The Frenzied SLPs: A Treat of Halloween-Themed Language Tricks and Activities

In this second October installment of The Frenzied SLPs we bring to you A Treat of Halloween-Themed Language Tricks and Activities.


If you checked in earlier this month you caught my favorite reinforcement activity, Spooky Tree! Download this FREEBIE as a treat to pair with any language drill activity!  My favorite preschooler was prepping my materials last week.


Visuals.  Visuals.  Visuals.  Did I say visuals?  My first trick for you, write/draw supports always and anywhere.  Have a picture or write words of what you expect to remind students of target skills. This picture shows a student working on present tense verbs.  The student was struggling to match the correct speech sound for the ending.   So I added the sounds as we were working.  There is also a fluency strip as another reminder to practice fluent speaking when the target was finally achieved.  I will be writing on the table more often for this student!


During our pumpkin craftivity, this student was trying to make a past, present, and future tense sentence with pictured verbs.



Pictured below, some of my 4th graders grabbed their own clipboard when I said we were going to recall key details from a text read aloud (nonfiction texts from Nicole Allison). Tell me that's not using a strategy!



I use books in therapy ALL THE TIME!  Are there times I don't get the quantity of trials I'm looking for? Yes! Does that get my anxiety rising? Yes!  So why do I keep  using books in therapy? 

My students ask for books.  My students listen attentively to books. My students love structured activities that go along with books.  My students talk a lot during my therapy using books.  I can target every goal in mixed groups using books!  Now that's a treat for this SLP!  Motivated students yields increased results.





Another trick, when possible, use a series of books throughout the year.  You will be amazed at the predicting as well as confidence in verbal expression that comes with a familiar series.  Here are a few of my favorites, although I am not affiliated with any of these books.

There Was an Old Lady books by Lucille Colandro
Bear books by Karma Wilson
Otis books by Loren Long
If you give a books by Laura Numeroff
Pout Pout Fish books by Deborah Diesen
I also like Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey, A Pirate's Night Before Christmas by Philip Yates and other Night Before books!

I'd love to hear some of your favorite series books!

To wrap up this post and allow you time to wander around the linky, I'd like to share one last treat!  I finally finished my Otis and the Scarecrow Print and Go Book Companion.  While I will put it on sale for 50% this week, if you download the preview, I have included a FREEBIE carryover page which focuses on perspective taking and showing compassion!



Thanks again to Doyle Speech Works, Twin Speech Language and Literacy, LLC, and All Y'All Need, the linky party hosts this month!  I hope you find many more tricks and treats along the way from The Frenzied SLPs and talented SLP friends!



16 comments

  1. Yes, yes, and YES in response to your using books!! I especially like how I can emphasize sound targets that we are practicing in our sessions while reading. Books make a great auditory bombardment activity and take the pressure off the kids to practice sounds for a few minutes. Thanks for the Otis freebie! He's the bomb ☺️

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    1. The joys of auditory bombardment...especially when they catch sounds you don't! Dreamy!

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  2. I was just thinking last week I needed some new books for Halloween week in therapy- thank you so much for the list and all the other ideas too!

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    1. Love all the ideas from The Frenzied SLPs!

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  3. Otis and the Scarecrow? MINE!! What a creative SLP you are! HaPpY HaLlOwEen!!

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    1. We've talked about this hoarding before...now that I can actually read your post:) I saw a sneak peak on social media of the book you featured, which happens to be sitting in my daughters' room as we speak...can't wait!

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  4. My students are always shocked when I let them write on the table! Can you explain your clipboards a little - what do you have on them to make them dry erase? Also, I love the Otis books, but I haven't seen the scarecrow one! I'm going to have to look for it. Thanks!

    Abby
    Schoolhouse Talk

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    1. Writing on the table love! The dry erase dots (Amazon) were actually an idea from Old School Speech. We both had them on our tables, but mine didn't last long; however, they are perfect for my boring clipboards!

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  5. Great ideas for tx! I too am a huge fan of books in therapy and love creating full sessions around them. How great woukd it be of we could make all our students book lovers? ! TFS your great ideas.

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    1. Little book lovers...I keep saying that if all I do is read to my students, I'd be doing a LOT!

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  6. I love using written visual supports too, but I've never written directly on the table! Great idea! Your freebie is adorable! Thanks!

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    1. I'm a newbie table writer, but LOVE it!

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  7. I love your collection of books - I have most of them myself. I will have to check out the Otis books!
    All Y’all Need

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  8. So many great ideas! I will be using the pumpkin with pictured verbs tomorrow.

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  9. The spooky tree is my favorite! Thanks Sparkle for your creativity. Happy Halloween

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  10. I just bought Big Pumpkin...very cute. Don't you just love writing on the table??? :D

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