The Benefits of Using Sensory Bins In Speech Therapy

The Benefits of Using Sensory Bins In Speech Therapy

Welcome to today’s episode, where we chat about sensory bins and their incredible benefits of using sensory bins in your speech therapy sessions. Whether you’re a seasoned SLP or just starting out, sensory bins are a fantastic tool you’ll want to incorporate into your practice. Kids dig them and once you know how to use them, you will too!

What is a Sensory Bin?

Learn what is a sensory bin and how it can cover so many speech and language goals.

So, what exactly is a sensory bin? It’s a tactile experience contained in a storage container filled with various materials that children can manipulate. Think of it as a hands-on way to engage kids and make learning both fun and effective. When choosing a container, make sure it’s large enough for children to explore without spilling everything out— a good-sized storage container usually does the trick.

Exploring the Benefits of a Sensory Bin

Sensory bins are more than just filler activities; they’re powerful tools for learning and development. By engaging the five senses, they help children explore and understand their world. Language skills get a significant boost too, as kids describe items, tell stories, answer “wh” questions, and use verbs in context.

Social skills also get a lift. Sensory bins encourage turn-taking, initiating interactions, requesting, conversing, and engaging in pretend play. They are excellent for fostering social interactions in a natural, playful setting.

Cognitively, sensory bins introduce concepts like color mixing and gravity, supporting children’s understanding through hands-on exploration. Additionally, they aid in developing executive functioning skills such as waiting, body awareness, attention, and focus.

Tips for using preschool sensory bins in speech therapy, all the benefits of why to use them!

Practical Ways Sensory Bins Support Speech and Language Skills

Get information about the benefits of a sensory bin for speech therapy sessions

Sensory bins integrate motor movements and support the development of schemas, enriching pretend play scenarios. They provide numerous opportunities for kids to practice and improve their speech and language skills naturally, making therapy sessions more engaging and effective.

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Top benefits of a sensory bin in your play-based speech therapy sessions

Get Started With Speech Therapy Sensory Bins

What is a sensory bin and how to use them in speech therapy

Sensory bins are an invaluable tool in speech therapy, offering endless benefits from language development to social skills and beyond. Don’t miss our webinar to delve deeper into creating effective sensory bins and expanding your therapeutic toolkit.

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Best CH Articulation Games For Sound-Loaded Practice

Best CH Articulation Games For Sound-Loaded Practice

“Are we going to play a game today?” Words that many (if not most) pediatric SLPs hear at least one time a week. Games are a fun, low prep way to keep students engaged while working on their target sounds. For many school based SLPs, this is also a great way to work on several sounds in groups. I’ve compiled a list of CH articulation games to share with you! Keep in mind, you can make many of these games work for other sounds, too!


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CH Articulation Games for Preschool & Early Elementary

Get ideas for CH articulation games to get high trials in your sessions.

Here are some fun ch speech therapy games that will help you get high trials…


  • Hi Ho! Cherry-O is a classic game in which children spin the wheel, collect cherries for their bucket OR put cherries back. Students can practice the word “cherry” and practice the word in phrases and sentences, too. For example, they might practice “Two cherries” or “I have two cherries.” Students can also give you or other students directions like “Put two cherries back” or “Get three cherries.” There is a speech therapy cheat sheet for this game in the toy companion resource in my TPT store


  • In What Do You Meme? Toe Cheese Chase, students will flip cards and move across the board to outrun Toe Cheese. Students can practice “Get away Toe Cheese!” and “You can’t catch me!” Practice words such as cheese, chase, catch, touch and reach. A fun, simple game that will keep students engaged while practicing their ch sound!


    More CH Speech Therapy Games For Younger Students

    • Play Reel Big Catch with your students! They’ll catch fish and check how long the fish are. Which student caught the biggest fish? Students can practice “I want to catch a fish!” or “Let’s check how big the fish is.”


    • Chase is on the case for ch practice! Save Chase in Paw Patrol Don’t Drop Chase Game, which has similar rules to “Don’t Break the Ice.” Students can practice Chase in different sentences like “Don’t drop Chase” or “Chase is safe!” They can also “chip” away at all the ice. Ice is chilly so we don’t want Chase to fall! Which ice will they choose to hammer?


    • Chugga Choo is puzzle game in which children flip cards and match the trains based on color. Before flipping over a piece, your student(s) can practice “chugga chugga choo choo!” then practice “match the trains!” when they find the matching color. A simple but fun way to practice the ch sound while also working on other developmental skills.
    Great CH speech therapy games for getting high trials!

    SH and CH Speech Therapy Activities

    If you need more sound-loaded ch activities check out the SH, CH, and J articulation flipbooks and the SH, CH and J articulation carryover activities. They are designed to make sure you get LOTS of high trials in your speech sound sessions!

