Here is another freebie activity for you to enjoy in this season of giving…Holiday Speech Language: Consonant Clusters! This quick, easy printable is perfect for RTI, group or individual practice or homework! Target consonant clusters in all positions of holiday words using a fun, seasonal activity your students will love. Hope you enjoy!!
How about another SWEET TREAT for your therapy room or classroom? Your wish is my command…Candy Cane WH Questions!
This activity addresses auditory processing and comprehension using a fun holiday theme. This
set targets comprehension of simple wh questions, and the formulation of responses. Use these materials to create a matching/memory game where players match the WH questions to the picture responses. Or, use the question cards alone and pair with any game board, scavenger hunt, or learning center activity. Use the picture cards as needed to provide visual prompts for differentiated instruction. Great for peer partner work and small groups; also works perfectly
during whole group activities!
What you get:
PDF file – 8 pages – 27 WH Questions with picture responses for each
*What Question Cards – 9 total
*What Picture Response Cards – 9 total
*Who Question Cards – 9 total
*Who Picture Response Cards – 9 total
*Where Question Cards – 9 total
*Where Picture Response Cards – 9 total
Thank you for all the wonderful feedback and support!
Well, I did not make it all the way to Thanksgiving before I just had to start sharing some of my holiday speech-language therapy activities. The first of my Holiday series is now available on Teachers Pay Teachers! I am thrilled that so many of you are enjoying my previously posted activities. THANK YOU for your support and appreciation. I feel truly blessed that I can share the things my students have loved for so many years, and that other students across the world are enjoying them as well. SO…..here is the first of my series, a comprehensive speech-language activity set that targets seasonal vocabulary featuring Christmas, Hanukkah (Chanukah) and Kwanzaa:
This is the product you have been waiting for…a comprehensive activity set
targeting language skills in a variety of ways through seasonal vocabulary that
can be adjusted to meet the needs of any student in your classroom or therapy
room. This activity set incorporates seasonal vocabulary from Christmas,
Hanukkah (Chanukah) and Kwanzaa using a variety of open-ended games. These games
can be tailored to meet individual academic or speech-language therapy goals,
and is perfect for small or large groups – even learning centers and push-in
therapy sessions in the classroom. Skills addressed in this packet include:
seasonal vocabulary use and comprehension, use and comprehension of descriptive
words, comprehension of wh questions, word classes/attributes…and
What you get: 16 pages total including
Cover Page (perfect for
student notebook, RTI packet or file folder covers); 6 unique Bingo game boards
in full color; also 6 boards with no-color backgrounds for easier printing (12
boards total); Full color and no-color background stimulus cards to use for
Bingo game (you can also print double sets of these cards for an instant
memory/matching game!); Stimulus Pages for Following Directions, WH Questions
and Mystery Clue Games. This activity set will be put to good use all season
Have you been participating in the 30 Days of Thanks that many people are doing on Facebook? Each day, people are posting something for which they are thankful. This is the first year I have decided to give it a try on my personal Facebook page — I’m actually enjoying it! I rather like highlighting the positive things in my life. So far, here are a few things for which I am thankful, in no particular order:
- My job! Doing what I love and loving what I do
- Coffee…need I say more?
- My husband
- My children
- My country
- The right to vote
- A weekend afternoon nap — ahhhh, luxury!!
- A family breakfast
- The chance to LIVE SPEAK LOVE and make a small bit of difference in the world
How about you?? I’d love to hear what Live Speak Love readers are thankful for this month.I am thankful for YOU and for your support.
Thank you for all the wonderful feedback I have received about the Thanksgiving Speech and Language activities that I have posted so far. I just LOVE how everyone is getting in the holiday spirit with Thanksgiving! NOOOO jumping straight from Halloween into the winter holidays, please! Let’s savor the season with a little more Thanksgiving fun. To add to your motivation, I have just posted my Thanksgiving Articulation set at my TPT Store.
