The cooler weather often provides a wonderful opportunity to take speech and language sessions outside. Mother Nature and autumn provide a great backdrop for learning and exploring. Any session could take place outside; this will focus on utilizing the natural environment while working on speech and language goals. These activities will also incorporate vocabulary usage and continued practice with conversational skills. [click to continue…]
The change of seasons is a great time to focus on expanding vocabulary and practicing word fluency. Making fall flash cards will provide opportunities for different activities within sessions. In addition to this, once students are done with the cards in school, they are portable and easy to send home for additional use toward speech and language goals.
Flash cards can be made ahead of time, or done as an activity during a session. Be sure to include pictures and words so they may be used for a variety of age levels. If there is time, students could draw pictures onto index cards with the words to make them more personalized. Select different words for autumn holidays, fall sights, and even sounds. If focusing on a specific sound, include descriptive words to focus on those. It could be a red apple if your goal is the |r| sound. [click to continue…]
Apples are not just for the teacher, they are a healthy way to use food for a hands-on experience during sessions. Most children adore having a snack while working and apples allow you to do this while sharing a touch of autumn during your speech and language session. Take time to check in with families to make sure there are no food allergies. After that, check out your local apple growers to let the fun begin. [click to continue…]
Children love to act things out, sing, and dance. Ask even the shyest child to sing along with a silly song and you can usually get them actively engaged. Dramatic play may not seem like it has a place in speech and language sessions, but it is a powerful resource. Not only will it get the kids involved, but it also works on speech pragmatics, articulation, confidence, and more. [click to continue…]
When working on speech and language goals with children, it may be difficult to assess their vocabulary acquisition. Some children may be too shy to share what they know for fear of saying a word the wrong way. Other children may just be uncomfortable and unwilling. The goals during the start of the school year are to ease nervous energy and build confidence. Expanding vocabulary in fun ways will help each child with articulation, speech pragmatics, and confidence to talk with others in different situations. [click to continue…]