Winter Articulation Activities That Will Get High Reps

Winter Articulation Activities That Will Get High Reps

Are you struggling with finding quick and engaging activities that will motivate your students to keep practicing their sound in syllables or words? Well, don’t worry, SLP. I got you! This post is all about winter articulation activities you can use to get high reps in therapy.

We all know that when working with speech sound disorders that high repetitions lead to better carryover. But, how to get that little one excited about saying that sound or list of words over and over and over again?

You can use manipulatives and reinforcer games to keep your students motivated to practice. Sometimes we have exhausted all of our therapy tools to keep therapy fresh. Today, I want to share all my winter articulation activities that will help you achieve high trials with your students.

And dare I say, you might have some FUN too? When we are engaged, our students are much more likely to be engaged.

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Getting High Repetitions is Important

When treating speech sound disorders high repetitions are very important to make progress with articulation, phonology, and apraxia of speech. In particular, when treating apraxia, much of the research says that we need to have shortened, more frequent sessions that focus on the high intensity of repetitive practice. Check out more info on ASHA’s website HERE.

If you are needing some tips for how to structure your sessions to help get higher trials, check out this post from Adventures in Speech Pathology HERE

You may be thinking, “I know I need to get more trials, but how do I get my students motivated?” HERE is a post with easy ways you can get those 100 trials during your session that will keep your students engaged. 

Need free articulation ideas that will help your students get high repetitions? Try these winter articulation activities with your students and watch how you can increase articulation trials with ease. When your students have motivating winter articulation activities, they will want to keep practicing their sounds in speech therapy. #slpeeps #speechsounddisorders #apraxia #articulation #phonologydisorder #winteractivities #speechtherapy #speechies #schoolslp #cfyslp #preschoolslp #elementaryslp

Winter Articulation Activities to Get High Reps

This year, I have a student with apraxia on my caseload. I have been on the hunt for ways that are quick and easy to get those trials and help her know when the activity is complete. Check out some of the activities we have been doing with a winter theme!

Need free articulation ideas that will help your students get high repetitions? Try these winter articulation activities with your students and watch how you can increase articulation trials with ease. When your students have motivating winter articulation activities, they will want to keep practicing their sounds in speech therapy. #slpeeps #speechsounddisorders #apraxia #articulation #phonologydisorder #winteractivities #speechtherapy #speechies #schoolslp #cfyslp #preschoolslp #elementaryslp
Need free articulation ideas that will help your students get high repetitions? Try these winter articulation activities with your students and watch how you can increase articulation trials with ease. When your students have motivating winter articulation activities, they will want to keep practicing their sounds in speech therapy. #slpeeps #speechsounddisorders #apraxia #articulation #phonologydisorder #winteractivities #speechtherapy #speechies #schoolslp #cfyslp #preschoolslp #elementaryslp
 Need free articulation ideas that will help your students get high repetitions? Try these winter articulation activities with your students and watch how you can increase articulation trials with ease. When your students have motivating winter articulation activities, they will want to keep practicing their sounds in speech therapy. #slpeeps #speechsounddisorders #apraxia #articulation #phonologydisorder #winteractivities #speechtherapy #speechies #schoolslp #cfyslp #preschoolslp #elementaryslp

Winter Articulation Activities with Snowmen

Need free articulation ideas that will help your students get high repetitions? Try these winter articulation activities with your students and watch how you can increase articulation trials with ease. When your students have motivating winter articulation activities, they will want to keep practicing their sounds in speech therapy. #slpeeps #speechsounddisorders #apraxia #articulation #phonologydisorder #winteractivities #speechtherapy #speechies #schoolslp #cfyslp #preschoolslp #elementaryslp

Get High Reps Feeding a Snowman

Our snowman, Frank loves to eat snowballs. He thinks they are tasty and they keep him feeling cold! We have to feed him lots of snowballs to help him not melt.

I used my feed the snowman printable from my snowman push-in language lesson plan pack and white pom pom balls from my sensory bin! The speech sound cue cards are from Bjorem Speech Therapy. You can grab the cards HERE.

This is also a helpful YouTube video explaining more about the cards you can check out.

