A 5 Minute Kids Therapy Session

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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.

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8 thoughts on “A 5 Minute Kids Therapy Session

  1. Tiffanie Allred

    I have been wanting to try 5 min. kids for a few years now, but I have been waiting for some good research to back it up! Have you researched this method? Is there a good study (not performed by the authors) that provides good support for this method?

    • The only research I found was from the authors. I have used the program for a year and a half and have seen the results that they discussed in their research. Of course there are many factors that lead to the success of a student but I think it really helps get over that awful carryover stage quicker. I recommend trying it on a few students before implementing it school wide. It will help you see how you like the program and track your students progress to judge for yourself if the research is supported.

      • Tiffanie Allred

        Thank you Melanie! I have heard such great things about 5 Minute Kids! I think I will take your advice and start with a few students.

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  3. Jill

    I read that you use this program with fluency kiddos. How does that work? What is a “typical” session with a fluency kid?

    • With my students working on fluency goals we concentrate on using different techniques that they can use in conversation like pull-outs and cancellations. Fluency 5 minute therapy looks similar to artic therapy with a lot of practice and drills. The big difference is that I combine sessions at least twice a month so the students can practice using the techniques with their peers. It helps them remember the different techniques.

      • Donna

        Could you share a typical fluency session?

        • A typical fluency 5 minute session is based on drills. We work on a variety of techniques to help control fluency. The big difference between artic therapy and fluency therapy is that I combine my fluency students a couple times a month so they can practice the skills on each other.

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