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!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/FREEBIE-Trolls-No-Prep-Speech-and-Language-2852622To 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. I even created a Trolls No Prep Speech and Language FREEBIE which is a small sample of the big 160 page set.
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.

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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.

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I recently revised all of my Map, Mash, & Mark Conversation Mats.  In some cases, the product itself is completely new with better graphics, font, and design.  One such set is my MAP, MASH, & MARK: HALLOWEEN CONVERSATION MATS.  The kids loved 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.

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-2826719I 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 the 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.

After Halloween, I will begin using my NO PREP Trolls again.  Which is set up like my No Prep Spooktacular but even larger at 160 pages! The kids enjoyed the Trolls set and have asked for it repeatedly because of the upcoming movie. I love when the kids enjoy what we are doing and ask to repeat activities!

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.  I love hearing about other great therapy finds (especially when it is holiday based).
You might have expected me to bring up some old faithful Halloween books. You know the ones (one had a little old lady that has an issue with eating things she shouldn't, another is an old lady that isn't afraid of anything, and the third has a kind witch that likes to make room on her broom)  We all use them because they are that great!  I really do love them.  However, one of the great benefits of having a little one in first grade is Scholastic Book Club orders! I took the chance on broadening my Halloween library.  I'm so glad I did! 

Have you heard of Fright Club by Ethan Long?  This is an adorable story. Of course, my first thought when I read the title brought visions of Brad Pitt and sadly he is not in the story.  The story is about the cute creatures in the world wanting to join in the holiday fun of scaring the trick-or-treaters.  This story is great for targeting WH-questions, sequencing, and inferencing.

Another great find is the story The Monstore by Tara Lazar.  If any of your student's have siblings (especially younger siblings), they may relate to this story. The story is about a little boy who does not want his little sister to bother him any longer so buys monsters from the Monstore in hopes that the monsters will keep her away.  My kiddos had a great time sharing their own experiences with us about having a younger sibling after the story was over. The story is great for targeting WH- questions, descriptions, and sequencing.

At The Old Haunted House by Helen Ketteman is a cute rhyming story.  I have to be honest, when I was reading it with my kids I had a nice rhythm going.  In the story various Halloween monsters are preparing for a surprise.  When using this book, you can easily target counting, rhyming words, actions, labeling, and WH-questions.

If you do not know these books, I strongly suggest you give them a try. It was definitely enjoyable having a new story to share and discuss in therapy.  They definitely provided my students with new material to discuss,  share personal experiences, and to build communication skills.

What stories do you use during therapy for Halloween?

Another post you may want to read about how I use literature in therapy:
Tips and Tricks to Survive Whole Class Lessons - Thanks again to Maureen of the Speech Bubble for the opportunity in September to guest blog.


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