Speech Ideas

Provided to you by
Lynn M. Morar-Jacobs Ed.S./CCC-SLP
and
Stephanie M. Willis M.S./CCC-SLP

Speech Therapy for Emergency School Closure


Welcome to the students that we serve on the following campuses:
Downtown Elementary
Jordan Vocational High School
Wynnton Arts Academy

This website is designed as a resource to help parents provide extra support for students that are not able to attend school at this time.

If you have any questions please e-mail us at:
Morar-jacobs.Lynn.M2@muscogee.k12.ga.us
Willis.Stephanie.M@muscogee.k12.ga.us






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High School

Students, Please find several weeks worth of activities to help you continue working towards your speech therapy goals.

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YouTube Channels for Elementary Students

YouTube Channels for Elementary Students

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How to Help Homeschool Kids With Special Needs During the Pandemic

Teaching children at home is proving to be a struggle for nearly all involved during the coronavirus pandemic, but this new educational reality is extra tough on one particular population: students who require special education—and their parents.

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Why Can't I go to School?

A Social Story About Coronavirus COVID-19

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My Hero is You

Introduction “My Hero is You” is a book written for children around the world affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. “My Hero is You” should be read by a parent, caregiver or teacher alongside a child or a small group of children.

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Corona Virus Social Story

Easterseals serving Chicago has shared a social story you can use to help kids better understand the Coronavirus situation.

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Atlanta Stuttering Help/Therapy

Are you stuck at home and want ideas to support your child who stutters? Watch this video and learn helpful tips and strategies for stuttering while sheltering at home. You will see many proven ways to help children with their on-line speaking assignments and video activities as they complete

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Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month, a time to promote a better understanding of autism and to bring people together to offer better support for those living on the autism spectrum and their families.

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HOW TO CORRECTLY ARTICULATE SPEECH SOUNDS


Articulation Handouts

Articulation Handouts

Providing a good speech model is the best way for your child to learn to articulate sounds correctly. 

We are including a link to assist with explaining how to correctly produce speech sounds when your child is having difficulties. ArticulationHandoutsforParentsTeachers.pdf

Please keep in mind that some speech sounds may not be developmentally appropriate yet. 

Also, if you find your child becoming frustrated accept their response. It is important that he/she does not practice the sounds inaccurately because that will make it more difficult to correct later. 

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Targeted Word Lists for Speech Therapy Practice

Targeted Word Lists for Speech Therapy Practice

This page has words for anyone to practice articulation, apraxia, language, phonology, or stuttering principles. They will help children and adults be successful meeting their goals.

Home Speech Home has a wonderful resource of word lists

Each list of articulation sounds contains words with the target sound in the beginning, middle, and end position, including blends when applicable, as well as words that...

  • are common and functional (words we use all day...everyday)
  • are mostly 1 syllable (multi-syllabic words are more difficult)
  • have a phonemic context that don't interfere with production of the target sound (most words)
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Articulation Stimulus Words for Home Practice

Articulation Stimulus Words for Home Practice

This website Testy Yet Trying is a great resource for parents to have fun, productive speech practice sessions at home. 



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SMILE TRAIN APP FOR ARTICULATION PRACTICE

SMILE TRAIN APP FOR ARTICULATION PRACTICE

Experts agree that children respond best to speech therapy when it is fun and engaging. Smile Train has developed a free, interactive cleft palate speech application to match this widespread belief. The app is meant for children with cleft palate speech problems, involving stories, games and songs for them to improve their speech. This app lowers the burden on families with limited means to travel for therapy and the fun nature of the curriculum encourages children to practice more often to yield better speech outcomes. The app is currently available in English (“Smile Train Speech Games and Practice”) and Spanish (“Smile Train Habla y Lenguaje”).

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ELEMENTARY SCHOOL-AGE SPEECH AND LANGUAGE STRATEGIES


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ARTICULATION
Below are some links to books on www.youtube.com that can be used to help your child practice his or her speech sounds. Listen to each story at least once, but preferably two or three times. Below are some ways you can practice the speech sound in the context of the book. Don't think you have to let the video read the story. You can turn off the volume and read it yourself. Pause the video as needed to ask questions and discuss the story and the pictures.



Ask your child to tell you each time he or she hears a word with their sound.
After each page is read, talk about that part of the story.
Ask questions that will require them to use a word containing their target sound. After your child is familiar with the story, have them act the story out. You can even make sock or paper bag puppets for them to use to act out the story.
Also included are extension activities and videos that you can discuss with your child to help them practice their sounds in more realistic contexts.

