Appreciating the Outdoors in Springtime Sessions

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spring-speech-therapy-ideasWinter is over, and the weather should be cooperating a bit more as spring progresses so that speech and language sessions can be held outside. This is a great time of year to head out to work on speech and language skills. Using the outdoors will provide a fresh twist on things and often energize kids to participate with more excitement.

Reach out to families and ask them to send in some special springtime photos to share. Perhaps they have photos of kids in a field of flowers when they were little. Families from other countries may have memories of special festivals or events from where they were from.  Make a collage to use with the photos that everyone brings. Begin with a quick chat about special spring memories and see if people have questions .

Outdoor Spring Bingo

Before heading outside to explore, brainstorm on things that are related to spring. Talk about different sounds, sights, and smells. Next, hand each child a laminated outdoor spring bingo card to use. Make these ahead of time and include words on the bingo card that concentrate on vocabulary for the season. All of the words should be found around the building or area where you will be walking. You could include animals that you see regularly like squirrels, robins, or bunnies. Perhaps there is a flag pole, special tree, or flowers around – anything that students will be able to identify.

Hand each child a dry erase marker to use for marking their bingo card. These work well so they may be used additional times. Explain that as you walk outside and sit down in a designated area, they will have time to look around and fill in their card. The first person to yell bingo has to talk through where they spotted each item. This helps to practice conversation skills, articulation, and build confidence.

I Spy For Rainy Days

Sometimes the weather does not cooperate. Ahead of time, take photos of the surrounding area to use for a game of photo I Spy. If you have a tablet, you could use a variety of digital photographs without printing them out. These will be great for an indoor photo walk. Talk about the photos and favorite items that each person likes when they walk by them outside. Then play sounds of I Spy. Each person may take turns playing different roles within the game.

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