What to Do Before You Start Reading Books in Literacy-Based Speech Therapy

What to Do Before You Start Reading Books in Literacy-Based Speech Therapy

When you are pulling out a book in your literacy-based speech therapy sessions, it’s natural to want to jump into reading the story with the group. But, there are some easy strategies that you can do before you begin reading the book to your speech therapy students. In fact, doing these strategies will help your students with understanding the content in the story better. Plus, they will have more engagements with vocabulary in the book. And, you can use a book for at least 2 sessions (often you can use it for 2 weeks or more).

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What to do Before You Read the Book In Your Literacy-Based Speech Therapy Sessions

Here are some strategies that you can do before you begin reading a story to your groups:

  • Teach any concepts that would help their background knowledge on the topic or theme of the book
  • Have them start making inferences by asking students about the cover of the book and what they might think the book could be about
  • Pre-teach key vocabulary by showing them a photo of the word, giving a kid friendly definitions, and ask thme to share a time when that is important to them (we provide focused vocabulary task cards for all the books in the Themed Therapy SLP membership).

Before reading the book, you can use graphic organizers to discus what they know about the topic and what they want to know after reading the book. 

Or, making I wonder statements to see if some of those “wonders” are answered during the story or if you need to plan an extension activity to find out the answer.

Get strategies for what to do in your literacy-based speech therapy sessions before you read a book.

Literacy-Based Speech Therapy Resources Mentioned in This Podcast Episode

Get strategies for what to do in your literacy-based speech therapy sessions before you read a book.

In this episode of the Real Talk SLP podcast we talked about what to do before you start reading a book. The book example in the episode was using Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson. To help activate background knowledge, you can do the following:

-show a video of a bear waking up

sing a wake up song to talk about a bear waking up

-watch a video about bears.

 

A book companion and cheat sheet is included in the Themed Therapy SLP membership for Bear Wants More as well as all the books in the membership.

What do DO Before You Start Reading a Book in Your Literacy Based Speech Therapy Sessions

by The Dabbling Speechie

The BEST April Speech Therapy Themes to Plan

The BEST April Speech Therapy Themes to Plan

April can bring plenty of fun themes to your therapy room. April speech therapy themes are a fun way to get through spring fever and discuss many different topics with your students! Besides the spring season, there are plenty of April holidays and celebrations like Deaf history, April fool’s day, national pet day and more! Want to find more ideas? Check out National Today.

In this blog post, I want to share themes that are relevant to this time of year as well as national holidays.

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Use my free-themed therapy yearly SLP planner to help you plan what themes you want to use for the year. It gives you ideas for what to prepare and has an editable lesson plan template to keep notes on what you did with a theme. When you have notes for your themed units, it will job your memory when you pull out the January speech therapy activities the following year. Click the pink button to download. 

April Lesson Plan Themes Based On National Holidays

One of the easiest ways to come up with themes is by checking out the national holidays for the month. Of course, you can have an April’s fools day theme on April 1st, but there are LOTS of other ideas based on national holidays. For example, April 4th is International Carrot Day and that would be a great time to read Too Many Carrots, learn about how to grow carrots, why they are good for you to eat, or learn about recipes that use carrots. Some of other fun holidays in April that would make engaging themed units are as follows:

 

  • April 10th Farm Animals Day
  • April 11th Pet Day
  • April 15th Laundry Day (We have a chore unit in the Themed Therapy SLP membership with a laundry sensory bin)
  • April 17th Go Fly a Kite Day
  • April 22 National Jelly Bean Day (could learn all about how jelly beans were created)
  • April 23 National Picnic Day
  • April 28 National Superhero Day
Get ideas for April speech therapy themes for your caseload.

April Speech Therapy Themes Focusing on Spring

Get ideas for April preschool themes to use in your speech therapy sessions.

April is a great month to discuss all things Spring with your students. For many, this month is a time to say goodbye to winter weather and welcome rain, sun, and warmer weather. There are countless books, crafts, games, and activities for Spring. I summarize some of my ideas on Spring speech therapy to help you plan sessions for younger and older students. 

 

There can be so much to talk about in spring, so I’d recommend breaking it apart based on mini-themes like weather, animals, clothing and activities. Choose one mini-theme for whatever length of time you so choose! I’ll expand on some themes in this post.

Insects, Bees & Pollination Themes

April speech therapy is a fun time to talk about creepy crawly creatures as we start to see them more and more! There are so many fun books and sensory bin ideas for this theme! Make a ladybug sensory bin or follow this honeybee lesson plan. By the end of April, I always use my absolute favorite book, The  Very Hungry Caterpillar. Don’t forget about spiders, ants, and more when thinking about insects in your speech room!

