Lots of LEGO for Language Skills

by Tera.Tuten on January 22, 2015

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lego-speech-language-activityEveryone likes to have fun while they are actually doing work, and kids are no different. The use of LEGO toys within speech and language creates a wide variety of activities. The best part is that while kids are using LEGO bricks and mini-figures, they may not be aware of the speech and language skills that you are working on at the same time. Many of the suggestions below may be tweaked to work on the areas that each child has in within their annual goals. [click to continue…]

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Get Moving in the Name of Speech

by Tera.Tuten on January 15, 2015

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speech-therapy-board-gamesIt can be hard to keep focus during the winter months because the weather may be cold and gloomy. Kids crave movement, and it may not be possible to take them outside during this season. If you have space for your students to move during sessions, you can utilize gross motor activities with speech and language goals to keep them on their toes. [click to continue…]

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Practice Makes Perfect with Verb Tense

by Tera.Tuten on January 8, 2015

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verbs-esl-speech-therapyThe English language is filled with a lot of special rules that can make it difficult to learn. Irregular verbs complicate matters for a lot of children, especially ESL students. Some of the best ways to help them is to practice the irregular verbs in games and practice using them in conversations. Many speech language pathologists have shared lessons that they have used with their students online and will work well with many different age levels. [click to continue…]

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Differences and Dreams

by Tera.Tuten on January 2, 2015

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martin-luther-king-jr-speech-activities-slpMartin Luther King Jr. Day falls on January 19.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to help children to embrace their differences and celebrate their own cultures. For many students and families with English as a second language, they are in the United States following their dreams. When starting the New Year off, it is a nice time to remind all children about respecting diversity and working with each other to make the world a better place. [click to continue…]

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Winter Speech Therapy Homework for Holiday Break

by Tera.Tuten on December 25, 2014

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Winter Break Speech Therapy Homework Holiday Word Games

Concentrating on speech and language goals in the winter can be tough. Between the holidays, vacations, and other disruptions, focus can be hard to maintain. No matter what is happening, you must get items accomplished during sessions with students. Assessments are done throughout the year, so mix up some word games to practice sounds, phrases, pragmatics, grammar, or other skills. You can take a familiar game and twist it a little to add some interest level and extra zing.

A Little Twist on an Old Favorite

 

Many children need to mix it up with articulation and vocabulary practice. Card games are often a wonderful way to do this. When new sounds are added, you can make lists of words that can be grouped together for a matching style game. Pairs of words with pictures go on one side of the card, then the other side should have a fun winter picture that matches all of the rest (think snowman, sled, snowflake, or hot cocoa). Laminate the cards to use in group play.

 

Shuffle all of the cards and place them face down on the table. Each player takes a turn and flips over two cards. When they look at the card, they will say something similar to, “I found a _____ and a _____” if they are not a match. Matches mean that the child needs to say that word in a sentence of their own. Continue play around the group.

Do You See What I See?

 

Picture searches and games where you have to find various items are also a great way to actively engage students. Gather winter photos, book, or items from magazines. If the photo or picture has a lot of things within it, use it to play a version of Where’s Waldo or I Spy style games. You may also make a collage of photos with words that are being targeted within sessions. Use newspaper ads, magazines, and other familiar objects to children. The scavenger hunt has a lot of uses within speech and language goals. Older children may be asked to find words that start with a specific found. Clue may be given to assist them.

 

Rhyme time within the drawing is another great option. You could show a card with a word on it and have each child look for a word within the photo that rhymes with it. “I spy with my little eye something that rhymes with _____.” When they find it, they can tell you what the item is and use it in a sentence with the rhyming word.

 

Any of these game options may be switched around to work on a variety of speech and language goals for a child. Nothing is set a specific way and is flexible so that it may be switched up a bit and used in a slightly different way. Make an extra set of cards to send home to families and encourage them to practice at home. For multilingual families, include translations on them so they may work on the connection at home.

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Fun While Learning with Snowman Crafts

December 18, 2014

As the holidays wind down, the winter season is still in full swing. Snowmen provide a great transition from the holidays to weather related learning and fun. Children adore seeing snow friends that are in stories, movies, and seasonal decorations. Craft activities provide a nice way to add in something hands on for a speech […]

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