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Combining Speech with Sensational Sensory Learning Tools

sensory learning Children learn by using their senses. Kids who have communication disorders may also have sensory integration concerns. If you are working with children who fall into this area, it is often a good idea to check in with their Occupational Therapist. Work as a team to come up with ways to work on goals together. Double teaming on skills will not only help the child, but also add interesting new possibilities within your sessions together. The following ideas can be used in conjunction with lessons that focus on articulation, vocabulary building, speech pragmatics, fluency, and more. Tailor each of them as needed for the children that you work with. Read More »

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 »

Searching for Signs of Spring for Speech

After a long winter, it is a great idea to take some sessions outside. Whether you are at a school with a playground, at a home where you can go outside during a session, or just want to walk out the front door, you can easily adapt and be flexible. When the weather cooperates, the outside environment provides a great background for some lessons.  Read More »

Flowers for Spring – Speech Activities

Flowers for Spring - Speech Activities Spring officially arrives March 20 and is a great topic to utilize with children during therapy. After a long winter full of snowmen, snowflakes, and winter holidays, it is finally time to add some fun and colors to the mix. Flower Pots That Go Together This activity can be tailored for many different skill sets. First, make some flower pots out of construction paper. This will be used for categories in a sorting game. Next, make a dozen or more long flowers to use with words being worked on. If you have a clip art program, this may help so you can print them out and laminate once finished. Your goal is to have three or four flowers in each of the flower pots during the activity.

  • For younger children working on beginning sounds, you can place a word or picture on each of the flowers. One should also be placed on the flower pot. Their goal is to place all of the flowers that have beginning /r/ sound together. End sounds, or rhyming words are also perfect depending on the goals for the children you work with.
    • Older children that are working on using descriptive words can have the flower pots with a specific item (pictures may help for some). Then, have a variety of descriptor flowers that will only fit with a specific word/flower pot. The opportunity to sort and think about works that can describe each noun will strengthen skills in this area.
Paper Tissue Craft Help to brighten up rooms with a great take home craft that was featured on PBS Parents. Amy Mascott explains how to make Tissue-Paper Flowers in Yogurt-Cup Vases. This project uses materials that are easy to find and encourages children to be creative, work on art skills, and also talk about flowers. The full list of items including recycled child-size yogurt cups, construction paper, bendable straws, and more can be found on the link above. While this activity may seem like it is simply a craft project, you can apply a lot of speech and language practice within your time. To help encourage kids during this process, have photos of different flowers around the space to inspire the young artists. Ask them questions about the flowers, what they are planning, and give them a chance to explain the process. When sections are finished, give everyone time to describe what they made and talk about favorite parts. Before working on this project, think about asking children to find out what flowers they have at home. Are there specific floral items that are special in countries their families may be from or in holidays they celebrate? Have photos of these flowers available to connect to the students and their unique family backgrounds. Encourage children to bring their craft home and share it with members of their families. They can describe how they made it and ask others questions about their favorite part. Photo Credit : Finished Paper Flowers by Denise Carrasco Read More »

Autumn Stroll and Book Making

Autumn Stroll and Book Making Sometimes, it is nice to head outside with children during sessions to have a change in scenery. This also allows nature to be the guide for a lesson. Weather during the fall often cooperates to allow this type of activity and children adore using their senses to note differences with the world outside. This activity will incorporate vocabulary usage and also conversational skills. Taking a Walk to Talk When you begin your walk, start with asking what changes the child sees in the landscape over the last few weeks. Prompt them with some examples if you need to. See how specific they can be when they describe the changes. As you ask them questions about the trees, grass, animals, and other items, be sure to allow them to ask you questions. It is important to encourage them to seek information from others as well. Promoting social skills during conversation is another goal that children may have if they lack confidence in their language. Preset that items seen during this stroll will be used later for a project. Let them know that you will be making a book that will be taken home about their autumn observations. To add a technology twist, bring a recording device to take audio notes of your trek. Let the child record what they see that has changed from summer to fall. They can then use this later when they are making their book to hear how they sound and to recall information. Read More »