Speech Therapy: Visuals
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Speech therapy visuals are something I use with almost all my students, my own family, and really myself! It takes the language portion out of the equation which is helpful for some children when learning different skills and/or following directions, but it also can encourage language use.

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How To Use Speech Therapy Visuals

How you use the speech therapy visuals will depend on your child's age and his/her needs. Below, I outline some ideas based on age since I don't know your child personally. Please adjust as needed!


Express needs/wants: You can use the visuals below to help your child express his/her wants and needs. For example, during dinner, or even before dinner, show your child different pictures and talk about what you guys are going to eat. Or...if your child is having a difficult time expressing what he/she wants to eat, show the pictures and have your child choose what food looks good!

Vocabulary: I DO NOT endorse the idea of using flashcards with a toddler to learn vocabulary. It is not functional and honestly a waste of time. HOWEVER, if you are playing with toys, you could sit down, take out the toy visuals, and point to and name the toys you want to play with. Once you and your child are engaged in a game, put the visuals away!

Daily schedule: This is probably the most used because it is the most functional option. We have 3 blank schedules and visuals based on daily activities. First, print the blank schedules and visuals. Then, cut out and laminate them if possible. If not, don't worry! You can always reprint the pictures if they get ruined. Each morning, create a schedule by glueing, taping, or velcroing the pictures in a blank schedule and then show it to your child when discussing the day. This is exceptionally helpful for children who don’t like to be surprised by new activities or have difficulty with transitions.


Daily schedule: Create a schedule for the day using the technique listed above. If your child is talking now, you can involve him/her in the process by discussing what he/she wants to do and why.

Story Telling: This one is my favorite. When the day is done, refer back to the schedule that you created and talk about the day's events. This works on expressive language skills such as vocabulary, grammar, and answering questions.

Sequencing: I use this almost every session with my students to reinforce sequencing. To introduce sequence words, make a schedule and then talk about what you are going to do “first, second, then, next, finally” etc….


Bridget is an ASHA certified, practicing speech language pathologist. She is passionate about providing parents with information on child speech and language development as well as provide functional, easy activities to do at home! Parents have the power to make a real difference.

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