Insect theme ideas for your speech therapy caseload.

Garden Themed Activities

Get ideas for your Aprils themes to use with your preschool and kindergarten speech therapy caseload.

Talking about creepy crawly bugs will get you and your students thinking about mud, dirt, growing plans and gardens! This is another fun theme that could even allow for some hands on learning! Learn about the Plant Life Cyle and make a flower garden sensory bin. Learn about flowers and plant life cycles using videos from Mystery Doug  or an article from Wonderopolis

Themed Therapy SLP Membership

The Themed Therapy SLP membership is for SLPs who love using themes for their speech therapy caseload but struggle to find the time and energy to plan their lessons. The membership is for busy school-based SLPs who serve Prek-5th grade students and want to streamline their therapy planning process.

When you become an SLP themester, you can access three themed therapy units a month!

The April speech therapy themes are chores, spring, and insects. An annual membership gives you access to 36 themes, including transportation, camping, ocean animals, sports, to name a few!

Around the House Themes

Besides outside of the house, there are plenty of “indoors” themes you can talk about in April. Celebrate pets on National Pet Day (April 11th) with pet themed speech therapy. Use a chores theme to celebrate “Spring Cleaning.” (This is one of my Aril pre-made plans in the membership!) April 1st starts “National Baking Week” with a baking or bread theme! 

Fun April speech therapy themes you can plan for your caseload.

Animal Themes Perfect for The Month of April

Get ideas for your April preschool and kindergarten lesson plans.

Last but certainly not least, Spring speech therapy calls for even more animals. Regardless of doing an Easter theme, you can talk about rabbits and carrots with your students. You can also talk about baby farm animals. Use this free chicken push-in lesson plan to start! Don’t forget about pond life. This is another great opportunity to tie in some science lessons from Peekaboo Kidz to learn about the frog’s life cycle. Plus we have a frog unit in the Themed Therapy SLP membership too.

Ideas for April Themes for Older Students

Planning relevant and motivating themes for older students can feel challenging. Find new ways to expand and/or share their background knowledge on Spring, animals, and more. You can also talk about a new topic with your students such as Autism Acceptance Month or a poetry theme. There are a lot of year-round themes perfect for older students that doesn’t matter what month you plan the lesson!

Let me know in the comments what theme-based speech therapy lessons you plan for your elementary caseload. Tag me @themedtherapyslp with your themed activity, and I will share it in my stories!

April themes for preschool and older speech therapy students.
Speech Therapy Z Sound Articulation Games and Activities

Speech Therapy Z Sound Articulation Games and Activities

This time of year speech rooms and classrooms are buzzing with excitement… for spring breaks, spring weather and just a few months from summer break. Not to be corny but, my speech room is also buzzing with the /z/ sound. In this post, I want to share with you some of my favorite speech therapy Z sound activities to help you plan effective high trial sessions!

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Speech Therapy Z Sound Resources for Elicitation

For my students who are starting at the first step, we’ll work on eliciting the /z/ sound isolation. Here are some of my favorite tools to do this:

Get ideas for s and z articulation activities for your speech therapy students.

Z Syllable and Word Speech Therapy Activities

Free syllable articulation practice sheet to work on Z sounds

When your students are reading to practice the /z/ sound in syllables and words, try some of these tips:

Z Words for Speech Therapy

As you continue practicing /z/ in all positions of words, check out some of these ideas:

  • Home Speech Home has another great word list for Z sound.
  • This free and Fun zoo articulation map from Harre SLP! 
  • Games help keep kids motivated and practicing their words. Try using games like Zingo or Honey Bee Tree. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box, games don’t have to have the sound in the title to be helpful in articulation trials!
Get z word articulation practice activities for high trials.

Speech Therapy Crafts for the Z Sound

Z sound-loaded craft and task cards for high trial practice.

At any “stage” in Z sound speech therapy, crafts can be a helpful way to keep students engaged. Most students are motivated to create something of their own. After, students can store the craft in their speech folder or bring it home for more practice.

Z Articulation Sentence Worksheets & Activities

When students are ready to start working on the Z sound in sentences, there are plenty of activities you can do with them!

