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Spook-tacular Speech Sessions!

Published October 8, 2013 8:00 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling

If you are anything like me, you too love bringing the holidays into your therapy sessions! Not only is it practical and supports the classroom curriculum, but it also adds amusement and interest to your therapy sessions. Children love the holidays and are often intrigued by the decorations, colors and images that go along with each special time of year. So, now that October has arrived, I am gearing up for Halloween activities that are language-based and age-appropriate. In the meantime, my older daughter is about to turn 4 and has chosen a Halloween theme for her birthday party this year. Needless to say, I am in hot pursuit of Halloween games perfect for the preschool population! Here are a few:

  • Halloween BINGO - I found an inexpensive pack of 25 Halloween BINGO cards at a local retailer. Very excited to try these out in my group sessions at school! Perfect for listening comprehension and picture identification.
  • Halloween Cookie Cutters - Looking for a fun sensory activity?? Try using playdough in Halloween colors: black, orange, green and purple and encourage your students to get hands-on! Feeling extra ambitious? Try making your own pumpkin or cinnamon scented playdough - this will really get all the senses involved and can even be used as a step-by-step therapy activity! Here is a recipe I posted in 2011 for Pumpkin Spice Playdough
  • Pin the Spider on the Web - or the nose on the pumpkin, or the eyes on the ghost! This is a Halloween version of the ever famous "Pin the Tail on the Donkey" game that has been popular for decades! These are hot items in many local stores right now but you could even make your own! Buy a fairly large Halloween pumpkin decoration, draw eyes and a mouth on it. Now cut out black triangles for the nose. Blindfold the students and see if they can "pin the nose on the pumpkin!" Perfect for learning to take turns and answering "wh" questions, such as describing what they did and where they put their triangle!
  • Homecare Halloween - If the family you are working with isn't quite sure how trick-or-treating will go with their little one this year, ask them to have their costume ready ahead of time for your therapy session. Have them practice dressing up and then pretending to go trick-or-treating. This is a great way to make your visit practical and fun!

Please share other ways YOU are making your therapy sessions SPOOK-TACULAR!

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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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