With so many of us now trying to figure out the best way to provide distance-learning, I went in search of additional FREE resources that can be used in teletherapy. Check out these ten No Print/Boom Card freebies I found!
  1. Pizza Party by Tech N' Talk SLPs -  This freebie is a fun way to keep students engaged and to use as a motivator for student behavior.
  2. Get Ready for School No Print by Panda Speechie- This is a fun no print where students decide what to dress the girl in and then can describe the outfit.
  3. No Print Hot Cocoa Concepts by Beth Sies Creations for SLPs - You can target a variety of basic concepts with this No Print!  You can also target description and sentence formation too!
  4. Story Starters No Print by Language Speech and Literacy - I love that this has real pictures to target narration, wh-questions, pronouns, and verbs!
  5. Camping Listening For Details Boom Cards by The Digital SLP - You can use this helpful boom card set to target listening for details, functions of items, and sentence formulation.
  6. Middle School Language Prediction No Print by The Whimsical Word- With this no print, your middle school students can target making predictions from sentences and pictures.
  7. Vocalic -AIR Coarticulation Sentences by GoldieTalks Speech - This fun boom card set has students completing the sentences by hanging up the shirt with the correct word.  My students love creating the sentences and practicing their speech using coarticulation!
  8. Sentence Scramble by Alison Fors - Students work on putting sentences together correctly with this fun boom card set.
  9. Hah or Nah Social Skills by Jaclyn Watson - Love this!  This Boom Cards set has social scenarios for students to determine if it would be appropriate to laugh or not appropriate!
  10.  Car themed Articulation and Language Cards by Looks Like Language -Keep students engaged with this interactive boom card set that targets function, categorization, wh-questions, and the sound /r/!
Looking for more ideas?  Check out these blog posts!
20 Free No Print Resources for Teletherapy by Stacy Crouse- Woohoo!  More freebies!
Free Digital Speech and Language Resources by Badger State Speechy - Yay!
Free Speech Therapy Activities for Teletherapy by The Digital SLP - Love freebies!

Have you tried any of these?  If so, please share in the comments below!

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Have you been using literacy-based lessons in speech?  Using books is a wonderful way to target articulation, language, phonology, apraxia, and fluency!  It is easy to utilize books in teletherapy too!  The best part is that if you are using books during teletherapy, you can complete some parent training on how they can use books found in their home or through online services to practice their skills at home!

There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick
 by Lucille Colandro
SOUND SYSTEMS: Target velars, fricatives, glides, and consonant clusters easily with this repetitive story!  Students can even practice carryover of their sounds (k, g, s, sh, l, r, clusters) while targeting language concepts too.

LANGUAGE: Target identification and labeling of basic vocabulary found in the print and in the pictures, work on wh-questions and yes/no questions, and practice sequencing and story retell!

Splat the Cat- Where's the Easter Bunny? 
by Rob Scotton
SOUND SYSTEMS: Target velars, fricatives, glides, and consonant clusters (k, g, s, sh, l, r, clusters) easily with this cute story! Scat sends a card to the Easter bunny with a special request but he is afraid that he has been forgotten so he goes looking for the Easter Bunny.

LANGUAGE: Target prepositions, work on semantic features (function/description) for common items, answering wh-questions, and  story retell!

The Night Before Easter 
by Natasha Wing 
SOUND SYSTEMS: Target velars, fricatives, glides, and consonant clusters (k, g, s, sh, l, r, clusters) in this rhyming story about siblings that are prepared for Easter and catch the Easter Bunny in action.

LANGUAGE: Target rhyming, vocabulary building using context clues, and answering wh-questions, and  story retell!

If you do not want to have go through the books and make your own lists, I have created an easy cheat sheet for articulation words, language concepts to target, and some basic wh-questions you can ask for each book!  You can grab your free cheat sheet below.


What are some of your favorite Easter books to incorporate into your speech therapy lessons?  Please share with us below in the comments! Thanks!
With the uncertain times that Covid-19 has brought, those of us back to work really need to do our best to keep spirits up for our students.  I know that is easier said than done sometimes. In my own house, I battle it daily with my own daughter.  While her daddy works nights as a respiratory therapist and quarantines himself off during the day in an effort to reduce exposure for us, I tackle the job of keeping the house running, make sure we have meals prepped, homeschooling her, working from home, and keeping both of our spirits up as best as I can.  I know I am not alone. We are all facing this together and doing the best we can. I hope everyone is happy and healthy in your home.  Stay safe!

