I officially pulled out my Fall outfits and am sporting all my scarves, so it’s Fall y’all! Immediately after I wrote that sentence, I started singing, “Y’all gon’ make me spice things up, up in here, up in here.” Because in my world, nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove spice are going to be used quite often. Between breads, muffins, lattes, pancakes, ice cream, and pies, I will be pumpkin spicing my life until after Thanksgiving. How about you? Fall/Autumn is my favorite season because the weather is off the charts pretty in California. And, there are so many Fall speech and language activities you can plan for therapy.
Easy Fall Speech And Language Ideas
I wanted to share some options with you to help you plan therapy! If you are super stressed out with paperwork, you can still have fun in therapy. Just find easy, low prep ideas. For more Fall/Autumn therapy inspiration, head over to my pinterest board to help you get ideas. For those of you wanting to rejuvenate your love for doing therapy with your kids, then find materials that will help increase engagement with a Fall theme!
Low Prep Ideas For Fall Speech And Language Activities
After you read a Fall themed book or review Fall vocabulary, you can use themed NO PREP worksheets to target speech and language goals. If you need some Fall themed worksheets that are easy to prep, here are my Autumn No Prep Activities For Your K-4 caseload.
Where is the falling leaf? Hide a die cut leaf or a fake leaf from the Dollar Tree around your therapy room. Students have to ask “where” questions to get clues such as “Is the leaf under something?” or “Is it behind something?”
Fall Verb Charades – Write down a list of Fall verbs and have your students act them out. The rest of the group has to name the verb. Then, have each group member create a sentence with the verb. Here are some verb action examples that you can use: rake leaves, eat apple, jump in leaves, bake a pie, smell a candle, sneeze, walk, gather leaves, drink hot cider, throw a football, carry an umbrella, carve a pumpkin, pick an apple, snuggle under blankets, pull out pumpkin pulp, eat a caramel apple, stir a pot of soup.
What else can you come up with? Share in the comments, so we can add to the list.
Falling Leaves Pretend Play – Use the fake leaves from the Dollar Tree or you can buy on amazon (affiliate link included). Grab a basket, a plastic bag, a plastic rake and have your students rake up the leaves. Work on the noun function and describing a rake by attributes. Then, you can work on basic concepts IN/OUT as the student put the leaves in the basket or plastic bag. After the students practice raking up the leaves, you can have them sequence the steps for raking leaves. First, you get your basket and rake. Next, you rake up the leaves into a pile. Last, you pick up the leaves and put them in the basket.
Fall Speech And Language Activities Using NO PREP Non-Fiction FREE YouTube Videos
This video is great for sequencing and learning the parts of a pumpkin!
Practice identifying the main idea and key details with this changing leaves non-fiction video.
Autumn Is Here by Scholastic – This Fall video has a lot of visuals of things that happen during the Autumn season. Target verbs and verb tense with the video. Practice answering wh-questions during and after the video.
Vocabulary Fall Speech And Language Activities
Use the Fall vocabulary to target speech and language goals. Have students answer wh-questions while making these All About Autumn Books from my Low Prep Seasonal Flipbooks. They can make grammatically correct sentences with the items, answer questions about noun-function, describe nouns by attributes and explain what people can do during Fall. Plus you can send it home for additional Fall vocabulary.
You can also play games such as Go Fish, Memory or the Flashlight game with Fall vocabulary or action words.
Squirrels, Pumpkins & Apples Activities Can Be Used During The Fall Season
Squirrels are BUSY during the Fall season collecting acorns and getting ready for winter. There are lots of LOW prep ideas that you can use to target a variety of goals. Check out my blog postHERE for more Fall speech and language activities.
Apples are a fruit that is harvested during the Fall season. It is a great theme to use with younger and older students. Check out this BLOG POST about how to use apples with older students.
If you need some Push-In lesson plan activities, check out my Apple Themed Language Lessons. It has a Google Slide presentation, letter home to parents, 3-5 language extension activities, cheat sheet guides and tips for how to use the resource in the classroom setting.
Pumpkin Ideas – There are a ton of pumpkin books, activities, and non-fiction videos you can use in speech. I love using the foam pumpkins from the Dollar Tree for basic concepts and making reinforcer games for my mixed groups. You can read about these ideas HERE.
