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Early Intervention Speech Therapy

Jumping Into "J" Week!

Published January 13, 2012 1:35 PM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling

It's "J" week at our school, so I decided to do a "J" foods taste test to help explore the letter of the week, as well as make some flavorful foods come to life for our students. We used simple foods that most children would know and would probably enjoy eating, such as JELL-O, JELLY BEANS and JAM!

The activity went as follows:

  1. First, we sat in a circle and picked each of the three "J" foods out of my winter snowman box (using a box of Jell-O, a small bag of jelly beans and jar of jam). They needed to name the food that they picked out of the box. We took turns saying the name of the food, focusing on the letter of the week and clapping out the syllables (i.e. jel-ly-beans!)
  2. I had also printed out a picture of each food. So when a child picked out a food, they then needed to match it to the corresponding picture.
  3. From there, we moved over to our snack table. I hung up the pictures of the foods so that we could talk about them and they could see them as they ate.
  4. We then passed out the foods one by one, talking about the color and consistency as we went along (i.e. The Jell-O is red and it jjjj-jiggles!). They practiced SCOOPING the Jell-O and jelly beans and they practiced spreading the blackberry jam onto whole wheat crackers.
  5. The teachers and I also took a sample taste of the foods to demonstrate eating all of the different foods, as several of the children were resistant to tasting the jelly and Jell-O.
  6. Lastly, we talked about which food we liked the best! Prior to the lesson I made a simple chart that looked like this:


  7. Everyone was asked - teachers included! - which food they liked best. I picked jam, so my name was written next to the jam. We did this for everyone and at the end, two children picked Jell-O, five picked jelly beans, and three picked jam. We talked about which food was chosen the MOST!

Overall, it turned out to be a really fun food-based activity with tons of speech and language embedded into the session!

Have a speech and language taste test at your school and let me know how it goes!

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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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