Halloween’s Over! Now What Do I Do in Speech Therapy?!

Halloween fell on a Tuesday this year.  It kind of messed up my week.  My themes are each set for a whole week.  I don’t know about you, but I feel weird doing Halloween activities on November 1st in speech therapy.  Thus, making my week very “unsymmetrical.” (Did I seriously just use the word “thus”?!)  It’s too early for Thanksgiving so what’s an SLP to do?  I got you covered!

Fall Speech Therapy Activities

Fall Themes for Speech Therapy

You can do just about any fall theme during the week after Halloween!  I typically do several popular ones in September but you can easily fit them in after the spookiest day of the year.  So themes with leaves or scarecrows would be really fun…especially now that it is cold and the leaves are actually changing colors!  Pumpkins would be another great theme!

Football Theme

This is a theme that can stretch from September to February (Super Bowl Time!).  I don’t have a football theme on my calendar this year but I have done one in the past.  There are some really cute materials out there in TpT world too!  Speech Room Newsroom has a really cute describing activity that you will NEED!  I have her NBA packet and I love using it during my basketball theme.  Crazy Speech World has another packet great for language skills.  Ashley Rossi over at Sweet Southern Speech has an articulation packet  great for a football theme.  These are just a few resources to get you started with a football theme.(Need help getting your theme started? Look here for help!)

Food Theme

When is it a bad time to talk about food?!  Breakfast foods would be a really fun theme to do this time of year.  You could get your theme started with “If You Give a Moose a Muffin” or “If You Give a Pig a Pancake.”  That would give you a good excuse to buy “Pancake Pileup!”  (Let’s be honest, SLPs don’t need a reason to buy a new game!)  So pull out your plastic food and your favorite food books!

Forest Animals

This is my current theme to finish out the week.  We have a squirrel/acorn theme going on today and Thursday. (Blog post coming soon!)  You could also do an owl theme.  I have several owl products in my TpT store that could easily be used this week!  A cute raccoon theme would be another fun theme that would be appropriate for this time of year.  Have fun with it!

So now that you have some ideas and product suggestions, get busy planning!

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?!

 

Speech Therapy Theme Review: Bats

It’s been batty in speech therapy this week!  Literally!  I have several families who don’t celebrate Halloween so I try to find themes that still within the “feeling” of Halloween without actually mentioning Halloween.  Bats was a theme that met that requirement.  I found some cute books and went with it!

Bat Speech Therapy Activities

Bat Books for Speech Therapy

I have a few books I use for bat week in my sessions.  The first is the fabulous Old Lady!  “The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat” is just greatness.  The kids love the old lady.  I love the old lady.  Everyone wins!  I use this during bat week because sometimes this theme falls during Halloween week.

Bat Books for Speech Therapy

The next book I love to use with social skills clients!  “Bat’s Big Game” is perfect for teaching different social skills.  It’s the story of a bat who only wants to be on the winning side so he tries switching sides throughout the game.  He gets away with it until Bear catches him and calls him out!  Then he doesn’t get to be on either side.

Bat Books for Speech Therapy

Speech Therapy Activities

I added several new products to my bat theme this year.  My newest articulation product “Batty About Good Articulation” has 4 activities.  Three of the activities are no prep, open ended activities that can go with just about any bat book.  One of the activities is made to go with the Old Lady books.  The fourth activity in the packet is windsock craft!

Bat Craft for Articulation

 

For language, I have several clients working -ing verbs.  So I made an entire packet of activities for them.  It includes an interactive booklet, a make and take booklet and a BINGO game!

Bats and Verbs-A Packet of Present Progressive Verbs for Speech Therapy

Another goal I have addressed a lot is quantity concepts!  So I added two make and take booklets that come in a set.  One booklet addresses the concept of TWO while the other addresses the concept of “more.”

You can also find this freebie in another post that is great for spatial concepts and “where” questions.

