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by Liliana Diaz
February 04, 2021
Ever since COVID began, I have been on the hunt for practical and FREE websites that I can use for my speech tele-therapy sessions. Since last year, I have come across several great websites that I frequently use for therapy book recommendations, parent resources, reinforcer games - you name it! I have book marked many of these websites on my internet browser and I highly recommend that you do too for quick access! Whether you are a monolingual SLP, bilingual SLP, and/or a parent, these websites will sure be handy. I have listed some of my favorite websites below, make sure to check them out and let me know if I missed any of your favorite go-to websites!
1. Unite for Literacy
Unite for Literacy is a website provides free access to a variety of grade level books in English and in a variety of other languages. They have a mission to ensure that all children have access to an abundance of books that celebrate their cultures and languages.
Maguare is a Spanish-only website funded by the Colombian government that provides free access books, animated stories, singing games, coloring book pages and more!
3. Story Place
StoryPlace came about to provide children with the virtual experience of going to the library and participating in the same types of activities the library offers at its physical locations. StoryPlace includes stories and activities in a format compatible with desktop and mobile devices. The site also now includes early literacy information for parents and caregivers. You can find books in Story Place both in English and Spanish. In addition, there are several interactive activities such as WH questions with several stories that you can utilize to target comprehension skills.
4. Epic Books
Epic is a digital reading platform with over 40,000+ popular, high-quality books from 250+ of the world’s best publishers for kids 12 and under. The website is free for educators that have a school email and parents can obtain a free 30 day trial.
ReadWorks is a nonprofit organization that partners with K-12 teachers with a mission to improve literacy in children across the world. On the website you can access e-books, lesson plans, and activities for major core subjects such as science, social studies, etc. In addition, Readworks provides free access to books for a variety of grade levels. Some activities come with embedded questions activities, activities for inferencing and vocabulary.
These websites were created by the same person and each one provides popular children's stories in Spanish, Italian and German. In addition, each of the websites provides free language learning lessons! I love using these websites because it provides great information about syntax such as adjective lessons, telling time lessons, WH- questions, how to use definite/indefinite articles, and more!
7. Storyline Online
Storyline Online is a program of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. The foundation is a nonprofit organization that features celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Their mission is to improve reading, writing and communication skills, logical thinking and concentration, and general academic aptitude, as well as inspire a lifelong love of reading. Storyline Online is completely free and includes a supplemental curriculum for each book developed by a credentialed elementary educator, aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners.
8. The International Children's Digital Library
ICDL is non-profit organization that provides a digital library with books in a variety of languages! Their mission is to promote tolerance and respect for diverse cultures by providing access to the best of children's literature from around the world. They have certainly held up to their mission by providing free books in languages such as Korean, Spanish, French and much more! You can even search for books by country!
9. Story Books Canada
Story Books Canada is a free open educational resource that promotes literacy and language learning in homes. It includes 40 stories from the African story book with text and audio in English, French and a variety of other languages. Some books include audio readings and a break down of the images/text in the book. It's a great tool to use if you are working on sequencing and picture description.
10. World Stories
WorldStories includes a growing collection of stories from around the world. The collection includes retold traditional tales and new short stories in the languages most spoken by UK children but also includes stories in Polish, Portuguese, Spanish and more! In addition, they frequently add new stories, translations, pictures and sound recordings every week.
11. Oxford Owl
Oxford Owl is an ebook website from Oxford University Press, created to support children’s learning both at home and at school. It includes a variety of free grade level books for children a variety of ages. You can also search by books by reading level on the website!
12. MagicBlox Online
MagicBlox Online is an e-book library that provides access to a variety of ebooks in a variety of languages such as Spanish, Portuguese, Mongolian, etc. They have a large and growing collection of eBooks for kids 1 to 13 years old from award winning authors and publishers from around the world.
Did you know that you can practically search for any book on Youtube and possibly find a read-a-loud of the book? I love using Youtube to find wordless picture books such as Journey by Aaron Becker or Found by Jeff Newman and Larry Day. I frequently use books like these during my remote assessments.
14. Language Playroom
Language Playroom was created by Ezrael Maher, M.S. CCC-SLP, who has five years of experience creating and implementing speech and language therapy materials for school-aged children. The website is intended to be an online library of tools and activities for speech and language therapy activities that can be used by clinicians, families, or individuals for speech and language interventions. You can find all sorts of activities for articulation therapy as well as other areas such as language, social skills and fluency.
