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I love using themes in therapy, and I am SO excited to talk about
CHRISTMAS today! Yes, it is October. Think of it as planning
Note: Apologies to those of you who do not celebrate Christmas.
Take these ideas and apply to any holiday that you do celebrate!
Why talk about Christmas/ Do Christmas activities?
Christmas is one of those themes that you can do SO much with! You
can talk about traditions, colors, songs, vocabulary, games,
decorations. You name it, you can probably talk about it!
You can read books and poems! You can decorate your speech room
(if allowed) or decorate something like a tree! The list goes on
You can target SO many different goals. Language is a big
one. Just have the students talk about their favorite traditions,
their favorite song, their favorite decorations. Perhaps there is
something they don’t like- they could even talk about that! Have
them practice using the correct vocabulary and grammar while talking or
writing. Practice answering WH-questions or using correct
You can target articulation. Simply choose a list of words
that have the sound in it and drill. Make flash cards with these sounds.
Make a game yourself or buy one on Teachers
You can work on categories. Have them name foods
eaten, songs sung, colors used, or decor items.
You can work on social skills/ pragmatics. Discuss how you
should respond to certain requests made by people (i.e. for you to help
set the table, to sit next to you). Discuss how to respond
appropriately if you really like a present or if you don’t like a
You can target basic concepts. Get a little tree and talk
about where the presents go, where the ornaments are, etc. What
are the colors on the tree? Of the ornament?
You can target listening and/or reading comprehension.
Have your students read or listen to a paragraph about Christmas and
then answer questions about what they have just read or heard.
Oh the list goes on and on and on and on and on!
You can do these things with any age group. You can
do activities from Pre-K through adults. Pre-K kids will work on
basic concepts; adults may work on complex language skills. Adults
especially like to recall what they’ve done in the past.
Here are some of my favorite activities from Teachers
Express Expressive Language
Express Social Language/Pragmatics
Express Phonological Awareness
Toy Catalog Companion
Language Activities: Common Core Aligned
Bingo: Artic and Fluency
Therapy: Pronoun, Verbs, and Prepositions for Christmas
If you need more ideas, browse here!!
Of course, don’t forget to check out Pinterest boards.
There are tons of ideas there!
Do you love celebrating Christmas in your speech room?? What is your
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