Cultivating Exceptional Minds. Dawn is a qualified educational specialist with 10 years of special education experience, published journal articles, and is an awesome podcaster. She has a website and podcast where she provides valuable tools and resources to help teachers perform at their best while becoming confident in wearing the many hats that come with being a SPED teacher.    Join us as I share our conversation about the e-learning phenomenon that we are all a part of right now. I will answer questions about Boom Learning, distance learning, and utilizing technology with your students at this time.   Amidst all the chaos and stress, I hope by listening to this episode you get a little bit of inspiration and creativity!   Full show notes available at
April 13, 2020
Some SLPs like change, others don't - how about you? Have you been trying the same strategies with your students year after year? Are these strategies giving you amazing results?   In this episode, let’s talk about why doing the same thing, again and again, is INSANITY. We will identify the underlying reasons why our students are not making progress when it comes to vocabulary, inferencing or sequencing despite all their practice. I will also share how you can do things differently to achieve a breakthrough.   If you want to embrace change and let go of insanity, don't miss this episode!   Full show notes available at
April 6, 2020
We've all been guilty of this: Setting a bunch of goals at the beginning of a school year for several students and then forgetting about them or running out of time to actually complete them.  Forgive yourself, it happens!    In this special episode, I'm having my very first guest on the show and she is incredible.  Maureen Wilson has been a school-based SLP for 10 years. She's the author of the blog, The Speech Bubble SLP. Maureen speaks all over the country about her passion for literacy-based therapy. We will also talk about a brilliant tool that will empower you to stay on top of your goals and objectives. Maureen is going to set us up with a game plan to make goals achievable!    Goals look cute on paper, but how you set them up and the action you take determines your success. Don't miss this eye-opening episode! Full show notes available at
March 27, 2020
In this critical time of quarantine and lockdowns, more and more schools are using technology to bring education to students outside of school. SLPs are no exception to this. Question is: Are you up for the challenge of doing teletherapy?   To give us the confidence and tech know-how, I've compiled tried and tested tips from 5 teletherapy bloggers who've been doing it for years and have had huge success: Stacy Crouse, Lucy Stone, Stacey Pfaff, Theresa Koelsch, and Venita Litvack.   Listen in and see which tips you think will work best for your students. Times are tough, but be flexible and trust in your skills as an SLP. We will all get through this together.   I hope you enjoy this special bonus episode!   Full show notes available at
March 23, 2020
Do you love using YouTube in your speech therapy? You know I do! But using videos can take a ton of time to prepare since you have to take note of cues, think of what questions to ask and so forth.   This episode is very special to me because I'm finally sharing my all-time favorite free tool that will cut down your prep time for videos, help you achieve your speech goals, and engage your students to interact. You just do it once and you have it forever - it's that simple to use.   If you want to know about this tool, don't miss this episode!   Full show notes available at
March 16, 2020
You can take any activity in your classroom, but what is the goal? And how are you going to teach it differently than what your students have already been exposed to? Enter Mystery Doug.   For today's inspiration, I'm going to introduce you to this wonderful online tool where you can use short, non-fiction videos that will get your students inferring, asking questions, and drawing conclusions. I will share tips and tricks on how to use this medium to help your students overcome their language struggles and make them feel successful in the classroom to boost their confidence. Because, hey, this is what SLPs are for, right?   Join me today as we breakdown this new tool that's very flexible and easy to prepare, don't miss this episode! Full show notes available at
March 9, 2020
Don't you just wish you can be that birdie who's always on your student's shoulder to help them with words? Too bad you can't! What you can do is teach them strategies that will help them succeed with language, even when you're not around.   In this episode, let's talk about a strategy that will help your students handle unfamiliar words when they see them: Context clues. Instead of just drilling synonyms and antonyms or push them to memorize lists, you can use this method to help your students analyze the gist of entire texts and build their confidence and succeed in and beyond the classroom.   Catch my tips and tricks and a lot of freebies.  Don't miss this episode! Full show notes available at
March 2, 2020
Are you hoping to incorporate more literacy-based therapy ideas in your speech therapy room without overwhelming your students with too much text? You're in for a treat!   In this episode, let's talk about another time-saving tool for us tireless SLPs: Wordless picture books! Listen in as I share different strategies on how you can use this tool for any language goal or target group. Discover ways you can introduce wordless picture books to your reluctant readers and make it motivating and exciting.   If you want to see your students make smart guesses and their language blossom, I challenge you to apply these methods and get better results! Full show notes available at
February 24, 2020
Your students are getting exposure to skills like inferencing and sequencing in the classroom, but it's not sticking. What can you do?   In this episode, I will share my favorite tool that helps our students make things more explicit, more visual, and helps them remember things that they hear and know what to listen for to take that processing overload away.    Listen in and discover how you can do things differently for the success of your students. Check out this episode and have fun teaching and learning! Full show notes available at
February 17, 2020
Do you wonder how you can incorporate more curriculum into your speech therapy room? Or does thinking about it overwhelm you?    In this week's episode, we are going to talk about 3 mindset shifts that can help you understand why you have to do it and how to do it. You don't have to use the same exact resources because that will be boring and too tedious, right? Listen in as I reveal a better strategy and learn how you can apply the same principles in your therapy.   You don't have to burn yourself out to make your classes more academically relevant. Tune in and discover more things you can do with the right mindset. Full show notes available at
February 10, 2020
Even the toughest, most challenging students you have can be reached.  They can be motivated and be willing to learn in your speech therapy room.  You might think I am C.R.A.Z.Y. because you have students that just refuse to do the work.  In this week’s episode, I want to challenge you to think outside the box and think about ways you can work with those students with a different mindset and actually see results.  I want you to approach the session so that you will see motivation and progress from them. I don’t want you losing the battle all year and walking away defeated.    How can you make a change in yourself?  What can you do differently to get better results with the toughest of students?    Tune in to today’s episode where we will cover this and more!    Full show notes available at
February 10, 2020
If you’re looking at your schedule for the week ahead and starting to panic⁠— you're not alone. What's the secret to saving time in your therapy sessions? Reuse and repurpose! This week, I share the secret to getting the most out of your SLP prep and therapy materials. Listen in to hear how you might be missing out on opportunities to hang on to your money, time and sanity. Full show notes available at
February 10, 2020
Figuring out how to integrate fun and games into your SLP therapy rooms is important for keeping students motivated and excited about learning... But, striking the right balance can be tricky.  In this episode of Coffee Talk with SpeechTimeFun, I share my top picks of versatile games you can use in your SLP practice. Listen in as I share ideas around building a routine and what to do if your traditional games aren't ideal for your students. If you’re interested in adding games to your lessons- this is the episode for you. Full show notes available at
January 31, 2020
Need a shot of caffeine in your SLP lessons? Enter the Coffee Talk podcast: the best podcast for speech-language pathologists,⁠ where you can get a weekly dose of inspiration and lesson plan resuscitation. As a licensed SLP and creator of the resource, Speech Time Fun, I know that low prep, max fun speech therapy ideas can be game-changers for teachers. Tune in for more episodes where I share quick therapy ideas for SLPs, lessons learned and more that’ll help you get the most out of your career & students. Full show notes available at
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