VOCABULARY DEVELOPMENT
Several of the books below are full of great vocabulary words. Have your child identify the words he or she doesn't know, and then explain each word to them on their level. Pick one or two words per day from the story and use them several times in different sentences so they can see how they are used. You can make a game of seeing how many times during the day they can correctly use a new word they learned. Be sure you use the word too, throughout the day when talking with them. For even more practice, you can have your child complete pages 4, 5, 6 or 7 (one only) of this pdf PDF to help with learning each word.

WH QUESTIONS AND STORY GRAMMAR
For each story, also ask plenty of "wh" questions (who, what, where, when and why) to make sure they are comprehending the story. Ask about who the characters are, the setting (time and place) of the story, what the problem in the story is, how do the characters feel about the problem, how are the characters planning on solving the problem, did their plan work, and how did the story end. These kinds of activities will help expand their language skills greatly. If your child struggles with understanding what each type of "wh" is asking, you can use the visual cues here to help. Just scroll down the page a little to get to the graphic. You can talk about how "who" questions require a person or character as the answer, "where" questions require a place as the answer, etc. If this is still really difficult, consider only focusing on one type of "wh" question while discussing the story.

AUGMENTATIVE/ALTERNATIVE COMMUNICATION
The books listed below can be a great jumping-off point for teaching students using an AAC device new vocabulary to access on their device. The key for beginning AAC users is for the adults to model using the device while answering their own questions about the story. Before reading the book together, read through the book yourself and pick three to four words you would like to teach your child. Find those words on your child's device. Think of questions you can ask while reading the story whose answer will be the target word, then ask those questions while reading the story with your child. After asking the question, model how to find the answer on the device. The next day, re-read the story and ask similar questions and see if they can answer with the device. If not, continue modeling until they can answer on their own. Be patient. It may take several times before they learn where the word is. Watch Me Throw the Ball is a great book to start with. There are only a few words on each page and the story is simple yet engaging.

INCREASING SENTENCE LENGTH AND COMPLEXITY
Books that are very repetitive can be helpful in helping students learn to increase the length of their sentences and to improve their grammar. The Grouchy Ladybug, Watch Me Throw the Ball, and Today I Will Fly are some examples of such books. Read the book through the first time, without asking any questions or requiring any response. The next day, read through the first few pages and then start reading the majority of one of the repetitious sentences, but stop one or two words short of reading the whole sentence, and wait expectantly to see if your child will finish the sentence. Once you see they are successful with this task, gradually increase the words you leave out and see if they can finish the sentence. If they try, but leave out words or make other errors, repeat the sentence correctly as a model. If they offer no response after waiting a second or two, you can complete the sentence yourself and then move on with the story, but continue to pause with expectation to give your child a chance to finish the sentence.

SOCIAL SKILLS
The book, Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs is a wonderful book to read with students with social skills issues. The book is full of inferences both in the text and the pictures, sarcasm, and other concepts that can be difficult. Be sure to go through the story several times by yourself before reading it with the student. Look for social mistakes made by Goldilocks, areas where the student will need to make inferences to understand the story (double check the pictures for clues as well), and uses of figurative language that will need to be explained. After you and your child have reviewed the story several times and they appear to understand the story you can do some compare and contrast with the story Goldilocks and the Three Bears and/or have them make up their own story of Goldilocks and three other characters. The inside covers of the book are full of ideas for this. They can illustrate the book as well. You can also use this activity to discuss the parts of a story such as characters, setting, time, place, problem in the story, how the characters feel about the problem, the characters' solution for the problem, how does their plan to solve the problem work, and the conclusion of the story.

FLUENCY
The Stuttering Foundation has a lot of great resources to learn about stuttering.
Here is a list of things you as a parent can do to help your child's fluency. Use them as you read and discuss the books below.

Watch 7 Tips for Talking with the Child Who Stutters

Experts agree that most children who stutter benefit from taking time to speak at a rate that promotes fluency. These guidelines represent a number of ways that adults around that child can help promote the child’s fluency.

1. Reduce the pace. Speak with your child in an unhurried way, pausing frequently. Wait a few seconds after your child finishes before you begin to speak. Your own easy relaxed speech will be far more effective than any advice such as “slow down” or “try it again slowly. For some children, it is also helpful to introduce a more relaxed pace of life for a while.

2. Full listening. Try to increase those times that you give your child your undivided attention and are really listening. This does not mean dropping everything every time she speaks.

