Arrrrrrticulation! Theme Unit: Pirates

July 11, 2021 No Comments


Speech Therapy Theme: Pirates

In my 16th year as an SLP, I used a pirate theme unit for the first time.  I had seen other SLP’s doing this, but I didn’t feel like I could use a lot of the materials because they contained weapons or violence.  So, I made some of my own!  I also found a newer game that seemed a little more G rated than the “old favorite” that has children sticking swords into a barrel until the pirate pops out (kids love it, but when I thought about the context of the game, I didn’t love it).  


Talk Like a Pirate Day is a fun little “holiday” that takes place each year.  It’s on Sunday, September 19th 2021.  

Books for Pirate Theme

Kiki Looks for Perry by Elizabeth Hepler

There Was an Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Map by Lucille Colandro

Pete the Cat and the Treasure Map by James Dean 

How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long and David Shannon

Pirates Don’t Change Diapers by Melinda Long and David Shannon

Pirate Boy by  Eve Bunting


How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long and David Shannon

Download this free exclusive free book companion with Boom Cards!  Click the image below.  

Kiki Looks for Perry comes in a printable version with pieces to put into the book and in Boom Card version (you get both versions). 

It has target words embedded for Medial R: perfect for arrrrrrticulation.  


Toys and Games for Pirate Theme

Pile Up Pirates seems less violent to me than the classic “barrel stabbing” version. 😉 It has
lots of potential for different concepts: colors, counting, spatial
positions, turn-taking, and more! 


Learning Resources Sorting Surprise: Another great activity for language.  Each treasure chest has a hidden object and opportunities for targeting shapes, colors, core words, and more! 

 Kiki Looks for Perry Boom Cards.


There Was an Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Map Book Companion Boom Cards

 Pirate Apraxia Set of Boom Cards for Articulation Practice

Pirate Arrrrrticulation game for Initial R, Medial R, and Final R

Pirate Songs and Movement Breaks

The Pirate Life by Go Noodle

Silly Pirate Song by Jack Hartman

Over the Deep Blue Sea by Super Simple Songs


To access free lesson plans, printable worksheets, coloring pages, books, and games, be sure to join the Ausome Speech Club.  This will give you the password to access the Freebie Library.  

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    Elizabeth has been a Speech Language Pathologist since 2005. She has special interests in Autism and ADHD. Some of Elizabeth's experience comes from years of development and training in pediatric private practice, but the majority has come from raising her four children. Her household includes neurodiverse family members. Elizabeth enjoys supporting families and professionals with her experience from both sides of the table. Learning to merge the "normal" and "autistic" worlds has led to the most success, both professionally and at home. Read More

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      Prior Speaking Experiences

      -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)