I had some questions about how a session worked. This is what a typical 5 Minute Kids Therapy session is like. Most sessions are typically about 7 minutes from start to finish. So after I go and get the student from class, we walk down the hall together engaged in conversation. This is one way that I tie in conversational speech practice. I always get excited when a student self-corrects or produces their target correctly.
After we get to where therapy is going to be held, we sit down and I explain what the target and activity will be for the session. I start the timer which is set for 5 minutes and we begin practicing their target. When the timer goes off, we finish the activity. If the student has worked hard then they receive a sticker on their chart. If it is Monday then they pick up their homework for the week. Once they return their homework signed then they receive another sticker for their chart. Once the chart is filled then they earn a prize from the prize box. While they are choosing their sticker more conversational speech is being targeted. The student returns to class at the end of the session.
After a few weeks the students get the flow of the session and I don’t have to instruct much; they know what to do. Within a 5 minute session we can practice over 150 words, 75 phrases, or 40 sentences. This is so much more practice then I would get in a 30 minute group session. I would be lucky some days to get 20 word trials from a student. I haven’t had any problems with behaviors like you might have in a group session either.
On the last day of the month. I have a small group of 5 minute therapy students come to my therapy room. The benefits of occasional grouping is that it helps me to listen to conversational speech with peers. Another benefit is that the students can listen to each others speech. Sometimes we use visual prompts (available in my TPT store) to identify when the other student makes a mistake. It helps them monitor themselves better while the other student benefits from hearing the corrections I give or from a good sample.
This is just an example of how a 5 minute therapy session works for my students. The nice thing about this program is that it is flexible and can be adapted to your needs. I hope this description painted a clearer picture so you can start to develop how you might use the program.
Make sure you check out my other post about my 5 Minute Kids Therapy program.