Sunday, October 4, 2020

Incredibly Fun and Easy Preschool Speech Therapy Activities: Monster Theme

This purple playdough monster with googly eyes is one of the incredibly fun monster themed activities for preschool speech therapy in this blog post.

Amp up the fun with easy monster activities for preschool speech therapy.

What's the secret to planning fun preschool speech therapy sessions that will have kids begging to participate? Incorporating themes: colorful, relatable, and exciting themes! Monsters are incredibly fun for October (or anytime), so invite a few monsters to your sessions and you'll have your preschoolers excited to dive right in.

No worries if your school doesn't allow Halloween-themed activities, I'll note which activities have a Halloween reference. Most don't.

Kick-off your session with some music and movement to capture your preschooler's attention.

Youtube videos are great for this. You'll also find them fantastic for a mid-session break that will re-energize your littles and improve focus.

My favorite preschool-friendly monster videos on Youtube

These 3 cute monsters are featured in the Learning Stations's fun video "Monster Shuffle" which is perfect for a monster-themed movement break in preschool speech therapy.
The Learning Station has lots of great videos to get preschoolers moving.

 Monster Shuffle by the Learning Station. Get 'em up and dancing with this fun video led by three colorful and friendly monsters. 

Five Little Monsters Jumping on the Bed by Little Baby Bum. Have your kids jump along with the song, then "fall down" with each little monster and you'll burn some mid-session energy for sure. 

Stand Up, Sit Down Action Songs for Children by Fun Kids English has a nice slow pace for your littlest ones.

The Open Shut Them videos by Super Simple Songs feature cute little monsters that teach opposites:

Open Shut Them #2 teaches opposites like happy and sad, hot and cold.

Open/Shut them #4 teaches opposites like clean and dirty, high and low.

What's this, What's that? by Super Simple Songs is great for early vocabulary. Your preschoolers will guess and name the shadow images (dog, cat, grog, etc) in this gameshow-themed video and then watch them come to life in color.

And a Sing-Along version of one of my favorite books!

Halloween Themed Videos:

Ten Scary Monsters by the Kiboomers is a count-down song that repeats "scary" and "monsters" making it great for initial /m/ and /sk/ blend too. 

Monster theme activities for preschool speech therapy. The green monster with the big red mouth who is peeking from the side is the fun character from the picture book Go Away Big Green Monster

Go Away  Big Green Monster is a fun story that empowers children to face their fears and say Go Away!

Read a great monster picture story. 

I definitely think getting the book so you can touch it, show it and even turn the pages together is the best story experience. But if you can't get your hands on a book you need, search Youtube for a read-aloud that lets you see the text. Listen or turn off the sound and read it yourself. It's a great option for teletherapy too! With virtual therapy in mind, I'll link read-alouds from Youtube.

Please note, the links in this post are working now as of October 2020, but if you find one that no longer works later on, please let me know by leaving me a comment so I can fix it. Thanks!

Glad Monster, Sad Monster by Ed Emberly and Anne Miranda is a story about feelings.

Monsters Don't Eat Broccoli  by Barbara Jean Hicks. A fun rhyming book with a refrain of Fum Fo Fie Fee monsters don't eat broccoli!

Go to Bed Monster by Natasha Wing. A little girl who is just not sleepy draws a monster friend to play with!

And my all-time favorite monster book:

Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberly. I love the cut-outs in the pictures that "layer" the monster parts as you read. With repetitive text, it's an awesome sound-loaded story for initial /g/ and /m/, syllables and working on sentence length as children repeat "Go away!" Perfect for labeling body parts and talking about feeling words too.

 Read this post for more great ideas on how to use this awesome story in your therapy sessions. Go Away Big Green Monster! Best-Ever Books for Halloween Speech Therapy

Play a Monster Game

Play Pink Cat Studios Build a Monster Game for online fun. You can find lots more internet-based games for other themes in this post: 27 Online Games for Speech Therapy You Need to Know About.

Glue one wiggle eye to the center of each green plastic cup and you have a have fun stack them up and knock it down game. Switch it up by turning them right side up and put them in a grid. Then toss a ping pong ball or large pompom in them. 

Try an easy arts and crafts monster project, and give them more to talk about! 

Tissue Box Monster
Make this easy monster and feed your therapy cards to him! All you need is a tissue box, white construction paper or poster board and, scissors and glue. 

This green tissue box monster with jagged white construction paper teeth is a fun monster activity for preschool speech therapy. The child "feeds" the hungry monster a card after practicing the targeted skill.
Make this easy tissue box monster. He eats cards of course!

Playdough Monster
 Have some sensory fun with playdough and googly eyes. You can give wiggle eye for each response. Whose monster has the most eyes? Who has the least?

A fun preschool monster theme activity for speech therapy. This purple playdough was squished flat, then numerous wiggle eyes were added for some monster fun!
Playdough monster- a simple activity that's lots of fun!

Squish Monster
When you're feeling brave, get out the tempera paint, some construction paper, and make a few "monster parts." Children put the paint on one side of the paper, then "squish" it together. Open it up to see your monster face. They all come out so pretty and unique. Add facial features and you'll have a unique art project to send home. You'll target body parts, action words, color words, and can re-tell how you made it!
A fun monster art activity for preschool speech therapy. This  purple and green "Squish Monster" face was made with tempera paint and cut-out construction paper body parts.

