Winter Speech Therapy Ideas

We are getting super close to winter break, and my students are so excited! In my speech room, we've been celebrating the upcoming holiday season in a variety of ways.

In honor of one of my favorite Christmas movies, Elf, I decorated my door and asked each of my students to tell me how they would spread holiday cheer. I really enjoyed their creative responses!

We played a very festive, giant tic-tac-toe game. This worked well in a mixed group- one of my students was targeting articulation goals, and my other student was working on forming sentences using conjunctions.
The "ornament" game piece was perfect for targeting the vocalic "or" sound. (Pictured: Entire World of R Vocalic R playing cards)

I also run a "speech group" lesson. I go into one of our special education classrooms. I typically do either some sort of "snacktivity" or "craftivity" with the students. We work on following basic directions and core vocabulary (perfect for my students using AAC to communicate!) while we assemble the snack or craft, and then follow up the lesson by describing what we've created using the Expanding Expression Toolkit. (Have you checked that out yet?! It's an amazing multi-sensory toolkit that my students love using).

Expanding Expression Toolkit- EET speech therapy ideas for Christmas

For my students who are non-verbal or have severe language disorders, I create a picture-supported answer sheet to go along with the EET beads. (I'm sorry- I can't share that with you, since many of the images are from Google and I don't own the copyrights).

Here's an example of how I target core vocabulary during these activities: (pictured is a screenshot of the LAMP app):

I discuss with my students how we are going to "make" a craft today. I model this vocabulary target word and then assist my students in saying this word using their devices.
AAC speech therapy ideas: use a craft to model core vocabulary!

We discussed core vocabulary, such as the word "on", when we placed different craft pieces on the tree.

AAC speech therapy ideas: use a craft to model core vocabulary!

This particular activity was perfect for having my students request "more" paint as they added "ornaments" to the tree using cotton balls.

AAC speech therapy ideas: use a craft to model core vocabulary!

We discussed size concepts (the tree was "big").

AAC speech therapy ideas: use a craft to model core vocabulary!

We asked others to "look" at the trees we created.

AAC speech therapy ideas: use a craft to model core vocabulary!

At the end of the craft, we discussed how much we "liked" our trees.

AAC speech therapy ideas: use a craft to model core vocabulary!

I am always happy when one simple, inexpensive activity elicits a TON of language. My kiddos had a lot of fun with this tree craft, and I was able to target following directions, basic concepts, describing,and core vocabulary in one 30 minute lesson.

Hopefully this post will provide you with some fun and simple activities to use with your students.

Here's to hoping that you are sipping some hot chocolate and staying warm, wherever you live!

Ghost Talk Blog Hop

I love all things Fall and Halloween.
I'm sitting here, typing out this blog post, just wishing I was sipping on some pumpkin-flavored coffee. I've got my costume all ready to go this year- I'm being Dana Scully from the XFiles. I have a wig and her "FBI badge". Since my husband got to "couples costume" with the baby this year (the baby is going to be a little Pokemon character, and he's going to be a Pokemon trainer), I ordered the dog a matching costume. His name is Moo, so he's going to be Special Agent Fox Moo-der (Mulder). In addition, I'm planning on buying a pumpkin tomorrow, and my baby is all pumped right now to be wearing his orange "My First Halloween" sleeper. (Actually, he could care less. We were attempting tummy time and he fell asleep, so I thought, might as well write the blog post...)

Okay, so back to the point of this post.
Because of my love for this candy-filled holiday, I teamed up with a bunch of other bloggers who also happen to love Halloween.
We created a super fun blog hop filled with freebies for you! So you're at the right place, because you need to start at my blog. You'll download the story (yours won't be wrinkled when it prints- my dog stepped on it seconds before I snapped a picture) at my TPT store right here, but WAIT.
The Ghost That Wasn't Spooky

Make sure you come back, because you need to head over to my friend The Speech Attic's blog. Erin has an AMAZING sequencing packet for you, and then she'll tell you where to stop next to get the rest of your downloadable goodies!

Oh, and one more thing... please leave some love (aka feedback) when you download these packets on TPT if you enjoyed this blog hop. It'll be almost as awesome for me to read those messages as it would be to sip on pumpkin-flavored coffee.

 The Speech Attic


Using Movement Activities & Relaxation Techniques in Speech Therapy

If you're like me, you love to switch things up every now and then in your speech therapy session!
So many of my students tell me how much they love gym or enjoy going to soccer. Others simply can't sit still for an entire session! That's why I love to use movement activities!
A ton of students on my caseload are working on following directions. Now, I'm not one to bash worksheets at all. In fact, I find that I can target very, very specific objectives with worksheets and can do so in a way that many of my students find fun. However, sometimes you just don't want to sit at the table for an entire session.
I took a look at the following directions goals many of my students had. A ton of them are working on multi-step directions, and many find it challenging to work on instructions containing concepts such as "before" and "after". I thought- why not let the directions contain the same stretches or movements they get to do in soccer?

Depending on your student, you might also find it beneficial to introduce deep muscle relaxation strategies. Some of my students enjoyed this as opposed to arm circles and jumping! I found these pictures or explanations of deep muscle strategies on websites such as,,,, and I cannot share these images with you because I don't own the copyrights, but be sure to check out their websites for awesome resources if you choose to recreate these activities!
I also used these activities with my articulation students. It's easy to modify depending on their level. For some students, I had them say their target words a certain number of repetitions before completing an activity. For others, I had them say their target words in sentences.

