Better Late Than Never #MMPOTD Winners

May has come and gone which means that May Month ~ Better Speech and Hearing Month has passed.  As you (hopefully) remember I was running a #MMpotd challenge to celebrate Speech and Hearing Awareness month…and I was very happy with the results.  More than 260 #mmpotd pictures were posted on twitter and instagram and now I am excited to announce the winners!! (YES PLURAL! WINNERS!!)

The official winner is my official honorary Miss Suzie MMPOTD….. @alour!  She posted an impressive 30 pictures!!  She wins a year subscription to Lesson Pix and a CASLPA prize pack!

The first random winner (That I decided to name Miss Congeniality even before I knew who it was) is  @namastebyday! She wins a CASLPA prize pack and a Super Duper bag!

The second lucky random winner is @abrc_SLP! She wins an app from Super Duper!!

The third lucky winner is @atklingensmith! She also wins an app from Super Duper!!

Thank you to everyone who participated but can I give a shout out and major snaps to my prize sponsors>>> CASLPA, LessonPix & SuperDuper!! It was so sweet and generous of them to support my giveaway/contest…and Ashley from SuperDuper and Lesson Pix both played and posted pics but did not want to be in the prize drawing.  I highly recommend their products, but even better I recommend them as twitter/social media personalities.  I love businesses that stay connected to their customers and I love the interactions and relationships that can be developed online.

So great job everyone…I loved seeing all the pictures and getting to know you all a little better!

Winners please email me your snail mail addy for your prize>> ndnspeechmom@gmail.c0m

Random winners were selected using http://www.random.org/

May Month POTD Challenge – The Deets

I think it would be helpful if I posted some details for this challenge.  As previously posted, May is Speech and Hearing Month.  Since I am a Speech Pathologist this is a month that is near and dear to my heart.  Being an avid instagram & twitter user I thought it would be fun to do a Speech and Hearing May Month photo of the day…and so I created THIS

Participate as much as you like…if you miss any days feel free to “catch up” with us and post pics from earlier in the month.

As usual I want to have prizes and I want everyone to have fun.  Please mark all entries with the #MMpotd hashtag or @ndnspeechmom so I will know you are participating and can give you credit for that entry.

So far my ideas for winners are

  • Most entries (if multiple people post 31 pics I will choose one of them randomly)
  • Random Lucky Winners – every pic posted is 1 chance to win, the more pics you post the most chances you have.  There will be several *random* winners as all the prizes haven’t been determined yet.

So far for prizes I have CASLPA SWAG (leather portfolios, notebooks & other assorted office gear), an APP FROM SUPER DUPER called Understanding Inferences and the world famous SUPER DUPER BAG (donated thanks to the lovely @AshleyLesleySD ), a year subscription to LESSON PIX donated by @LessonPix and then some other awesome and amazing prizes that I haven’t decided on yet.  I am so thankful for these wonderful and generous people for donating prizes for the challenge.  I vouch for them as both brilliant and potential twitter BFFs.

In order to make sure you get your pictures entered please remember to either @ reply me (@ndnspeechmom) or to use the #MMpotd on your post.  Pictures can be entered either on twitter or instagram.  Please have fun with this and post away!!

If you decide not to post please follow the #MMpotd hashtag, I’m already getting a lot of ideas and I’m really enjoying all the pictures.  Be creative, interpret the topics in your own way.

So about this game

I feel a little bad for any non SLP readers (do I have nonSLP readers?) for all the SLPeepGame posts on twitter. Also, I didn’t realize until the game was complete exactly how hard the game was…….so in the interest of “upping the ante” I have sweetened the pot.  The lucky winner will receive 1) a year’s subscription to Lesson Pix 2) an app from Verbally App and 3) these ndnspeechmom approved earlobe decorations!

Please note: these are indeed sweet but I have no idea how they taste

I know right? Awesome. Please feel free to PLAY THE GAME and don’t worry, comments are screened so nobody can see your answers. And to anyone who does not like/wear earrings…I’m fairly sure you could find these a home.

