Having a “theme” in the speech room is an easy way to keep your lessons fun and different. It also creates a link between “speech” activities and the outside world. With Halloween quickly approaching, the MONSTERS are excited to come out and play! This topic can be used with kiddos of all ages! A go-to book during this time of year is “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak. It is a classic children’s book with rich vocabulary, ample opportunity to use inferential skills, and a multitude of pictures to describe. A good place to start (after reading the book, of course) would be with this summary and book review sheet or this more basic version. Picture supports for the basic version can be found on boardmaker share. (the picture choices and questions on the basic version should align) You could also access this sequencing activity via boardmaker share. Just print and cut the pictures apart to have kiddos sequence. If you have kiddos that are working on answering listening comprehension questions or inferential reasoning, this is a jeopardy style game that could incorporate a little competition into your sessions. You could also ask comprehension questions related to this biography of Maurice Sendak, the author. It would also be very simple to identify words or phrases within the book and biography to target specific speech sounds.
In addition, there are many monster themed activities beyond “Where the Wild Things Are.” Another set of characters that are particularly engaging for kiddos are the monsters from Monsters Inc. and Monsters University. Although you cannot assume that all your students are familiar with these characters, it would be a safe bet that most of them are. If you do have kiddos who are unfamiliar, you could show them the trailer at the beginning of the session. For kiddos working on inferential reasoning, you could use this activity that features the characters from Monsters University. Here is a fun online activity to target following directions. You could also have students describe the monster once it is built. (There are similar activities here and here)This is a link to a similar activity that doesn’t require use of the computer. This book mark craft activity could also be used to target listening comprehension/following directions. A tissue box monster would be good to use as a motivator for kiddos practicing articulation. As you can see, there are a multitude of ways you can use “monsters” during your therapy sessions. What spooky things are happening in your speech room this month?
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