10  Speech Therapy Games for Mixed Groups

10 Speech Therapy Games for Mixed Groups

Raise your hand if you run mixed groups! If you are a school-based SLP, mixed groups are inevitable. They can be tricky and overwhelming. As SLPs, we have to manage behavior, plan an engaging lesson, and teach multiple goals at the same time. Don’t worry.  I have you covered.  I’ll share with you some great ideas and even give you the Amazon [affiliate] links to conveniently purchase anything you need to make your mixed groups an overwhelming success.

You Aren’t The Only SLP Struggling With Mixed Groups

It takes a lot of failed activity attempts to make mixed groups work. So, if you think you are the only SLP struggling to succeed in this setting, you are not alone.

Structuring Your Mixed Groups Around Games

One way you can tackle mixed groups is by grabbing a generic game like Candyland, Sneaky Snacky Squirrel or Pop The Pig. (Affiliate link.) Then, grab the task cards, stimulus items, word lists, etc. for each of your students. While you are playing the game, every student is able to practice their goal during the game.

This approach probably sounds familiar, right? This is my definite go-to when I have everyone working on a drill type of activity. It works well.

Today, I am going to share some fresh, open-ended, speech therapy games for mixed groups in therapy. In addition to these fun activities, I will also share some mixed group games that have language already embedded, so you can target language naturally during the game.

Open-Ended Speech Therapy Games For Mixed Groups

games for mixed groups in speech therapy

This DIY popsicle stick game is cheap to make and can be used with any mixed group. Write different numbers on each of the Popsicle sticks; include some Zap 1, Zap a friend and Zap all in the mix. Put them all in a can and have students pick a Popsicle stick after each turn. The student with the most points at the end wins. If you need a rule cheat sheet, you can download this one HERE. Need more ways to get higher articulation repetitions with your articulation sound students? I have lots of ideas including how to use this Zap It game HERE.

speech therapy games for mixed groups in speech therapy

You can call this game whatever you want! Basically, it is a point-based game using magnetic chips and wand (Amazon affiliate link). I always tell the kids that at the end, everyone gets to use my “magic” wand to pick up all the chips. You just need a die/dice and magnetic chips. Kids roll the die and then pick up the same number of chips as the roll on the die. You can change it up a bit by adding bonus rules for rolling a 6–steal 2 chips from a player–or roll a 1 and you lose a chip.

Easy Low-Prep Games For Mixed Groups

I like speech therapy games for mixed groups that are easy to prep and can be used across several grade levels. 
Games for mixed groups in speech therapy to help SLPs keep the group focused while working on their goals.

Race to 100 is a great reinforcer game that works with any goal! For your articulation students, it is a great way to get 100 trials. Everyone in the group can play the “game” and when it is their turn, they can practice their target skill. Check out my blog post on the game HERE

mixed group games for speech therapy to keep kids engaged and practicing their goals.

Kiwi Speech has some open-ended mystery tile games that can be played with any speech or language target, which means this game is great for mixed groups! Students take their turn: saying a word with their sound in it, defining a vocabulary word, identifying if a behavior is expected/unexpected – anything! Then, they reach into a box and pull out a tile. They match the picture on their tile to a picture on the board. If they already have the picture – they put it back and their turn is over. The first person to fill up their board will reveal the mystery phrase and wins the game!

Vocabulary Games That Can Be Used For Mixed Groups

games for mixed groups in speech therapy

This game is great for working on building vocabulary, beginning inferencing and describing nouns by attributes. You can use this with articulation students by picking mystery words that have their sounds. After the students guess the noun, ask students wh-questions about the noun, or make them use in a sentence. Students working on social skills have to work on keeping their body and brain in the group. Read more about this game HERE.

games for mixed groups in speech therapy

 

Students can work on describing nouns in this minute-to-win-it game. This vocabulary game is organized by articulation sounds, so you can use it in your mixed groups. This is a great game to play when you want to see how your students do with their articulation or language during an unstructured activity. This is a game that will make your session more FUN and still be working on your students goals. Check out the game HERE.

speech therapy games for mixed groups

More Language Games That Can Be Used For Mixed Groups

Create dice games that you can use with mixed groups. This game idea is from SLP Natalie Snyders. Write down six attributes and number them 1 through 6. Pick items or pictures that match your articulation students sound. The kids can roll the die and whatever number the student lands on, that is the type of attribute they need to share about the item. To read about more dice games, you can check out Natalie’s post HERE.

games for mixed groups in speech therapy

Play “Where’s the Treasure?” with this DIY bottle cap game. Take old bottle caps and put velcro on the tops. Put articulation or language pictures on top. Hide a penny or a treasure item under one of the caps. Whoever finds the treasure wins! You can read more about how to make this game HERE.

speech therapy games for mixed groups

Boom Cards Category Picture Activity from Looks Like Language is free and can be a game used in mixed groups. All the cards have /r/ stimulus words, so you can target /r/, while teaching categorizing, answering wh-questions, use in a grammatically correct sentence and negation.

speech therapy games for mixed groups

This next game is a twist on my mystery word game. I found it from Hallie at Speech Time Fun. You just need a paper bag (any bag or container will do) and items around your speech room. You can work on story telling, describing nouns by attributes, following directions with basic concepts, basic inferencing, and using the items in grammatically correct sentences (fluency students can practice their strategies). Pro tip: Pick items that have your students speech sounds to place in the bag. Now you have a carryover activity! Check out more details on how to use in your speech room HERE.