Note: the techie prizes were both donated independently, and although I have not tried either product I am sure they  are amazing. Questions about the app and the subscription are best asked of the very generous, extremely attractive and utterly brilliant @VerballyApp and @LessonPix.  I’m so pleased that they not only donated prizes to the game but submitted pictures for it as well.

Meet the SLPeeps – Guess and win! EDITED WITH ANSWERS

Thank you to everyone that submitted their picture and facts for the game. I have had an awesome time looking at everyone’s pictures and learning a little more about all of you. Now for the explanation. The childhood pic will be posted with the five facts; the object of the game is to match the childhood pic with the corresponding SLPeep.

THE PRIZES – Yes, I said prizes, as in plural. I am happy to say that I have had 2 fabulous prizes donated for the winner of the game. The first is an app from @VerballyApp and the second is a gift certificate to @LessonPix !! I’d like to thank them for their generous donations and I encourage everyone to explore their products. Personally I can’t wait to get an iPad so I can try all the iPad only apps. In addition there is also a prize of a pair of beaded earrings.

The Winner will be the person who identifies the most correct SLPeeps by Friday evening (winner announced Saturday Feb 11.) Good luck everyone!

Please match the following SLPeeps (and honorary SLPeeps) with the childhood photos below. I have provided a link to each twitter page so you can get hints from their avatar (if you need help) and also so you can follow any that you are not currently following. I am hoping that this game will be fun…it will definitely be challenging since we have 26 participants!! Let’s MEET THE SLPEEPS!!!! (I totally did a ring announcer voice when I typed that.)

  1. @SLPtanya
  2. @txthreads
  3. @dibsondebs
  4. @alour
  5. @speechykeenSLP
  6. @Deb_SLP
  7. @cmcniece
  8. @SpeechTherapist
  9. @atomiclemonade
  10. @2gals
  11. @a yellowshred
  12. @mtmarySLP
  13. @slotaag
  14. @adaoust13
  15. @zealousidler
  16. @MeganPanatier
  17. @shireeheath
  18. @kirsten_lana
  19. @TriniSLP
  20. @OliviaSLP
  21. @lessonpix
  22. @dmiller92000
  23. @atklingensmith
  24. @VerballyApp
  25. @chaisabel
  26. @speechtechie

SLPEEP #1 is @MtMarySLP: 1) Left handed 2) Lived in a tipi for one summer 3) Taught classical ballet 4)Worked for both Hallmark Cards corporate office and the American Academy of Nursing for over a year as a

SLPEEP #2 is @alour : 1) Grew up, went to undergrad and grad school, and now lives, all in the same area. 2) Wanted to be a SLP since Grade 10 3) found out about SLPs by reading in a University pamphlet and instantly knew 4) Loves hockey 5) Has a small art obsession

SLPEEP #3 is @LessonPix : 1) Is not an SLP 2) Can read/write IPA 3) Has been caught on video abusing the voiceless palato-alveolar sibilant 4) Married to a great Special-Ed Pre-K Teacher 5) Does not read directions

SLPEEP #4 is @cmcniece : 1) Hates chocolate 2) Played goalkeeper on the soccer team in high school 3) Choked on/Swallowed a pen cap at age 13 and also learned that it takes ~48 hours for a pen cap to pass through the digestive system. 4) Love of neckties began at an early age. 5) Can

SLPEEP #5 is @OliviaSLP : 1) Boulders for fun (extreme sport version of rock climbing) 2) Plays the piano. 3) Had blonde hair until 17. 4) Has a show. 5) Has extremely flexible thumbs.

SLPEEP #6 is @2gals : 1) Loves to travel. 2) Has degree in Interior Design in addition to Speech Therapy degree. 3) Is an optimist. 4) Is adventurous. 5) Has a voice disorder.

