Do you want to implement the use of Speech and Language Stations but are not sure what stations to include?  Here are the stations that I have found most useful and some suggestions of activities that you can include in each station.

Vocal Station Cards
1.  VOCAL STATION- Using a variety of voices (i.e. slow, loud, silly, dragon, etc..) students practice using their best speech sounds at their level, language skills, fluency shaping techniques, and/or vocally expressing minimal pair contrasts.

2.  SLP and YOU STATION- This is an opportunity for the Speech-Langauge Pathologist to review activities provided, collect data for each student, review placement for production of sounds, reinforce use of fluency strategies during conversation, etc...

3.  TACTILE STATION- At this station, students can engage with sensory bins, playdough mats, or you can use a cookie sheet covered in sand, whip cream, or shaving gel or cream.  When I have incorporated the use of the cookie sheet with sand or shaving cream, I have had articulation students write the letter representation for the sound they are working on or their articulation words while they practice.  I have had language and fluency kids also draw pictures or write sentences in it and then describe what they drew or practice the sentence that they wrote.

Fine Motor worksheets
4.  FINE MOTOR STATION- Students can use daubers, crayons, or colored pencils while working with 100 count sheets.  This is also a wonderful station for working on tracing, cutting, and writing while practicing their skills. I have also used puzzles and had students string beads or work on lacing cards while practicing their speech and language skills out loud.

5.  PHONEMIC AWARENESS STATION-  Students can work on clapping out their words to determine how many syllables are in their word.  Other ideas include having students use sorting cards to mark the placement of their sound in the word, how many syllables the word has, and if their words rhyme or do not rhyme.  You could also have students try to come up with a rhyming word to pair with their articulation word.

6.  TECHNOLOGY STATION- Do you have a tablet with articulation and language apps on it, internet access, or no print resources in a notebook app or ibooks?  Or perhaps your school is a chrome book or tablet school and students can access the internet.  Students can work on any of those resources using a tablet, chrome book, or a computer.  You can find some great speech and language games on Quia.

Discovery Station
7.  DISCOVERY STATION- In the discovery station, I have borrowed science kits from colleagues and had students use magnifying glasses with my Find Articulation and Follow Directions series of resources.  I have also had students go on a speech sound search using a variety of literary mediums (advertisements, magazines, story books, menus) or while using creative visualization for different areas in the school.

8.  GAMES STATION- Students work in pairs at this station.  They practice their speech and language skills while taking turns during a game.  You can incorporate board games, open-ended games, or any of the great speech and language games you can find on TeacherspayTeachers.
Kinesthetic Cards

9.  TASK BIN STATION- So often a resource can be used in more than one station.  I use this station when there are two activities that I want the students to engage in but only one poster so I need to create another quick station to use a similar resource.  This station could also be considered the independent work or task card station.

10.  KINESTHETIC STATION (aka MOVEMENT STATION)-  Students get out of their seats and move around for this station. Ideas for this station include using Kinesthetic Station Cards for students to practice different exercises while practicing their speech and language skills out loud, use Twisted Speech and Language resources, bowling by rolling a ball to knock down cups (or plastic pins) that have their words under them, or you can create mini obstacle courses using hula hoops and little orange cones.

Do you use stations in speech therapy?  As you can see, they do not have to ONLY be for articulation.  You can use the same themes and tweak them slightly to accommodate a variety of needs! If you are interested in giving it a try or simply do not want to recreate the wheel, you can get my Speech and Language Stations pack as an exclusive freebie as a friend on my email list!

    The gold standard that we all try to meet during each session of articulation therapy is no less than 100 trials (preferably more). Sometimes, it is not so easy to get those trials in due to larger groups, uncooperative students, behavior concerns, etc.. I have found that as long as I can capture their attention and keep them engaged, I typically succeed in getting 120-180 trials for each student. I use a lot of different tools from my speech toolbox to accomplish this.  To continue to keep their attention and engagement, I break up their speech drills by incorporating the resources and themes below. Students need to complete 1-5 words with 10 drills of each prior to having a turn to engage in the reinforcement tasks mentioned below dependent upon each student's limit prior to their losing motivation.

    INCORPORATE GAMES:  I have never minded when colleagues have made comments about my use of games because they are just one tool that I have in my speech toolbox to keep students and myself engaged.  I use open-ended games and manufactured games (Pop the Pig, Cariboo, Break the Ice, etc..).  After each student has provided ten repetitions for their word, each member of the group takes a turn of the game we are playing. You can grab an Open-Ended Games freebie here! 

    INCORPORATE MOVEMENT: Bring out the flashlight and all of the old school ways of getting trials.  Hide picture cards around the room and turn off the lights to find them with a flashlight. Create a mini obstacle course in your room using hula hoops, orange cones, and bean bags. Put out a Twister Mat and enjoy some laughs while working on their speech and language skills with these Twisted Speech and Language cards. You can grab a Twisted Articulation set free, here!

    INCORPORATE TACTILE: My kids enjoy when I incorporate sensory input and after each time they run 10 trials for a word they get to participate in a tactile activity.  Here are a few ways that I incorporate tactile activities.  One way is to have students close their eyes and pull a little object from a bag. If they guess what the object is they get to keep it and if they guess incorrectly they put it back in the bag. Another way is to use sensory stations by putting rice, sand, water beads, beans in a container and hide little objects or their cards in the items to dig out. I also use play dough mats and after each set of trials, I give an additional piece of play dough.  You can grab a Mash & Mark Articulation freebie here!

    INCORPORATE FINE MOTOR: One way that I incorporate fine motor is through using daubers, colored pencils, spinners, and dice with my No Prep Speech and Language sets. Here is a Trolls No Prep speech and language freebie.  I also incorporate fine motor skills while working on seasonal Speech and Language Crafts by having them cut out the crafts or for some students I have them draw the picture representations of their word.

    MAXIMIZE THE USE OF EVERY MINUTE: Our time getting students and bringing them back to class can easily become wasted time.  Whenever possible, I begin collecting data even as we walk.  Here is a freebie to help collect therapy on the go! Another way to keep students motivated is to use an open ended 100 trials counter page with any articulation or language task cards that you already have during the last part of your speech session.  You can either set a timer for a predetermined time (3-5 minutes initially) and keep track of how many trials they complete and their accuracy during that time.  Or you can get a stopwatch to determine how long it takes to complete the 100 trials and the accuracy.  Make sure you include accuracy because that is the information we really want.  It doesn't help the students if they go so fast but all of their productions are errors. My students love seeing if they can increase their accuracy and decrease their time!

    If you are a friend that has joined my email list, I have an exclusive freebie that will be emailed to you and that includes: Growth Mindset Accuracy Badges, Growth Mindset Posters, and three 100 trials counter pages! This exclusive freebie is not found in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.
    Looking for more ideas? Check out these great blog posts from some of my favorite SLP bloggers for additional tips, tricks, and freebies for helping students easily achieve 100 trials!

    Articulation Therapy: 5 Ideas to Reach 100 Trials! - by Speech is Sweet

    Five Ways to Get 100 Articulation Trials During One Speech Therapy Session - by Speech Therapy Fun

    The 100 Trials Challenge- by Speech is Beautiful

    If you have additional ways that you get those 100 trials in quickly, please share in the comments below.  Thanks!

    Back to Top