First Week of Speech Therapy Ideas

First Week of Speech Therapy Ideas

When you start back at school running speech therapy groups, it’s kinda hard to know where to “begin” with your sessions.

You know some students from previous years while others on your caseload are brand new to you!

The ultimate goal of the first week of speech is to build rapport with your students and help them understand why they come to see you!

And this is the time when you can begin to set up processes with them for therapy. For example, if you want them to have a speech folder, you can create those together during that first week of treatment.

There is also the situation where you are not sure “where” to start in therapy because you don’t have current baseline information on goal progress since the end of the school year.

Navigating all the components of your therapy groups at the start of the year is increasingly overwhelming because your speech schedule has changed what feels like a hundred times.

Planning therapy for the first week of sessions can be stressful. So, I am here to help you with some ideas to help you have a successful first week of speech!

If you need more tips on setting up your caseload at the start of the school year, check out this blog post

Low Prep Activities for The First Sessions

Grab a set of index cards or these free speech time reminders from Miss V’s Speech World, and have your students write in the day and time they are coming. You can tell teachers to tape them to the student’s desks to help them remember.

Spend the sessions reviewing routines and expectations. Check out this blog post to get more tips on setting up speech routines.

You can also play games and have a list of questions to discuss while playing to learn about their interests and family. For younger students, have a station rotation where they get to play with one of your toy sets while you collect baseline data on the other students.

Low All About Me Themed Mixed Group Games

You can play mystery square games from the August Themed Unit in the Themed Therapy SLP membership. First, you print the game mat and cut out post-it notes (affiliate link) to cover the squares. Pick one mystery winner number. Your students pick squares to see if it is the mystery number. Whoever gets the mystery number wins!

This game helps you get to know your students while targeting category groups and verbs, answering wh-questions, building sentence structures, and working on articulation carryover. You can see a demo on Instagram.

First Week of Speech Therapy Ideas with Crafts

At the start of therapy, we want to focus on increasing our student’s awareness of “why” they come to speech. That’s why doing a craft that can reference their goals can be worthwhile. Try out this FREE backpack craft that allows them to write the goals they are working on the craft.

You can also have students make a speech or language wallet. These speech wallets can help keep hands busy while you are collecting baseline data. Once your students finish making the wallets, they become warm-up or quick drill material for future sessions.

Try the kindness wallets or the final /l/ and /s/-blend templates for free.

Have the first week of speech activities that are easy to prep and help you get valuable information about your student's interests and get the ball rolling with practicing their speech and language goals.

Digital Getting To Know You Activities

Looking for digital first week of speech therapy ideas for your speech therapy sessions? Check out this blog post for some digital options!

If you are tight on prep time and need engaging first week of speech therapy ideas to use ASAP, here are some great digital getting-to-know-you activity options:

All About Me Getting to Know You Boom Cards
Sound Loaded “Would You Rather?” Boom Cards – All About Me Theme
Would You Ever? Boom Cards
All About Me from ABCYA
All About Me Games on Baamboozle

What is your favorite first week of speech therapy ideas?

Do you have first week of speech therapy ideas that you use with your caseload? Share what activities you have planned in the comments to help inspire other SLPs with engaging speech therapy materials.

Back-To-School Speech Therapy Activities

Back-To-School Speech Therapy Activities

At the beginning of the new school year, doing a back-to-school-themed therapy unit is a way to reinforce school vocabulary and discuss concepts about school!
Kids already have school on the brain, which helps to use therapy to build personal connections around going to school.
If you are looking for engaging back-to-school speech therapy activties to cover your elementary caseload, you came to the right blog post!
This blog post has been completely updated with back-to-school-themed resources, toys, and materials as it was first published in 2015 and just got an upgrade in August 2022. 