In an effort to try to keep student learning on track and provide holiday-themed resources so that this new normal we are currently facing does not seem so different as before, I went searching for some fun Easter freebies!  Check out these ten Easter-themed freebies I found that can easily be adapted for teletherapy if needed!

  1. Grab my Easter Basic Verbs and Prepositions Tic-Tac-Toe Games - This freebie multiple tic-tac-toe games both in color and in black and white.  
  2. Editable and Interactive Easter Game by Simply Speaking SLP- I love that this is editable and so easy to use! Perfect for Teletherapy too!
  3. No Print Easter Egg Hunt by Tech N' Talk SLPs - This freebie is an adorable way to keep students engaged and to use as a motivator for student behavior.
  4. Easter Express /k/ Articulation Sound Sort by My Teletherapy Room - This fun BOOM cards freebie allows students to engage in the activity by moving the pictures to the beginning, middle, and end slots while practicing their /k/ sound. 
  5. No Print Following Directions Spring Boom Cards by BVG SLP - This BOOM card freebie targets following directions and prepositions. 
  6. There was an Old Lady that Swallowed a Chick No Print by Itty Bitty Speech - This no print offers a story map, sentence strips, and sequencing.  
  7. Easter Articulation Print and Go for /l, s, r, sh, th/ by slp701 - This fun freebie includes word searches and wordplay for common articulation errors. 
  8. Easter Themed /l/ worksheets by The SLT Scrapbook - This freebie includes 4 no prep pages for /l/ in all word positions and blends. 
  9. Easter Idioms by Kathy Babineau - This free pack has cards twelve different idioms and an answer sheet!
  10.  Easter Jokes by Speech2U - This is such a fun way to target multiple-meaning words, pragmatic language, articulation carryover, and fluency technique practice. 

Looking for more ideas?  Check out these blog posts!
Fab Five Freebies Easter by The Digital SLP - Woohoo!  More freebies!

Do you know of any other amazing Easter activities or ideas that we can share with parents?  If so, please share in the comments below!

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I  feel that one of the biggest hurdles that we need to pass when providing speech and language services to students is to keep them engaged.  If we can keep them interested and engaged, that is half of the battle towards student success. The same is true when providing services using a telepractice model. Perhaps even more so since you are not there in person and can not step away from the computer. In the past three years, I have found that there are still a lot of tools that we can incorporate into our service delivery to help students achieve success. Here are my six favorite types of resources.

BOOM CARDS
My students love how engaging Boom Cards can be!  Using the Zoom platform, I can share my screen, pull up a Boom Card resource and hand over control to my student to move pieces and activate the resource independently!  There are a lot of interactive activities to keep them engaged.

APPS ON TABLETS
Yes! It is true! At least I know it is true with the Zoom platform, you CAN share your screen and do screen mirroring so students can see what is happening on your tablet! Now, they are not able to manipulate and control your tablet but there are definitely ways around that.  The biggest way around that is simply they have to use their words.  That is a big win for us, right?  What a great way to facilitate language from them!

My students have to give me directions so that I know what they would like me to do.  When we are playing the matching game while working on articulation using either Articulate It by Smarty Ears or Articulation Station by Little Bee Speech, I have them tell me "Row 3 Number 4" or "Row 1 Column 3."  As you can tell, they get a few extra trials in when working on /r/ and/or /l/ when doing so too (not that they have noticed or minded)! What a great way to still g use out of those tablet apps, right?

NO PRINT RESOURCES
I love No Prints! I love them just as much as I love Boom Cards.  Why? Simply because if you open them on your computer and screen share them using the Zoom platform, you can easily give the student control and they too become interactive for your student!

For example, when targeting minimal pairs using my No Print Phonology Tasks resource, students can manipulate the mouse (and it shows up on my screen) to show me the word they heard.  When it is their turn to play the teacher and tell me which word to point at, my little ones are amazed to see the mouse move without them touching it as I point to the word they said in return! Another bonus with No Prints is that many can be used for mixed groups.  I use my No Print Fluency Tasks resource not only with my students targeting a variety of fluency goals but also with my students working on generalization of articulation skills and students targeting language skills. I have also used my No Print Language Tasks resource with students targeting generalization of articulation and students practicing their use of fluency techniques.