Planning is a snap with these fun monster-themed resources in my store:

These fun resources work great with any monster story you have:

  Go Away Big Green Monster Book Companion Tons of activities to target goals for pre-k to 1st grade including my favorite object function cards (use these ALL the time), WH questions, regular and irregular past-tense verbs, plurals, categories, and following directions. 

A monster-themed dough mat for speech therapy with the words Go Away at the top and Big Green Monster below. Three balls of orange play dough are beneath the words big, green and monster, waiting for a child to smash them as they say the words
Try this smash mat for increasing sentence length and articulation practice!

Monster's Munch Bundle includes a monster prepositions game, an articulation story, and lots of fun language activities. 

Build-a-Monster Articulation Boom Cards target 13 mid-later phonemes in all word positions, blends, and vocalic R too. It gets you a high number of repetitions as kids say their word or sentence each time they drag a body part to make their monster. You can use this activity all year. It's so fun, I found myself slightly obsessed with making monsters!

This child is playing a fun build-a-monster Articulation Boom cards teletherapy activity on a laptop for speech therapy. Articulation words for each phoneme are at the top of the page, this page is for Vocalic R practice. She’ll drag a monster part each time she says her word. #speechsprouts
Build-A Monster Articulation Boom Cards

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A collage of fun monster theme activities for preschool speech therapy including the Go Away Big Green Monster book, monster craft ideas, speech therapy materials and games by Speech Sprouts
Lots of ideas for fun preschool monster activities in speech therapy!

I hope you got a few great ideas for some monstrously fun speech and language therapy sessions!

Thanks for reading, I would love to hear what your favorite monster activities are too. 

Have fun!

Friday, September 25, 2020

11 Awesome Activities That Will Make Speech Teletherapy Exciting

 How do you keep kids interested and engaged in front of a screen during speech teletherapy?

That's something I've heard a lot in speech and language groups lately. Let's face it, sometimes keeping kids engaged with you when you are a picture on their screen can be hard!

SLPs in the schools (and many in private practice too) have had to pivot on a dime and figure out how to provide therapy services in virtual-only and blended models during the COVID 19 pandemic. It's brand-new territory for most of us. 

With a little tweaking and adaption, most of your go-to activities can work well in teletherapy. 

If you're working with very young children, or children with shorter attention spans, you'll want to change things up and have 2-3 activities lined up per session. 

So if you're new to this virtual therapy model like I was, you may need some extra ideas to jazz up your therapy sessions and keep kids excited to participate. I hope you find some new activities or ways to tweak familiar ones in this list!

11 activities you'll want to try to keep your preschool and elementary students engaged during your teletherapy sessions

1. Read Picture Books 

Always a favorite activity of mine, there are several ways to share a book virtually. 
  • Read a book you have and show the pictures to the webcam.
  • Find a favorite book read aloud on YouTube. Listen or turn off the sound and read it yourself.
  • Project the book: Use an Osmo base and mirror with an iPad (Desiree from walks you through using an Osmo here.) or use a document camera. 
  • Did you know there are ways to use your smartphone as a document camera in Zoom? All it takes is your phone and a few cans of vegetables. WHAT??? The link above will show you how. 
  • You can also share your screen while reading a story from a website with online books like Vooks
I created two lists of books for you that are great for speech therapy. Find them in these posts:

11 Awesome activities to make your speech teletherapy sessions online exciting! Use stuffed animals and puppets like this Five Little Monkeys set in preschool speech therapy. Read the post for more speech and language ideas. #speechsprouts #speechtherapy #teletherapy
Use puppets and stuffed animals to make stories come alive in speech teletherapy!

2. Puppets and stuffed animals.

Use some puppet or fuzzy stuffed animal friends to help you tell stories. They can be part of the story or they can be a "listener" just like your students. Have a conversation with them. 

Be sure to prompt their articulation, syntax, and language if they mess up a bit  (a great way to model).  Have the puppet talk to your students. If your puppets or stuffed animals forget the rules and interrupt you...(puppets do that, you know) you can seize the moment and teach social skills too.

3. Games

I've pulled out real games like Pop the Pig or Pop up Pirate and "played" the student's turn for them in front of the camera. They still love it! Guess Who, Headbanz, Ned's Head, Apples to Apples... I bet you have plenty of games already you can use. 

Board games? Take a picture or "scan" them with an app like Adobe Scan to share during your sessions. Then use your annotation tools in Zoom to create colored shapes to use as game pieces. Move them around as you play. has awesome online dice and spinners you can use.

You can find free online games to play too. Check out this post for a huge list to get you started: 27 Online Games for Speech Therapy You Need to Know About.

4. Green Screen Activities

This is an activity that's become hugely popular for virtual therapy. If your platform has a green screen capability, it can be a lot of fun. On Zoom, you simply project a photo behind you (I've been down deep in the ocean or up in outer space during speech therapy.) 

If you want to get more involved, make or purchase a green screen to put behind you. Add a pocket and you can pull objects "out" of something in the photo, or put them "in" (for instance, a feeding activity) and make them disappear. You can make items "float" in the air and even make your own magic mirror activity. 

