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Winter Articulation Activities That Will Get High Reps

Winter Articulation Activities That Will Get High Reps

Are you struggling with finding quick and engaging activities that will motivate your students to keep practicing their sound in syllables or words? Well, don’t worry, SLP. I got you! This post is all about winter articulation activities you can use to get high reps in therapy.

We all know that when working with speech sound disorders that high repetitions lead to better carryover. But, how to get that little one excited about saying that sound or list of words over and over and over again?

You can use manipulatives and reinforcer games to keep your students motivated to practice. Sometimes we have exhausted all of our therapy tools to keep therapy fresh. Today, I want to share all my winter articulation activities that will help you achieve high trials with your students.

And dare I say, you might have some FUN too? When we are engaged, our students are much more likely to be engaged.

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Getting High Repetitions is Important

When treating speech sound disorders high repetitions are very important to make progress with articulation, phonology, and apraxia of speech. In particular, when treating apraxia, much of the research says that we need to have shortened, more frequent sessions that focus on the high intensity of repetitive practice. Check out more info on ASHA’s website HERE.

If you are needing some tips for how to structure your sessions to help get higher trials, check out this post from Adventures in Speech Pathology HERE

You may be thinking, “I know I need to get more trials, but how do I get my students motivated?” HERE is a post with easy ways you can get those 100 trials during your session that will keep your students engaged. 

Need free articulation ideas that will help your students get high repetitions? Try these winter articulation activities with your students and watch how you can increase articulation trials with ease. When your students have motivating winter articulation activities, they will want to keep practicing their sounds in speech therapy. #slpeeps #speechsounddisorders #apraxia #articulation #phonologydisorder #winteractivities #speechtherapy #speechies #schoolslp #cfyslp #preschoolslp #elementaryslp

Winter Articulation Activities to Get High Reps

This year, I have a student with apraxia on my caseload. I have been on the hunt for ways that are quick and easy to get those trials and help her know when the activity is complete. Check out some of the activities we have been doing with a winter theme!

Need free articulation ideas that will help your students get high repetitions? Try these winter articulation activities with your students and watch how you can increase articulation trials with ease. When your students have motivating winter articulation activities, they will want to keep practicing their sounds in speech therapy. #slpeeps #speechsounddisorders #apraxia #articulation #phonologydisorder #winteractivities #speechtherapy #speechies #schoolslp #cfyslp #preschoolslp #elementaryslp
Need free articulation ideas that will help your students get high repetitions? Try these winter articulation activities with your students and watch how you can increase articulation trials with ease. When your students have motivating winter articulation activities, they will want to keep practicing their sounds in speech therapy. #slpeeps #speechsounddisorders #apraxia #articulation #phonologydisorder #winteractivities #speechtherapy #speechies #schoolslp #cfyslp #preschoolslp #elementaryslp
 Need free articulation ideas that will help your students get high repetitions? Try these winter articulation activities with your students and watch how you can increase articulation trials with ease. When your students have motivating winter articulation activities, they will want to keep practicing their sounds in speech therapy. #slpeeps #speechsounddisorders #apraxia #articulation #phonologydisorder #winteractivities #speechtherapy #speechies #schoolslp #cfyslp #preschoolslp #elementaryslp

Winter Articulation Activities with Snowmen

Need free articulation ideas that will help your students get high repetitions? Try these winter articulation activities with your students and watch how you can increase articulation trials with ease. When your students have motivating winter articulation activities, they will want to keep practicing their sounds in speech therapy. #slpeeps #speechsounddisorders #apraxia #articulation #phonologydisorder #winteractivities #speechtherapy #speechies #schoolslp #cfyslp #preschoolslp #elementaryslp

Get High Reps Feeding a Snowman

Our snowman, Frank loves to eat snowballs. He thinks they are tasty and they keep him feeling cold! We have to feed him lots of snowballs to help him not melt.

I used my feed the snowman printable from my snowman push-in language lesson plan pack and white pom pom balls from my sensory bin! The speech sound cue cards are from Bjorem Speech Therapy. You can grab the cards HERE.

This is also a helpful YouTube video explaining more about the cards you can check out.

Winter Snowball Fight with Articulation Reps

Tell your students that they need to get ready for the ultimate snowball fight! They have to practice their sounds in order to earn a snowball. Each time they practice a sound, they put a snowball in the bucket.

Or, you can have them say their sound “5 times” before earning some snowballs. Once all the snowballs are in the bucket, they are ready to throw them. You can set a plastic container upright and allow them to throw a snowball in one at time. 

If you want to get even more articulation repetitions with this winter articulation activity, then have your student practice their sound each time they take a snowball out to throw.

The articulation stimulus word page is from my Any Craft Companion Pack. I use dot markers as a way to keep little hands engaged or you can use different colors to give visual feedback about their productions. 