Back-To-School Themed Books for Speech

Prek-1st:

Lola Goes to School by Anna McQuinn
The Pigeon Has to Go to School by Mo Willems
I Got School Spirit by Connie Schofield-Morrison
The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes
The Pout Pout Fish Goes to School by Deborah Diesen

 

2nd-3rd:

Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard
If You Take a Mouse to School by Felicia Bond

 

4th-5th:

Suki’s Kimono by Chieri Uegaki and Stephane Jorisch

Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts
The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

The Sandwich Swap by Queen Rania of Jordan Al Abdullah

 

 

 

 

For more themed therapy ideas, check out this blog post to get a free themed therapy idea guide and planner! If you need Pout Pout Fish speech therapy activity ideas, this blog post has some great ones!

Need some help with planning back-to-school speech and language activities? Check out this blog post with links to books, toys, materials and more!

Back-To-School Speech Therapy Activities for Younger Students

Need some help with planning back-to-school speech and language activities? Check out this blog post with links to books, toys, materials and more!

No need to look further for back-to-school speech therapy activities for your preschool and early elementary students.

Check out the Themed Therapy SLP membership if you need activities with a back-to-school theme. You can have a toy guide, printables, Google Slides, open-ended activities, themed therapy cheat sheets, book cheat sheets, and no print materials to help you teach school vocabulary and concepts with your Prek-5th grade caseload. Sign up HERE.

For toys to use in play-based speech therapy sessions, check out some of these back-to-school toy sets (affiliate links are included):

Melissa and Doug School Bus Play Set

Melissa and Doug The Wheels on the Bus Sound Puzzle

Fisher-Price Little People Toddler School Bus or Battat School Bus

School Toy Play Sets to work on pretend play while talking about school vocabulary

 

Back-To-School Picture Scenes

Materials that include picture scenes allow for practice with the themed vocabulary and are easy to adapt for many goals. You can use speech words for your student’s target sounds, building MLU and morphology, answering wh-questions, CORE words, story retelling, and describing.

Here are some picture scene materials that include a school theme:

Melissa and Doug Wooden Magnetic Matching Picture Game

 Hidden Pictures School Puzzles

Omazing kids has some school picture scenes

Check out this blog post for more ways to use picture scenes in speech therapy.

Need some help with planning back-to-school speech and language activities? Check out this blog post with links to books, toys, materials and more!

Back-To-School Speech and Language Activities That Are Digital

Need some help with planning back-to-school speech and language activities? Check out this blog post with links to books, toys, materials and more!

If you are on the hunt for digital activities that follow a back-to-school theme, here are some great materials to check out:

Back to School Vocabulary and Grammar Boom Cards

Grammar Challenge Boom Cards

Back to School Games from ABCYa

Search for school themed games on Baamboozle

Use back to school GIFS on Google Slides – check out this tutorial for how to add them, skip to around the 8 minute mark to see the step-by-step directions

Crafts for a Back-To-School Theme

Some engaging simple back-to-school crafts can be just what your mixed group or whole class lesson needs! You can work on functional goals or glue/write students speech or language targets on the back of the craft.

When you join the annual subscription for the Themed Therapy SLP membership, you get No Print Visual Craft Directions for each theme. For back-to-school, you get a pencil craft and a school bus.

There is also this FREE backpack craft that you can use to discuss your student’s speech and language goals. 

Need some help with planning back-to-school speech and language activities? Check out this blog post with links to books, toys, materials and more!

Language Activities to Teach School Vocabulary

Need some help with planning back-to-school speech and language activities? Check out this blog post with links to books, toys, materials and more!

If you are looking for language activities to support your back-to-school theme, check out the following resources:

Back to School Push-In Language Lesson Plan Guides
Back to School Vocabulary and Grammar Activities for K-2
Back to School Grammar Task Cards FREE version

Back to School Grammar Task Cards Full Version

Back to School Seasonal Flipbook FREE

 

Back to School Prek-5th Grade Unit – when you purchase an annual membership, you get access to all the themes at once. This is part of the August themed membership unit.

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