  • Make sound-loaded phrases with your students on paper that you can practice in the session and then take home for the weekly homework. 
    • For example, you can use the phrase “It is  ______.” Then, students think of different words. They don’t have to have an Z because the word your student will be working on is “is.” 
  • When using mixed groups, give them a category group to name items. Here are some more examples for sound loaded phrases:
    • Zoe/Zach has the ___. 
    • My present is a ____.
    • I choose the ___.
  • If you do a theme-based approach, you can do this activity but use the theme’s vocabulary. See this IG for more details
  • Compare and contrast similar nouns that contain the Z sound. For example, dogs and pigs or appetizers and dessert would be great Z words to compare. If you need pre-selected compare-and-contrast flashcards, check out the S and Z articulation carryover set

    Z Words Sentence Challenge Worksheets

    Z word level articulation activities for speech therapy
    • Play a sentence articulation challenge game that keeps the student motivated to practice high trials in a short amount of time. 
    • With your words lists, you and your students can create tongue twisters that they can practice. You can even have them illustrate their tongue twister to make a fun speech sound book. For example, you could use “Zoe the busy zebra zoomed through the desert to get her dessert,” or “Zeke the wizard buzzed through the blizzard on his broom to get his prize.”
    • You can make alliteration Z poems and then students can draw their poem. 
    • Play guessing games for secret words that only have the Z sound. Add in carrier phrases for people to use, like “Is it a ____ or is it not?” or “I will zip my lips until your answer is closer!”

    Z Sound Conversation Activities

    Last, but certainly not least, try these Z sound conversation activities.

     

    Z sound-loaded reading passages

    Sound-Loaded Conversation Activities for Z Articulation Practice

    Articulation carryover activities for the Z sound
    • Make sound loaded questions, or would you rather games.
      • For /z/ sound, I often will use “Which IS your favorite?” or “Which would you CHOOSE?”
    • Have students read the directions of a game, or read the cards while playing a game like Bubble Talk
    • Create a list of words that start with the Z sound (zoom, zone, xylophone, blizzard, desert, easy, cheese, nose, lose) then have students make silly sentences or create a story trying to get the sound-loaded words in the story.

     

    There are plenty of activities to use when working on the /z/ sound in speech therapy! What activities do you like to use for Z speech therapy? Share with us on social media!

    What Z Articulation Activities Do You Use in Speech Therapy?

    Do you have a favorite book, YouTube video, website, game or activity that gets lots of Z words for speech therapy practice? Share your favorite activities that helps you target the Z sound to get lots of trials. It’s always nice to hear what other SLPs are doing in their sessions!

    s and z words for speech therapy practice activities
    5 Crafts for Speech Therapy That Are Worth the Prep!

    5 Crafts for Speech Therapy That Are Worth the Prep!

    When it comes to lesson planning for your mixed speech and language groups, using crafts can be super effective! But, I know some of you may be thinking, “I don’t do speech therapy crafts because it’s too much prep and mess.” Now, I definitely agree with you that crafts can distract from sessions if they have too many tedious steps, or don’t ensure enough practice on speech and language goals. But, these five speech therapy crafts that I am going to share in this episode are worth the prep! Because they are easy to adapt, can be sent home as homework, used as a therapy tool and something student’s can pull out to practice in future sessions.

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    The Key To Choosing Crafts for Speech Therapy Sessions

    When considering making a speech therapy craft in your session, you want to make sure the craft is easy to adapt for different ages and goals.

    Low prep is a nice bonus.

    As well as a craft that can then be used as a therapy material to work on articulation and language goals.

    Can be re-used in your future sessions to review targets or skills.

    Something that can be sent home as the homework for the week.

    All the crafts shared in this episode can do all these things! That’s why they are worth the prep.

    Get five speech therapy craft ideas that are worth the prep!

    Articulation & Language Crafts Mentioned In This Episode

    Get ideas for articulation crafts that you can use to get high trials.

    Here are links to all the crafts mentioned in this episode:

    Windsock craft

    Jellyfish craft

    Articulation Paper Plate Challenge Craft

    Language Paper Plate Challenge Craft

    Articulation Craft Wallets

    Paddle Paper Plate Craft

    The Any Craft Companion is mentioned to pair with these crafts.

    There are themed crafts included in the Themed Therapy SLP membership with lesson plan ideas and step-by-step visuals for making that craft. The crafts included can be paired with books for the theme.

    Additional Crafts For Speech Therapy That Are FUN!

    When you are a crafty SLP, it’s hard to only recommend five crafts you should do. So, here are some other fun crafts that you can do with your students:

    Rainbow Crafts

    Pout Pout Fish Craft

    Summer Crafts

    Tall Tall Grass Craft

    Learn about speech therapy crafts that are easy to adapt for your caseload.

    What Crafts Do You Love to Make With Your Students?

    Do you have a craft that you love to make with your speech therapy caseload? Let me know in the comments or reach out to me @thedabblingspeechie on social media to share easy, simple crafts you love that are effective and engaging for your students. 