YOUTUBE
You will need to watch the youtube videos before sharing in teletherapy to make sure that they are appropriate.  However, there are some amazing resources out there.  Here are a few ideas to help you get started!
  • Fellow teletherapist, Sarah Wu, has an amazing series of Wordless Videos for Life Skills that she created and a playlist of other Wordless Videos for problem-solving that she saved!  I highly recommend subscribing to her channel.
  • Check out Simon's Cat for some super cute little short videos to target body language and facial cues, problem-solving, inferencing, and story retell!
  • Search for Animated Short Films for Kids!  There are a lot of them out there and they are great for talking about body language, problem-solving, answering wh-questions, story retell, etc..
  • Search for Social Narratives for students! Animated social narratives can be super engaging and provide an additional modality to teach the lesson.
WEBSITES
I have found some great resources on websites that I never would have thought to look for until my little preschool students started showing up! There are multiple websites such as Vook, Epic, and Storyline Online to help you create a literacy-based lesson!  You can also find some cool online coloring pages, puzzles, and games for reinforcement and to target functional language skills such as requesting and asking questions and to facilitate the use of appropriate social exchanges!

RESOURCES THAT CAN EASILY CONVERT TO NO PRINT
Do you have a favorite PDF from grad school that you created and are super proud of and just seems to work miracles?  Did you purchase some great no-prep resources from Teachers Pay Teachers that your students have loved in person and you just know students online could benefit from too?  If so, you are in luck!  I have found that with a little creativity and the annotation bar on the Zoom platform and you can get just as much use out of some of your favorite PDFs!

For example, I use my No Prep Speech and Language sets constantly!  Sure, they were made to use with a pencil and a paperclip or else with dice but I can just as easily use my electronic spinner from Super Duper Publications and my students love marking up the page just as much as they practice their speech and language skills!

With the annotation bar, my students have also been able to use the shape marker to cover pictures from my Mash and Mark series and the highlighter to highlight the hidden articulation words in my Find Articulation and Follow Directions series!  The Zoom platform also allows you to add a text bar so my students have also enjoyed breaking the mystery codes from my Crack the Code Articulation resources!

As you can see, there are many tools available to you.  What is the most important tool of all for providing successful and engaging speech therapy services via a telepractice format?  YOU!  You are the biggest determiner of your success.  Just be you!  Provide services as you would if the student was there with you in person.  Build rapport as usual and be creative.  Telepractice at times may require a little more creativity and problem solving but it is completely do-able!  You got this!

I have created a comprehensive list of my GO-TO Resources to Use for Teletherapy. If you do not want to go about making your own list, you can grab my free cheat sheet below.


 Do you know of any great websites or YouTube channels to use for speech therapy telepractice? If so, please share them with us below!  Thanks!

Literacy-based lessons work wonders in Speech therapy!  I especially love using with mixed groups and preschool students to target articulation, phonology, language, and fluency. Some of my favorite St. Patrick's Day books are mentioned below along with what goals you can easily target with the book!

There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover by Lucille Colandro
SOUND SYSTEMS: Target velars, fricatives, glides, and consonant clusters easily with this repetitive story!  Students can even practice carryover of their sounds (k, g, s, z, sh, l, r, th, clusters) targeting language concepts.

LANGUAGE: Target identification and labeling of basic vocabulary found in the print and in the pictures, work on wh-questions and yes/no questions, and practice sequencing and story retell!

How to Catch a Leprechaun by Adam Wallace
SOUND SYSTEMS: Target velars, fricatives, glides, and consonant clusters (k, g, s, z, sh, l, r, th, clusters) with this adorable story about a leprechaun getting out of traps that have been set for him.

LANGUAGE: Target vocabulary building with synonyms and antonyms.  You can also practice answering wh-questions and build phonological awareness with rhyming.

The Night Before St. Patrick's Day by Natasha Wing
SOUND SYSTEMS: Target velars, fricatives, glides, and consonant clusters (k, g, s, z, sh, l, r, th, clusters) easily with this story about a brother and sister who are excited about St. Patrick's Day. They hope to catch a leprechaun so that they can take his gold.

LANGUAGE: Target semantic features (function/description) for common items, answering wh-questions and work on irregular past tense verbs!

If you do not want to have go through the books and make your own lists, I have created an easy cheat sheet for articulation words, language concepts to target, and some basic wh-questions you can ask for each book!  You can grab your free cheat sheet below.


