Saturday, June 14, 2014

Themed Speech Therapy Sessions: Angry Birds, Father's Day, Pizza, Bugs, Fish, Mother's Day, & Dr. Seuss Units (as seen on recent TSSALT Instagram posts)

Hello! This is a post about some of our most recent Instagrams.  We like to share pictures there of our speech therapy sessions conducted at our outpatient rehabilitation clinic.  So, if you haven't frequented Instagram recently, this post will be full of new pictures and great speech and language therapy session ideas! 
Click here to check out our most recent pictures on Instagram. 
To find us using the instagram app, you can search with the words: TwinSistersSpeech.

If you know Manda and I, you know we love to teach with a theme!

Here is a recap of some weekly themed sessions that we have had recently.  Each recap provides some pictures of the activities and information about some of the resources that we enjoyed using with them (with links).

ANGRY BIRDS-THEMED WEEK!
The kiddos still enjoy some Angry Birds action-very fun week!

SOME RESOURCES USED FOR THIS THEMED UNIT:
Angry Birds worksheets here, here and here. Several great ideas found at Homeschool Creations and several other useful sites.
Angry Birds crafts. Everyone enjoys completing a craft it seems when an Angry Bird is involved. We made Red Bird Magnets.
Angry Birds game. Used for turn taking, direction following and verbal expression!
Angry Birds plush.We used these to throw at our tower of angry birds cups- to try to knock down the pigs of course:).
Birdfeeder craft. This was fun to make! It can be completed using peanut butter and/or shortening.
Busy Bee Speech has a great Angry Birds activity teaching the main idea to use and you can read about it here.


 BUG-THEMED WEEK!
The big hit this week was our bug hunt!

SOME RESOURCES USED FOR THIS THEMED UNIT:
Bug puzzle. We have this Melissa and Doug version. There's something about using the magnet on a stick that makes putting puzzles together more fun:).
Bug crafts here and here. The kiddos enjoyed making the bug jars from Oriental Trading Company especially.
Bug games here and here. The Honey Bee and Antz in the Pants game are so much fun and great for turn- taking while targeting any speech and language goal.
Bug worksheets here and here. 3 Dinosaurs always has many worksheets and ideas that we use. It is a wonderful site!
Bug books here and here. Another week after the bug-themed one, we read and did another unit just on The Very Hungry Caterpillar book.  We love that book because it is full of concepts and is perfect book for reading in the springtime because of the caterpillar and butterfly that are in it. Mia McDaniel has this awesome "Feed the Caterpillar Basic Concepts" in her TpT store that we used. Very cute!
We used our Bug Smash articulation and reading units these weeks too. Find the artic one here and the reading one here.


PIZZA-THEMED WEEK!
Any cooking unit is always a blast and well received by our students!
SOME RESOURCES USED FOR THIS THEMED UNIT:
Pizza party set. Following directions while you put a pretend pizza together is a ton of fun.
Pizza felt activity. Taking turns while making pretend pizza is a great activity.
Pizza worksheets here, and here. Kidzspark and Enchanted Learning have many great worksheets for all types of themes with speech, language and literacy targets in them.
Pizza game. Find this one at Amazon - fun!
Pizza making app. We downloaded this fun app and talked a lot about pizza vocabulary, worked on verbal expression, targeted articulation and completed direction following. We did this while we waited for our pizza to cool.
Pizza ingredients- your local grocery store:) Making pizza was one of the most rewarding units so far this year. We saw a lot of smiles, heard a lot of "yums", and loved the motivation we saw which encouraged a lot of learning.
The Budget SLP has awesome ideas for a pizza themed speech and language themed session and you can read about her them here.


 FATHER'S DAY-THEMED WEEK!
Mowing up our articulation words was a blast!

