Engaging Turkey Videos to Use in Speech Therapy

Engaging Turkey Videos to Use in Speech Therapy

If you are planning some themed therapy for the month of November, you can use a turkey-theme to cover a lot of goals. Traditionally, at a Thanksgiving meal, many families eat turkey as the main course, so you can discuss turkey as part of a meal.

Or, you can highlight turkeys in your therapy sessions to discuss a type of animal, specifically a farm animal with your students. One of the most versatile things to cover is a farm theme. You can highlight different animals each week to work on the category group of farm animals, but in that sub-category, you can also cover a lot of speech and language goals talking about individual farm animals. If you need digital therapy resources for a farm theme, I have a blog post filled with great recommendations you can read HERE.

When discussing turkey’s you can find reading passages about turkeys to work on the main idea, comprehension questions, tier II vocabulary, summarizing, and explaining details with grammatically correct sentences. To read about turkey ideas to cover those goals, head to this BLOG POST

Whether you are in-person or doing teletherapy, you can use turkey videos to help frame your therapy sessions with engaging content. In this blog post, I will be sharing some of my favorite turkey videos you can use in speech therapy.

Turkey Videos to Work on Main Idea and Details.

You can work on main idea and details about fun turkey facts using this video from Scishowkids. The videos aren’t too long in length, so you can use them in a 20-30 minute session. Plus, you can also work tier II vocabulary with this video.

Homeschool Pop also has two great videos sharing about turkey facts. 

Turkey Videos for Speech Therapy to use in teletherapy

Use Kami Chrome Extension to Write on Worksheets While Using Videos

You can use these videos while filling out a graphic organizer for Turkey’s can, turkey’s are, and turkey’s have. If you need a graphic organizer to fill out about the turkey fact details for teletherapy, you can use the Kami Chrome Extension to add text boxes. Here is a YouTube video tutorial on how to add text boxes in Kami. You can put the graphic organizer on one side of the screen and the YouTube browser on the other side. Then, just screen share your entire screen. If you need a graphic organizer, this one is included in my Turkey Push-In Language Lesson Plan Guides.

turkey videos for speech therapy

Turkey YouTube Book Read Aloud Videos

I usually prefer to read the actual book out loud to my students over a YouTube book read aloud, when doing teletherapy sessions, it can sometimes be hard for all the students to see my book over the screen. So, I will use YouTube read aloud in my sessions, so the kids can see the pages while I read the story.

All you need to do is have the YouTube video on mute so that you can read the pages. I try to find a book read aloud that shows the pages clearly so that I can read the lines from the story. These book read alouds allow we to see all the words on the page.

Other ways to use books are by screen sharing while projecting a book from Kindle Unlimited, Vooks, or using Epic.

If you are looking for a book that discusses Thanksgiving meals, this book Duck for Turkey Day by Jacqueline Jules is a great way to discuss that each family may pick a different type of meat or food item for their main course, but the reason for gathering as a family is the same. It showcases how a Vietnamese family gathers for Thanksgiving and that although families may eat different foods at Thanksgiving, they are all gathering to be thankful for family and friends.

Turkey Videos for speech therapy to use with movement breaks

Have Movement Break Videos with a Turkey Theme!

If you work with younger students that need movement breaks in a session, you can use these fun turkey-themed songs. When I do whole class lessons on the SMARTboard, I would often pull up one of these videos when kids were struggling to pay attention.

You can also work on verb actions, initiating requesting for the song, and discussing if they liked the song.

Some songs you can even work on left or right and other basic concepts.

What movement breaks do you like using? Share in the comments!

 

Use Google Slides to Organize Your Turkey Videos

One way you can keep all your favorite videos organized is by adding them to a Google Slide or PowerPoint. I find that adding them to Google Slides are easier for sharing with educators or families. Once you add in all the video links, you can easily navigate to the ones you need for the lesson.

Once you have it organized, you can use it year after year with your groups. If you need all of these videos in an organized Google Slides presentation, grab my turkey push-in lesson plan guide. It comes with everything ready to go.

You can see how you can organize your videos in the video below. 

What turkey videos have you found to be helpful for your caseload? I would love to add them to my stash of materials! Share in the comments.

