Sunday, July 31, 2016

Best Back to School Speech Therapy Activities Ever!



I'm ready to capture my student's back to school excitement with some terrific new speech and language activities!


Who doesn't love something shiny and new for back to school? In addition to that cute new outfit, I want to knock my student's socks off with speech therapy activities that are super fun and engaging. So, I have been busy creating a few and shopping for more of the best activities to add to my wishlist.

Best Back to School Activities for SLPs Ever! Linky Party with Speech Room News

The first place I head (okay, after the Target bargain aisle) is to TPT. The problem is, there are tons of great activities and stores, and it can be time-consuming to sift through it all. No worries! I'm going to save you some time and show you what I've found. But this will make it even sweeter:

Back to school Teachers pay Teachers sale August 1-2nd

You'll save up to 28% on your picks, including everything at Speech Sprouts Store. Just don't forget the promo code: BestYear

Want the lowdown on even more activities? A big thank you to Jenna Rayburn of Speech Room News for hosting her What's in Your Cart Linky. After you read my picks, head to the linky so you can have fun seeing what everyone else has in their cart!

A new speech and language activity at Speech Sprouts

I have been busy creating this summer and am excited for you to check out my newest addition to my Back to School Activities at Speech Sprouts. Ta da!

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I have had requests for more Bingo Riddles games, 

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Back to School Bingo Riddles
so I created this one with a fun school theme. My best-selling Bingo Riddles packs combine fun rhyming riddles with a favorite game. (You should hear me walk around the house talking to myself, as I make up new riddles. Hubby thinks I'm a bit crazy anyway!) You'll target vocabulary, inference, listening comprehension and rhyme. 

I love using it for push-in activities or large groups (plenty for everybody with 28 boards) as well as my small groups.

A sweet comment

on another of my Bingo Riddles games: "This is the 2nd year that I have used these, and I had to write a review...because I love it so much. I have used it with preschoolers, 6th graders, and all of the grades in between. All of the clues are clever and witty and fun and appropriate. I just can't rate this high enough." 

If this is your lovely comment, please e-mail me at speechsproutstherapy@gmail.com. I have a surprise for you!

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Just posted today! 

Whew! Been working day and night to bring you this speech therapy book companion for one of my all time favorite back to school stories: The Kissing Hand. And guess what? Uh huh, uh huh...It's on sale, cause I want y'all to get happy and have your best year ever! Head over to take a peek at cards, puzzles, printables and a minibook reader too! Find it HERE.

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The Kissing Hand Back to School Companion!

 Now for a peek at some more back to school activities that I will be popping in my cart for the sale. I will have planning wrapped up for a least a month. SWEET!

Here's What's in my Cart:


First up is a pack from Mandi of Panda Speech. Some days we just need to print and go! This school-themed pack will have you covered!

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Check out this resource from SLPTalk with Desiree, using paint sticks. What a fun twist on articulation therapy! My kids really enjoy manipulative activities.

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Next up is this cool activity from Creative Speech Lab.  My kids will love these little pop-up style stories as they practice sentence and conversational level articulation. I love that it will work for my language kids too.

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Get the conversation going with these ice breaker activities from The SLT Scrapbook.  All about me, conversation starters and partner up activities. Perfect fit for back to school and social groups too.

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Enter my $10 Giveaway!

To say thank you to my newsletter subscribers, I am giving away a $10 TpT Gift certificate. To enter, sign up for my newsletter in the side column and comment on this blog post with one of YOUR favorite back to school activities. If you are already a subscriber, all you need to do is comment! I will pick a random winner at 12 noon  on August 2nd.

UPDATE: We have a winner! Congratulations to Ashley Kerekes, I will email you the code for your $10 discount. Thanks to all who entered, you shared lots of great ideas.

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Good luck, and don't forget to check out more of What's in Your Cart?

Monday, July 18, 2016

Articulation Ideas: Playtime for S-Clusters- Review and Giveaway

I can always count on having children with s-cluster goals in speech therapy.

Preschoolers and kindergarteners are cuddly, cute and very wiggly- they need hands-on activities! So I am ever on the lookout for fresh ideas and activities to keep those little ones engaged.

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Spoon drop s-blend activity

Enter S-Blend Playtime! Activities for S-Clusters, a new resource by Kim from Activity Tailor. What I love about this pack is that it is chock full of great ideas to get kids up, moving, digging, sliding, opening and exploring as they practice those s-blends.

S-Blend Playtime Activities includes creative ways to use stuffed animals, toy planes, miniatures, play dough, shaving cream, blocks, and stickers. You could easily fill up to 8 sessions per blend, which would carry you through at least 2 cycles with little to no planning and prep required! I love that.


Included are ideas for play activities, games, recipes (make some slime!) and tabletop activities for seven blends: SK, ST, SP, SL, SM, SN, and SW.  

For each blend, there is a printable tabletop activity, from coloring ice cream scoops (/sk/) to adding smiles on fun faces (/sm/). There is a listening list for auditory bombardment in therapy, 6 play activities, a movement activity and a send-home parent note with instructions and pacing boards with a list for parents to read, and pictures for children to name.