Share Your Mixed Group Games

What mixed group games have you created for your speech room? If you have a game you created specifically to rock those mixed group sessions, email me pics and directions at feliceclark@thedabblingspeechie.com. I would love to feature your game on my blog!

 

Using Simon’s Cat Videos In Speech Therapy

Using Simon’s Cat Videos In Speech Therapy

Finding resources that can be used to target a lot of speech goals is super helpful for the busy SLP. Using Simon’s Cat videos in speech therapy can help with planning a mixed group lesson.

Using Simon's Cat videos in speech therapy to target articulation, language, grammar and social skills

What Are Simon’s Cat Videos?

Simon’s Cat are a series of comic strip animated short videos that you can find on YouTube. The videos are primarily without words, and are in black and white. You can watch these videos on your iphone, ipad, laptop or computer to target so many different skills! If you are worried about ads and unwanted images popping up during your lesson, I recommend watching Simon’s Cat videos with safetube. Safetube is free and allows parents and educators to watch videos without the ads. If you don’t have internet at your school site, there is now a Simon’s Cat comic book!! You can get it on amazon HERE. This is an amazon affiliate link.

Why I Love Simon’s Cat Videos For Speech Therapy

  • These videos are free. Less money to spend on Therapy materials.
  • There are a ton of videos. Seasonal themed and generic, so I can use them in speech therapy all year long.
  • Simon’s Cat videos can be adapted across a variety of ages. I have used them with 1st-8th grade. I am pretty sure they would be accepted among the high school ages too.
  • I like watching them. If I enjoy the resource, therapy always seems to be more exciting because I am excited to talk about the videos.
  • Simon’s Cat Videos can be used with mixed groups. Sometimes planning for each student in my mixed groups can be hard because I have to find separate activities and then manage the group to stay on task. By having one resource to cover everyone’s goals, on task behavior is higher.
  • The setting in the video is usually a Simon’s house and the characters are a man and a cat. I know that many of the videos my students have been exposed to the vocabulary, so I don’t have to spend a ton of time around scheme and background knowledge. Some of my students haven’t been certain places, so picking therapy materials that take that into consideration is helpful.
  • These videos are short! They are only 2-3 minutes in length, so you can get through them in a 30 minute session.

Using Simon's Cat Videos In Speech Therapy

How To Simon’s Cat Videos In Speech Therapy

There are a lot of ways to use Simon’s Cat videos in speech therapy. I will either use the videos the entire session or we will do some work on individual goals for 15 minutes and then do a video as a group lesson for the next 10-15 minutes.

Articulation Speech Therapy Ideas

  • During the video, you can have the students write down or tell you words they saw or heard with their speech sound. After the video, they can say each word five times or use in a sentence. You can also write a cheat sheet of target words from the video.
  • The SLP can have the student answer comprehension questions from the video with their target speech sounds.
  • Summarize the video using the target words from the video with their best speech sounds.

Language Speech Therapy Ideas

Using Simon's Cat videos in speech therapy to work on story telling and oral narration

  • Work on narrative comprehension and oral narration using these videos. Jot down some comprehension questions from the video prior to the students arriving to use to discuss the video. Have students work on story telling by adding on details to what would happen next if the video didn’t end. If you need some graphic organizers to help with this, grab this free set from KiwiSpeech HERE or Speech Time Fun’s summarizing graphic organizer HERE.

using simon's cat videos in speech therapy

 

Social Skills Speech Therapy Ideas

  • What are they thinking about? Work on teaching that our eyes give people clues about what they are thinking about. Have your students identify what the character’s are thinking based on where their eyes are looking.
  • identifying emotions and non-verbal body language. Have your students explain how the characters are feeling and what clues they noticed such as eyes widening, smiling face, or body hunched over.
  • Perspective taking- work on students explaining what people could be feeling or thinking in the video.
  • Social inferences & predictions is a way for use to figure out what someone may do next, so we can figure out what to say or do in a social situation.
  • Conversation – have your students watch the video and then have them discuss what they liked/didn’t like about the video.

using Simon's cat videos in speech therapy to work on talking and thinking bubbles

  • Thinking/Talking bubble – because these videos are wordless they are perfect for working on what people are thinking and what could be in their talking bubble. Make your own speech and thinking bubble on a dry erase board, or grab a dry erase think bubble from the dollar store or on amazon HERE. (amazon affiliate link provided).

  • Humor – these videos are very funny and are perfect to discuss why they are funny!

How would you use Simon’s Cat videos in speech therapy? I would love to hear your therapy ideas.

