Thanksgiving is just around the corner and I am chomping at the bit for the time off.  We have one more week of school and for the first time in five years, we will have the entire week off for Thanksgiving.  Do you?  Is this usual for your school district?  Or do you work up until the day before Thanksgiving and then have Thanksgiving and the day after off?

Either way, we still have a few days of crunch time therapy before enjoying a little relaxation time off.  Are you still in need of some little "reinforcements" with a Thanksgiving theme? Here are five great apps that I found that can be used to target speech and language goals and act as a Thanksgiving week reinforcement.

THANKSGIVING EBOOK (Mr. Turkey, where are you?) by Visual Works: This is a very basic ebook introducing Thanksgiving characters (Pilgrim, turkey, Native American, leaf, etc..) and is a simple way to work on answering basic who, what, and where questions.  The great part is that you can also personalize the story for your student. The designer of this app also has similar ebooks for other holidays too. If you go to their website, you can also download a pdf version of this story.

HAND TURKEY App by Jay Ayres: This is a multi-touch app.  It is great when working on cause-effect, making requests, and following directions. My little one loved playing with it and I heard a lot of giggling happening so I am excited to see how my kiddos at work like it.  Student places their hand on the tablet screen and the app will make a turkey using their hand.  Students can name their turkey and decorate it. 

WORD SEARCH THANKSGIVING by Astraware:  I love this one! I'm pretty sure my older students will love it too.  When you start the game it creates a lit of words associated with Autumn and Thanksgiving.  Tap it again, and a huge word search with the same words comes up for the students to locate the words.  This app is great for targeting articulation (especially if students are at a mixed position level with their sound), definitions, and grammar (using a word in a grammatically correct sentence or identifying the part of speech).

THANKSGIVING GAMES for KIDS by Maria Dolores Garcia Ferre: This app features multiple games such as simon says (with Thanksgiving foods), identifying pictures that are not the same, word search, memory, building words by moving letters in place, etc.. This is just a great app to reinforce completion of speech tasks.

THANKSGIVING PUZZLES by Scott Adelman Apps Inc: These puzzles are very simple and cute (9 pieces).  I have the free version and it provides you with four puzzles.  You have the option to buy more and if you do purchase you are able to change the number of puzzle pieces too.  Personally, I found the free version more than meets my needs for reinforcement.  Once the student puts all the pieces together a cute little animation takes place.

The opinions expressed here are my own and I have not received any compensation for sharing this information.  All websites and tablet applications that are mentioned in this blog are done so as potential tools to encourage and assist in the development of speech and language skills.

Do you have any suggestions for free Thanksgiving apps that can be used in therapy?



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Have your student's mentioned to you over and over that the new Trolls movie is coming out?  Between work and home, I have heard my students and my child mention it a time or two.  It made me wish my childhood home was closer to where I live so I could ransack my old toy box and find my troll dolls! I know they have to be in there somewhere.  I use to love the sensory of the troll hair!
To get my student's into the groove of therapy, I have been using my Trolls No Prep Speech and Language set and they have been loving it! I loved that it made therapy easy.  Just print the pages I need and grab daubers, dice, and/or a paperclip.  I'm about keeping it super simple so in many cases, I just grabbed the pages, crayons for the kiddos to color instead of daub, and used the Make Dice App so I wouldn't lose any small parts! The app added to the magic for the kids too since they all seem to love using the tablet even when it is something so simple. You can try out my Trolls No Prep with this Freebie!

I will also be pulling out my Open-Ended Trolls game boards and points game that I shared as an exclusive freebie with my email list friends! I figure the Trolls are back in full force so I made game boards for several seasons (Fall, Winter, and Spring) that school is in session.  The points game reminded me of collecting Trolls since that is exactly what you do with the game.  You collect Troll cards and points.  At the end, the person with the most points wins!  I'm super excited to see my kiddos faces when they see the new games featuring Trolls.


If you would like a copy of these Open-Ended Trolls games, complete the form below and I will gladly send them to you.


    I have said this a million times and I will say it again.  I LOVE HALLOWEEN!  Okay, I love Autumn.  I think it is my favorite season of all (well, that and Spring. Hmm... Summer is great too for obvious reasons)!  I love seeing little dressed up in costume. I remember trick or treating fondly. Plus, I just love the change in colors. Halloween therapy week is always so much fun. The kids are excited and even the most resistant child to conversation typically becomes more of a social butterfly.  I mean, who wouldn't when you can talk costumes, favorite candy (chocolate!), and Halloween parties or community events.  This week, I will be pulling out or continue to use the following materials to engage the kids in building their skills in articulation, language, and conversation.

    This week I pulled out my Map, Mash, & Mark: Halloween Conversation Mats.  My students love the Frankenstein Mash Mat the best. The pumpkin carving was second favorite because it elicited A LOT of conversation about how they like to cut their pumpkins, what they do with the seeds, and what they put inside the pumpkin for light (candle, LED light, or glow stick).
    https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Halloween-Conversation-Exchange-Map-Mash-Mark-1987560
    Map, Mash, & Mark: Halloween Conversational Exchange
    The Map, Mash, & Mark sets provides students with conversation flow maps to determine who their audience is, what they may have in common to discuss, map out a possible conversation, and determine if their responses and continue topic maintenance. All charts, conversation suggestions, and mats are provided in color and in low ink black and white (which is perfect to take home and practice conversations with parents, siblings, and friends). I typically use the Mash mats in therapy because it keeps hands busy with dough and doesn't result in ink all over my table or space (I tend to always get the daubers that like to leak or else everyone who steps into my speech space simply does not know their own strength).

    https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Spooktacular-No-Prep-Speech-and-Language-2826719
    I used my new NO PREP SPOOKTACULAR pack last week over and over again.  The kids loved using crayons to color in the potion bottles, cauldrons, and coffins.  In fact, using the crayons and color pencils were just as much a win as using the dauber bottles typically are.  Plus, once they finished working on their targeted articulation or language goal, they were able to color in the cute graphics.  All that was needed was the necessary pages, dice, or a paperclip.  It included a dice game, double dice game, and spinners game. I do not like hauling dice around with me. I tend to forget where I place them. So, I used my tablet and an app called Make Dice Lite.  The kids liked seeing who could complete all 12 articulation or language tasks first. The pack consists of 106 pages and targets the following sounds in all word positions: k, g, f, v, s, s-blends, z, l, l-blends, ch, sh, th, r, r-blends, and rl words.  The language section targets: verbs, pronouns, category, function, antonyms, synonyms, and homonyms.

    To wrap up my week, I will also be using these SPOOKTACULAR NEW STORIES that I blogged about earlier this week with classes that I have not yet used them with.  I also will continue to use these 5 FREE HALLOWEEN APPS that I blogged about earlier this week over at Speech Spotlight.

    What will you be doing in speech this week?  Do you know of any great new books?  Do you have any favorite Halloween therapy apps? If so, please share.


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