Welcome to the Unexpected Therapy Find (UTF) Linky Party! Each month I am hosting a linky party to share different things that myself and other SLPs have used in therapy that are not their usual use. This month’s topic is Articulation. I love doing articulation therapy and I am always looking for new ways to keep the mundaneness of drills exciting and new. Here are a few of the UTFs that I have used during articulation therapy.
1. Phonics books
I discovered these when my daughter got Scooby Doo Phonics Books for Christmas. Each book is broken down into consonants, vowels, and blends. It is great because each book has the target sound within the book repeatedly. Phonics books are available for a variety of subjects so you can easily find what excites your students. Look for these in thrift shops and yard sales to stock up.
I use magazines in therapy to make collages of target sounds. For younger students, we search for pictures and for older students we search for words. It is a great way to increase their awareness of the frequency of their target speech sound. After we make the collages, we play an I Spy game using the decorated pages. Most magazines are either from my personal collection or donated from staff members.
NOTE: Make sure you flip through the magazines first to make sure the content is grade appropriate.
I hope you found some new ideas within my post and other SLPs as well. Please share your UTF in the comments or link up your UTF post below. Make sure you use the UTF picture at the top of the page in your post and a direct link to the your UTF post.
Next month’s topic is going to be Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC). Start planning ahead to what you can share on this topic.