Therapy Theme: March (St Patrick’s Day, Spring)

    February 25, 2022 No Comments

    Therapy Themes for March

     “What’s in your box, Mrs. Elizabeth?”
    It’s time to share some organization tips and tricks, some free printables, and some links to great resources for March speech therapy!

    You can download an interactive Preschool Speech Therapy Lesson Plan here:

    March Lesson Plan

    Themes for March:  I try to carry over what I see my students doing at preschool.  In March, this is often St Patrick’s Day, buildings, clothing, the end of winter, and the start of spring.  

    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.  She has cute St Patrick’s Day themes this month. 
      Click on “Wallpapers” to download this month and previous months.

       

       

    • 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 have enjoyed her seasonal dividers too! I use the discbound system and other accessories from Happy Planner.  These are easy to find on amazon. See the source image

     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:
      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 & games (I mostly use these for articulation practice), 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.
    Ultimate Visual Schedule
    Open-Ended-Reinforcers-Cover
    • Digital Circle Time: This month, I created a way to have circle time in virtual learning or teletherapy.  We start most sessions now with our “Morning Meeting”.  This is a quick and fun way to talk about feelings, calendar, weather, and seasons.
    • 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 I see that she now has her spring set out too.  There is a LOT in each set!

    In March, my tote box usually has the following: 

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

       

      • Spring /Wh/ Questions by Teaching Autism

    Another cute spring book companion!  You can snag this freebie here or on Teachers Pay Teachers.  It goes perfectly with Little Blue Truck’s Springtime by Alice Schertle.

    little blue truck springtime updated photo
    • This month, my students and I have been enjoying two new book companions: Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London and The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover by Lucille Colandro.  
    • My PreK students are working on clothing, so this has paired really nicely with the Froggy book.  It’s still winter and we are slowly transitioning into spring.  This book companion has opportunities for preteaching vocabulary, dressing a frog, and two levels of differentiated questions.  Sentence strips are included for targeting vocabulary and expanding utterances. You can dress a frog and you can also dress an Old Lady if you download the free Dress up the Old Lady game. 

     

    • Buildings and Community Workers

    Check out “There’s a Moose on the Loose!” for a great interactive book and game targeting buildings and community workers.  

    Social Stories: During the unusual time of 2020, I discovered that Autism Little Learners had great 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!

    I also have several social stories here and in my freebie library. 

    My children helped to develop this digital version with real photos:

    That Hurts Cover
    • Articulation Games: Spring Speech has been a hit with my students so far. It features some characters from favorite spring books, including The Old Lady, Bunny, Caterpillar, etc.  There are versions for Early Sounds, Later Sounds, and Consonant Blends.
    Spring Speech Set

    • Toys!  There are so many great spring-themed toys and learning games to use! As we head into spring, I tend to pull out companions to my Eric Carle books.  
    • Potatohead is perfect for requesting, body parts, and clothing names!

       

       

    Freebies!

    • Digital & Printable Freebies from Ausome Speech: 

       

       

     

    This printable set pairs nicely it with this youtube 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.  

    Freebies for Winter: 

    Freebies for St. Patrick’s Day:

    Freebies for Spring:

    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 March

    The Night Before St Patrick’s Day by Natasha Wing

    Froggy Finds Signs of Spring by Ginger Joyce

    There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover by Lucille Colandro (see digital book companion by Elizabeth Hepler)

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

    Ten Little Ladybugs by Elizabeth Hepler

    Little Blue Truck’s Springtime by Alice Schertle

    Too Many Carrots by Katy Hudson

    Lola Plants a Gardenby Anna McQuinn

    The Night Before St Patrick’s Day by Natasha Wing

    How to Catch a Leprechaun by Adam Wallace

    10 little ladybugs with watermark
    • Music: I usually incorporate music, whether it’s a song for articulation (I love the Have Fun Teaching alphabet series and Jack Hartman for articulation warmups-search these on youtube).
      • Preschool Songs for wrapping up Winter Speech Therapy Themes (you can mute or open in a new window to avoid ads:

    3 Little Kittens Lost Their Mittens

    Snowflake Snowflake 

    I’m a Little Snowflake

    5 Little Snowflakes

    Winter Clothing Song

    I’m a Snowman– for purchase by Rachel Arnston

    • Preschool Songs for starting up Spring Speech Therapy Themes (you can mute or open in a new window to avoid ads: 

    Spring is Here

    The Seasons Song 

    Itsy Bitsy Spider 

    The Ants Go Marching 

    Boom Chicka Boom 

    Butterfly Ladybug Bumble Bee

    • Movement Breaks

    Snowman Freeze Dance

    Jack Hartman Penguin Dance (my son loves this one!)

    Go Noodle Yes I want to Build a Snowman

    The Sid Shuffle

    Springtime Dance Jack Hartman

    • Read Alouds:

    I am Spring

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    Pete the Cat: The Great Leprechaun Chase

    Happy March, everyone!!!

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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)
      -Rockingham County Schools (Gestalt Language Processing)
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