Hi there! I’m Kayla and I share weekly speech therapy activities with my fellow SLP’s to help make planning a little easier.
We’re entering week 6 of remote learning up here in New Hampshire (or is it week 7? I’m losing track…). My strategy in my in-person office is to pick a couple of games, a couple of books, and some manipulatives that I can use for the whole week to target nearly any goal. Sometimes I follow a theme and sometimes it’s whatever is within reach for a quick weekend escape. Generally, my speech therapy activities are simple and engaging.
To help myself and others consolidate those resources and simplify the overabundance of options, I’ve narrowed it down for you week by week. Take a look here and here for past remote learning resources.
I also wanted to find a way to stop juggling a bunch of pages and feeling completely disorganized before my zoom meetings. So I made a lesson plan template. I figured I would share it here! There’s an example form in my Free Resources as well.
Speech Therapy Activities:Books
Rosie Practices Social Distancing
This week a lovely SLP from New York reached out and asked me to share a resource that she made with her dog, Rosie. I would only share something I’d use in therapy, so I gave this book a look-see and it’s both adorable, engaging, and informative. It’s definitely for a younger crowd, so Pre-K and early Elementary teachers, go download it here. You can also see Alison’s whole store here.
Staying with the cute animal theme, my next book is The Gruffalo, written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. The story includes lots of animals and could be used for inferencing, story re-telling, and vocabulary. I’m planning to use it to discuss animal features, habitats, and other animal-related vocabulary words!
Speech Therapy Activities: Videos
What Adults Can Learn From Kids | Adora Svitak
Here’s a TED talk that can definitely spark some conversation. I plan to use it for my students with summarizing and complex sentence structure goals. An ELA teacher could use it as a writing prompt or a discussion forum prompt. Here are some comprehension questions.
(1) How can kids help adults?
(2) Compare and contrast kids and adults.
(3) How can students teach their teachers?
(4) What barriers stop adults from learning from kids?
(5) What does reciprocal mean?
Movie Theater Stereotypes
The last time I used a Dude Perfect video for teletherapy, one of my students had all of her siblings around the computer wishing that they were having language therapy with me. I’m excited to use this video to explore expected and unexpected behaviors in public places (check out my other social skills videos). Since we WILL be returning to public places (when it is safe for use to do so), this remains an important lesson to teach. I can also use this with my middle schoolers who are working on formulating sentences with the FANBOYS (coordinating conjunctions).
Speech Therapy Activities: Games
Okay, this is worth a look even if you’re just looking for something to do at your next family Zoom. You can choose your own categories. Make sure you adjust the settings! Click “Categories” and select the “Make Child Friendly” button. I, of course, forgot to do this and my student got “inappropriate words” as a category, luckily it was the letter “C,” so I said, “cuss words!” If you don’t remember how to play, here are my directions:
- Each player gets a piece of paper and writes the numbers 1-12 (you can select how many categories you want to target).
- The teacher starts the clock and everyone reads the categories and comes up with a word from that category that starts with the target letter.
- When the time is up, you all compare answers.
- 0 points: you and someone else pick the same answer
- 1 point: you have a unique answer
- 2+ points: if you use the letter repeatedly in a phrase. For example, a word for dinner that starts with “T”: Taco Tuesday. You would get a point for each T, earning you 2 points. Taco Tuesday Toppings would earn you 3 points.
- The person with the most points wins! You can play multiple rounds or just one.
- Work together to come up with a word for each category before the timer runs out.
- Try to beat your score!
If you’ve ever read the Pinkalicious books, this activity will look very familiar. You can work together with your student(s) to create a story! It’s like a choose your own adventure literacy activity. You can target sequencing, sentence expansion, story grammar marker, verb tense, pronouns! It may be tricky to get some buy-in from the boys in your group, but give it a try!
I hope these speech therapy activities make your life easier. Have a fantastic week!