Therapy Theme: April (Spring, Bunnies, Carrots, Easter)

    April 1, 2022 No Comments

    “What’s in your box, Mrs. Elizabeth?”

    Themes for April

    I try to carry over what I see my students doing at preschool.  In April, this is often Easter, Gardening, Bunnies, Carrots, Bugs, Rain, and other fun spring concepts.

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

    April Lesson Plan

    Organization and Personal Gear

    First of all….stuff for face to face therapy…finally.  Yay!!! I don’t have a designated work space and travel around…so I rely on my good ‘ol pal Bessie the cart.  This one has held up really well for me.  It’s durable and it keeps my things safe if it’s raining on the way in and out of buildings.  

    Husky Rolling Cart

    After being so comfortable in my clothes while working from home, I worked to update my t-shirt collection to be comfortable, supportive of my students, and also supporting fellow SLPs!  Here are a couple of my favorites:

    I especially love the one below, that celebrates Neurodiversity.  This is a great reminder to move from Autism Awareness to Autism Acceptance (or both, as I talked about here).

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    Still loving all of these:

    • 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 spring themes this month. 
      Click on “Wallpapers” to download this month and previous months.

    Visuals and Handouts for Neurodiversity

    The neurodiversity set of handouts from Speechy Things is exactly what I needed to help spread the word about Autism Acceptance this month.  You should definitely check these out!

    Passport Speech also has a free set of handouts for Neurodiversity.

    This boom deck from Boho Speechie has worked really well for introducing communication style differences.  I’ve enjoyed using it with parents and older students. 

    Spring Printable Resources

    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 Dot Art Freebie includes spring characters and targets for /L/ Blends.

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    Brand New Articulation Visual Freebie

    Free Articulation Visuals

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      Spring Digital Resources

      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. You can try a free sample of this resource here

      Spring Speech Set

      Rainy Day Speech has just come out and it has been a lot of fun on those dreary days. It features more characters from favorite spring books, including The Old Lady, Bunny, Caterpillar, etc.   You can try a free sample of this resource here

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      Book Companions: This bottomless set of book companions is perfect for PreK.  Each activity includes preteaching vocabulary, sentence strips for sight words, and interactive open-ended scenes for expanding utterances, engaging in child-led play, and working on vocabulary.

      bottomless bundle of book companions

      Earth Day Freebie for Emotions or Pragmatic Language.

      Favorite Books

      Here are some of my favorite books for April. 

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      Too Many Carrots by Katy Hudson

      The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

      Racoon on His Own by Jim Arnosky

      Bear ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach

      Change Sings by Amanda Gorman

      Little Blue Truck Springtime by Alice Schertle

      How to Catch the Easter Bunny by Adam Wallace

      Happy Easter, Mouse by Laura Numeroff

      There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick by Lucille Colandro

      Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn

      Ten Little Ladybugs by Elizabeth Hepler

      Favorite Songs and Read-Alouds

      Spring is Here

      The Seasons Song 

      Itsy Bitsy Spider 

      The Ants Go Marching 

      Boom Chicka Boom 

      Butterfly Ladybug Bumble Bee

      Springtime Dance Jack Hartman

      I am Spring

      Very Hungry Caterpillar

      Spring Books for Kids 

      Toys!  

      There are so many great spring-themed toys and learning games to use!

      This butterfly sorting toy works great!  You can target colors, counting, more/less, taking turns, and a lot of other language concepts. 

      counting toys            

      Eric Carle Magnetic Storytelling set

      Very Hungry Caterpillar Game

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      Jumping Jack Game

      Goliath Jumping Jack Kids Game

      Freebies for Earth Day

      Ausome Speech: Earth Day Emotions

      Seldom Speechless: Guess the Word

      Panda Speech: Earth Day Promise

      Freebies for Spring

      A Perfect Blend: Backgrounds for April (instagram stories), Speech Posters, etc

      Thrifty Speechy: Spring Craft

      Ausome Speech: Dress up the Old Lady, Free printable Book Visuals, Free Boom Cards

      Seldom Speechless: Video Modeling sample (not specific to speech, but a great resource….the whole set is amazing!)

      Speech Tea: Baseball Craft

      Panda Speech: Spring Listen Up!

      Busy Speech Mom: Bugs and Insects

      The Bright Side of Speech: Spring Things

      Stacey Crouse: Teletherapy Activities for Spring

      Ausome Speech: CVC Sample

      Ausome Speech: Rainy Day Speech Sample

      Ausome Speech: L Blend Dot Art

      Happy April, everyone!!!

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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)
        -Rockingham County Schools (Gestalt Language Processing)
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