5 Fall Language Therapy Activities for SLPs

5 Fall Language Therapy Activities for SLPs

When implementing a theme-based approach, you want to ensure your speech therapy materials and activities include the theme’s vocabulary.

That’s why today, in this blog post, I will share 5 Fall language activities you can do that incorporate fall-themed vocabulary words and concepts.

Mixed Group Fall Language Therapy Activity

Learn about 5 fall language therapy activities you can use with your mixed groups in this blog post.

Sequencing with fall activities is a great way to work on various language goals.

You can cover grammar, vocabulary, comprehension, description, and more! This research article found that when therapy focused on a broad range of language skills, students reading comprehension improved.

Working on sequencing the steps for raking leaves, carving a pumpkin, making an apple pie, or a squirrel collecting acorns for the winter, you can work on lots of different language concepts.

You can even show your students YouTube videos with the process for these fall activities. And, if you want digital Boom Cards to work on fall sequencing, check out these different fall-themed sets in my TPT store.

Lervåg, A. , Hulme, C. and Melby‐Lervåg, M. (2017). Unpicking the developmental relationship between oral language skills and reading comprehension: It’s simple, but complex. Child Development. Advance online publication. doi:10.1111/cdev.12861

Work on Comparing and Contrasting with Fall Vocabulary

If you ask classroom teachers what skills they are working on in language arts, one skill that they often share they are teaching is comparison.

Teaching your students how to feature match to find similarities and differences will help them analyze characters from stories and similar items.

You can work on the compare/contrast skill using fall-themed vocabulary. Check out the word lists at Words To Use for some ideas. If you want to avoid thinking of similar items, grab these compare/contrast cards for fall in my TPT store.

Want a free graphic organizer for comparing and contrasting? Grab this one in my store!

Learn about 5 fall language therapy activities you can use with your mixed groups in this blog post.

Use Fall Photos to Build Inferencing Skills

Learn about 5 fall language therapy activities you can use with your mixed groups in this blog post.

You can cover many language goals using real photos from a theme, so why not use fall-related images to target inferencing skills?

One of the main benefits of a theme-based approach is that while you are working on the theme’s concepts, you can build background knowledge simultaneously.

While asking your student’s inferencing questions, you can also help build schema around the fall season. To find fall-themed photos, you can use Pixabay, Google Photos (don’t post this on the internet because you could be violating copyright), or any free, open-source photo site. But, if you want to save time, you can use the fall inferencing photos ready to go with questions and thought bubbles. 

Teach Comprehension With Short Stories

Often we have students on our caseloads with various language needs who struggle with comprehension because vocabulary and syntax are significant areas of need. On top of that, retaining all the components of a story can be difficult if the text is long.

So, I like having short stories to help break down the wh-questions, help build vocabulary, and work on retelling while also targeting syntax.

To help me follow a theme-based approach, I have made fall-themed short stories with fall concepts embedded in the story.

You can find my scaffolded fall short stories in my Themed Therapy SLP membership and the fall sequencing short stories. If you are still deciding whether to try out the membership, I also have a set of fall-scaffolded short stories in my TPT store.

Build Vocabulary with Fall Sensory Bins

Making a fall-themed sensory bin can be a great way to reinforce vocabulary while keeping your students engaged during the session.

A typical therapy plan for me is using a fall-themed book and pairing it with a sensory bin.

You can provide direct teaching with the book and allow the child to explore and use the fall sensory bin to target goals. If you need a fall-themed sensory bin companion, I have this set in my store!

Plus, I have sensory bin cheat sheets in the Themed Therapy SLP membership. For more fall-themed sensory bin ideas, check out this post.

What Fall Language Activities Do You Plan With Your Students?

Do you have any fall language activities that are a big hit with your students? How do you plan for your language goals using a fall theme? Share any books, websites, or resources you use for your speech therapy sessions in the comments. For more fall-themed therapy ideas, check out these blog posts.


Easy Fall File Folders for Language

Easy Fall File Folders for Language

One way to keep your students engaged in your speech therapy sessions is to use interactive materials.

Making your fall file folders for language goals can be an easy way to plan for various goals.

