If your students are stuck at the word or sentence level with their articulation therapy, then you need these articulation carryover activities to help you with increasing your students self awareness. Your students will feel empowered as they start to see their progress and you will feel relief as you see them move past those word and sentence levels. Because when our students stop making the progress we want, it feels overwhelming and stressful to figure out what to do next.
These articulation visuals, self reflection sheets and suggested activities will create a structure for your therapy sessions. Your students will know what to expect as you incorporate these ideas and visuals each session.
Articulation Carryover Activities & Visuals
Many of the visuals and self-reflection sheets can be paired with any activity that you plan in therapy. You can have your students set goals prior to doing the sentence, reading or conversational activity with the level of accuracy they are trying to achieve. After the activity, the SLP is able to give the student feedback about his/her performance.
If your students are able to produce their sound at the conversational level, they can judge your productions for correct or incorrect.
Students at the word or sentence level, can benefit from judging their performance with the yes/no visuals. There are check boxes for them to judge their production. Then, the SLP and student can compare what each of them thought of the articulation production.
Have your students take their own data during a structured conversational activity.
There is a list of suggestions for activities that you can do with your students or your student can do at home for additional practice. Write out a conversational script for a communication event or activity that your student may need to practice their correct speech sounds. They can take the script home to practice before the event.
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Are you stuck with where how to get your student to generalize their speech sound? The student has it at the word and sentence level, but when they walk out of your room, they go straight back to their old speech sounds. I am right there currently with several students on my caseload. So, I have been trying to find more articulation carryover activities to help with generalization.
If you need articulation therapy ideas that will help you high repetitions, you can check out my articulation therapy ideas HERE.
Easy Articulation Carryover Activity Ideas Using Youtube
Youtube is your friend! Simon’s cat videos are perfect for practicing your student’s speech sounds while retelling the video, and answering wh-questions about the videos. Check out my blog post for how I use these free videos in therapy HERE.
Find How-To videos on youtube with your student’s target sound. The SLP can have their student watch the video and then explain “how to do” the process. So, if you have a student working on /r/, they can watch a youtube video about how to make popcorn. If you have a youtube channel, you can find videos and make playlists for the videos that you use by sound. I made QR codes and have the kids pick which video they want to watch. These are in my articulation carryover activities sets.
Articulation Carryover Activities At The Multiple Sentence Level
Some of my students are 80-90% accurate with single sentences, but they aren’t ready to be reading or doing conversational tasks just yet. So, I have activities that I use to work on my student’s articulation sounds at the multiple sentence level.
Find words that are related that have your student’s target sound to compare/contrast by similarities and differences.
Another activity is to have your student’s answer would you rather or what would you do questions.
An Idea To Work On Articulation Carryover At The Conversational Level
If you have students ready to work on their sounds at the conversational level, you can set a challenge before the session begins. Make a set number of errors that your student can not go over. Then, during the speech session, you can monitor your student’s production with whatever conversational task you plan. If the student has speech errors over the challenge number, then they didn’t meet the challenge.
I have set up that a speech challenge met can be turned in for a game day, bring a friend to speech, a bag of chips or whatever else the student and myself can come up with to earn.
If you need more conversation ideas for how students can practice their speech outside of the speech room, check out this blog post and how I use these activities.
Apps To Use For Articulation Carryover Activities
Have you heard of the voxer app? It is an app that acts like a walkie talkie. I was introduced to voxer by one of my previous principals that used voxer to communicate with her staff. The charter school that I worked at was very tech savvy, so the kids were all about using tech tools. With parent permission, I was able to use the voxer app to work on self monitoring with articulation generalization. We would ask the principal questions on voxer or tell the principal about the week. Then, I would have my students play back their recording to listen to their speech sounds.
If you own an ipad, the news-o-matic app is a great resource for working on articulation at the reading level. Kid friendly news articles are available every day. There are sometimes videos attached to the app, questions and key vocabulary that is defined. You can read more about this app on my blog post HERE.
Little Stories Pro by Little Bee Speech is an app that has 82 short stories that are loaded with targeted speech sounds. This app can be very helpful for meaningful articulation practice when reading as well as when answering comprehension questions and story retell. I like this app because when I don’t have time to search for books that have my student’s sound in the story, I can easily bring up this app.