Digital Farm Activities for Your Speech Students

Digital Farm Activities for Your Speech Students

Whether you are doing therapy in-person or via teletherapy, having engaging lessons for your students with moderate to severe disabilities can be challenging. This blog post is filled with digital farm activities you can use in your therapy sessions to increase engagement with your students.

I am all about adapting materials to cover a lot of goals and use across ages. These materials can definitely be used with your mild-moderate language students too. Plus, these digital materials can be used for teletherapy, on the iPad in small groups or part of a whole class lesson on the Smartboard.

The BEST Farm App to target Basic Concepts and Language Targets

If you have students working on basic concepts, yes/no questions, vocabulary goals and grammar markers, the Sago Mini Farm app is the BEST.

I personally love this app because there are a lot of opportunities to work on basic concept pairs like on/off, up/down, in/out, etc.

Their apps are very affordable (only $3.99) and I find that the app provides a lot of fun little features, so you can make the app engaging for more than one session.

If you are wanting to use this app in teletherapy, you can screen mirror your iPad and use it across the computer. This app has saved me in my individual sessions to keep attention because there are a lot of different picture scenes that can be manipulative in the app that I think you LOVE it.

You could even adapt this app to work on storytelling with the animals on the farm.

digital farm animal activities to use in speech therapy

Digital Farm Activities Using YouTube Videos

There are a lot of fun digital farm YouTube videos that you can make interactive with your students.

You can use these videos on a Smartboard for push-in therapy, during teletherapy or in small groups.

To make the video more interactive, you can pause it to have students reply verbally.

When your students need a break after doing a hard task or after reading the book, this is a fun way to keep your students engaged with the farm-themed lesson.

The farmyard guessing game sketches out the farm animal, which you can work on “what” questions, and the CORE vocabulary “look” and “wait” as you anticipate what farm animal is being drawn.

Digital Farm Activities Using Google Slides

When you have the Google Slide open in edit mode, you can move and drag pictures. It has been easy to work on teaching CORE vocabulary for “more” while putting animals on the farm. If you need activities to work on teaching more using Google Slides, this Farm scene is in that resource. 

If you are looking for digital farm materials that you can use for virtual push-in sessions and small groups, I suggest using Google Slides.

Google Slides are very similar to PowerPoint, but you can share them with staff/parents, and assign them in Google Classroom.

I like using them to put all my digital materials for a theme in one place. I will insert farm-themed book read alouds, YouTube videos, or insert links to Boom Cards or PDF resources. This way you can easily find the material you need without having tons of tabs open.

You can create picture scenes to work on sentence formation, answering wh-questions, and building vocabulary skills with farm words. One website I use to find real photos that is FREE is Pixabay.

 

 

YouTube has a lot of great videos about a farm theme that you can embed into your Google Slides. You can insert songs, book read alouds, and non-fiction videos to teach your students about the farm theme. You can use this for your sessions, or assign in Google Classroom for parents to watch with their children throughout the week.

Having time to create Google Slides isn’t always possible, so if you need a farm Google Slide presentation, my farm language lesson plan guide has one all ready to go for you!

You can then repurpose those lessons for whole class or individual sessions. You will definitely feel less stressed knowing that all of your digital materials are in one place. You can even add hyperlinks to your favorite Boom Cards. If you upload your farm-themed static PDFs into your Google Drive, you can also link those to your Google Slide Presentation to have everything organized. If you need templates to create speech folders or group activities, check out these pre-made ones that make planning easier!

Boom Learning Activities with a Farm Theme

If you love using Boom Cards™ with your students, I found a few FREE decks that have been helpful for my virtual speech therapy sessions:

Farm Animal Who Am I?

Flashlight I Spy Farm

Vocabulary Farm Animals

Add Farm Giphys to Your Google Slides

If you want to create your own Google Slide materials, check out this YouTube video tutorial for how to add fun farm giphys into your slides. You can search farm animals and put them in slides to make it look like a real movie. It will increase engagement a lot, I promise!!

