The BEST April Speech Therapy Themes to Plan

The BEST April Speech Therapy Themes to Plan

April can bring plenty of fun themes to your therapy room. April speech therapy themes are a fun way to get through spring fever and discuss many different topics with your students! Besides the spring season, there are plenty of April holidays and celebrations like Deaf history, April fool’s day, national pet day and more! Want to find more ideas? Check out National Today.

In this blog post, I want to share themes that are relevant to this time of year as well as national holidays.

Free SLP Themed Therapy Planner

Use my free-themed therapy yearly SLP planner to help you plan what themes you want to use for the year. It gives you ideas for what to prepare and has an editable lesson plan template to keep notes on what you did with a theme. When you have notes for your themed units, it will job your memory when you pull out the January speech therapy activities the following year. Click the pink button to download. 

April Lesson Plan Themes Based On National Holidays

One of the easiest ways to come up with themes is by checking out the national holidays for the month. Of course, you can have an April’s fools day theme on April 1st, but there are LOTS of other ideas based on national holidays. For example, April 4th is International Carrot Day and that would be a great time to read Too Many Carrots, learn about how to grow carrots, why they are good for you to eat, or learn about recipes that use carrots. Some of other fun holidays in April that would make engaging themed units are as follows:

 

  • April 10th Farm Animals Day
  • April 11th Pet Day
  • April 15th Laundry Day (We have a chore unit in the Themed Therapy SLP membership with a laundry sensory bin)
  • April 17th Go Fly a Kite Day
  • April 22 National Jelly Bean Day (could learn all about how jelly beans were created)
  • April 23 National Picnic Day
  • April 28 National Superhero Day
Get ideas for April speech therapy themes for your caseload.

April Speech Therapy Themes Focusing on Spring

Get ideas for April preschool themes to use in your speech therapy sessions.

April is a great month to discuss all things Spring with your students. For many, this month is a time to say goodbye to winter weather and welcome rain, sun, and warmer weather. There are countless books, crafts, games, and activities for Spring. I summarize some of my ideas on Spring speech therapy to help you plan sessions for younger and older students. 

 

There can be so much to talk about in spring, so I’d recommend breaking it apart based on mini-themes like weather, animals, clothing and activities. Choose one mini-theme for whatever length of time you so choose! I’ll expand on some themes in this post.

Insects, Bees & Pollination Themes

April speech therapy is a fun time to talk about creepy crawly creatures as we start to see them more and more! There are so many fun books and sensory bin ideas for this theme! Make a ladybug sensory bin or follow this honeybee lesson plan. By the end of April, I always use my absolute favorite book, The  Very Hungry Caterpillar. Don’t forget about spiders, ants, and more when thinking about insects in your speech room!

Insect theme ideas for your speech therapy caseload.

Garden Themed Activities

Get ideas for your Aprils themes to use with your preschool and kindergarten speech therapy caseload.

Talking about creepy crawly bugs will get you and your students thinking about mud, dirt, growing plans and gardens! This is another fun theme that could even allow for some hands on learning! Learn about the Plant Life Cyle and make a flower garden sensory bin. Learn about flowers and plant life cycles using videos from Mystery Doug  or an article from Wonderopolis

Themed Therapy SLP Membership

The Themed Therapy SLP membership is for SLPs who love using themes for their speech therapy caseload but struggle to find the time and energy to plan their lessons. The membership is for busy school-based SLPs who serve Prek-5th grade students and want to streamline their therapy planning process.

When you become an SLP themester, you can access three themed therapy units a month!

The April speech therapy themes are chores, spring, and insects. An annual membership gives you access to 36 themes, including transportation, camping, ocean animals, sports, to name a few!

Around the House Themes

Besides outside of the house, there are plenty of “indoors” themes you can talk about in April. Celebrate pets on National Pet Day (April 11th) with pet themed speech therapy. Use a chores theme to celebrate “Spring Cleaning.” (This is one of my Aril pre-made plans in the membership!) April 1st starts “National Baking Week” with a baking or bread theme! 

Fun April speech therapy themes you can plan for your caseload.

Animal Themes Perfect for The Month of April

Get ideas for your April preschool and kindergarten lesson plans.

