Flash Cards for Fall

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fall-autumn-speech-therapy-ideasThe change of seasons is a great time to focus on expanding vocabulary and practicing word fluency. Making fall flash cards will provide opportunities for different activities within sessions. In addition to this, once students are done with the cards in school, they are portable and easy to send home for additional use toward speech and language goals.

Flash cards can be made ahead of time, or done as an activity during a session. Be sure to include pictures and words so they may be used for a variety of age levels. If there is time, students could draw pictures onto index cards with the words to make them more personalized. Select different words for autumn holidays, fall sights, and even sounds. If focusing on a specific sound, include descriptive words to focus on those. It could be a red apple if your goal is the |r| sound.

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A fun way to use the flash cards is make up a story with random words. If you are working with a group, shuffle the cards and have each person select one card to begin. The next person will continue the story using the word on the card that they select. If working with an individual child, allow them to select five random cards. They may place them on a table in front of them. Give them a little time to think of a story using the cards and then encourage them to share it with you. This activity works on team building, problem solving when using words, and building confidence when speaking out loud. Younger children may not be ready to make up a story. They could select a card and put it into a sentence. If this is difficult for them, as them a question using the word so they may explain how they have seen it within their life.

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To work on articulation, have students match word sounds within their cards. If their selection does not work with this, select a card and go on a word hunt. Find other items around your classroom or school that have a similar start sound. You can also break off into additional descriptive words. An example would be to find all round items on cards and in your classroom to practice with the |r| sound. Kids can practice by stating: This ____ is round. This will allow additional practice of goal sounds and promote confidence in conversational skills.

When finished with the cards, send them home. Be sure to include activities that can be done at home to practice. For multilingual families, include a set of instructions and also include translations of words on the cards to assist everyone.

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