SLPEEP #7 is @MeganPanatier : 1) Loves singing to cats and children. 2) Studied communication disorders & sciences at CSUN, but languages & linguistics at UCSC. 3) Prefers Android over Apple. 4) Has one sister who happens to be an amazing chef. 5) Middle name is Michelle.

SLPEEP #8 is @kirsten_lana : 1) Grew up in NY. 2) Favourite food is watermelon. 3) Started drinking coffee at 5 years old. 4) Favourite book is This Is Where I Leave You. 5) Really, really, really hates marshmallows.

SLPEEP #9 is @Deb_SLP : 1) Has two tattoos. 2) Will try nearly anything once, maybe twice. 3) Makes sleeping with a CPAP machine look sexy. 4) Really does laugh out loud. 5) When she was nine, she cut her own bangs to look like Alissa Milano on Who

SLPEEP #10 is @SpeechyKeenSLP : 1) Became an SLP when a professor ignited his/her passion for language development and coaxed him/her out of his/her teaching based degree program. 2) Born dead, doctors said baby was cognitively impaired and would not make it past a 4th grade education. 3) Has experienced wild fires, tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes and a spewing volcano. 4) Has an entire craft store in the home office 5) Recently spent a Christmas in Egypt

SLPEEP #11 is @TriniSLP : 1) Quite artistic, draws all artic pictures for clients. 2) Favourite food is anything shrimp. 3) Played field hockey in high school. 4) Has a passion for educating parents re: language stimulation techniques especially for children with ASD. 5) Gave birth to my 2nd son over the toilet bowl at home (not a planned home birth) just didn

SLPEEP #12 is @atklingensmith : 1) Is one of ten children. 2) Went into this field b/c of a combination of experiences working with individuals with disabilities during high school, several siblings having communication disorders, an aunt and uncle being Deaf, and just an overall interest in the field! 3) Breakfast foods (especially anything involving real maple syrup) are a guilty pleasure.4) Went to Nazareth College (Rochester, NY) for undergrad and am in the middle of grad school there now. 5) Just started a blog and would love everyone to check it out.

SLPEEP #13 is @ShireeHeath : 1) Knows Australian Sign Language. 2) Sometimes serves beer at a bar called ‘The Zoo’. 3) Loves brains. 4) Has a shark phobia. 5) Secretly likes country music.

SLPEEP #14 is @adaoust13 : 1) Was a member of a roller racing team. 2) Favourite breed of cat is an Abbysinnian. 3)Hates spiders and snakes. 4) School nickname was Chopper. 5) Fave authors are Stephen King and Shakespeare.

SLPEEP #15 is @ayellowshred : 1) Has a pet hedgehog. 2) Loves horror movies. 3) Has been skydiving. 4) Favourite clinical area is medically complex children. 5) Hasn

SLPEEP #16 is @slotaag : 1) Lived in Germany for six years. 2) Used to be a sea kayak guide on Lake Superior. 3) Loves gnomes. 4) never seen the following movies: Dirty Dancing, Grease or the Star Wars series. 5) If allowed could eat own weight in Thai food.

SLPEEP #17 is @zealousidler : 1) Born in NYC. 2) Lived in Texas for 8 years but never visited Mexico. 3) Has been a vegetarian for 11 years. 4) Can play guitar, some piano, and some fiddle. 5) SLP2B interested in AAC . . . and everything else.

SLPEEP #18 is @dmiller92000 : 1) Favourite place travelled to is Tibet. 2) Grand Canyon literally took her breath away. 3) Next place on travel list is Hawaii. 4) Has two boys, 2 years and 4 years. 5) 15th yr as a school based SLP. (Did 3 years in a rehab setting prior.)

SLPEEP #19 is @txthreads : 1) Loves to bake, would love to be a professional pastry chef. 2) Has moved many times but is not from a military family, 3) Would love to be a preschool craft teacher. 4) Been told I could survive well following a horrible disaster – can garden,raise (and butcher) animals, build, scavenge, cook, weave, sew. 5) Loves to dance.