Here's an awesome tutorial showing you how to set up a greenscreen and accessories for speech therapy on YouTube by PlaySpark Toys. Zoom works great, but she also shows you how to use a greenscreen on Google Meet. There are green screen speech therapy groups on social media that share ideas, like this group on Facebook: Green Screen Speech Therapy: Distance Learning

11 Awesome Activities for Speech Teletherapy to address speech and language goals. Try easy crafts like this construction paper spider craft with materials parent already have at home to make your speech therapy sessions online exciting. Read the post for more ideas. #speechsprouts #speechtherapy #teletherapy
A simple spider craft for working on s-blends

5. Arts and crafts:

Really? How on earth can you do that virtually? Ask your parents to provide a few simple materials like play dough, crayons, scissors, paper, and glue. Make a paper chain, learn to draw an animal, make a snowflake, do some easy origami.  Just keep it simple and be sure you're embedding plenty of speech and language practice in the activity. You can find tons of ideas on Pinterest.

11 Awesome Activities for Speech Teletherapy! Try a movement break mid-session like this YouTube video from the Learning Station to make your speech therapy sessions online engaging and fun. Read the post for more ideas. #speechsprouts #speechtherapy #teletherapy
Try the Move and Freeze song by the Learning Station

6. Movement breaks!

 Stretch, do jumping jacks, yoga poses, dance to a movement break YouTube video... whatever! Make silly faces too. Who can make the best fish face? Try it mid-session to get your kids alert and ready to focus.

I love The Learning Station for movement breaks. Find The Move and Freeze song on YouTube here.  
Be sure to check out the videos on their channel while you're there, they have sooo many videos perfect for your speech and language sessions. 

7. Try songs and fingerplays with your littles

Stand up and sing a fun song or do a fingerplay together. When you get excited, your kids will too! I've rounded up three great seasonal lists with YouTube links to get you started:

A Wheels on the Bus interactive PDF for preschool speech therapy that's great for speech teletherapy on ipads, computers and whiteboards too. Perfect for back to school speech and language online fun. #speechsprouts #speechtherapy #preschool
Interactive Digital PDF's are great in teletherapy.
Sing the song as you explore this fun
Wheels on the Bus Digital Interactive Story

8. Interactive PDF activities

Interactive PDFs are files with clickable pictures and links. Share them on Zoom, used them Google Classroom, or load onto a tablet to use in-person with your students. They are digital and paperless, making them great for in-person therapy as well. Some are combined with printable packets for homework or hands-on activities. 

I have several Interactive PDF's in my store. Take a look to see what these are all about!

If you need a tutorial on how to set up and use your interactive, no-print PDF activities on your computer or iPad, I have you covered in this post: Surviving the Holiday Season: How to use No-Print Activities.

9. PowerPoint Games

If you have PowerPoint on your computer, your kids will enjoy these games. PowerPoint games are stored on your computer, not on a website. 

You can try your hand at designing one yourself, but it's pretty tricky if you're not familiar with creating in PowerPoint. Fortunately, there are many awesome games available on TpT.  Search PowerPoint game, then narrow your search by Subject-Specialty-Speech Therapy. 

Here's a free PowerPoint Coloring Game from Simply Speaking SLT to try out.

 Pink Cat Studios has some open-ended ones on TpT as well, including this free Race to the Haunted House Powerpoint Game.

10. Ipad Apps

You can mirror your iPad or phone, letting you use any fun app for therapy and show what you are seeing on the screen. Students won't be able to interact with the app, but you can tap the iPad for them to make things happen. Sometimes younger children don't even realize you are the one doing it!

My friend Sarah Wu, SLP shows you How to mirror an iPad on Zoom   If you're using another teletherapy platform that doesn't offer this capability, you can mirror your iPad by using a mirroring app. It will stream the view of your screen to your computer, then you can share that on your platform. Search "screen mirroring" in the app store. 

11. BOOM Cards

Boom Cards have become wildly popular among SLPs for several reasons. You can find decks created by SLPs that target the skills you need. Boom decks are interactive... if you can give your students control on your platform, they can click answers, drag pictures, or type answers depending on the set-up of the deck. 

Be sure to download this free Boom Cards deck for learning object function and answering What? questions.  Please leave feedback when you do, I'd love to know what you think!

If you're new to Boom, Boom Cards are paperless, no-prep, internet-based activities that you access through an account at Boom Learning. You can just use their free account to share the decks in your library during teletherapy or send a link to a student to complete as homework by generating what they call a "fast pin." Paid accounts are also available for more options in assigning decks and getting reports on data, but not necessary for using a deck during teletherapy. 

Animated fun! This speech Therapy Boom Card Deck teaches regular past-tense ed verbs, WH questions and pronouns. Read this post for 11 awesome ideas for speech teletherapy and find more exciting speech therapy activities for your online speech and language sessions. #speechsprouts #speechtherapy #teletherapy
The pictures in this deck really move!
Fun for learning past-tense ed verbs, WH questions, and pronouns too. 

I'm excited to tell you about the animated Boom Card decks I've created for learning verbs.  

They are made with gifs, so the children can actually see the pictures move! Way more interesting than a static task card. I've also recorded sound cues in these decks: narration of the words and sentences for young children and non-readers. 

Animated! Answering What Doing? Questions with Present tense Verb+ing teaches present progressive verbs, answering questions.

Animated! Answering What Doing? Questions with Regular Past-Tense -ed Verbs targets regular past-tense -ed verbs. You can also practice personal pronouns he, she, and they with these decks. 

Click the link to try them out and you can actually play the first few cards in the decks. They are available to purchase at Speech Sprouts both on Boom Learning and in my Teachers pay Teachers Store.

I hope you found a few new activities in this list that are perfect for your students!