Farm Activities and Toys to Use in Speech Therapy

If you love using books, toys, and printables in your therapy sessions, check out these other farm-themed blog posts that are filled with ideas for books and toys you can use in therapy. Just click the photos below to head to the blog posts. If you need some new ways to use farm toys in therapy, check out this blog post

What digital farm activities have you found to be helpful for your caseload? I would love to add them to my stash of materials! Share in the comments. 

OSMO Speech Therapy – Best Document Camera Hack Ever!

OSMO Speech Therapy – Best Document Camera Hack Ever!

Have you been hearing a lot of SLPs mention using the OSMO as a document camera? This might be the first time you have heard about using the OSMO in speech therapy. It was for me back in April.  When schools were closed down, I was missing my toy therapy. And, I wanted to find some solutions for how to increase engagement with my virtual speech therapy sessions. Then, Live Love Speech came to my rescue on Instagram and showed how she was using her OSMO as a document camera. This meant I could virtually play with my sensory bins, toys, and materials! Yahoo!

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Is the OSMO Document Camera Hack a Good Fit for Me

You can definitely buy a document camera and use that for teletherapy, but some of the prices I have seen $70 and up!

If you already own an IPad, then you can get an OSMO based for just $39 and use it for that purpose. The price difference is great and you can use a lot of their FREE apps while mirroring  your iPad and then sharing your screen. 

A document camera may be a better fit for you if you don’t own an IPad and need something that focuses well. Some have said that the video quality on the OSMO isn’t great. So, if you are wanting to use a doc camera for worksheets, this may be the better way to go. IPEVO has good speed and projects an area 13 inches by 10 inches.

I also got the OKIOCAM for $70 and one of the cool features of this is that it easy to transport in your bag and setup is fast!

OSMO speech therapy guide to use as a document camera

What You Need to Set Up the OSMO Document Camera

OSMO speech therapy ideas for using it as a document camera

To use the OSMO as a document camera you really only need the OSMO base and an iPad.

For a MAC computer, you need your USB cord. If you own a newer MAC, you may need an iPad lightning cord.  The best tutorials I have found for set up are from Primary Punch and SLPTalk with Desiree. You will use QuickTime Player to mirror the iPad with the free OSMO projector app.

Step by step photo tutorial from Primary Punch

walks you through how to setup your OSMO with teh Mac with easy to follow pictures.

 

How to Setup the OSMO on a PC Computer

For SLPs using PC computers, you can mirror your iPad using the free software, Let’s View. Check out the video tutorial for how to setup. If your district is allowing you to use Zoom, you may be able to directly mirror your OSMO base with the free projector app. Check out this post for more details.

How to Use the OSMO with Microsoft Teams

For those of you using Microsoft Teams, this YouTube tutorial helps you with how to set that up! Check it out. 

Speech Therapy Materials to Use With the OSMO

Once you get the OSMO setup you can use so many materials in real-time with your students!

You can use flashcards, sentence strips, or visual supports like the AAC CORE board in the picture to model in real-time.

You can also use some of the free apps in teletherapy while mirroring your iPad. SLPTalk with Desiree shared how you can use the OSMO Monster app in therapy. OSMO Newton is another cool app you can use in therapy!

Live Love Speech shares all the best tips for how to use the OSMO with toys! Check out some of her ideas on Instagram.

Primary Punch is the queen of using the OSMO for games! I love all the ways she adapts the OSMO doc cam. Check out her tips and tricks on IG.

 

 

How to use the OSMO in speech therapy

You can also make mini sensory bins using a pencil case box or any of your storage containers at home! My favorite sensory bin to use with the OSMO are my Can You Find It? seasonal sensory bins. These printables are in my fall, spring, summer and winter push-in language lesson plan guides

Using sensory bins with the OSMO in speech therapy

Use Your Games with the OSMO

You can use your favorite games with the OSMO document camera. I love using my Name It! Vocabulary game with mixed groups in person.

Now, I can still use this game during virtual speech therapy sessions. It is so nice to pull out materials without feeling like I have to prep a whole new lesson.