    CH Sound Speech Therapy Games for Older Students

    Get CH articulation activity ideas using sound-loaded speech therapy games!
    • Chompin’ Charlie is an exciting game in which students roll the dice and feed Charlie (the chipmunk) a matching colored acorn. Watch out for when he pops because the acorns will scatter from Charlie’s tree because you’ll want to reach and catch them to add to your secret stash! Students can practice these bolded words to practice their ch sounds in words and sentences.


    • Another classic, Go Fish, is also a fun way for children of all ages to practice the ch sound. Change the name of the game to “Get a catch.” Instead of saying “Go fish,” students can say “Choose a card.” You can also practice “I found a match!” Use these free Go Fish visual rules to help your students when playing!


    • Catch the Fox is a silly game in which children put chickens in the fox’s pockets and press down on his head. Suddenly, the fox will lose his panda which sends the chickens flying. The kids have to catch the chickens and return them to their chicken coops. When students roll the die, they can practice saying “chicken,” expand to phrases “two chickens,” or make a sentence with “I need to get two chickens.” Between turns, students can remind each other to “Watch out!” After they catch chickens, they can share how many chickens are in their coops.
    • Play What’s in Ned’s Head? And use items that have CH in them! For example, find figurines or mini objects  for cheese, cherries, wrench, ostrich, sandwich, statue, peaches, ketchup, cheeseburger, chipmunk, chair, bench, nachos. Come up with describing words like moldy cheese, rotten cherries, sour peaches, etc or have sound-loaded phrases such as I touched ____ I reached for the ____, I chose the ______.

    CH Articulation Games Online

    • For some online fun, complete the Baby chick maze! The chick hatches then needs to search for it’s mom. Students will have to “Watch out!” for logs and worms. This can be a challenge to reach  the mom. 


    • Play Online checkers with your students. Practice the word checkers when explaining the directions, “In checkers…” and pieces must reach the other side. Which checker will you choose to move? Which direction will your checker move? You can also buy Checkers for hands on play!


    • While ABCYa’s Make a Treehouse doesn’t have a CH sound built into it’s name. It has some opportunities for CH practice like “I choose this piece” or “Which do you choose?” The activity also requires choosing furniture. ABCYa has many other activities that involve making choices, too!
    Get ideas for ch speech therapy online games for teletherapy.

    Sh and Ch Games for Articulation Therapy

    Get ideas for sh and ch sound speech therapy games.

    There are so many fun and engaging CH articulation games that you can use with your students. Like I said before, we get asked “what game are we playing” so often, it’s nice to have plenty of options to choose from! What CH articulation games do you play with your students? Leave a comment or share with us on social media! If you have students working on SH, we have a list for the best SH sound-loaded games too.

    Top Tips for Picking Speech and Language Therapy Books for Your Caseload

    Top Tips for Picking Speech and Language Therapy Books for Your Caseload

    Today, on the Real Talk SLP podcast, we will discuss tips for picking speech and language therapy books for your caseload. Most school-based SLPs have larger caseloads, so finding a speech therapy book to cover every age and goal is tricky. I am going to help you narrow down the book selections so that every month, you can use 2-4 books to cover the majority of your speech therapy caseload.


    In episode 114, we talked about what to do before you start reading books in literacy-based speech therapy. This helps students with comprehension, increases engagement with new vocabulary, and extends the life of a book in your sessions. In episode 115, I share lots of ways to increase engagement in your sessions when reading books. 


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    Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Speech Therapy Caseload

    Before you select a speech and language therapy book, consider what goals you are targeting with your students.

    Here are the list of questions I ask myself when determining what literacy-based speech therapy book I am going to choose:

    • What are the goals you are trying to cover?

    • How many goals can I address with this book?

    • Would this book fit my student’s language levels and attention span?

    • Does this book have a lot of words with my student’s speech sound?

    • What does this book provide for supporting skills in the classroom environment?

    • Does this book provide a new perspective or glimpse into another culture?

    Get the best tips for picking speech and language therapy books for your lesson planning.

    Speech and Language Therapy Books Resources

    Learn how to pick speech therapy books for your literacy-based sessions.

    So if you love using a theme-based approach and need support with picking books, we provide book cheat sheets and book companions in the Themed Therapy SLP membership. We also provide Google Slides with links to songs, videos, and digital activities as well as speech homework, newsletters, task cards, non-fiction reading passages, themed flashcards and more! Here is a list of the books we provide activities for in the membership to give you idea of the themes and books. 


    To find books by themes, speech sounds, or types of language areas, here are the two resources I mentioned for finding books:


    If you are on a budget, try to find books at your school or local library. Check to see if your school will give you a free GetEpic account or check out half priced books.