Last but certainly not least, Spring speech therapy calls for even more animals. Regardless of doing an Easter theme, you can talk about rabbits and carrots with your students. You can also talk about baby farm animals. Use this free chicken push-in lesson plan to start! Don’t forget about pond life. This is another great opportunity to tie in some science lessons from Peekaboo Kidz to learn about the frog’s life cycle. Plus we have a frog unit in the Themed Therapy SLP membership too.

Ideas for April Themes for Older Students

Planning relevant and motivating themes for older students can feel challenging. Find new ways to expand and/or share their background knowledge on Spring, animals, and more. You can also talk about a new topic with your students such as Autism Acceptance Month or a poetry theme. There are a lot of year-round themes perfect for older students that doesn’t matter what month you plan the lesson!

Let me know in the comments what theme-based speech therapy lessons you plan for your elementary caseload. Tag me @themedtherapyslp with your themed activity, and I will share it in my stories!

April themes for preschool and older speech therapy students.
5 Crafts for Speech Therapy That Are Worth the Prep!

5 Crafts for Speech Therapy That Are Worth the Prep!

When it comes to lesson planning for your mixed speech and language groups, using crafts can be super effective! But, I know some of you may be thinking, “I don’t do speech therapy crafts because it’s too much prep and mess.” Now, I definitely agree with you that crafts can distract from sessions if they have too many tedious steps, or don’t ensure enough practice on speech and language goals. But, these five speech therapy crafts that I am going to share in this episode are worth the prep! Because they are easy to adapt, can be sent home as homework, used as a therapy tool and something student’s can pull out to practice in future sessions.

Join ChattED PD Membership for School-Based SLPs

Join the speech therapy professional development membership for school-based SLPs

ChattEd is a monthly membership that offers a blend of LIVE and on-demand webinars on topics you want to learn about. It will help you earn professional development hours for your state license and national certification.

 

We know the school setting is unique, so we are committed to finding speakers that aren’t just gonna throw research at you but give you actionable ideas, therapy approaches, and relevant info to help you support your caseload well. 

 

We want a community for SLPs where they can ask questions and get feedback so our platform will be interactive with discussion boards for YOU to get the support you need to build your clinical skills.

The Key To Choosing Crafts for Speech Therapy Sessions

When considering making a speech therapy craft in your session, you want to make sure the craft is easy to adapt for different ages and goals.

Low prep is a nice bonus.

As well as a craft that can then be used as a therapy material to work on articulation and language goals.

Can be re-used in your future sessions to review targets or skills.

Something that can be sent home as the homework for the week.

All the crafts shared in this episode can do all these things! That’s why they are worth the prep.

Get five speech therapy craft ideas that are worth the prep!

Articulation & Language Crafts Mentioned In This Episode

Get ideas for articulation crafts that you can use to get high trials.

Here are links to all the crafts mentioned in this episode:

Windsock craft

Jellyfish craft

Articulation Paper Plate Challenge Craft

Language Paper Plate Challenge Craft

Articulation Craft Wallets

Paddle Paper Plate Craft

The Any Craft Companion is mentioned to pair with these crafts.

There are themed crafts included in the Themed Therapy SLP membership with lesson plan ideas and step-by-step visuals for making that craft. The crafts included can be paired with books for the theme.

Additional Crafts For Speech Therapy That Are FUN!

When you are a crafty SLP, it’s hard to only recommend five crafts you should do. So, here are some other fun crafts that you can do with your students:

Rainbow Crafts

Pout Pout Fish Craft

Summer Crafts

Tall Tall Grass Craft

Learn about speech therapy crafts that are easy to adapt for your caseload.

What Crafts Do You Love to Make With Your Students?

Do you have a craft that you love to make with your speech therapy caseload? Let me know in the comments or reach out to me @thedabblingspeechie on social media to share easy, simple crafts you love that are effective and engaging for your students. 

 

Get ideas for articulation crafts that will get high trials and be speech homework.

Stay in Touch with Michelle

Learn how to use speech therapy themes for your articulation and phonology disorders

If you have more questions about Easy Report Pro or assessment reports, you can find Michelle on Instagram. One of the coolest features of this tool is that you can schedule a 1:1 virtual onboarding call to get all your report-writing questions answered, and they will also help you work on a report while navigating the tool! =

Spring Toys You Need To Add To Your Speech Therapy Stash

Spring Toys You Need To Add To Your Speech Therapy Stash

If you plan a spring theme for your preschool and elementary caseload, you will love all the spring toys and games shared in this podcast episode. When we think of spring, we often think of holidays such as Easter, insects, planted flowers, spring picnics, and outdoor activities. You will get a variety of spring toys and games that you can use to bring to life the concepts of your spring theme.