For the snowballs, you can use Cotton Balls or these fun snowballs that are on Amazon.

Need free articulation ideas that will help your students get high repetitions? Try these winter articulation activities with your students and watch how you can increase articulation trials with ease. When your students have motivating winter articulation activities, they will want to keep practicing their sounds in speech therapy. #slpeeps #speechsounddisorders #apraxia #articulation #phonologydisorder #winteractivities #speechtherapy #speechies #schoolslp #cfyslp #preschoolslp #elementaryslp

Winter Articulation Activities with Snowballs 

Need free articulation ideas that will help your students get high repetitions? Try these winter articulation activities with your students and watch how you can increase articulation trials with ease. When your students have motivating winter articulation activities, they will want to keep practicing their sounds in speech therapy. #slpeeps #speechsounddisorders #apraxia #articulation #phonologydisorder #winteractivities #speechtherapy #speechies #schoolslp #cfyslp #preschoolslp #elementaryslp

Why not let your kids actually throw snowballs at kids?

Have your students earn snowballs to throw at the kids in the snowball fight. To keep the kids standing up, you can attach them to Photo holders or use binder clips.

Have your students practice their sound five times each or go through a list of words. Then, they get to collect a snowball. Once they have enough snowballs, they can try to knock down all of the kids.

You can use cotton balls of fluffy snowballs. If you need lists of words or pictures, I like using my Phonology flashcards or my Articulation Flashcards for R because I can add them to my student’s speech folder and also send home for additional practice.

For your students working on /s, z/, /sh, ch/, and / th/, I have a FREE set of flashcards HERE

Need free articulation ideas that will help your students get high repetitions? Try these winter articulation activities with your students and watch how you can increase articulation trials with ease. When your students have motivating winter articulation activities, they will want to keep practicing their sounds in speech therapy. #slpeeps #speechsounddisorders #apraxia #articulation #phonologydisorder #winteractivities #speechtherapy #speechies #schoolslp #cfyslp #preschoolslp #elementaryslp

Winter Articulation Activities with Pipe Cleaners

Need free articulation ideas that will help your students get high repetitions? Try these winter articulation activities with your students and watch how you can increase articulation trials with ease. When your students have motivating winter articulation activities, they will want to keep practicing their sounds in speech therapy. #slpeeps #speechsounddisorders #apraxia #articulation #phonologydisorder #winteractivities #speechtherapy #speechies #schoolslp #cfyslp #preschoolslp #elementaryslp

Pipe Cleaner Articulation Icicle Activity

Use pipe cleaners to create icicles and have your students’ string beads on the icicle as they practice their sounds.

I twisted the pipe cleaner on my fingers to make a swirling effect. You can either have your students practice their sound and then earn a bead to string or they can practice their sound in isolation, syllables or words while they slide the bead down the pipe cleaner. 

It’s nice to have pictures in front of the students while they practice. The pictures in the photo are from my Sentence Starters and have lots of sentence frames for different articulation sounds. Grab it HERE

For your students that can work independently, this can be a great articulation station. Want to learn more about how to use articulation centers in your sessions? Head to this blog post HERE

Need free articulation ideas that will help your students get high repetitions? Try these winter articulation activities with your students and watch how you can increase articulation trials with ease. When your students have motivating winter articulation activities, they will want to keep practicing their sounds in speech therapy. #slpeeps #speechsounddisorders #apraxia #articulation #phonologydisorder #winteractivities #speechtherapy #speechies #schoolslp #cfyslp #preschoolslp #elementaryslp

What’s Your Favorite Winter Articulation Activities?

Which winter articulation activity are you going to use with your students? I would love to know how it goes! Tag me on social media @thedabblingspeechie

Share how you are getting high repetitions in your speech sessions? How have you found success motivating your younger students? What strategies do you use with your older students? I would love to know your rock star SLP tips!

Using “The Mitten” In Speech Therapy

Using “The Mitten” In Speech Therapy

The Mitten book for Speech Therapy

During the winter months, I love using The Mitten in Speech Therapy. It is such a versatile book to target speech and language goals. One reason, “The Mitten” is a great book choice for your students with language impairments is because there is a little illustration on each page showing what will happen next. This gives our students a visual cue to help with comprehending the story.

Today, I wanted to share some ways you can use the book to target multiple goals as well as share about some resources you can use as extension activities. This book is such a classic that you can find it at the library, GoodWill or on Amazon (affiliate link).

Speech Therapy Activities for The Mitten Book

There is research that shows when language therapy focuses on a broad range of skills such as vocabulary, grammar, syntax, narrative skills, and inferencing are linked to showing effective outcomes for student’s reading comprehension abilities. As oral language improves, so does reading comprehension, which is what we want to see in our students.

