Tag Archives: speech and language

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 »

Talking About Feelings

talking about feelingsKids often hold in how they are feeling. It may not be because they are trying to keep a secret. Often, it is because they may not know how to express what is happening in their own minds. Now imagine being a multilingual student who is less familiar with the words other people use to describe their feelings. This can be an even more difficult time for them if they are confused, sad, or upset. Taking time to explore feelings will not only be beneficial for those students, but all who may need to take a moment to think about their own feelings. Read More »

Let’s Sing a Song Together

singing in therapyMusic is often used within different types of therapy sessions; speech and language should be no different. When kids hear music, they tend to be less anxious and more willing to try new and different things. When actively engaged with a music session, kids can let go of their fears and become more confident. While doing this, they will work on new skills, be less shy, and boost their fluency with songs. Kids of all ages will enjoy some time singing, dancing, and using music, so think outside of the box. Read More »

Teaching Tolerance and Embracing Differences

embrace diversityFebruary is Black History Month. This month allows us to take additional time to teach children about black people that have had an impact on our country. Black History Month is also a good time to refocus students on tolerance, acceptance, and being able to celebrate differences among us. When teaching multilingual learners speech and language, they may try to blend in with their peers. It is important for them to celebrate their diversity and embrace their differences. 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 »

Sharing Thanksgiving Traditions and More

thanksgiving activitiesAmericans spend a lot of time preparing for Thanksgiving. This special holiday is filled with family, food, turkey, and making memories with those you love. For those who come from multilingual families, they may have different traditions. It's a great time to embrace all of unique things that each family does together. Take time to connect with those at home to see if there are any particular foods they eat or customs they have for Thanksgiving. If there is time, try to organize a mini-Thanksgiving for everyone to share. Read More »