Ep. 46 Using Themed Vocabulary to Teach Depth of Vocabulary Knowledge - thedabblingspeechie

Hey Hey SLPs! In this weeks episode you will learn ways that you can use a theme to teach vocabulary depth with your students who have language impairments.  When we use themes it can help add in new words to those existing semantic networks. It can also make it easier for a child to learn new words if they can fit it into a system or category that a child has already learned well. So, if we use themes in our therapy rooms, we can build that background knowledge and semantic networks, thus making vocabulary growth easier for our students. Today, I am going to share 4 strategies for how you can build depth of vocabulary knowledge using themed words.


In this episode you’ll hear:

  • Explicitly teaching the meaning of the words with kid friendly definitions 
  • Teaching about features or function to form category groups. For example, if you discuss a sand bucket, you can name the category of a beach toy, function – you put things inside it like sand, shells, shape- cylinder, made out of – plastic
  • Multiple exposures to words in varied contexts – this is when you can give the child more opportunities to hear and engage with the word while reading a beach-themed book, or using beach vocabulary to build sentences, answer wh-questions, or create a hands on activity such as a sensory bin to use the beach vocabulary in a new context.
  • Relating words thematically or in a taxonomy. Taxonomy – a bathing suit is an outfit for the beach, which you wear during summer, and is clothing. Thematic connection – beach you bring a swimsuit, towels, cooler with food, sand toys, boogie board, sunscreen, umbrella, etc.

If you are using themed materials, but haven’t gotten them organized, you need to join my 5-day themed therapy organizational challenge on Facebook.

Each day, you will get a mini-challenge to help you make progress with getting your themed materials and activities organized, so that you can easily find them when you want to use that themed unit in therapy.

Instead of spending the summer procrastinating, why not join the organizational challenge and get your materials in order before the school year starts.

 You can sign up for the 5-day Themed Therapy Organizational Challenge HERE: 5-day Themed Therapy Organizational Challenge

 With every 5-day challenge, there are some free goodies for attending, Facebook LIVES, daily giveaways, and an ultimate prize which this time someone is going to win a $100 Amazon giftcard and a free year membership to my themed therapy SLP membership that is launching at the end of this month.

 Want to be in the know for when the themed therapy SLP membership launches?

Get on the Themed Therapy SLP Membership waitlist HERE

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