About

About me:  I’m Paul Morris, a speech-language pathologist with a long developing interest in teaching language.  I have published a book of language activities (101 Language Activities) and have been creating this stuff for over two decades.

About the content:  This site has been in operation since 2008.  There may be something older that was copyrighted – if so, let me know, and I’ll fix it.  All of the images for a long time now have either been created by me, taken by me (as in with a camera), or used from a free to use, creative commons site, such as Pixabay, morgueFile, or Clker.

About my philosophy:  Because language is so complex, effective language teaching often addresses specific areas that are less developed within each specific learner.  A great way to prepare to target a learner’s specific needs is to have a large variety of well organized materials ready to choose from.  Effective therapy uses words specific to a learner’s developmental area.  This applies to oral language and written language (writing and reading).  More on my philosophy can be found on my other blog, The Language Fix.

About my motivation:  These activities have given me a creative outlet for several years.  I hope that others can benefit from them as I have.

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28 thoughts on “About

  1. Tiffany Mason

    Thank you for doing this, as a CF I don’t have many materials. This is very much appreciated!!

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  2. Bonnie

    Thank you so much for posting all of these wonderful worksheets. I am a new SLP and they will be a great addition to my therapy toolbox!

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  3. DJ

    Thank you freelanguagestuff! I was so lost when I found you. Paul…I have your book. Maybe someday I will meet you and you can sign it!!!

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  4. cjmonty

    I’ve been using some of your worksheets and appreciate your willingness to share. I especially like the way you have divided up grade levels in some cases.
    I see my site is in your blogroll. I’m happy to be worthy of a link up. I see we have a similar philosophy and need for a creative outlet.

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  5. Kirsten

    Hi, Thanks for so generously posting your activities and worksheets. They are helpful and timesavers, to be sure. Just wondering…how do you conduct your language assessments? Specifically, I’m wondering about how you gather the language sample? In a play/interactive setting? Or through an “interview” type task, and if so – what kinds of questions do you pose? Do you obtain narratives from storiy retells??? Basically, I’m rethinking how I complete this step of the assessment, and wondered what you are doing. Thanks for all your work and any advice you might send my way!

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  6. Paul Post author

    Hey, thanks for the comment! As for the language sample question, it depends on the age of the kid. If it’s a young kid I’ll often ask questions about the manipulatives in the HAPP or PLS tests that I usually give. I just try to write down as many of their comments as I can. Older kids you can usually ask questions about interests, siblings, pets, what they did yesterday (good for verb tense)or maybe ask them how to do things like tie shoes, make peanut butter sandwiches, etc. I just look for 2 things mainly: stimulability and consistency of errors. Good luck!

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  7. Kris VT

    Hi Paul,

    Just wanted to say thank you for your website–very nicely done. The materials are great, and the inspiration and ideas for making my own is very helpful.
    Thank you!

    Kris VT

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  8. Busy Teacher

    Hello Paul

    wasn’t able to find any other way to contact you. I was wondering if you would allow us to publish your worksheets at BusyTeacher.org. BusyTeacher is a free community for English teachers. Please let me know if you would also consider creating worksheets specifically for us.
    Thank you.
    Best wishes
    Andrei

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  9. Jim Daniels

    What an incredible (to use our younger generations’ cliche’ ridden lingo) resource. I’ve spent a lifetime dedicated to language and communication. I have never before found such valuable exploration of language and its function in human development and behavior. Thanks for access to your work. Jim Daniels.

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  10. Chae

    I work with English Lnaguage learners. Thank you for sharing your wonderful materials with us. You worksheets are wonderful visual support for my students

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  11. Kathi

    Thank you so much Ms.Morris.Your webwite is the best for language activities.I personally recommend to all my students and friends.

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  13. runnerswife

    thank you very much for putting up this site, paul. i have a kinder student who was diagnosed with communication/language disorder (with comprehension problem) and another with reading and language disability (different doctors give out different diagnoses but they are looking at the same stuff :)). They were referred to a speech pathologist and reading specialist. both are not available in our town and the parents requested me to help their kids. although i have training in teaching reading to special children, i am not sure if i am prepared to handle their needs. but i accepted anyway and try to help in the best of my ability. your site gives me hope as it will provide me with the materials i need and serve as guide as i learn along the way in helping these kids cope. i look forward to learning from your site and other helpful resources in the net. god bless people like you who have the heart to make this world a better place by sharing what they know. my best regards.

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  14. Donna Jumper

    Thanks for providing this website.
    The activities and pictures will be a great asset for my students.
    You are providing a wonderful service for free where many charge hundreds of dollars.

    Thank you, Donna J.

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  15. Yale Gould

    Paul,
    Just discovered this site–a great resource! I’m an SLP too, and will use your materials to provide content for multimedia and Flash format activities I’ll create in Boardmaker Studio, Opus Pro, Wondershare Quizmaker, PowerPoint, etc. Thanks so much for your generosity (and for making my life easier). All best from Vermont, YG

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    I will immediately grasp your rss as I can’t in finding your e-mail subscription link or newsletter service. Do you’ve any?
    Please let me recognize in order that I may subscribe. Thanks.

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  17. cdwright2013

    Hi Paul. Not sure how to go about requesting permission to use a particular worksheet in a digital/print publication for South Africa college English students. Do I need to contact you via email? Many thanks and kind regards, Cherie Wright

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  18. Gabrielle

    I’m so happy to have found your site. Only yesterday I started a weekly class with very difficult (adult) learners and was feeling swamped and de-motivated. Thank you so much for your work; I can see how much effort you’ve put into this quality material and I’ll be using it with an inaudible debt of gratitude to you.

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  19. Paul Post author

    Sorry, for the delay, but you have permission to use any of this information in any way, except for redistribution for profit.

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  20. Roberta

    Hi Paul! I am working in a middle school and copied your “Getting comfortable with Language Therapy”. I have tried many ways to work on multiple goals at one time but it seems the only way I can do that is when each student answers a question while playing a basic game or handing out individual worksheets. Is there a better way? Can you explain the cycles approach a little more and do you recommend that? Thanks

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  21. Paul Post author

    The cycles approach is more a way of structuring therapy rather than a specific approach. With the cycles approach you work on maybe 2 or 3 goals for a couple of sessions, before working on 2 or 3 different goals the next few sessions, and so on until you’ve covered most of what’s appropriate before then going back to the first goals you worked on, and repeating, substituting higher level goals as lower ones are achieved. The primary gist is that it makes it easier to not miss things when you have quite a few areas to work on. I have a recent post on objective language therapy that you may find helpful for more specific suggestions. Good luck!

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  22. Anonymous

    I absolutely love your site! What an amazing resource, and I appreciate how thoughtful and systematic your approach is. What source did you use for your developmental hierarchies?

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  23. Paul Post author

    Thank you! I used a combination of Brown’s stages, Robert E. Owens levels in his language development book, Nevada and Virginia state education benchmarks, and my own opinion.

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