Which of these activities have you tried? Were any new to you? I would love to hear what your favorite teletherapy activities are and if you have any other awesome activities you couldn't do without. Just leave a comment below. Be sure to pin this post so you'll have it for reference later when you're planning out your sessions! 

11 Awesome Activities for Speech Teletherapy! Engage your students online with this animated speech therapy Boom Card Deck that teaches regular past-tense ed verbs, WH questions and pronouns. Read the post to find more exciting speech therapy materials and activities for your speech and language sessions. #speechsprouts #speechtherapy #teletherapy

Stay well, my friends!

Monday, July 27, 2020

27 Free Online Games for Speech Therapy You Need to Know About

Teletherapy speech therapy activities like these 27 open-ended online games make planning easy! Find easy games for toddlers like Colorful Ships and great games for bigger kids like Frost Bite and Basketball. #speechsprouts #speechtherapygames  #speechtherapy #teletherapy

Online games that are quick to play are perfect for speech teletherapy.

Like many SLPs right now, I'm a newly minted teletherapist due to school closures during the COVID 19 pandemic. After three months of diving into speech therapy telepractice this spring, I quickly realized that I need more tricks up my sleeve to keep my students engaged with me online! Thirty minutes of pure drill time wasn't cutting it. It wasn't long before they started looking at me with eyes that said "What else have you got?" a bunch of you, I'll be headed back to school seeing my students online, at least for now. So it's time to gather up some great resources to keep participation and interest high!

It's important to mix it up with a variety of activities to keep students engaged during online speech therapy sessions.

Especially the youngest ones. Gee- in that respect it's not unlike in-person sessions, is it?

 I may have 2-3 different activities during a session. including books, real games (I take their "turn" for them in front of the camera), puppets, toys for the younger crowd, riddles, and worksheets we could draw or write on with annotation tools. I also love Boom Cards and digital resources like interactive pdfs. I like to get my kiddos up and moving sometimes too. We all need that!

Online games are a favorite activity for my speech therapy students.

No prep for you, fun for them. If you are using a platform like Zoom where you can give your students control, any of these games are great. If you can't give students control, look at the online board games that automatically advance. You can click the dice for your students.

 I keep a document of links on my desktop so I can head over to a great online game quickly during a session. Ready for a list to make your teletherapy planning easier? Here you go!

Here are some of my favorite sites for engaging, quick-play online games.

I've played a lot of games y'all, and I've listed games from these sites that load easily, are quick to play, motivating, and won't take away too much therapy time! You may want to look through the main sites and see if there are more games you love.

Teletherapy speech therapy activities like these 27 open-ended online games make planning easy! Find easy games for toddlers like Build a Monster and great games for bigger kids like Frost Bite and Basketball. #speechsprouts #speechtherapygames  #speechtherapy #teletherapy
Pink Cat Studio has 3 great free games and also a subscription.

Pink Cat Studio 3 fun games that you can use open-ended or for words, rhyme and more

Fun Brain Tons of engaging, quick-play games kids will love

Toy Theatre  Fun games, and lots of extras like dice and spinners

For little ones, you'll also want to check out:

ABCya  Lots of "Make-a" games and holiday games for little ones..Some games require flash player.

PBS Kids  Simple games with characters kids like such as Clifford, Sesame Street or Arthur.

Happy Clicks  I love this site of super-easy activities for very young learners

Teletherapy speech therapy activities like these 27 open-ended online games make planning easy! Find easy games for toddlers like the Chicken Game and great games for bigger kids like Frost Bite and Basketball. #speechsprouts #speechtherapygames  #speechtherapy #teletherapy
Happy Clicks has simple games for your youngest children just touch or tap to see things happen!

Easiest online games for early learners:

Chicken Game Click your mouse and the colorful chickens squawk, lay eggs, and hatch chicks

Interactive Mr. Potato Head Gret for body parts vocabulary

Make an Icecream build your Ice cream

Fruit Fall Help the farmer catch the fruit in his basket.

Balloon Pop Use the slingshot to pop the balloons.

Feed Freddy Matching Game Feed Freddy the matching colors shapes or patterns and watch him grow!

Simon Sees: Match the monster's reflection in the mirror by changing the pattern of his three eyes.

Helipopper The monster is flying with a helicopter hat. Pop the balloons that match the color of his hat. Requires paying attention to changing hat color. 

Pink Cat Studio has three free games that can be played open-ended (you just click the answer quickly) or for a variety of skills including Wh Questions, CVC words, antonyms, articulation of digraphs, l-blends

Play Build a Monster, Smarty Pants Animal Race or Quiz Wheel Game for free.

Open-ended online games for all grades 

Frost Bite Stick out your tongue and eat snowflakes

Desert Dive: Big Blue and his friend are on a see-saw, drag Big Blue up, and drop him to make his friend splash into the pool.

Spaceship Maze Guide your spaceship through the maze. Starts easy and each maze becomes a bit more challenging.

Turtle Wax Raise and lower the slide, then let the turtle slide down. Can you make him hit the target?

Basketball Aim the ball just right to make a basket!

Play Tic Tac Toe  play the computer or another player

Connect4 Play the computer or another player

Online board games: 

Familiar and fun games for anyone.

Teletherapy speech therapy activities like these 27 open-ended online games make planning easy! Find easy games for toddlers like Build a Monster and great games for bigger kids like Frost Bite and Snakes and Ladders. #speechsprouts #speechtherapygames  #speechtherapy #teletherapy
Find games, hidden pictures, puzzles and more at Toy Theater

These games automatically play when you click the dice. Fast and easy!

