Spring Break Therapy Ideas

It’s almost here – the well-deserved spring break we all count down towards. Although we will certainly miss our students, the idea of unstructured time, no meetings, looming paperwork, and departmental requests are all behind us; we can finally bask in the relaxing time off, reflecting on our accomplishments and finishing the school year strong. Many of our students with language delays will also experience this unstructured time, with parents frantically attempting to fill up their days with activities while they’re at work. They will most likely demonstrate regression in their academics and language skills that we’ve worked all year to facilitate. Most parents are unaware of just how much language can be incorporated into any daily activity. With a little bit of our help, we can assist parents with some ideas to entertain them, while also helping to maintain those skills we’ve collected data on, written reports for, and generally stressed about. Below are some ideas for a variety of age groups:

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Occupational Therapy Month

Occupational Therapy Month is coming up in April. Occupational Therapy? What’s that? Aren’t you just a Physical Therapists’ assistant? Most people have no idea. Being a Speech Therapist myself I can empathize, but the longer I work with this amazing group of people, the more I admire their profession and what they do. They deserve more than just a month of celebration if you ask me.

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Thematic Units For Therapy: A Beginner’s Guide

Pinterest. Social media. Teachers Pay Teachers. Blogs. So many fantastic therapy ideas, so little time! As therapists, we have more resources available to us than ever before, but if you don’t have a plan to implement these activities you may end up feeling overwhelmed or scattered from month to month.  This has been my first year successfully utilizing thematic units and while I’m a semi-newbie in my fourth year as a SLP, I can say with certainty that units have made my therapy more effective (and exciting!) for every student on my caseload. Here’s a quick how-to guide to get your thematic units started in no time.

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Spacey Speech Activity

3-2-1 Blastoff!

Space is such an exciting topic where a lot of information, language, and vocabulary is used. I am here to give you a description of my session to save you some brainpower when planning! My space lesson covered space vocabulary, adjectives, prepositions, and WH questions.

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St. Patrick’s Day Classroom Activities

This time of year always seems to be especially busy!  Our calendars are filled with IEP meetings, stacks of evaluations to finish, and state-wide standardized testing is looming over us.  So, when I sit down to plan St. Patrick’s Day activities for therapy this time of year, I want to make sure that it hits three criteria: 1. easy prep, 2. low cost, and 3. engaging for students!  Below are some therapy ideas for St. Patrick’s Day activities that check all three boxes.

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