Fall Fun in Speech-Language Therapy, by Paige Canty, M.A., CCC-SLP

This month in speech-language therapy, our students explored the fall season through project and literature-based intervention! Students enjoyed working on the skills of vocabulary development, following complex directions, oral narration, listening comprehension and pragmatics through activities like making chocolate caramel apples and designing our own spooky monsters.  These types of hands-on activities embed countless opportunities for students to practice their speech and language skills and all they know is that they are having fun!

Our activities were also paired with themed picture books and excerpts from short stories, including:

The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Scared of Anything by Elizabeth Dulin

Give Me Back My Bones by Kim Norman

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz

Research indicates that using metafictive books in therapy is an effective intervention to facilitate word learning, print awareness and phonological awareness. Using engaging books provides a rich context for working on emergent literacy goals.

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