Winter Snowball Fight with Articulation Reps

Tell your students that they need to get ready for the ultimate snowball fight! They have to practice their sounds in order to earn a snowball. Each time they practice a sound, they put a snowball in the bucket.

Or, you can have them say their sound “5 times” before earning some snowballs. Once all the snowballs are in the bucket, they are ready to throw them. You can set a plastic container upright and allow them to throw a snowball in one at time. 

If you want to get even more articulation repetitions with this winter articulation activity, then have your student practice their sound each time they take a snowball out to throw.

The articulation stimulus word page is from my Any Craft Companion Pack. I use dot markers as a way to keep little hands engaged or you can use different colors to give visual feedback about their productions. 

For the snowballs, you can use Cotton Balls or these fun snowballs that are on Amazon.

Need free articulation ideas that will help your students get high repetitions? Try these winter articulation activities with your students and watch how you can increase articulation trials with ease. When your students have motivating winter articulation activities, they will want to keep practicing their sounds in speech therapy. #slpeeps #speechsounddisorders #apraxia #articulation #phonologydisorder #winteractivities #speechtherapy #speechies #schoolslp #cfyslp #preschoolslp #elementaryslp

Winter Articulation Activities with Snowballs 

Need free articulation ideas that will help your students get high repetitions? Try these winter articulation activities with your students and watch how you can increase articulation trials with ease. When your students have motivating winter articulation activities, they will want to keep practicing their sounds in speech therapy. #slpeeps #speechsounddisorders #apraxia #articulation #phonologydisorder #winteractivities #speechtherapy #speechies #schoolslp #cfyslp #preschoolslp #elementaryslp

Why not let your kids actually throw snowballs at kids?

Have your students earn snowballs to throw at the kids in the snowball fight. To keep the kids standing up, you can attach them to Photo holders or use binder clips.

Have your students practice their sound five times each or go through a list of words. Then, they get to collect a snowball. Once they have enough snowballs, they can try to knock down all of the kids.

You can use cotton balls of fluffy snowballs. If you need lists of words or pictures, I like using my Phonology flashcards or my Articulation Flashcards for R because I can add them to my student’s speech folder and also send home for additional practice.

For your students working on /s, z/, /sh, ch/, and / th/, I have a FREE set of flashcards HERE

Need free articulation ideas that will help your students get high repetitions? Try these winter articulation activities with your students and watch how you can increase articulation trials with ease. When your students have motivating winter articulation activities, they will want to keep practicing their sounds in speech therapy. #slpeeps #speechsounddisorders #apraxia #articulation #phonologydisorder #winteractivities #speechtherapy #speechies #schoolslp #cfyslp #preschoolslp #elementaryslp

Winter Articulation Activities with Pipe Cleaners

Need free articulation ideas that will help your students get high repetitions? Try these winter articulation activities with your students and watch how you can increase articulation trials with ease. When your students have motivating winter articulation activities, they will want to keep practicing their sounds in speech therapy. #slpeeps #speechsounddisorders #apraxia #articulation #phonologydisorder #winteractivities #speechtherapy #speechies #schoolslp #cfyslp #preschoolslp #elementaryslp

Pipe Cleaner Articulation Icicle Activity

Use pipe cleaners to create icicles and have your students’ string beads on the icicle as they practice their sounds.

I twisted the pipe cleaner on my fingers to make a swirling effect. You can either have your students practice their sound and then earn a bead to string or they can practice their sound in isolation, syllables or words while they slide the bead down the pipe cleaner. 

It’s nice to have pictures in front of the students while they practice. The pictures in the photo are from my Sentence Starters and have lots of sentence frames for different articulation sounds. Grab it HERE

For your students that can work independently, this can be a great articulation station. Want to learn more about how to use articulation centers in your sessions? Head to this blog post HERE

Need free articulation ideas that will help your students get high repetitions? Try these winter articulation activities with your students and watch how you can increase articulation trials with ease. When your students have motivating winter articulation activities, they will want to keep practicing their sounds in speech therapy. #slpeeps #speechsounddisorders #apraxia #articulation #phonologydisorder #winteractivities #speechtherapy #speechies #schoolslp #cfyslp #preschoolslp #elementaryslp

What’s Your Favorite Winter Articulation Activities?

