Ahh, fall . . . sweater weather, warm drinks, and pumpkin everything. I love fall – and fall-themed speech therapy activities are no exception!
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.
Fall Speech Therapy Activities:
Fall Favorite Things Activity
Who doesn’t love talking about their favorite things? I like this fall-themed booklet because it is “errorless” and focuses on sharing opinions. (Just because there are no “right” answers, doesn’t mean there aren’t tons of opportunities to practice language skills – like social skills, fall vocabulary, turn taking, etc.)
This “Fall Favorite Things” booklet is a fun activity that encourages sharing opinions with peers for students who benefit from visual choices. (Plus, it can be differentiated, making it perfect for speech groups!)
In this fall speech and language activity, students fill in five pages about their favorite fall things (i.e. fall food, drink, activity, clothes, and treat) by gluing in a picture or by writing and drawing. Some students might be generating their own ideas while others are using visual choices. They can share their answers with the group or compare with a friend.
Fall Craft for Speech Therapy
I love a good craft! And I love a good game – wait a craft and game in one? Sign me up!
Roll-an-Apple is a roll and glue activity. Gluing is often easier for students with minor fine motor challenges than a roll and draw activity.
Whether you use this in a small group or an individual session, you can have students work on requesting a turn, passing the dice, stating the number and piece they rolled and requesting any materials they need!
Free Fall Speech Therapy Activity: Apple Show and Tell
When I was in the schools, I loved to use this describing apples topic board to do Apple Show-and-Tell in small speech groups.
I would pull an apple out of a bag and go over all the terms on the describing sheet like color, size, rough/smooth, and stem/no stem.
Then I would have each student pick an apple out of a bag and fill out their own sheet with prompting as needed.
Next, I would have each student come up to the front of the small group, to “show and tell” about the apple they picked. This could be done verbally, by pointing, or with AAC depending on the student’s abilities.
Fall Speech Therapy Books
Here are a few fall-themed books you might like:
- Leaf Man You can also do a fun craft activity by having students build their own leaf man after reading this book!
- We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt This book has actions as well as different colored leaves to go with each tree they find. You can extend the lesson by going on your own leaf hunt.
- The Apple Pie Tree This book talks about the apple life cycle in each season – could be great for a seasonal sequencing activity!
Fall-Themed Coloring Pages
Coloring is so motivating for some students. (And it can be a calming activity – bonus!) For early communicators, you can work on fall vocabulary, requesting colors, and expanding utterances.
For students who are working on auditory comprehension, you can use fall-themed coloring sheets paired with directions at their skill level. If you want a print-and-go version of coloring pages and directions, you can check this set out.
Personally, I think the toughest part of being an SLP is the paperwork. I recently heard about Double-Time Docs – it’s a way to cut down dramatically on your report-writing time while still generating detailed, high-quality evaluation reports. You can read more about it here.
Fall WH- Questions for Speech Therapy
Do you feel like you are always targeting Wh- Questions? You can shake things up by using some fall-themed WH questions with your students!
I like to use this FREE Wh- Types Chart to teach (and prompt) the different types of Wh- Questions.
RELATED: Using Visuals to Teach WH- Questions
Fall Language Bingo
This Bingo game can work for 1:1 sessions or small groups. You can choose whether you focus on fall vocab (kind of like playing Zingo with a fall theme), riddles/inferences, or WH- questions. The game uses the same WH- questions as the cards above, but makes it more challenging because the field of choices is larger.
There is even an option to print black and white boards that students can color in to mark their spaces. The “two-step directions” calling cards are made to go with these black and white boards. You can find Fall Bingo here.
Fall Interactive Books
I like interactive books because the moveable pieces keep little hands busy and attention on the book. They are also nice in that the student can see how many pages/questions are left since they move a piece from the side to the page until they are out of pieces.
These fall-themed interactive books focus on teaching basic facts about apples and pumpkins while working on WH- questions.
Fall Vocabulary + Object Function Questions
For students working on “what” questions, function of objects, and fall vocab, these Fall Object Function question cards are a simple, fun way to target those objectives. (There’s a BOOM Cards version here.)
I hope some of these activity ideas will work for your caseload too!
Looking for a bundle of some of these fall speech therapy activities at a discount?
Here’s one for language therapy:
Here’s a bundle for early communicators:
Or if you want a whole year of similar activities, I have a year-long language bundle here!