Now that school speech therapy includes both in person and virtual therapy scenarios, I have to plan a LOT more and move quickly between groups to set up a web cam or sanitize a table and chairs. What I found helpful in the Spring turned into a full blown must-have this Fall. I started linking my activities in a Google Doc so that they are easy to access in a pinch. After starting a FaceBook group for SLPs who use Canvas, I saw that other SLPs are in the same situation: planning, providing a hybrid of therapy, sanitizing, etc.
That’s when I decided to share my lesson plans on my Instagram stories each week to *try* and provide a little light at the end of your tunnel. I like using the Google Doc because once you make a copy, you can edit it to add your own links into it. I have set up the outline for you. You can delete/add anything you aren’t using. I share mostly free activities, some paid.
What’s included? Well my speech routine is…and has been…the same for a few years now. We start with a song, read a story/do an interactive book, “play” and clean up. My students are typically with me for 2-3 years and they know early on what is expected. If you keep a routine predictable, negative behaviors will extinguish faster and stay suppressed better. That’s important in a preschool speech room!
For Fall, we try to pre-teach vocabulary ahead of our general education classrooms. We did apples two weeks before Johnny Appleseed Day and Hispanic Heritage the first of the month. This week we are going to go ahead and do scarecrows so we can do pumpkins and spiders a little closer to Halloween. With scarecrows we talk about the seasons changing, leaves and hay drying out. We also can target the basic vocabulary of body parts and clothing with our youngest students and then get back around to that with jack-o-lanterns and Halloween costumes in a few weeks.
These lesson plans include video links to book read alouds and songs, worksheets to download, a FREE Boom Card deck and more! I’m saving them in my Instagram story highlights for now if you want to go back and check out earlier themes. Click on the image below to get your copy.
I would love it if you could comment below any additional activities you found that work with either virtual or in person therapy related to this theme.