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, but it also can encourage language use.
Below we have a few basic visuals and some simple blank schedule templates that you can fill in with pictures or words (what ever 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 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 which 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/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 probably the most used because it is the most functional option. We have 3 blank schedules and visuals based on daily activities. First, print all the material. 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 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 and make the schedule together.
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 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 are going to do “first, second, then, next, finally” etc….