And, once you prep the file folder, it’s easy to store in your bag, a filing cabinet, or a book shelf holder.

Today, I will share four easy fall file folders for language that you can pair with your favorite books.

Amazon affiliate links are included in this blog post, where I earn a small commission for using the link.

How to Make Your Fall File Folders for Language

Check out these fun fall file folders for language therapy to help you cover a LOT of different goals with one activity.

You can make DIY file folders using a file folder, printables, and lamination sheets.

First, you want to glue the printables that will be the activity’s base onto the file folder. The bottom printable will not move and require you to laminate the file folder.

If you have a school laminator, you can run your file folder through that. You must run your file folder through twice with two laminating sheets when using your laminator.

Ensure your laminator can fit a file folder because it measures a little wider than paper.

My Swingline laminator is wide enough to fit file folders.

Whatever pieces you want to move or place on the central part of the activity must be laminated and attached with Aleene’s Tack It or Velcro dots.

Fall Seasonal Clothing File Folder for Language

Using this Dress Me Seasonal Clothing file activity is a great way to work on categories for clothing, body parts, and weather.

You can build vocabulary with categories but also work on functional communication, describing by the colors of the clothing, building MLU, sequencing, and CORE words.

Grab this resource HERE.

Check out these fun fall file folders for language therapy to help you cover a LOT of different goals with one activity.

Monster and Jack O’ Lantern File Folder Language Activities

During October, it’s fun to use a monster theme or books that reference Jack O’Lanterns in your sessions.

One of my favorite books with a jack-o-lantern is the book, The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything by Linda D. Williams.

After you read a book, your students can design their jack-o-lantern or monster.

Using interactive file folders is highly motivating because they control how to make their monster or jack-o-lantern, and you can get a lot of excellent language practice!

If you need these two file folders, they are in the monster push-in language lesson plans and the pumpkin push-in language lesson plans.

For more monster-themed ideas, check out these posts.

Check out these fun fall file folders for language therapy to help you cover a LOT of different goals with one activity.

Dress a Turkey File Folder Activity

Having a dress-a-turkey file folder activity can be fun to pair with your turkey-themed books!

You can work on the clothing category, describing by color, building sentences, explaining how they dressed the turkey, and answering yes/no questions.

If you need this file folder activity, it is in the turkey push-in language lesson plan guides.

For more turkey-themed activity ideas, check out this blog post.

If you are struggling with making worksheets engaging for your students, one way to make worksheets interactive is by turning them into file folder activities. You can read more about how to do that in this blog post.

How would you use these file folder activities to target goals with your students? Share in the comments. 

Easy Spider Speech Therapy Sensory Bins

Easy Spider Speech Therapy Sensory Bins

Are you planning a spider speech therapy unit and need some hands-on ideas for your sessions? Check out these two easy spider speech therapy sensory bins to use with your elementary speech therapy caseload.

If you plan it right, you can find many spider elements at Dollar Tree or Walmart during the Halloween season for a steal of a deal!

Fillers and Materials for Your Spider Sensory Bin

Easy spider speech therapy sensory bin ideas to use with your mixed groups!

Here is a list of items you need to make your bin (Amazon affiliate links are provided for your convenience):

  • Painter’s tape
  • Various sized spiders
  • Purple glitter spiders are from Dollar Tree, and the smaller spiders you can get on Amazon.
  • The fake webs can be found at Dollar Tree or Amazon.
  • You can add insects into the bin to talk about what the spider caught. There are a variety of mini insect sets on Amazon
  • Hand scoopers were from an insect kit from Dollar Tree, but you can also find scoopers on Amazon.

Themed Therapy SLP Membership has a Spider Unit

Do you love themed therapy but don’t have the energy or time to plan all the activities for your Prek-5th grade caseload? You can now enjoy your themed therapy while letting someone else take lesson planning off your plate. The Themed Therapy SLP membership provides the following:

  • Book cheat sheets.
  • Hands-on activities.
  • Google Slides.
  • No Print activities.
  • Task Cards.
  • Open-ended activities.
  • Reading passages for your elementary caseload.

Sign up for the annual and access over 24 themed units at once, including this spider theme! This spider unit is part of the October themes.