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Love Themes? But No Time for Planning Speech Therapy Lessons?

Why Are Speech Therapy Reports So Important?

Check out the Themed Therapy SLP membership if you love using themes for your speech therapy caseload but struggle to find the time and energy to plan your lessons. The membership is for busy school-based SLPs who serve Prek-5th grade students and want to streamline their therapy planning process.

 

When you become an SLP themester, you can access three themed therapy units a month!

 

For speech therapy, the themes of March and April include fairytales, weather, frogs, spring, insects, and chores. An annual membership gives you access to 36 themes, including penguins, baking, space, and camping, to name a few!

Need Themed Cheat Sheets for Using Spring Toys & Sensory Bins?

We also provide toy guides for all the themes in the Themed Therapy SLP membership with links to toys, games, sensory bin items, crafts, or activities you could plan for hands-on or play-based lessons. In our spring-themed unit for April, we provide sensory bin cheat sheets for a flower garden sensory bin, toy companion cheat sheets for a garden toy set, and baby chicks sensory bin cheat sheets.

Get ideas for spring toys for your preschool play-based speech therapy sessions.

Spring Toys for Your Speech Therapy Sessions

Get ideas for spring toys to use with preschoolers for play-based speech therapy

Using spring-themed pretend play in your speech therapy sessions can target a TON of goals and keep your students engaged. Plus, you can build schema around spring themed activities your students may experience this time of year. Here is a list of different spring toys and games you can add to your speech therapy material stash when planning a themed unit:

More Spring Toys & Games for Your Caseload

What Spring Activities For Speech Therapy Do You Use?

Get ideas for spring dramatic play to use in your speech therapy sessions.

If you have any spring activities or games you use with your preschool and elementary caseload, DM me on social media @thedabblingspeechie

I would love to see what you have planned to support your student’s speech and language goals. 

Spring Toys You Need To Add To Your Speech Therapy Stash

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Easy Frog Sensory Bins For Preschool & Kindergarten Speech Therapy

Easy Frog Sensory Bins For Preschool & Kindergarten Speech Therapy

If you didn’t know this, frogs hibernate in the fall when the temperatures drop and emerge when the warmer spring weather hits. When you notice your kids catching lots of little frogs in the yard, that’s why! They are ready to enjoy that warmer weather. So, doing a frog preschool theme in the spring months is a great way to work on building knowledge about these amphibians. To increase engagement with your sessions, making a frog sensory bin to teach children about a frog’s environment and the frog life cycle can bring vocabulary and new concepts to life. Today, I will help you make easy frog sensory bins that you can use to cover a TON of speech and language goals. 

Fillers for Your Bins

Make frog sensory bin for preschoolers and kindergarten

Whether you are making a frog pond sensory bin or more of a backyard frog bin, you can use a variety of fillers for your bin. I always recommend using fillers that make sense for your budget, level of mess tolerance, or safety for the kids you are working with in your speech therapy sessions. So, review this filler list and decide what will work best for you. I will put a * by the fillers I think are budget-friendly, not too messy, and safe for kids.

To get more ideas for fillers, you can find that in the free Ultimate Sensory Bin Guide

Materials for a Frog Pond Sensory Bin

If you want to make a frog pond sensory you will want a filler that would represent water and an area that could be mud or dirt in your bin. Here are some materials that you can use to add to the bin:

 

Printables for frogs and a sensory bin cheat sheet is in the Themed Therapy SLP Membership. You can add mini binder clips to the frogs to help them stay up on the lilypads.

All the tips for how to make a frog pond sensory bin.

How to Use Your Frog Sensory Bins

How to make an engaging frog preschool theme sensory bin for speech therapy.

Depending on what books or songs you are pairing with your frog pond sensory bin, you can cover a variety of speech therapy goals. For example, if you use the book Jump, Frog, Jump by Robert Kalan you can retell the story using the sensory bin props.

And similarly, if you incorporate songs into your sessions, you can act out the 5 Green and Speckled Frogs with your bin. 

For non-fiction books that teach about the frog life cycle and facts about frogs, use the sensory bin to target goals. For example, students can explain the frog life cycle in their own words using the figurines. Or, students can work on verb actions, wh-questions and vocabulary about a frog’s life.

