Category "Speech Therapy Ideas"

29May2016

 

I am a huge proponent of using music with preschoolers during speech therapy. I run weekly circle time speech groups in my preschool classrooms and I have seen how music can increase engagement and help children with many different speech and language skills. Some of the goals that I work on through music are verbal imitation, gross motor imitation, following directions, prepositions, body parts, vocabulary, and more! Here are my top 10 songs for preschool speech therapy with links whenever possible!

  1. Clap Your Hands by Wee Sing: My absolute top pick for getting gross motor imitation and shared attention, also great for working on the concept of fast and slow
  2. What are You Wearing? by Hap Palmer: I use this song as my “circle opener” every week to cue my students in that speech circle time is starting. It is a grew song for learning clothing vocabulary and working on gross motor imitation as well as “what” questions.
  3. One Little Finger by Super Simple Songs: All the Super Simple Songs music is fantastic for language skills but this particular song is one of my favorites. It is great for learning body parts, following directions, and learning to point. The youtube video is great too and has helped some of my students learn to isolate their pointer finger.
  4. Can An Elephant Jump? by ELF Learning: This super fun song is great for lots of goals! Learning action words, yes/no questions, gross motor imitation and more! Kids think it is super funny and I never get sick of it!
  5. Octopus by Charlotte Diamond: Cute song is great for gross motor imitation, verbal imitation (kids can’t resist saying Chomp! Chomp! Chomp!), and gestures (I always do a big “Oh no!” with my hands on my cheeks)
  6. Animal Boogie by Barefoot Books: This is actually a book with accompanying CD but it’s something I always keep in my circle time bag. It gets requested frequently by my students and it is great for working on action words, gross motor imitation, and commenting (I always ask student’s what animal they liked best while we look at the last page that shows all the animals.
  7. We All Go Traveling By by Barefoot Books: Another book with CD by Barefoot Books! This is definitely my most requested book/song by my preschoolers. I love it because I pair a gross motor action with each of the vehicles (stomping for the rumbly truck, etc) and it gets lots of gross motor and verbal imitation from my students. It also grabs the attention of many kids who are tough to engage!
  8. The Body Rock by Greg and Steve: There are several good songs on the Kids in Motion CD by Greg and Steve (Freeze Dance is another favorite) but The Body Rock gets the most play with my kids. It is great for learning body parts and getting gross motor imitation.
  9. Spider on the Floor by Raffi: Pair this song with some cheap dollar store spiders and you have a winner for teaching body parts and following directions.
  10. Puppy, Puppy, Puppy by Kids Express Train: My favorite song on the Imitation Station CD. I have a cheap set of puppies from Oriental Trading Company that I use with this song. It is great for action words, following directions, and getting kids to imitate “woof”!

I hope you find this list helpful for adding in some great songs for working on preschool speech and language skills!

2Mar2016

March really snuck up on me but luckily I have a great stash of spring-themed activities to use with my preschoolers! I do both a whole group language lesson (circle time) and small group centers language lessons with my preschoolers with autism. Here are my lesson plans for 4 weeks of spring-themed preschool group speech activities! They include books and activities from my TPT store, commercially available books, and FREEBIES!

Week 1:Butterfly Butterfly Cover Small

Circle Time Preschool Group Speech

Interactive Book: Butterfly, Butterfly What Do You See? Interactive Book – interactive book in the style of “Brown Bear, Brown Bear” – targets spring vocabulary, picture matching, answering questions

Song: Eensy Weensy Spider from Super Simple Learning

Small Group Centers

Interactive Cut and Glue Book: Butterfly, Butterfly What Do You See? Interactive Book : students create their own black and white version of the book we read during circle time

Interactive Sentence Flips Bugs and Birds: interactive activity for practicing prepositions (in, on, and under), answering “where” questions, and sentence expansion

Week 2:Bunnys Basket Title Page Small

Circle Time Preschool Group Speech

Interactive Book: What’s in Bunny’s Basket Interactive Book – interactive book that targets answering “what” questions related to spring vocabulary and simple inferencing

Commenting Board: What is your favorite spring thing? (included in the What’s in Bunny’s Basket Interactive Book pack) – practices answering questions, asking questions, and making comments

Song: Eensy Weensy Spider from Super Simple Learning

Small Group Centers

Interactive Cut and Glue Book: What’s in Bunny’s Basket Cut and Glue Book (black and white version of the book we read during circle time

Free Spring Categories Cut Color and Glue Pages: freebie for sorting items into categories!