Turkey Talk, anyone??? Here you go:
The resources included in this download include seasonal articulation stimuli
cards for the phonemes /k/, /g/, /f/, /p/, /s/, /l/ and /r/. Your students will
love completing a variety of activities using the Thanksgiving pictures that
incorporate their target sounds in the initial, medial and final positions of
words. The pictures can be used in a variety of ways, detailed in to the
What you get:
25 pages total, including color
and black and white cover pages, instructions/suggestions, single phoneme turkey
pages to use as cover pages, token incentive sheets, RTI Packet cover pages,
homework pages or coloring pages (color versions and black and white pages
included for each targeted phoneme); also includes Thanksgiving-themed stimuli
cards for the phonemes /k/, /g/, /f/, /p/, /r/, /s/ and /l/, with words
targeting sounds in the initial, medial and final positions. Hope you like this set!
As always, THANK YOU for visiting LiveSpeakLove!
Goodbye Halloween, Hello Thanksgiving! Even though the stores barely acknowledge you and people tend to only think of you as they plan their menus and make their Christmas lists, I, for one, adore you!! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. My memories of yesteryear’s Thanksgivings are forever treasured, filling my mind with pictures that are bittersweet to reflect on and remember. Memories that are fleeting, yet vivid– family gathered by the fire, road trips on chilly days to see loved ones, and bountiful blessings that colored my world. I loved Thanksgiving as a child, and perhaps love it even more as an adult. I love celebrating Thanksgiving with children, knowing that I am giving them pictures for their own minds–images they will perhaps conjure up year after year in reflection and gratitude. You may have already seen my Thanksgiving activites previously posted…if not, take a look! I am very pleased to see so many of you enjoying the activities. Here are a couple more in my series, with more to come!
Target auditory processing, location word vocabulary, spatial relationshipsand
more using this fun activity package.Use these games to incorporate multiple learning styles and target a variety of
skills. Students will love the Thanksgiving-themed games as you they complete the activities incoprorating visual, auditory, kinsethetic and tactile learning styles.
Happy Halloween! For those of you who will be greeting trick-or-treaters this evening, consider this advice that I found posted in a few different places (author unknown):
“Tonight a lot of children will visit your door. Be open minded. The child who is grabbing more than one piece of candy might have poor fine motor skills. The child who takes forever to pick out one piece of candy might have motor planning issues. The child who does not say “trick or treat” or “thank you” might be painfully …
Anyone else wondering just WHAT is going on with Mother Nature? A recent earthquake, a hurricane, a blizzard? Here in Maryland, it seems a bit odd and armageddon-ish to be seeing forecasts for both a massive hurricane and a stormy blizzard. I’ve been hosting a slumber party in my living room for the little people who live here — all of us excited to be home from school and work obligations, but still rather in awe of the storm’s potential and what the night may bring. Here is a glimpse of our Storm Headquarters, a camp that has evolved a bit throughout the day:
Children love to talk about the weather phenomena that we experience each year. With weather events opening the door for incredible conversations relating to science, social issues and language themes, I have used many weather-related games and activities to address a variety of skills in speech-language therapy. And so, as I wait for the modern-day privileges of electricity and the internet to end, I am sharing my year-round favorite — Weather Bingo. Here is a glimpse at the set I have created:
Use the picture vocabulary to increase knowledge of specific vocabulary, then target a variety of language skills as you play the Bingo game in small or large groups. Picture vocabulary can be used to target wh question comprehension, use and comprehension of descriptive vocabulary, visual discrimination skills,
formulation of phrases and sentences and more! What you get: 6 unique Bingo boards, all containing the same picture vocabulary; 1 page Bingo stimulus cards (can be printed twice to create instant memory/matching game!) I hope you enjoy using this activity to support important structured and conversational learning that can take place using a timely, relevant theme.
Thanks for checking it out!
