Ep. 71 3 Activities for a Snowman Theme

Hey Hey Hey SLPs!  It’s January, it’s winter and if you haven’t planned a winter unit, might I suggest doing a snowman-themed unit. Snowmen is just something that you can associate with the winter season and even if your kids don’t live near snow, there’s a ton of great books to expose them to this concept.

 

In this episode you’ll hear:

 

  • Sequencing while building a snowman

 

  • Story retell with a Sneezy story prop kit

 

  • Craft or cooking activity

 

Real Talk SLP Podcast Episodes

Episode 45: Why I Use Themes Longer Than a Week

 

Blog Posts Mentioned:

 

Snowman Sequencing Activities

Snowman Activities for Early Elementary

Favorite Snowman Books

Must Have Snowman Toys

 

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Ep. 70 You Can Have all the Tips and Still Be Struggling

Hey Hey Hey SLPs!  For the first episode of 2022, I wanted to talk to you about how you can have all the right tips and tricks, and still struggle. If you have ever felt this way then stay tuned! I will give you 4 tips to help you stay on track and help you to realize you are not alone! Hopefully, this episode will help you jump start into the new year with some helpful strategies! 

 

In this episode you’ll hear:

What to do when you are struggling with a student or group:

 

  • Tip #1 – Keep things simple

 

  • Tip #2 – Take time to reflect on your session

 

  • Tip #3 – Interview staff, parents, student, or observe them in their natural environment

 

  • Tip #4 – Trust the process

Speech Retreat early bird ticket:

 

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Blog Posts Mentioned:

 

Snow Plow Sensory Bin

 

Snowman Speech Therapy Activities for Early Elementary

Snowman Speech Therapy Activities for Early Elementary

One of the best themes to plan for the month of January is snowmen. Talking about snowmen is so engaging for students! Plus, there are ton of snowman speech therapy activities you can use to cover your Prek-5th grade caseload. Today, I am going to share a round-up of snowman ideas you can use to support your student’s speech therapy goals.

Planning Tips for Using a Snowman-Theme

The most efficient way that I have found to plan by themes is to first pick a book to use with my students. Oftentimes, I will select 2-3 books within the theme to use with my caseload. This allows me to stay consistent with the theme throughout weeks, but have the flexibility to use different books in therapy when needed. Check out this blog post to get tips for selecting snowman books and how to use them in therapy.

Once you have your book selected, you can then look for extension activities to use with the snowman-themed book. For example, if I plan on using a feed the snowman activity, I will try to adapt that activity for many ages and settings. The sensory bin could be great for my small groups and my c0-teaching lessons. Check out how you can set up your push-in therapy HERE.

Need some engaging snowman speech therapy activities that you can adapt for a wide-range of ages and goals? Check out this blog post!

Toys and Tools to Use with a Snowman Theme

Need some engaging snowman speech therapy activities that you can adapt for a wide-range of ages and goals? Check out this blog post!

Having some snowman-themed toys and props can add some engagement to your sessions! Recently, I wrote a blog post on all of my favorite snowman toys that you can add to your stash. Check it out here.

When thinking about adding new toys to your therapy stash, my best advice is to look at the needs of your caseload. Would this toy be easily adapted for a lot of goals? Is it a toy that helps my students connect with the theme or story? How much use would I get out of the toy?

Those are the types of questions I ask myself before buying materials. There have been occasions when I bought something because it made me excited like these snowman pull-back sleds.

Snowman Videos to Use with Your Caseload

When you are strapped for time, using a YouTube video can be an engaging, quick lesson plan. There are lots of great snowman videos. In the snowman push-in language lesson plan guides, there is a Google Slide presentation included with all the best snowman-themed videos.

For a brain break or a way to transition into a new activity in your sessions, you can use these snowman songs! Here are two of my favorites to use in co-teaching. 

Snowman Crafts to Use in Speech Therapy

Need some engaging snowman speech therapy activities that you can adapt for a wide-range of ages and goals? Check out this blog post!

There are a lot of great simple snowman crafts you can use for your small groups and co-teaching lessons. My favorite is using a white paper bag or paper plate and creating a snowman! If you need some free visual supports for following the steps of the craft, grab them in this blog post

You can make this snowman craft with your mixed groups and have a template for speech and language goals. When you have mixed groups, it’s hard to do crafts that cover all the goals in the group. That’s why you can use one craft template and customize based on your student’s goals. 

