30 Themed Speech Therapy Ideas for Easy Planning - thedabblingspeechie

As school-based SLP’s, we’re going to be working with so many different grade levels throughout the day. Especially if you’re like me and you love to push-in to multiple classrooms throughout your day or week. The more grade levels you see, the more time you’re going to be putting into planning. It’s simply the nature of school SLP-ing. However, taking a single theme and modifying it across grade levels has been a life saver when it comes to my planning time. Here are some ways you can take a single theme and use it for multiple grade levels!

Adapting Your Themed Speech Therapy

First things first, you will need to select your theme. Once you’ve selected your theme, planning for each of your grade levels will be easy. I like to start off with a story that goes along with the theme I’ve chosen. Beginning with a story helps students build background knowledge and get exposure to the thematic vocabulary. Epic! or ReadWorks are great for finding grade specific stories and books. If I have a story in mind, but can’t find the books, YouTube read-alouds are always a great go-to.

YouTube videos that go along with your theme are also fun and engaging for your student. Starting off with a song using my theme with my younger elementary students is always a fun way to start our session. For older elementary students, I try to show a video with more narration and vocabulary.

Hands-On Activities for Themed Speech Therapy

This blog post has 30 ideas for themed speech therapy that you can use to cover your speech and language goals. Need themed speech therapy inspiration? Head to the blog post and download the FREE themed therapy planning guide.

Any theme you’ve picked can be incorporated into a variety of hands-on activities that can be adapted for the grade levels you work with. For my PK-1st grade students, I use a coloring/drawing worksheet, a simple craft or a themed sensory bin. For my 2nd-3rd grade students, I start incorporating a sequencing/story-retell activity or a vocabulary and comprehension activity based on the story or video I used. With the 4th-5th grade students, I select “higher level” activities. This may be creating word webs with our thematic vocabulary or making a list of the figurative language we find in the story we read together. 

Themed Speech Therapy in Action

Here is a quick look at what my therapy plans will include using a “Back-to-School” theme with my students:

Story Selections:

  • PK – 1st Grade: Lola Goes to School
  • 2nd – 3rd Grade: If You Take a Mouse to School
  • 4th – 5th Grade: The Day You Begin

Movement Based Activity:

Hands-On Activity:

  • PK – 1st Grade: School bus craft with a sentence strip targeting verb use or incorporating core words
  • 2nd – 3rd Grade: Target the story grammar elements in the story selected; have students draw the events of the story and retell the story
  • 4th – 5th Grade: Create semantic webs using words and pictures with tier 2 vocabulary words in the story; encourage students to write sentences using the target words

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Themes to Use for Speech Therapy Activities

This blog post has 30 ideas for themed speech therapy that you can use to cover your speech and language goals. Need themed speech therapy inspiration? Head to the blog post and download the FREE themed therapy planning guide.

BONUS THEME IDEAS:

Not sure what theme to use? Here is a list of my favorite themes for speech therapy activities:

  1. Back to school
  2. Seasons – spring, summer, fall, winter
  3. Community helpers
  4. Zoo
  5. Beach
  6. Bugs/Insects
  7. Playground
  8. Frogs
  9. Holidays
  10. Kites
  11. Camping
  12. Pirates
  13. Apples
  14. Cooking
  15. Squirrels (check out these fun squirrel ideas)
  16. Ocean
  17. Transportation
  18. Construction
  19. Around the house
  20. Farm (lots of ideas in this post) and digital therapy ideas HERE.
  21. Flowers and Garden
  22. Camping – the BEST summer theme ideas HERE!
  23. Weather
  24. Dinosaurs
  25. Pets
  26. Pizza
  27. Ice Cream
  28. Super Heroes
  29. Presidents
  30. Monsters (click here for some teletherapy monster activities)

Access Free Themed Speech Therapy Lessons

This blog post has 30 ideas for themed speech therapy that you can use to cover your speech and language goals. Need themed speech therapy inspiration? Head to the blog post and download the FREE themed therapy planning guide.

Don’t forget to download your free Themed Therapy Guide. This guide has what you need to get started planning your themed speech therapy sessions. Simply click the image above for this free resource!

And more!

If you’re looking for more ideas or themed speech therapy activities, make sure to check out some of my previous blog posts:

What are your favorite themed activities to use in speech therapy? Let me know in the comments below!

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