Therapy Theme: Apple Picking (September)

August 8, 2021 No Comments


 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

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    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.  *, 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. 


    Free Fall Vocabulary Pages in color and in black and white


    Fall Vocabulary One Page Printable Coloring Page

     Digital Activities

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

     or 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

       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

                                 Back to School Dot Art 

                                  Fall Vocabulary Printables 

                                  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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      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)