Resources For Finding Reading Passages To Work On Articulation
Read Works is a free website that you can find leveled reading passages that are aligned with common core standards.
Newsela is a website that has differentiated, high interest texts that are organized by content area, so you can find all sorts of reading passages in different subject matters.
In my TPT store, I have Articulation Carryover Activity resources that include fiction & non-fiction reading passages for /r/, /s/, and /z/. These texts include visual cues and the occurrence of the sound in the passages have been counted, so documenting the student’s accuracy is a lot quicker.
Reader’s theater is a great way to work on self monitoring and students working on articulation practice with a structured speaking activity. If you are buddy buddy with some of the kinder/1st grade teachers, you may even be able to book a time when your students could go into the classroom and perform the reader’s theater for the class.
Scholastic Books a series that I really like to use for my mixed groups. The True or False series (amazon affiliate link included) have short non-fiction paragraphs that pose a question and students have to decide if it the information is true or false. Then, they turn the page to see if their answer is correct. These are great for reading to practice your articulation sound.
Scholastic Who Would Win Books are another series that align with common core curriculum and can help you target your student’s speech sounds in structured conversation. The SLP can have the students read a paragraph, summarize the facts from the book, or answer comprehension questions.
Using Visuals To Help With Self Monitoring With Articulation Carryover Activities
Visual reminders can help reduce the SLP using verbal cues/prompts. I have some visual speech sound reminders that I put on popsicle sticks, which you can grab the free printables HERE. Whatever the activity, the SLP can utilize these visual reminders during the articulation practice.
Articulation Carryover Weekly Homework Sheets
Trying to find ways to encourage students to practice their speech at home? I created an articulation carryover weekly worksheet that can be used to monitor their speech for the week. You can grab this download for FREE on my TPT store.
Kiwi Speech also has a weekly home practice tracker that is free in her store. I have used with students that I want them to see that practicing just 5 minutes a day can help them make progress. This tracker is really helpful for showing kids how to break down minutes they practice each week.
What resources or strategies do you use to help your students generalize their speech sounds into conversation? I would love to add some more tips to my SLP toolbox.
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Who loves low-prep speech therapy activities that cover a LOT of goals? And keeps your students engaged? Um, we are all raising our hands right now. If you have yet to hear of the wordless short Simon’s Cat videos, you need to check them out. In fact, I am going to tell ya all the goods about how to use the Simon’s Cat videos in speech therapy. Reading this blog post will make planning for mixed groups a WHOLE lot easier.
What Are Simon’s Cat Videos?
Simon’s Cat is a series of comic strip animated short videos that you can find on YouTube. The videos are primarily without words and are in black and white. You can watch these videos on your iPhone, iPad, laptop, or computer to target many different skills! If you are worried about ads and unwanted images popping up during your lesson, I recommend watching Simon’s Cat videos with safe tube. Safe tube is free and allows parents and educators to watch videos without the ads. If you need internet at your school site, there is now a Simon’s Cat comic book!! You can get it on amazon HERE. This is an amazon affiliate link.
These videos are free—less money to spend on Therapy materials.
There are a ton of videos. Seasonal-themed and generic, I can use them in speech therapy all year long.
You can use Simon’s Cat videos across a variety of ages. I have used them with 1st-8th grade. You could also test them out among the high school ages.
I like watching them. Therapy always seems more exciting if I enjoy the resource because I am excited to talk about the videos.
You can use Simon’s Cat Videos with your mixed groups. Planning for each student in my groups can be challenging because I have to find different activities and then manage the group to stay on task. Having one resource to cover everyone’s goals increases on-task behavior.
The setting in the video is usually Simon’s house, and the characters are a man and a cat. I know that in many of the videos, my students have exposure to the vocabulary, so I don’t have to spend much time around schemes and background knowledge.
These videos are short! They are only 2-3 minutes long so you can get through them in a 30-minute session.
How To Simon’s Cat Speech Therapy Ideas
There are many ways to use Simon’s Cat videos in speech therapy. You can structure your speech therapy session to use the video the entire time or break up your session. For example, do a 5-minute warm-up, teach some vocabulary words for 5 minutes, and then show the Simon’s Cat video for the remaining 10-15 minutes to target goals.