15. Mommy Speech Therapy
Mommy Speech Therapy is a blog that provides free downloadable articulation worksheets, word lists for a variety of speech sounds, sound norms and other free downloads. I frequently use this website in order to print out or email word lists to parents who have children that are working on improving their articulation.
16. Speech and Language Songs
Speechandlanguagesongs.com is a website created by Stephen Kneece, MA, CCC-SLP who is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist working and living in Aiken, SC. Speech and Language Songs aims to create speech therapy songs and videos that help children communicate more effectively. You can watch Stephen's videos on YouTube as well.
17. Peachie Speechie on Youtube
The Peachie Speechie is a speech language pathologist that has created a Youtube channel in order to provide speech therapy videos on how to elicit a variety of speech sounds. She also has great videos that teach language concepts such as adjectives, inferencing, and more!
18. Juegos Infantiles
Juegos Infantiles is a Spanish-only website that includes a variety of free audiobooks, ebooks, fun games and educational activities for parents and children. I love using this website because it provides games for writing, grammar, vocabulary, synonyms, antonyms, coloring pages, memory games and more!
19. Árbol ABC
Arbolabc.com is an educational website that provides short stories, inferencing/guessing games, vocabulary games, songs and other educational videos in Spanish and English.
20. PBS Kids
PBS Kids is a gold mine full of fun educational games for children. Best of all, they have a variety of language-based games to choose from! One of my favorite games to use is called Story Builder which allows you to build a story from beginning to end. It's a perfect activity to work on story grammar elements with younger children.
ABCYA is an educational website that provides access to a variety of educational games for literacy, math, science, etc. The website also includes holiday themed games in which you can target a variety of language areas in therapy. I like using their games to work on sequencing, vocabulary, phonemic awareness, and functional communication skills with my students.
22. Fun with Spot
Fun with Spot is a free website that provides fun educational language games centered around the book series "Spot." This is a great website to suggest to parents for language-based games that include skills such as sequencing and functional at-home activities.
23. Owlie Boo
Owlie Boo is a website that provides free and simple educational games and videos that can be used to target vocabulary or as a simple reinforcer. Games are organized by how they are manipulated (i.e., pushing a key on the keyboard, clicking and dragging, or moving the mouse). Even very young children without computer experience can actually manipulate some of these games themselves with little help from an adult. One of my favorite games to use on this website is a game called "Moving the Mouse / Tree." You can work on vocabulary naming, prepositions (ON) and MLU with this game as you reveal the characters on the tree.
24, Fun Brain
Fun Brain is an educational website with a variety of fun games in which you can browse by grade level. The website includes several reading-based games and some even cover grammar elements such as "Mad Libs Junior." This website can also be used as a reinforcer activity during therapy.
25. ESL Games Plus
ESL Games Plus includes a variety of games for English Language Learners however, you can also use these games with your speech therapy students. Some of the games featured include games to work on sentence building, adjectives, prepositions, comparatives, past tense and more!
26. Tiny Tap
Tiny Tap is an amazing website where educators can create their own educational games. There are a variety of hidden gems on this website that will allow you to target a variety of language areas in speech therapy. I've come across a 5 little monkeys game and a fun game called Cat & Mouse 3 which is perfect for targeting prepositions!
27. Highlights for Kids
Highlights for Kids is an educational website that provides a variety of resources for parents, books for kids and games! Highlights has a Hidden Pictures game in which you can use as a reinforcer or to work on vocabulary, MLU (I spy __) or prepositions (The ball is next to the __."
28. PrAACtical AAC
PrAACtical AAC is a blog all about AAC. Experts provide information about how to implement AAC with AAC users. In addition, this website has useful information for parents, activity ideas, implementation ideas, videos and free downloads that you can use for your sessions with AAC users.
AssistiveWare is a free website that has a parent blog in which they discuss AAC implementation strategies and provide ideas for activities involving AAC. They also provide free downloadable visual supports and their blogs can be converted into Spanish for Spanish-speaking families. I love using this website in order to provide parents with a quick information about AAC and activity ideas.
