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Autumn Stroll and Book Making

Autumn Stroll and Book Making Sometimes, it is nice to head outside with children during sessions to have a change in scenery. This also allows nature to be the guide for a lesson. Weather during the fall often cooperates to allow this type of activity and children adore using their senses to note differences with the world outside. This activity will incorporate vocabulary usage and also conversational skills. Taking a Walk to Talk When you begin your walk, start with asking what changes the child sees in the landscape over the last few weeks. Prompt them with some examples if you need to. See how specific they can be when they describe the changes. As you ask them questions about the trees, grass, animals, and other items, be sure to allow them to ask you questions. It is important to encourage them to seek information from others as well. Promoting social skills during conversation is another goal that children may have if they lack confidence in their language. Preset that items seen during this stroll will be used later for a project. Let them know that you will be making a book that will be taken home about their autumn observations. To add a technology twist, bring a recording device to take audio notes of your trek. Let the child record what they see that has changed from summer to fall. They can then use this later when they are making their book to hear how they sound and to recall information. Read More »

Exploring with Pumpkins

Exploring with Pumpkins Children love pumpkins during the autumn months. The fun shape is used all the time for decorating and crafts. Pumpkins as Jack-o-lanterns are prominent for Halloween, but they also show up for Thanksgiving feasts. October is a great time to utilize them within speech therapy sessions. Always think about your long term and short term goals with each child when planning activities to make the most of your time together. Read More »

Fall Inspired Memory Games

Fall Inspired Memory Games Children of all ages adore using game play during sessions. Thinking outside of the box with a common game can open up a lot of possibilities. Making your own memory game for your unique set of goals is easy to do and can inspire children. In addition to this, you can make another set of the memory cards to let the child take them home for extended practice at home with  their family. Memory Games for Older Children If you are working with older children, memory games with autumn themes can be easy to make. Pick a fun shape like leaves, pumpkins, ghosts, scarecrows, or apples to get started. Write vocabulary words on matching pairs and laminate so they can hold up to multiple uses. To make it a little more interesting and to tie into their native language, use matching words in their native language. This will bring pride and will certainly perk interests at home to practice. When you practice in sessions, have the child use the word to ask a question, or give a sentence. This will practice conversational skills and following directions. Read More »

Apple Tasting in the Name of Words

Apple Tasting in the Name of Words Once kids have been back to school for a while, October turns the focus to fall activities. Many classrooms will do projects with apples as the theme that will culminate in a visit to an orchard. Here, students will  often pick their own apples to bring some home. Why not embrace apples and use tasting them to encourage word use? Most children enjoy apples, so just check to make sure there are no food allergy concerns with individual students. Using Words to Describe Apples There are a lot of different types of apples. Head to the store and pick up three to five different varieties to explore during a session. When working with younger children make a check list box for them to keep track of their thoughts while they are doing their taste testing. Along the top, leave space for the names of the three to five apples that you are using. Along the left side personalize the words, especially adjectives, that you would like to focus on. Think about the apples' colors. Are they sweet, sour, or tart? Which apple was the most juicy? Leave lines blank for the children to come up with more items that they want to explore. The purpose of this activity is to encourage use to descriptor words. If children are given the opportunity to use them in a hands on activity, they will become more comfortable utilizing them when at home. Read More »