Speech Apps

Here is list of speech apps both free and paid that we are continually updating:

Word Flips – $29.99 on iTunes

Word FLiPS App is a must for children with limited speech, unintelligible speech, and/or childhood apraxia of speech! Teach functional vocabulary words, such as greetings and requests (for example, “hi,” “go,” and “bye”) while practicing up to three repetitions of sound sequences.

• Choose words according to articulatory placement: Bilabial, Alveolar, Velar, and Palatal.
• Choose words according to syllable structure: CV, CVC, CVCV, or custom.
• Choose all words (including nonsense words) or only the suggested “real” words.
• Includes audio of all syllables.
• “Free Play” mode allows you to flip through the cards or randomly generate syllable combinations.
• Record a student’s productions and replay audio clips.

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Drawing Boundaries When Working from Home
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It is easy for the lines to become blurred between work and home life when both occur under the same roof. For your sanity and your family’s happiness, draw the line and resist crossing it. Learn to set boundaries for yourself when working from home.

In a perfect world, it would be wonderful if working from home would get the respect that it deserves. Instead, there are the misconceptions that just tweak you off every time you hear them. Here are just a few:

  • Spouses that expect you to cook and clean because you are physically in the home even though you are actually working a business. So you might here things like “what do you do all day” when they know very much what you do or “well I work all day”.
  • Friends joke that you are “living the life of Reilly” because you get to lounge around all day in your sweatpants.
  • Kids don’t respect the closed door or the “office hours” and run in and out of the office constantly because you are accessible to them when you work from home.
  • Teachers look at you sideways because you are not always volunteering in the classroom since “you have so much time on your hands”.

It’s hard, but manageable if you can follow these simple steps for setting boundaries for your home business:

  • Dress for work – Get up just like the rest of your family and get dressed as you would for the office. This lets them know that you are in work mode.
  • Keep a calendar of family and business events – Everyone needs to add their activities to this calendar. Avoid scheduling family stuff during designated business hours and vice versa. If it looks like you are free when you are not, explain that it is work time.
  • Set the stage for work – Hang a sign on your door to let others know that you are busy. This sends a clear message to those who can read. For younger children, instruct sitters and older family members to handle anything that doesn’t involve threat of imminent death when you are in “Do Not Disturb” mode.
  • Be flexible – How many times have we heard this? Moms are multi-taskers of the first order. When it is important to complete a project or talk to a client, try to do so when the house is quiet. You are fighting a losing battle at 5 pm but may have a ghost of a chance to get crucial business done at 5 am. Work around your family so that they don’t feel slighted and neither does your business. But there are times when you can ask for the assistance of your family, to make them feel included whether it’s stuffing envelopes or filling boxes, it’s more cost-effective to use them then to outsource certain tasks.

From the very beginning, drawing the boundary lines is crucial. Everyone will know your expectations and will understand the validity of what you do and how important it is. Good communication is the key here.

Work With Marla

Marla has created a business that allows her to balance special parenting and a successful career and she can show you how! Take your blog or biz to the next level of success with Marla!


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Are you overwhelmed by being a SpecialMom and the need to make money for your family?

You're not alone and I can help!

I get it. I’ve been there.

When my son was born, I was living in a different state than my extended family. My husband was traveling for work a great deal and I had basically zero support system.  I was caring for my son alone and then working into the night to ensure that my business was successful.

I was exhausted.

Finally, I realized that I didn’t have to do it alone. I just needed to reach out and ask for help.  And, asking for help didn’t make me a failure. In fact, it made me more successful!

And that’s why I want to work with you. I’ve been there. I understand the amazing (and exhausting) process of parenting special needs while also trying to make money for the family.

And, I can help you get to a place of success with your business or blog. You don’t have to do it alone.

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Special needs products and services

Brands and Businesses

Are you a brand or business that needs to get your word or product out to the special needs community? Marla has a large special needs following and several websites geared toward special needs parenting.

Special Needs Products & Services

Marla can help market your brand, business, products or services to the special needs community.  Marla can market your products and services by

  • Sponsored posts
  • Custom social media campaigns
  • Reviews
  • Parenting panels

Contact Marla to today! Marla is happy to put together a specialized marketing package to meet your specific needs.

Special Needs Speaker

Are you looking for a speaker on special needs, blogging, becoming an entrepreneur or more? Marla is a successful speaker and loves sharing at events, groups and schools!

Marla’s Speaking Topics

Marla can speak on any of the following topics and more. If you don’t see your topic listed, just ask! Marla is an expert on speaking and training on many other topics.

  • Special Needs Parenting
  • Becoming an Entrepreneur while Parenting a Special Needs Child
  • Blogging as a Business
  • Learning from My Son’s Diagnosis
  • From Work-at-Home Mom (WAHM) to Entrepreneur
  • Teaching Special Needs Moms to Use Social Media for Support

Contact Marla today to discuss your speaking needs.

Marla’s Minute

Got a minute? I mean, everyone has one minute, right? It’s just 60 little seconds. Well, Marla’s Minute is going to give you tips, information and support on being a special needs parent, blogging or becoming an entrepreneur.

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Great Holiday Gift For Those Techy Mom Bloggers

domeo loft folio Looking for a great holiday for those “techy” mom bloggers?  Well check out my review for the Domeo Ipad Loft Folio by Fellowes.

I was asked to review this product for Domeo two years ago, and I still love this product. It is wonderful for when you want to create a portable desktop station like at (this is a recent picture I took from the Type A Parent conference this past September).  You can see how I paired it up with my Apple wireless keyboard, and it comes in handy when you are in the kitchen cooking.

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The Loft Folio is a compact and secure iPad case with stand that offers the versatility of 8 viewing angles. The Loft’s built-in stand raises your iPad closer to eye level in a desktop monitor style view of your tablet. Use the Loft as a kitchen stand for your iPad or as a monitor for your wireless keyboard. With the kickstand you can also give your iPad stability when typing no matter where you are. This iPad case fits the iPad 2, iPad 3 and iPad 4 with Retina Display.

Check out my video review:


Free Printable: Friends Don’t Count Chromosomes

Love this printable created my Melinda Martin from The Helpy Helper.

Melinda is the Graphic Designer for my magazine the SpecialMoms Parenting Magazine.  In our latest issue one of the moms we interviewed shared a picture of her daughter sitting on the street with her friends with the following graphic drawn out in chalk.  She loved it so much she created this printable that is formatted for an 8 1/2 x 10 frame.

Click on the picture to print and please share!

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