I’m seeing a lot of the other speech bloggers post about some of their favorite activities and games on their pages, some of which they make and sell themselves on TeachersPayTeachers.com. Though I’m far from being as creative as they are, I’d like to share some of my favorite speech room activities
- Goal oriented tic-tac-toe.
This is a game I love to play with inferencing and main idea goals. The students make teams and I’m in control of the board. I read them a scenario and give them multiple choices to choose the correct inference or identify the main idea
- Mad libs
This is an articulation lifesaver of a game! All the students have to pick one of their target sounds to work on for the day. I keep the Mad libs book and go around the table asking for varying parts of speech that must include their speech sound. Before I write it into our story, they have to say the word five times. Also a great way to take data while you play! At the end, I read the story to the group of students and they LOVE how silly they can be without even knowing it. For language, I use this to teach grammar and parts of speech, as well as a vocabulary expander (the students in my speech room are not allowed to use words like good/bad/happy/sad/ etc. beyond Kindergarten. Their written language is better for it). As an added bonus, it’s a confidence booster, and who doesn’t love that?!
More articulation practice! Say your speech sound ten times using your strategies and then you get to take a shot. We don’t always keep score; sometimes just the act of playing is reward enough for my students. No I don’t use my trash can, I do have a designated bucket just for this game.
- Go Fish!
Okay, okay…EVERY speech pathologist loves this game. It can be played with all ages across a variety of topics. I like to use it with my articulation students, and I can set it up so we’re targeting one or all three word positions per game. It’s also a great vocabulary expander for teaching parts of speech and curriculum related vocabulary words. Before they can ask for a word, they have to define it themselves, use it in a sentence, and tell me what they’re learning about related to their word.
- Simon Says
This is a great game for following directions. Depending on what you’re working on, you can make Simon give single or multi-step directions. When all the students play together, it’s a great way to take data and see how much the student has mastered the skill.
I hope this post gave you some ideas for fun speech therapy practice! My challenge is for you to create your own way to practice your goals using what’s fun for you. Practice makes progress, and progress is even better when it’s fun!
And if you’re looking for some great ideas from Speech pathologists on TeachersPay Teachers.com, all ow me to direct you to the following:
Keep playing with words and see what your message creates!
–Stef the StageSLP