Sensory Bin

This sensory bin was featured in my cheap activities post!  It just a bag of black beans and some plastic bats from Dollar General!  You can have your students sort them or write numbers on them to work on articulation.

You can also use cute apps for Halloween in your speech therapy sessions.  What else do you like to do during your bat theme?!

 

 

 

 

More Spider Fun in Speech Therapy!

In speech therapy this week, we had our annual spiders theme.  You can catch my theme review here.  I added some new fun to the weekly plan this year!  So let’s dive right in!

Spider Activities for Speech Therapy

Spider Book for Speech Therapy

I added a new book to the lesson plans and I LOVED this book!  “Aaaarrgghh! Spider!” will keep your kids engaged.  They can help yell “Aaaarrgghh Spider!” as you read the book.  Then I liked how the kids felt bad for the spider when she didn’t feel wanted.  So sweet!

TpT Activities

For articulation drill, I used a simple activity from Panda Speech.  It’s an open ended activity that you just need an ink pad for.  I used my dot paints instead and drew legs on the spiders.  You can grab it free in her TpT store!

I added 3 new spider themed products to my TpT store this week too!  One of my most popular products, vocabulary smash mats, was added with a spider twist!  I love to use interactive booklets in my therapy sessions.  They keep my little ones’ attention as well as help address goals.  You can find my newest one “Spiders on a Web” that addresses colors, the concept of “on” and increasing MLU in the TpT store.  My last new product are my make and take booklets.  This set of booklets addresses different quantity concepts such as the concept of 3 and “more.”

Spider Activities for Speech Therapy

Spider Crafts

I added a new craft and gave a new spin on an old craft.  The first was the web of sounds.  It was pretty simple.  I cut white strips of paper and wrote target words on four of them.  Those were glued in a “snowflake” pattern on the paper as the child said each word.  You could stop there and glue the spider on (black pompom, 2 wiggle eyes and some glitter glue for legs) or you can place smaller strips around the web to finish it off.  It’s up to you.  I did both variations but only took a picture of one!

Spider Speech Therapy Activities

I have several kids working on pronouns and present progressive verbs.  So I made “legs,” printed them on Astrobrights paper and we made spiders!  You can grab the spiders legs for free here!  We worked on requesting “more” or “I need more please” by covering the plate with pieces of black construction paper.

Spider Activites for Speech Therapy

Spider Sensory Bin

This sensory bin was super easy!  I made small traveling one.  I added rice, some black beans and plastic spiders.  The kids had to “catch” spiders with tongs and place them in their cages (ice cube tray).  It was great for fine motor skills, following directions and artic reinforcement.Spider Sensory BIn for Speech Therapy

Need another Halloween  theme?  How about pumpkins?  Do you use apps in your sessions?

I would love to hear your favorite spider activities!

 

Pizza Sensory Bin in Speech Therapy

I had previously written a post about our pizza theme for speech therapy.  There was a quick (code: terrible picture and description) of my sensory bin.  This year, I revamped it and made it better!  Since I improved it, I figured I would write a quick blog post about it with a freebie!

Pizza Sensory Bin for Speech Therapy

I started out with a simple plastic container.  Shredded brown paper served as the base material.  I call this our “crust.”  Then I added strips of yellow construction paper (cheese), pieces of green pipe cleaner (green peppers), small red and black checkers (pepperonis and olives).  For aroma, you could add a few sprinkles of oregano.  Make sure you don’t add too much!

Pizza Sensory Bin for Speech Therapy

I use my sensory bins a lot for my language clients.  So I made cards that could easily be switched out between clients. The ones pictured are for -ing verbs but you can grab the freebie here.  The freebie includes -ing verbs and object functions.  You could easily add articulation cards  from your favorite decks to address your needs.

This little sensory bin was quite the hit this week in speech therapy.  The kids loved being able to dig around in there even though there was no rice or beans like some of our other bins.  If you have plastic/wooden pizza kits, that would be a fun addition too!