     

    Get ideas for articulation crafts that will get high trials and be speech homework.

    Stay in Touch with Michelle

    Learn how to use speech therapy themes for your articulation and phonology disorders

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    Spring Toys You Need To Add To Your Speech Therapy Stash

    Spring Toys You Need To Add To Your Speech Therapy Stash

    If you plan a spring theme for your preschool and elementary caseload, you will love all the spring toys and games shared in this podcast episode. When we think of spring, we often think of holidays such as Easter, insects, planted flowers, spring picnics, and outdoor activities. You will get a variety of spring toys and games that you can use to bring to life the concepts of your spring theme.

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    Love Themes? But No Time for Planning Speech Therapy Lessons?

    Why Are Speech Therapy Reports So Important?

    Check out the Themed Therapy SLP membership if you love using themes for your speech therapy caseload but struggle to find the time and energy to plan your lessons. The membership is for busy school-based SLPs who serve Prek-5th grade students and want to streamline their therapy planning process.

     

    When you become an SLP themester, you can access three themed therapy units a month!

     

    For speech therapy, the themes of March and April include fairytales, weather, frogs, spring, insects, and chores. An annual membership gives you access to 36 themes, including penguins, baking, space, and camping, to name a few!

    Need Themed Cheat Sheets for Using Spring Toys & Sensory Bins?

    We also provide toy guides for all the themes in the Themed Therapy SLP membership with links to toys, games, sensory bin items, crafts, or activities you could plan for hands-on or play-based lessons. In our spring-themed unit for April, we provide sensory bin cheat sheets for a flower garden sensory bin, toy companion cheat sheets for a garden toy set, and baby chicks sensory bin cheat sheets.

    Get ideas for spring toys for your preschool play-based speech therapy sessions.

    Spring Toys for Your Speech Therapy Sessions

    Get ideas for spring toys to use with preschoolers for play-based speech therapy

    Using spring-themed pretend play in your speech therapy sessions can target a TON of goals and keep your students engaged. Plus, you can build schema around spring themed activities your students may experience this time of year. Here is a list of different spring toys and games you can add to your speech therapy material stash when planning a themed unit:

    More Spring Toys & Games for Your Caseload

    What Spring Activities For Speech Therapy Do You Use?

    Get ideas for spring dramatic play to use in your speech therapy sessions.

    If you have any spring activities or games you use with your preschool and elementary caseload, DM me on social media @thedabblingspeechie

    I would love to see what you have planned to support your student’s speech and language goals. 

    Spring Toys You Need To Add To Your Speech Therapy Stash

    by The Dabbling Speechie

    Easy Frog Sensory Bins For Preschool & Kindergarten Speech Therapy

    Easy Frog Sensory Bins For Preschool & Kindergarten Speech Therapy

    If you didn’t know this, frogs hibernate in the fall when the temperatures drop and emerge when the warmer spring weather hits. When you notice your kids catching lots of little frogs in the yard, that’s why! They are ready to enjoy that warmer weather. So, doing a frog preschool theme in the spring months is a great way to work on building knowledge about these amphibians. To increase engagement with your sessions, making a frog sensory bin to teach children about a frog’s environment and the frog life cycle can bring vocabulary and new concepts to life. Today, I will help you make easy frog sensory bins that you can use to cover a TON of speech and language goals. 

    Fillers for Your Bins

    Make frog sensory bin for preschoolers and kindergarten

    Whether you are making a frog pond sensory bin or more of a backyard frog bin, you can use a variety of fillers for your bin. I always recommend using fillers that make sense for your budget, level of mess tolerance, or safety for the kids you are working with in your speech therapy sessions. So, review this filler list and decide what will work best for you. I will put a * by the fillers I think are budget-friendly, not too messy, and safe for kids.

    To get more ideas for fillers, you can find that in the free Ultimate Sensory Bin Guide

    Materials for a Frog Pond Sensory Bin

    If you want to make a frog pond sensory you will want a filler that would represent water and an area that could be mud or dirt in your bin. Here are some materials that you can use to add to the bin:

     

    Printables for frogs and a sensory bin cheat sheet is in the Themed Therapy SLP Membership. You can add mini binder clips to the frogs to help them stay up on the lilypads.

    All the tips for how to make a frog pond sensory bin.

    How to Use Your Frog Sensory Bins

    How to make an engaging frog preschool theme sensory bin for speech therapy.

    Depending on what books or songs you are pairing with your frog pond sensory bin, you can cover a variety of speech therapy goals. For example, if you use the book Jump, Frog, Jump by Robert Kalan you can retell the story using the sensory bin props.