What materials are you using with the OSMO? I would love to know your tips and tricks. Leave a comment with your ideas or tag my on IG @thedabblingspeechie

Books To Teach Summer Vocabulary In Speech Therapy

Books To Teach Summer Vocabulary In Speech Therapy

I love incorporating books into speech therapy. It is the easiest way for me to teach themed vocabulary without having to prep anything! Summer books are filled with picture scenes that have summer vocabulary to teach. I don’t think I could ever have enough books to teach summer vocabulary! #professionalbookhoarder

This blog post will walk you through the benefits of teaching vocabulary using summer-themed books and strategies for building better vocabulary with your students!

Why Using Summer-Themed Vocabulary Is Beneficial for Language Therapy

When working with students to improve their vocabulary, the research shows that focusing on building a deep vocabulary will help students learn new words because they can add those new words into a system or category a child knows well. There is also research that shows that students with language impairments need up to 36 engagements with a word before they learn it. So, as clinicians, implementing themed therapy can be a great approach to building a depth of knowledge for vocabulary. This gives us permission to use a summer theme for longer than a week because the more engagements with words, the better our students will learn a deep knowledge of that vocabulary.

Furthermore, if your teachers are also incorporating summer-themed books into their curriculum and daily class readings, we are helping to give more exposure and discussion with those words when our students come to the speech room. Plus, most students have experienced a summer season. By picking a theme that is relatable, it will help your students draw from their own experiences with the summer concepts and vocabulary. 

You can see some of the research articles at the end of this blog post that specifically look at vocabulary intervention. 

Books also provide way more opportunities for you to target other language skills, such as inference, predicting, grammar, articulation practice and carryover, story retell, and narrative comprehension. 

The cool thing about using a summer theme to plan therapy is that you can incorporate a new summer-themed book every 1-2 weeks. You will keep students engaged by reading a new story while still choosing a book that builds off of previously taught vocabulary. 

Strategies on How to Teach Vocabulary with Literature

To help your students build stronger vocabularies, here are some strategies you can use to teach vocabulary with literature:

Provide multiple exposures to words while reading the book and in activities. One study found that just hearing the target words helped build vocabulary.

Give explicit information about the words in the book or give kid-friendly definitions of unknown words. Picking out Tier II vocabulary words has been shown as the best way to build vocabulary. Bringing Words to Life is a great resource to learn more about Tier II vocabulary. You can use the story pictures to also show the vocabulary words.

Focus on teaching words and how they relate thematically, such as a word map, naming word associations, or talking about a word in a taxonomy. For example, when teaching a word thematically, such as with the word “beach,” you can word map clothes you bring, activities you enjoy at the beach, food you eat, things you see, how beach items feel/look, etc.

More Tips for Teaching Vocabulary

When building depth of knowledge using a taxonomy approach, you are deconstructing a word by category, sub-category, function, location, size, shape, texture, parts, etc. For example, with the word “popsicle,” you could explain that it is a food and/or that it is a type of cold dessert. A popsicle can be eaten, it melts, and it often comes on a stick. A popsicle is made up of ingredients that are blended together and frozen. You keep popsicles in a freezer until you want to eat one.

As you are reading the book, you can use dialogic reading techniques to facilitate language discussion around the words. After reading the book, you can set up play activities that are related to the book’s concepts and/or theme to encourage students to act out the concepts from the book. Sensory bins, pretend play, toys, or props for story retell can work great to engage your students. 

Summer Sub-Themes to Incorporate in Speech Therapy

When we think of summer, there are probably a variety of words and experiences you associate with that word. And, that might be different for you based on where you live in the world and what your students’ cultural values are surrounding summer.

Since I live in California, going to rivers, lakes, beaches, and/or swimming pools are activities many kids in my community enjoy on hot days. So, finding books with these topics are very relevant to my caseload. Other summer themes that resonate with students can be camping, Fourth of July, summer weather, going on vacation, ice cream, popsicles, lemonade stands, BBQs, nature hikes, bugs, ocean animals, waterslides, or just everyday summer activities, such as water balloons and bike rides. What other summer themes do you love to target?