Snakes and Ladders  Roll the Dice and your game piece automatically moves. Play with 1-2 players, or establish teams in a group.

The Goose Game: Roll the dice to advance. Some spaces are luck, some are not! Up to 6 players

These games require you to move the pieces. Some are strategy games best for older kids.

Checkers for 1-2 players or teams

BackGammon strategy game for older kids

Reversi Another strategy game for older kids. 1-2 players.

Games that are a bit more challenging:

Treasure Dive: The diver must avoid the sea creatures as he collects the gold from the treasure chest.

Word Turtle Create your own word search. Two levels of difficulty. Greate for articulation generating synonyms, antonyms, or category members

Visual Memory Puzzle Study the colored circles on the grid before they disappear. Can you re-create the pattern? Becomes progressively harder.

Poki Cut the Rope Feed the monster strategy game

Find 27 terrific teletherapy speech therapy activities including open-ended online games, spinners and dice that make planning easy!  #speechsprouts #speechtherapygames  #speechtherapy #teletherapy
Toy Theater also has great teacher tools you can adapt for speech therapy

Online dice and spinners for any game

Toy theater is great for these. These can be a game in themselves. Who will rack up the most points? Throw the dice or spin a spinner.

Dice: Colorful online dice in many shapes and sizes

Spinners; Choose spinners for either colors or numbers. You can choose how many spaces on the spinner too!

Online games are great to use in in-person therapy too. 

Play them on a  tablet, computer or project them on a whiteboard for instant engagement. Huge bonus- you don't have to lug these around as you travel from school to school or setting!

Don't forget to pin this post to save it for later when you need a fresh, motivating activity for your kiddos.

Grab this list of online speech therapy games for open-ended fun in teletherapy! Make planning easy with games for toddlers, preschoolers and games for older kids too. This will be your go-to list! #speechsprouts #speechtherapygames  #speechtherapy #teletherapy
Free online games for terrific for speech and language therapy.

Are you still needing to provide send-home materials, either printed or virtually?

I hope you've found some games you and your students love. Please leave a comment if you've found any more terrific open-ended games we should know about!

Stay well, my friends,

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

How to Boost Language with 19 Spectacular Wordless Books for Speech Therapy

Speech and language therapy is all about talking, right? So why would you want to use wordless books in your speech therapy session? No written story, no text. Well... that's exactly why!

Pancakes for Breakfast is one of 19 fun wordless books terrific for boosting speech and language in elementary and preschool speech therapy #speechsprouts #speechtherapy  #speechtherapybooks
Pancakes for Breakfast is such a fun wordless book for your next speech therapy session!

Wordless books are magical for eliciting language! 

Of course, reading a storybook with text is a great speech therapy activity too. They usually have some fun pictures to talk about, but mainly rely on the text to tell the story. The story is "fed" to the child. That's great if you're targeting listening comprehension, "wh" questions, or introducing new vocabulary.

With wordless books, however, it's the pictures that tell the story, offering magical opportunities for children to generate their own sentences, use their inventory of vocabulary, make inferences, and activate their background knowledge as they tell you all about the pictures. Expressive language? Oh yeah!

What happens when you read a book and then you quiz a child about what you've read?

Froggy Learns to Swim by Jonathon London is a storybook with text. You read the line: "So Froggy and his parents flopped outside to the pond- flop flop flop."

The conversation with a child listening usually goes something like this: You ask: "Where are the frogs going?" You may get just a one or maybe a two-word response, "the pond."

Now, think about what happens if you have a conversation about the pictures instead of the text.

Let's look at the fun wordless book by David Weisner, titled Tuesday. If you ask a child to tell you about one of the pictures, it might go something like this:  You: "Oh wow. Look at the frogs!  You may get a whole sentence in response, something like this: "They're floating up in the air with their lilypads!"

Compare this sentence with an MLU (mean sentence length) of 11 to the sentence with an MLU of 2 in the example of Froggy Goes Swimming.

When exploring a wordless book, you're likely to get a whole lot more generative language! 

Wordless books set up fantastic opportunities for:

1. Increased sentence length and complexity in the child's expressive speech. You naturally encourage more detailed responses when asking a child to tell you about a picture and what's happening.

2. Making inferences. You: "I wonder why the blackbird is flying away from the frog?" Child: "It's scared because the frogs are flying!"

3. Using descriptive words. "It's dark outside."

4. Practice with present and past-tense verbs. You: "What's happening in this picture?"  Child: "The birds see the frogs flying!" You: "Oh, no! What happened there?"  Child: "The frogs crashed into the clothes!"

5. A natural opportunity to practice pronouns. You: "Look at that frog!" Child: "It's upside down!"

6. Use of feelings words. You: "Look at his face! I wonder what the man is thinking?" Child: "He's surprised! He's thinking, What are those frogs doing outside my window?"

7. Embedded opportunities to explore story elements of characters, setting, action, problem, and solution.

8.  Literacy skills: Sequencing and telling a simple narrative. Have the child tell you the story by describing each picture as they turn the pages.

9. Toss in opportunities to practice conversational level articulation or fluency techniques as you explore and discuss the pictures together. Great in mixed groups. I think wordless books are a must-have in your speech therapy library!