3. Asking questions. Asking questions is a normal part of life – but try to resist asking one after the other. Sometimes it is more helpful to comment on what your child has said and wait.

4. Turn taking. Help all members of the family take turns talking and listening. Children find it much easier to talk when there are fewer interruptions.

5. Building confidence. Use descriptive praise to build confidence. An example would be “I like the way you picked up your toys. You’re so helpful,” instead of “that’s great.” Praise strengths unrelated to talking as well such as athletic skills, being organized, independent, or careful.

6. Special times. Set aside a few minutes at a regular time each day when you can give your undivided attention to your child. This quiet calm time – no TV, iPad or phones - can be a confidence builder for young children. As little as five minutes a day can make a difference.

7. Normal rules apply. Discipline the child who stutters just as you do your other children and just as you would if he didn’t stutter.

Last of all, don't feel like you have to do all of the activities for a particular book in one day. One small activity per day can make a huge impact on your child's communication skills. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child's speech language pathologist.



SKW Sound
Online Books
Squish Rabbit
Brave Squish Rabbit
A Squash and a Squeeze

Games/ Activities (see how many times you can use the word in bold during the activity. Can you think out any other words containing the /skw/ sound?)
1. Squeezing frosting on cookies
2. Squishing/ squeezing plush toys

Videos
Sesame Street: Squid Says the Alphabet
Squid Brian Williams

THR Sound
Online Books
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
Watch Me Throw the Ball

Games/ Activities - make sure to ask questions that require him or her to use thr words.
Throwing a basketball through a hoop- (throw, threw, through)
Pushing cars through cardboard tube (through)
Kids climbing through a collapsible tunnel (through)
Throw bean bag on cards (throw high, throw low, etc)
Looking through binoculars for cards (through)
Bean bag toss (through, threw)
Thread beads (thread, through, three)

Videos
Count Counting Sheep
Number of the Day (Number of the Day)
Globe Trotters (Globe Trotters)

SPL Sound
Online Books
Splat the Cat
Splat the Cat Sings Flat

Games/Activities- (see how many times you can use the word in bold during the activity. Can you think out any other words containing the /spl/ sound?)


Splish, Splash! game
Splat things with a fly swatter
Make play banana split

Videos

Classic Sesame Street - "Splashing Around"
Sesame Place Count's Splash Castle

FR Sound
Online Books
The Red Eyed Tree Frog
My Friends
The Umbrella

Videos

Sesame Street – fragile
Fragrance
Frame
Friend
Froggy jumps

Games/ Activities

Freeze tag "(I froze you!", "You are free!")
Draw types of fruit or make with play dough. (Say, "A banana is a fruit", etc)
"FR" word scavenger hunt

STR Sound
Online Books
Mr. Strong
A Bad Case of Stripes

Games/ Activities- (see how many times you can use the word in bold during the activity. Can you think out any other words containing the /str/ sound?)


Stringing beads
Blowing with straws
Picking things up ("I am strong!")
Make chain garland (strips)

Videos

Street Sweepers
Sesame Strategy

FL Sound
Online Books
The Grouchy Ladybug
Cows Can't Fly
Today I Will Fly!

Games/ Activities
Jumping Monkeys (flip, fling, flop, fly, flew)
Make paper airplanes
Pretend you are flying on airplane (flip, fling, flop, fly, flew)

Videos
Sesame Street - Float
Sesame Street: There's a Fly in the Soup | Waiter Grover
Grover Flies

CH Sound
Online Books
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Itchy Itchy Chicken Pox

Videos
ch | Fun Phonics | How to Read | Made by Kids vs Phonics
Digraphs | Let's Learn About the Digraph ch | Phonics Song for Kids | Jack Hartmann

F Sound
Online Books
The Gingerbread Man
The Foot Book
The Rainbow Fish

Videos
Sesame Street Letter of the Day F
F is For Fox
Sesame Street The Number of the Day 5 

G Sound
Online Books
When the Goose Got Loose
Three Billy Goats Gruff
Go Away, Big Green Monster

Videos
Sesame Street: Song - Super Grover with a "G"
Sesame Street G

K Sound
Online Books
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Have You Seen My Cat?
Three Little Kittens

Extension Activities
You can make various crafts using scissors and glue.Click here for a cat craft.  During the activity, have your child ask for their supplies (scissors, glue, crayons etc). Ask why they need scissors ("So I can cut paper.") Think of other questions you can use to elicit the /k/ sound during the activity. When they are finished, have them describe how they made their craft.

