Today we are excited and honored to have Kari Radovich from Rock Chalk Speech Talk guest post on her own favorite therapy item. Kari is a school-based speech-language pathologist with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree from Miami University (Ohio). She loves the Jayhawks and she loves to talk about speech therapy over at her fabulous blog! Go check it out when you have a minute!
We are so impressed with this post because both of us did not even think of using bean bags in as many ways as Kari has in therapy. She really opened up our eyes to several more helpful and fun ways to utilize them in our own speech therapy sessions! We really appreciate the post and think that she picked a terrific favorite therapy item to discuss with us all! Enjoy the post and don’t forget to visit Kari at her Rock Chalk Speech Talk Facebook Site, and to check out her fabulous therapy items for sale over at Teachers pay Teachers!
Manda & Shanda, SLPs
You know the saying, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going”? In my case, sometimes, it’s “When the going gets tough… I go and get my beanbags!” Beanbags have saved therapy sessions a time or two when “the going got tough” with my little guys, but they also work great when I actually do plan ahead of time to use them!
Other days, I have vocab pictures spread out on the floor, and they have to tell me which picture they want their beanbag to land on, or which picture it actually landed on (or both!). It doesn’t seem like “work” to them so they’re completely willing to engage!
Don’t have a lot of floor space to work with? Use your table! Prior to this year, I did therapy out in an open pod area just outside the PreK/K classrooms.. There were generally Kindergarten reading groups or another therapist out there doing therapy, too, so I didn’t have a lot of room to work with.. So I had the kids toss beanbags onto the table instead of onto the floor! The following picture is an example of table beanbag tossing when we were working on vocabulary with our transportation/”things that go” week!