Monday, October 12, 2015

Fun Fall-Themed Articulation Ideas From The Frenzied SLPs

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The Frenzied SLPs are back this week with Fun Fall-Themed Articulation Ideas. I am so excited to see what my talented SLP friends do in their therapy rooms!

When doing articulation therapy my aim to is get the maximum number of productions in a short window of time, therefore my activities need to be simple in order to give the biggest bang for the buck. The reinforcement is simply that and not the main thrust of therapy; twenty (or more) productions, then positive reinforcement.
I use laminated fall cutouts as reinforcement as well as to write articulation practice words on. These shapes are from the Listening for _______ all Year 'Round books by LinguiSystems. I printed them on construction paper. Students pick a shape and practice the word or roll a die and pick either the number or color cutout indicated. I bought the fall "gems" last year at Michael's. Students roll a die and take the corresponding number of gems. Many, many years ago I made holiday and seasonal themed lotto games that are always motivating. They are probably in need of an update!


 I found these Speech Therapy Fall Word Searches here and they are perfect do do in therapy and to send as homework. I often use page protectors and dry erase markers to complete activities during speech and then I can send the worksheet home unmarred. This has the added advantage of familiarizing the student with the activity beforehand. If students come in next time saying they didn't do their homework because "they didn't know what to do," I am able to remind them they had already done it in speech! Dot/bingo marker worksheets are also a great way to encourage articulation practice. During sessions I use them as positive reinforcement and for homework I attach words to practice. You can download this worksheet for free here.
SLPs love craftivities and I am no exception. They are motivating, fun, creative and pack an articulation and language wallop. As a straight articulation activity my students will practice their sounds and receive the corresponding number of pieces of tissue paper. To add a language element, well, you know what to do. The opportunities for vocabulary, sentence expansion, sequencing, math language, basic concepts, following directions and more are extensive.

Last year I repurposed a cup carrier to be used for positive reinforcement with any speech-language activity. Add a little paint and some googly eyes and I have a fun and versatile game. Just bounce an EYEball and see where it lands! It may be more for Halloween, but Halloween is in the fall, right? This could easily be modified by painting it red or brown and tossing in little apples or leaves.

The Frenzied SLPs would love to hear what fall-themed activities you are using in your speech rooms. You can link up here or any other Frenzied SLP host. I could go on, but I have been writing this for four (I'm up to five) hours and I really need to get myself up and out and off to the Sandwich Fair! It's a beautiful autumn day in NH and it's my favorite time of year! Enjoy your autumn wherever you are!





14 comments:

  1. So many great ideas here to help increase articulation repetitions in fun ways! Thank you so much for the freebie link and craftivity ideas too!

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    1. I am in great company ladies! Thank you!

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  2. Eyeball bouncing~ you are too much fun! Thanks for hosting this month's linky party.

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    1. Hey, it's how a Jersey girl "rolls" in NH! You are very welcome!

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  3. You are so creative! I love the apple bottle and of course the eyeball bouncing. Quick and easy!

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    1. Thank you! Quick and easy should be my middle name, but I so often complicate matters! Artic. therapy should be just that...easy!

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  4. The craftivity is adorable! I have to remember the gems and dice! Those littles love their collections!

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    1. They do indeed! Thanks for always leaving such supportive comments!

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  5. I love getting new ideas for my speech sessions. So many cute ideas! Thank you!

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    1. You're welcome! I love learning from our SLP community!

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  6. Fall is my favorite! Thanks for this link-up so I can grab some new ideas!

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    1. So many amazing ideas! Thanks for linking up!

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  7. I don't know why I never thought of putting a sheet in a protector, having the kids complete it with a dry-erase marker, then take it out and send it home for homework! You are a GENIUS!!!

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    1. HAHAHAHAHA! It happens upon occasion!

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