Videos
Learn How to Say K
Letter of the Day K
Things That Start with K
Sesame Street: Cookie Monster Sings C is for Cookie 

L Sound
Online Books
The Grouchy Ladybug
Is Your Mama a Llama?
The Wee Little Woman

Videos
Learn How to Say L
Sesame Street Letter of the Day L
Sesame Street Cookie's Letter of the Day L 

S Sound
Online Books
Silly Sally
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
The Day the Goose Got Loose

Videos
Learn How to Say S
Sesame Street Letter of the Day S
Sesame Street The Number of the Day 7


SH Sound
Online Books
Shoo Fly!
The Shape of Me and Other Stuff
The Rainbow Fish

Videos
Let's Learn About the Digraph sh
The SH Sound | Phonics Video | Scratch Garden
Learn How to Say SH

TH Sound
Downloadable Articulation Sheets for TH 
Print the TH articulation sheet above to make articulation cards. Print and make two copies to play Go Fish or Memory while practicing the sound. You can also hide the cards and have your child hunt them and say the picture that is shown on each card as the cards are found.


MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL Speech and Language Strategies


MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL Speech and Language Strategies
This page is for speech and language activities for middle and high school students.
This website, Speech Time Fun, provides a list of common games that can be used to strengthen language skills.
Below are other ideas you can use based on your student's current class assignments.

ARTICULATION
Have your student take one page from a reading assignment and identify all of the words on that page that contain the sound they are working on in speech. Depending on how hard it is for them to pronounce the word, you can have them just repeat the word after you, have them read each word slowly on their own, have them read that word and one or two words that are after it on the page, have them read the whole sentence, or the whole page. If they cannot produce the sound correctly at least half of the time, go down a level.

VOCABULARY
Have the student pick five vocabulary words from any subject. Use any of the graphic organizers from this page to define, describe, and use the word. I personally like pages, 4-7 the best for this. Look the word up in the dictionary together, and if needed you can rephrase the definition in your own words. Have them do the same. Use the word in several different sentences for your child and then have them use the word in a few sentences. When they have mastered these first 5 words, you can move on to five more words and repeat the process. You can use free online resources as well, such as Quizlet to created flashcards for practice.

Games like Tribond, Apples to Apples, and Taboo are great games to work on vocabulary.

SOCIAL SKILLS
Social Thinking has a host of free webinars to help you learn more about teaching social competencies to you child and ideas to incorporate them. The sight also has numerous articles that you may find helpful.

Here are a few videos on www.youtube.com on social skills and social thinking that you can view

Social Skills Video: Think it Or Say It
Expected and Unexpected Behaviors
Tips on Making New Friends
Listening with Your Body
Size of the Problem

The videos above can be used as conversation starters about behaviors that we expect from others and behaviors that are unexpected and make others feel uncomfortable.

FLUENCY
The Stuttering Foundation has a lot of great resources to learn about stuttering.
Here is a list of things you as a parent can do to help your child's fluency.

Watch 7 Tips for Talking with the Child Who Stutters

Experts agree that most children who stutter benefit from taking time to speak at a rate that promotes fluency. These guidelines represent a number of ways that adults around that child can help promote the child’s fluency.

1. Reduce the pace. Speak with your child in an unhurried way, pausing frequently. Wait a few seconds after your child finishes before you begin to speak. Your own easy relaxed speech will be far more effective than any advice such as “slow down” or “try it again slowly. For some children, it is also helpful to introduce a more relaxed pace of life for awhile.

2. Full listening. Try to increase those times that you give your child your undivided attention and are really listening. This does not mean dropping everything every time she speaks.

3. Asking questions. Asking questions is a normal part of life – but try to resist asking one after the other. Sometimes it is more helpful to comment on what your child has said and wait.

4. Turn taking. Help all members of the family take turns talking and listening. Children find it much easier to talk when there are fewer interruptions.

5. Building confidence. Use descriptive praise to build confidence. An example would be “I like the way you picked up your toys. You’re so helpful,” instead of “that’s great.” Praise strengths unrelated to talking as well such as athletic skills, being organized, independent, or careful.

6. Special times. Set aside a few minutes at a regular time each day when you can give your undivided attention to your child. This quiet calm time – no TV, iPad or phones - can be a confidence builder for young children. As little as five minutes a day can make a difference.

7. Normal rules apply. Discipline the child who stutters just as you do your other children and just as you would if he didn’t stutter.

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