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My SLP Therapy Holiday To-Do List, 2011

Published December 6, 2011 9:18 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling

Hello fellow SLPs! I really love this time of the year...the soft glow of Christmas lights as you ride through the neighborhood, familiar holiday tunes playing everywhere you go bringing a sense of nostalgia and anticipation to the air and of course the buzz among my students as they begin the countdown to December 25th!

In order to adequately prepare for the upcoming weeks and to ensure therapy lessons are both fun and pertinent to the time of year and the preschool curriculum, I have created my very own SLP Therapy Holiday to do list, which I hope brings inspiration and good cheer to your lessons as well!

  1. Decorate my office and office door (in other words, get into the holiday groove)!
  2. Take stock in some really fun snowman and Christmas/holiday stickers (snowmen are always nice because they can carry you through January and February)!
  3. Go through my classroom materials and pull out anything that has to do with Hanukkah, Kwanza and Christmas!
  4. Retrieve my holiday articulation file and begin preparing my articulation lessons for the month. Kids always love when artic has a festive theme and fun pictures to go along with the lessons!
  5. Come up with three delicious, kid-friendly and easy-to-make recipes for (once again) Hanukkah, Kwanza and Christmas (I will keep you posted on the choices)!
  6. Take out my Christmas music and jingle bells and start caroling with the kids!
  7. Find my trusty Santa Sack (which I created during my days in homecare), stuffed with fun winter and holiday items, such as an angel figurine, jingle bells, a pair of mittens, a red and white Santa hat and much, much more. The children always love reaching in and seeing what is hidden in Santa's Sack!
  8. Buy face-paint for our winter wonderland celebration, which is the last day of school before Christmas break (I offered to do the face-painting because I thought it would be a nice way to do some indirect oral motor for my sensory-sensitive kiddos and the children can practice their speech and language skills by making a choice and asking for the type of design they want painted on their face)!
  9. Share all these ideas and lessons with the parents so that they can know and reinforce the lessons and vocabulary that we are working on at school!
  10. Lastly, enjoy baking a few extra cookies to share with my co-workers and the children for our holiday celebration on our final school day of 2011!

Are your therapy lessons holiday ready? Share your ideas here!

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    Stephanie Bruno Dowling, M.S. CCC-SLP
    Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist
    Setting: Early Intervention in Delaware County, PA
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