Tag: Private Practice SLP

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!

Speech Therapy Theme Review: Scarecrows

What is it about speech therapy and scarecrows?  I love this theme…yes I know, I say that about every one of my themes.  But this one really gets me ready for fall.  Maybe it’s the fact that we dipped into the cooler temps in my area.  Because in Texas, Fall is 83 degrees!

Speech Therapy Activities for Scarecrows


Scarecrow Books for Speech Therapy

Lots of people use this one in a leaves theme unit but I like for scarecrows!  Who doesn’t love the old lady? I like this one because kids do not know how to make scarecrows.  With less and less home gardens, there are less families making a scarecrow or two to keep the birds away from the veggies.  “There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves” lends itself to great sequencing and inferencing activities.  You can ask questions like “What does she a pole?” or “What will she do with a rope?”

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves! by [Lucille Colandro]

The Little Scarecrow Boy is a great little story for your older students.  I use it with my clients that are 3rd grade and up.  It’s a classic story of a little boy who just wants to be like his big scary scarecrow dad.  He learns all his dad’s tricks before he sneaks out one morning to scare crows.  It ends with him conquering his fears and goals to be the best scarecrow in all the world.

Speech Therapy Activities

This year I added a few new scarecrow themed activities.    The first one is a packet of activities that include both articulation and language activities that are low to no prep!

Scarecrow Packet for Speech Therapy

The next product is a set of two booklets that address quantities and plurals.

Scarecrow Concept Booklets for Speech Therapy

The very last product is a set of 3 booklets that address spatial concepts, “what” questions and “where” questions.

Scarecrow Spatial Concept Booklets for Speech Therapy

Sensory Bin

This bin is ADORABLE!  The base of everything is some glittery vase filler that I found at craft store.  You could also use unpopped corn kernels which would be totally cute!  Then I added a few mini straw hats, pieces of flannel, a couple of mini pumpkins and leaves, and a handful of plastic acorns.  A few of my little ones are working on -ing verbs, pronouns and sentence structure.  So these little crows I made were perfect!  You can get the freebie here!


Scarecrow Craft

Need an easy craft?  No problem!  All you need are brown paper bags and construction paper!  You could easily substitute the bag for a paper plate.  For my artic clients, I wrote their target words on the scarecrow’s hat.  Other than that, this craft was the same for everyone.

Our week with scarecrows was pretty successful.  What activities do you like to do in the fall?

Need more fun fall activities?  Check out last week’s fun with leaves!


Apple Tree Craft for Speech Therapy

This past week, we had an apple  theme for speech therapy.  We had a sweet smelling sensory bin and some other great activities and books!  But I did love this cute apple tree that I was able to make with most of my caseload.  It helped that it was super easy to prep!

Apple Tree Craft for Speech Therapy

Materials Needed:

1 brown paper sack for each child

1 sheet of green construction paper for each child

I have added the apples pictured below to my Apple Articulation Activities packet.  They address initial F,K,G,S,R,L,SH, CH,J and blends.  I am also attaching a freebie here that is final p,m,b!

Apple Craft Activity for Speech Therapy

Making the Craft in Speech Therapy

This might be one of the easiest crafts on my blog!  You can make this craft a couple of different ways.  Either way, start with a brown paper sack.  Cut a “cloud” shape out of green paper for the top of the tree.  Glue to the front top of the bag.  It is easier to copy these apples on red paper but if you prefer to have the students color them, then white copy paper will work.  Then cut them out.

Now, here’s where you have some choices.  Have the students practice their words.  They can either glue the apples on the tree OR just place them on the tree.  If you choose the second option, put the apples in the bag and send the activity home to practice as a game!  Otherwise, just send the activity home for extra practice.

You can use this activity with any apple themed book you may have on your bookshelf!

What is your favorite apple craft?

Speech Therapy Fun: Wheels on the Bus

Last week, I did a back to school theme even though many of my speech therapy clients do not attend school.  My older clients (that attend school) read “The Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books.”  But my littles (tots through early preschool) are just not appropriate for that book.  So we had a week with “Wheels on the Bus!”    Little ones love that song and most were VERY familiar with it!  Here’s what we did last week.

Speech Therapy Activities for Wheels on the Bus

Bus Books for Speech Therapy

Since our theme was “Wheels on the Bus,” I couldn’t just use any bus book.  Pete the Cat: Wheels on the Bus was a hit!  It’s the classic song with a Pete twist of course!  I have this one on my IPad, which is code for ” I bought it the night before I needed it!”  I think I might invest in a stuffed Pete the Cat to go with our wooden bus (from Melissa and Doug).

Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus by [Dean, James]

Speech Therapy Activities

I bought a great activity set from Speech Sprouts for my language activities!  Lots of my kiddos are working on answering simple “what” or “who” questions.  She has an awesome activity in there to address these targets.  The set also comes with a cute “NO PRINT” book which I did use with some of my caseload.  Interactive and VERY engaging!

For articulation drill work, I made an activity that you can grab for FREE here!  It’s open ended which means you can print out ONE PAGE for all your articulation needs!  Just write the target words for each on their page.  Easiest prep EVER!

Bus Craft for Speech Therapy

This craft from Glued to My Crafts is so easy and adaptable to many goals for speech therapy.  I used it to drill articulation targets… You know say this word 5x, get 3 pieces of yellow paper.  The same craft was used for my early language kiddos-sign/say “more” or “more yellow”  to request paper to cover the bus.  It was easily paired with action (verb) cards or app to work on -ing verbs and subjective pronouns as well as longer MLU.  You can address concepts like bottom, top, front, back, first, middle and last.  HAVE FUN!

Paper Plate School Bus - Kid Craft

Technology and Toys

You need this app:  The Wheels On The Bus – Sing Along Full Version by Kids Games Club by TabTale

It has a variety of games that I like to use for matching, maintaining attention (to finish a task), picture identification, or a  general reward for working hard in our session.  You can click the link below to take to ITunes.

Wheels on the Bus App for Speech Therapy

Wheels on the Bus Musical Learning App

Melissa and Doug has this cute wooden bus with people that is great for therapy!  I love to use it to address front, middle, back, in, out, stop, go, open and close.  My clients can’t wait to use it when I walk in the door with it!  Since it is wooden, it is super durable and easy to clean with a wipe.

Melissa & Doug School Bus Wooden Play Set With 7 Play Figures

Back to school time is perfect for a “Wheels on the Bus” theme!  I stretched it to cover toddlers through Kindergarten range.

What are some other back to school themes you use?

Usborne Books and Speech Therapy: Part Two

Sadly, almost a year ago, I wrote the part one of this post.  Yes, I know what the heck?!  Well, anyways, I am bringing some fantastic Usborne books to you for your speech therapy sessions.  I am glad I did not write this one soon after I wrote part 1 because I would not have done these books justice.  Not sure what awesome book I am referring to?

Usborne Books and Speech Therapy


These books are so much fun to bring into a speech therapy session!  I have several and really need to add to my collection  ASAP.

Usborne Books and Speech Therapy

Why Do I Love These Books in Speech Therapy?

Attention Getter!

First of all, anytime you can bring a flashlight into the activity, you have the client’s attention.  (Remember, I see individual kids so I refer to them as clients.)  As a kid I loved to make shadow puppets on the wall with the flashlight.  This is similar to that idea except the pictures are in the book, giving you the perfect shape each time!  Let the kids control the flashlight and watch their eyes light up each time turn a page!

Introduction of New Vocabulary

The vocabulary in the books is a good conversation starter.  I know in my Rainforest book, I had no idea a pink dolphin lived in the rainforest and neither did my little friends.  This topic opened up language between us to discuss and use language skills in a structured situation.  If you like Eric Carle books because they bring new animal vocabulary to your clients, you will  like the Shine A Light books for the same reason.


Another great reason to love these books is for inferencing.  Using the clues on the page, can you figure what animal/picture is hiding?  That’s what makes this series great for school age kids!  Take a guess on what is hiding with the kids.  If you are wrong, so what?  Once we discover that our guess was wrong, I go back with the kids and discuss. Did your answer meet the clues?  Maybe it’s an animal we’ve never hear of…like the pink dolphin!

Fits Perfectly Within Your Themes

These books fit great within your themes.  I have several than I use within my thematic therapy sessions.  You can easily take a simple theme, like ocean animals, and take it up a notch with “Secrets of the Seashore.” Sometimes, I have themes are geared to my young clients such as trains.  But when I add “On the Train” to the week for the older kids, I am able to stretch the theme to those kiddos and adequately address their goals!

So What Are Some Of My Favorites?

Besides the “Secrets of the Sea,” these are a couple of my favorites!  I plan  to add the apple tree and the Wonders of the USA soon!

Picture of Shine-A-Light: Secrets of the Rain Forest


Picture of Shine-A-Light: Secrets of Winter

Did you miss part one?  You can check it out here!