• Speech Therapy Activities and Resources

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    We know that your child's therapies at school are a very important part of their educational program.  Below are some important resources (i.e. websites, apps, youtube videos, etc.) for you to participate in with your child during their time away from school.  These links are provided to help facilitate continued skills related to each child's needs in speech and language therapy. These resources and activities help to promote expressive and receptive language skills in elementary aged children. Please feel free to email me at mgrogan@henry.k12.va.us with any questions/comments related to this site or your child's specific speech and language needs.  I look forward to communicating with you and helping in any way that I can. 

    In addition, nothing can substitute playing with siblings and parents!  Please take this as an opportunity to play board games, create obstacle courses, do a craft, etc. Moreover, general time together preparing meals, baking goodies, sorting laundry, and helping with household chores provides a functional fun, basis for learning and bonding.  Thank you for all that you do to help your child be successful. 

      

    Activities and Tips 

    • Read! Reading is a great way to increase your child's vocabulary and build receptive language skills through comprehension
      • Point and label the pictures in the story
      • Have your child turn the pages
      • Ask questions throughout
      • Have your child retell the story to you
    • Play! Get down to the basics and play with your child. Play is one of the most important ways that children learn about the world. When children play with adults and other children, they learn many foundational skills such as turn taking, problem solving, and how to communicate and use language effectively.
    • Modeling speech and language skills. One of the most important things you can do for your child (regardless of their communication struggles) is to be a good model. As your child is building their language skills or working on speech sounds, modeling will help facilitate their development and progress.
    • Sign Language. If your child is not yet verbal or communicates primarily with signs, check out these videos!
    • Puzzles. Puzzle are a fun and often motivating way to work on many language skills without your child even realizing! With the use of inset puzzles, you can work on matching picture to picture, requesting using words or signs, building on vocabulary by labeling and describing, and identifying items by name, feature, and/or function. I have found that most of my students very much enjoy using puzzles during activities. 

    Educational Websites 

    Listed are some fun and educational websites that will help develop your child's speech and language skills as well as targeting classroom goals and objectives!

    iPad Apps

    All iPad apps listed are free, but may have limited use. 

     

     

    Websites

    • FunwithSpot.com is a cute website for preschoolers and young children. Children familiar with the Spot book series will love the fun language-based games. There are also parent and teacher resources.
    • Articulation Games (by Tracy Gefroh Boyd) is a great site where children plan a variety of games to practice r’s, s’s, l’s, sh’s and ch’s.
    • Literacy Shed is a website full of visual literacy. This website includes many films and animation to enhance reading and writing skills. Videos come with handy teaching ideas for parents and comprehension questions to address reading and language skills.

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    Activities

    • Homemade Play-Doh 
      • This is a fun activity that you can do with your children of any age. It is a safe, non-toxic recipe that I have actually tried with my own daughter, who is 15 months old. We used Kool-Aid packets in place of the food coloring for a fruity smelling play-doh. This activity targets following multistep directions, describing items by their feature (color, texture, shape), and promotes creativity by molding different shapes, animals, etc. It is also a great sensory tool and works on finger strengthening.
      • Recipe found at https://www.iheartnaptime.net/play-dough-recipe/
    • Board Games
      • Since everyone is staying at home, this is a great time to break out board games. I utilize board games quite frequently in speech therapy. For every turn that your child takes, have them say 5 words for the sounds they have difficult with or answer 5 wh- questions. You can implement many different skills throughout the game. Incorporating work tasks into fun games helps encourage participation and makes speech tasks fun!
      • Online Snakes & Ladders - https://www.crazygames.com/game/snakes-and-ladders
    • Stoplight Speech Therapy
      • If you find yourself in the car with your child, anytime you come upon a stoplight, see how many words they can say or questions they can answer before the light turns green. This is a simple and quick way to get additional practice in with your child.
    • Book List By Sound for Articulation 
      • Books by Sounds - This document includes a variety of books based on specific speech sounds.
    • Following Directions
    • Building Receptive and Expressive Language
      • 180 Questions and Prompts - These questions and prompts help to practice answering questions, categorizing, naming items, and building receptive language skills. 

