Greetings Fellow SLP!
Valentine’s Day is next week! If you do therapy themes that coordinate with holidays, but you are limited in time to pull them together, I have a suggestion for you.
This therapy task meets the theme criteria, takes minimal time and effort to set-up, allows for a variety of age and capability therapy tasks, the kids like to do it, and they end up with a nice gift to take home.
In other words--make a Valentine’s Day card! You can alter it as you wish and address your speech and/or language targets.
I love this site! It’s free, it’s easy, it has a nice variety of themes, and you can create an account to save your cards.
You end up with two pages (in a large or small size; select which one you want when you print).
First, choose the cover; you can add your own picture/graphic, or choose from a nice selection of covers. They even have some line-graphics that the kids can color and personalize once it’s printed. (I just made one with a teddy-bear with hearts, and an “I Love You” on the front.)
The second page can be personalized as much as you want. They have ready-made text, or you or the child type in your own text (see possible poem below), or leave it blank and have the child write his/her message. They have cute little “stickers” to decorate it.
Organize and implement therapy options. Choose from the following and/or generate your own (I know you are VERY creative):
- Sequence the steps for making the card
- Write their own message; focus on their intent, syntax, connecting words, vocab, etc.
- Read (include echo reading and choral reading) a ready-make passage (such as below)
- Extract language task from an already written passage. Ask, answer and discuss questions: “What does the poem mean to you?” “What words would you change to personalize the meaning?”
- Look up word-meanings; identify the rhyming words; identify the adjectives; come up with synonyms, etc., etc., etc.
Following is a simple (short phrases; easy to understand; meaningful), to the point, not too long, and not too short, poem. It has some descriptive words that can be substituted/replaced accordingly. Of course, it could be revised to be “Best Valentine for Dad or Grandma or Grandpa or Teacher or Friend, and so on.
I tell my kids, “When you change the words, you become a co-author!
Best Valentine Mom
By Joanna Fuchs
Be sure to watch for next week…we’re going to focus on lifting the front-tongue for front-tongue sounds. Very exciting! Ha! (Actually, it should be quite helpful for /s/ and “sh”!)
Happy Valentine’s Day, my friend,