If you need resources that help you plan extension activities with a summer theme, check these out from my blog and Teachers Pay Teachers store:

Camping Speech Therapy Activities

Summer Vocabulary and Grammar Activities for K-2

Camping Language Lesson Plan Guides for Small Group or Push-In Therapy for K-2

Ice Cream Language Lesson Plan Guides for Small Group or Push-In Therapy K-2

Beach Language Lesson Plan Guides for Small Group or Push-In Therapy K-2

Summer Language Lesson Plan Guides for Small Group or Push-In Therapy K-2

Ocean Language Lesson Plan Guides for Small Group or Push-In Therapy K-2

Books to Teach Summer Vocabulary for Camping

I have been so thankful to find resources on social media that share book recommendations and specifically diverse book recommendations. If you need some accounts to follow for books, I highly recommend following @havingoursay @diversereads 

They have top-notch recommendations and I got Jabari Reads from @diversereads

The Camping Trip by Jennifer K. Mann 

Ernestine is invited to go on her very first camping trip. Although she is excited and packed thoroughly for camping, Ernestine has to learn how to set up a tent and what it is like to be out in the wilderness. This is a great story about a little girl who has to navigate a new environment that brings challenges. Even though camping is, at times, uncomfortable for Ernestine, she learns how to make lasting memor

A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Chronicle Books

Camping is a favorite pastime for a lot of people during the summer months! A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee is a great book to teach about all those camping vocabulary words. It has  fun, vivid pictures; a bear; a camper; Mr. Magee; and his cute dog, Dee.

If you need camping resources to pair with this book, I have some fun camping activities, including a S’mores craftivity, in my Summer Craftivity Set! You can also make a fun lantern craft. Check out my tutorial for how to make a lantern by clicking the YouTube video (I know it is for Chinese New Year, but I use that craft for camping lanterns, too).

Books to Teach Summer Vocabulary at the Beach

When a Dragon Moves In by Jodi Moore

I love using When a Dragon Moves In to teach beach-themed vocabulary, to work on inferencing, and to work on perspective-taking. This book is all about a boy who is pretending that his sandcastle has a dragon inside it. He talks all about the things he does at the beach with the dragon. The boy’s family doesn’t seem to believe him when he tells them that it is the dragon who is eating the brownies and spraying sand at his sister. The pictures are very colorful, and it is a great book to discuss pretend versus real.

The Sandcastle Contest by Robert Munsch

If you want a book with a summer theme that is good for working on oral narration and story comprehension, The Sandcastle Contest  is a great book to work on those skills! This book is all about cool sandcastles, so it is a pretty engaging book for students. I have a buried in sand craftivity that would go great with this book!

Beach Day by Clarion Books

Beach Day is probably my most favorite beach-themed book! It is written with a rhyme sentence structure, so it isn’t that long of a book. Why I LOVE the book is because the pictures are filled with lots of people and activities that a person may do at the beach. It is great for teaching beach vocabulary, as well as for creating sentences about what the people are doing. I love that this could help with teaching word associations, and the visual supports are already built in with the book, so you don’t have to worry about preparing visuals for your lesson.

Summer Books to Build Vocabulary on Hot Days

Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall

Jabari Jumps is a sweet tale about a young boy who is ready to jump off the diving board. Jabari has passed his swimming test and now has to figure out how he can overcome his fear of jumping off the diving board. Kids can relate to this book as many take swim lessons over the summer and also have fears of jumping off the diving board. You can also work on /dj/ when reading this story. 

Let It Shine by Maryann Cocca-Leffler

If you like to talk about a lot of different activities people do over the summer, then Let It Shine is the perfect book to read with your students. This book is great for answering themed wh- questions. They cover Fourth of July, baseball games, the beach, swimming, camping, and more in this book!

One Hot Summer Day by Nina Crews

This is a great book for Pre-K and kindergarten that talks about what happens during a big heat wave in the summer months. The book uses real photos, so children can relate to the words used about summer. For many children, hot summer days are just ordinary days filled with fans, popsicles, and trying to stay cool in the shade. 

The Night Before Summer Vacation by Natasha Wing

Lots of children go on vacation during the summer months. The Night Before Summer Vacation is a book that talks all about what happens the night before kids go on summer vacation.