Here's a list of 19 wonderful wordless books you absolutely should check out:

Try one of these fabulous wordless books in your next speech therapy session! 

Want to see if a book is right for your student's level? You can "preview" many of these books by watching a "read-aloud" or in this case a "showing" of the book on YouTube. Just search the title. Then head to the library or bookstore to grab a copy of your favorites.

I've added Amazon links for your convenience, I don't get any commission or other consideration for the links, I just want to make it easy for you to check out these great books. 
  1. Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Ratham is the story of a mischievous little gorilla in the zoo who steals the zookeeper's keys.
  2. Wave by Suzy Lee is the story of a little girl at the beach who plays with a wave at the beach that seems almost alive.
  3. A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog by Mercer Meyer is the story of a boy and a dog who see a clever little frog and their misadventures when they try to catch him in a net. 
  4. Found by Jeff Newman is the story of a little girl who keeps a lost dog, then has to give him up when the owner is found. 
  5. The Umbrella by Ingrid and Dieter Schubert is the story of a little dog who finds an umbrella and while holding it, is blown away by a gust of wind, sending him on amazing adventures.
  6. Float by Daniel Miyares is the story of a little boy and his paper boat.
  7. Where's Walrus? by Stephen Savage is the story of a sneaky walrus who escaped the zoo, and the zookeeper who can't seem to find him- even when it's right in front of him!
  8. Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordel is the story of a little girl and a wolf cub who both get lost in a snowstorm and how they become friends.
  9. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crocket Johnson is the story of a little boy who uses a purple crayon to draw his way into exciting adventures.
  10. Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomie dePaola is the story of a little old lady who craves pancakes for breakfast but runs into all kinds of problems when she tries to make them.
  11. The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett is the story of a little girl who sees a bicycle she wants to buy, but she has to find a way to get the money for it. 
  12. Tuesday by David Weisner is a story of strange happenings in the frog pond on Tuesday. (Check out this awesome animated version of Tuesday by Paul McCartney on YouTube)
  13. Chalk by Bill Thomson is the story of three friends who draw pictures with a piece of chalk and find out that what they draw comes to life!
  14. The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney is the story of a fierce lion who decides to spare the mouse he's caught. Later the mouse returns the favor by helping the lion when he's in trouble. 
  15. The Red Book by Barbara Lehman is the story of two children who both find a red book and the adventures they have because of it. 
  16. Journey by Aaron Becker is the story of a lonely girl who uses a red marker to draw a magical door and goes through it to find all sorts of adventures.
  17. Spot the Cat by Henry Cole is the story of a cat who gets lost and the little boy who owns her.
  18. South by Patrick McDonell is the story of a little bird who takes a nap and wakes to discover that his entire flock has flown away. His friend, the cat, helps him find the flock.
  19. The Hunters of the Great Forest by Dennis Nolan is the story of a band of tiny hunters who leave their village on a quest to bring a special treat back to the village, and their adventures along the way.

I'm always on the lookout for more great books for speech therapy.

If you have a favorite wordless book I haven't mentioned, please, please leave a comment, because I'll want to go check it out! What's your favorite? Goodnight Gorilla and A Boy, a Dog and a Frog are two of mine.

If you love using books for speech therapy...

Storybooks with text are great too. Here are 5 of my favorites plus a post full of sound-loaded books for articulation. To find more books, click the storybooks tab on my home page. 

I hope you found some great wordless books for your speech therapy sessions! Until next time...

Monday, March 30, 2020

3 Quick and Easy Easter Speech Therapy Activities You'll Love

3 Must-Have Easter Speech Therapy Activities 

3 Quick and easy Easter Speech Therapy Activities that are a must-have this spring for preschool and elementary students! SLPs love the ability to target multiple goals at once whether it's language, articulation or fluency, making them ideal for mixed groups. #speechsprouts #speechtherapy #Easter
Open-ended Easter game for easy speech therapy sessions 

Pull out a holiday activity and your speech therapy groups perk right up and get excited to participate. You love them too, but with a bulging mixed caseload and precious little time to prep, you need activities that are not only engaging but also super-versatile. No-prep simple or grab and go easy. Yes, please. So here you go...

1. My very favorite no-stress holiday activity is ... Bingo Riddles!

My Bingo Riddles games are great as a print and go activity, but I suggest you laminate a set to re-use. I promise you will want to use these games over again.

I've got you covered for quick and easy Easter-themed sessions, plus I've created Bingo Riddles games for five more holidays and all four seasons. Play the Easter Bingo Riddles game with bingo chips or try jelly bean markers for a fun treat.

Spring Bingo Riddles is a fun holiday alternative if you don't do Easter activities at your school.

Here's the awesome twist that makes this game so engaging...

Each Bingo Riddles game includes rhyming riddle cards for the vocabulary pictures. Rather than simply calling out a word, you read the riddle, adding a fun challenge as students guess the answers.  Don't worry, you can still show the pictures for younger students.

"Shaped like a bunny or chick, marshmallow in heaps. You'll eat us quick, because we're yummy _____." Can you guess the answer?

You can easily target listening, inference, vocabulary, rhyme and articulation as you play. You can even have students take turns reading the clues for sentence-level articulation opportunities.

Sweet comments I've received:

* This activity is so wonderful! The kiddos loved being challenged with riddles but also playing a fun game of bingo. So many language and articulation opportunities!

