Graduation is such a special moment.  I think many of us were too relieved that one major hurdle (Grad school) was over and were mentally preparing ourselves for the last one (CF year) to enjoy it.  Therefore, I highly suggest that for the new graduates that are joining the rest of us in this rewarding occupation, take the time to take a deep breath and practice some relaxation techniques.  Celebrate!  You deserve it! Pamper yourself!  You deserve that too!

If you happen to be a friend or loved one of a graduate of a Speech-Language Pathology program, here are some suggestions for wonderful gift ideas. If you are a graduate and are just trying to figure out where to start when building your magical materials empire, let's get started!

BUBBLES, WIND-UPS, and PLAYDOH.
Most, if not all of you, will already have this in your "Go-To" bag of goodies.  You can never have enough windup toys, bubbles run out, and play-doh gets all yucky and mixed.  Fresh supplies never hurts!  I have yet to run into a child that isn't motivated by at least one of these three it
MELISSA & DOUG REUSABLE STICKER PADS
These reusable sticker pads are wonderful to elicit language! You can work on identifying, labeling, making requests, categories, compare/contrast, prepositions,  following directions, varied sentence structures, and so much more! You can also use them to address speech sound disorders!
GIFT CARDS
Not sure what items your graduate already has, or desperately wants? Gift cards may be a solution.  For those graduates who already have a tablet of some sort, there are a lot of wonderful speech and language apps available for tablets. In addition, Teacherspayteachers.com is a wonderful resource for SLPs whether they are new or experienced. Target and Amazon are also wonderful places to obtain gift cards from.  Target offers the wonderful $1-3 bins where materials can be found galore and Amazon offers access to some harder to find materials.
PULL CART
This is a wonderful tool for the SLP on the go!  It is more useful for those SLPs that go room to room, as they are not always easy to get in and out cars (I know from experience). For those SLPs that go from school to school a big bag would do the trick! However, if you are going from one location to another at the same school site, this is VERY handy!  They easily hold a lot of heavy materials or big sized toys, that bags sometimes can not handle. 
BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS!
Simple story books with pictures are wonderful tools!  Using literature, you can address language targets such as identifying, labeling, wh-questions, sequencing, etc..

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Articulation-Bundle-Mash-Mark-1839360
Articulation Mash & Mark Bundle
I also use these resources from my store ALL OF THE TIME.   My Articulation Mash & Mark Bundle provides all sounds in all word positions, includes mixed position pages for carry-over, and many sets in the bundle also has a recurring sound page.  The S-Blends pack also includes high complexity S-clusters and the bundle also includes a Vocalic R set.  Each set has colorful playdoh mats and low ink black and white pages for when you need a quick No Prep alternative. All sets include data collection pages.  If you print the resource four pages to one using a landscape setting, they can fit into an index card holder.  I have used the pages in this way as a quick screener, when I do a modified 5-7 minute speech session, and for Response to Intervention.

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 Hi! I thought I would introduce myself to you. My name is Tamatha.  However, if you were to ever call me that, I would never know you were talking to me!  My family has always called me Tami (except for my mother when I am in trouble and then she pulls out the WHOLE name). I love creating materials to use with my students and that I have also used with my own kiddo (she has been helping me put things together and my official tester of materials since she was 2 years old).  I am married to a wonderful man and we have a cat, dog, and a kiddo. I am the mother of an amazing, funny, sweet, smart, feisty miracle who was born at 26 weeks. She is five now going on twenty-five.

I feel that I offer a lot of experience serving and meeting a variety of individual's needs.  I have had the great opportunity to work with people in all stages of life from Early Intervention to Geriatric.  I graduated with my M.S. in Communicative Sciences and Disorders in 2007 and returned to the schools and working with children.  Prior to my stint in grad school, I had many incarnations working with a individuals covering a vast span of ages and a variety of needs. I started as a Preschool teacher for a private school and ended that career life as the Preschool Director. Next, I became a self-contained Special Education teacher serving students within a Behaviorally-Emotionally Disabled classroom setting (2-5th). Then I went to get a second teaching credential and served as a self-contained Special Education teacher within a Cognitive Impairments classroom setting (6-8th).  Left the schools to pursue other opportunities and became a SLP assistant for several years serving school age to geriatric before deciding to return to school and become an SLP.  The materials I create are fun, engaging, and functional!

MY DREAM JOB?
I'm doing it!  Part of the reason I love my job so much is that I have so much variety in my day, setting, and clients!  If I wasn't an SLP, then I guess my runner up dream jobs would be as a photojournalist for a travel magazine (just so I could travel the world) or an archeologist!

THREE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS:
I love stretching my creative legs!  Making materials keeps me fresh and fun in therapy and it brings a zen-like feeling while I am actually being creative.  I also love traveling!  I do not get to do as much of that as I would like.  However, to be fair, I do not think there is ever ENOUGH travel time! I also love getting together with my friends.  I prefer getting together over coffee in the park (I live off of coffee and I love nature; therefore, it is the best of both worlds put together).

INTERESTING FACT ABOUT ME:
I was born with laryngeal webbing and tracheal hypoplasia.  Back in the day, they didn't let my mom see me in the hospital until I was already two weeks old. Every day, they would tell my mom how they did not expect me to survive.  However, many hospital visits and surgeries later, I'm still here and now have a beautiful family of my own.

What else would you like to know?  If there is anything in particular you would like to know, drop me a comment with your question.

I would love to get to know you too!  What are three of your favorite things?

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