     

     

     Websites

    • Scholastic.comScholastic.com’s Family Playground is a great website for preschool and school-age children and their parents. This website includes a variety of games and activities for children related to popular characters and children’s books such as Clifford, Magic School Bus, Walter Wick, and I Spy.
    • Handy Handouts: free, online educational handouts on a variety of special needs and educational topics 
    • The Tongue Twister Database A fun collection of tongue twisters to practice speech sounds and giggle at the same time!

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    Tips and Activities for Social Distancing with Children

    Article from Adrienne DeWitt, M.A., CCC-SLP (http://www.handyhandouts.com/viewHandout.aspx?hh_number=615&nfp_title=Social+Distancing+with+Children%3A+Tips+and+Activities)

    Social distancing is an effort to keep people away from each other to prevent the spread of disease. With local governments, school districts, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommending social distancing in the interest of public safety, many families are brought together in ways they did not expect or plan for. The CDC has made recommendations on its website about how to support your children throughout the COVID-19 outbreak. Here are some additional thoughts and activities:

    • Keeping a regular schedule is key. Meal times and bedtime should remain the same. The amount of screen time per day should also not change. In lieu of school and other structured activities, schedule time for learning as part of your routine. Need some free learning materials? Go to the Super Duper Publications Pinterest page, and click on the Super Duper Worksheets for Speech Therapy board . Consider making a visual schedule (as discussed in Handy Handout #492 ) to hang up in the house to remind children about the day’s agenda and to let them know what to expect. Have your children help create the schedule.
    • Be creative with physical activity, and make it part of your day. Although physical education classes are cancelled, and many densely populated areas do not allow for outdoor play, children can still move their bodies indoors. “25 Exercise Games and Indoor Activities to Get Kids Moving” by Anna Fader has some great suggestions; here are some additional ideas from a language learning perspective:
      • In addition to its physical benefits, yoga is a great way to teach mindfulness and practice direction-following skills. Try to follow along with the many online videos available, or, for a language challenge, try to give directions to your children without a visual aid (e.g. a video or a picture). Super Duper’s Yogarilla® has great, child-friendly directions to help.
      • Play Mission Possible! Tape many pieces of yarn across a hallway. Then, have children move through the yarn while trying not to touch it, like the lasers in a spy movie. Have children say what they will do next before each move. Make sure to encourage temporal vocabulary (e.g. first, next, then, finally) and spatial vocabulary (e.g. over, between, next to, through).
    • Alone time is hard to come by in a situation like this. Establish a quiet corner in your home so children have a safe space to go when they are feeling overwhelmed or just need some time apart. The quiet corner should be comfy with lots of pillows, cushions, and blankets. Place quiet activities in the corner, such as crayons and books. Have a discussion with your children about how everyone needs space sometimes, and how they need to respect someone’s alone time if he/she is in the quiet corner.
    • Don’t forget to schedule in some fun! This is a stressful time for children and adults alike. So here are some exciting, language-filled activities to pass the time and relieve the stress:
      • Pretend games are a great way to escape when you are stuck indoors.
        • You can go on a Bear Hunt by hiding a teddy bear. Look over “mountains,” under “rocks,” and in “caves.” Have children explain everything they are pretending to see. Bring along some binoculars. Part of the fun is running away when you find the bear!
        • Make a garden in your couch! “Plant” toy (or real) vegetables between the couch cushions. Then have fun pulling them out and putting them in a basket. Use new nouns and verbs while narrating your play to provide an excellent language model for your children.
      • Make sure to incorporate sensory activities in your play. Hiding small toys in a bin of rice or beans is always a hit. Children should label and describe what they discover. Creating slime is another great sensory and language activity. Children have to follow directions to make their gooey creation.
      • At-home science experiments are an engaging and educational way to pass the time! There are plenty of videos online and suggestions in this “63 Easy Science Experiments for Kids Using Household Stuff,” by Karyn Marciniak article to get you started. Unlock children’s language skills by asking them to make predictions, describe reactions, and sequence events.

