• Summer Speech therapy craft

    Summer Speech Therapy Activities

    Whether you are looking for some end-of-the-school-year activities or you are teaching summer school/ESY (extended school year), here’s some summer speech therapy activities to get you started. These activities include lots of visuals, so they are particularly good for students on the autism spectrum, non-readers, or non-verbal/minimally verbal students! I find that most of my students with these types of needs attend summer school to prevent regression of skills. Summer Speech Therapy Activities: Favorite Things about Summer Activity I love to start a season with a fun, getting-to-know you activity that is errorless. Just because there are no “right” answers, doesn’t mean there aren’t tons of opportunities to practice speech…

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    My Favorite Board Games for Speech Therapy

    I once heard that you are either a “book” speech therapist or a “game” speech therapist. While I love books. . . I am definitely a game therapist. So I wanted to share some of my favorite games for speech and language therapy with you! I actually kind of fought being a “game” therapist for a while. I LOVE books in real life. (And I do use them in therapy sometimes) But it turns out that I love using games in therapy even more. (This post contains affiliate links, which means we could receive a commission if you click a link and purchase something that we have recommended.) My Favorite…

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    Free Speech Therapy Ice Breaker Activity – AAC, Autism

    Looking for a speech therapy ice breaker activity that can be used with your students who need visual supports? This free “School Favorite Things” booklet is ideal to use in individual or group speech therapy sessions with students in special education classrooms. I’ll go over ideas for differentiation below, so you can also use this activity with verbal students alongside non-verbal students in a group! Grab this activity for FREE in my TpT store! This activity works on sharing opinions, error-less choice making, and early social skills! Set-up for Your Speech Therapy Ice Breaker Activity Print copies for each student Cut the five booklet pages and cover apart Staple on…

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    Interactive Songs for Speech Therapy + Free Printable

    Using interactive songs in speech therapy with little ones (early intervention/preschool age) is a fun way to work on language development. And trust me, the kids won’t care if you are a terrible singer (I know from experience – bad singing runs in my family). Plus, you don’t need any fancy equipment or bulky toys to enjoy all the benefits of using music in your speech therapy sessions! If you are working with pre-talkers or any client who would benefit from visuals, you can grab my free, printable 12 song choice cards here. Just print and laminate (or put in a mini photo book). Then, you can let your client…

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    Spring Speech Therapy Activities + Free Printable!

    Spring is in the air! If you are looking for some spring speech therapy activities, here are a few ideas to get you started. These activities include lots of visuals, so they are particularly good for students on the autism spectrum, non-readers, or non-verbal/minimally verbal students!   Spring Flower Describing Activities I have used this (FREE!) flower describing communication board in two ways: Show & Tell Activity: For a speech groups, gather a variety of flowers (I use fake flowers, but you can also use real ones) and preview the describing vocabulary before having each student select his/her own flower to tell the group about! Pretend Flower Shop Activity: You…

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    Using Visuals for WH Questions + Free WH Question Visual Chart!

    If you work with students on the autism spectrum, you probably hear over and over again that you need incorporate visuals to help your students increase comprehension. Visuals can be so helpful for students! So how can you incorporate visuals when working on WH questions? Here are some ideas! Offering WH Question Visual Choices This is where most people start – offering a field of 2-4 visual choices to answer a WH question. Using visual choices is a great strategy that I definitely use. Unfortunately, this is where most people stop incorporating visuals as well. Offering just visual answer choices helps students comprehend the choices, but not the question. .…

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    Bear Sees Colors for Speech Therapy

    Back when I lived in Boston, one of my favorite teachers that I worked with recommended that I buy any of the Bear books by Karma Wilson from the school’s book fair. I’m so glad she did because the book Bear Sees Colors has gotten A LOT of use over the past few years during therapy with students in early intervention, preschool, and even with early communicators in elementary school. This post contains affiliate links, which means we may receive a commission if you click a link and purchase something that we have recommended.   Literacy-based lessons are wonderful for so many reasons, but I love Bear Sees Colors by…

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    Apples Activities for Speech Therapy + Free Printable

    When I worked as a speech therapist with preschool and early elementary special education classrooms (my caseload primarily had students on the autism spectrum), a popular fall theme in the classrooms was APPLES! Often the kindergartners would join their inclusion classrooms to go on an apple picking field trip to end the unit. This post contains affiliate links, which means we could receive a commission if you click a link and purchase something that we have recommended.   Here’s some apple-themed activities for speech therapy:   Describing Apples Activities   I used this Apple Describing Communication Board in two ways: As a worksheet or communication board to teach the describing…

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    Flower Shop Dramatic Play for Speech Therapy (Free Printable!)

    One of my favorite speech therapy activities is the flower shop pretend play activity for preschoolers. It's perfect to play at home too! I like to use this activity to target both dramatic play as well as describing words. Keep scrolling for a free visual that kids can use as a as a “menu” to order flowers using describing words.

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    50+ Sensory Bin Fillers – Plus a Free, Printable List

    Every time I put together a new sensory bin for my daughter, she is so excited! (And so am I because sensory bins are perfect for both interactive play as well as independent play!) Here are a list of sensory bin fillers (for the “base” of your sensory bin) you can use for sensory play. Just add seasonal items or items that target learning goals and you are all set!