Book Ideas For Fall Speech And Language Activities
There are a ton of great Fall themed books you can use in therapy. If you don’t have time to order some books from scholastic, amazon or your library, you can use YouTube read alouds in therapy. Here are some fun Fall read alouds from YouTube:
Here are a list of other Fall books that I enjoy using in speech therapy (amazon affiliate links included):
Interactive Lessons For Fall Speech & Language Activities
Can You Find It? Fall vocabulary sensory bin can be an interactive way to work on noun functions and categories. Check out my blog post to see how you can make one HERE.
For my students working on functional communication with their CORE board or Go Talk, I used this bin to work on the CORE word “look”. We found the pictures and then I had the kids practice “look scarf”, “look squirrel”, “look rake”, etc. We also just played with the popcorn and leaves working on “falling leaves” and “look leaves”. Some of my students loved the way the popcorn kernels felt, so I used that as an opportunity to target “like”. If you need this Fall sensory bin idea, it is in my Fall Push-In language lesson plan guide.
Craft Ideas For Fall Speech And Language Activities
I wrote a blog post a few years ago about easy crafts you can do with your students working on functional communication. Read about the craft ideas HERE.
You can also use the Fall Tree Q-tip paint craft for any goal. Every time they practice their skill, they can add 5 dots of leaves.
Share Your Fall Speech And Language Activities
What Fall speech and language activities do you use in therapy? Let me know in the comments or email me pics at firstname.lastname@example.org Of course you can always tag me on instagram @thedabblingspeechie
Squirrels are hilarious little creatures that I like to enjoy from afar. And by afar, I mean, enjoying on google photos, watching them on YouTube videos or in cute cartoons. Cause in real life if you touch a squirrel you might get rabies. Today, I am going to show you lots of ways squirrels can be used in many of your therapy groups!
How To Adapt A Squirrel Theme For Lots Of Ages & Areas
When I pick a theme for therapy, I try to utilize that theme across a lot of ages and treatment areas. Planning therapy is easier for me when I use a theme. And I find that I can teach the content better when I use one theme because I more knowledgeable about the subject. Plus, even though the theme may be similar, each group may have a slightly different activity, which makes my therapy feel novel and FUN for me, the therapist. We have to be engaged with the content too! Once I select theme, I then look at the goals of my students. After that, I find books, YouTube videos, easy crafts or I create materials that match that theme. If I need to, I will make little cheat sheets of different vocabulary, articulation words, wh-questions, etc. that I can use in my groups.
Squirrel Books For Speech Therapy
You can target lots of different skills with using a book. A book is a great low prep resource because you can use the illustrations as well as the story to target a lot of different goals during extension lessons after reading the book. Here are some fun books that have a squirrel theme (amazon affiliate links included):
If I don’t have a certain book or didn’t have time to purchase or check out from the library, I will utilize YouTube for book read alouds like the one below.
Skills That You Can Target With Books
– Have students use words from the book that have their articulation sound in words, phrases, and sentences. For carryover, have them retell the story or make a new ending to the book using their best speech.
-Use the verbs from the story to target past, present, and future tense. Build more complex sentences with verbs and nouns from the book.
-Students can practice answering wh-questions about the book and illustrations.
-Target oral narration using the story.
-Describe the characters and nouns in the book by attributes. Find words from the story that have antonyms/synonyms and any tier II words to teach.
Squirrel Speech Therapy Ideas For Articulation
We have been using my FREE s-blend activity to work on our speech sounds! This activity also has acorns with just numbers, so you can target any speech sounds.
I made a little crazy squirrel bean bag toss game. We practiced our sounds in words and sentences! If they landed on the 20 point squirrel, they got 20 points added to their score and had to say their sound 20 times. Grab the game by clicking on the photo above or HERE!
I googled squirrel articles and found lots of reading materials, which was perfect for all my students working on carrying over their /r/ sound into reading and conversational contexts. We read the articles and then discussed the squirrel facts using our great speech! Great way to progress monitor.
Squirrel Speech Therapy Ideas For Targeting Language
We used these little squirrels I printed out to work on prepositions around my speech room!
For those of you SLPs that are going into the classroom for whole class language lessons, I have been creating push-in language lesson plan guides to help SLPs feel less overwhelmed about running a classroom lesson. What’s really cool is that most of the lesson activities can also be used in your small groups too. Each themed lesson comes with Google Slide presentations, a letter home to parents, recommendations for books, links to YouTube read alouds and movement breaks. There are 3-5 language extension activities that can be run as a whole class or in small stations. It also includes cheat sheet guides for teachers and classroom aids, so that they can run stations! Here students are working on sorting categories into the correct squirrel tree and doing squirrel preposition Simon Says. When you can take the overwhelm out of planning the activities, you can really focus on how helping the kids. If you need language activities that can be used in the classroom, check out this resource HERE.