    Time at home with family is all what you make of it. Keep active. Wash your hands. Stay safe. Have fun!

     

     

     

    Websites

    • Tar Heel Readerincludes a collection of free, easy-to-read, and accessible books on a wide range of topics
    • Highlights Kids: includes age-appropriate crafts, activities, games, and stories
    • Grammaropolisa fun and interactive website that includes songs, books, games, and videos to help teach the parts of speech

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    Fun DIY Speech Therapy Activities

    • Sight Word HopscotchFor this easy activity, all you need is some chalk and a rock or bean bag, and the game can be adapted to aid in recognition of letters, numbers, or colors, or to practice letter sounds, spelling, etc. BONUS: it’ll get your child moving, too! Find out more about sight word hopscotch here.
    • Learn and Play with Easter EggsPlastic Easter eggs are cheap and plentiful, so be sure to stock up this spring and use them to help your child with his speech and language development. Several ideas which promote letter and number recognition, sight words, word families, and even beginning mathematics can be found at this site.
    • Articulation Towers: You can find several variations of what are called “artic towers” or “power towers” online, but the basic idea is as follows: get a bunch of small cups and write a word or letter (or tape images of words for younger kids) on the cups. Each time your child says the word on the cup, he gets to use the cup to build a tower. BONUS: stacking is good for fine motor skills, too! See one simple example here.

     

     

     Speech and Language Activities

                Parents: Please check your child’s IEP goals and encourage him/her to use good speech/language skills to discuss a topic each day.  Check off, color, or put a sticker on each activity that you complete. Have fun! :) 

     

    May Language Activities

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    20 Articulation Activities for the Whole Family

    https://communikidsnj.com/20-fun-articulation-homework-ideas-whole-family/

    1. Charades
      • Act out your target word
    2. "I Spy"
      • Find items around the room that contain your target word
    3. Color in a picture of target words
    4. Draw a picture of target words
    5. Turn taking game
      • Puzzle, Legos, trains, board game, toss balloon/ball
      • One word = one game piece/turn
    6. Stack cups
      • Build a tower of cups with target words written on the bottom
      • See how many you can say and stack before the tower falls down
    7. Mystery box
      • Cut a hole in an empty box (or use a tissue box) and make a "Mystery Box" for kids to choose target words from
    8. Articulation Bingo with words containing your target sounds
    9. Make your own board game with target word pictures
    10. Use PlayDoh to make your target word
    11. Drive a car/train/airplane to target words scattered throughout the room
      • Image of words can act as different destinations, train stations, or airports
    12. Scavenger hunt of target word pictures
    13. Fill in the blank during song singing
      • Example: "The Itsy Bitsy ____"
    14. Tape target words to the wall, turn the lights off, and find them using a flashlight
    15. Take turns being the teacher
      • Kids often enjoy being the ones in charge and telling the parent what to do and say
    16. Empower the child by allowing them to choose the best day/time to practice
    17. Sometimes it can be hard to find time to practice, so getting the practice done in the car can be more motivating than at home
    18. Choose words the child is motivated to say. Branch out from word lists and find favorite characters, athletes, toys, or common words from their vocabulary with the target sound
    19. "Simon Says"
      • This is great for children practicing /s/ in the initial position of words
    20. Make a beaded bracelet/necklace
      • Each bead = one word

     

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    https://www.speechtherapytalk.com/summer-speech-therapy-ideas.htm

    1. Water

               What To Do: This is easy. Play with water. That’s it! There are so many ideas on what you can do with water and kids just love it!! 

               You can:

    • Get out a water table and toys
    • Water flowers
    • Turn on a sprinkler
    • Use the water hose
    • Fill up buckets, cups, and funnels

               Target Goals:

    • Concepts: Wet vs Dry
    • Articulation: /w/, /t/, /r/ (water), /s/ (spray), /k/,/p/ (cup) - the possibilities are endless. Pick out a toy that matches your child’s articulation goal and play with it.
    • Vocabulary: Wet, Dry, Spray, Dump, Fill, Half, Full, Splash, Puddle, Jump, Push, Bath
    • Following Directions: Give each other directions such as “fill up the small cup” or “water the pink flowers after you water the yellow ones.” 