The play activities use items you probably already have in your therapy room, cutting down on expenses. I don't know about you, but materials usually come out of my own pocket, so that really helps!

I think one of my favorite ideas is making scary/ not scary boxes. 

Most of my preschoolers are fascinated by anything a bit creepy. I happen to have scorpions, snakes. beetles and spiders in my bug collection- perfect! Maybe a skeleton would work also, hmm.

I think I need to make some slime too. Slippery slime slides slowly. Oooh, this will be fun!

Click HERE to see the details in Activity Tailor's store.



These activities would fit right in with my intensive preschool program.

I do centers and hands-on activities for my littles to fill two-hour sessions. Read more about this service delivery model and what's included here:  Intensive Service Delivery Model for Preschool Speech Therapy.

Do You have more Great Ideas for S-Blend Activities?

I would love to hear them. Just leave a comment to share! Until next time my friends.


Monday, July 11, 2016

10 Terrific Storybooks for Speech Therapy and How To Use Them.

What are your favorite storybooks for speech therapy? 


That is what I asked the bloggers at Speech Spotlight, and I am excited to share their favorites with you. Speech Spotlight is my other blogging home, where I collaborate with nine talented SLP blogger friends. Stop by and visit, if you haven't already!

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Is your favorite for literature-based speech therapy here?
If you have visited me before at Speech Sprouts, you know I think literature-based therapy is terrific. The cat's meow. Awesome. Outstanding. The bee's knees. Fabulous. (Maybe I like synonyms and idioms a little bit too?)

I will be definitely be headed to the library to check out this list of delightful children's books. 

There are some new ones in here for me. I'll tell you about one of my new favorites too!


1. The Pout-Pout Fish Goes To School by Deborah Diesen


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Build vocabulary with
The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School
Ashley from Sweet Southern Speech posted about her favorites in her post Building Vocabulary With Back to School Books. She writes "The Pout-Pout Fish series of books offer an excellent opportunity to use imagery for vocabulary building. Just look at his face on the cover!" 


2. Aunt Isabel Tells a Good One by Kate Duke


Susan from Kids Learn Language said, "One of my favorite books for therapy (only one???) is Aunt Isabel Tells a Good One, by Kate Duke." It's an engaging story that walks kids through how a story is written - what elements you need to have. 

Aunt Isabel tells her nice and nephew about stories, as she makes up a story from elements they all suggest - and the heroine saves everyone. Her kids have always loved it! Susan has a companion resource for this book in her store. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/.../Story-Elements...


3. Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

Ashley also shared this lovely book in her blog post Fall Books and How I Use Them in Speech Therapy. She targets compare and contrast, sequencing, vocabulary and superlatives. It's also a terrific book for incorporating fall art in speech therapy. 

4. A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon

Linda from Looks Like Language  loves using A Bad Case of Stripes to help students make inferences and work on social skills. It helps students understand that other people have different perspectives. Linda reads it with her students to work on interpreting facial expressions and talk about how people feel about each other.  

5. Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School by Mark Teague

Linda also really likes this book for teaching students to look for pictured clues to make inferences, compare and contrast, and for talking about how different people can have different viewpoints in the same situation. 

6. Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
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Teach Describing words with Dear Zoo.

Colette from Alberta Speechie shares this favorite in her blog post on Bringing Children's Lit Into Speech. She says Dear Zoo is not only great for teaching the names of different zoo animals, but it also uses describing words such as jumpy, fierce, grumpy and naughty which might be new to the children. Children love to act out the different descriptions! 

7. The Apple Pie Tree by Zoee Hall

This favorite is from Ashley at  AGB Speech Therapy. She loves to use this book for teaching seasons and sequencing. The book is colorful and engaging, and has a delicious apple pie ending! I can see myself making some mini-pies with my students after reading this one.

8. Press Here by Herve' Tullet

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Follow one-step directions
with Press Here 
Jennifer from Speech Therapy Fun says she loves Press Here because it's so different from the average book. It's great for one step directions and the students love seeing what happens when they follow the directions. I definitely agree, Jennifer! It's one of my favorites, and you can read a review of this book HERE at Speech Sprouts.

9. The Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Sarah of Speech is Beautiful picks this adorable book as a favorite of hers. The main character is a little green pea who does not want to eat his candy. (What a fun turnaround to read with any veggie-hating children!) This simple story is perfect for initial /p/ and story retell.

10. Peck, Peck Peck by Lucy Cousins
This story about a young woodpecker and his daddy is one of my newest favorites at Speech Sprouts. You can read the full review  HERE. I am always looking for sound-loaded books, as you may know if you have read about my sound-loaded storybooks for articulation freebie. This book is repeats the word "peck" over and over as the little woodpecker flies off to try out his new skills. Perfect for teaching final /k/. It's also great for where questions, categories and rhyme too. 

There you have it! 


I hope you have discovered a couple new titles for your therapy room.


I know I can't wait to try out some new storybooks with my students. You can always find my reviews of more great children's books by clicking the Storybook category at the top of my blog on my home page. I will be adding new ones to my Best-ever Storybooks series, so check back often, and let me know if you have a favorite you think I would like. 

Now, where's my library card?  I'm going to need it!


Until next time my friends.