Each week with some of my younger clients we have a word wall. This is appropriate for younger and older clients, the vocabulary would change accordingly. The children pick the letters that they would like for their word wall. I have lots of vinyl lettering that I purchased from the Dollar Tree for scrap booking. After they pick a letter I draw the picture and we fill in the missing letters for the corresponding word. It is so much fun, my drawings are not the best, but we incorporate some good vocabulary. They can draw illustrations as well if they are older. The words are kept in each child's folder and we target vocabulary from previous weeks and add more. This is a great activity to recommend to parents and/or caregivers to increase carryover of vocabulary.
Kristin Cummings, M.S., CCC-SLP is the founder of the blog Simply Speech (http://kcummingsslp.blogspot.com). Her blog has a lot of creative speech therapy resources and ideas. Below is a list of some of the posts from Kristin's blog.
Decorating your Speech Room:Provides pictures of how she decorated and organized her speech room.
FREEBIES: Fun Therapy Games and Printables
Speech-A-Gories: Activities for students to practice speech sounds.
I Have Who Has : A game to allow students to learn the names of school supplies.
Lemonade, Anyone: Targeting Present vs. Past Tense
Quick and Easy Therapy Games
How Do you Keep Student Data?: A great post about keeping data and visuals of how Kristin keeps data.
Classroom Management: I enjoyed reading this post regarding managing behaviors in the classroom. Kristin provides some great strategies and visuals to implement into therapy sessions.
One of my favorite posts is related to The Story Grammar Marker, which is entitled Here's The Story, of a Man Named Braidy"
Be sure to check out Kristin's blog for other creative therapy activities and ideas. Follow her on Pinterest and like Simply Speech on Facebook.
Lisa M. Geary is a Speech Language Pathologist and the founder of LiveSpeakLove.com and she has a wonderful Speech Language blog that is connected to her website. We also want to take the time to congratulate Lisa on her new position as the Clinical Assistant Professor at Towson University in their department of Audiology, Speech Language Pathology and Deaf Studies.
Some of my favorite posts from the LiveSpeakLove blog are:
Top Five Ways to Encourage Spontaneous Language
Summer Speech Language Activities
Top 10 Must Dos for SLPs
Visual Supports for Behavior
Making the Most of Summer Fun Language Based Activities for Children and Their Families
All of the handouts below are concise and provide valuable information.
Click here for some of the handouts that Lisa created for Better Hearing and Speech Month are as follows:
The LiveSpeakLove Speech-Language Blog offers a wealth of resources, so be sure to stop by and visit!
In Therapy we did a planting activity, all of my clients really enjoyed this activity. Some of the skills that were targeted during this activity included the following:
I like to incorporate various themes when planning activities for my sessions. We discussed the plant cycle, the parts of a plant, the tools that are needed to plant, vocabulary words that were related to planting, and a lot of other skills were targeted. This activity can be modified for different age groups, it was functional and fun!
Below are some websites that had some activities to go with the planting theme:
Pot, A Plastic Container to Pour Potting Soil Into, Plastic Trowel
Planting in Speech was so much Fun!
Quote of the Week:
“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, or worn. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace & gratitude.”