For more winter craft ideas, check out this blog post

Snowman Cooking Ideas for Speech Therapy

For your whole class lessons, why not read a fun snowman book and then do a hands on cooking lesson! Here is a FUN marshmallow snowman cooking activity from Kristine Lamb at Live Love Speech. If you need visual recipes for your themed units, Kristine has the best set that will last all year!

Need some snowman speech therapy activities for your early elementary caseload? Check out how you can plan for your mixed groups in this blog post.

Snowman Speech Therapy Activities for Younger Students

If you are needing pre-made language lesson plans to cover your small groups and push-in services, this snowman theme language lesson plan guide, has a Google Slide presentation, parent newsletter, lesson plan cheat sheet, and over 5 small group activities to pair with any snowman book! Plus, it also has to cheat sheet instructions to give to instructional aides or teachers when running a station activity. If you want to increase engagement and have activities that target a LOT of goals, buy this resource for caseload.

It has a build the snowman file folder, snowman picture mats, snowman life cycle visuals, and a feed the snowman activity, just to name a few.

Check out all these snowman speech therapy activities that you can use to plan your small groups and whole class lessons!
Check out all these snowman speech therapy activities that you can use to plan your small groups and whole class lessons!

Digital Snowman Activities for Younger Students

When working on sequencing skills, using a build the snowman digital activity can target a lot of meaningful language within the context of the snowman theme. This build a snowman sequencing Boom Cards™ set in my TPT store helps you target tier II vocabulary, scaffold by using 3, 4, and 6 picture scenes as well have use extension activities. With the extension activities, you can cover grammar, wh-questions, following directions, and more! 

ABCYA has a great FREE interactive build a snowman game that you can use to target requesting, sequencing, describing, and building MLU.  What digital activities have you found to be helpful for your younger students? You can also set up a green screen with a winter scene from Google Photos. Then, build your snowman with this felt snowman from Amazon (affiliate links) and make sure your green screen fabric is felt or will allow Velcro to stick to it. 

What are your favorite snowman resources to use with your caseload?

Using a snowman theme can be LOTS of fun and filled with tons of opportunities to work on goals. Plus, it is a theme that you can adapt and reuse activities for 2-4 weeks. This makes therapy planning easier because you have to do it less often. If you want to hear more about using a theme longer than a week, check out this Real Talk SLP podcast episode

Let me know in the comments some of your favorite digital and printable snowman materials to use in therapy!

Have engaging snowman speech therapy activities to use in your themed therapy sessions!

Ep. 69 Funny Kid Quotes from 2021

Hey Hey Hey SLPs!  For the last episode of 2021, I  think we need a little pick-me-up. I love hearing funny things from kids. It brings joy to me and it sparks me up. So today you will hear stories that SLPs have shared (anonymously of course) about funny things their students have said in therapy sessions.

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Ep. 68 Tips for a Successful IEP Meeting

Hey Hey Hey SLPs! Today we are talking about how to run a successful IEP meeting with the queen guru of managing your caseload, Mia McDaniel. This episode will give you tips and tricks on how to be more effective with your students and meetings.

 

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • 3 things SLPs can do to come to an IEP meeting more prepared
  • Tips for IEP teams that will help the IEP meetings run smoothly
  • How to prepare yourself for contentious IEP meetings or the meetings you are worried will have some tension

FREE Progress Monitor Checklist:

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Blog Posts and Resources Mentioned in the interview:

 

How and why take baselines: https://www.instagram.com/p/CL5q09NBYWY/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

 

Explaining the reasons for IEP recommendations:

https://www.instagram.com/p/CLdFVhGhNzj/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

 

The ultimate goal of dismissal:

 https://www.instagram.com/p/CKDQnuwsK__/ 

 

Speech dismissal: https://www.instagram.com/p/CKDQnuwsK__/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

 

10 tips for conducting AMAZING IEP meetings that build parents’ trust:  

https://puttingwordsinyourmouth.com/2019/06/how-to-conduct-amazing-iep-meetings-that-build-parents-trust.html 

10 Professionalism Tips for your CF Experience and Beyond

https://puttingwordsinyourmouth.com/2019/08/ten-professionalism-tips-for-your-cf-experience-beyond.html 

Join the School SLP insiders group BEFORE it launches on January 2, 2022: https://www.facebook.com/groups/532590431155668 

 

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Must Have Snowman Toys for Speech

Must Have Snowman Toys for Speech

When planning your snowman-themed unit, you can add some engagement by grabbing some of these must-have snowman toys for speech therapy. You definitely don’t need all the toys shared today in this post, but if you are looking to add some new snowman toy additions to your therapy stash, here are some of my faves.