 

 

Speech Therapy Goals to Target

With a frog preschool theme, use sensory bin materials to target basic concepts, verbs, AAC core words and more. Here are some ideas:

 

  • Basic concepts: in/out, wet/dry, high/low, over/under, up/down, more/less
  • Answer yes/no questions (Is the frog in the pond?)
  • Answer wh-questions (Where is the frog? What is he doing?)
  • Verb actions: hop, leap, eat, catch, sit, blink, splash
  • Vocabulary: pond, water, wet, lilypads, mud
  • Sequential: first, next, last
  • Play a fly catching game. Students roll a die to see how many flies they can catch. Whoever has the most flies wins.
Get all the tips for making frog sensory bins in your play-based speech therapy sessions.

Do you pair books with your sensory bins?

One of the easiest ways to plan for your preschool and kindergarten sessions is to pair sensory bins with related books. With these frog preschool themed sensory bins, we provide book companions, cheat sheets, and extension activities for a frog theme in the month of March. We want to take speech therapy lesson planning off your plate, so you can focus on supporting your students. First, you would read the frog-themed book using the cheat sheets and any companion activities. Then, pull out your frog sensory bin to target goals with students. Make sure to tag me @themedtherapyslp with pictures of your frog-themed sensory bisn! This isn’t the only spring sensory bin you can make! There are lots of great ones for insects, flowers, and more.

What is Theme Smashing? – How to Plan Speech Therapy Themes by Month

What is Theme Smashing? – How to Plan Speech Therapy Themes by Month

When we plan themed therapy lessons for our speech therapy caseloads we want them to help students make progress on their goals. In this episode of the Real Talk SLP podcast, we are going to be talking about how to play speech therapy themes by month and learning how you can theme smash two themes together! I will be sharing what theme smashing is, how to do it, and ways to think through the themes you are choosing throughout the year. 

Why It’s Important To Use a Theme for 2-4 Weeks

Get a free themed monthly calendar for planning your speech therapy lessons and learn what theme smashing is!

Before we chat about what theme smashing is, I encourage you to use a theme for longer than a week. At the beginning of this podcast episode, I share two of the benefits of planning only one or two speech therapy themes in a month. 

Free Themed Speech Therapy Planner

Trying to pick a theme for your speech therapy caseload can be overwhelming. When you have lots of paperwork and caseload management tasks, picking a theme can be the last thing on your list. That’s why I created a giant list of 100 seasonal and nonseasonal themes you can use to get inspiration for speech therapy lesson planning. Use the free speech therapy themes by month calendar to get organized with what to plan!

We discussed having templates for speech therapy reports is so helpful with saving time! Oftentimes, SLPs create a library of templates for assessment batteries and different portions of the report, which can take TONS of time to do. Or, we pull up a previous report and use that as a template, which leaves room for errors with having the wrong name, dates, or pronouns in the report.

What is Theme Smashing?

Get a free themed speech therapy planner and learn about theme smashing!

Theme smashing is when you work on two themes at the same time and infuse them into your themed unit.

You can bring in concepts from your last theme into the new theme to increase opportunities with background knowledge, vocabulary, and concepts from that theme.

Here are some examples of theme smashing options:

During this episode I break down how you can plan out these themed unit back to back to provide more opportunities with concepts from the previous theme. In the March and April months of the Themed Therapy SLP membership, we have options for baking, weather, insects, spring, community helpers and chores making theme smashing easier!

Links to Resources and Blog Posts Mentioned About Themed Speech Therapy

If you are just getting started with planning themed therapy or have been doing it for a while now, but need fresh ideas, take my free Themed Therapy SLP quiz! It will send you LOTS of blog posts and ideas for whatever stage you are in currently.

Here are some resources mentioned in the podcast episode:

If you have any questions about planning by themes or need ideas, feel free to reach out on social media @thedabblingspeechie

Learn tips for how to plan speech therapy themes by month and get a free SLP planner.

What is Theme Smashing? - How to Plan Speech Therapy Themes by Month Ep 111

by The Dabbling Speechie

10+ Engaging March Speech Therapy Themes With Free SLP Planner

10+ Engaging March Speech Therapy Themes With Free SLP Planner

While many will watch March Madness on TV this month, our therapy rooms may also start to feel like madness. Between IEP meetings, evaluations, treatment sessions, and more, the mayhem never ends. As always, themed therapy is here to help relieve some of this stress. I’ve rounded up all the March speech therapy themes for you! In the blog post, I share themes relevant to the time of the year and national holidays.

