SLP Corner: Taking Speech Language Therapy Outside
[Source: SLP Natalie Synders]
Is the weather ever so nice that you just want to take therapy outside for the day? We don’t get those days too often in Illinois, and it doesn’t always work with what I need to target or get done in therapy, but here are some ideas I have used when I do!
Two of my favorite outdoor therapy items are sidewalk chalk and bubbles!
For sidewalk chalk, here are some ideas:
- ARTICULATION: Draw pictures or write target words with your students’ articulation target sounds.
- LANGUAGE: To target following directions, have your students draw what you direct. (Ex: “First, draw a blue circle. Then, draw a red star.”)
- ARTICULATION/FLUENCY: You could create an obstacle course, with spots for the students to hop to, walk backwards on a line, balance on one foot, and spin around – but the catch is that they have to say their target words/phrase/sentence or answer a question correctly before they can go through to the next section of the obstacle course. (Bonus: Have your students