~Lisa, reporting to you love from Hurricane Headquarters 🙂
As I’ve been working with graduate students and guiding them to incorporate strategies to increase their client’s spontaneous communication during therapy sessions, I’ve been covering some of the basics like:
- Ask open-ended questions, avoiding questions that can be answered with a simple yes/no or other one word answer
- Provide choices as much as possible, encouraging statements of preference
- Try not to anticipate the needs of a child – allow them time to formulate their wants and ideas into their own verbal attempts
- Set up the environment purposefully with preferred items out of reach
- Use visual supports to increase communication independence
- Provide modeling and expansion of a produced utterance– reinforce verbalizations and show them how to take it one step further
Beyond these basics, there are a few strategies I have blogged about in the past that people seem to particularly appreciate. My post on Communication Temptations is a steady favorite, along with my handouts for encouraging speech and language skills in the classroom and home settings. One particular blog post has been making the rounds again on Pinterest and Facebook — my Top Five Ways to Encourage Spontaneous Language. I do like this post quite a bit, not just because I still stand behind the content but also because it pretty much captures who I am. Reading the post gives you a glimpse at my therapy style (and my general personality, I believe,) and highlights what I feel is a real desire to connect with children in the moment. The techniques I recommend in the post are not necessarily natural for many people, especially new therapists, but I am encouraging the graduate student clinicians I supervise to give these five tricks (and many others) a try as they discover their own therapy styles.
Interested in my Top 5 Ideas? Here is the link to my original post:
Tonight I began compiling my “Thanksgiving Speech Therapy” series. I realize that we are not even past Halloween yet, but I know there are people out there diligently planning and expanding their treatment plans well into Winter. So, here you go!
Target Descriptive Vocabulary in a variety of receptive and expressive language
tasks with this activity set created by Lisa Geary from LiveSpeakLove. Skills
addressed include: Thanksgiving Food identification and labeling,
comprehension/use of color words in phrases and sentences, identification/use of
adjectives to describe object attributes, categories and word classes,
identification and description of similarities and differences…and MORE!
18 pages total including stimulus cards, visual supports, suggested activities, descriptive word banks and other visuals.
Color and black/white versions to meet your printing needs.
And here is what seems to be an SLP AND student favorite: Thanksgiving Bingo!
What you get: 6 unique Bingo Game boards, each containing the same vocabulary words but in different positions on the boards.
Hope you are having a wonderful Autumn season filled with many reasons to celebrate!
Thanks for visiting and for supporting this labor of love!!
Due to the fact that I have decided to LOWER ALL PRICES in my TPT Store, and because it is down to the wire for those of you planning for fun, engaging activitities that incorporate what is on all the minds of little goblins everywhere….Halloween….I have decided to throw a multi-level SALE at my TPT Store! First, all prices have been adjustes to reflect a substantial decrease. Second, I am throwing a 20% off SALE on ALL HALLOWEEN RESOURCES until 10/24/12. You now have less than 4 days to stock up on your Halloween goodies! Thank you for checking out this labor of love of mine!!
If you have been around this blog awhile, you may remember my Creature Feature post inspired by my daughter’s sixth birthday party. For some reason,
she ok, *I * was REALLY excited about the owl theme. We (ok, I) had a giant Mama owl cake with little owlet cupcakes, handmade owl masks, handmade owl goodie bags, handmade owl (insert whatever you could possible make using owls here.) The theme kept growing and growing, and in typical “me” fashion, I stayed up several nights leading up to her party wayyyy past my bedtime (and probably close to some most people’s waking up time) to get everything made and ready. Why do I do that? I’d love to know. My husband would also love to know! All I know is that when inspiration hits, time flies and my plans get bigger. Here are a few glimpses of that fun day where I saw more than a few mothers rolling their eyes at our (my) obviously over-the-top birthday extravaganza:
That last picture was in case you weren’t yet rolling your eyes either. 🙂 That is one happy, girl though! And the good news (for you) is that I STILL LOVE OWLS. I still don’t know why, either. BUT, given my new venture into creating clipart , I decided to try my hand at making some OWL CLIPART. How cute are these little owls??? And I have the set of owl clipart FREE for you to download for personal, educational or commercial use! Just click on either clipart pic to get to my set:
And of course I wanted to start using my clipart right away (even though it was nearly 2:00am,) so I created this WHO QUESTION activity:
Let me know what you think~ I hope that you love these owl resources ALMOST as much as I do.
Thanks for visiting and supporting LiveSpeakLove!!
Another Halloween goodie…a Halloween Graphic Organizer tool created to use as a visual prompt for organization, sequencing, recalling events and key details. Also target wh questions and story comprehension as well as critical thinking skills like inferencing and predictions using this tool. Know any teachers that might interested? Spread the word if you can! Thank you!!