Which winter articulation activity are you going to use with your students? I would love to know how it goes! Tag me on social media @thedabblingspeechie

Share how you are getting high repetitions in your speech sessions? How have you found success motivating your younger students? What strategies do you use with your older students? I would love to know your rock star SLP tips!

Gingerbread Man Speech Therapy Activities

Gingerbread Man Speech Therapy Activities

Do you love using The Gingerbread Man story in your therapy sessions? It is great for teaching oral narration and language skills.

Over the years, I have even found ways to incorporate social pragmatic skills with a gingerbread man theme. 

Today, I wanted to share some gingerbread man speech therapy activities you can do with your students in December or January.

Gingerbread Man Speech Therapy Activities

You can work on oral narration and comprehension using the book The Gingerbread Man. Another way to build language is to compare and contrast different versions of The Gingerbread Man.

Here are some book versions that you can use in therapy (Amazon affiliate links included):

Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett

The Gingerbread Man by Gail Yerill

The Gingerbread Girl by Lisa Campbell Ernst

The Gingerbread Man is Loose in the School by Laura Murray

The Ninjabread Man by Fabiano Fiorin is on Get Epic

After reading the story, you can work on word opposites such as hungry/full, fast/slow, go/stop, wet/dry, shallow/deep.

As a group, you can target the tier II vocabulary of chase, stream, and gobble.

You can discuss kitchen utensils and things that people can bake. 

Review each picture in the story and work on grammar concepts while retelling the story. 

 

Use these gingerbread man speech therapy activities to target lots lots of language and social skills. #slpeeps #speechies #socialskills #speechtherapy #gingerbreadman #preschoolslp #preschool #languageintervention #slp2b #cfyslp

Gingerbread Man Activities for Mixed Groups

gingerbread man speech therapy activities that you can do to work on language and social skills. #slpeeps #schoolslp #speechtherapy #gingerbreadman #cfyslp #slp2b #languagetherapy #eslteacher #socialpragmatics

You can use gingerbread man cookies to work on so many functional language skills. Have your students decorate gingerbread man cookies to work on CORE vocabulary, requesting, commenting and sequencing. I found these different sized cookie cutters, so we also worked on big, bigger, and biggest. Students working on articulation carryover can practice their speech sounds while explaining how they decorated their gingerbread man cookie.

Need ideas for how to use cookies to work on perspective taking? Check out this blog post HERE.

When using a task card deck with your mixed groups, you can make the deck more engaging by planning the “Catch the gingerbread man” game. All you need are gingerbread men, some fox printables, paper clips and a magnetic wand. Attach gingerbread men to most of the task cards. Put a few foxes under the cards. Then, students pick a card with the magnetic wand. If it has a gingerbread man, they get to keep it. If it has a fox, then they lose a card. Grab these free printables HERE. 

Gingerbread Man Brain Break Activities

For your students that need movement to help them stay engaged, I highly recommend these YouTube videos as fun brain breaks.

This allows your students a quick time to get their wiggles out while still moving their bodies to something related to The Gingerbread Man theme.

The second YouTube video puts some verbs from the story in song form which may help some of your students with learning that vocabulary.

I love incorporating YouTube videos into my whole class push-in lessons to break up the session. What YouTube videos do you like to use in therapy for a Gingerbread Man?

 

Gingerbread Song Videos to Use in Therapy

Many of my students struggle with sitting on the carpet for whole class lessons or at a table. So, after I do a book, or we do an activity, I mix up the session with a fun themed song. It’s great when the song has actions related to the theme. These songs show how to bake gingerbread man cookies. You can target verb actions while singing and dancing to the songs.

Visual Supports for Story Retell

To work on story retell using The Gingerbread Man, use file folder activities to help scaffold oral narration.

Some of your students may need step by step visual supports with what happened in the story. Use the file folders in my TPT store to plan leveled activities for your students. For SLPs doing teletherapy or using their iPad, I have a Boom Card version for The Gingerbread Man story retell.

You may have some students with complex communication needs and need additional supports to help them demonstrate their comprehension of the story. You can have your students match characters or story elements if they can’t verbally sequence the story.