This is a fun way to get your kids moving- and an easy way to target objectives in mixed language/ articulation groups as well! As you can see, I store this fun activity right on the wall under a "Take a Break" sign! My kids are so intrigued by this, and I bet yours will be too!
Have fun SLPs, and keep on moving! :)

Introducing Baby Nathan

I'm way behind on this- life has been so crazy and wonderful lately! I need to take a minute to introduce our baby boy. Nathan James arrived on August 5th. All of the sleepless nights and blow out diapers are so, so worth it! We are so in love with him! So excited to start this new chapter as an SLP Mama!

Photography Credits: Janet Miller Photo (my big sis!)


What's In Your Cart? {Hosted by Speech Room News}

It's almost back to school time- oh my gosh, can you believe how fast the summer has flown by?! Okay, actually, for me it's gone somewhat slow. But that's only because I'm 39 weeks pregnant as I type this. I've been counting down the days until August! Getting excited to meet baby boy, hopefully soon!

But all that aside, I'm SO excited to link up with Jenna from Speech Room News for her What's In Your Cart? Party. Be sure to stop back after checking out my post so you can see what fabulous TPT products other bloggers have loaded their carts with!

So to begin, I'd first like to show you a few packets from my store that I know you'll love.

If you run a "speech group", you'll want to check out my "Speech Group: Receptive & Expressive Language Lessons for September" packet. It includes 2 stories with worksheets, 2 craft ideas with visual direction pages and worksheets, data collection pages, and an "at a glance" lesson plan. I use these when I go into one of our smaller-sized classrooms (approximately 7 students).

Next, be sure to check out my Preschool Print & Go: Themed Speech and Language packets. These are a great deal! Each packet includes (1) Parent Letter, (1) Vocabulary Match Worksheet, (1) Open-Ended Articulation Worksheet, & (1) Let’s Talk About… flip book, which covers the following skills:
  • WH Questions
  • Basic Concepts (i.e. different, big)
  • Following Directions (i.e. all but one, next to, second, before)
  • Grammar & Forming Sentences (plurals, past tense, noun-verb agreement & sentence shuffle)
  • Describing
  • Phonological Awareness (i.e. identifying rhyming words, generating rhyming words, identifying first/ middle/ last sound, identifying number of syllables in a word, identifying number of words in a sentence)

Okay, now let's move on to what's in MY cart!

Here are some materials from other bloggers that I'm super excited about:

This organizational packet from Sparklle SLP:

This packet looks great- it has everything you need to get organized during that back to school chaos!
Speechasaurus has this incredible Social Skills packet that provides students a framework for solving social problems they encounter in the school setting! It looks like it'll be very helpful for many of my kiddos.

My students NEED to work on vocabulary. This Tier 2 Vocabulary packet from The Speech Owl looks like it will be perfect for my caseload!

This editable SLP Planner from The Speech Attic is not only super adorable, but looks perfect to help me stay on top of all the meetings, CEUs,and lesson planning that this school year will bring.

Finally, this Listening for Details Bundle from Speech Wonderland looks like a MUST-HAVE! I am always about bundling and saving money!

Happy Shopping, SLPs! Remember- stop back at Speech Room News to see more carts!


Maternity Photos

Okay, as promised, I am excited to share a few of my favorite maternity photos! A special thank you is in order to my big sister- who also happens to be a professional photographer (Janet Miller Photo). She is truly amazing at what she does!
Now we have just around a month to go until we meet this little boy! I certainly don't want to rush him, but I'm pretty excited for him to arrive. I'm also hoping his arrival will mean the disappearance of my super glamorous cankles.

In case you missed it, you can read about my baby shower here.
Wishing you all a happy and healthy summer!

Preschool Speech Therapy

If you're like me, you love using themes in your speech therapy sessions!
Despite the fact that I'm on summer break, I can't resist getting materials ready for next school year. Not to mention... here in Ohio, it's kind of rainy and overcast right now. Boo. Since you can't find this preggo lady floating in the pool today, whale style, I figured I'd tell you about my newest packets instead. This preschool speech therapy packet is a fun way to target the transportation theme during your session!
preschool speech therapy activities: basic concepts, following directions, and more!

preschool speech therapy activities: basic concepts, following directions, and more!
Each packet contains a specific theme (shown above: transportation), and targets receptive language, expressive language, articulation, and phonological awareness. Included is (1) flip book, (1) parent letter, (1) Vocabulary Match Up worksheet, and (1) open-ended Articulation Worksheet.
preschool speech therapy transportation theme- your kids will love this flip book, and you'll love all the goals you can target during your speech therapy session!

The flip book targets skills such as:
  • Basic Wh Questions
  • Basic Concepts
  • Following Directions
  • Grammar & Forming Sentences
  • Describing
  • Phonological Awareness

These packets would be great for both individual and small group therapy sessions! The flip books are very easy to assemble, and the entire packet is low ink.

Shown in the pictures above are my Community Helpers packet and my Transportation packet. You can check out the link to all of the Preschool Print & Go Speech and Language Packets here. You'll LOVE these preschool speech therapy activities!
Here's to hoping the weather improves tomorrow! Happy summer!
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