    And similarly, if you incorporate songs into your sessions, you can act out the 5 Green and Speckled Frogs with your bin. 

    For non-fiction books that teach about the frog life cycle and facts about frogs, use the sensory bin to target goals. For example, students can explain the frog life cycle in their own words using the figurines. Or, students can work on verb actions, wh-questions and vocabulary about a frog’s life.

     

     

    Speech Therapy Goals to Target

    With a frog preschool theme, use sensory bin materials to target basic concepts, verbs, AAC core words and more. Here are some ideas:

     

    • Basic concepts: in/out, wet/dry, high/low, over/under, up/down, more/less
    • Answer yes/no questions (Is the frog in the pond?)
    • Answer wh-questions (Where is the frog? What is he doing?)
    • Verb actions: hop, leap, eat, catch, sit, blink, splash
    • Vocabulary: pond, water, wet, lilypads, mud
    • Sequential: first, next, last
    • Play a fly catching game. Students roll a die to see how many flies they can catch. Whoever has the most flies wins.
    Get all the tips for making frog sensory bins in your play-based speech therapy sessions.

    Do you pair books with your sensory bins?

    One of the easiest ways to plan for your preschool and kindergarten sessions is to pair sensory bins with related books. With these frog preschool themed sensory bins, we provide book companions, cheat sheets, and extension activities for a frog theme in the month of March. We want to take speech therapy lesson planning off your plate, so you can focus on supporting your students. First, you would read the frog-themed book using the cheat sheets and any companion activities. Then, pull out your frog sensory bin to target goals with students. Make sure to tag me @themedtherapyslp with pictures of your frog-themed sensory bisn! This isn’t the only spring sensory bin you can make! There are lots of great ones for insects, flowers, and more.

    What is Theme Smashing? – How to Plan Speech Therapy Themes by Month

    What is Theme Smashing? – How to Plan Speech Therapy Themes by Month

    When we plan themed therapy lessons for our speech therapy caseloads we want them to help students make progress on their goals. In this episode of the Real Talk SLP podcast, we are going to be talking about how to play speech therapy themes by month and learning how you can theme smash two themes together! I will be sharing what theme smashing is, how to do it, and ways to think through the themes you are choosing throughout the year. 

    Why It’s Important To Use a Theme for 2-4 Weeks

    Get a free themed monthly calendar for planning your speech therapy lessons and learn what theme smashing is!

    Before we chat about what theme smashing is, I encourage you to use a theme for longer than a week. At the beginning of this podcast episode, I share two of the benefits of planning only one or two speech therapy themes in a month. 

    Free Themed Speech Therapy Planner

    Trying to pick a theme for your speech therapy caseload can be overwhelming. When you have lots of paperwork and caseload management tasks, picking a theme can be the last thing on your list. That’s why I created a giant list of 100 seasonal and nonseasonal themes you can use to get inspiration for speech therapy lesson planning. Use the free speech therapy themes by month calendar to get organized with what to plan!

    We discussed having templates for speech therapy reports is so helpful with saving time! Oftentimes, SLPs create a library of templates for assessment batteries and different portions of the report, which can take TONS of time to do. Or, we pull up a previous report and use that as a template, which leaves room for errors with having the wrong name, dates, or pronouns in the report.

    What is Theme Smashing?

    Get a free themed speech therapy planner and learn about theme smashing!

    Theme smashing is when you work on two themes at the same time and infuse them into your themed unit.

    You can bring in concepts from your last theme into the new theme to increase opportunities with background knowledge, vocabulary, and concepts from that theme.

    Here are some examples of theme smashing options:

    During this episode I break down how you can plan out these themed unit back to back to provide more opportunities with concepts from the previous theme. In the March and April months of the Themed Therapy SLP membership, we have options for baking, weather, insects, spring, community helpers and chores making theme smashing easier!

    Links to Resources and Blog Posts Mentioned About Themed Speech Therapy

    If you are just getting started with planning themed therapy or have been doing it for a while now, but need fresh ideas, take my free Themed Therapy SLP quiz! It will send you LOTS of blog posts and ideas for whatever stage you are in currently.

    Here are some resources mentioned in the podcast episode:

    If you have any questions about planning by themes or need ideas, feel free to reach out on social media @thedabblingspeechie

    Learn tips for how to plan speech therapy themes by month and get a free SLP planner.