What are some of your favorite St. Patrick's day books to incorporate into your speech therapy lessons?  Please share with us below in the comments! Thanks!
Are you ready to celebrate St. Patrick's day in speech therapy?!  I am!  I feel that using holiday themed resources breaks up my lesson plans and brings a bit of excitement to the lessons. Check out these ten themed freebies for St. Patrick's day!
  1. St. Patrick's Day Language Pack by Speech Therapy Plans - This freebie includes a reinforcer activity, basic sentence match up, and following multiple step directions!
  2. St. Patrick's Day Positional Words Book by My Special Learners- This is a cute interactive hands-on book targeting positional phrases using St. Patrick's day icons and vocabulary. 
  3. St. Patrick's Day Pronouns by Speech is Sweet - This packet targets basic He/She/They with St. Patricks day characters!
  4. St. Patrick's Day Multiple Meanings Game by Speech Ace- This is a cute game targeting multiple words.  It can be played as the game is intended or used as flashcards. 
  5. St. Patrick's Day Barrier Game by GoldCountrySLP -I love barrier games!  So many language concepts can be covered while using barrier games!  
  6. Roll & Cover Articulation and Language Reinforcers by Mindy Stenger -This freebie provides six different reinforcer pages!
  7. Articulation Word Search Puzzles by slp701 - These word search puzzles target /r, s, l/ using St. Patrick's day vocabulary. 
  8. St. Patrick's Day Pudding Recipe by Word to the Wise - Using recipes in speech therapy can be so much fun and very functional!  You can easily target articulation, language and fluency with recipes! Plus you get a yummy treat when done! 
  9. St. Patrick's Day Conversation and Writing Prompts by Allison Fors - This free pack has both a printed and no print option!
  10.  St. Patrick's Day Open Ended Activities by Speech Sanity - This pack has several open-ended games to help pull mixed groups together!
Looking for more ideas?  Check out these blog posts!
20 Paid and Free Therapy Resources for St. Patricks day by Dean Trout's Little Shop of SLP - Love all these ideas!

Do you know of any other amazing St. Patrick's day activities?  If so, please share in the comments below!

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Spring is on its way!  Check out what I will be using for therapy starting next month.

RESOURCES for MIXED GROUPS DURING SPRING:

Apraxia Blooms Speech & Language Craft
SPEECH and LANGUAGE BLOOMS:  These fun crafts make the cutest take-home for students to practice their speech and language skills. I have flowers to target articulation, apraxia, phonology, and language.  My kids have always loved making these.  We add pipe cleaners as a stem or to turn the flower into a bracelet.

FIND ARTICULATION and FOLLOW DIRECTIONS: SPRING is perfect for working with students with articulation, language, and fluency goals. This resource has hidden articulation words scattered around the picture that students look for using a magnifying glass. It also has 2-step temporal following directions, and lists of wh-questions for each picture scene.  Other suggestions on how you can use the pictured scenes to cover other goals are included.

SPRING OPEN-ENDED GAMES: I love using open-ended games to pull mixed groups together.  It also helps keep some students motivated.  I consider that a WIN-WIN!

ARTICULATION RESOURCES FOR SPRING:
Spring  Articulation Mystery Picture 
One articulation resource that my students enjoy and that helps them with their fine motor skills are my SPRING ARTICULATION MYSTERY PICTURES.  This resource helps reinforce what my students have been working on in occupational therapy (pencil grip, manipulation, writing pressure, etc..) too!

ARTICULATION QUILTS: SPRING targets articulation using art! It not only addresses students' goals but afterward they make wonderful bulletin boards and/or decorations for your speech room!

FLUENCY RESOURCE FOR SPRING:
My NO PRINT FLUENCY TASKS: SPRING resource targets goals for identifying facts vs. myths about stuttering, identifying bumpy vs. smooth speech, identify/explain/demonstrate different disfluent speech patterns and fluency shaping techniques and stuttering modification techniques, using techniques and strategies at all levels (word, phrase, sentence, spontaneous speech), and response to social situations.  I use the sentence and spontaneous speech level tasks with my students working on language too.

LANGUAGE RESOURCES FOR SPRING:
Language Builder: Spring
NO PRINT LANGUAGE TASKS: SPRING uses colorful graphics and real pictures to target receptive identification in a field of three, answering yes/no and wh-questions, describing, inference, compare/contrast, and narrative building skills.

LANGUAGE BUILDER: SPRING is a comprehensive packet covering so many different language needs! My language builder packs target basic vocabulary building, answering and asking questions, using inference skills, recalling sentences and details, describing, sentence building, and narrative building skills with barrier games!