Use Cheat Sheets with Simon’s Cat Wordless Short Videos
During the video, you can have the students write down or tell you words they saw or heard with their speech sounds. After the video, they can say each word five times or use it in a sentence. You can also write a cheat sheet of target words from the video.
The SLP can have the student answer comprehension questions from the video with their target speech sounds.
Summarize the video using the target words from the video with their best speech sounds.
Language Speech Therapy Ideas
Work on narrative comprehension and oral narration using these videos. Jot down some comprehension questions from the video before the students arrive to discuss the video. Have students work on storytelling by adding details on what would happen next if the video didn’t end. If you need some graphic organizers to help with this, grab this free set from KiwiSpeech HERE or Speech Time Fun’s summarizing graphic organizer HERE.
The SLP can help their students build more complex sentences using the video. Watch the video and then have the students describe the parts of speech they see in the video. If you want more information about effective grammar intervention, check out this blog post I did with some research I found.
Teach and show vocabulary with these videos. The SLP can pick target vocabulary words to teach from the video. During the speech therapy session, target antonyms, synonyms, word associations, attributes, and adjectives to describe items in the video.
Discuss the main idea of the video and work on making a new video title for the video.
Teach specific grammar concepts such as third-person singular, pronouns, plurals, verb tense, and noun-verb agreement.
What are they thinking about? Work on teaching that our eyes give people clues about their thoughts. Have your students identify what the characters are thinking based on where their eyes are looking.
Use the videos to have students identify emotions and non-verbal body language. Have your students explain how the characters feel and what clues they noticed, such as eyes widening, smiling face, or body hunched over.
Perspective taking- work on students explaining what people could be feeling or thinking in the video.
Social inferences and predictions are a way for us to figure out what someone may do next, so we can figure out what to say or do in a social situation.
Conversation – have your students watch the video and then have them discuss what they liked/didn’t like about the video.
Thinking/Talking bubble – These wordless short videos are perfect for working on what people are thinking and what could be in their talking bubble. Make your speech and thinking bubble on a dry-erase board, or grab a dry-erase think bubble from the dollar store or on amazon HERE. (amazon affiliate link provided).
Humor – these videos are hilarious and are perfect for discussing why they are funny!
How Do You Use the Simon’s Cat Videos?
How would you use Simon’s Cat videos in speech therapy? I would love to hear your therapy ideas.
The game Go Fish is a staple game for the busy speech pathologist. Kids love the game and you can adapt it to meet so many goals. Today, I want to share some new ways to play Go Fish in speech therapy.
True Confessions From This SLP
Want to know something? I can only play Go Fish so many sessions before I might go out of my mind! The kids absolutely love the game, but the redundancy of having to play it group after group after group drains my energy and enthusiasm. So, I try to play Go Fish during those busy times of the year when therapy planning time is cut in half. I also try to stagger when I play Go Fish, so that isn’t my lesson plan for an ENTIRE day.
New Ways To Play Go Fish In Speech Therapy
My first way you can spice things up with your Go Fish playing is to create “character” names for each student. For my social skills groups we just did it to get them laughing and initiating with peers during the game.
I was Taylor Swift because in a different life I was a pop princess. My kids were dying of laughter every time someone called them by their new “character” name. It increased engagement for my kiddos that don’t always want to initiate with peers. The next day, my SDC teacher told me that the kids could not stop talking about Go Fish. During our end of the year party, one of my students that needs prompts to initiate communication, came right up to me and said, “I want to play Go Fish today.” I would love to know how this twist goes in your therapy room! Tag me onInstagram @thedabblingspeechie and share your story!
Adapt the name cards to have your student’s target sound in the name!
For your articulation students, you can pick names that have their sound like Mr. Magee for /g/, Mrs. Flamingo for /l-blends/ and Mrs. Ridiculous for /r/. The crazier the better!
Work on Voice Volume & Tone of Voice
For your social skill students that need to work on using the appropriate voice volume in social situations, you can have them work on asking for cards with different voice volumes. You can also adapt this to work on changing your tone of voice to match certain emotions. I used my voice volume visuals from myBehavior Visuals For Students With Autism to help my students identify and model different voice volumes during Go Fish.