I seem to be on a roll and out of my crazy busy dry spell. Remember the clipart I made all by myself??? In addition to offering it in a download for commercial use, I’ve also been making some new activities using the clipart. I think they turned out rather cute — do you agree?! Here are my latest creations:
FREE DOWNLOAD: Use these stimulus cards to make your own activities. Just add your own text or pictures and you are ready to go! Print on cardstock and add your pictures/text to the reverse side, and you have an instant Halloween game!
Next, presenting…Scare Pairs! Do you have students with phonological disorders? If so, then you will want to use MINIMAL PAIRS in your treatment/interventions.Target the most common phonological processes using this Halloween-themed set created by Lisa Geary from LiveSpeakLove. Print duplicate copies to create a matching/memory game, or simply use as stimulus cards to train students with discrimination tasks and verbal productions. There are 4 different sets:Cluster Reductions Set, Final Consonant Deletion Set, Stopping Set and Velar Fronting Set. Phonology Fun!
And finally (for today, anyway!) Witch Hunt Prepositions! Witch Hunt Prepostions targets location word vocabulary in a movement-oriented game that will target visual, auditory, kinesthetic and tactile learning styles. Your students will help the witch find her jack-o-lanterns (hidden in the classroom ahead of time) using preposition cards that tell them where to look. This activity can also be used in reverse–have students hide the jack-o-lanterns using the stimulus cards, and the person wearing the witch hat (not included) has to “search the room on their broom!” Great for large or small groups!
Hope you enjoy…let me know what you think!
I’m so happy people are really liking the Halloween activities I previously posted! It’s such a fun time of year, and using seasonal activities is a great way to target skills while keeping children motivated. Because of the wonderful response I’ve received so far, I decided to post a few more little treasures for your Halloween stash. Trick or Treat!
This vocabulary tool can be used for a variety of activities and grade levels. Have students name two synonyms for each word given, and write the synonyms on the candy corn for a clever visual respresentation of a richer vocabulary. Display candy corn cards at writing centers or on a bulletin board to help students avoid using the same simple words over and over in their writing or discussions. Or, use this activity to target expressive and receptive language skills in your speech therapy activities. The activity can really be tailored to meet the needs of many students, and can even be used as flashcards for peer partner work or as a “May Do” activity:
Another great activity for your speech room or classroom..the Witch’s Brew! What will your students put into the cauldron for the Witch’s Brew? How about three kinds of reptiles? Five things that go “crunch?” Target categorical skills using this creepy, fun activity that will motivate your students to generate categorical items after they choose their Witch’s Brew card. Extension activities can be added for differentiation — adding descriptive words to their categorical objects, sentence formulation/expressive language trials, answering wh questions for comprehension tasks, etc. Use these stimulus cards paired with any game board, or use in a whole class activity as you role play creating a disgusting, vocabulary-rich Witch’s Brew with your little goblins!
And one last activity for you today…Spooky Spider’s /s/ Clusters! These Halloween-themed /s/ cluster stimulus cards are perfect for your speech therapy activties targeting /s/ in consonant clusters in the initial, medial and final word positions. Use in literacy centers, file folder games, independent and small group activities, and intervention groups targeting these tricky words/sounds. Print out a double set to make a matching game, use as stimulus cards during board games or at literacy centers…lots of ways to use this printable resource!
Enjoy these resources, and keep on letting me know if you are finding these activities to be useful. I also would love feedback on resources that you would like to see in the future. Thanks! ~Lisa, LiveSpeakLove
I wanted to share this picture of my nephew, Eliah, who just turned five years old. Eliah is a sweet boy with multiple disabilities including Hemophilia A, Cerebral Palsy and a seizure disorder. He has had some very close calls in his life, but my sister is a strong woman — she has literally saved his life during complicated seizure episodes that caused him to stop breathing. My sister is now working with the Make-a-Wish foundation in South Carolina to help build Eliah a handicap accessible playground. You can read more about Eliah, his 5th Birthday Party, and the special Make-A-Wish Project in this post at http://www.eliahjames.blogspot.com
Don’t you think Eliah is just the sweetest??? I do!