Therapy Theme: February (Winter, Valentine’s Day)

    February 16, 2021 No Comments

     

    February Speech Therapy

     “What’s in your box, Mrs. Elizabeth?”
    So, I’m here today to
    share some organization tips and tricks, some free printables, and some
    links to great resources for February speech therapy!

    Organization

    • Monthly Labels: First off, I use tote boxes by season.  I use these very cute Monthly Labels and
      have 4 boxes: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall.  I change them out in
      the back of my car every 3 months and always have my evaluation box with
      me.

    • Watch Faces and Backgrounds: Did you know A Perfect Blend has free watch faces and backgrounds in her instagram stories each month?  You should check those out.  So cute and fun to change each month.  My favorite this month was a drawing of the inaugural poet, Amanda Gorman.

    • Planner: I print my planner each year from Polka Dot Posie Print
      I love the seasonal colors and the options to customize what I need
      each year.  I use the discbound system and other accessories from Happy
      Planner.  These are easy to find on amazon. 
    • The Cozi App:
      Our family uses this app to keep up with appointments and our full
      schedule for the 6 of us.  It also allows you to make grocery lists,
      sync with alexa, and upload recipes for meal planning. 

    Visuals

    • Visuals:
      Visual Schedule (I use this with children whether we are face to face
      or in teletherapy format).  I’ve added a digital version, which has been
      really helpful in teletherapy.  I also created a set of digital
      reinforcers, which has been especially helpful for my kiddos age 5+. 
      I’ve been using lots of visuals to help keep kids on task and engaged. 
      This set has digital and print versions of first…then, task box size,
      full size, cues for articulation, /wh/ questions, categories, and more.

    • Texas Speech Mom:
      Organization and Theme Planners, Articulation Visuals in the Speech
      Therapy Tool Box- these have been wonderful….there are so many that I
      haven’t even printed them all yet.  She will definitely increase my
      colorful display and organization skills!
    • Type B SLP Thematic Units: I purchased her fall set and have been able to carry a lot of it over into winter.  There is a LOT in each set!

    In February, my tote box usually has the following: 

    • Task Boxes, File Folders, Worksheets, and Activities:

    • Adaptive Books: Ten Silly Snowmen is a fun little adaptive book perfect for teaching simple counting.  This set comes with a Boom Card e-version, too!  I carry this one from January through February.  After all, many of us are just now getting snow…and lots of it!
    • 5 Little Monkeys: Printable and Digital Unit
    • Common Units for preschools this time of year
      • Clothing: Boom Cards for Level One and Errorless Learning

      • Buildings and Community Workers: 
    • Social Stories: During this unusual time of 2020, I’ve found that Autism Little Learners has
      the best social stories for unusual, but needed topics: wearing masks,
      Christmas looking different, hybrid learning, etc.  Highly recommend her
      store for helping children to adjust to these usual times.  Best part:
      many are free!  She’s got stories for potty training, separation
      anxiety, wearing masks, hybrid instruction….you name it, she’s got it!
    • Toys!  My favorite toy this month is the Melissa and Doug: Ice Cream Counter.  
      • Ice cream in February??  Yes!  In fact, you can pair the book Sneezy the Snowman, this Boom Deck, and the Melissa and Doug Ice Cream Shop for a super fun session in teletherapy or face to face instruction. 

    Freebies!

    • Digital Freebies:

     

    This one is a printable set, but you can pair it with this great video: Red Means Stop, Green Means Go! 

    There is also an app by Lego that is perfect for introducing core words “stop” and “go”.   These are very important concepts to introduce and carry over into real life in order to increase safety awareness.  



    Digital Tools and Tokens

    • This reinforcer/token board
      set has been really helpful in teletherapy.  It could certainly be used
      face to face too.  It has over 57 boards, including “Feed Me”
      characters, seasonal items like making a Gingerbread man/house, Tic Tac
      Toe, and much more!  It’s included in the Big Box of Speech.

    Freebies for Winter: 

    Freebies for Valentine’s Day:

    Free Websites for Teletherapy: 

    • highlightskids.com
    • pbskids.org
    • abcya.com
    • thecolor.com
    • uniteforliteracy.com
    • matchthememory.com
    • quia.com/web
    • sesamestreet.org
    • tweentribune.com
    • rewadworks.org
    • onlinejigsawpuzzles.net
    • playtictactoe.org
    • pinkcatgames.com

    Favorite Books for February

    Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink by Diane deGreat 

    Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright (check out the boom deck and toys that correspond below)  

    There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose by Lucille Colandro 

    Pete the Cat Valentine’s Day is Cool by James Dean 

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff & Felecia Bond

    Ten Silly Snowmen by Elizabeth Hepler

     

    Therapy Ideas: 

    Just for Fun: 

    • Brooks
      has blue and white snowman shoes (amazon for the win)!  My tote bag is
      from 31 gifts.  Normally, I’d cart it into my school and clinic sites,
      but for now, I haul it up and down the stairs to my work space at
      home.  I’m still carrying these over from January because it is cold and icy!

    Happy February, everyone!!!

     

    Ausome SLP

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      -Guilford Child Development: Autism in the Early Childhood Setting
      -Cheshire Speech and Voice: Effective Tools for increasing Sensory Integration for Speech/Language Intervention; Autism
      -Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute: Autism
      -CHIPS Greensboro: Autism for Professionals
      -NCSHLA: Teletherapy (Including the Parent Perspective)
      -Telepractice Today: Podcast (Parent and SLP Perspectives)
      -UNC Chapel Hill: Guest Lecture
      -Abled Not Labeled: Presenter (Intro to Neurodiversity)
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