Pumpkin Patch Pride

pumpkin speech activitiesImagine the look on the face of kids as they walk into your classroom for a session and see a school pumpkin patch. Yes, to get kids excited for the autumn weather and celebrations, it’s time to give them the opportunity to pick their own pumpkin. Write messages home to those at home to see if they would be willing to donate some small pumpkins. They are typically only a few dollars each and some may find it easier to ask for the funds and get them for all kids at the same time. While writing home, check in with everyone, paying close attention to multilingual families, to see what special pumpkin traditions they may have. Read More »

For the Love of Apples

apples speech therapyApple season is still here, which means that it’s the perfect time to use this popular fruit as inspiration within sessions.  When you bring in apples, it will open up the door to talking about life experiences with them. Kids can share going apple picking, what their favorite apple may be, and craft with the. Check in to see what students know about apples before starting anything within a group. Read More »

Using Story Cubes for Therapy

story cubes therapyHave you ever looked at a game and wondered how to use it during sessions? A small set of little cubes may be the easiest solution for sessions on the go. Rory’s Story Cubes are small cubes which are a super versatile game. The original game has simple pictures on the six sides of each cube. All you need to do is make up activities to use the cubes within sessions to work on skills and goals. Now you can even add in additional sets of cubes with more topics and some with favorite characters from the world of entertainment. Imagine what fun kids can have at any age with this simple resource. Read More »

Incorporating Sensory Activities into Sessions

sensory activitiesStudents are often more engaged when sessions include something with a sensory component. Many children in different therapy sessions also have concerns with sensory integration. By combining activities which work on sensory with fine motor, gross motor speech, counseling, or others it will work on goals in multiple areas at once. Sensory learning tools are readily available and flexible to use in a variety of ways during different sessions. Read More »

Working on New Routines

new therapy routinesThe start of the new school year can be very hard on kids and adults alike. Summer vacation may have included some sessions, but the schedule was light and kids have many more freedoms than they do while in school. Much of the start of the year is getting to know everyone, reevaluating goals, and settling into the routine. Be sure to use this time to gain trust with the kids who you will be working with over the next months and beyond. Break up testing with stories, crafts, or other fun activities to ease their fears.  Read More »

Back on Track for the New School Year

back to school themesIt’s too easy to get wrapped up in paperwork, meetings, and more during the start of the school year. Before you get too overwhelmed, take a moment to sketch out a general plan for the upcoming school year. Look at the students who you will be working with individually or in groups. While getting to know new students, adjust and refocus based on their likes, goals, and needs. Read More »