    What is Theme Smashing? - How to Plan Speech Therapy Themes by Month Ep 111

    by The Dabbling Speechie

    10+ Engaging March Speech Therapy Themes With Free SLP Planner

    10+ Engaging March Speech Therapy Themes With Free SLP Planner

    While many will watch March Madness on TV this month, our therapy rooms may also start to feel like madness. Between IEP meetings, evaluations, treatment sessions, and more, the mayhem never ends. As always, themed therapy is here to help relieve some of this stress. I’ve rounded up all the March speech therapy themes for you! In the blog post, I share themes relevant to the time of the year and national holidays.

    This blog post contains Amazon affiliate links for your convenience. I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. 

    One Thing to Remember with Theme-Based Therapy

    Get ideas for March speech therapy activities you can use with your preschool and elementary caseload.

    As SLPs with high caseloads, remember that you DON’T have to use a theme for only one week. Planning can be time-consuming when you constantly prepare for a new themed unit each week. You will lead yourself to burn out FAST switching materials each. We want to stay energized from lesson planning, so when you pick a theme, use the mindset that you will use this theme for 2-4 weeks of therapy. I talk all about that on the Real Talk SLP podcast episode 45. 

    Check out the Themed Therapy SLP membership if you love using themes for your speech therapy caseload but struggle to find the time and energy to plan your lessons. The membership is for busy school-based SLPs who serve Prek-5th grade students and want to streamline their therapy planning process.

    When you become an SLP themester, you can access three themed therapy units a month!

    The March speech therapy themes include fairytales, weather and frogs. An annual membership gives you access to 36 themes, including penguins, baking, space, and arctic animals, to name a few!

    Get themed therapy activities for frogs, weather and fairytales for speech therapy

    SLP Themed Planner for the Year

    Use my free-themed therapy yearly SLP planner to help you plan what themes you want to use for the year. It gives ideas for what to prepare and has an editable lesson plan template to keep notes on what you did with a theme. When you have notes for your themed units, it will jog your memory when you pull out your March speech therapy activities the following year. 

    March Speech Therapy Themes on National Holidays

    Get 10+ March themes for your speech therapy caseload!

    March is full of national holidays- some super popular and others that are new to me! Here are some ideas:

    • March 14th: National Pi Day- Talk about math and pies with your students. 
    • March 17th: St. Patrick’s Day speech therapy is always so much fun!  You can always try a green theme, too!
    • March 19th: The first day of Spring– A new season always brings new vocabulary and topics to address with students. 
    • March is National Women’s History Month- Use books or articles from Wonderopolis or Readworks to learn about famous women. 
    • March is also National Reading Month- Use March speech therapy books to celebrate this!

     

    Weather Themes To Do In the Month of March

    With a new season comes new weather patterns to learn about with our students. As I mentioned before, this is one of the themes included in the Themed Therapy Membership. Here are some weather-based speech therapy themes:

    Get ideas for planning a weather theme in the month of March for your speech therapy caseload.

    Animal Speech Therapy Themes for March

    Get 10+ March themes for speech therapy activities
    • Frogs: Talk about the life cycle of frogs, complete a frog craft and use 5 Green & Speckled Frogs with your little ones. This is also one of my March speech therapy themes included in the membership!
    • Bear theme: For those living in cooler places, bears emerge from hibernation in March. 
    • Zoo: The zoo speech therapy is always fun and filled with endless ideas with books, crafts, songs, games and play. 

     

    More March Themes for Speech Therapy Lesson Planning

    There are so many meaningful and fun national holidays that would make for great themes to plan in March! Here are some other alternative themes you can plan if you don’t want to rock St. Patrick’s day or rainbows all month.

    • Use a sensory bin during your sessions. I wrote about rainbow and St. Patrick’s Day sensory bins in my  March Sensory Bin Ideas post. 
    • Basketball: Use articles from Wonderopolis to learn about the inventor of basketball and March Madness. Grab a door basketball hoop and play with your students or play trash can basketball.  
    • Fairytales: The Themed Therapy SLP Membership includes this as a March speech therapy theme. There are books and ideas for all ages with this theme such as The Three Little Pigs, Princess and the Pea, and Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters
    • Nutrition: Use play food and learn about balanced meals. Talk about sizes, colors, and more about food. The ultimate theme smash would be using Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs to talk about food and weather.
    • Fitness/Movement: Get moving with Fabio’s Meatball Run or other action-packed videos.  
    • Sound Science: Use this free lesson plan to help prep you for your session or whole class lessons.
    • Here are 10 themes for older students that you can use any time of the year.
    Get 10+ March themes to use with your preschool and elementary speech therapy caseload.

    What theme-based units do you plan in March?

    Get ideas for planning themed speech therapy units for the month of March!

