I created a fun speech therapy fall activity that can be adapted for any goal and any age. I LOVE the fall. Who doesn’t love the beautiful colors, yummy foods, cool weather, cozy sweaters and orange pumpkins, right?! Well, most children also love it. So you can teach functional vocabulary and concepts and have motivated students. Win Win!
Read below to download a free fall activity and then learn how to adapt it for any child!
I created this simple speech therapy fall activity as a reinforcer for my articulation students, but as the day went on, I realized this simple activity could be adapted for all my students.
As I gain more and more experience working with children, I realize that the more functional and simple therapy materials are the, better. The complicated, step-by-step, materials aren’t what communication is all about. Instead, adapting daily activities/work/experiences to create speech and language learning is the way to go.
Therefore, this simple fall speech therapy material can be adapted to create the specific speech and language learning opportunity need for your child/client/student.
Now, for the creative types with free time, gathering leaves and other fall manipulatives outside is probably the most functional. However, that is not in the cards for me this season. So, if you are short on time, this one is for you :)
Click on the link above to download the pictures. Simply print them out and then cut out the leaves. Now, you are ready to go! Read below on how you can use this tree and leaves to target many different speech and language goals.
To work on vocabulary with young children, skip the flashcards. Learning while playing is the research proven way to go!
Below are some vocabulary words you can target while you glue leaves on a tree.
For more info on vocabulary learning, check out preschool/elementary vocabulary learning.
Following directions is a crucial language skill needed for academic and social success. It requires a person to know vocabulary, have working memory skills, and adequate attention.
Below are some practice ideas for following directions while making a tree.
Sequential: This type of direction is multi-step and something has to be done first, second, etc..
Before/After: This is a temporal direction. Your child has to do something before or after he/she do something else. This is TRICKY!
Spatial: Give a direction with a spatial aspect (under, over, above).
Basic: Basic means one step, simple directions. If your child is having trouble, start here!
The game listed below targets both expressive (speaking) and receptive (listening) skills. Read below for some ideas! This section will look a little different than previous pages.
I am just going to talk about MY FAVORITE game that I play all the time! I call it “no hands.”
For this game, I put all the leaves on the table and each student gets a turn to pick out leaves to glue on their trees. HOWEVER, they can’t point to the one they want (hence the no hands name). Instead, the students have to describe which leaf they want by describing an attribute or using a targeted grammatical structure (they desired response is adjusted for individual goals)
There are many areas of language that can be targeted with this game. For example:
Sorting: Organize the leaves by attribute before starting the game. This is a great idea if your students need a lot of cues or still in the direct teaching phase of learning. Some ideas for categories are:
A solid foundation in speech and language skills is necessary for success in reading, math, social relationships, and language arts! For more specific speech therapy activities, read more about our practice ideas based on age and skill level.
For a quick review, executive functioning is basically our personal CEO. Executive function skills are our abilities to plan, control impulses and emotions, multi-task, pay and shift attention, and organize. Our executive functioning skills will continue to develop as our frontal lobe continues to grow; however, we can start things off on the right foot!
Like I've said before, there is so much technology and SOOO much academic pressure put on little ones, social skill development is lacking these days.
Social skills are really one of the MOST IMPORTANT skills we NEED to know in order to be a successful at school, jobs, and really any aspects of life. Social skills develop throughout our life through experiences, observation, and direct teaching. You can demonstrate good social skills from the start through modeling.
When playing in schools, I usually give my group one pair of scissors and one glue. That way, the students have to talk to each and request turns.
You can practice articulation skills while completing this speech therapy fall activity.
Below are some words that will naturally arise when creating a tree. We created sample target words for all sounds in all word positions (beginning, middle, and end).
If your child is working on any of these sounds, pick a word and practice it while you play make a tree. Very functional and easy!
I also use this tree as a reinforcer during drill practice. Once a child says their sound/word/sentence 10 times, I give them a break by letting them pick out a leaf and glue it on.
Read articulation therapy for how to do speech therapy at home and access free word lists!
For more information on specific sounds, read about our apps for speech therapy!
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