Week 3Bunny Bath Title Page small

Circle Time Preschool Group Speech

Interactive Book: Freebie! Bunny Needs a Bath Interactive Book – targets answering questions, labeling colors, and lengthening utterances

Commenting Board: What Color is Your Favorite? (from Communication Boards – Visuals for Commenting, Questions, and Increased Language)

Song – The Way the Bunny Hops by The Kiboomers

Small Group Centers

Interactive Sentence Flips Bugs and Birds: interactive activity for practicing prepositions (in, on, and under), answering “where” questions, and sentence expansion

FREE Spring Prepositions Cut and Glue Book: extra practice for prepositions that student’s can take home

Week 4

Circle Time Preschool Group Speech

Book – “Bear Wants More” by Karma Wilson – fun book with the repetitive line “Bear wants more” which is great for practicing imitation and eliciting “more” by signing or using AAC devices

Song – The Way the Bunny Hops by The Kiboomers

Small Group Centers

FREE Spring Sequencing Cut and Glue Worksheets – choose from 3, 4, or 5 step sequences based on the skill level of the student

Spring Sequencing

Those are my spring preschool group speech therapy lesson plans! I hope you find them useful! Happy Spring!

2Mar2016

Spring is here! Here are some great FREE speech and language activities with a spring theme!

First up, FIVE spring freebies from the Communication Window Teachers Pay Teachers shop!

Free Spring Sequencing Cut and Glue Worksheets

Free Spring Sequencing Worksheets

Free Spring Categories Cut Color and Glue:

Spring Categories FreebieFree Spring Prepositions Interactive Cut and Glue Book

Free Spring Prepositions

Free Bunny Needs a Bath! Interactive Book

Bunny Needs a BathSpring Roll-A-Dice Freebies: Open-Ended, Synonyms, and Compare/Contrast

Spring Roll a Dice

Here are some other great spring freebies from other TPT sellers:

Butterfly Associations: 42 cards for identified associated items

Easter Pronouns: cute picture cards for working on pronouns

Spring Showers Following Directions: following directions game for 1, 2, and 3 step directions

Spring Ordinal Numbers and Positional Words: love these cute cut and glue worksheets for following directions!

Spring Build Your Own Bingo: great for spring vocabulary, I also like to use for following directions (i.e. glue the chick under the egg)

Categories in Springtime: adorable spring categories activities, includes pictures for non-readers!

Would You Rather Spring and Easter: great for conversation starters or artic carryover!

Spring Garden Following Directions: cute coloring page for following directions

24Feb2016

Even if you don’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day it is a fun theme to use in speech therapy! Here is a list of fantastic FREE speech and language activities to help with your planning!

First up, a freebie from the Communication Window TPT store!

Spring Roll a Dice

Spring Roll a Dice Freebies – Open Ended, Synonyms, and Compare/Contrast

Here are some other freebies I have found:

Pot of Gold Go Togethers: cute associations game with pictures for non-readers

Lucky Leprachaun’s Listening Comprehension: 14 short stories with comprehension questions, works well as a no-print activity!

St. Patrick’s Day Following Directions Before/After Concepts: fun seasonal activity for before/after concepts

St. Patty’s Directions: avoid the leprachaun and practice 1, 2, and 3 step directions!

St. Patrick’s Day Categories: low-prep activity for practicing categories

Logical Leprechauns Problem Solving: cute scenarios for students to practice problem solving and “what should you do?” type questions

Idioms: Worth Their Weight in Gold Task Cards: 10 task cards and a recording sheet for practicing idioms

Follow the Clues: St. Patrick’s Day Edition: fun game for practicing descriptive language and inferencing

St. Patrick’s Day Build Your Own Bingo: love these for vocabulary, describing, inferencing, and following directions

St. Patrick’s Day Comprehension and Bubble Map Sheets: great for reading comprehension and using graphic organizers to describe