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Monday, October 12, 2015

Fall Themed Articulation Ideas

Thanks for joining the Frenzied SLP Fall Articulation linky party. 

I can't believe we're already into October.  This school year is flying by and the leaves are in full foliage in Vermont.  
I'm lucky to work in a school that has some beautiful grounds.  We have a walking trail, two playgrounds, soccer fields, and lots of trees.  
We even have an outdoor staff lounge behind that fence.  
Idea 1:
Take speech therapy outdoors to enjoy the scenery and and get some of that fresh, crisp air.  

My students were each given a clipboard and pencil as we set off for the school yard.  The students were given the task of discovering things with their sounds.  Leaves, mulch, slide were just a few of our /l/ words.  Our /r/ words consisted of acorns, red, and trail, and students found sidewalk, swings, basketball hoop for /s/.  

For younger students, you could modify this activity by creating a scavenger hunt of objects. 

Idea 2:
Slow it down with tangible pacing boards.  

I have three upper grade students who work on pacing to improve intelligibility.  My students love using themed pacing boards.  You can use acorns, mini pumpkins, or leaves as fall tangibles. You improve motivation when you change it up by incorporating tactile stimulation. 
Hope these little tips help liven up your fall articulation therapy.  

 Thanks Annie Doyle SLP for hosting the party.   Be sure to head to her page from the link up below for some more ideas on fall articulation. 

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13 comments:

  1. I love the idea of using real manipulatives as pacing "boards." Another genius idea!!

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  2. Oh my gosh, I never thought about making the pacing board more tangible like that. Such a great idea and I'm going to totally steal the idea TODAY and steal my little pumpkins off of my porch and work on slowing down articulation and sentence productions with my students with them. Thank you! Manda

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  3. What fun ideas! I think using tangibles is awesome. We have some gigantic bur oak acorns at school, I have been wondering how to use them. Thanks!

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    1. Ohhhh, Lisette~ Seriously do my acorn jewel crafts. They are so much fun and super easy.

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  4. Great idea for heading outside! I'd better do this soon! I absolutely love your pacing boards. My students each pick their favorite and it stays in their folder!!

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  5. I love your fall scenery! Great idea to use outside words!

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  6. Yay for going outside for therapy!

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  7. I'd love to be able to go outside! Seems like lots of fun. Thanks for the ideas about the pacing boards!

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  8. I'm going to have to take my kids outside; that's a great idea!

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  9. I also love the idea of mini pumpkin manipulatives!! So fun!

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  10. I love that you take your students outside too! I take advantage of the nice weather because I know the cold will be here way too soon. Super cute pacing boards! The doughnuts look delish!

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