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Father’s Day Fun in Speech Therapy

 Celebrating fathers is another big event that we do each June in the United States. On this day, we take time to appreciate the men who are fathers, help like dads, or are otherwise an important part of our lives. Since families are important, it is always nice to incorporate something to do with Father's Day into lessons that can be sent home as small gifts with children. Ice Cream Cone for Dad What words do kids associate with their father or other special man in their life? Have them brainstorm about words that describe them to use on a project. With construction paper, give kids a pattern to make a scoop of ice cream in the flavor/color of their choice. Next, allow them to trace out a triangular shape in a tan color that will be an ice cream cone. Have them write a message on the cone. On smaller colored rectangular pieces of paper (to become sprinkles), write the words and glue them onto the ice cream section. Read More »

Hungry Caterpillars and Beautiful Butterflies

Nature is a great source of inspiration for children, especially in the spring when you can often witness miracles before your eyes. An example of this that many classrooms participate in is raising caterpillars into butterflies. Children are able to watch as the little fuzzy critters create a cocoon and go through a metamorphosis to become beautiful butterflies. If teachers are not participating in this, you may want to investigate doing this within your own speech room. The following activities would be a fun way to supplement this reading. Read More »

Learning Vocabulary While Growing Plants

Flowers and plants are important to all cultures. A great way to explore and learn, while practicing speech and language, is to grow something with your students. Check in with families to see if there are flowers, vegetables, or plants that are special to them that you may be able to grow. Read More »

April Showers Crafts for Use in Therapy

April Showers that bring the infamous May flowers are part of the culture of spring legends. Children in classrooms are taught to embrace this typically rainy season because of the beauty that it will reveal in the months to come. Crafts are always a wonderful way to work on speech and language skills. Any of the following activities can easily be changed to extend to specific goals or needs of a child. Think outside of the box with April and use umbrellas, rain boots, clouds, rain drops, and other items that relate to April Showers. Read More »

Celebrating More Familiar Spring Holidays with Students

Celebrating More Familiar Spring Holidays with Students During this time of year, children will quickly notice items in stores and other locations about more familiar holidays. During the spring, many families will celebrate Easter or Passover. Of course, even if you do not celebrate, stores are filled with Easter bunnies, chocolate eggs, matzah, and other items to explore. Traditions, stories, crafts, and food all tie into these big celebrations that will work well with speech and language sessions. Start Sharing with a Story Libraries and books stores are now filled with countless stories for children of all ages about Easter and Passover. To help children to get into the spirit, learn, and talk about these items, it is always a great plan to begin with a book. Here are a few possible titles that may work well and lead to other activities within your sessions:

  • Duck & Goose, Here Comes the Easter Bunny by Tad Hills – From the popular series, Duck and Goose set on a mission to find the Easter Bunny in action.
  • 10 Easter Egg Hunters: A Holiday Counting Book by Janet Shulman – Rhyming book that features kids going to an Easter parade who must first locate hidden eggs.
  • The Passover Seder by Emily Sper – An interactive book that explains parts of the Passover Seder. Lots of opportunities for children to actively participate.
  • The Little Red Hen and the Passover Matzah by Leslie Kimmelman – Retelling of the familiar Little Red Hen story centered around her preparations for a Passover Seder.
  • Hoppy Passover by Linda Glaser – Two young bunnies share as they get ready for Passover. They taste bitter herbs, search for the Afikomen and more.
Easter Egg Hunt and Afikomen Search Children adore playing hide-and-go seek, so why not try it with some Easter Eggs? If you have a small room where you can hide them before a meeting, you can do this and leave them clues about where the eggs may be. The children can ask questions, explain where they are going to search, and practice their language skills. This activity could also be done like a search for the Afikomen during a Passover Seder. If you do this option, think about bringing in some matzah for the children to taste test and talk about that experience as well. If your space is smaller, you can also have a word hunt with Easter eggs on a table. In more of a memory game style, spread the eggs out. Fill the eggs with different words, items, pictures that use a sound you are working on. Either say that word, one that rhymes with it (dual practice), or something else to have them look. Now, to encourage them to remember where they have looked before, tell them you are going to tally how many tries it takes to find the item. If it is two attempts, they have to use the word in a sentence two times. As always, it is nice to check in with families to see what they celebrate this time of year. Ask what their celebrations are and if they have anything that could be helpful during sessions. Remember to be sensitive to different traditions, and try to incorporate them to celebrate diversity with your students.   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 »