Speech therapy visuals are something I use with almost all my students, my own family, and myself! It takes the language portion out of the equation. It also can encourage language use.
Below we have a few basic visuals and some simple blank schedule templates you can fill in with pictures or words (whatever works for your child!). If you want to access all of our visuals, please visit our membership portion to see if it will work for you!
How you use the speech therapy visuals will depend on your child’s age and his/her needs. Below, I outline ideas based on age since I don’t know your child. 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 will eat. If your child is having a difficult time expressing what he/she wants to eat, show the pictures and have your child choose which food looks good!
Vocabulary: I DO NOT endorse 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/or 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 the most used because it is the most functional option. I have 3 blank schedules and visuals based on daily activities. First, print all the materials. 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 on to a blank schedule and then show it to your child when discussing the day. This is 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, involve him/her in the process by discussing what he/she wants to do. Make the schedule together.
Story Telling: This one is my favorite. At the end of the day, refer back to the schedule you created and talk about the day’s events. This activity 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 will do “first, second, then, next, finally” etc….