    Let me know in the comments what theme-based speech therapy lessons you plan for your elementary caseload. Tag me @themedtherapyslp with your themed activity, and I will share it in my stories!

    Fun & Engaging SH Sound Speech Therapy Activities

    Fun & Engaging SH Sound Speech Therapy Activities

    I recently had a third grade group in which all of my students were working on the /sh/ sound. At first, I was relieved to plan a session all around one sound. When I looked closer, I realized my students were all at different “stages” in working on the sh sound. It was one of their first sessions working on the sh sound, another was working on it in the middle of words and the third was working on it in sentences. This is our job as SLPs, but it made me really brainstorm some ideas so that all of my students felt successful, challenged and most importantly, motivated. Here is my list of SH sound speech therapy activities from elicitation to conversation. 

     

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    SH Sound Speech Therapy Resources for Elicitation

    First off, we need to elicit the SH sound all by itself. Here are some helpful resources for teaching the sh sound in speech therapy. 

    Learn resources to help you produce the SH sound in speech therapy

    SH Syllable and Word Speech Therapy Activities

    Get this free SH sound syllable printable for speech therapy

    Once I’ve elicited the sound in isolation, I’ll start working on the /sh/ sound in syllables and words. As all SLPs know, we continuously have to push our students to the next level so they’re making progress all while feeling successful and challenged. (Quite the balancing act)

     

      Word Lists and Word Level Activities

          Have SH word lists for your speech therapy sessions with these no print articulation activity flipbooks

          Sound Loaded SH Phrases & Sentence Ideas

          Get ideas for working on SH in your articulation speech therapy sessions.

          Now that your student has SH in words, get working on the sound in phrases and sentences!

          • Make sound-loaded phrases with your students on paper that you can practice in the session and then take home for the weekly homework. For example, you can use the phrase “Let me show you the ____.” Then, students think of different words. They don’t have to have an /sh/ because the word your student will be working on is “show.” When using mixed groups, give them a category group to name items. Here are some more examples for sound loaded phrases:
            • “She has a ___.”
            • “I want to share the ___.”
            • “We need to wash the ___.”
            • “Add ___ to the shopping list.”

            Sentence Level Articulation Ideas for the SH Sound

            • If you do a theme-based approach, you can do this activity but use the theme’s vocabulary. See this IG for more details
            • Compare and contrast similar nouns that contain the sh sound. For example, goldfish and shark,  or shovel and brush would be great SH words to compare. If you need pre-selected compare-and-contrast flashcards, check out the SH, CH, J articulation carryover set
            • Have your students create tongue twisters with your word lists that they can practice. You can even have them illustrate  tongue twister to make a fun speech sound book. For example, you could use “Shelly shared shells at the shore” or “She shouldn’t wash dishes with a shovel.” ChatGPT would be a great way to get more SH tongue twisters quickly!
            • You can make alliteration SH poems and then students can draw their poem.
            • Play guessing games for secret words that only have the SH sound. Add in carrier phrases for people to use, like “You surely won’t guess this word! It is especially tricky,” or “You sure are correct,” or “You should guess again.”
            SH sound sentence level activities for articulation therapy.

            Speech Therapy Crafts for the SH Sound

            SH words for speech therapy using easy articulation crafts.

            During your students’ journey up the ladder, it’s always fun to incorporate crafts so your students can decorate a bulletin board in your room or bring home a piece of work to share with their caregivers. Here are some craft ideas:

             

            • Make speech sound wallets that they can store in their speech folders or use to practice at home. 
            • I love doing crafts with my students but I prefer something that’s quick and easy to prep. The paper plate challenge craft is just this for a SH sound speech therapy craft.
            • Make some milkshake craft or a shape craft to use for practicing the SH sound.
            • Have students decorate their own shirt, shorts, or shoes! Sketch the shape of their clothing item on paper, cut it out, and have them decorate. They can decorate with /sh/ words or more craft materials (stickers, bingo daubers, crayons, etc). 

            Articulation Games with the SH Sound

            Most of our speech students are always asking to play a game when they come to speech. There are plenty of options for /sh/ sound games.

            • There are so many games with natural opportunities for SH sound to help keep kids motivated. 
            • Play Pinball on Toy Theater and practice words like “Push,” “Shoot,” and “Shake.”
            • On ABCYa, make a face and practice words or phrases like “She has…,” “Should I give the face…”

            Count fish in ABCYa’s Counting Fish game or dash through a dungeon in ABCYa’s Dungeon Dash (there are also versions with numbers, shapes and colors!). 

            SH articulation games that will help you get high trials.

