Dollar store fluency finds for stuttering therapy? Yes, please! Who doesn’t love finding inexpensive therapy materials at the dollar store? I have several students on my caseload working on fluency enhancing techniques and it always helps to have visuals during therapy.
If you haven’t heard, I have been periscoping about my trips to the Dollar Store and Target Dollar Spot. You can check out my previous scopes on Katch Me or tune in with me on Wednesdays at 6pm, PST. Just download the periscope app on your phone and get easy therapy ideas for a steal of a deal!
Aren’t these visual arrow strips cool!? They come in 10 different colors for just a $1. Have your students swipe their finger along them as they stretch the first sound in the beginning of the sentence. Use it also as a visual reminder to take a breath for easy onset. I used this with my All About Verbs Flip Book that is in my TPT store.
Stretchy toys are the best for showing students how to stretch their sounds at the beginning of their sentences. These are some cute bunnies that I found in the Target Dollar Spot!
I got these wooden blocks from the Target Dollar spot and grabbed some of my son’s toy cars. I explained to my little kindergarten student that when we get stuck “like the car in front of the blocks”, if we slowly push forward, the blocks move and we can get through. Same way with our speech! When we get stuck, if we slowly ease into it, we can get the air out with our words. Each time they practice a word or sentence, the student can slowly move the car through the blocks.
I grabbed these fruit wraps at the dollar store and they are a great way to have students practice stretching their words. Each time they practice “stretching” a word, they can pull a piece off the fruit wrap. It really shows how the to stretch as you pull a piece off!
I decorated some clothespins I snagged at the dollar store with washi tape and used as a visual reminder to use easy onset before each word!
You can also use clothespins and envelopes or 3 by 5 cards as a visual reminder to use pausing between sentences.
I found white masking tape and packaging wrap at the dollar store! Have students identify if your speech is bumpy or smooth with these fun car roads!!
Slinky toys from the dollar store are great for practicing easy stretches!
So there you have it! Those are some easy and inexpensive ways to work on fluency enhancing strategies in the speech room. What tips and tricks do you use? I would love to add more ideas to my toolbox for stuttering therapy!