For students working on increasing MLU, have them use the visual sentence frames to build sentences about “who” was chasing the gingerbread man.

Gingerbread Man Sensory Bin

Work on story retell using visual supports in a sensory bin. You can check out how I made a gingerbread man sensory bin HERE.

It includes free printables to make your own gingerbread man sensory bin.

Gingerbread Man Activities for Body in the Group

The gingerbread man loves to be chased. And, it seems to be quite hard to catch him. Planning a body in the group gingerbread man chase around campus can be a practical way for you to work on staying with a group and thinking about others.

Check out this blog post to see how you can plan a gingerbread man hunt and work on social pragmatics as a whole class. I used a free printable to make this activity come to life!

 

Google Slide Materials for The Gingerbread Man

If you are doing teletherapy, you can use this Gingerbread Man Google Slides™ included in the Gingerbread Man Push-In Language Lesson Plan guides to have all your book read alouds, brain breaks, videos, and digital materials organized so you can easily get to the activity you want to use. You can link to websites and other materials on the Google Slide as well. I will often add Boom Card links, YouTube videos, or websites that have fun gingerbread man games like ABCya

Gingerbread Man Push-In Lesson Plan Ideas

When I plan push-in lessons for my K-1 and 1-2 Special Day Classrooms, I like to read a story book at the carpet and do a Google Slide presentation as a group.

Then, the class breaks up into three smaller group work stations. I plan three activities that align with theme of the week and use the teacher and aides to help with running stations. To see how I setup my push-in lessons, head to this blog post. If you are interested in learning about different collaborative service models, head to this blog post.

At the stations, you can plan an easy craft, use the characters from the story to work on prepositions while playing “Simon says”, and a pretend play gingerbread man cookie baking station to work on language and social skills in a functional way.

 

If you are needing lesson plan guides that will help you implement small group and whole class lessons, check out my gingerbread man push-in guides. It has 3-5 small group activities, book suggestions, a letter to send home to parents, a Google Slide presentation and cheat sheet guides for the teacher aides. Grab this resource and finally feel confident with structuring your therapy sessions. 

These are the activities you can do with a gingerbread man theme. What do you plan for your students? Share in the comments!

SLPs During The First Week Of School- As Told By Tom Cruise

SLPs During The First Week Of School- As Told By Tom Cruise

SLPs during the first week of school can be, well…..interesting. We have to be flexible those first couple of weeks back because things just change at a moments notice. Who am I kidding!? We have to be flexible ALL. YEAR. LONG. Although, that first week of school can be increasingly difficult to be flexible when transitioning back to managing a caseload. For some of you, a GIANT caseload.

SLPs on the week of school as told my Tom Cruise. A little humor on the speech life that speech therapists live in the school setting.

There are many emotions an SLP goes through during the first week of school. I thought, “What person could express those SLP emotions than Tom Cruise?”. Some of my favorite movies from him are Jerry McGuire, A Few Good Men, Far and Away and Minority report.

SLPs During The 1st Week Of School

It is always a little more fun to talk about the successes and challenges we face in the speech world through a movie clip!

1. When the SLP finishes their speech schedule for the year.

2. Being told that you have to move all your stuff to a new room because they needed your space for something more important like a lab, or storage for curriculum or who knows what else.

3. Trying to convince the teachers to let you take there kids at a certain day or time for speech services.

4. The SLP trying to find out how LARGE their caseload is REALLY going to be this year.

5. The SLP trying to find someone who will listen to them about needing supplies, tests, resources, trainings, etc.

6. The SLP trying to explain to their middle school students that you are there to help them improve their speech and language skills.

7. When your Starbuck’s coffee completes you, so you can do your job proficiently that first month back.

8. Reminding your students that you are back and they have speech services.

9. When an SLP is on their 8th draft of their speech schedule and a teacher or admin wants to change the schedule.

10. Making the rounds to all the teachers to share about their student’s speech and language goals for the year.

Well, there ya have it. Thank you Tom Cruise for helping me explain the life of a busy SLP to those that get it. What other emotions, successes, challenges do you face the first week back to school as an SLP?

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