Bring in funny props for Go Fish In Speech Therapy
Who doesn’t love having goofy props around? #idontlookcrazyatall
Allow each student to wear the fun prop when it is their turn to ask a peer for a card. This is just to keep the session motivating and fun! I think this could also help some students understand their role during the game. The person wearing the big sunglasses is asking, while the other students wearing crowns are waiting their turn.
If you are looking for Go Fish games that target seasonal verbs, check out all of myseasonal grammar and vocabulary sets. These sets include verbs related to the season or holiday, so you can work on grammar while playing Go Fish.
For mixed groups, have your students ask for a word and an adjective word such as, “Do you have a quick rabbit?” or “Do you have a tiny spider?”
How To Make Go Fish Visual For Students
I have a few students that really struggle with understanding the rules of how to play Go Fish. There are too many steps to keep it all straight. My students on the Autism spectrum struggle with the quick transition between turns. This is why I made an easy visual guide for Go Fish. You can click the button below and download the free visual!
How have you adapted Go Fish for your students? I would love to hear your ideas! Comment below or email me at fe*********@th*****************.com.
Sometimes SLP’s have use what they have in their speech rooms for therapy materials. SLP’s either have NO budget (appalling), or limited time to lesson plan because of their workload. I remember a college professor telling me that an SLP should be able to do therapy with just paper and a pencil. SLP’s are the queens and kings of finding amazing ways to use unconventional items. Today I want to talk about how to use paperclips in speech therapy!
My current speech budget situation
Currently I get $200 for supplies in my current school district. I know it isn’t much, but I will take whatever I can get! It took me three whole months to decide what I wanted to purchase. I was coveting that $200 with my life. Thank goodness my district uses amazon prime because I was able to find some affordable deals and get a good stash of materials. Luckily all the districts that I have worked for have been amazing at paying for trainings and/or materials when I really needed them to help my caseload. #sothankful
What to do when you aren’t given ANY money for supplies?
When we don’t have the funds for lots of materials, you have to get creative with finding resources to teach your students. Back when I first started my career there was no pinterest, TPT, or social media to help inspire me with therapy planning. Blogs were just starting to become something that people liked to do, and it wasn’t easy to find materials. Thankfully today we have so many easy ways to get ideas when we have LITTLE TO NO money.
Ways to Find FREE Ideas
Sign up for a pinterest account to search easy DIY therapy ideas. Follow lots of speech blogs at one time using bloglovin’ to get easy therapy ideas. Hallie Sherman from Speech Time Fun did a great blog post about using paperclips in speech therapy that you can check out HERE. Instagram is one of the best places to find fun therapy ideas from other SLP’s. You can search popular hashtags like #slpeeps #schoolslp or #slpbloggers. My handle is @thedabblingspeechie and my hashtag is #dabblingslp if you want to stay up to date with all the latest in my speech world.
Some easy tricks for acquiring therapy materials
Veteran SLP’s have given me advice that if you are allotted $100-200 per year, then use that money to stock up on cardstock, binders, pencils, laminating sheets, etc. Then, use your own personal money for items like games, books, and toys so you will have those therapy materials wherever you are placed. If you are looking for some resources that can help get you through, then read my blog post on How I would spend $100 on TPT. There is a free caseload therapy planner in that post. My caseload therapy planners helps SLP’s see what types of goals they are treating so the SLP can make sure to find specific materials for those goals. Need DIY therapy ideas? Follow my DIY Speech Therapy board on pinterest for new inspiration!
Let’s talk paperclips in speech therapy
Sometimes we have to use common items around our speech rooms because we ran out of lesson planning time. Or remember that beautifully thought out lesson you had ready for your therapy group and your little speechies would have nothing to do with it!? Those are the times that I have had to improvise and find WHATEVER I could to make the rest of the session engaging. Sometimes the simplest ideas can be the most effective for ours students. Here are some ways that I have been using paperclips in speech therapy.
Monitoring Expected Vs. Unexpected Behaviors
Do you have students that need visual reminders to monitor their expected behaviors while you are teaching a lesson? Just write on a half sheet of paper or index card and slip paperclips on the expected or unexpected behavior visual. At the end of the session you can use that as data to determine how expected the student was during the session.