Using Squirrel Videos In Speech Therapy
YouTube is a great source for videos to teach skills. They are free and easy to prep! You can make a quick cheat sheet with all the goals you are targeting when using these videos. I will share some ideas on how I use these videos in therapy.
Scishowkids has a lot of great non-fiction videos for kids. This one is perfect for teaching the verb “dig”, answering wh-questions and working on main idea. Watch the video before doing therapy and write down tier II vocabulary words you can review during and after the video.
Squirrels are pretty silly creatures. I went on YouTube and found some cute squirrel videos that I used to entice my students to want to talk about squirrels! All my kids including my 4/5th graders were laughing and engaged when I showed them these funny videos.
I let them watch part of the video clips as a way for them to observe what squirrels look like, things that they do and places they hang out. Then, we used this Sentence Frame Graphic Organizer (FREE download) to describe and discuss squirrels.
I also used these videos to have students make more complex sentences with adjectives, prepositional phrases and conjunctions. I would let them watch a little clip, pause it, then see who could come up with the best sentence! If you have students working on /s/, /r/ or /l/ this is the perfect carryover lesson! Loves of vocabulary is being targeted as well.
Simon’s Cat Squirrel Video
Work on sequencing, creating grammatically correct sentences, make social inferences and predictions.
I love that this video is only a minute long! If we are working on social inferencing, I will watch a small portion and then pause the video to discuss what might happen next or what the cat/squirrel could be thinking.
If I am using this video to target sequencing and grammatically correct sentences, I will let the students watch the whole video first. Then, we go back and watch the video while filling out the Sentence Frame Graphic Organizer. Or I will have them take a piece of paper and make four boxes. We will draw a picture of what happened first, next, then, and last. After the students are finished with their pictures, we work on sequencing the event.
Resources For My Upper Elementary Students Using Squirrels
For my 4th and 5th graders working on fluency enhancing strategies and language comprehension, we used articles to practice strategies in reading and answering comprehension questions. I worked on taking “key detail” notes as well as visualizing strategies for remembering information.
This fly squirrel youtube video is pretty cool to watch! It is perfect to work on remembering details, explaining the main idea and answering questions about a non-fiction video. Plus, it is great to watch and then use the Sentence Frame Graphic Organizer (FREE download) to describe flying squirrels!
Perspective Taking & Social Skills Using Squirrel Videos
With my social skill group, we talked a lot about what the squirrels could be thinking and feeling. It was fun trying to come up with funny expressions that the squirrels were thinking or feeling! We also talked about expected vs. unexpected behaviors for how to treat and interact with squirrels when you see them outside. Do you need to work on inferencing and predicting skills? Have your students make predictions about what might happen next in the video. Pause the video mid-clip and discuss what actions the squirrel may do and why.
This was my most favorite squirrel video!! It was perfect for “what’s in their thought bubble?” and figuring out what zone the squirrel or people (in the background) are in. So, what resources and materials do you use with squirrels? I would love to add more fun to my crazy squirrel stash of therapy materials!
For your younger students, you can use squirrels to talk about what to do when they are feeling squirrely! You can watch some of these videos and then talk about how their body moves. Many squirrels move quickly, nibble their food quickly and dart all over the place.
Squirrel Crafts For Speech Therapy
I like to do crafts with my students about 1-2x a month in speech. Sometimes I will do crafts more often during my push-in speech and language lessons if they are simple to prep. They do increase engagement and are a functional way to see how speech and language skills are generalizing in more natural contexts.
My Fall craftivity with this crazy squirrel can make therapy planning easy for those mixed groups. You can have all your students do the same craft, but customize the stimulus items sheet based on your students goals. There are articulation and language targets, so you can cover a lot of goals. Check out the craftivity HERE.
You can print up a squirrel and have students glue tissue paper on the squirrel. The students can work on functional communication for requesting and commenting as well as the basic concept “on”. Make easy squirrel popsicle stick puppets. After the puppets are created, you can use them to work on prepositions. Have one student give directions for where the person has to put the puppet. This also targets following a group plan! With the puppets, students can create a story or building sentences with different verbs. For example, they can hold the squirrel puppet and say, “Yesterday, my squirrel jumped on the tree branch.”
For social skills, they can work on turn taking and waiting. Only put out one box of crayons. Students have to practice asking if they can borrow a crayon and waiting for a turn. This helps students initiate and work on using another person’s name to signal that they want to talk to someone. If you need these crafts, you can access them in my squirrel themed push-in language lesson plan guide.