Category: Articulation Tips

Tips for Enriching Language with Halloween Candy!

It’s Halloween!  It’s probably #2 on the scale of “The Best Day of My Life” that every kid has.  And all you can think about is, “What the heck am I gonna do with all that candy?”   Well, you are in luck.  I just happen to think about writing this post just for parents (and SLPs) like you!  Not parents like me…one year we paid our kids to NOT go trick or treating.  But you’re a good parent and you took your kids wandering through neighborhoods at night, asking strangers for candy.  Here’s how you can use that candy to enrich language skills.

Tips for Enriching Language on Halloween

I posted my first You Tube video today with a few tips that I will mention in the blog post.  If you want to check it out, I would love it!  Don’t feel like you have to though!:)

Language Tip 1

This was my first tip in the video.  Categorize the candy.  Sort according to type (Snickers, Twix, Kit Kat all in their respective groups), ingredients (no peanuts vs peanuts, chocolate vs fruit flavored), or size.  Talk about which group has more/less.  What you don’t realize it you are not only helping language, you are helping math skills too!

Language Tip 2

Compare and contrast the candy.  What are the differences between a Snickers and a Starburst?  How are they the same?  Which candies are close to the same?

Language Tip 3

Sort Skittles, Starbursts or M&Ms according to color.  This is great for the little ones!  Work on naming colors, grouping colors, requesting (such as “I want purple.”) and SHARING!  Once they are all sorted, count!  Practice counting even if it is only to 10!

Language Tip 4

Using the candy to work on pronouns.  This is a great activity for two or more kids.  “She has a Twix.”  or “He has M&Ms” are great ways to use pronouns in context.  Find other ways to work in “him,” “her” or “me” such as “The Hershey’s belongs to her.”   Have fun and make it natural!

Language Tip 5

Use that bucket of candy to work on longer utterances!   Have your child make a request such as “I want Snickers please” or “Can I have Twix please?”  Have them tell you what they are eating like “I am eating M&Ms.”  Bonus points for the correct verb!!!

This is an articulation tip!  Have a kiddo working on “s”?  Have him pull a piece of candy from his bucket and say the name of the candy!  Doesn’t have an “s”?  No worries, use the phrase “I see a Kit Kat.”


These are all pretty simple to use ideas really require little planning.  Hoping everyone has a safe and fun night!

Need some more tips for enriching language?  How about this one for family outings?!


Light Switch Articulation: Tips for Parents

Parents often struggle with working on articulation at home.  Most parents will correct their child during day to day interactions-which is GREAT!  But the trouble is making it fun!  I have come up with a few ideas in the past to work on articulation such as using flashlights.  Today’s tip is equally as easy!  All you need is a few notecards to write words on and some tape.

Articulation Tips for Parents


Set up for the Activity

Write words with your child’s target sound on index cards.  Only write one word per card.  Tape a card to each light switch your child uses.  Make sure the child flips these switches or has access to these switches regularly throughout the day.  My kids rarely go in my bedroom or bathroom so I would not put cards on either of those switches.  But living room, kitchen, den, hallway, and their bedrooms and bathrooms would all get cards!  Depending on the age of your child, you might even put one on the laundry room switch too!

Addressing Articulation with the Activity

Each time the child enters the room with a light switch card, he has to practice the word correctly 3x.  Once he’s practiced it correctly, then he can carry on as usual in the room!  When he leaves the room, he has to practice the word again 3x before turning off the switch and moving on.

Articulation Tips for Parents

Adapting the Activity

Let’s say your kiddo is not a reader, just use pictures!  Whether you draw them (you go, artsy girl!), use clipart or stickers, find pictures that fit your child’s target sound.

Have a kiddo not in speech?  First of all, not sure why you are reading my blog BUT welcome!!  Second, this activity can easily be adapted for sight words, letters/sounds, simple math, shapes, or colors.

Craving  more parent tips?  Be sneaky with this post.   Or this idea is sure to have you popping!

Speech Therapy Tools: A Review of Speech Blubs

I happened to stumble across this app in one of my speech therapy Facebook groups. They were offering a free trial to the first 10 private practioners that commented on the post. I figured “What the heck?” So I downloaded the free trial and I have ABSOLUTELY LOVED it!! It has been an awesome motivator for my little ones struggling to produce sound. I have several kiddos that are non-verbal, low verbal or kiddos with Autism.  These clients do not respond to the general way of practicing sound production.  INSERT SPEECH BLUBS!!  I will point out now this is not a cheap app!  So read my entire post to see if it is worth the $$$$!

What is Speech Blubs?

In their words, they are “a team of parents, digital experts and speech therapists aiming to revolutionize the way kids learn to speech and tackle some the biggest challenges in children’s speech and language development.”  They recognized the need to reach kiddos in a “non traditional articulation ” approach.  No child wants to sit and repeat “Moo” over and over with a plastic cow.  Speech Blurbs makes it fun and interactive.  Think Snapchat filters mixed with an articulation app.  Kids love it!

