Category: Articulation Tips

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?!)

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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!

Using “Flipagram” for Articulation

 I use apps for articulation therapy everyday.  “Little Bee’s Articulation Station” is my favorite!  However, sometimes I get tired of using the same pictures and words over and over.  I like to spice it up a little.  Keep the kids interested.  I had used an app called “Flipagram” before to make little videos of my kids.  Then it hit me!  This would be  great tool to use in therapy.  It would also be great for parents to use!!  Kids would be much more likely to practice words at home if it involved technology!  Parents can create custom videos for their child that is currently receiving speech therapy instead of downloading a costly app.


Set Up

To get started go to your app store and download “Flipagram.”

Articulation Therapy

There is some legwork behind this project but if you get the kids involved, it will benefit them even more!  You will need to take pictures of the objects to use in the video.  For instance, my video has /r/ words in various positions.  So I took pictures of different things around my house that had an /r/ sound anywhere in the word.  Involving the child in this process works on bringing an awareness that their target sound appears in their environment every day!  So many kiddos don’t think about it.  Have the child take the pictures!  This will also help the child connect the target sound from the therapy room to his environment (GENERALIZATION is an important part of therapy!)  After you finish taking pictures, you can add the target word to them like I did.  I even made a cover photo for my slide show!


Now here comes the fun part!  Open “Flipagram” and add your pictures.  It gives you the option to put them in a particular order.  Mine are not in any particular order.  Once your pictures are in, set your speed.  I put mine on the slowest so the child has time to practice the word.  “Flipagram” gives the option to add music.  I chose not to add the music because of possible distractions.  Be sure when you are finished to save it to your device!

Have fun with this project!  As you can see from my slides, I added a picture of my son “relaxing.”  (He was just so excited for Mom to take his picture.  Yes, that was sarcasm.)  Selfies are totally ok as long as you can still see the object!

Need more ideas for articulation?  Check out Flashlights and Articulation or Shaving Cream Articulation!

Shaving Cream Articulation

Needing a fun idea to work on articulation in your speech room?  Or are you a parent and your child just will not work on his articulation words on at home?  Well then today is your lucky day…or at least I hope it is!  I think I may have an idea for you.  Most kids love to get messy so why not use shaving cream?!  Plus if you live in the south, this is about as close to snow as we may get this winter!

Shaving Cream Articulation

So here’s what you do.  Go to your regular grocery store and buy shaving cream.  It doesn’t have to be expensive.  I bought the cheapest kind they had.  The only requirement is to make sure it is white and foamy!  Remember you are NOT shaving with this stuff so don’t get the ones with the bells and whistles!

Now that you have your shaving cream, you have two options:  messy and not as messy.

For the first option, just spray some shaving cream (a few dollops if you will) on the table.  Your child can use both hands to smooth it and spread it.  Why both hands?  To subconsciously make your child cross midline (when the left hand crosses over the imaginary line that splits the body in half and vice versa).  Now that they have spread out the shaving cream, give your child a word that has their sound.  Have them spell it as they say it correctly aloud.  Easiest speech practice ever!  If your child is not  a speller (or not a good one), write the words on notecards.  Then your child can copy them as they say the words.  If your child is really young (preschool age), you get in on the fun!  You write the word in the shaving cream for them as they mix shaving cream next to you.  After you have written, have your child practice the word.

For a SLIGHTLY less messy option, use a cookie sheet!  When you are finished, put in the dishwasher!

Have fun!


PS…Need another fun artic idea?  How about flashlights?!

Speech Therapy Tip: Flashlights and Articulation

What is about flashlights that makes kids go crazy to play with them? When I did speech therapy in the schools several years ago, we had “Flashlight Fridays.” My schedule was set up so that my artic kids came 15 minutes for 4 times a week individually (or in groups of 2). They looked forward to Fridays! We turned out the lights in my therapy room (I still had a HUGE window) and each child got a turn at shining the flashlight on a word to practice. Sometimes the words were taped around the room. Other times, they were index cards stuck in my pocket chart. Either way they loved it!!

So it got me thinking…this would be a super fun thing for kids to try at home!!!! We all have flashlights at home. Notecards are crazy super cheap! BOOM…instant home activity!

So here’s what you do:

  1.  Write the child’s target words on notecards.  I like to underline the sound in the word or write it in a different color marker than the rest of the word.
  2. Place notecards on the floor.  You can place them around the room for added fun!  Plus it gets them moving!!
  3. Turn the lights off.  If need a little light, turn on a small lamp or open the blinds.
  4. Instruct the child that he is going to use the flashlight to find his words.  When he finds, he has to practice it 5x correctly.
  5. Find the words!!!

It’s that simple!  If you are a parent, this is a perfect rainy day activity.  It gets the kiddos moving around while still working on their skills.  Kids are much more likely to practice at home with ideas like this one!

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Stay tuned for ways to adapt it to language skills!

What ways would you use a flashlight in speech?