I officially pulled out my Fall outfits and am sporting all my scarves, so it’s Fall y’all! Immediately after I wrote that sentence, I started singing, “Y’all gon’ make me spice things up, up in here, up in here.” Because in my world, nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove spice will often be used. Between the bread, muffins, lattes, pancakes, ice cream, and pies, I will be pumpkin spicing my life until after Thanksgiving.  How about you? Fall/Autumn is my favorite season because California’s weather is pretty off the charts. In this blog post, I wanted to share all my favorite engaging fall themed speech therapy activities you can do with your prek-5th grade classroom. 

Low Prep Fall-Themed Speech Therapy Activities

Use no prep Fall themed worksheets to target Fall Speech and Language activities. #slpeeps #dabblingslp #fallspeechtherapy #noprepactivities

After you read a Fall themed book or review Fall vocabulary, you can use themed NO PREP worksheets to target speech and language goals. If you need some fall-themed worksheets that are easy to prep, here are my Autumn No Prep Activities For Your K-4 caseload​.

Where is the falling leaf? Hide a die-cut or fake leaf from the Dollar Tree around your therapy room. Students have to ask “where” questions to get clues such as “Is the leaf under something?” or “Is it behind something?”

Fall Verb Charades – Write down a list of Fall verbs and have your students act them out. The rest of the group has to name the verb. Then, have each group member create a sentence with the verb. Here are some verb action examples that you can use: rake leaves, eat the apple, jump in leaves, bake a pie, smell a candle, sneeze, walk, gather leaves, drink hot cider, throw a football, carry an umbrella, carve a pumpkin, pick an apple, snuggle under blankets, pull out pumpkin pulp, eat a caramel apple, stir a pot of soup.

 

Easy fall themed speech therapy activities for elementary SLPs

Falling Leaves Pretend Play – Use the fake leaves from Dollar Tree, or you can buy them on amazon (affiliate link included). Grab a basket, plastic bag, and rake, and have your students rake up the leaves. Work on the noun function and describe a rake by attributes. Then, you can work on basic concepts IN/OUT as the student puts the leaves in the basket or plastic bag. After the students practice raking up the leaves, you can have them sequence the steps for raking leaves. First, you get your basket and rake. Next, you rake up the leaves into a pile. Last, you pick up the leaves and put them in the basket.

What else can you come up with? Share in the comments so that we can add to the blog post.

Non-Fiction YouTube Videos with a Fall-Theme

Easy fall-themed speech therapy activities for elementary SLPs.

This video is great for sequencing and learning the parts of a pumpkin!

Practice identifying the main idea and key details with this changing leaves non-fiction video from SciShow Kids.

Autumn Is Here by Scholastic – This Fall video has a lot of visuals of things that happen during the Autumn season. Target verbs and verb tense with the video. Practice answering wh-questions during and after the video.

Use Fall-Themed Vocabulary to Target Language Goals

Use the Fall vocabulary to target speech and language goals. Have students answer wh-questions while making these All About Autumn Books from my Low Prep Seasonal Flipbooks. They can make grammatically correct sentences with the items, answer questions about noun function, describe nouns by attributes and explain what people can do during Fall. Plus, you can send it home for additional Fall vocabulary.

You can also play games such as Go Fish, Memory, or the Flashlight game with Fall vocabulary or action words.

With fall vocabulary, you can work on basic concepts, building sentences with grammar structures, adjectives related to fall, and describing items by attributes. The fall-themed grammar and vocabulary activities have all these activities!

Fall-Themed Sensory Bins for Groups

Fall sensory bins for kids to use in speech therapy. #slpeeps #slpsensorybin #sensorybins #fallspeechtherapy #dabblingslp

Can You Find It? Fall vocabulary sensory bins can be an interactive way to work on noun functions and categories. Check out my blog post to see how you can make one HERE.

For my students working on functional communication with their CORE board or Go Talk, I used this bin to work on the CORE word “look”. We found the pictures and then I had the kids practice “look scarf”, “look squirrel”, “look rake”, etc.  We also just played with the popcorn and leaves working on “falling leaves” and “look leaves”. Some of my students loved the way the popcorn kernels felt, so I used that as an opportunity to target “like”. If you need this Fall sensory bin idea, it is in my Fall Push-In language lesson plan guide.

Crafts for the Fall Season to Use in Speech Therapy

A few years ago, I wrote a blog post about easy crafts you can do with your students working on functional communication. Read about the craft ideas HERE.

You can also use the Fall Tree Q-tip paint craft for any goal. Every time they practice their skill, they can add 5 dots of leaves.

Share Your Fall-Themed Speech Therapy Activities

What fall-themed speech therapy activities do you use in therapy? Let me know in the comments or email me pics at feliceclark@thedabblingspeechie.com Of course, you can always tag me on instagram @thedabblingspeechie

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