Speech Therapy Resources with a Summer Theme

In the Tall, Tall Grass Teletherapy Activity

In the Tall, Tall Grass Teletherapy Activity

The easiest way to run a virtual teletherapy session or class meet-up has been when using a Google Slide presentation. It is just like a PowerPoint. You can add in YouTube videos, images, and visual supports your students may need during the lesson.

You can screen share your Google Slide presentation while running the lesson. Click pink button below to grab your free In the Tall, Tall Grass teletherapy activity Google Slides and have everything ready to go!

As a group, we did our morning greetings, sang an insect brain break song, and then read the book, In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming (Amazon affiliate link.)

I read the book aloud and showed the students the pictures while the other teacher removed the things hidden in the tall, tall grass on the Google Slide.

Then, we played the game, “What’s in the tall, tall grass?” using the virtual grass backgrounds.

In the Tall, Tall Grass teletherapy activity to engage your students in speech therapy with tips for how to change out your virtual backgrounds.

Use Insect Toys To Work on Language

You could also use real toy bugs that you already own and have them land on your head. Just use the ‘STOP VIDEO’ feature to put a new insect on your head. Then, start the video again for the kids to name the insect or give them a CORE word such as “look” to use during the activity. 

How to Change your Virtual Background in Zoom

In the Tall, Tall Grass teletherapy activity with free Google Slides lesson plans

Doesn’t this look super engaging for your students? I would love to know how it goes, so please tag me on social media. Have other fun virtual backgrounds that you use? Let me know! I always need more tools for my speech therapy toolbox. With remote learning, I need all the digital ideas I can get my hands on. 

Click here to grab your Google Slides

Insect Sensory Bin Ideas

If you are wanting to do more insect themes for your therapy, click the images below to see how you can make these insect sensory bins! 

If you like to plan your therapy around themes and enjoy doing an insect/bug theme, then you will love the K-2 language activities in my Insect Push-In Language Lesson Plan Guides. You can use the parent newsletter and Google Slide presentations during remote learning and then have lessons ready for when in-person therapy happens again. 

For your older students, you can work on learning about insects with these non-fiction task cards. Students can make an insect book to work on tier II vocabulary, main idea, describing, and explaining details. 

Free Daily Home Visual Schedule

Free Daily Home Visual Schedule

Many of our students with Autism need visual supports to help navigate their day. When we create routines and visually show them what is happening next, it creates a calm for our students. One thing SLPs can do to help support parents at home is to create these daily home visual schedules to send home with students. Scroll down to the pink button to grab this free daily home schedule.  (Amazon affiliate links are included for your convenience in this blog post.) I receive a small compensation for any purchases through those links.)

A lot of my students benefit from having a visual schedule, a first/then chart and a working for chart. That can be a lot of visuals to carry around, so I put them all on one sheet of paper. It can also be helpful for some children to only see a few activities at a time instead of the whole schedule at once. To grab this free schedule, click the pink button and enter in your email information. You will then get an email with your free daily home schedule.

 

It includes premade picture icons, tokens, and blank icon pages, so you can store those icons when they are not being used. There is an editable PDF that will allow you to make custom pictures for your student/child that have real photos of their bed, toys, and home or to add in different pictures that relate to your student or child’s daily routine.

Supplies to Make Your Daily Home Schedule

Use this free daily home schedule to create a visual schedule for your child that will help them navigate the day so there is less tantrums throughout the day and more productive interactions!

Here are the supplies you will need to make your daily home visual schedule:

 

Velcro Dots

White Cardstock

Binder Rings

Laminating Sheets

You will print out the main visual support and laminate it. Then, you will print out the 3 icon strips for morning, afternoon and evening. Laminate those sheets along with the premade icons. Print out the blank morning, afternoon, and evening activity sheets to put your premade icons. Once you have everything prepped, hole punch all the sheets and attach using the binder rings. There are more specific directions in the free download.

 

Need a daily home schedule for your child with Autism. Grab this free visual schedule to help your child navigate the day with ease!

I hope this was helpful for your home. Please reach out and share how it is working. You can find me on social media @thedabblingspeechie or you can email me at feliceclark@thedabblingspeechie.com

I always love to hear how I can support SLPs and the parents of their students with visual supports and engaging materials to help your children/students make progress with speech and language skills.

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