In an effort to try to keep student learning on track during this new normal, I went searching for some fun summer freebies!  Check out these ten Summer themed freebies I found that can easily be adapted for teletherapy or sent home for practice if needed!

  1. Grab my S'more Fun Open-Ended Games -S'mores!  Sweet S'more, Smelly S'more, Spicy S'more, and Strawberry S'more! This open-ended game is a recipe for fun!
  2. Articulation Summer Calendar by Schoolhouse Talk- These Articulation Calendars can be used year after year!  Make sure to also grab her free Language Calendars too!  Amazing!
  3. Summer Speech and Language by Natalie Snyders - Great ideas to share with families to practice speech and language at home.
  4. Summer Speech and Language Mini Bundle by Short and Sweet Speech - This packet is full of speech and language activities!
  5. No Print Expanding Sentences by Language Speech and Literacy - A great No Print of real pictures to target who/what/where and pronouns!
  6. Cooking Up Articulation (L and N) by Power Speech and Language- Super cute BOOM Cards activity! Easy to target articulation and language.
  7. Summer Speech and Language Activities Newsletter by The Speech Meadow - Love this newsletter filled with ideas for families!
  8. No Print Open-Ended Water Fight by Speech Therapy Plans- This freebie is a great open-ended game to use in teletherapy.
  9. Outdoor Scavenger Hunt by KaylaSLP - A great way to get a family out together while targeting speech and language!
  10. Speech and Language Digital Spinners by Fun in Speech- Great for teletherapy or for families practicing at home!
Looking for more ideas?  Check out these blog posts!
Check out these ideas to avoid the Summer Slide in Speech -  Ideas to share with Families!
Fab Five Freebies Summer by The Digital SLP - Woohoo!  More freebies!

Do you know of any other amazing Summer activities or ideas that we can share with parents?  If so, please share in the comments below!

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Are you ready for Summer?  Will you be providing services via extended school year, year round schools, or private therapy?  Truthfully, I am not yet sure if I will be providing services or take a long summer break. This last quarter for school has been exhausting between homeschooling my child and providing services. Check out my go-to resources in the past for summer sessions.

Summer Articulation Mazes
My SUMMER ARTICULATION MYSTERY PICTURES and my SUMMER ARTICULATION MAZES both target articulation and help students with their fine motor skills (pencil grip, manipulation, writing pressure, etc..)

My NO PRINT FLUENCY TASKS: SUMMER resource targets goals for identifying facts vs. myths about stuttering, identifying bumpy vs. smooth speech, identify/explain/demonstrate different disfluent speech patterns and fluency shaping techniques and stuttering modification techniques, using techniques and strategies at all levels (word, phrase, sentence, spontaneous speech), and response to social situations.  I use the sentence and spontaneous speech level tasks with my students working on language and articulation carryover too!

LANGUAGE BUILDER: SUMMER is a comprehensive packet covering so many different language needs! My language builder packs target basic vocabulary building, answering and asking questions, using inference skills, recalling sentences and details, describing, sentence building, and narrative building skills with barrier games!

Language Builder: Summer
NO PRINT LANGUAGE TASKS: SUMMER uses colorful graphics and real pictures to target receptive identification in a field of three, answering yes/no and wh-questions, describing, inference, compare/contrast, and narrative building skills.

NO PRINT PHONOLOGY TASKS: SUMMER is a comprehensive no print resource that covers a variety of phonological processing errors using auditory bombardment list, auditory discrimination with minimal pairs, rhyming task, wh-questions, and creating a winter scene! This resource covers the following phonological processing error patterns: Voicing, Final Consonant Deletion, Fronting, Initial Consonant Deletion, Backing, Stopping, Denasalization, Consonant Cluster Reduction and Gliding.

Find Articulation & Follow Directions: Summer
FIND ARTICULATION and FOLLOW DIRECTIONS: SUMMER is perfect for working with students with articulation, language, and fluency goals. This resource has hidden articulation words scattered around the picture that students look for using a magnifying glass. It also has 2-step temporal following directions, and lists of wh-questions for each picture scene.  Other suggestions on how you can use the pictured scenes to cover other goals are included.

