The use of centers is not a new idea and it is completely easy to incorporate into your speech schedule!  Using a centers approach is an easy way for students to successfully practice their speech and language skills while staying motivated and practicing additional skill sets (your Occupational Therapist will love you)! The centers model also allows you a chance to collect data from each student and an opportunity to make the most of every minute! You may have heard mention of using this model especially when working with articulation students but you do not have to limit yourself to just students working on articulation skills.  This model can also be used with students working on goals for apraxia, fluency, language, and phonology too!  That is why this model is incredibly helpful when working with large caseloads, mixed groups, and/or students that have a lot of service delivery time.

How to Set Up Speech and Language Stations:
1.  KEEP YOUR GROUP TO SIX STUDENTS OR LESS
With six students or less you are guaranteed at least 5 minutes with each individual student to review their work, collect data, or progress monitor.

2.  LIMIT YOURSELF TO ONLY USING 4 STATIONS AT A TIME
You do not want to spread the students out to much.  I like to have two kids working at two stations, one student at another station, and one working with me.  For example, I might have two students at the Discovery Station, two students at the Vocal Station, one student at the Kinesthetic Station, and one student with me so that I can collect data.  If I am working with a smaller group, I will reduce the number of stations and have the students at the stations for a little longer.

3.  PREDETERMINE HOW LONG STUDENTS ARE AT A STATION BEFORE ROTATING
I use a timer and teach the students that when the timer goes off they are to move to the next station. When I am working with a larger group of five or six students, I set the timer for 5 minute intervals.  However, if I am working with three or four students, I set the timer for 7-10 minute intervals.

4.  USE YOUR IMAGINATION and SPECIAL SKILL SET
Think outside the box when creating different activities to use at each station and remember sometimes an activity could fit in more than one station. Practically any task you create for articulation can be tweaked for students working on other areas of need.  For example, if you pair a list of articulation words with vocal station cards, students working on language skills can use those same articulation words but using them in grammatically correct sentences, providing a definition or a description for the word, or stating a function, category, antonym, or synonym for that word.  Students working fluency, can work on using those same articulation words to practice using fluency shaping techniques at their level (word, phrase, sentence) or you can add a little recorder so they can record themselves using the word in a sentence and then listening back to determine if they were correct in stating if their speech is bumpy or smooth.

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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!

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