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Push-in Speech Therapy

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Have fun with your students as they happily practice IEP goals with these engaging activities. They’ll never notice they’re working!

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Go from being stressed about Push-in Therapy to providing it with confidence.You’ll get all the tools you need to be successful!

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Successfully incorporate AAC Core Vocabulary into the classroom so your nonverbal and limited verbal students will start communicating.

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I help preschool SLPs like you become pros at Push-in Therapy without pulling your hair out and getting an ulcer!

You’re in the right place if:

  • You’ve never done Push-in Therapy.
  • You’re interested, but you’re lost and confused on how to get started.
  • You’re currently providing Push-in Therapy but you’re in the mood for something new.

That’s why I created this FREE resource,  5 Easy Ways to Optimize Push-in Speech Therapy. You’ll become comfortable and confident when providing services in the classroom.

You CAN become completely comfortable providing speech/language services in a preschool classroom.

It all starts with having a mentor to walk you through the steps.

Imagine if you could…

  • Serve more students in less time.
  • See IEP goals accomplished in a classroom setting.
  • Look forward to  providing Push-in Therapy.

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Inside this Free resource, 5 Easy Ways to Optimize Push-in Speech Therapy, you’ll get tips and tricks on how to provide speech therapy in a classroom setting and learn how to manage IEP goals. It’s all broken down into simple and straightforward steps. Don’t wait another minute. 


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Teaching Core Words: 3 Essential Ingredients for AAC Success

I’m a big fan of teaching core words using a Core Vocabulary approach. I use core vocabulary with my preschool students who have limited language or who require AAC to communicate. In my mind, there are THREE essential ingredients for students to be successful using core vocabulary. All three, in my experience, need to be used when teaching core words.

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5. Three Great Ways to Provide Push-in Speech Therapy Efficiently

How to Provide Push-in Speech Therapy Efficiently PUSH-IN SPEECH THERAPY is my favorite way to provide speech/language services to preschool students. However, time flies and it can be difficult to serve every student before your time is up! Here are the 3 excellent ways to use your time more efficiently while providing Push-in Speech Therapy. By incorporating these three ideas,

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4. Easy Ways to Customize Speech Therapy Goals

What does it mean to individualize speech therapy goals on an IEP? Can the same goal be used for more than one student? Today, I look at ways to personalize long-term IEP goals to make them truly “individualized,” but at the same time, appropriate for more than one student.

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2. PECS or Core Vocabulary? A Low Tech AAC Dilemma

Part One This is Part One of my series on Low Tech Options for AAC. Today, I’ll take a look at the pros and cons of PECS.  I’ll review Core Vocabulary in my next post. PECS: Picture Exchange Communication System The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) is a functional communication system. Andy Body, Ph.D., and Lori Frost, M.S., CCC-SLP initially

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“I collaborated with Merrie for many years in a [self-contained] classroom full of children with varied abilities. Merrie’s creative approach using props and materials always kept the children interested and motivated to learn. Teachers and assistants learned while watching Merrie do her thing! Merrie was a wealth of information and inspiration!” Robin R. Preschool Special Education Teacher


“I had the great fortune to work with Merrie Smithson for over 18 years. I taught preschoolers with disabilities and Merrie was our [Push-in] Speech Therapist. She and I planned together to ensure speech goals and techniques were integral to everything we did. Merrie was constantly bringing new ideas to her therapy, based on her in-depth knowledge of current research in her field. She was innovative in creating activities, materials, and opportunities that engaged the students in playful practice and repetition. With an emphasis on early literacy, books formed the backbone of the curriculum. Merrie got the students involved by acting out stories, singing, [moving], and using all their senses to be fully engaged in her lessons. It was a very successful cooperative teaching approach!” Kathy M. Preschool Special Education Teacher

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