* This is the 2nd year I've used these, and I had to write a review on this product because I love it so much. I have used it with preschoolers, 6th graders, and all the grades in between.

* My kids begged and begged to play!

Do you have a really hard time fitting in make-up therapy?

 Shhh, I'm going to let you in on my secret.... Bingo Riddles are my favorite activity for managing not only mixed speech therapy groups and in-class therapy, but... wait for it... large-group make-up therapy too! There are 30 gameboards, so you can use it with any size group and across grades while you target multiple goals at once.

2. Next up is a quick-play open-ended Easter game for any age or goal.

You'll love how easy it is to target multiple goals at once with this fun Easter Vocabulary game. Language prompts are included, or use it open-ended for any target. Comes with Spring and St. Patrick’s Day games too, so you can use these all season long.  One of 3 Quick and Easy Easter Speech Therapy Activities that are a must-have this spring! Head over to the post to see the other two.   #speechsprouts #speechtherapy #easter
Spring Speech Therapy Games: St. Patrick's Day, Easter

Be the first to collect the letters to spell Easter and you'll win!  Simple and engaging, this game will be a favorite. Try popping the cards in an Easter basket or bucket to draw from or put them in Easter eggs for even more fun.

There are actually 3 games in this super-versatile resource.

One for St. Patrick's Day, one for Easter, and one for spring. Each game has cards for 4 players. Play open-ended or use the included page of vocabulary and themed questions for language development.

I use this game with preschoolers and non-readers too.I've included directions on how to make a letter template so preschoolers can match the letters, making it a great early literacy activity as well. Find it here: Spring Speech Therapy Games: St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring

3. Print and go no-prep Easter for any goal? Here you go...

You'll love how easy it is to target multiple goals at once with these fun no-prep Easter Speech therapy activities!  Mystery squares are just one fun activity in this huge pack. Language prompts are included in handy paste-on quick lists, or use it open-ended for any target. One of 3 Quick and Easy Easter Speech Therapy Activities that are a must-have this spring! Head over to the post to see the other two.   #speechsprouts #speechtherapy #easter
Easter No-Prep Speech Therapy Activities- Mixed Group Magic!

If you haven't seen my huge mixed group magic packets, you are in for a treat. My kids love them. 

Mix and match any one of the 62 different fun activities with any goal. There's a variety of activities great for pre-k through 5th grade, so you can use it across your caseload. Choose a color by number, mystery squares, dot to dot, paint a scene, a dot marker page or one of each for your group!

See the little empty box in the upper right of the page? 

You can paste any one of the Easter-themed Yes-No and WH questions quick lists included in the packet, or just write in your own prompts. Any activity, any goal, all no-prep. It doesn't get better than that!

Find  Mixed Group Magic Easter Speech Therapy Activities here. 

To make it even easier, I created additional Quick Lists for receptive language, expressive language, and articulation.

You can pop one of these handy little lists of prompts on almost any activity you have. I love these for data and progress-monitoring too.

 Find them here: Speech and Language All-Year Quick list bundle.

Pop one of these handy speech and language lists on any activity to instantly add receptive language, expressive language or articulation prompts for each student. Makes progress monitoring and data collection super simple too. #speechsprouts #speechtherapy
Speech Therapy Quick Lists- Prompts for any printable activity

These activities are ideal for mixed groups.

I rarely get to see homogeneous groups, because my caseload is just too large. Someone is usually working on language, another couple students on articulation, maybe someone else on fluency. Mixed groups are tricky, but these three Easter activities are terrific for mixed goals in groups. 

If you're struggling with how to manage and engage your groups, check out this post for more ideas and resources: 3 Sure-fire Secrets to Solving Mixed-Group Madness. 

You can use these Easter speech therapy activities in teletherapy too.

As I write this post, we are in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic and many SLPs (including myself!) are scrambling to find engaging materials for teletherapy.  I have updated my terms of use to allow for distance learning and teletherapy needs.

If you're using a teletherapy platform that allows students to "annotate" or draw and type on your screen share, there are several ways to use these materials.

Easter Bingo Riddles: You can play with 3 students with just one board. Take a screenshot of a bingo board. Have each student guess which direction the first bingo will be...diagonal, horizontal or vertical. Share the screenshot and have your students mark off the pictures as they solve the riddles. If they picked the direction of the first 5 in a row, they win!

Spring and Easter Speech Therapy Games:  There are 2 boards per page in the file. Share a screenshot for 2 players. You can pick the letters out of a bucket for your students. What will it be? The student can then type the letter on their board. First one to spell Easter wins.

Easter Mixed Group Magic Quick List Activities:  Share your screen and students will love coloring in the color by number or mystery squares as you talk about their goals. Use a pencil tool for the dot to dot pages or draw your way through the mazes. There are plenty of possibilities with this pack.

3 Quick and easy Easter Speech Therapy Activities that are a must-have this spring for preschool and elementary students! SLPs love the ability to target multiple goals at once whether it's language, articulation or fluency, making them ideal for mixed groups. #speechsprouts #speechtherapy #Easter
Spring Speech Therapy Games for Easter, St. Patrick's day and Spring.

Wishing you a safe Spring and a Happy Easter my friends!

Sunday, March 15, 2020

50+ Terrific FREE Speech Therapy Activities You Can Send Home in a Hurry

Speech and language home practice has always been important for making optimal progress.

