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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 mostly 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. There are also a couple of articulation activities on the list!   This post contains affiliate links, which means we could receive a commission if you click a link and purchase something that we have…

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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!?!) However, 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: To get your mind thinking about different possibilities this season, here are some theme ideas! 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…

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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 – Plus a Free Download

    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 Activities Ideas:   Pumpkin Speech Therapy Craft – 3D Pumpkin This adorable 3D pumpkin craft reminds me of the mini-pumpkins from Trader Joe’s: win-win! Plus students will love to take home the little pumpkin for carry-over! It includes articulation targets and language targets (like categories, synonyms, irregular plurals, and more) on the sides of the pumpkins that you can work on as students color, cut, assemble and glue…

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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…

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    Fall Speech Therapy Activities – Plus a Free Download

    Ahh, fall . . . sweater weather, warm drinks, and pumpkin everything. I love fall – and fall speech therapy activities are no exception! These ideas include lots of ideas 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. There are also a couple of articulation activities in the list! This post contains affiliate links, which means we could receive a commission if you click a link and purchase something that we have recommended. Fall Speech Therapy Activities: Fall Crafts for Speech Therapy I…

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    Best YouTube Videos for Speech Therapy

    Using YouTube videos for speech therapy can be a great way to grab students’ attention and to target so many language skills. The following YouTube videos are ones that I used when working with preschool and elementary-aged students on the autism spectrum, many of whom were minimally verbal and used AAC. Best YouTube Videos for Speech Therapy: Target: “Quiet Hands”/Impulse Control I loved to use this catchy music video with cookie monster to start off my small groups in the preschool classroom. I had visual icons of “quiet hands” and of “play” ready to go. Then I would set a moderately desirable toy set in the center of the table.…

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    Back to School Speech Therapy Activities – Plus a Free Activity

    Are you starting to think about Back-to-School speech therapy activities for your students? The activities I’m going to talk about include lots of visuals, so they are particularly good for preschoolers, students on the autism spectrum, and non-verbal/minimally verbal students who use AAC! You could use some of these activities as First Day of speech therapy activities and use the rest throughout the first month of school. RELATED READ: Back-to-School Speech-Language Activities for Elementary Students This post contains affiliate links, which means we could receive a commission if you click a link and purchase something that we have recommended. Back-to-School Speech Therapy Activities: School-Themed Interactive Books I like interactive books…

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    Free Wh Question Cards – Printable or BOOM Cards Versions

    I made this set of Wh Question cards with a functional, grocery-store theme that I’m giving away right here on SpeakPlayLove.com! The free wh question cards are large and include visuals, making them perfect for both verbal and non-verbal students. The visuals and low-distraction backgrounds are ideal for students on the autism spectrum or any young learner.   Each Free WH- Question Card includes: A written WH question A large picture related to the question to increase comprehension Three visual answer choices paired with written words These cards utilize Picture Communication Symbols® (PCS/Boardmaker symbols – used with permission), which are familiar to many special education students, including students on the…

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    Summer Speech Therapy Activities – Plus a Free Download

    Whether you are looking for some end-of-the-school-year activities or you are teaching summer school/ESY (extended school year), here are some summer speech therapy activities to get you started. These summer speech therapy 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. RELATED READ: Summer Speech-Language Activities for Elementary Students 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”…