Spider Speech Therapy Sensory Bin – What Did the Spider Catch?

With this first spider speech therapy sensory bin, you can add the webs as your filler. You can throw in some mini insects and play “What did the spider catch in their web?” 

If you have mini objects, you can also throw those in the bin. Your students can hunt for mini objects that the spider caught that have their target sound!

With this activity, you can work on the following goals:


  • “What” questions
  • Discuss the process for how spiders catch their prey, focusing on the vocabulary spin, prey, catch, wrap, suck, cover, strand, poke, fangs, venom, inject
  • Describe the insects or items by attributes
  • Target sentence structures and MLU such as “I found ____” or “The spider caught _______.”

You can see this bin in action on Instagram.

Spider Speech Therapy Sensory Bin to Teach Vocabulary

I spotted this balance spider web sensory bin from Happy Toddler Playtime and knew there are a lot of ways to use this sensory bin in your speech therapy sessions. 

First, you put painter’s tape across the top of the bin. Then, have your students try putting spiders on the tape to balance the web strand.

To make this sensory bin more versatile, find different-sized spiders or types of spiders to use with the activity. By having different sizes, you can target big and little.

With your older students, you can demonstrate the tier II vocabulary of balance, tumble, carefully, sticky, and any other vocabulary you can think of to use with this spider activity!

Your students can earn spiders after each speech sound production and then see how many spiders they can place on the web before one topples off the web.


How Could You Use These Spider Sensory Bins With Your Student?

What other speech and language goals can you target with these spider sensory bins? One of the BEST ways to learn how to adapt materials is to ask SLPs to give ideas. If you can expand one of these sensory bins for specific goals, share your thoughts in the comments.

Easy spider speech therapy sensory bins to use with your mixed groups!
Feed the Monster Prop for Speech Therapy

Feed the Monster Prop for Speech Therapy

The ONE thing you need for your monster theme is a feed-the-monster prop! By having an easy-to-adapt-themed therapy prop, you can increase your sessions’ engagement without reinventing the wheel for activities in each mixed group session. Plus, this DIY feed the monster-themed prop is cost-effective to make! If you want to know where you can find more themed props, check out this blog post

Supplies You Need To Make Your Feed the Monster

Amazon affiliate links are included in this blog post. Here are the supplies you need to make your Monster:

Mini trashcan – I found one at Dollar Tree before, but if they don’t have one, you can get this set on Amazon.

I have also found this one, or the container store has a mini trashcan.

Googly eyes – There are usually googly eyes at Dollar Tree, but you can also find these on Amazon or any craft store.

Pom pom balls and pipe cleaners

Hot glue gun

Open Ended Activity Idea With Your Feed the Monster Prop

Get some eyeball ping pong balls from Dollar Tree during the Halloween season and use them to feed the monster. After every turn for any speech or language goal, your students can feed the monster an eyeball. You can also feed your monster mini trinkets or put cut-up index cards face down with numbers written on them. Then, you can have your student pick a card at each turn, and they get to feed the monster that number of eyeballs or earn that amount of points. I am sure if you have smaller play food, you could also feed that to your monster! Check out the visual sentence strips in my store to get high trials at the word or sentence level. They have sound-loaded carrier phrases to help get lots of trials.

All the BEST tips for how to use a DIY feed the monster prop in speech therapy!

Themed Therapy Monster Language Activities for Push-In

If you work with prek-2nd grade students and need some monster-themed language activities for small groups and push-in therapy, this monster lesson plan guide will save you time and stress! Plus, your students will dig into all the activities and not know they are working hard to build their language skills. 

Tips for Adapting This Themed Therapy Prop in Speech Therapy

All the BEST tips for how to use a DIY feed the monster prop in speech therapy!

The beauty of this monster prop is that you can feed him ANY flashcards you have on hand. It’s the best mixed group activity. Each child in your group can have their cards to feed the monster. If you are looking for Halloween-specific cards, there is a set in my TPT store using Halloween vocabulary to target grammar and language goals with grammar flashcards.

You can also give your monster food items and then discuss the item by adjectives such as sweet, sour, hot, cold, etc. In the monster push-in lesson plan guides there are flashcards and sentence strips for this activity.

