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.

10 Ways to Use Play Food in Speech Therapy

10 Ways to Use Play Food in Speech Therapy

What’s more fun to young kids than playing with toy food items? They love using play food to engage in activities like playing house. Harness that interest for your speech therapy sessions! This is why toy food sets can be so engaging for our speech students! These play food items allow students to interact with you and do pretend play, all the while allowing you to work on a variety of different speech and language skills with them. I’m sharing 10 skills you can focus on with toy foods below, so keep reading to get all of my suggestions!

Play food is SUCH a big hit with young children. Why not give them space to play with toy food items while also working on essential speech and language skills? Play food sets make for a fantastic addition to your speech therapy materials. Kids love playing with toy food, and you can work on targets like sequencing, CORE vocabulary, AAC, grammar concepts, and more. Click through to read this post to learn 10 ways that play food can be used in speech therapy! #speechtherapy #SLPs #speechskills

Where Can I Buy Play Food for My Speech Room?

There are a few different play food options available online. One of them is even from Melissa and Doug, so you don’t have to worry about the quality of those items! All of the ones I’m suggesting below can be found on Amazon, but you might be able to find them at stores like Target, too. The links below are Amazon affiliate links for your convenience.

Melissa & Doug Food Groups

Pantry in a Bucket by Play Circle Battat (This is a good deal!)

New Sprouts Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner by Learning Resources

 

Play food is SUCH a big hit with young children. Why not give them space to play with toy food items while also working on essential speech and language skills? Play food sets make for a fantastic addition to your speech therapy materials. Kids love playing with toy food, and you can work on targets like sequencing, CORE vocabulary, AAC, grammar concepts, and more. Click through to read this post to learn 10 ways that play food can be used in speech therapy! #speechtherapy #SLPs #speechskills

Build Vocabulary While Using Play Food in Speech Therapy

You can use play food to compare and contrast items by attribute features. While you are playing with the food, you can discuss the different category groups for food items, function, size, shape, color, where you buy/store it, what meals you use the food for, parts and textures. I love using my visual sentence frames to help my students explain similarities and differences between foods. 

For your students not ready to work expressively with comparing and contrasting, have your students “sort” food into different groups. For example, you can sort chewy vs. crunchy foods, hot vs. cold, sweet vs. sour foods.

Being able to see and touch the play food while doing this language activity makes it engaging for your students too!

Play food is SUCH a big hit with young children. Why not give them space to play with toy food items while also working on essential speech and language skills? Play food sets make for a fantastic addition to your speech therapy materials. Kids love playing with toy food, and you can work on targets like sequencing, CORE vocabulary, AAC, grammar concepts, and more. Click through to read this post to learn 10 ways that play food can be used in speech therapy! #speechtherapy #SLPs #speechskills

How to Use Play Food in Speech Therapy

A toy food set can be used to target so many speech and language skills! Listed below are some of my favorite ways to engage children in these skills:

  1. Have one student prepare a meal for another student. One student can practice his/her articulation, vocabulary, grammar while telling the student what to do to prepare the meal.
  2. Sequence the steps for setting a table, cleaning the kitchen, shopping at the grocery store, or making a meal. Sequence how to make a hamburger, sandwich, cake, etc.
  3. Following directions and basic concepts with the food and utensils.
  4. Sort food by sub-categories: desserts, fruit, vegetables, breakfast, dinner, meat, etc. Then, describe the food by attributes (size, shape, colors, parts, texture, etc.)
  5. Work on “who” and “where” questions. Give different food items to students and ask, “Who has a brownie?”
  6. Asking and answering wh-questions while playing with the food.
  7. Play pretend restaurant to work on social skills, articulation carryover, and language.
  8. Plan a dinner party or birthday party.
  9. Practice manners while eating.
  10. Work on inferencing by giving the kids clues about the food item and they have to guess the food.

Need a cheat sheet guide to help you with targeting wh- questions, Tier II vocabulary, articulation, basic concepts, adjectives, and helpful therapy ideas for toys you use during play-based therapy? Grab this Toy Companion Cheat Sheet Guide for Pre-K to 2nd grade and have stimulus targets mapped out for fourteen different toys.

Share How You Use Play Food Toy Set

Do you have a fun way to engage your students with play food in speech therapy? Share in the comments, tag me on Instagram @thedabblingspeechie, or email me at feliceclark@thedabblingspeechie.com.

Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin Ideas

Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin Ideas

During the month of February, creating some fun Valentine’s day sensory bin activities can make your speech therapy sessions more engaging. When coming up with a new sensory bin idea, you can look for inspiration from the books you are using, skills your students are working on or the vocabulary in the theme.

Today, I am going to show you some different Valentine’s Day sensory bins that you can use with your students. Many of the ideas can be adapted for different goals, which helps with lesson planning for mixed groups.

Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin Fillers

Every sensory bin should have a filler item in the bin. The filler is using a tactile material that helps bring make the materials more engaging. You can read all about sensory bin ideas HERE

Here are a list of some types of sensory bin fillers (Amazon Affiliate links included for your convenience):

How to Choose Your Sensory Bin Filler

Picture your caseload and what they may like to touch or what is best for their sensory system. For example, a lot of my younger mod-severe students cannot handle small plastic items because they would try to eat them. Or, they may try to dump out the bin, so I want easy to clean up fillers.

Sticking with affordable fillers that are easy to clean like shredded paper, foam pieces and pom pom balls would be a good choice for my students. 

For friends that need the sensory input you may want to use rice or pasta. It’s all about what your friends can handle. I stick all of my sensory bin fillers in gallon sized plastic bags and rotate with one bin. That makes it easier to store. 

Use these Valentine’s Day sensory bin ideas to increase engagement in your speech therapy sessions with your K-2 students. #slpsensorybin #sensorybin #sensoryplay #preschool #kindergarten #valentinesday #speechlanguagepathology #sped #speechtherapy #slpeeps #schoolslp #vocabulary #eslteacher

Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin Material Ideas

When choosing what materials you want to put in your bin, think about all the task cards you have in your therapy rooms. Those can be put in your bin. If you need some Valentine’s Day verb cards, grab this FREE set in my TPT store

You can put mini trinkets in the plastic heart containers and work on all sorts of vocabulary, speech, grammar or wh -question goals. Here are ways that I adapt mini trinkets in my sessions. 

Put story elements from the book you are reading in the sensory bin and work on story retell. What materials do you put in your Valentine’s Day sensory bins? Share in the comments!

Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin Ideas

One of the most versatile sensory bins I have made simply had shredded paper, pom poms and foam hearts in the bin. I added visual stimulus pictures from my Any Craft Companion resource to the foam hearts with paper clips and had students use a magnetic wand to collect all the hearts. If you need more ways to use your magnetic wands with students, check out this blog post HERE

This went well with the book, “The Day it Rained Hearts” by Felicia Bond. Incorporating the magnetic wand made it extra engaging for students. You can switch out stimulus items on the foam hearts easily group after group. 

Use these Valentine’s Day sensory bin ideas to increase engagement in your speech therapy sessions with your K-2 students. #slpsensorybin #sensorybin #sensoryplay #preschool #kindergarten #valentinesday #speechlanguagepathology #sped #speechtherapy #slpeeps #schoolslp #vocabulary #eslteacher

Broken Hearts Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin

Have your students find the broken hearts that are in the sensory bin. Use these word association match-ups in your sensory bin from my Valentine’s Day language lesson plan guides. You can use the pictures to compare/contrast, use in grammatically correct sentences, answer wh – questions and describe by attributes.

Verbs Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin

Use the heart verb cards from my Valentine’s Day language lesson plan guides in a sensory bin. Have students pick the verb card and then use the sentence frames to discuss all the different ways you can use that verb. I also have “What is the person doing?” stimulus cards with visual answer choices. You can use them with my heart cutouts. Attach paperclips to the task cards. If the child gets a card that has a heart attached, they can keep it. Whoever has the most hearts wins. 

Use these Valentine’s Day sensory bin ideas to increase engagement in your speech therapy sessions with your K-2 students. #slpsensorybin #sensorybin #sensoryplay #preschool #kindergarten #valentinesday #speechlanguagepathology #sped #speechtherapy #slpeeps #schoolslp #vocabulary #eslteacher
Use these Valentine’s Day sensory bin ideas to increase engagement in your speech therapy sessions with your K-2 students. #slpsensorybin #sensorybin #sensoryplay #preschool #kindergarten #valentinesday #speechlanguagepathology #sped #speechtherapy #slpeeps #schoolslp #vocabulary #eslteacher

What Valentine’s Day Sensory Bins Do You Love

Share your favorite bin fillers and materials to use with a sensory bin. You can also grab some FREE printables for your next Valentine’s Day sensory bin by downloading my ultimate sensory bin guide

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.

Amazon affiliate links are included in this post for your convenience. If you purchase under my link, it costs you nothing. I get a small commission from sharing. 

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!

Using “The Mitten” In Speech Therapy

Using “The Mitten” In Speech Therapy

The Mitten book for Speech Therapy

During the winter months, I love using The Mitten in Speech Therapy. It is such a versatile book to target speech and language goals. One reason, “The Mitten” is a great book choice for your students with language impairments is because there is a little illustration on each page showing what will happen next. This gives our students a visual cue to help with comprehending the story.

Today, I wanted to share some ways you can use the book to target multiple goals as well as share about some resources you can use as extension activities. This book is such a classic that you can find it at the library, GoodWill or on Amazon (affiliate link).

Speech Therapy Activities for The Mitten Book

There is research that shows when language therapy focuses on a broad range of skills such as vocabulary, grammar, syntax, narrative skills, and inferencing are linked to showing effective outcomes for student’s reading comprehension abilities. As oral language improves, so does reading comprehension, which is what we want to see in our students.

