Welcome Back! Part 2: 30-minute speech therapy sessions

speech therapy sessionsI can’t believe it is fall already but I have accepted that it is here.

Here are some quick tips for effectively running your speech therapy sessions.

30 minutes can be the fastest time interval if you have planned for it or the slowest if you didn’t have time to put a speech therapy session together effectively.  In the first few weeks of school we have not established our routine and you can bet that the students haven’t either. Rely heavily on the library, book discovery and a keen, concise schedule to get all of your groups humming along and achieving classroom objectives as they go.

Book Discovery (circle time activities):  Expressive 

speech therapy sessionPlace a large number of books on the topic around the table.  Encourage students to freely pick any book, look through it, comment, trade, and show friends what they see.  Tell them they have 2 minutes and at the end let them choose one book that you look through (non-fiction) or read (fiction).  This centers them on the topic and gives you an idea as to how familiar they are with the topic.

2 minutes

Planning for Speech Therapy

Speech Therapy Session Activity Set-up:  Receptive 

speech therapy sessionEmpower and challenge students by having them set up for the activity.  Explain what they will be doing, show an example, and then ask for helpers to gather crayons, paper, glue, etc.  Increase the level of difficulty in each speech therapy session by including numbers, an instruction, an order to the instruction, and descriptions of the materials.

5 minutes

Planning for Speech Therapy

Speech Therapy Session Activity:  Expressive 

speech therapy session Hone in on specific communication goals by working together and then targeting individual student’s goals while the others are finishing minor tasks.  Rely heavily on successful students to demonstrate to friends how to say a sound, follow instructions, or complete a task.

11 minutes

Planning for Speech Therapy

Post-Activity Review (clean up, homework):  Receptive 

speech therapy sessionAsk the initial helpers to gather and return the materials they brought.  Have each student stand, present his work, say something about it, and carry it to their backpack, folder, or cubbie.  Reward a student for returning a signed parent letter to encourage communication and interaction with the family.

2 minutes

Planning for Speech Therapy

Curriculum-based Speech Therapy Activities

Literacy-Based Speech and Language Therapy Activities

Content for this essay adapted from Literacy-Based Speech and Language Activities  and Curriculum-based Speech Therapy Activities.  Use them to learn how to effectively organize your therapy so that your therapy materials go a long way.

Written by: Scott Prath

2 Comments on “Welcome Back! Part 2: 30-minute speech therapy sessions”

  1. January 26, 2020 at 1:28 pm #

    This is great, but not a 30 minute session!

    • January 29, 2020 at 1:27 pm #

      Ha! Good catch! I adapted this from a pre-school program session but didn’t update the little clocks to add up to 30. sorry about that.

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