Using paperclips to hold during a conversation lesson
Have a social skills group working on conversational tasks? Write down visuals you want to use on index cards. Slip them on paperclips and you have easy to hold visuals! The students can hold up a “question” visual if they want to ask a question. When a student has to identify expected vs. unexpected in a social situation, the student can hold up the correct visual after the SLP reads the social situation.
Turn any deck of cards into magnetic fun
Busy Bee Speech gave me the idea to use my magnetic wand with paperclips. I placed paperclips on my Super Duper Card Decks and grabbed my magnetic wand. Students were able to pick stimulus cards using the magnetic wand. It adds a little fun to the activity! I printed up little gingerbread men and foxes to slide under the paperclips. If a student got a gingerbread man then they got to keep him. If they found a fox, then the fox ate their gingerbread man and they had to lose a gingerbread man.
With a thick popsicle stick (currently at your local dollar store), a magnetic strip (got this magnetic strip on amazon, Affiliate link included) and a set of paperclips, an SLP now has an engaging therapy tool! This DIY magnetic strip can be used as a behavior working for chart. It can also be used for counting speech productions.
After each 5-10 repetitions of a sound, the student gets to put a paperclip on the strip. Students can also work on their fluency enhancing strategies. Each paperclip could be a pacing visual while practicing sentences. The paperclips can also be used as a reminder to use easy onset. This can also be used for teaching the concepts “on” and “off”. So many things!
SLP’s can work on finding matches with word associations, categories, or multiple meanings. You can make paperclips with yarn or string. Just tie the strip at both ends to two paperclips. Place stimulus cards in a sensory bin or on the table. Have your students hunt for the matches. Once they find a match, they can slip them on the paperclips. Hands on activity for the win! I used my Mitten Match Up Sensory Bin activities with these paperclips.
How do you use paperclips in speech therapy? I would love to add some ideas to my stash!
Trying to get those 100+ trials during articulation therapy can be challenging! Student motivation and mixed therapy groups can make it tough to get high repetitions. I wrote this blog post to introduce new articulation activities for speech therapy sessions. It’s not just your kids that need new ways to practice speech sounds; you want to have FUN too. Keep reading if you need articulation ideas that will get high reps in a session!
Articulation Activities Speech Therapy Ideas
This DIY ZAP IT game is perfect for getting high repetitions. My students stayed motivated the entire session. Write different numbers on popsicle sticks (make sure you put some high numbers like 10 and 15). Then, write zap a friend, zap 1, zap 2, etc. Stick the popsicle sticks in a bucket and have students pick a stick. If they pick a 15, they get 15 points and must say their speech sound 15 times. The person with the most points wins the game!Print the rule guide and reference during therapy.
For those days when you need to get a quick drill done for everyone in your mixed groups, the articulation therapy activities I turn to are my articulation flipbooks. You will have word, carrier phrase, and sentence-level activities that you can use during direct instruction or create an articulation station for independent work. Within 5 minutes or less, my students have gotten at least 100 trials and they LOVE the dry-erase marker (Amazon affiliate link.) Try my/l/ flipbook for FREE or consider using the No Print version to pull up on your iPad or for teletherapy.
Keep Hands Busy During Speech Sound Production Practice
Using a DIY abacus is one way to motivate your students to practice their speech sounds. You can help your students to see how many productions they got as well visually! If you don’t want to make your own, grab one on Amazon.
Adapting Games for Articulation Practice
The Race To 100 game is a great way to get 100 productions and keep the session energy up! Put my Race to 100 game card on a plastic protective sheet or laminate. Grab a die (make your own with a wooden block to add high numbers like 8, 10, 12, 15) and start rolling!
Grab the free articulation game printable by clicking the pink button below!
You can also use the digital Race to 100 games from thedigital speech folder activities to get those high trials in person or through teletherapy. When you create a digital speech folder, you can add various articulation activities for quick drills.
Find games likeUno to use during articulation therapy. Play the game as the rules intended, but whatever card the student lays down, that is how many times they have to practice their speech sound. If the student gets a draw 4, make them practice 20 productions! Get creative with your “speech rules” for practicing during this game.
You can use a Toss Across Game (amazon affiliate link included) to get high articulation repetitions. Use post-it notes to write numbers on the Xs and Os. When the student throws the bean bag and hits an X or O, they have to say their articulation sound that many times.