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One Thing to Remember with Theme-Based Therapy

Get ideas for March speech therapy activities you can use with your preschool and elementary caseload.

As SLPs with high caseloads, remember that you DON’T have to use a theme for only one week. Planning can be time-consuming when you constantly prepare for a new themed unit each week. You will lead yourself to burn out FAST switching materials each. We want to stay energized from lesson planning, so when you pick a theme, use the mindset that you will use this theme for 2-4 weeks of therapy. I talk all about that on the Real Talk SLP podcast episode 45. 

Check out the Themed Therapy SLP membership if you love using themes for your speech therapy caseload but struggle to find the time and energy to plan your lessons. The membership is for busy school-based SLPs who serve Prek-5th grade students and want to streamline their therapy planning process.

When you become an SLP themester, you can access three themed therapy units a month!

The March speech therapy themes include fairytales, weather and frogs. An annual membership gives you access to 36 themes, including penguins, baking, space, and arctic animals, to name a few!

Get themed therapy activities for frogs, weather and fairytales for speech therapy

SLP Themed Planner for the Year

Use my free-themed therapy yearly SLP planner to help you plan what themes you want to use for the year. It gives ideas for what to prepare and has an editable lesson plan template to keep notes on what you did with a theme. When you have notes for your themed units, it will jog your memory when you pull out your March speech therapy activities the following year. 

March Speech Therapy Themes on National Holidays

Get 10+ March themes for your speech therapy caseload!

March is full of national holidays- some super popular and others that are new to me! Here are some ideas:

  • March 14th: National Pi Day- Talk about math and pies with your students. 
  • March 17th: St. Patrick’s Day speech therapy is always so much fun!  You can always try a green theme, too!
  • March 19th: The first day of Spring– A new season always brings new vocabulary and topics to address with students. 
  • March is National Women’s History Month- Use books or articles from Wonderopolis or Readworks to learn about famous women. 
  • March is also National Reading Month- Use March speech therapy books to celebrate this!

 

Weather Themes To Do In the Month of March

With a new season comes new weather patterns to learn about with our students. As I mentioned before, this is one of the themes included in the Themed Therapy Membership. Here are some weather-based speech therapy themes:

Get ideas for planning a weather theme in the month of March for your speech therapy caseload.

Animal Speech Therapy Themes for March

Get 10+ March themes for speech therapy activities
  • Frogs: Talk about the life cycle of frogs, complete a frog craft and use 5 Green & Speckled Frogs with your little ones. This is also one of my March speech therapy themes included in the membership!
  • Bear theme: For those living in cooler places, bears emerge from hibernation in March. 
  • Zoo: The zoo speech therapy is always fun and filled with endless ideas with books, crafts, songs, games and play. 

 

More March Themes for Speech Therapy Lesson Planning

There are so many meaningful and fun national holidays that would make for great themes to plan in March! Here are some other alternative themes you can plan if you don’t want to rock St. Patrick’s day or rainbows all month.

  • Use a sensory bin during your sessions. I wrote about rainbow and St. Patrick’s Day sensory bins in my  March Sensory Bin Ideas post. 
  • Basketball: Use articles from Wonderopolis to learn about the inventor of basketball and March Madness. Grab a door basketball hoop and play with your students or play trash can basketball.  
  • Fairytales: The Themed Therapy SLP Membership includes this as a March speech therapy theme. There are books and ideas for all ages with this theme such as The Three Little Pigs, Princess and the Pea, and Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters
  • Nutrition: Use play food and learn about balanced meals. Talk about sizes, colors, and more about food. The ultimate theme smash would be using Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs to talk about food and weather.
  • Fitness/Movement: Get moving with Fabio’s Meatball Run or other action-packed videos.  
  • Sound Science: Use this free lesson plan to help prep you for your session or whole class lessons.
  • Here are 10 themes for older students that you can use any time of the year.
Get 10+ March themes to use with your preschool and elementary speech therapy caseload.

What theme-based units do you plan in March?

Get ideas for planning themed speech therapy units for the month of March!

Let me know in the comments what theme-based speech therapy lessons you plan for your elementary caseload. Tag me @themedtherapyslp with your themed activity, and I will share it in my stories!

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