PHONOLOGY RESOURCE FOR SPRING:
NO PRINT PHONOLOGY TASKS: SPRING is a comprehensive no print resource that covers a variety of phonological processing errors using auditory bombardment list, auditory discrimination with minimal pairs, rhyming task, wh-questions, and creating a winter scene! This resource covers the following phonological processing error patterns: Prevocalic Voicing, Postvocalic Devoicing, Final Consonant Deletion, Velar Fronting, Initial Consonant Deletion, Stopping of Fricatives, Denasalization, Consonant Cluster Reduction (including some complex clusters), and Gliding.

You can see some of the books that I plan to use this season for literacy-based therapy too on my lesson plan. You can grab a copy of my Spring Lesson Plans by completing the information below!

Using books to provide speech therapy just makes sense since you can target articulation, phonology, language, and fluency. I have a lot of favorite books and I organize them by theme, season/holiday, sounds, language concepts, etc.. Check out why I love these Valentine's day books!

There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose by Lucille Collandro
SOUND SYSTEMS: Target velars, fricatives, glides, and consonant clusters easily with this repetitive story!  Students can even practice carryover of their sounds (k, g, s, sh, l, r, clusters) targeting language concepts.

LANGUAGE: Target identification and labeling of basic vocabulary found in the print and in the pictures, work on wh-questions and yes/no questions, and practice sequencing and story retell!

The Day it Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond
SOUND SYSTEMS: Target velars, fricatives, glides, and consonant clusters (k, g, s, sh, l, r, clusters) easily with this cute story about a little girl that makes Valentine's day cards for her friends!

LANGUAGE: Target vocabulary building with adjectives, adverbs and irregular verbs.  You can also practice answering wh-questions and using inference skills.

A Kiss for Giraffe by Judith Koppens
SOUND SYSTEMS: Target velars, fricatives, glides, and consonant clusters (k, g, s, sh, l, r, clusters) easily with story about two best friends who want to give each other a kiss.

LANGUAGE: Target prepositions by finding the bird in each picture, work on semantic features (function/description) for common items, answering wh-questions, and  story retell!

If you do not want to have go through the books and make your own lists, I have created an easy cheat sheet for articulation words, language concepts to target, and some basic wh-questions you can ask for each book!  You can grab your free cheat sheet below.




    What are some of your favorite Valentine's day books to incorporate into your speech therapy lessons?  Please share with us below in the comments! Thanks!
    Valentine's day is approaching!  I love incorporating fun holiday activities whenever I can in therapy.  I feel that it breaks up my lesson plans and brings a bit of excitement to the lessons. Check out these ten Valentine's Day-themed freebies I found!

    1. Grab my Valentine's Day Conversational Exchange Mats - This freebie includes two different mats for tracking conversational exchange and a Venn diagram for students to identify things that they have in common!
    2. Valentine's Day Puppets by The Power of Speech- This is a cute craft that easily lends itself to targeting pronouns, vocabulary, social and functional communication and following directions. After students have made their puppets, they can practice giving their puppet different items in the speech room.
    3. Valentine's Day Open-Ended Games by Ms. Gardenia's Speech Room - I love using open-ended games to pull mixed groups together and as a motivator for student behavior.
    4. Valentine's 100 Trials Drill Sheets by Ashley Rossi - This fun packet includes 3 different sheets to color while practicing drills. 
    5. Valentine's Day Vocabulary Book by Speech is Sweet - These free little booklets build vocabulary and targets /k/, /v/, and /l/.
    6. Love Idioms by Speech Paths - This freebie provides multiple idioms and their definitions for an interactive matching game!
    7. Valentine's Day Riddles by Kristine Lamb - Such a perfect way to work on inference!
    8. Cupid Quandry Social Skills by SmartmouthSLP - This set of sticky situations was created with upper elementary and middle school students in mind. 
    9. Valentine Phonology Cards by My Speech Tools - This free pack has cards for final consonant deletion, fronting, gliding, and syllable deletion.
    10.  Picture Chats: Valentine's Day by Katrina Bevin - This cute scene is perfect for carryover articulation, language, and working on fluency techniques. 

    Looking for more ideas?  Check out these blog posts!
    Fab Five Freebies for Valentine's: Part 1 by The Digital SLP - Even more freebies!
    Fab Five Freebies for Valentine's: Part 2 by The Digital SLP- Yah!  More freebies!
    Valentine's Day Free and Paid Resources Roundup by The Dabbling Speechie - Check out this big list!
    30 Valentine's Freebies for Speech Therapy by Speech Sprouts - Love all of these free resources!
    Valentine Speech Therapy Activities by Speech2U - The q-tip blow dart game looks so fun!
    Valentine's Day Easy Crafts by Speech Room News - Love the articulation and language wreaths idea!
    Valentine's Day Activities for Speech and Language by Speech and Language Kids - Contains three fun and functional activities!
    Kiss Me! Valentine's Day Activities by Home Speech Home - Check out all the ways that you can use conversational candy hears in therapy!

