Thirteen bloggers are hiding--hiding on different blogs and hiding in the school. Can you find us all?  As you hop around from blog to blog be sure to write down who you found and where you found them.  Then, go back to Kim from Activity Tailor's blog to enter to win!

Over the summer, I met this truly talented SLP and I feel so fortunate that I did!  Please welcome my guest blogger, Lisette from Speech Sprouts!

Ever use consider the stage or auditorium as a great speech therapy tool?

I  believe that speech therapy can happen almost anywhere and every activity presents with great opportunities to teach speech and language skills. So what can you do with the stage or auditorium? 

Hide and Seek SLP Bloghop- Speech therapy is happening all over school!

Ready for some fun?

 I am teaming up with several SLP blogger buddies to bring you this Hide and Seek Bloghop!   Thank you so much to Kim of Activity Tailor for this creative idea and for organizing for us (She's awesome!)

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So... speech in the auditorium? Sure!  Here are some ideas:

 Story re-tell: target expressive language, articulation, fluency and literacy skills.

How much fun would it be for your kids to read a story, and then write and stage a skit or play? If you can,  conduct all the sessions on the stage to build anticipation. Grab a circle of chairs and maybe some large paper and markers to brainstorm ideas.  A project like this could last for weeks of therapy.

1. Take photos of your group at each stage of preparation, to put together a journal of your project later on! Kids can label and retell the story of their adventures. Everyone loves pictures of themselves.

2. Choose a familiar story to read, with enough characters so that each student gets a part, and one that would lend it self to simple staging. Fairytales and other simple stories will work well.

Discuss the setting, characters, and problem: Ask and answer wh? questions. Sequence the story. Predict. Infer. Talk about feelings. Discuss alternate endings. What would have happened if.....

Post words from the story that include your articulation targets. Use these as artic stimulus words. 

3. Have your students help you write a simple screenplay. Will the story have a traditional ending, or a surprise twist? 

4. Talk about staging, scenery and simple costumes. How will you make them? What materials will you need? 

Keep it simple so the kids can do the work themselves. Paper bag costumes, hats, headbands and box props are all inexpensive. Another opportunity for sequencing and following directions, as well as verbs and sentence structure. 

5. Spend a few sessions preparing the costumes and scenery. You can require your kids to ask for supplies, working on requesting and question structure. They can talk or write about what they did, using past tense, verbs, pronouns and sequencing again. 

6. Invite an audience- a younger class or parents always works well. Then give your show! What a great opportunity for kids who stutter to participate with scripted or choral speaking to enhance their fluency. 

Be sure to take photos for your journal and maybe even your yearbook. 

7. Have an after-party! A few simple snacks, and an opportunity to look at all the photos or video of your project. Well done!

Have you ever used the stage for speech and language? I would love to hear what you did!

I hope you are enjoying the hop. I want to say thank you again to Kim at Activity Tailor. This definitely cheered up my week!


Lisette’s home base is Speech Sprouts,  but today she’s in the:  AUDITORIUM!  

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Hide and Seek SLP Bloghop- Speech therapy is happening all over school!
I LOVE Pirates!  I can’t wait to throw on my pirate’s hat, patch, and hook the kids into working on their speech and language skills.  Maybe it is the idea of treasure, or the funny way that they talk, but I have yet to find a kiddo that doesn’t enjoy “Talk like a Pirate” week!  Thanks to Tracey of Gold County SLP for hosting this fun linky party!

Are you planning to bring out the hat and hook?  If so, here are some items that I have in my store that may be of interest to you. three fun Open-Ended Pirate Games allow you to work on ANY skill and reinforce with this little treasure! In the pack, be the first to collect all of the map pieces, play a board game, or collect the most treasure! Island targets prepositions and pronouns with a variety of materials.  Bingo games and dauber pages are included for both prepositions and pronouns.  The dauber pages are great for a no-prep homework option.  There is even a dice game for prepositions and hands-on manipulates and built-in sentence strips with the Pronoun Pirates! Pronoun Pirates is great for following directions (i.e. "Give her the barrel") and assisting with constructing sentences to include appropriate pronouns. 

Some other great finds include: 
I love this storybook by Monae of  Monae's Speech and Language House.  I have this storybook and the kids love it! First of all, it has Pirates!  Plus, her stories come with additional pieces at the end of the story so that you can work on matching.  I also put the pieces on my carry around felt board folder and then use the additional pieces to work on sequencing, wh-questions, function, and description!
This vocabulary builder by LyndaSLP123 looks wonderful! Who doesn’t like collecting gems and jewels? I love that they kiddos collect treasure while expanding their vocabulary skills!
This Pirate themed Speech & Language Pack by Sounds Like Fun looks super comprehensive!  I love that it has pages that can be taken home for homework and that there is a craft involved!
My kiddos enjoy using play dough in therapy.  What a creative and fun way to work on expected and unexpected behaviors and social skills by Smart Mouth SLP!

There are so many wonderful therapy tools to use in therapy.  Arrrrrr… you going to hook your kiddos in with Pirates?

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