Speech Therapy Games and Ideas for September (Apple Picking)

 September Speech Therapy Themes

“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 Apple Picking!

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.

Download a Quick Apples and Acorns Lesson Plan


Visual Schedule (I use this for face to face and in teletherapy format).  *Research
tells us that most children are visual learners.  Temple Grandin
describes how she “thinks in pictures”, indicating that autistic
students also benefit from having clear visuals.  Having the
expectations of what to do in pictures along with what is coming next
reduces anxiety, increases attention, and increases independence.  *www.teacch.com, Grandin, T. (2006) Thinking in Pictures, Knopf Doubleday.


Task boxes and file folder games. For my more concrete learners, I also typically use a “Finished Box” to the right. 


This is a cute little Apple Picking game. It’s also free on TpT!

Apples Following Directions Game {FREE}


This one is a  set of task boxes for different seasons.  It has preschool, kindergarten, and special education tasks.  It takes some work to put together, but it’s a nice resource to have on hand!

Basic Skills Task Boxes (pre-k, and SPED) BUNDLE

This is a free fall themed yes/no question set.   

Fall Activity -  Yes No Questions for Speech Therapy FREE

Fall Dot Art for Articulation Reinforcement.  You can use dot markers, bingo chips and magnetic wand, stickers, or crayons.  These speech therapy articulation activities are perfect for entertainment during sessions and sending home for carryover practice.

 Digital Activities

Apple Picking Set of Categories (5 Games Included): Clothing, Animals, Vehicles, Food, and Fall Vocabulary.

For articulation, I like using the Bundle of Apple Picking games. These are Boom Cards and cover 82 different sound targets.  


You can download a free sample of this articulation game below.

Free Boom Cards!

Articulation Activity

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Favorite Fall Books

The Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship by Edward Hemingway

Apples by Gail Gibbons 

The Mouse’s Apples by Francis Stickley

Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt

Hello Fall by Deborah Dieson 

Counting on Fall by Lizann Flatt


Fall Read Alouds

Hello Fall

Counting on Fall 

Pete the Cat: Falling for Fall 

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books by Lucille Colandro
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leavesby Lucille Colandro
*There Was an Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Map by Lucille Colandro

Apples: an Interactive Book(Free) by Mindy Marfurt


Book Companion Sets for the Old Lady: Printable and Digital Forms


* Talk like a pirate day is on 9/19/2021.  You can find a post for a Pirate Theme Unit here. 


It never hurts to dress up and have fun!


Favorite Fall Games


Two of my favorite games for fall: Sneaky Snacky Squirrel and Sorting Apples.  

Sneaky Snacky Squirrel targets colors, counting, etc.  

Apple Sorting by Learning Resources is great for learning attributes like sizes and colors.


Alphabet Acorns by Learning resources is great for our little ones whose “Favorite Things” include letters.  You can practice core words like open, colors, and sorting.

 How Many Acorns puzzle is great for numbers, colors, and other fall fun!


Favorite Fall Songs and Movement Breaks

The Pirate Life by Go Noodle

Autumn Leaves are Falling Down by The Learning Station 

Can’t Stop the Feeling by Go Noodle

Seasons Song by Have Fun Teaching

Favorite Fall Freebies!!!

Ausome Speech: Back to School Articulation Boom Cards

                           Fall Dot Art

                           Apple Boom Cards for Initial /S/

Stacey Richey: Describing Back to School

Speaking Louder Than Words: Dots and Boxes Articulation 

Speechie Pals:  Back to School Sample 

Panda Speech: Fall Listen Up 

Daily Cup of Speech: Spatial Concepts Freebie 

Angie S TpT:  Fall Yes/No 

Mindy Marfurt: Apples: an Interactive Book

Teaching Differenly: Apple Picking Game


Happy fall, y’all!


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My name is Elizabeth Hepler and I’ve been a practicing Speech-Language Pathologist since 2005.  I am the mother of four great kids. Our household is neurodiverse: ADHD, Autism, Gifted, and more!

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