Windsock Craft For Kids In Speech Therapy

Windsock Craft For Kids In Speech Therapy

During the spring and summer seasons, making a FUNctional craft in speech therapy that can be used outside is a great way to keep your students engaged. A windsock craft for kids can be adapted easily to cover a lot of goals. In addition, to all the goals you can target while making the craft, there are LOTS of ways to play with the windsock craft while targeting important speech and language goals. Did I mention that this craft is also super engaging for students as well? When I do this craft, I bring in a completed windsock so that my students can see the cool things they can do once they finish theirs. Furthermore, the main part of the windsock craft has an entire blank piece of paper which is prime real estate for working on their goals. This blog post will show you how to make a windsock craft for kids and also, teach you how to adapt this craft for younger and older students!

Windsock Craft For Kids is Easy to Prep

Once you have all the materials for the windsock craft, prep for this craft is pretty easy! Some of my groups I just made the craft during the session. For my groups with younger ages, I prepped parts of the craft, so we could get enough practice in during the session. I have used this craft with LOTS of different ages and all of them loved it, especially my kinder-second grade students.

 

Materials You Need To Make A Windsock Craft For Kids

How to make a windsock craft for kids and also target speech and language goals while making one!

How to make a windsock craft

Take the construction paper and attach together with tape, glue or a stapler (I used a stapler), so that it looks like a cylinder. You can have your students glue their speech or language stimulus cards to the paper first before attaching.

If you have paint daubers, students can put dots all over their construction paper every time they say their speech sound or language target. Then, after they are finished, they can put the craft together.

Punch holes at the top of the construction paper. Tie yarn or string in the holes. Cut the party streamers into strips. Then, have the students attach the party streamers with tape or glue (I went with tape, it was the less messy option).

Your windsock is complete and ready to use in speech therapy!

Make this easy to prep windsock craft for kids and target speech and language goals in your mixed groups.
Make this easy to prep windsock craft for kids and target speech and language goals in your mixed groups.

Ways To Adapt The Windsock Craft For Speech & Language Goals

Making the windsock craft provides a lot of opportunities for language. For example, your students working on initiation can make requests for the different craft parts. Furthermore, after student’s finish their windsock craft, you can have them explain the sequencing steps they took to create the craft.  Here are some more ways to adapt the windsock craft:

Use this Craft in Your Mixed Groups Easily

  • Have students decorate their white paper with dot paint daubers. Every time they say their speech sound or language target, they can add a dot to their paper.
  • Students can glue their speech sounds or language targets onto the construction paper. After they finish the craft, they can practice their goals using the pictures on the windsock. I use my Any Craft Companion Pack to adapt this ONE craft for my whole caseload.

Take Your Windsock Craft Outside

  • Take the windsock outside to teach vocabulary words. You can target high, low, around, twirl, flutter, fast, slow, and windy.
  • Have your students show different preposition words using your windsock such as near, far, under, above, below, around, on, in, and between.

Easy Ways to Use the Paper for Grammar Therapy

Specifically for grammar, you can use the white paper to work on building grammatically correct sentences. I love using the framework for who, did what, and where to incorporate prepositional phrases and syntax. This also allows me an opportunity to target verb tense and noun-verb agreement. You can use these digital grammar Boom Cards™ and have your students write their sentence out. 

Use the Windsock to Work on Social Communication

Teach turn-taking, waiting and thinking about others by only bringing out one windsock to play with. Students have to request a turn using their peer’s name, and wait their turn. You can have students do an action that another student requests the student do to work on thinking about other people.

You could make a conversation script or visual to help a student initiate a request for a student to run with them using the windsock. Additionally, your conversation script could have fun comments that the student can use. If you need more information about using conversation scripts, head to this blog post

For your students working on expanding communication functions or learning CORE vocabulary, you can work on GO, STOP, WANT, LOOK, LIKE, or MORE.

Adapting The Windsock Craft For Your Older Students

If you have older students with goals to work on main ideas, orally retelling a passage, using context clues to identify vocabulary meanings, or summarizing, learning about how windsocks work can be a great lesson because pilots use windsocks to land planes. This gives students insights into the job of a pilot, and the science behind understanding the direction of wind.

  • Your older students can write a narrative about spring or summer on the white construction paper. You can give them a challenge by providing a list of themed vocabulary words or adjectives to use in their story.
  • Have your students write sentences on the construction paper. Your students working on grammar can write more complex sentences while your articulation students can write sentences with their target words (perfect mixed group activity right there.)
Use a windsock craft with your older students in speech therapy to target main idea, summarizing, tier II vocabulary and answering wh-questions

Learn How a Windsock Works

You can use one of the YouTube videos above to discuss how a windsock works. They can share the main idea and details from the video. Pick target vocabulary to discuss from this video and then go test out a windsock outside. Additionally, if you want to add in a writing component, you can have students write a paragraph summarizing how a windsock works. You can use a main idea graphic organizer to help with developing the topic sentence, details and conclusion.

Need More Craft Ideas For Speech Therapy

For those SLPs working during summer, here is a blog post I wrote last year on different summer-themed crafts you can do in speech therapy. If you love doing crafts in speech therapy, then check out all of the craftivities I have in my TPT store. You can use one craft with your whole caseload!

Summer speech crafts for mixed groups that has stimulus items for speech and language goals.
Flower craft for speech therapy to use with mixed groups.

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