Sections of Speech Blubs

Speech Blurbs speech therapy App Review

There are 3 sections that you can choose from.  My favorite to use is definitely Early Sounds.  It address simple environment noise and fosters tons of imitation and repetition.  I used this one with all of my kiddos who are low verbal.  This instantly gets them jabbering!  The child models the sound.  Then you can flip the screen to your client to give them some face time.  That’s when the filter goes on!  So if you are working on “Moo,” cow horns will appear on your client.

Mouth Gym is the next one.  It is more oral motor skills.  All those general oral mech exam exercises are made way more fun when there’s a turkey on your head!  There are children modeling the exercise.  Then your client has the chance to be on the screen to show their stuff.

First Words is the last section.  It does exactly that-work on common words like tree, elephant and star.  The only thing I don’t like about this section is you can’t choose the words you want to work on.  There’s no list.  You choose a “blurb” and that when you find out the word.  I would prefer to be able to go through the app and find the words I want to work on.

For the Parents

It’s a good app for parents because you can take your child through the screener.  You can set daily reminders to work on sounds with your child.  HOWEVER, and this is BIG…the app costs $9.99 each month or you can buy a yearly subscription for $99.99!

Now, remember I really like this app.  But do I like it for  $100…NEGATIVE GHOSTRIDER!  I when it comes to apps.  But if it is good, I will buy it.  I don’t spend $100 on apps even if they are ridiculously awesome.

But, I have met parents at their wit’s end, desperate for their child utter a sound.  They are willing to spend any amount to get their child to imitate animal sounds.  If you are one of those parents, try it for a month.  If it’s not for your child, you are only out $10.  Maybe it works for your child, you can upgrade your subscription.

The company has given me 10 codes for 6 months free months!  Want one?  Email me at to request yours! I only have 10 so once they are gone, that’s it!

Adapting Puzzles for Speech Therapy

What does SLP doesn’t love using puzzles during speech therapy? Puzzles are great language enrichment tools, easily used in sensory bins and awesome hide and seek reinforcers! I love to use the chunky wooden puzzles in therapy. But then I ran across this cute little 24 piece puzzle for just $1. What would I do with it?

Adapting Puzzles for Speech Therapy

Prep the Puzzle for Speech Therapy

Here’s what I did!!  I took each piece and wrote a number 1-5 on the back.  Most of my artic activities are open-ended so that is why I use numbers instead of target words.  Then I can use this activity several times through the day targeting different artic goals.

Using Puzzles in Speech Therapy

Using the Puzzle in Therapy

It’s just as easy to use this puzzle as it was to prep it!  Have the student pull a piece of the puzzle from the bag.  The student says a target the number of times written on the puzzle piece.  So if Susie pulls a puzzle piece with a “3” on it, she says her target word 3x correctly.  You can have the child choose freely from the bag or select one for them.  One of my younger clients I choose the outside/border pieces of the puzzle for her to pick from first.  That way we could do the outline of the puzzle and fill in from there.

The beauty part of this activity is parents can easily take this idea for home practice!!  This would be a fun summer take home activity.  A cheap puzzle with directions on how to use it during the summer!  Mmmmm…I feel a handout being added to my “to do” list!!

Here’s a previous post I wrote about using puzzles!

Fluttering Through Speech Therapy

This week is speech therapy, we are talking about butterflies!  This theme is great to stretch from your little ones to school age kids.  It’s the last theme in our bug unit so I try to save the best stuff for last!

Articulation Craft for The Very Hungry Caterpillar

How does one do a butterfly theme and not use “The Very Hungry Caterpillar?”  I mean, seriously, it should be a crime!  I love this book!  You can use it for vocabulary, sequencing, irregular past tense verbs (ate), as well as the butterfly life cycle.  It’s just a great book!

Caterpillar Craft for Articulation

I came up with a new craft this week that goes perfectly with this book.  (Yes, I made be a little proud of myself!)  You need very minimal supplies…single hole puncher, glue, scissors,red, green, purple and yellow construction paper and a copy of the food strip.

How to Make it:

Cut out 2 green circles and 1 red circle.  I cut out yellow ovals for eyes and purple antennas.  A green marker was used to draw smaller ovals in the yellow ovals and a brown crayon was used for the mouth. (You could do it all from paper.)  The child can color the food on the strip.  Once all the foods are colored, have the child produce a target word correctly 5x.  He can then, punch a hole in one of the foods.  Repeat until all 10 foods have a hole punched in them.  They should look like the foods in the book!  Now assemble the caterpillar!  Glue the red and green together (overlapping slightly).  Glue the leaf end of the food strip on the green circle.  Then glue the other green circle to the end of the food strip.  Glue the facial features on the red circle and it’s done!  I wrote the target words on the last green circle.  You can grab the food strip here!

Speech Therapy Craft for The Very Hungry Caterpillar

We have other activities this week that are butterfly related.  But this one was my favorite!  You could even use this craft for vocabulary or other language goals.  (Mmmmm, maybe I just came up with my first Facebook Live idea?!)

Make sure you are following me on Instagram because I LOVE to post my therapy stuff on there!!

Check out my other bug related posts!

Speech Therapy Theme Review: Bugs Part 1

Ladybug Fun in Speech Therapy

And this cute butterfly product from my TPT store!