Elementor #696

Can you Find the Thanksgiving Pictures?

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This is a really fun way to introduce Thanksgiving vocabulary. See if the students can find Thanksgiving pictures. Are they able to figure out why other pictures are not Thanksgiving pictures?? This task was fun for the kiddos and also exercised their ability to do a little bit of reasoning to figure out which ones are and are not Thanksgiving foods! 

What are Executive Functions?

Executive Functions are higher level cognitive skills which are needed to successfully complete everyday tasks. Executive functions are skills that are required in order to utilize the knowledge that you have to carry out a task. These skills are required in order for a child to manage tasks and solve problems on a daily basis, as well as regulate behaviors so they are appropriate for the demands of specific situations. Listed below are each of the executive function skills as well as a definition of what each one means.

5 Fun St. Patrick’s Day Ideas For Speech Therapy

That tricky leprechaun keeps things exciting in our speech room! We have 5 fun St. Patrick’s Day speech therapy activities that are perfect for mixed primary groups as well as our preschool friends.

 
 
1.DECORATE! Changing up the décor in our therapy room adds to the homey and comfortable feel that we try to keep in our room. Simple dollar store finds and a runner of seasonal material are easy ways to decorate!

 

 

2. SENSORY BIN! A sensory bin is the perfect place to put dollar store props! Hats, beards, glasses, bow ties, shamrocks, coins, beads leis, and even green garland add to the multi-sensory, St. Patrick’s Day theme. It’s a perfect place to hide drill cards or vocabulary.  We also added paper shamrocks with one, two and three step auditory directions. Our following direction activities incorporate props and gross motor actions.  are better generalized because they are taught in natural context. 

3.PORTABLE SENSORY BIN! Put some of those props in a table top sensory bin out of a plastic container with a lid. We used a 12×12 container that usually holds scrapbook paper. Containers with lids are perfect because they can also provide a clear beginning and clear ending to a therapy session for little ones that may need that defined. We hide small objects, vocabulary cards or articulation cards in the portable table top sensory bins.  Easy to take your ‘show on the road’ if you push in a variety of environments as well.

 

 

 

4. DRESS UP! Let your kiddos put on some inexpensive paper glasses or green and yellow leis while they’re practicing! Something so simple increases engagement in work tasks.

Why not dress up and have some fun???

5. What sparks the most language and excitement in your St. Patrick’s Day speech therapy? Why leprechaun tricks of course!!! That tricky leprechaun plays a new trick on our kiddos in the days leading up to St. Patrick’s Day.  The anticipation of the daily trick leads to some fun predicting and inferencing even before they walk in! Our leprechaun turns milk green, stacks chairs, leaves footprints, turns tables, spills bins, decorates with toilet paper and even plays games when we aren’t in the room! Leprechaun tricks foster skills like problem solving, memory, WH questions, auditory directions and concepts development just to name a few!

Give some of these ideas a try in March!  You’ll have just as much fun as the kids!