The year is drawing to a close, and my ideas for therapy are
dwindling. The other day I pulled out a favorite software program that hadn't
seen the light of day for a long time. I'm not sure why I haven't used it
lately; it is the perfect therapy activity for the under 6 set:
Scholastic's I Spy Junior Puppet Play House.
This game should be played with an attentive SLP and targets
NUMEROUS speech and language goals and objectives. (I know that we wouldn't just put a kid on the computer and
get on with our paperwork..._)
The first screen shot that pops up provides choices
of several games. I maintain control of the mouse, so my student is forced
to ask for a game, such as the "whale", "the princess in the boat," "the toy box." etc. The favorite game, is of course "I
The child must solve a riddle as he/she finds items hidden in the picture. How lucky for SLPs whose students work
on "s" blends, that "I SPY" is the repeating phrase. We work on the "sn" in
"sneaky", the ‘g' in "dragon", and on the next page, the "c" in "cave" and the
"sp" in spoons.
On this particular day I had a student working on /s/ blends
and /k/ and /g/, and another student whose goals included object functions.
As we pointed
and clicked, I threw in questions such as "what do you do with a spoon?", "what do we use a door for?" and other "wh" questions such as " where is
There is a basic sorting game, and again I like to maintain
control of the mouse and encourage my students to verbally tell me where to place
the objects. (No pointing or non-specific vocabulary!)
Finally, there's a puppet-making game:
The students have to follow verbal directions as the puppet
requests which part of its body it would like. This also targets shape and
This is an oldie but a goodie and not very expensive. Find
it here on Amazon or even on Ebay.
Do you have favorite (non speech) software you use with your
students? Discuss them below or on
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