SLPEEP #20 is @atomiclemonade : 1) From a tiny town with about 700 people and would have graduated with 19 people if high school had not closed. 2) Had a raccoon named Rascal. 3) Loves working as a speech therapist in a school, but would also like to dabble in rehab once CCCs are obtained. 4) Favourite food would be homemade guacamole. 5) Would love to go to Egypt and visit the pyramids.

SLPEEP #21 is @SpeechTherapist : 1) Learned to ride a bicycle at 10. 2) Most exotic meat ever eaten is ostrich, 3) Favourite TV show ever is Northern Exposure. 4) Wants to go back to grad school to study neuroscience. 5) Loves drinking tea and watching movies.

SLPEEP #22 is @SpeechTechie : 1) Currently prefers iBooks app. 2) Currently obsessed with Downton Abbey. 3) Deathly afraid of heights, which becomes a problem on convention center escalators. 4) Never could tell what the hell was going on in videofluroscopies, so avoids dysphagia. 5) Spent a mortifying year with Mom as 8th grade teacher, followed by having an Annie Glenn Award-Winning NKOTB as a classmate.

SLPEEP #23 is @VerballyApp : 1) Parents were born and raised in Hawaii. 2) Works for her brother in law -- for free. 3) Met her husband at the University of Illinois. 4) Thinks rice krispie treats are the perfect food. 5) Her in-laws all live in the bay area, and she lives on the exact opposite coast.

SLPEEP #24 is @chaisabel : 1) Mommy of a 4 year old boy. 2) Lives in the Carribean. 3) Is addicted to chocolate. 4) Is a school based SLP. 5) Sister is a SLP too!

SLPEEP #25 is @SLPtanya : 1) Has had two different Grammy winners for dinner at their house. 2) Helped produce at TV show at 5. 3) Hates coffee but favourite chocolate is a coffee cream. 4) Decided to be a SLP final year of high school. 5) Was a very picky eater as a child but love all different kinds of food now and am now fairly adventurous.

SLPEEP #26 is @dibsondeb : 1) Has foodgasms in the grocery store. 2) Loves Big Bang Theory. 3)Avid reader of paranormal romances. 4) Thinks sushi and dark chocolate are fabulous. 5) Not a neat freak.

Thanks for playing and good luck! Leave your guesses in a comment and EVERYONE is allowed to play INCLUDING those who submitted pictures. Please give it a try, VerballyApp and LessonPix really donated some wonderful prizes (that I wish I could keep!)

Most correct out of 26 by Friday night wins…will call contest early if someone gets all 26. Comments will be screened so nobody will see your guesses.

***Guesses in the following format please: SLPeep #30 is @ndnspeechmom

Meet the SLPeeps!

As I hope most of you know, I am a Speech Pathologist and an avid twitter user.  On twitter there is an active group called the SLPeeps. There is also another group calledthe  SLPs2B. (I hope I got the acronym correct.)  Not so long ago when there were not many of us on “the twittah” it was easier to keep track of everyone; from where they were located, to personal interests, areas of professional expertise, etc. etc.  Now that we have had a recent influx of SLPeeps I find myself losing track of everyone.

Previously we played a SLPgame where we guessed each others accents while reading the rainbow passage.  It was fun (well I thought it was fun) and several participated.  I have an idea for a new game which will allow us to learn more about each other, both the original and the new members.

If all interested SLPeeps (and SLP2B) would please email a childhood (baby through high school) picture of themselves along with 5 fun facts to ndnspeechmom@gmail.com they can be part of the game.  The facts can be anything from fav food, origin, area of professional interest, professional accomplishments, and fun random personal factoids.

The idea of the game is to guess which twitter handle goes with which pic/fun facts.

I will be posting the game on friday for guesses and I will try think of a prize.  Please play!! You have until friday morning to email me your entry, and those entered can still guess.

Example:

1)raised on a reservation in Canada 2) fav show is Criminal Minds 3) works with First Nation children 4) livetweeted through her last labour and delivery 5) loves bacon