October Speech Therapy Ideas

October is my favorite month of the whole year! I have always loved Halloween, falling leaves, pumpkin pie, & cozy sweaters! I have more fall clothing and therapy materials, than I do for the whole rest of the year!

I am always eager to bust out my fall therapy materials and some of my favorite fall books, like We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger and Pumpkin Town by Katie McKy.

My very first speech therapy session consisted of fall-themed materials. I read We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger, which I bought for 50-cents at a local used book store. Then we sorted clothing and objects that I printed off of Google by season.

This month I am sharing my October Speech Therapy Idea Guide, which includes both fall and halloween resources best for preschool through sixth grade. In my sessions, I like to pair skill-based activities with thematic books, articles, and/or videos to boost engagement and provide consistent opportunity for generalization.

Head on over to the freebie library to download this free idea guide with clickable links, making it perfect for in-person or remote therapy.

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September Speech Therapy Planning Ideas

I am officially back to school today! This will truly be an unprecedented year. Is anyone else tired of hearing that word? Unprecedented. I have heard the administration of the school I work for use that word in almost every email. To me, unprecedented seems to translate to no one knows what is happening, let’s all wing it!

I was recently reading Uniquely Human: A different way of seeing autism by Barry M. Prizant, PhD. In the book, he quotes a personal friend who said, “The opposite of anxiety isn’t calm, it’s trust.” In this time of uncertainty, many students (and adults) will seek to control anything they can to artificially create trust in an environment that is rapidly and unexpectedly changing. Dr. Prizant encourages educators, therapists, and caregivers to focus on being calm and consistent in the face of unexpected changes.

Well friend, that’s my plan–lean on my routines and focus on being calm and consistent for my students. My speech therapy planning routine has always been to choose a broad theme for the month and select picture books, articles, animated shorts, songs, games, and activities within that theme. Thankfully this style of planning works no matter the service delivery model, so I will be remaining consistent with my materials and therapy style.

Head on over to the freebie library to download a copy of the September Speech Therapy Planning Idea Guide pictured below. It has clickable links and features only no-print interactive resources that are great for both in-person therapy on an ipad and teletherapy.

Photo of September Speech Therapy Ideas Planning Guide with clickable links available in the freebie library.

Get it here. I hope this helps you transition into distance learning this month!

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Extended School Year Planning Ideas: Week 5 – Camping

Extended School Year Plan:

I cannot believe this is already the last week of Extended School Year. Every year it just flies by! I am looking forward to my two week mini-summer vacation. I usually have a camping trip planned for this time of year, but with all of the uncertainty my fiancé and I have decided to stick close to home with a few hiking trips. However, I will be enjoying some of the camping fun with our last Extended School Year theme! Click the image below to download this week’s therapy planning guide with clickable links.

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Extended School Year Planning Ideas: Week 4 – Zoo

Extended School Year Plan:

One of my favorite things to do with my students when the schools first closed was check on the hippos on the zoo cameras. It felt very grounding in a very anxious time. Things are still uncertain, but those hippos are still swimming around! This week we will be checking back in on our zoo friends and doing several other zoo themed activities. Click the image below to download this week’s therapy planning guide with clickable links.

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