More Preschool Speech Therapy Ideas

Play-Doh speech therapy activitiesThis week, I blogged in response to a question I got from a fellow SLP asking for ideas to keep preschoolers engaged in a speech and language lesson. As I was working with a 2 1/2 year-old today, I was reminded that sometimes the child just drives the session!

I was playing with a little boy who loves Play-Doh so much that I could just keep varying how I use it for the whole lesson. Well, today he asked for the “shatata” (spatula) and the “K-K” (cookie form). We started to make our Play-Doh cookies and brought out our pretend oven. My little friend started to say, “thip” (flip) and stuck his spatula under the cookie and flipped it in the air! He laughed and laughed. That activity took up the rest of the session as I modeled 2-word phrases for him to repeat describing where the cookie sailed off to–“in jar, on table, under table, on phone, go down, get cookie, more flip” etc. Luckily Mom had left the kitchen to care for her other child because we were flipping everywhere.

It just goes to show you that anything can turn into a language learning activity.

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4 Responses to More Preschool Speech Therapy Ideas

  1. Janice says:

    I love the descriptions used in your blog posts. It is rather refreshing to hear real session details as opposed to: client was engaged and highly motivated. I love the genuine, down to earth quality of your blog posts. Thank you so much!

    • sherry says:

      Thanks for the encouragement, Janice. I definitely work with kids who aren’t always motivated or cooperative which is real life!!

  2. Shirlene says:

    My son a speech delay. He is currently with 3-4 words together and turning 4 in March. This sounds like something he would like to do. We play with play dough often but I never thought to make a cookie and flip it. I’ll try it today! Thanks for the tip.

  3. Marybeth says:

    You are so right about language lessons can be created from anything and everything! My pre schooler picked up my IPAD and somehow started looking at my pictures. We spent the next 15 minutes describing, labeling and answering “wh” questions with pictures of my family!

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