For your students using AAC to communicate, there are a LOT of CORE words you can target while using the monster prop. While using the eyeballs, mini trinkets, small play food, or flashcards, here are some ideas for CORE words to target:

“what” – ask “what did the monster eat?”

“put” and “in/out” – while putting the eyeballs or items in and out of the monster’s mouth

“eat” and “like/don’t like” – to talk about what the monster is eating and if he liked it or not

“more” and “all done” – to feed the monster more or have him say he is all done with eating.

What CORE words would you use during this activity? Share in the comments.

If you need some low-tech AAC flipbooks and visuals, check out this resource

How Would You Use this Monster Prop in Therapy?

Let’s share some other fun ways you would use this monster prop in therapy! Drop your ideas in the comments!

For more monster-themed therapy ideas, check out these blog posts:

Digital Monster Activities for Teletherapy

Monster Sensory Bin for Speech Therapy

Check out this blog post for monster-themed activities that are FUN

Monster Activities for Speech Therapy

All the BEST tips for how to use a DIY feed the monster prop in speech therapy!
Leaves Preschool Activities – Hands on Ideas for SLPs

Leaves Preschool Activities – Hands on Ideas for SLPs

Working with preschool-aged students who need some engaging leaves preschool activities?

Well, you came to the right blog post!

When working with the younger crew, we want to find ways to spark their curiosity, and most often, that means ditching the traditional drill tasks and pulling out hands-on activities.

DIY Falling Leaves Hands-On Activity

Easy leaves preschool activities to use in your play-based speech therapy sessions!

To work on labeling the colors of the trees and the essential concept word pair on and off, make this DIY falling leaves hands-on activity. Amazon affiliate links are provided for your convenience.

You need the following supplies:

Colored cardstock
Jumbo popsicle sticks
Velcro dots
Fall colored pom pom balls
Pincher tool (optional)
Styrofoam square (get from packaging, or you can order some here.)

Your students can work on putting leaves on and taking them off and target the verbs put, fall, drop, pick, and gather. Naturally, use this to get high trials by having your students practice their speech targets for each pom pom ball they put on or take off the tree.

How would you use this DIY leaves activity? Share in the comments of the blog post.

Leaves Preschool Activities for Pretend Play

You can create a dramatic play activity for kids to pretend to pick up fallen leaves off the ground. Buy fake leaves, a basket or container, and a plastic rake. Your students can work on sequencing the steps for raking the leaves, targeted verbs, vocabulary, and answering “who” questions. For example, you can have students take turns raking leaves and ask, “Who has the rake?” 

Leaves preschool activities that will keep your students engaged during your speech therapy sessions.
Leaves preschool activities that will keep your students engaged during your speech therapy sessions.

Here is a list of other variations to do with the leaf raking activity:


  • Have a race to see how long it takes to rake the leaves
  • Throw some leaves in the air and see how many they can catch with a basket. The number of leaves is the number of words the child has to practice.
  • Teach students vocabulary such as collect, toss, pile, pick, dump, fall, gather, carry, drag, scoop
  • Add painter’s tape or a blanket on the ground. Have your students try to rake the leaves onto the blanket. When all the leaves are on the blanket, they can try to fold the blanket and then dump the leaves into a container. You can problem solve if leaves fall out or if the blanket is too big, how to ask for help. 

Movement Activity With Leaves

Cut up colored construction paper into the form of a leaf. You can put different numbers, directions, verbs, or any speech or language target. Hide the leaves around your room. Tell your students that leaves have fallen off the tree around your room. Carry a container while students find the leaves. You can work on basic concept clues, and then when they see the leaf, they can practice their speech sound the number on the leaf.

What Leaves Preschool Activities Do You Use With Your Students?

If you have any fun leaves preschool activities you do in your speech therapy sessions, share them in the comments. If you need more fall-themed therapy ideas, check out these blog posts:

Preschool Leaf Lesson Plan for Co-Teaching

Engaging Fall Themed Speech and Language Activities

Fall Sensory Bin Ideas to Make Therapy Fun!

10 Fall Themed Sensory Bin Fillers