            Where to Find SH Sound Loaded Stories

            Get ideas for SH sound loaded articulation stories and reading passages for carryover.

            If your student is a reader, incorporate SH sound-loaded reading passages into your therapy sessions. 

            SH Sound Conversation Activities

            Once your student has shown consistent success for /sh/ in sentences (and reading or retell), time to focus on generalization of the sound in conversation. While having a conversation can seem like the most straightforward task, ensuring that your student uses /sh/ sounds in the speech therapy conversation activities can feel tricky. Here are some ideas:

            • I linked this before, but make sure to check out my SH Sound conversation activities for some low-prep ideas. 
            • Find more sound-loaded non-fiction articles to read aloud. Discuss them afterward with your students. How much can they retell you? (There are non-fiction passages in the SH carryover activities.)
            • Make sound loaded questions, or would you rather games
              • Make a game like “What should I do?” and make up silly scenarios that students have to explain what you “should” or “shouldn’t” do.
              • Have students read the directions of a game, or read the cards while playing a game like Bubble Talk.
              • Create a list of words that start with the SH sound (shopping, shark, dishes, washing, brush, flush) then have students make silly sentences or create a story trying to get the sound-loaded words in the story.
            Help your student's graduate with SH articulation carryover activities

            What Articulation Activities Do You Love to Plan for SH?

            While we generally follow the same sequence of steps with sounds, it can be tricky to think of activities for each sound and each step. I hope these ideas help keep your students motivated and/or help you think of some more speech therapy SH sound activities. What else is in your SH sound toolkit? SHare with us on social media!

            Tips for Using YouTube Videos in Speech Therapy Ep 110

            Tips for Using YouTube Videos in Speech Therapy Ep 110

            Using YouTube videos in your speech therapy sessions can be a great way to increase engagement and help you plan quick, effective lessons. Because YouTube is one of my go-to speech therapy material resources, I like to find tools and tech tips to make finding and organizing my videos easier. Today in this Real Talk SLP podcast, I am sharing my top tips for using YouTube videos in speech therapy to help save you time and stress for using them in sessions.

            Free Winter and Spring YouTube Video Google Slides

            One of the best ways you can save time looking for themed YouTube videos is downloading the list I compiled for free! Storing your favorite winter and spring YouTube videos on Google Slides can help you stay organized for your teletherapy or in-person sessions.

            Learn tech tips for using YouTube videos in speech therapy.

            Themed Therapy SLP Membership Finds the YouTube Videos for You

            Get the best tips for using YouTube videos for speech therapy

            If you struggle with wanting to use YouTube videos because it takes SO much time trying to find videos that match the themed unit you are planning, you don’t have to waste any more time. In the Themed Therapy SLP membership, we provide Google Slides for Prek-1st, 2nd-3rd, and 4th-5th with links to YouTube videos for book read-alouds, songs, movement breaks, wordless shorts, science videos, and more! They are all organized like free spring and winter YouTube videos.

            Tech Tips for SLPs On How To Use YouTube Videos

            In this episode of the Real Talk SLP podcast we share these top tech tips:

            • Use tools such as safeshare.tv or viewpure to block unwanted ads, comments, and suggested videos when showing YouTube videos to kids.
            • On the YouTube video you can create a clip of the video right from YouTube. You can also clip videos using Google Slides. When you embed a YouTube video on a Google Slide, you have the option to put a start and end play time. So, if you want to skip the introduction or avoid a section of a video, you can do that!
            • Make embedded questions and stimulus items directly on a YouTube video using EdPuzzle.
            • Control the speed of the YouTube video so that you can slow it down for students who need more processing time with the words or movements in the video.
            • Use Chrome Extensions like Webpaint to write directly on webpages and videos. So, if you want to visually cue a student for something to pay attention to while watching the video you can draw on it. Or, you can pause the video and draw on a specific portion of the video while discussing concepts. 
            • Create playlists of your favorite songs, books, wordless short videos, etc. for different treatment areas, themes or type of content to easily bring up again when you use with a new group or client. Plus, you can also search for public playlists and find videos quicker!
            • For SLPs wanting to send homework or modeling techniques to parents, you can timestamp your video in the description so that parents or students can quickly get to a section of the video that they may need to rewatch.
            Get the top tips for using YouTube videos in speech therapy.

            What tech tips do you have about using YouTube videos?

            Learn all the best tips for using YouTube videos in speech therapy

            If you have any tech tips for using YouTube videos in your speech therapy sessions, do share in the comments! Or, if you have a favorite channel you love to use in speech, let me know. For SLPs that have been following me a long time, you know I am a big fan of Simon Cat’s Videos.

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