SOME RESOURCES USED FOR THIS THEMED UNIT:
Twin Sisters Father's Day Unit. This unit has 140 pages now- 60 of the new pages are in black and white. Everything we needed to target speech, language, literacy and articulation for our entire caseload was in our unit.
Toy lawnmower. We placed articulation cards that had  grass in their background down on the floor and asked the kids to "mow" over the words as they practiced producing them.
Golf play set. The kiddos had a blast trying to golf. If the ball passed over a card with one of their goal targets on it (numbers, letters, articulation, wh question etc) they tried to answer and/or repeat.
Father's Day crafts. Many key chains, large ties and photo frames were made this week. All of these crafts were from Oriental Trading Company.
Work Bench. It;'s fun to play at the work bench. It's easy to answer questions and repeat speech and language targets when you can direct the play while it's being asked of you.
Drill set It seems all the students love to use this drill set- it's just fun!
Practicial AAC has some wonderful language enhancement techniques for Father's Day and you can read about them here.

FISH/OCEAN-THEMED WEEK!
We couldn't get the kids away from the water tub:)

SOME RESOURCES USED FOR THIS THEMED UNIT:
Ocean and fish worksheets here and here. Enchanted Learning and 1plus1 helped to provide us with wonderful ocean/fish themed worksheets for this unit.
Bath toys. These toys were found at Target. The water tub was a huge hit. We took the opportunity to introduce vocabulary, work on color/shape/phonic concepts and to target 1-3 step directions.
Sonny the Seal game. Have you played this great turn- taking game? If not, you should. The kids love trying to get the ring around Sonny's head so he will clap for them!
Speech fishing sets. We have many of the articulation, vocabulary and concept fish from Super Duper. Always a great activity to do at speech!
Magnetalk Activity Center. This is a must speech and language purchase for your therapy room- if you have the funds to buy it- GET IT- it's a wonderful set from Super Duper!
Fish puzzle. Nothing beats another magnetic Melissa and Doug puzzle:).
Live, Love, Speech has some great ideas for the preschool population using the ocean theme. Read her post on it here.



MOTHER'S DAY-THEMED WEEK!
We planted a flower for mom this week which was a lot of fun!

SOME RESOURCES USED FOR THIS THEMED UNIT:
Twin Sisters Mother's Day Unit. Find this at our Teachers Pay Teachers and Teachers Notebook stores. It is filled with speech, language, literacy and articulation targets.
Shape Cupcake Sorter. A fun way to target shape identification.
Cookie matching. A great buy at Oriental Trading Company.
Mother's Day crafts. We loved making picture frames and decorating planters for our moms this week in speech.
Counting Cookies. Moms make the best cookies- right?! These cookies help us to learn how to count too!
Speech Lady Liz wrote an informative post for speech and language enhancement with Mother's Day in mind. Her post can be found here.

DR. SEUSS-THEMED WEEK!
Who doesn't like Green Eggs and Ham?

SOME RESOURCES USED FOR THIS THEMED UNIT:
Dr. Seuss crafts. We made book markers that were cheap, fun and useful too.
Objects to take out of hat. These objects from Lakeshore Learning are used in our speech therapy sessions all of the time. We use them to target speech, phonic and articulation goals. We put/hide them in just about anything we can find.
Dr. Seuss books. We have over twenty Dr. Seuss books and several more digital ones on our Ipad. We had each student pick out a book and it was used during their speech and language session.
Dr. Seuss ideas. There are some great ideas at this Pinterest site for Dr. Seuss.
Egg Flip cards and other ideas at TPT. Don't forget about Teachers Pay Teachers for great materials for Dr. Seuss and every other theme around!
Dr. Seuss worksheets here and here. The official Dr. Seuss website and 123 Curriculum provided us with many Dr. Seuss themed worksheets targeting speech, language and literacy.
Dr. Seuss game. We loved playing this game during speech!
The Speech Ladies wrote a post on Dr. Seuss printables which was helpful for us this week and it can be found here.




HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY SPEECH FRIENDS!

SINCERELY,

SHANDA AND MANDA, SLPS

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