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Real Talk SLP episode 17 – Building a Diverse Book Library

Have you ever taken an inventory of your book library? When I discovered Shontaye Glover’s IG account @havingoursay last year, I started looking at my book library differently.


As a school-based SLP, I would often plan by themes because it was the most efficient way for me to plan for multiple goals and ages. One thing that I was missing from many of my themes was books with characters from different cultures. I tended to lean towards books with animals, vehicles, or category types like apples, fall, etc. But, Shontaye has shown me how I can still plan my favorite themes and broaden my book selection to make sure it showcases children and characters of all races and walks of life.


Shontaye always shares new books on her IG that inspire you with characters from different cultures and backgrounds. She gives you a great synopsis of the book and how to use it in your therapy room.


In this episode, Shontaye shares about how to build your own diverse book library, and how she started hers!


She also gives us some practical tips on how to choose books with characters from different cultures and ideas for how to use them in therapy.


Of course, I wanted her fave book recommendations, so she shared those at the end of the interview:


Plus, Shontaye shared all about her new book “Liam’s First Cut” that is on pre-sale. You can get your own copy here:


This book will be so helpful for my students with Autism to be a social story for going to the barbershop.


Want all of Shontaye’s book recommendations? Head to her website:


Top 5 book recommendations to add to your book library:


Daniel’s Good Day by Micha Archer

Liam’s First Cut by Taye Jones (This is Shontaye, how cool!)

Bilal Cooks Daal by Aisha Saeed

Thank You Omu by Oge Mora

The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi


How to connect with Shontaye:

Diverse books:

Instagram: @havingoursay

Real Talk SLP episode 16 – 5 back to school tips for SLPs

Raise your hand if you feel like you got sucked into the Jumanji game and you are still trying to get used to your new body?

Yep, the Jumanji game is distance learning and our character’s weakness is technology. If you need a back to school chuckle, then you want to listen to this latest podcast episode.

It has all the best back to school tips that every SLP needs to adjust to this new normal of working from home while also taking care of our families, and trying to schedule every student in the day while not disrupting synchronous academic minutes.

For those of you that need speech therapy caseload management tips for the start of the year, you can head to these blog posts:


Be Successful With Organizing Your Caseload – Tips for the First Week Back (includes a free monthly IEP tracker using Google Sheets

7 Ways to Get Organized SLP

Using Google Forms for Speech Referrals

Middle School Resources for Distance Learning

Techy Videos on my YouTube Channel

Real Talk SLP episode 15 – The Climb

Doesn’t it feel like our jobs as speech pathologists are an uphill battle? Do you have seasons that you just feel like all you do is fail as a clinician?

In episode 15, I share a tale from my life to help be a better SLP. I like to call it “The Climb” story. For those of you that have been feeling the stress and let downs of the job we do as SLPs, I hope my story and takeaways help shift your mindset with the roadblocks and failures you face in the trenches.

To grab the free “I Spy” Around the Home download, head to this blog post:

Real Talk SLP episode 14

In this episode of the Real Talk SLP podcast, I am chatting with Mandi Schaumburg all about Boom Cards and how to use them to engage your students.

With the school year coming up fast and schools having to do a mixture of models because of COVID-19, SLPs need materials that are versatile in any setting. Mandi is sharing all her tips and tricks for using Boom Cards in therapy.

You will want to leave this episode ASAP and start playing around with Boom Cards after you hear about her tips for keeping kiddos engaged!

You can find all of Mandi’s Boom Card resources in her Panda Speech TPT store: Panda Speech TPT:

Facebook Groups to learn about digital materials:

Blog Post from The Whimsical Word about navigating Boom Cards:

Favorite FREE Boom Cards mentioned in the podcast:—freebie-KgDCG8pnBTRoGkcTK

More FREE Boom Cards you will love for your caseload:

Real Talk SLP episode 13

Real Talk SLP episode 13

If you have ever hummed Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” after you got some constructive criticism, then you are going to love this Real Talk SLP podcast episode.

Today’s guests are Sarah and Lisa, also known as “The Toolkit Girls.” They are the co-founders of the web-based app, “SLPToolkit” which is an amazing tool to help you streamline your progress monitoring, present level assessments, and daily data.

You can check it out here:

All of us jumped into doing speech therapy presentations and get real about what it is like behind the scenes of preparing for public speaking.

Let’s just say, I probably wasn’t going to win the award for “Most Likely to Be a Presenter at ASHA.” But, it’s amazing where things can lead to a field you are passionate about.

And, Sarah and Lisa are so passionate about helping SLPs, specifically, school-based SLPs have the tools and information they need to serve their students well. It’s always a fun conversation with these ladies.

If you didn’t know, Lisa and Sarah’s help run the and the annual summer webinar conference is right around the corner. You can signup and get 8 hours of practical PD while sitting poolside or in your PJs.

For just $24.99, you can get those 8 hours reported to your CEU registry. It’s quite the steal. Amazing PD that you can use Monday morning + free training? I call that an energizing experience you can’t pass up!

If you need some professional development in the area of push-in services, I have a CEU course with ABASpeech.

For those of you curious about my SLPSummit training on sensory bins, it is available on my YouTube channel.


Real Talk SLP episode 12

Have you ever thought about co-teaching virtually with your IEP team members? Today, I share about how my special education teachers and I are co-teaching virtually to help our students feel supported during distance learning.

It has been a really positive experience and I share why in this episode! If you have been feeling stressed out with techy issues, not sure how to get parents involved or just missing your students, this is a great way to plan some engaging lessons as a team.

By working as a team you can split up lesson planning to make the load a little easier, and you can prepare lessons that go with the activities your teachers are assigning.

Sponsor: Did you know that the Speech Retreat had to cancel for the in-person professional development this summer? Don’t worry! We are going to be doing the Speech Retreat Recharge virtually on July 18th. Grab your ticket today. If you want swag delivered to your doorstep, then you need to snag a ticket by June 1st. Head here to get your ticket.

Get the free virtual backgrounds and Google Slides for the book In the Tall Tall Grass HERE:

Need more ideas for how to use virtual backgrounds in your therapy sessions or class meet-ups? Head to my YouTube channel and see the tutorials:

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