Halloween is right around the corner and students’ minds may be more on creating the perfect costume or visions of Skittles, M&Ms and Kit Kat bars, versus ho-hum therapy practices.
Why not make this season fun by adding flashlights to your speech therapy activities? Actually, kids love to play with them all year round, so it’s a winning idea regardless of the calendar date.
Play Flashlight Find
This inexpensive activity requires index cards, tape, a marker, flashlights and a variety of target vocabulary words. Write the words on the cards, then tape them to the wall of your classroom. Then have students find words by following targeted instructions.
- For articulation practice, address different sounds in varying word positions. Start by explaining the rules: Shine your flashlight only on the walls, not in anyone’s eyes. Find a word on the wall that starts with your sound, has the sound in the middle, has the sound at the end, or if applicable, uses the sound in a blend. Once students have found their words, challenge them to use them in sentences.
- Play 20 Questions: Students try to guess which words others are thinking. The student who is the chooser selects a word and writes it down. The student whose turn it is asks the chooser a question. If the student guesses it right after just one try, they get three points; after two tries, two points, and after three tries, one point. Play continues around the table.
- For language therapy: When selecting words for Flashlight Find, keep your different language goals in mind. Choose nouns, verbs and adjectives as well as words that have synonyms, antonyms and homonyms. Give students a category and have them find words that fit into it.
Flashlight Hide & Seek
Write vocabulary words on cards and hide them around a darkened room. Have students use flashlights to hunt them down. Upon finding a word, they must pronounce it before putting it in their “treasure pile.” The person with the most cards wins.
Why not give your flashlight therapy games a seasonal theme? Include autumnal, Halloween and Thanksgiving words in your repertoire and provide inexpensive prizes that fit the mood. (Hint: have enough prizes for everyone, not just those who win.)
Looking for ideas and resources to enhance your school-based therapy career all year round? Or, are you planning your career path and need further direction? If so, contact the specialized team at Cobb Pediatric Therapy Services today.