So, using stories to cover all those concepts is an effective way to plan therapy. You can teach your students tier II vocabulary from the story such as attracted, grumbled, commotion and swooped.

After you read the story, your students can act out the words, use them in a sentence within the context of the story, name antonyms/synonyms for the word and create picture friendly definitions.

the mitten speech therapy ideas to teach oral narration and language concepts. #booksforspeech #speechtherapy #oralnarration #cfyslp #speechies #schoolslp #slpeeps #pediatricslp #winterbooks #themitten
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As you are reading the story outloud to your students, you can conduct think-alouds about the book. A think-aloud is a strategy you can use to demonstrate how you are thinking about the text you are reading. This helps you students to learn the strategies they need to utilize to understand the content they are listening to or reading. You can have your student think-aloud about what the character’s are feeling, making predictions about the story elements and to help your students check to see if they understand what is happening in the story.

Using Sentence Frames with The Mitten in Speech Therapy

The Mitten speech therapy activities for the busy SLP. #slpeeps #schoolslp #speechies #oralnarration #sped #vocabulary #freeprintables #themitten

As you read each page of the story, you can create visual sentence frames that you want the student to use with the book.

By having one or two sentence frames, this helps reduce the cognitive load for your students. It can help your student to expressively demonstrate their grammar or comprehension skills without feeling overwhelmed with what they have to produce.

A simple sentence frame for “The Mitten” could be, “The ___ went inside the mitten.”

A more complex sentence frame visual could be working on inferencing such as “I predict the ______ will _______ because of ______.”

 You can also use this FREE sentence frame graphic organizer to create more complex sentences about each page in the story. 

Place the graphic organizer in a page protector and use it with a dry erase marker. Have you ever tried Ultra Fine Tip dry erase markers? They are the best! You can get them on Amazon (affiliate link). 

Adapt The Mitten for AAC Users

One way you can make this book more accessible to your students using AAC is by adding the CORE and FRINGE vocabulary to your book!

Many of your students with moderate language impairments may need the story simplified to help them understand the main parts. These visual sidekicks from The Language Ladies SLP can help you have the visual supports you need to help improve your students’ grammar and vocabulary.

For your students that are struggling with comprehension and need the book adapted, having those visuals to reference while you are reading can be very helpful to increase engagement. When our students understand the language, they are more likely to be excited to participate.

I just attached the visual sidekicks with Velcro Dots that I got on Amazon (affiliate link).

Mittens Sensory Bin for Articulation and Language

After reading the book, “The Mitten” you can work on describing mittens by attributes such as category group, function, parts, textures, where, etc. 

You can talk about how mittens come in pairs and why you need them for both hands.

This mittens match-up sensory bin resource allows your students to find “pairs” of items that go together such as word-association, antoynms, and categories. This helps build depth of knowledge for words being taught to our students with language impairments.

For the filler, you can use salt, white play dough, cotton balls, white yarn, cutup white straws, or white pom pom balls. 

The Mitten Speech Therapy sensory bin for word associationas #slpsensorybin #sensorybin #preschool #preschoolslp
The Mitten speech therapy sensory bin to work on ca category groups #slpsensorybin #sensorybin #speechtherapy #preschoolslp

The Mitten Free Printables for Oral Narration

If you have students that benefit from hands-on activities, I highly recommend downloading these free printables for, “The Mitten.”

You can use them to help your students with story retell, which is an evidence-based practice for improving vocabulary and comprehension. You can also use these visuals to create a sensory bin. An SLP submitted this sensory bin idea. She used ripped up white paper for filler, and a long piece of string to be the mitten. Then, she placed the printables in the bin and worked on oral narration. 

You can work on the vocabulary word “fit” and “big” while using this free printable art project that can also teach vocabulary.

While coloring the item that can fit in the mitten, you can talk about mittens by attributes as well as the item the child chose to draw. How would you use this free printable for The Mitten in therapy? Share in the comments. 

More FREE Printables for The Mitten to Use in Speech Therapy

Here are some more free printables and activities that you can use with your students to work on language and oral narration with “The Mitten”:

The Mitten Emergent Reader

Jan Brett Story Maps

The Mitten by Jan Brett Activities Flip Book FREE

The Mitten Sequence Cards

The Mitten speech therapy activities to build language in an engaging way for students. #slpeeps #eslteacher #sped #themitten #visualsuppors #literacyinspeech #literacy #speechtherapy #schoolslp

How Do you Use The Mitten in Speech Therapy?

I would love to know what resources or tools you use to incorporate the book, “The Mitten” in your speech therapy sessions.

What skills do you target? How do you use the book in mixed groups? Share in the comments what is working for your students. I would love to add some new ideas with this book.

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