30. Tar Heel Reader
Tar Heel Reader is a free website that provides a collection of free, easy-to-read, accessible books on a wide range of topics as well as games. Each of their books can be speech enabled and accessed using multiple interfaces, including touch screens, the InteliKeys with custom overlays, and 1 to 3 switches.
31. The Center for AAC & Autism
The Center for AAC & Autism is a great website that provides free downloadable activity ideas for AAC. They have a resource that includes a variety of free activity ideas for the use of core vocabulary. I love giving this resource to parents as functional homework!
Do2Learn is a website that provides a variety of interactive activities, songs and free downloadable visual supports. I frequently use this website with my AAC users!
33. The Resource Center for Autism and Developmental Delays
The Resource Center for Autism and Developmental Delays has a website in which parents and educators can subscribe to for free. They have a blog and free downloadable visual supports, adaptive stories, social stories and more! In addition, they also provide ideas for activities to do at home.
34. Boom Learning
Boom Learning is a website that includes a variety of educational activities for a variety of areas such as articulation, language, fluency, etc. Parents can create a free account and access free and/or paid boom cards. SLPs can assign a boom deck to a student through the website in order for in-home practice.
35. CBeebies Global
CBeebies Global is a free British website for children ages 0-6. It includes stories, coloring pages, language-based games and more. A fun game they have on the website right now is a dressing game that can be used to work on categories, vocabulary, MLU and more!
36. First School
First School is a website with free preschool activities in English and Spanish. The website includes lesson plans for popular storybooks, in-home activities, crafts, online stories and coloring pages and more!
37. Make Learning Fun
Make Learning Fun is an educational website that includes a variety of fun activities, coloring book pages and printables for children
38. Wheel of Names
Wheel of Names is a google based site and you will need to sign in with a gmail account to access. However, it is completely free! You can create your own custom wheel that spins by uploading images from your computer. You can use the wheel in may ways, as a reinforcer, for articulation therapy, for describing, etc.!
39. Toy Theater
Toy Theater is a free website that provides a variety of fun games! I like to use this website as a reinforcer during my speech teletherapy sessions and the students love it!
40. Pink Cat Games
Pink Cat Games has free speech therapy games you can play with your students. Simply pick a category area that you want to work on and then select the game. The website has a lot of free holiday-themed games which are always great to work on a variety of concepts!
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by Liliana Diaz
April 29, 2021
I learned several tips and other information as I began to work with an interpreter for the first time. For the very first time, I knew exactly how it felt like to be a monolingual SLP. I took this opportunity as a learning experience and reflected on how I can improve my family communication skills, cultural awareness and humility while working with these families. Continue reading to learn about some of the key points I took away while working with interpreters.
by Liliana Diaz
February 25, 2021
As speech language pathologists, we need to be able to determine exactly where our bilingual student falls on the bilingual continuum by measuring the his/her language dominance in both languages. Why is this important and how do we do this you may ask? I will answer your questions down below:
by Liliana Diaz
November 09, 2020
Welcome! I am Bilingual Speechie and this is my speech therapy blog! Here you will find bilingual (English & Spanish) resources & activities for speech language therapy! I am here to make the lives of all bilingual SLPs easier!
My name is Liliana Diaz-Vazquez and I obtained my bachelor’s degree in communication disorders in 2012 and my master’s degree in speech language pathology at Saint Xavier University in 2014.
I am a certified, licensed bilingual speech language pathologist (SLP) currently practicing in Chicago, Illinois. I have a passion with working with the bilingual population! I specialize in pediatrics with children ranging in ages from 1-18 years old and I predominantly serve bilingual and predominately Spanish-speaking students in general education programs, blended preschool programs and low-incidence programs.
I currently work full time in the public-school setting and part time in early intervention. I also run my own blog and create all sorts of bilingual resources/activities which I use with my own clients. I have extensive experience treating and evaluating a variety of disorders. I have worked with children with autism, Down syndrome, cognitive impairments, learning disabilities, apraxia, fluency disorders, language disorders and developmental delays.
My areas of expertise include augmentative/alternative communication (AAC), bilingual language development and the assessment and treatment of language delays/disorders in bilingual children.
I am a certified member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) since 2014, a member of the Illinois Speech and Hearing Association (ISHA) since 2014 and maintain licensure in the state of Illinois.
Aside from working with families and children, I am a part time foodie! Follow me on social media to check out all my food adventures within Chicago!