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    Summer Speech Therapy Books

    If you are looking for summer books to use in your speech therapy sessions, I’ve rounded up a list of books by summer themes. Some themes I like to use for summer include the beach, ocean animals, camping, pirates, and 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. Summer Speech Therapy Books: Ocean-Themed Books: The Deep Blue Sea by Audrey Woods The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark by RELATED: Summer Speech-Language Activities for Elementary Students Beach-Themed Books: How…

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    Summer Speech Language Activities for Elementary Students

    It’s almost the end of the school year- whoo hoo! But it can be a VERY busy time of the year with extra IEP meetings and reports to write. I’ve got some summer Speech-Language activities for you . . . and most are no-prep or low-prep! (If you looking for summer speech-language activities geared more toward early language skills for students who need lots of visuals, check out this article.) This post contains affiliate links, which means we could receive a commission if you click a link and purchase something that we have recommended. Summer Speech-Language Activities: Summer Coloring Activities Coloring is a preferred activity for a lot of students…

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    Boost Your SLP Teletherapy Sessions With These 4 Apps

    This article was written by guest blogger Candace Denver for speakplaylove.com. More than one million children in the US receive school-based speech and language services. It was necessary then, for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) to maintain clinical speech-language services via teletherapy during the COVID-19 pandemic closures. Studies indicate that over 60% of responding SLPs provided teletherapy to all or some students on their caseloads through Zoom and Google Hangouts. Despite 25% receiving no support or training from their district to maintain service provision, many SLPs were largely successful in their efforts.   Even as things go back to normal, the delivery of some SLP services will likely continue this way. There are plenty…

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    Spring Speech Therapy Themes

    I wanted to do a bit of a “brain dump” of all the spring speech therapy themes I could think of. My hope is that reading through these theme ideas will get your creative juices flowing when it comes to planning your speech therapy sessions this spring! Spring Speech Therapy Themes: Baby Animals: matching baby animals to parents (animal vocabulary) Learn about baby animals (answer Wh- questions) bunnies/carrots chicks (make a chick craft) Flowers/Gardening: flower shop pretend play (free flower describing board to use for “ordering” flowers) plant life cycle (sequencing) learn about flowers (flower vocabulary, Wh- questions) parts of a flower (flower vocabulary) plant a seed  (following directions, sequencing)…

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    Children’s Books about Speech Disorders

    Books are a wonderful way to teach children about people who communicate in a way that is unfamiliar. They can also help children with a speech disorder feel less alone, knowing that others have gone through the same struggles.  Below is a list of children’s books about speech disorders. (If you have more suggestions to add, please leave a comment below!) This post contains affiliate links, which means we could receive a commission if you click a link and purchase something that we have recommended. Children’s Books about Speech Disorders: Stuttering I Talk Like a River This award-winning book describes a “bad speech day” for the narrator. His father picks…

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    Winter Speech Therapy Activities and Ideas

    As a speech and language pathologist, there are a lot of fun themes to work on in the winter! Below I will share winter speech therapy activities, theme ideas, winter speech therapy books, and craft ideas. These ideas are all for students who are working on language goals – from emergent communication (think pre-k or minimally verbal students) as well as students working on language therapy skills such as following directions, inferences, and WH- questions.   This post contains affiliate links, which means we could receive a commission if you click a link and purchase something that we have recommended. Winter Speech Therapy Themes There are a lot of winter-related…

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    Christmas Speech Therapy Activities

    Those 2-3 weeks in December before school gets out can feel like an eternity (when is break starting!?!), but it can also be a time to add some fun, Christmas speech therapy activities into your sessions!   This post contains affiliate links, which means we could receive a commission if you click a link and purchase something that we have recommended. Christmas Speech Therapy Themes: Cookies/Baking Gingerbread (houses or cookies) gifts – receiving and giving (see social skills idea below) Reindeer Mail (Letters to Santa or Holiday Cards) Stockings Christmas trees/pine trees Decorating Hot Cocoa Christmas Speech Therapy Activities: Whether you are looking to add a Christmasy-twist to some old…

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    Following Directions Speech Therapy Activities – Plus a Free Download

    I know that a lot of my students have found coloring to be an engaging and calming activity. I also know that in one of my school-based positions, I had  A LOT of students working on auditory comprehension goals – so I was always on the lookout for following directions speech therapy activities to use! Following Directions Speech Therapy Activities and Worksheets So now I just create my own Following Directions Coloring Activities! I wanted something that included a range of directions including simple one-step directions, directions with 1-2 modifiers, 2-step directions, and temporal directions (e.g. first/then, before you X, color Y). The first one I created was this “Around…

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    Pumpkin Speech Therapy Activities

    Do you love buying those mini-pumpkins as much as I do? When I went to Trader Joe’s this year, they had tons of adorable mini-gourds too! It got me thinking about pumpkin speech therapy activities. Here are some ideas: Pumpkin Speech Therapy Activity Ideas: Pumpkin and Gourd “Show and Tell” + Free Topic Board First, load up on pumpkins and gourds at Trader Joe’s – ha! (Is this activity really just an excuse to buy mini-pumpkins??) In a speech group, go over some ways that the pumpkins and gourds are different (color, size, stem, texture, etc.) Then have students select the pumpkin or gourd they want to show to the…

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    10 Wordless Picture Books for Speech Therapy

    Do you use wordless picture books for speech therapy? They are great for getting language samples! Just open the book and have the student tell you what they think is happening. But wordless picture books can also be used to target skills such as making inferences, creating a narrative, and answering questions. This post contains affiliate links, which means we could receive a commission if you click a link and purchase something that we have recommended. Wordless Picture Books for Speech Therapy: Good Night, Gorilla: This silly book is great for younger children. As the zoo keeper says goodnight to all the animals, the gorilla secretly lets them all out…