Hello and welcome to Twin Speech, Language & Literacy LLC and to our latest linky party with Speech-Language Pathologist bloggers and also the terrific Frenzied SLP Facebook group! Each month, the Frenzied SLPs are hosting two educational linky parties to make your life as a busy SLP better and more prepared for therapy sessions. Our linky parties are designed to help out your life! This month, the topic is about fall-themed articulation ideas. We hope you “FALL INTO” some great ideas for articulation therapy!
Shanda and I are starting out this fun linky post about fall-themed articulation activities by going over what we did last week at our speech therapy clinic. If you glance at the picture, you will be able to see that the theme last week was “apples.” We think that our apple-themed speech therapy week of activities fit right into the fall articulation ideas theme for this linky- so here goes!
1) We brought in a variety of different apples and let the students taste and talk about the apples. There’s so much to talk about too! Apples come in many different colors and some taste sweet, some taste sour and some taste better than others. We put together a student voting chart to see which color apple was liked the most. At our clinic, the red apples were voted as the best color apple! Yay, for Red Delicious and Sweet Tango Apples! 🙂
The students learned a lot about the senses related to apples such as; smell, taste, touch, hearing and sight. Who doesn’t love apples?!! Not many don’t. We only had one student refuse to try them. Most all of them wanted a whole one to take home after the tasting and commented that they tasted really good.
2) Another apple activity that could bring out language and articulation is apple stamping. Just cut an apple in half and use the apple as a stamper. This is a super fun painting activity that students enjoy. All you need are apples, knife to cut the apple in half, washable paint, paper and a paper plate for putting the paint on. Warning: students can get a bit messy, but just use washable paints and with a quick stop over at the sink to wash up all will be fine. With this activity we targeted the repetitions of /S/ blends and /L/ words the most. E.G., “Stamp the apple.” “My apples are yellow.” We even used glittery paint to make some stamps that really looked nice.
3) Make apples out of playdough. We mainly used red, yellow, and green playdough for the students to make the apple color choice of their own and had the students make about five to ten apples for their bare apple trees on a laminated tree mat. With this activity we brought up apple orchards and what can be done and seen on a visit to one in the fall. We ask questions such as; “Have you been to an apple orchard?” “Have you ever picked an apple off of a tree?”
4) Push a peg into an apple board. This is a fun activity that we have for our younger students. We talked about concepts a lot with this activity too. E.g. colors and shapes and sometimes just used as an activity to keep the student’s hands busy while they worked on their sound and word repetitions.
5) Lace a caramel apple and talk about apples and/or repeat words seen on flashcards provided by the SLP. We have a lot of fall-themed flashcards that target a variety of early and late speech sounds. These flashcards come in handy with just about any activity that the student is doing in speech therapy. We just set the cards by the student or read off of the page in order to have appropriate words available to work on with each student.
In addition, we know that this time of year is busy and that session planning can be time consuming. That is why we are going to suggest some quick to download activities that are fun and easy to do with your students, but will also get them practicing their individual speech sounds within minutes! Less prep, means more time to get outside and to visit an apple orchard, go on a relaxing drive or hike to see the beautiful trees, or to attend a fantastic football game with friends and family!
Document Suggestion #1: Print out these fall-themed game boards.
Pick your target sound and GO! These game boards have pictures with the words and are super cute and fun!
Suggestion #2: Print out these no prep, quick print (all sheets are in ink saving black- ink only) worksheets and start work on sounds in all positions of a word! Clicking on the pictures below will take you right to Teachers Pay Teachers where they are available for purchase and then an immediate download. Easy fall-themed articulation materials- just like that!
Thanks for taking a look at our post! Please go see what all of other talented SLP and teacher friends are posting about in this fall-articulation linky by clicking on their picture below. This linky has started at Doyle Speech Works and that may be the best place to start at, but you can always make the choice to go to any blog. No matter where you start though, we’re sure that you will want to read each and every post provided in order to add a ton more helpful fall-themed articulation ideas to your therapy drawer! Have fun!!
Manda & Shanda
Twin Speech, Language & Literacy LLC