5 Playful Fall Activities to Expand Your Toddler’s Speech & Language Development

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Fall is my most FAVORITE time of year! I’ve collected FIVE Playful FALL activities that I think would be super great for building speech and language skills in your toddlers. I’ve provided my tips for encouraging speech and language development for each activity below. General Tips When Doing these Activities: Slow down and be present Get down at his/her level and make eye contact Listen with your eyes Don’t ask too many questions Expand your child’s utterances when appropriate HAVE {Read More}

Autumn Gross Motor Jump {for Speech & Language Skills}

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I’ve mentioned before that I LOVE little boys and how much energy they have. Trying to have a 3 or 4 year old sit for 30-60 minutes at a time at a table to do any type of activity (like speech and language therapy) can be challenging, but especially for boys (and girls  too!) who are more high energy. Which is why I really try to incorporate gross motor activities into my speech sessions whenever I can. And of course, {Read More}

Fall and Halloween Speech and Language Roundup

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Last year I did several Fall and Halloween posts incorporating crafts, activities, and therapy ideas that can be adapted for use in therapy sessions or by parents at home to help expand speech and language skills. I thought it would be nice to have all these posts in one place! Just click on the picture below to take you to the post. Most of the posts have been revamped and updated so be sure to take a look even if {Read More}

Apple Roll and Cover {Freebie}

Today we have another awesome FREEBIE! Brea is sharing with us a great activity that will probably go with one of your themes this fall. I know I often use an Apple Theme in September and I look forward to using this! Thanks Brea! ~Katie **************************************************************** I’m planning on starting my year with my preschoolers focusing on the apple theme. What’s a better way to celebrate the beginning of the school year than by using apples? Since I’ll still be {Read More}

Friday Freebie: Falling Leaf Language Activity

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I was checking out some other speech therapy blogs this week and came across a great post from Jenna at Speech Room News on how she used some foam leaves to work on “wh” questions with her students. Her post inspired me to think up a fun activity to target toddler and preschool language skills using leaves. You can check out her post HERE. Anyway, my daughter and I had a BLAST doing several different activities with just some simple {Read More}

Owl Finger Puppet Tutorial (and Fingerplay!)

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The last couple months, my daughter E and I have been learning a a lot of new songs and fingerplays. Songs and fingerplays are an AWESOME and FUN way to help your child learn new language. They also are setting your child up to be better readers as songs and fingerplays, especially the ones that have rhyme, encourage the development of preliteracy skills including phonological awareness skills. When I was collecting songs for my post 10 Fall and Thanksgiving Fingerplays, {Read More}

Hand-print Spiders for Halloween!

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Today we made some hand-print spiders for Halloween! Even in such a SIMPLE craft like this, there are so many opportunities to learn and use language.   Here is what you will need Black construction paper White crayon Scissors Hole Punch Glue PomPoms Googly Eyes Yarn Vocabulary you may use/target during the activity Paper Glue Sticky/wet/dry (glue) Scissors Crayon Trace Cut Fold Half (folding paper in half) Around (trace around the fingers) Fingers Hand On/off (hand on/off paper) Thumb Numbers {Read More}

Hand-Print Pumpkins Craft

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE doing arts and crafts projects with my children, as well as in my therapy sessions. There are so many language learning opportunities when doing a craft project with a child or group of children: following directions, basic concepts and vocabulary development, etc. In the theme of fall and Halloween, this week we made hand-print pumpkins! You Will Need Washable children’s paint (orange, green and black or brown) Paintbrushes Construction paper Baby wipes, paper towels, or hand {Read More}

There Was an old Lady Who Swallowed a…BAT!

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I’m sure you remember the book from your childhood, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly? You know, that fat old lady that was ingesting cows and horses and flies? Well the chick just can’t get enough because that story has sparked the creation of several like books…and in this one she prefers her meals with a side of Goblin. Yes, that old lady is up to her shenanigans again (by the way, I didn’t realize “shenanigans” was {Read More}

Speech Therapy Activities: Fall and Halloween

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Though I am writing this post to share my favorite therapy activities with fellow SLPs, I think many parents will find this post informative as well…parents can use some of these activities at home with their children to have fun bringing in the season! It seems at the beginning of every school year, we SLPs are looking for new things to do with our students and clients. I know I do! I also know that we are always wondering what {Read More}

Five Little Pumpkins Activities

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In my last post, I talked about 10 Fun Fall and Halloween Songs and Fingerplays that you can do with your child/client/students. I mentioned at the end of my post that the fingerplay Five Little Pumpkins has an array of activities that can go along with it, and I would just love to share some with you! But first, here are the lyrics for this fingerplay again: Five Little Pumpkins (Fingerplay, no tune) Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate, {Read More}

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything: Language Building Activities

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  My ALL TIME most FAVORITE fall book is (Affiliate link->) The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams. As a speech pathologist, I use this book with my preschool students up through about first or second grade to work on listening, answering “wh” questions, sequencing, etc. As a parent, I actually started reading it to my daughter right before she turned two (since her birthday is the end of November), but I modified the story {Read More}