               Something To Think About:

    • If you are a parent, tell your child you will play with water. Get out the toys or garden hose. As you play, weave your child’s goals into the play such as modeling articulation sounds or using vocabulary words in a sentence. 
    • If you are an SLP, tell your client that goal of the activity and then get playing!

    2. Bubbles

              What To Do: Another self-explanatory one… blow bubbles!

              Target Goals: 

    • Concepts: Up vs Down, Bubble vs Pop, Open vs Close
    • Articulation: /b/ (bubble), /p/ (pop), /r/ (run), “ch” (chase)
    • Vocabulary: Bubble, Blow Away, Pop, Run, Chase, Wand
    • Following Directions: Pop the big bubble, Chase the bubble, Blow bubbles
    • Social Skills: Practice taking turns 

              Something To Think About:

    • If you are a parent, get out the bubbles. Blow bubbles to get your child interested. Next, weave in your target goal. For example, if you are practicing articulation, encourage your child to say the target sound before a turn. If you are practicing vocabulary, use the words in a sentence or model what they mean and encourage your child to repeat. 
    • If you are an SLP, tell your client the goal of the activity and then get playing!

    3. Sand

              What To Do: Play with sand! If you don’t have a sandbox, you can make one with a bucket and a small bag of sand. 

              Target Goals: 

    • Concepts: Dig vs Bury, Build vs Knock Down, Construct vs Destroy
    • Articulation: /d/, /g/ (dig), /b/, /d/ (build), /m/, /k/, (make), /s/ (sand)
    • Vocabulary: Dig, Sand, Soft, Pour, Build, Castle, Pack, Dump
    • Following Directions: Find the cup, Fill up the green bucket before the yellow one
    • Social Skills: Practice taking turns , Practice asking for items out of reach

               Something To Think About:

    • If you are a parent, get out a bucket or table and fill it with sand. Next, weave in your target goal naturally. For example, if you are practicing articulation, encourage your child to say the target sound before a turn. If you are practicing vocabulary, use the words in a sentence or model what they mean and encourage your child to repeat. 
    • If you are an SLP, tell your client the goal of the activity and then get playing!

    4. Hula Hoops

              What To Do: Get hula hoops. Dollar stores usually sell them. There are many variations to hula hoops!

               You can:

    • Roll them back and forth
    • Put them on the ground for a jumping contest
    • Use them as target practice (throw a ball in the circle)

              Target Goals: 

    • Articulation: “throw” (throw), /r/ (roll), /l/ (roll)
    • Vocabulary: Jump, Target, Roll, Spin, Catch, Hit, Win
    • Following Directions: Roll the pink hoop before the blue. Throw the blue ball through the hoop. Jump in the center of the hoop.
    • Social Skills: Practice taking turns
    • Motivation: After working, the child can play a game for 2 minutes

               Something To Think About:

    • If you are a parent, get out the hula hoop and find a game your child likes. Play and get your child interested. Then, target a speech or language skill. Make it fun!
    • If you are an SLP, tell your client the goal of the activity and then get playing. My favorite is jumping from hula hoop to hula hoop. I find that I can target almost any goal in this game and even my older kids like it!

    5. Chalk

               What To Do: Find chalk and find a sidewalk or driveway. You can target almost any speech or language goal. For example:

    • Draw articulation words. 
    • Draw objects and then make up a story to practice narrative structure.
    • Take turns being the leader and give directions to other players to practice following directions. 

              The possibilities are endless. 

               Target Goals: 

    • Articulation: /d/ (draw), /k/ and /r/ (color), /m/ and /r/ (more)
    • Vocabulary: Colors, Draw, Dust, Picture, (draw any vocabulary word!)
    • Following Directions: Take turns giving directions to players for what to draw
    • Social Skills: Practice taking turns. Practice asking for items out of reach
    • Narrative Structure: Draw a character, place, and action. Then, take turns creating a story using proper narrative structure.