So, using stories to cover all those concepts is an effective way to plan therapy. You can teach your students tier II vocabulary from the story such as attracted, grumbled, commotion and swooped.

After you read the story, your students can act out the words, use them in a sentence within the context of the story, name antonyms/synonyms for the word and create picture friendly definitions.

the mitten speech therapy ideas to teach oral narration and language concepts. #booksforspeech #speechtherapy #oralnarration #cfyslp #speechies #schoolslp #slpeeps #pediatricslp #winterbooks #themitten
The Mitten Speech Therapy activities to build language #slpeeps #schoolslp #themitten #preschool #preschoolslp #speechtherapy #oralnarration #storyretell #vocabularyactivities #winteractivities #cfyslp #speechies #slp2b #sped #pediatricslp #schoolslp #schoolbasedslp #vocabularyactivities

As you are reading the story outloud to your students, you can conduct think-alouds about the book. A think-aloud is a strategy you can use to demonstrate how you are thinking about the text you are reading. This helps you students to learn the strategies they need to utilize to understand the content they are listening to or reading. You can have your student think-aloud about what the character’s are feeling, making predictions about the story elements and to help your students check to see if they understand what is happening in the story.

Using Sentence Frames with The Mitten in Speech Therapy

The Mitten speech therapy activities for the busy SLP. #slpeeps #schoolslp #speechies #oralnarration #sped #vocabulary #freeprintables #themitten

As you read each page of the story, you can create visual sentence frames that you want the student to use with the book.

By having one or two sentence frames, this helps reduce the cognitive load for your students. It can help your student to expressively demonstrate their grammar or comprehension skills without feeling overwhelmed with what they have to produce.

A simple sentence frame for “The Mitten” could be, “The ___ went inside the mitten.”

A more complex sentence frame visual could be working on inferencing such as “I predict the ______ will _______ because of ______.”

 You can also use this FREE sentence frame graphic organizer to create more complex sentences about each page in the story. 

Place the graphic organizer in a page protector and use it with a dry erase marker. Have you ever tried Ultra Fine Tip dry erase markers? They are the best! You can get them on Amazon (affiliate link). 

Adapt The Mitten for AAC Users

One way you can make this book more accessible to your students using AAC is by adding the CORE and FRINGE vocabulary to your book!

Many of your students with moderate language impairments may need the story simplified to help them understand the main parts. These visual sidekicks from The Language Ladies SLP can help you have the visual supports you need to help improve your students’ grammar and vocabulary.

For your students that are struggling with comprehension and need the book adapted, having those visuals to reference while you are reading can be very helpful to increase engagement. When our students understand the language, they are more likely to be excited to participate.

I just attached the visual sidekicks with Velcro Dots that I got on Amazon (affiliate link).

Mittens Sensory Bin for Articulation and Language

After reading the book, “The Mitten” you can work on describing mittens by attributes such as category group, function, parts, textures, where, etc. 

You can talk about how mittens come in pairs and why you need them for both hands.

This mittens match-up sensory bin resource allows your students to find “pairs” of items that go together such as word-association, antoynms, and categories. This helps build depth of knowledge for words being taught to our students with language impairments.

For the filler, you can use salt, white play dough, cotton balls, white yarn, cutup white straws, or white pom pom balls. 

The Mitten Speech Therapy sensory bin for word associationas #slpsensorybin #sensorybin #preschool #preschoolslp
The Mitten speech therapy sensory bin to work on ca category groups #slpsensorybin #sensorybin #speechtherapy #preschoolslp

The Mitten Free Printables for Oral Narration

If you have students that benefit from hands-on activities, I highly recommend downloading these free printables for, “The Mitten.”

You can use them to help your students with story retell, which is an evidence-based practice for improving vocabulary and comprehension. You can also use these visuals to create a sensory bin. An SLP submitted this sensory bin idea. She used ripped up white paper for filler, and a long piece of string to be the mitten. Then, she placed the printables in the bin and worked on oral narration. 

You can work on the vocabulary word “fit” and “big” while using this free printable art project that can also teach vocabulary.

While coloring the item that can fit in the mitten, you can talk about mittens by attributes as well as the item the child chose to draw. How would you use this free printable for The Mitten in therapy? Share in the comments. 

More FREE Printables for The Mitten to Use in Speech Therapy

Here are some more free printables and activities that you can use with your students to work on language and oral narration with “The Mitten”:

The Mitten Emergent Reader

Jan Brett Story Maps

The Mitten by Jan Brett Activities Flip Book FREE

The Mitten Sequence Cards

The Mitten speech therapy activities to build language in an engaging way for students. #slpeeps #eslteacher #sped #themitten #visualsuppors #literacyinspeech #literacy #speechtherapy #schoolslp

How Do you Use The Mitten in Speech Therapy?

I would love to know what resources or tools you use to incorporate the book, “The Mitten” in your speech therapy sessions.

What skills do you target? How do you use the book in mixed groups? Share in the comments what is working for your students. I would love to add some new ideas with this book.

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

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. 

 

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.

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.

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!

 

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!

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