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Speech Therapy Theme Review: Presidents and Money

During Presidents week, I modify my speech therapy lessons so that I can use {ALMOST} the same theme all week long.  I connect presidents to money for my younger clients.  For my older clients, we talk about presidents and money.  The little ones don’t quite understand elections, voting and Presidents.  But they know what money is!  So using money makes it a little easier to talk about presidents.  The older clients that are in school talk about all the election and voting stuff…which saves me from explaining it during my speech therapy sessions.


“Duck for President” by Doreen Cornin is definitely a favorite!  The kids recognize Duck from the other story I read during my farm theme (“Click Clack Moo: Cows that Type”). This is the story of Duck climbing his way to the top of the leadership ladder. But as President, Duck realizes life was easier on the farm.

The other picture book I like to use is “A Picture Book of Abraham Lincoln.” This book is better for elementary kiddos who have at least heard of Abraham Lincoln and know a little about him. It is a simplified story of his life.

Now, since I work with a lot of preschool clients, neither of these books are appropriate for them. So, I made an interactive book about money that is simple. I like to use it for matching and answering simple “what” questions. The book comes with a sorting activity (quarters and pennies) and a spatial concept booklet for the kids to make. You can also find another simple book in my TpT store as a freebie. “Copper Penny, Copper Penny” is a simple text booklet that follows the rhythm of “Brown Bear.” It also can be used to introduce coin amounts in the simplest form.

Activities for Speech Therapy

Most of the activities used this week will be with the money theme. The kids can sort the plastic coins I have. The set of fake money I have is from Melissa and Doug. Besides the interactive book set, I have a set of vocabulary mats and an articulation packet of activities in my TpT store.

Piggy Bank Vocabulary Mats for Speech Therapy

Presidents and Money Articulation Packet

I have a toy similar to this one below. The kids love it! We can work on the concepts “in” and “out,” requesting “more” and “open,” colors, animals and following direction…just to name a few targets.

The last activity I am sharing with you today is the cherry tree craft. All you need is a brown lunch sack, green construction paper and this freebie of cherries! Print the cherries on red paper or have the students color them red…totally up to you! Write target words on the cherries. As the student says a word correctly 5x, he can place (NOT GLUE) the cherry on the tree. After all the words have been said, take the cherries off and place them inside the bag. Instant homework!!

What other activities do you like to celebrate President’s Day?

Speech Therapy Theme Review: Valentine’s Day

This week, we are all about hearts, pink, red and love in speech therapy! I have a few different books that I use in speech therapy during this week. There are so many great ones out there so it’s hard to pick just one! I can’t pick just one activity to use either. I have several that I enjoy using in therapy. If you follow me on Instagram, you saw the idea I posted a few days ago about using the adorable felt envelopes from our favorite dollar bin too. Keep reading to see more ideas!

Valentine Books for Speech Therapy

Years ago, I worked with a diagnostician that was once a kindergarten teacher.  Even though she had been out of the classroom for many years, she kept all of her books and activities.  That’s where my favorite Valentine book came from!  She brought this adorable little book for me to use in speech therapy sessions at the kinder/Pre-K level.  I instantly fell in love with it!

The copy I have is called “Four Valentines in a Rainstorm.” Now it is called “The Day It Rained Hearts.” This is such a cute little book about a girl who catches some hearts in the rain. She uses the hearts to make Valentines for her friends. Each one is specifically designed just them.

Here are the craft activities I used for this book.  One is for articulation while the other was using for kiddos working on verbs.

Of course, another favorite is “The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose.” You cannot forget about the old lady who swallows all things Valentine!

Another cute Valentine book is “Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse!” The mouse is almost as popular as the old lady in my speech therapy sessions! I like this one for my young preschool clients.

Happy Valentine's Day, Mouse! (If You Give...)

 A new addition to my Valentine theme is “The Berenstain Bears Valentine Party”. This book is cute because it is a” lift the flap” book!

The Berenstain Bears' Valentine Party

Speech Therapy Activities

There are TONS of fun activities on TpT!!! SLP Tree has an adorable activity for grammar! “Bad Grammar Valentines” works on discovering the grammar mistakes in Valentines and correcting them. I have been using this game for a couple of years. The kids enjoy it and forget they are working!!! Small Talk SLP has another great activity that I use with my older elementary clients. It is a critical thinking activity that gives a profile of an imaginary character. The student must use the clues to choose the right valentine for the character.

My store has two sets to help plan your Valentine therapy. There is a quick print articulation packet that includes open ended activities and a craftivity! The other set is good for your preschool clients. It includes an interactive book, make & take spatial concept book (good for elementary!!) and a sorting activity (works on big and little).

Valentine Quick Print Articulation Activities

Interactive Heart Activity Set for Speech Therapy

What activities do you use for Valentine’s Day?

Using Mailboxes in Speech Therapy

We’ve all seen those cute little mailboxes in the Target Dollar Spot or our favorite dollar store. I know I walked by them a couple of years ago, not sure what I could do with it. Don’t worry…before I checked out, I walked back to pick up 3 (or maybe 5!) These little mailboxes are FANTABULOUS (yes, you read that right!) for speech therapy. Like so great that they can be used year-round!!! So why don’t you have one in your therapy stash? Here’s some ideas to use them in your awesome speech therapy sessions.

Ways to Use the Mailbox in Speech Therapy

  1. Basic Requesting/Simple Vocabulary: Place some plastic animals in your mailbox and close it.  Make sure to do this before your session so the child does not see the animals.  It adds an element of surprise!  During your session, shake the mailbox so the child hears that something is in there.  Prompt the child to say “open” if they do not spontaneously produce it.  Pull an animal and work on naming the animal with the child.  Keep repeating the process until all the animals are out!  As you are taking them out and putting them in, you can also work on these concepts with your special SLP magic!
  2. Articulation: This idea is super easy!  Just put your artic cards in the mailbox.  Have the child pull a card and practice the word.  If you are working with a group of students working on a mix of sounds, you may need more than 1 mailbox.  Be sure to label them with a post-it so kids know which mailbox to pull from.
  3. Basic Concepts: This is another crazy easy idea.  Using just your mailbox and LITERALLY any object to work on basic spatial concepts.  Give directions like “Put the cat UNDER the mailbox” or “Take the dog OUT of the box.”
  4. Grammar Sort- Write past and present tense verbs on notecards.  Specify one mailbox for past tense and one for present tense.  Have the child sort them accordingly.  You can also do this with singular and plural nouns.

In addition to these fun ideas, I am sharing a couple of fellow SLPs “kick butt” products that are great for these little mailboxes!!

Ms. Gardenia’s Speech Room has a great little newsletter freebie (if you are signed up this month-February 2018) that will get kids talking! I plan on using it next week to get my older clients talking as well start the session…kind of like a warm-up! Cut the question cards up and place them in your mailbox. Have a child draw a card out and either (1) answer it or (2) present it to the group for discussion.

Ashley over at Sweet Southern Speech has an adorable category game that is made for these mailboxes! You need more than one box (but not as many as 5!!!!!) as you will have the kiddos sorting. Super cute and easy to do.

Don’t forget that you can also use these adorable mailboxes for a community helper unit (Think MAIL CARRIER!!!).

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?!