               Something To Think About:

    • If you are a parent, get out the chalk. Draw and have fun. Play and get your child interested. Then, target a speech or language skill. 
    • If you are an SLP, this will be your go to summer activity. Every child loves chalk, even middle-schooler children. 

    6. Flower Walk

               What To Do: Go for a walk and find as many flowers as you can. Practice, your speech and language skills along the way!

               Target Goals: 

    • Concepts: Walk vs Run, Summer vs Winter
    • Articulation: /k/ (walk), /f/ and /d/ (find), /r/ (flower)
    • Vocabulary: Bloom, Grow, Colors, Flowers, Find, Discover, New, Matching

               Alternative Games:

    • Play “I Spy” to target language skills (vocabulary description, i.e., I spy something small and sharp)
    • Target articulation skills (find objects with target articulation sounds!)
    • Colors: To practice colors, find everything that is a certain color. Grammar: Practice a target verb such as “I see,” or “I discovered” 

    7. Follow The leader

               What To Do: Play follow the leader where one person is the leader and gives directions to the followers. 

               Target Goals: 

    • Following Directions: As the leader, give directions where to go. As the follower, practice following directions.

               Ideas To Chew On: Play Follow the Leader with a twist. Take turns being a leader. The leader creates a treasure hunt by hiding something. Then the leader gives directions or clues on               where to find the object. This is great practice for following directions and forming sentences.

    8. Explorers

               What To Do: Drive to a park or play in the backyard and go on an exploration!

               Target Goals: 

    • Articulation: /f/ and /d/ (find), /l/ and /k/ (look), /s/and /r/ (discover)
    • Vocabulary: Find, Look, Discover, Explore, Play

               Ideas To Chew On:Play outside and go on an exploration. The world looks beautiful when in bloom, green and lush. Pick out the sounds you want to practice and then the words that                 may arise during play. While playing, weave your picked out words into your conversation.

    9. Nature Play

               What To Do: Make characters out of rocks, pine cones, sticks, etc.... Once your characters are made, have fun telling stories. Model all parts of narrative structure.

               Target Goals:

    • Narrative Structure: (Setting - who, what, where, Problem, Feelings, Resolution)

               Ideas To Chew On: With the little characters you make out of things found outside, make up stories. Make sure to include the setting such as “who” your story is about and “where and               when” your story takes place. Then, create a “problem” and talk about how your characters “feel” about it. Try to solve the problem and discuss the “resolution.” You can use chalk too.               This “game” is fun for almost any age!

    10. I Found

               Target Goals: 

    • Articulation/f/. /d/ (find), /r/ (explore), /s/ (see)
    • Vocabulary: explore, dig, find, excited, guess
    • Problem-Solving:Look for clues to where a treasure might be

               Ideas To Chew On: This one can be a lot of fun and a great way to indirectly teach problem-solving skills. The key here is to THINK OUT LOUD. Let’s say you and your child want to see             if you can find a pine cone but everything is covered in snow. Talk through your thinking with your child on how to accomplish this task. For example, you might say..."pine cones come               from pine trees. I think we should start looking by a pine tree. What do you think?" or “Let’s see if we can feel a pine cone under our feet. How do pine cones feel? What shape are they?”

    11. Balls

               What To Do: Find balls (bouncy balls, tennis balls, basketball balls) and play! If your child is younger, you might just play catch or throw a ball in air. If your child is older, you can play               more complicated games. 

               Target Goals: 

    • Concepts: Throw vs Catch, Roll vs Stop
    • Articulation: /th/ (throw), /k/ and "ch" (catch), /r/ and /l/ (roll)
    • Vocabulary: Throw, catch, bounce, roll, stop
    • Following Directions: Throw the red ball, Roll the blue ball
    • Social Skills: Practice taking turns, Practice asking for balls that are out of reach

     

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