    Speech Therapy Books for a Summer Theme Mentioned in This Podcast Episode

    In this Real Talk SLP podcast episode, we discuss picking speech therapy books by target area or age. If using themes, pick your theme, then pick your books.

    Here are the books I mentioned in the podcast episode:

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    • Beach Day by Karen Roosa – great for wh-questions, describing goals, syntax and morphology goals, building background knowledge
    • Let It Shine by Maryann Cocca-Leffler – great for wh-questions, describing goals, syntax and morphology goals, building background knowledge
    • When a Dragon Moves In by Jodi Moore – great for figurative language, perspective taking, inferencing, story elements, cause and effect
    • A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen – great for wh-questions, building background knowledge, story retell, making predictions, thought bubble
    • Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall – great for students to make personal connections with going swimming, story retell, comprehension, grammar, sound-loaded for speech sounds
    • There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell! By Lucinda Collandro – great for sequencing, AAC CORE words, sound-loaded for s-blends, SH, and L, answering “what” questions
    When you serve a large speech therapy caseload, using books is a great way to plan literacy-based sessions.

    Top Tips for Picking Speech and Langauge Therapy Books for Your Caseload

    by The Dabbling Speechie

    10 Ways to Increase Engagement With Speech Therapy Books

    10 Ways to Increase Engagement With Speech Therapy Books

    When it comes to reading books in your speech therapy sessions, it’s hard to keep all the students engaged. And, your therapy time is short, so keeping kids attentive is important for therapy. Today, on the Real Talk SLP podcast, we are talking about 10 ways to increase engagement when reading speech therapy books. You will get practical tips for your literacy-based speech therapy sessions that you can use tomorrow!

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    Engagement Strategies to Use With Speech Therapy Books

    Here are the engagement strategies mentioned in this podcast episode to help with literacy-based speech therapy:

    1. Use iconic gestures – to help teach vocabulary, use it with predictive texts, allows another way to show the child understands the word if they are non-speaking.
    2. Shared Book Reading Strategies – pointing to vocabulary and giving kid friendly definitions of words as well as asking questions that help with making personal connections with the characters.
    3. Novel effects app you can use your phone or iPad. It has lots of our favorite books and would be perfect to use in your small groups or your whole class lessons. With this app, it provides sound effects and music when you read aloud.
    4. Bring in props for the characters, key vocabulary or items that help with sequencing or story retelling. If your students can handle having a prop, have them raise the prop when they hear a certain phrase or predictive text.
    5. Activate background knowledge – Before you read the book, you can activate background knowledge by taking them on a virtual field trip using a platform like Google Earth to see the setting of the book. You can show them some YouTube videos, sing a song, etc. I talk more about activities you can do before you read the book in episode 114.
    Get engagment strategies to use when reading speech therapy books.

    More Tips & Tools for Reading Speech Therapy Books

    Get tips for reading books in your literacy-based speech therapy sessions.

    6. Kids retell the story – After you read the book, have students retell the story in their own words and use book creator to help them make their own story version. 

    7. Do think alouds – Using think aloud questions help with comprehension and staying engaged with the book. Use graphic organizers or anchor charts to talk about characters and elements in the story.

    8. Give each child a story element to hold up when they hear their story element come up in the story.

    9. Incorporate movement – stand and share, turn to your partner and whisper about the character.

    10. Ask an essential questions – Have an essential question that draws in their personal experience? We include book cheat sheets with essential questions in the Themed Therapy SLP membership.

    Resources to Help With Literacy Speech Therapy Units

    If you love using books + themes to plan speech therapy sessions, check out the Themed Therapy SLP membership. We provide book cheat sheets, book companions, and extension activities to help you implement a theme-based approach with less stress for your preschool and elementary caseload. 

    Learn about literacy speech therapy strategies that you can use to increase engagement!

    10 Ways to Increase Engagement With Speech Therapy Books

    by The Dabbling Speechie

    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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    Free Flower Themed Speech Therapy Guide

    Wanting to plan a fun spring theme for your speech therapy caseload? Use this free flower themed guide to get ideas for flower books, toys, games, sensory bins, and step-by-step visual craft and cooking activity. 

    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.

    Free SLP Themed Therapy Planner

    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

      If you have more questions about Easy Report Pro or assessment reports, you can find Michelle on Instagram. One of the coolest features of this tool is that you can schedule a 1:1 virtual onboarding call to get all your report-writing questions answered, and they will also help you work on a report while navigating the tool! =

      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.

      This blog post includes Amazon affiliate links. When you use one of my links, I receive a small commission at no charge.

      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.