Monday, October 31, 2011


Let's bring social networking into the speech room. Our kids are loving all things digital, so lets give them a little facebook based language activity!  My students helped me decide which characters should be in 'speechbook"

There are 2 versions for SpeechBook. One version includes sentences on the 'wall', where the student needs to fill in the correct pronoun.

The other version has blank wall posts where your students can write sentences. This makes it so flexible! You can work on grammar, articulation or language!!!

Swift Blank

Fun right? I hope you can use it! Leave a comment if you use it!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Harry Potter Carryover

Back again today with an easy carryover reading activity for students working on the /r/ sound.  Let your students read this excerpt from the second Harry Potter book. Full of R words highlighted in gold.

Download it HERE.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Gobble Gobble Pronouns

Here's a quick print and go activity for students working on pronouns. I made this one for those kids who have difficulty with confusing subjective/objective pronouns in sentences.

Students read the sentences on the feathers and fill in the blanks with the correct pronoun. They match their feather to the correct turkey. This works well if you make it into a file folder game or attach magnets and let students complete it on a white board.

Download it free HERE!

Leave a comment and let me know if you used it!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Spooky Reinforcers

Do you have a love of the dollar store? I certainly do, especially at Halloween time! I picked up these plastic eyeballs at my local dollar store and they are a hit! They come in packages of blue eyes or red eyes. I grabbed a few packs of blue and one pack of red.

I've been using it as a reinforcer activity for all of my groups. If they pick a blue eye they get to keep it. Red eyes they put them all back. It sure gets everyone giggling. I gave everyone an ice cube tray to store their eyeballs in, after the first group where the eyeballs were bouncing all over the room!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sound Towers

Another sight word game turned articulation game! To make these Sound Towers just take an empty pringles can and cover it.  Take about 40 Dixie cups. Write your articulation words onto the bottom of the cups. Watch your little ones build and build as they say their words. If the tower falls, just rebuild (as you re-say each word of course!)

Your groups can work together collaboratively if they have the same target sounds. If they have different sounds they can compete to see who can build the tallest towers (you don't want to sort those cups later!)

In my mixed articulation/language groups, children working on language goals use the word on the  in a sentence, name an antonym, give a definition, etc. It's flexible!

Happy Tower Building. 


Speech Lights!

Maybe you have seen the website by my friends Katie and Steve. Maybe you have even seen my game page over there from my graduate school days. Katie uses these tap lights in her class for blending and segmenting sounds. They’re such great visuals and the kids love it, so I have adapted them for The Speech Room! I can make them work for pretty much any kid in my caseload. Here are the top 8 ways I use our “Speech Lights.”

*tip: put magnets on your tap lights to they stick to your white board.

Download the sentence strips pictured above HERE.

Hope this gives you some ideas. Leave me a note if you use this or if you have some more ideas for these lights!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Peek into Preschool

Preschool is so much fun. The best thing about little kids is that they are happy playing with simple homemade toys!! This therapy tool just uses things found in your house!

All you need is a muffin tin and some laundry detergent lids.  Fill the tins with miniature objects and then make Boardmaker symbols for each one. There are tons of ways to use this for both articulation and language. When I take it to preschool I can make it work for my everyone I see that day!! Something about 'finding' and item is just way more fun! 

Here are a few ideas for some varying skill levels.

When you hide items try to make them work for everyone you will use it with. This student was working on bilabial sounds (apple, pig). Another student was working on categories (fruit, animals). 

PLAY! With whatever they find in the tins!
Open a lid, match the object to the picture. 
Identify the item from a field of 2-6 (ex: Give me the pig)
Sort items by categories (ex: Fruit/Animals)
ID if object contains their articulation sound or not
Say a word, phrase or sentence with the object (ex: pig; pink pig; I found a pink pig)
Answer WH questions (ex: Who takes care of a pig?)
Basic Concepts (in, out, over, under, next to, between, etc!)
Identify items by function (ex: Which item can we eat?)
Follow directions - (ex. Hide the apple under the red lid.)

If you students are older you can make up little games:

Give them 3 clues before they open the lid. See if they can guess the item. 

Make one item 'magic'. For example you could have the 'magic pig.' The first person to find the magic pig wins. 

Show the students one picture and have them open a lid to try to get a match. If they get a match they get to keep the object. If the picture doesn't match you get to keep it. 

As you can see the possibilities are endless for this homemade therapy tool. I hope it sparks your imagination. If you can think of some more items let me know! I would love to hear your thoughts!


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

One Breath Box

Quantity and quality. Both are important for articulation therapy. Once the kids have their sounds down in words, I am always looking for a way to get a lot of trials in to work on carryover. I saw these great sight word lists on So I made some articulation versions. Your student takes one deep breath and tries to read the list without any errors. If they read list 1 without errors and in one breath, they get to move on to a longer list!

Grab your freebies here:
K, G, S, S blends

Let me know what you think!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Capture the Words

Meet my newest steal from pinterest. Capture the Words... articulation edition. My students have really been loving this activity. I love it mostly because it's fast and a great way to get in a lot of practice in a short amount of time. I got the idea from a sight word game over at First Grade A La Carte.

You can either use highlighter or bingo chips. Students take turns rolling dice or drawing slips and covering words. After I took this picture I made my letter and number dice from little 1" wooden blocks I had in my craft pile.

Download them  for free here:

S blends

Print, enjoy and let me know what you think!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Pilgrims and Indians

It's almost that turkey time of year! Ready for some Thanksgiving activities? This first freebie is an irregular plural matching activity.

Get your littles matching and then making sentences. 

Download it for free HERE!

Have a great week,

Don't fight it...

This post might make you say... duh.  I spent all of last year telling my kids to put their articulation cards back down. I mean daily. Don't pile them on your head, don't put them in your mouth, take them out of Zach's ear, don't stack them into a tower. Then it hit me....

DON'T FIGHT IT!!!! (well... the tower part anyway)

It turns out building card towers had my kids begging for more words. I'm sure all of you do this but WHYYYY did it take me a year to let them do this? We are having lots of fun in my room trying to stack them high and wide. And if they bump the table, they get to say them all over as they re-build! What fun! 

Out to the sunshine while it lasts! 

Friday, October 7, 2011

French Fry Articulation

If you're on pinterest you've likely seen the french fry sight words or french fry math games popping up everywhere. I decided to steal borrow this fun idea. I of course gave it a speech makeover! Here is my version of French Fry Artic!

The golden arches gladly gave me a few french fry boxes when I asked. I made Boardmaker symbols of beginning, middle and end. Popsicle sticks became french fries with target words written on them. Students say their sounds and then identify where the target sound is in the words. Easy to make and something new for the littles.

Happy Weekend!