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!
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Fall Speech Therapy Activities:
Fall Crafts 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!
If you are looking for a craft to keep hands busy while working on articulation or language goals, you could try this cute apple pie craft! The apple slices have articulation or language targets on them. Students can practice each target while they color, cut, and then glue to get more trials in!
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 this craft.
Fall Speech Therapy Activities: 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 Short Stories with WH Questions
Looking for slightly more challenging WH- questions? These Fall short stories (about a paragraph long) are perfect for students working on differentiation between WH question types or for students working on auditory comprehension and memory recall.
This set includes three levels of support:
- Level 1: Includes multiple choices with pictures. Students can cut and paste the answers.
- Level 2: Includes written multiple choices. Students can cut and paste the answers.
- Level 3: Students write-in their answers to the WH questions.
Free Fall Speech Therapy Activity: Apple Show and Tell
When I was working 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 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 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 out this set.
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 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 Vocabulary + Object Function Questions
One way to work on fall vocabulary is to sort summer items by categories. You can have students use these sorting mats to work on fall-themed sorting and vocabulary!
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!
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Here’s a fall bundle for early communicators:
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