Happy Valentine’s Day from LiveSpeakLove! I am feeling the love today. Not only did I get valentines, candy, hugs and smiles from amazing students on my caseload, but I got some blog-love today from people I have never even met. PediaStaff, a national pediatric-based company for therapists, found my blog and Pinterest Speech Therapy Board, and added me to their database of resources. With over 12,000 Pedistaff followers, some of my speech-language ideas and materials are spreading across Pinterest pretty quickly, generating an amazing amount of blog hits. I am getting emails and messages from other therapists, educators and parents, thanking me for sharing my ideas and resources. A nice treat for me in the form of inspiration — what better tribute to this special day???

Here is a snapshot I’ll share with you of a Valentine’s Day activity in my therapy room…two of my older students using my open-ended Valentine Game board on the ActivPanel smartboard. I first took a screenshot of my Boardmaker file and saved it as an image, then inserted the picture into a desktop flipchart. Then, I “locked” the image into position for use as a game board. We used the shape tools to create colored icons to use as game pieces, which could be moved around the game board as they took turns rolling the die. Ta-da…instant, interactive, virtual game board that we paired with articulation cards to target /s/ blends in sentences and sentence formulation skills. The girls loved the game format, and told me they, “can’t wait” to use the board again.

Happy Valentine’s Day to you, and thanks for spreading the love!

~Lisa

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