    Do you know of any other amazing Valentine's Day activities?  If so, please share in the comments below!

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    "It's not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make yourself a priority.  
    It's necessary."  -Mandy Hale

    Do you take care of yourself emotionally, spiritually, and physically?  I will admit (with shame) that I do not engage in enough self-care.  All of my time and energy goes to my family, friends, and students. This year, I am making myself a priority.  After all, if we do not take care of ourselves and our needs, we will burn out, face health issues, and have nothing left to give to others. 

    Need some ideas on what you can do to rest and relax?  Here are some of my favorite personal self-care activities!
    • CUDDLE UP WITH MY LOVED ONES - Husband, daughter, and fur babies!
    • ENJOY FAMILY GAME NIGHT.
    • LIGHT CANDLES, PLAY SOOTHING MUSIC and USE MY DIFFUSER with MY FAVORITE ESSENTIAL OILS. 
    • BINGE WATCH MY SHOWS WHILE DRINKING MY FAVORITE DRINKS.
    • BAKING WITH MY DAUGHTER.
    • SPEND EXTRA TIME IN BED WITH A GOOD BOOK.
    • PAMPER MYSELF WITH A SPA DAY WITH or WITHOUT MY DAUGHTER (Sometimes, my daughter hosts spa day at home where she does my hair, makeup, nails, and sometimes gives massages too.) 
    • TAKE A POWER NAP!  (This is one of my favorites since I have suffered from insomnia since I was a child)
    • TAKE A WALK OUTSIDE.
    • DANCE IT OUT! (My childhood best friend and I use to always dance it out when life got to be just 'too much'.  Since she has passed, these days my dance partner is usually my daughter but sometimes I can get the husband to indulge me).
    • TAKE A RELAXING BATH (I am a bath and body products connoisseur.  Seriously!  I love it all - bubble baths, bath bombs, body scrub, body butter, body oil, etc..)
    • MEDITATION
    • SAYING "NO" (I'm still learning to be okay with saying no to my family. If my husband or daughter asks something of me, my first response is to give up on what I have planned to make theirs happen.  Lately, I have been reminding myself that it is okay to put my needs first sometimes).
    Do not forget about engaging in self-care at work too! We spend so much of our week working and it is just as important to take the time to treat ourselves kindly there too!  Check out my work environment self-care hacks below.

    • FIND A PLANNER THAT WORKS FOR YOU INSTEAD OF THE OTHER WAY AROUND.   It helps if you think it is pretty too.  Some friends like planners that have a place for them to doodle or color.  I was never any good at coloring inside the lines on paper or off, so for me I need a planner that allows me to write lists.
    • TAKE OPPORTUNITIES TO CHANGE YOUR WORK ENVIRONMENT.  This could be as simple as putting a diffuser or potted plant in your workspace, decorating with seasonal and/or holiday trinkets, or moving furniture around to make the workspace appear different.  This could also be changing up your setting (preschool groups to a high school setting, etc..) if you are feeling brave or have the opportunity. 
    • MOVE AROUND. If you find that you are spending the majority of the day sitting down, take the time to enjoy those brief walks down the hall to get kids or incorporate movement activities into your therapy.
    • TAKE MENTAL BREAKS. If you are fortunate to have a 5-10 minute break written into your schedule, shut down your work brain for that time.  If you are not that fortunate, then at least enjoy your break.  I am horrible about this.  For so many years, my lunch break consisted of my shoving food in my mouth while doing paperwork. I am actively taking my lunch break now.  Not only do I eat my lunch during this time but sometimes I even take a mental break by pulling out a book for enjoyment! 
    • SAY "NO" Do not volunteer past your capabilities.  Yes, do your job but if you can not handle taking on more than do not be the first one to jump out of their chair to sacrifice their health and sanity for the job. Be okay with saying 'no' when needed.  If you are burning the candle at both ends of the wick, you are not helping yourself or anyone else in the long run.

    How do you take care of yourself?  Do you have a hard time allowing yourself to engage in self-care at home and at work? What goal(s) for self-care do you have for 2020?  I would love to hear in the comments below! 

    "Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare."   - Audre Lorde

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