Digital Monster Activities for Teletherapy

Digital Monster Activities for Teletherapy

During the month of October, you can plan a monster theme to go along with the Halloween festivities. Monsters can be a great theme to use because they can be silly and colorful. You can incorporate a lot of practice with adjectives for colors, numbers, size, textures and how a monster’s body part looks like (i.e. has pointy ears, furry bodies, one eye.)

There are a lot of great digital monster activities that I have found for my caseload and I wanted to share. Most of these activities I have been using with my k-3 students. Even my students with moderate to severe disabilities LOVED them, especially the green screen monster activity.

Before using a monster theme in therapy, it’s always good to reach out to parents and make sure they are comfortable with their child talking about monsters. Now, let’s talk about monsters, shall we?

Digital Monster Activities Using Apps

Digital Monster Activities to use with your students in teletherapy to increase engagement.

When it comes to using apps in speech therapy, I am kinda picky. The app has to be versatile, colorful, and hit a lot of different skills. Sago Mini apps always deliver for my Prek-3rd grade students. With this monster app you can work on verb actions, requesting, answering “what” questions, describing the monster, and talking about what he ate. I also love the Sago Mini Farm app that I share in this blog post for digital farm activities.

Teach Your Monster to Read is a FREE app that works on teaching phonics to kids. You could definitely use it to incorporate phonological awareness with your articulation and phonology students.

If you own an OSMO, you can use the OSMO Monster app to have an interactive experience with Mo the monster. You will asked to draw pictures and they come alive on the screen. You can talk about the noun-functions of the items. What is even cooler is that it is a new experience every time you use the app! Need more OSMO tips, head to this BLOG Post with all the details.

Highlights Monster’s Day is a FREE app that goes through the day of a monster. This is a great app for working on sequencing.

Sesame Street also has some fun free games with cookie monster. This cookie monster food truck game can be great for sequencing and building vocabulary. 

Organize Your Monster Activities with Google Slides

When I plan for my virtual speech therapy sessions, I like to have all my digital materials in one place if I can help it.

Using Google Slides helps me build digital lessons by allowing me to add slides, link YouTube videos or websites, and have interactive activities such as the design a monster activity in the picture below.

You can add animations to your Google Slides that will appear when you have it in “present” mode. In “edit” mode, you can drag and move images in the Google Slide.

Another way to adapt Google Slides is to screen record using screencastify and create language lessons of you talking about the different slides. You can send those home to parents to watch with their children. Plus, you can assign Google Slides to students in Google Classroom.

This monster Google Slide presentation is part of the monster language lesson plan guides for K-2 that can be used for small groups, individual and push-in lessons. I have been using the Google Slides and the digital parent newsletter virtually for LOTS of my sessions. Just click one of the pictures to have this ready to go resource in your hands within minutes!

Digital monster activities for speech therapy

Pink Cat Games with Monsters

If you are looking for affordable digital games that you can adapt for the different goals on your caseload, I highly recommend checking out Pink Cat Games

This website has a lot of fun monster games. You can try the dress the monster game for free. With this web-based app program, you can customize questions to fit the goals of your students while playing their ready to go games.

The best part of this website is that you can search for skills and find questions that have already been created by other educators. This is a yearly subscription of $39, but you are able to try the dress the monster game for free.

digital monster activities for speech therapy that are great for younger students.
digital monster activities for speech therapy that are great for younger students.

Monster Song YouTube Videos

Digital Monster activities using YouTube videos

When I go into the classroom to do my whole class lessons, I love having some brain breaks and songs to use at the carpet time to help keep my student’s focus.

You can use these videos on a Smartboard or virtually to help break up a session. Sometimes our students need to get up and move a little bit. A lot of songs have verb actions that you can target while dancing to the song. If you need more tips on how to setup a whole class lesson, head to this blog post.

One of my SLP ninja organizational tips is to put all of the YouTube video songs I may want to use on a Google Slide. This way, all the songs are in one place. You can ask your students what song they want to make a request or just know you have options week to week. If you need more Google Slide tips, check out my tutorial on YouTube.

Free Monster Green Screen Activity

digital monster activities for teletherapy using a green screen.
digital monster activities for teletherapy using a green screen.

Have you seen this FREE Whack a Monster Green Screen activity from GoGo Speech? Head to her YouTube video to grab this free activity. The link will be in the video description.

You upload each of the JPG as a video background in Zoom and then you can interchange the backgrounds while you “pop,” “smack,” or tell the monsters to “go away.”

 

I used this lesson last week and I had so many giggles and spontaneous language from my K-3 students with Autism and intellectual disabilities. Before using this lesson, there were sessions that fell flat. This activity was very engaging for my students and I had fun getting into it as well. Highly recommend!

 

Monster Ideas for Speech Therapy

If you are looking for toys and materials for using a monster theme, check out this blog post. For those SLPs that are sensory bin fans, this monster sensory bin is quite the crowd pleaser!

 What digital monster activities have you been using in therapy? Let me know in the comments or tag me on social media @thedabblingspeechie

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

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