Therapy Ideas

ABCs 4 SLPs - E is for Emotions/F is for Feelings

ABCs 4 SLPs Emotions & Feelings

Feeling happy? I know I am with all of these fun posts for my ABCs 4 SLPs series! Here's the next one transitioning between the letters E and F. This post is all about emotions/feelings, how to teach them, and fun activities/products/apps to use while teaching them! Continue reading for all of the fun!

ABCs 4 SLPs - E is for Expanding Expression Tool (EET)

ABCs 4 SLPs Expanding Expression Tool (EET)

When I first learned about the Expanding Expression Tool, it was before I had even started my undergraduate degree. Sara L. Smith was seated at a booth at the Michigan Speech-Language Hearing Association's annual conference in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, and I was giving a presentation with my previous employer about using volunteers to model appropriate social, speech, and language behavior for children with disabilities. I stepped over to her booth and asked about the product, as it reminded me of a cute wiggle-worm. From then on, I knew that I wanted one for myself, so the first thing I bought when I started speech-language therapy was the Expanding Expression Tool Kit. Since then, the Expanding Expression Tool Kit has expanded. It now has many add-ons. To read more about the Expanding Expression Tool (EET), DIY activities for the EET, EET lessons, and more, continue reading!

ABCs 4 SLPs: C is for Cubes/D is for Dice

ABCs 4 SLPs C is for Cubes/D is for Dice

I could not figure out which category to place some of these next items in. Cubes or dice? Luckily, dice are the same shape as cubes and some of these cubes can be used as dice. So, as a transition from the letter "C" to "D", here are some great ways to use cubes and dice in speech-language therapy! There are more activities that I could write about related to this topic than numbers on a twenty-sided die (although, I am not sure I will write about all of them...). Continue reading for ideas, DIY printable materials, products, and apps related to "cubes" and "dice"!

ABCs 4 SLPs: C is for Calming Down

ABCs 4 SLPs Calming Down

We all know that speech-language pathologists sometimes suffer from burnout, but we also must be mindful of our client's stress levels. There are many different strategies to help yourself and others calm down before or after a speech therapy session. This post will discuss strategies, music, exercises, and visuals related to calming down in stressful situations.

ABCs 4 SLPs: C is for Car Rides

ABCs 4 SLPs Car Rides

Over the summer and during school breaks, many families take vacations that involve long car rides. When I was growing up, my parents made sure that we weren't plugged into video games on car rides and keeping up with our education. Summer and breaks were not only time for fun, but they also wanted to make sure our skills were kept up over the summer, especially on the way to our cottage, vacation, the beach, and while running errands. To learn what great ideas I learned from my parents to keep up your children's skills over the summer/school breaks and other ideas to practice speech and language skills on your next car ride, continue reading!

ABCs 4 SLPs: C is for Cooking

ABCs 4 SLPs Cooking

There's nothing like a good snack in speech-language therapy. If I had it my way, and had the money, I would have a snack available everyday during speech sessions! There are not many foods that I would not try, especially cookies and candies! I'm sure my students feel the same! In this post, I will discuss enhancing a persons' communication skills through cooking, how to use a simple recipe in speech-language therapy, some fun food apps to use in speech-language therapy sessions, and some other great speech and language websites that serve up some fine speech techniques along with their food!

ABCs 4 SLPs: C is for Cards

ABCs 4 SLPs Cards

Cue cards. Card games. Business cards. Conversation starter cards. Vocabulary cards. There are so many ways to use cards in therapy that I almost don't know if I can fit them all into one post! I'm going to try to show you as many ways as I can that you can use cards in speech and language therapy in this post. Can I do it or will it overload the page? How many different strategies can I fit into one post? To find out, continue reading my post on using cards in speech-language therapy!

ABCs 4 SLPs: C is for Comic Strips

ABCs 4 SLPs Comic Strips

I'm not talking about your average Sunday morning paper comics. I'm also not talking about Batman and Robin saving the day with a POW! and a WHACK! I'm talking about using comic strips in speech-language therapy. Continue reading to learn about Comic Strip Conversations, other ways to use comics in speech-language therapy, websites that have resources to create your own comic strips, and comic strip apps!

ABCs 4 SLPs: B is for Bubbles/Blowing - Bubble and Blowing (Airflow) Activities for Speech-Language Therapy

ABCs 4 SLPs Bubbles and Blowing (Airflow) Activities

Oral motor exercises are a controversial topic in the SLP field. This post may be about bubbles, but I will not be discussing the topic of oral motor exercises and the use of bubbles or blowing activities for oral motor. I would like to discuss how bubble/airflow activities can be used as a motivator, in articulation, and more in speech-language therapy. I will also share some fun bubble/airflow activities and crafts that I found on Pinterest!

ABCs 4 SLPs: B is for Bracelets - Bracelets for Articulation, Emergency Contact, and Selective Mutism

ABCs 4 SLPs Bracelet

Many of my students who are girls ask if they can do a craft quite often during speech therapy sessions, especially with beads for bracelets. We do not always get to do crafts, but one type of bracelet is a great craft idea for girls and boys alike. This is the slap bracelet. I found foam slap bracelets at Michaels and bought them immediately.

Slap Bracelets

Slap Bracelet 2

The slap bracelet was popular when I was a child. However, it seems that some trends keep coming back! Keep reading for my slap bracelet craft idea for articulation as well as more ideas for using bracelets in speech-language therapy!

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