Category: Assessment Resources

Talk About Plants as They Grow

plants in therapyPlants are important to all of us. We need them for oxygen to breathe, for food, and to make shelter. The spring time is when we typically see people planting gardens and other flowers that blossom. Kids will adore getting their hands a little dirty in order to learn and talk about plants and the way that they grow. Read More »

Celebrating the Chinese New Year

Chinese New YearThe 2017 Chinese New Year Celebration began on Friday, January 27 and continues for 15 days. The date of the celebration moves from year to year according to the Chinese calendar that uses the lunar calendar and winter solstice. It is important to talk to children about other traditions like the Chinese New Year. Not only will they learn new things, it will help to encourage students to share their traditions with others. Remember to talk to families ahead of time to see what they do for this special time of year. See if they want to send in items to share or if they will assist in a session one day. Read More »

Edible Winter Craft Fun

winter crafts bakingBaking with kids is a fun way to practice speech and language skills. especially when it's close to the holidays! Of course, not everyone will have a kitchen that they are able to use with their classes. This means that edible winter crafts are the perfect workaround. These activities are great for small spaces and shorter session times. When working with food, be sure to check with families beforehand to make sure there are no allergies or other medical concerns that may limit what a child may eat or work with. While many of these projects include candy, it's the holiday season, so it's generally acceptable to splurge once in a while with your groups. Read More »

Fall Book Bonanza

fall readingThere are so many fun and exciting things that happen in the fall months. Leaves are falling, goodies are being baked with pumpkins, and everyone is getting ready for Thanksgiving. It can be an overwhelming time of year to stay focused and work on speech and language goals. Take time to use books to help with this task. There are plenty of classic and new books that may be used during your sessions. Using a story about the season will often spark ideas to use with follow-up activities. Read More »

Ready or Not, Here Come the Pirates

pirate speech therapyIt's time to be a pirate, matey, or you may have to walk the plank! Yes, pirates are a fantastic ice breaker to use with kids of all ages. Pirate pragmatics get kids actively involved and lighten up the mood when working on speech and language goals. Arrr they ready to tackle the letter R? Many kids, including multilingual learners, have a difficult time with the |r| when it is within a word. Personable and funny pirate friends, like the ones in these activities, will help them to practice this pesky letter sound. Read More »

Back to School Resources and More

back to school resourcesThe start of the school year can be intimidating for everyone involved. There are a lot of papers to fill out, plus you need to get your schedule set for speech and language sessions. This means meeting with other teachers and parents to set a time that will be best for the child. Once everything is ready, it means that you must get to work on individual goals for each student that you work with. Lesson planning can be intimidating if you need to do it on the fly. Be sure to have resources ready for when you may need them. A new student, new concern, or need for a different focus can require new places to explore during the year ahead. Read More »