Build a Snowman Toys for Speech Therapy

There is so much language you can target with sequencing tasks! Why not work on the sequencing task of building a snowman. You can definitely make your own white playdough with this recipe and grab buttons, sticks, mini hats and accessories to build a snowman. When building the snowman, you can target transition words, verb tense, vocabulary, wh-questions, summarizing, and answering wh-questions.

If you aren’t interested in making your own white playdough, there are several snowman toys for building a snowman. Here are some good snowman toy sets (Amazon affiliate links included):

Mr. and Mrs. Snowman Set with Floof modeling clay

Melting Snowman

Felt Snowman Game Set

Snowman Stacker Toy from Melissa and Doug Toys

Have some build-a-snowman toys to use in speech therapy for your snowman activity lesson plan!

Ideas for Using the Snowman Felt Game Set

With the felt snowman game set, you can work on following directions for building the snowman. Once the snowman is built, students can work on identifying colors, describing by attributes, and explaining the sequence in their own words. If you need more ideas for how to use winter sequencing tasks, check out this blog post.

You can also set this up across the speech room and do the snowman-dressing races as a reinforcer. After your students practice their targets, they can do a race to see how fast they can build the snowman. You can have them walk across a plank of wood to work on the basic concept “across.”

After you time the students, talk about who built the snowman the fastest, or slowest as well as discuss the concepts more and less time.

Snowman Toys to Use with Games

Let’s talk snowman toys that can be used as reinforcers or functional communication in speech therapy.

If you own a bowling pin set, add some snowman printables to them. Now, you have a knock the snowman down game! Use these free snowman printables for your bowling pin set. You can also use white paper cups and draw snowman faces to create bowling pins. Stack them into a pyramid and use fake snowballs to try and knock them down. 

Using ball poppers in therapy can be very engaging and motivating for students. Did you know that there is a snowman popper toy? It’s the best! There is also another version that pops the balls out of the snowman’s head. And if you have kids obsessed with Pop Its, I even found a snowman version! For SLPs that love using toys with mixed groups, using the popper toy companion cheat sheet will help you have pre-selected targets and ideas for therapy. 

To use the snowman popper for speech and language targets, tape pictures to the wall or whiteboard. Your students can try to hit the pictures and then practice their targets. If you need some snowman category images, there are a bunch in the snowman language lesson plan guides.

More Snowman Toys for Speech Therapy

You still with me? I went on a snowman toy hunt because this is a theme that I use for a whole month! It makes planning so much easier and my students benefit. Check out episode 45 of the Real Talk SLP podcast to find out why using a theme for at least two weeks can help you and your students. 

Snowman toys for speech therapy that will increase engagement in your mixed groups!

These Snowman pullback cards from Oriental Trading company can be great as a reinforcer, but they can also target some powerful CORE words. You can work on stop, go, more, again, fun, like, turn, my, you, and all done.

With your speech and language goals, you can set up mini trinkets in a row. Have students see what the snowman passes on his drive. Whatever he passes, those are the items students must practice.

You can also set up cube blocks or sugar cubes and see if your students can knock them down with the snowman cars. Work on the verbs pull, start, go, stop, hit, crash, knock, and watch.

To check out these snowman pullback cars in action, watch this REEL on @themedtherapyslp

I got a snowman plush toy on Oriental Trading company, but I think they are all sold out. Here is another version from Amazon. You can use a snowman toy to work on following directions, basic concepts, and use it with your pretend play scenes. For example, you can make hot chocolate for your snowman, or have an ice cream party with a snowman and friends. Add mini snowman erasers to any task mat or worksheet to make therapy have a hands-on component. I found the snowman erasers on Oriental Trading.

Want to Stay Inspired with Themed Therapy Ideas?

Staying creative with implementing a themed-based approach can be a little daunting at times. One minute you find yourself looking on Pinterest for a themed idea and hours later you come out with 20 different themed ideas, 10 dessert recipes to try, and your kid’s next birthday party. If you want to stay inspired with planning by themes, come join my FREE-themed therapy SLP Facebook group!

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