Speech Therapy Motivators

Motivate your clients and students with these speech therapy motivators. 

Most children require some motivation to work on speech and language goals at times. If you think about it, most of us need some sort of motivation to complete difficult tasks or any task for that matter :)

Speech Therapy Motivators

How you motivate a child will depend completely on the child. 

Children may be motivated by:

  • Praise
  • External Reward
  • Visuals

Therefore, it is important to trial various tools to find the one that works best. Again, this will vary from child to child! Be flexible!

My insider tips

KEEP IT SIMPLE! Simple is always better.

Therefore, the tools that I make are simple and have many visuals. Visuals help children who can't read and it can help show progress throughout sessions. 

I am working for... (free download here)

For being such wonderful people, I have a free speech therapy motivators tool for you today. This one is a great one for a child who needs a bit more motivation. 

It is very simple and very effective. You can click below to download your free copy right now.

How I use it

  • First, I print off the materials, laminate them, and then add those awesome little Velcro pieces. 
  • Next, I typically know what the child is most motivated by (i.e., sticker, Ipad, ball), but I still usually let him/her pick out the picture from the pictures provided in the download and stick it to the main sheet. If I don't have a needed picture, I simple draw it in with a dry erase marker.
  • As a client completes tasks or games, I add a star to the sheet. 
  • Once the sheet is full, he/she gets the "prize."
  • Bonus - I usually have some natural language or articulation practice built into the prize so he/she is still practicing communication skills without even knowing it. Yeah!

More motivating tools

As part of our membership program, we have more motivating tools.

The photos below are an example of the speech schedule handout. 

You can:

  • Print the pages, laminate them, and attach velcro
  • Next, you can create a schedule for the session and review it with your student/client
  • As a student/client achieves a task, he/she receives a star or check
  • If needed, you can provide a reward for receiving all the needed stars

If you are a member, please log in and access them here!

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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. Follow Bridget at Facebook and Pinterest for more fun!

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