A huge list of speech and language homework activities you can send home in a hurry for summer and emergency shutdowns

This isn't news to SLP's. But events like the coronavirus pandemic, natural disasters and subsequent school closings have shone a light on the need for quality resources that can be accessed at home. Not only during emergencies but for everyday home practice, school breaks and summer too.

To help out, I've compiled an extensive list for you of free speech and language resources you can find online. Some are online games, many are printables. All are no-prep to make gathering what you need easier for you.

Free articulation resources online:

Tracy Boyd's Articulation Games: Have More Fun site has games for rhyme, syllables, CH, J, G, K, L, R, vocalic R, S, SH, TH, F, F, V, M, N

Articulation Word Lists by Home Speech Home

Printable picture cards by Testy Yet Trying

Boom Cards is offering free Ultimate memberships to teachers until June 2020 for schools affected by school closings.  These are digital card decks for a variety of skills, you can find many free decks.

Articulation freebies from Speech Sprouts for you:

This resource can be easily adapted for any articulation target by writing articulation words on the blank "teeth"

More great articulation freebies on Teachers pay Teachers: 

SH Articulation Worksheets by Talking with Rebecca

R Articulation Word Search by Fun in Speech

Articulation Activity Booklets TH by KI Speech Therapy

Free language resources online:

Tracy Boyd's Language and Word Games: Have Fun has games for analogies, antonyms, synonyms, homonyms, homographs, categories, What doesn't belong, same or different, irregular plurals, WH questions, idioms and more.

Tracy Boyd's Sequencing Fun Games include games for sequences like brushing your teeth or blowing up a balloon.

Word Search Generator from Puzzle Maker .com Send home an articulation list, synonym or antonym list, category list, etc, and have kids make their own word search.

Language Word Lists by Home Speech Home including categories, verbs, adjectives, synonyms, antonyms, multiple meanings and more.

Carl's Corner has printable resources and word lists for antonyms, synonyms, homophones, plurals, rhyme, vocabulary and more.

Looks Like Language has a great post with lots of links: 10 Fantastic Free Resources  for Customizing Vocabulary Work 

Language freebies from Speech Sprouts for you:

Quantity Concepts: Frogs and Flies by Speech Sprouts. Make a mini-book while learning the concepts more, less, altogether.

Five Little Monkeys No-Prep Speech Therapy by Speech Sprouts. Open-ended printable activities for any target. It also comes with a few Quicklists for articulation, questions, and past-tense -ed.

Hoot Owl Homonyms Freebie by Speech Sprouts

That's Fishy! Which does not belong? by Speech Sprouts Cards and sorting mats for a fishing game. Teaches category exclusion, color words, sorting by color.

More great language freebies on Teachers pay Teachers: 

Setting the Table and Language by The Speech Meadow

Groceries and Language by The Speech Meadow

Play With Dolls by The Speech Meadow

Creating Language-Rich Experiences at Home by Ms Gardenia's Speech Room

Play-based Speech Therapy Homework by Primary Punch

Scavenger Hunt Vocabulary Activities by Fun in Speech

Summer Homework Calendars for Language by Schoolhouse Talk

Printable Picture Cards for Speech Therapy by Speech and Language at Home

Pronoun Puddle Jump Activity by Twin Speech Language and Literacy

Ants on a Log Speech Recipe by Creative Speech Lab

Weather Idioms Freebie by Activity Tailor

Fictional Short Stories for Language Comprehension by Talking with Rebbecca

Bubble Gum Facts and Opinions by All Y'All Need

Free social language resources online:

Social Language Scenarios by Home Speech Home

Emotions Vocabulary by Home Speech Home

Pirate Emotions and Feelings Card Game by Communication Blessings

Articulation,  Language and Social Language Homework by Stacy Crouse

Social Skills Activities: Friendly or Not? by Looks Like Language

Social Skills Activities: TeenProblem Solving/ Social Inferences by Looks Like Language

Free fluency resources online:

Videos with practical tips for how to use speech tools from Stuttering Therapy Resources

Speech and Language Home Practice by Primary Punch includes parent suggestions for fluency, articulation and language home practice.

Fluency Skills Brochure by Primary Punch

Speech Therapy Stuttering Activities by The Gift of Gab

Free AAC Resources online

A huge list of speech and language homework activities you can send home in a hurry for summer and emergency shutdowns

How you may use these resources

Resources by many SLP authors are listed here. Please be sure to respect the terms of use included in files by each author. If you have questions, reach out to the author of that product.

Most other authors also allow printing for all your students, again please check the TOU. for those resources.

For Speech Sprouts free resources:
I am amending my Terms of  Use due to these extreme circumstances during the coronavirus pandemic for the Speech Sprouts resources in this list.

  1. Each SLP or educator who will be distributing these resources to students should download the file on Teachers pay Teachers for themselves. Parents are also welcome to download a copy of the digital file on TpT. 
  2. You have my permission to print a copy of my activities for each of the students on your caseload. 
  3. You may upload my resources to a private Google Classroom that only your parents and students have access to. Uploading resources to other file sharing sites will continue to be prohibited. 

I've also put together a PDF File with links to the resources listed here that you may download. You may share the PDF file with the list with your students and parents via Google classroom, email or a password-protected district website.

I hope this makes getting activities out to your students easier.   Download the Freebie List HERE.

I hope this send-home resource list helps! 

We're all used to summer breaks, but emergency school closing like the current coronavirus shutdowns or fire and flood emergencies can so be very stressful. Wishing everyone health and safety.