OPEN-ENDED GAMES GALORE!  I love using open-ended games to pull mixed groups together.  It also helps keep some students motivated.  I consider that a WIN-WIN! I have several great summer themed open-ended games packs, such as SUMMER, TRAVEL, CAMP COMMUNICATE, and my S'MORE FUN FREEBIE.

SPEECH and LANGUAGE BEACH BALLS: These fun crafts make practice enjoyable at home to practice their speech and language skills. I have flowers to target articulation, apraxia, phonology, and language.  My kids have always loved making these.

Are you planning to have a Social Communication Club?  If so, you may want to check out my SUMMER CONVERSATIONAL EXCHANGE resource to help students plan and track conversations.

You can see some of my favorite books to use during this season for literacy-based therapy too on my lesson plan. You can grab a copy of my Summer Lesson Plans by completing the information below!

For many of us, Covid-19 has changed the way that we provide services, and just like when we are providing services in person, we are also always looking for different ways to change therapy up to keep our students engaged. Have you considered incorporating virtual field trips? Some are so extensive you can use it over multiple sessions while others are short and quick to use. 

Here are seven language goals that I have targeted using Virtual Field Trips and their websites.

  • BASIC LABELING & DESCRIPTIVE SKILLS- Watching live webcams of the animals at the zoo and/or live events at historic locations is a perfect way to practice labeling, describing, and sentence formulation!
  • PREPOSITIONAL PHRASES- There are so many different ways that you can target this goal using online virtual fieldtrips!  The live webcams are great since so many times the animals move around and you can probably get a few practice opportunities right there.  However, using online maps are another great resource to talk about where you would find specific exhibits.  Is the reptile house next to the bear caves or between the monkeys exhibit and the big cat enclosure?
  • FORMULATING SENTENCES- I already mentioned how the live cam videos are great for targeting this skill by talking about what the animals are doing and/or what is happening at the historic location. If you are on a page that has multiple live web cams or recorded videos, you can play I-Spy with your students to to determine which video you all will use or you can stop at a certain part of the video to describe something in the scene.  Using the online maps, you can take turns with your students explaining how to get from point A to point B and see if you all ended up at the correct location.  For example, "Go to the second floor of the museum and turn left after getting out of the elevators". 
  • ANSWERING/ASKING WH-QUESTIONS- Many of websites include recorded videos demonstrating things that happened before in history, more about an animals nature, and/or the steps needed to complete a task that can create opportunities to work on asking and responding to wh-questions.  You can also find maps and fact sheets that can be used for this task too!
  • GIVING DIRECTIONS- Online maps, maps, and more maps provided from a variety of virtual field trip locations! It is as easy as that! Although this next one is not a virtual field trip (unless you want to take a trip to my friend Sarah's house), you can also find some great wordless videos on her youtube channel
  • PLAY WITH WORDS- Yes, you read that right!  I was actually able to find some super cute videos when I took a virtual field trip to the Atlanta Zoo that was having pun with animals!
  • SEQUENCING- Some websites will provide sequential information about what happened in history at the location or how to complete a task which provides a wonderful opportunity to practice sequencing and story retell.  One super fun virtual field trip is to take your students to an amusement park for the day!  Not only does it provide some of our students with the first experience of what an amusement park might offer, if you use Youtube videos from the viewers point of view (POV), students can experience a ride and share what they saw in sequence.  Just make sure you review any and all Youtube videos before your sessions to make sure that it is appropriate including environment in which it was videoed.
These same websites also work wonderfully to practice articulation carryover and use of fluency techniques!  Who knows, maybe some of your students' teachers are also using virtual field trips in their current lesson plans and if so, you can collaborate!
I have created a comprehensive list of my GO-TO Virtual Field Trips (and other ideas) to use for Teletherapy. If you do not want to go about making your own list, you can grab my free cheat sheet below.

Do you know any other great Virtual Field Trip sites, if so we would love for you to share them below in the comments!

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