Therapy Ideas for the Traveling Clinician
Therapy ideas for SLPs who travel to client’s homes, daycare, and schools
The traveling SLP has many challenges when providing therapy outside of her office. How many therapy materials can possibly fit in a therapy bag? At the Center for Hearing & Speech, each SLP travels to several off-site locations. These are some therapy activities that we’ve used when we travel to area daycares and schools. The activities are functional for the child, yet require only a few supplies that typically can be found in classrooms.
- Work on following auditory directions in the child’s classroom. For example, practice following classroom routines such as, “Turn in your paper and line up for lunch.” Practice placing items in various locations when the client hears directions, such as, “Put the truck on the shelf,” or “Put the puzzle on the table.”
- Use photos of the client’s school environment to teach vocabulary and practice articulation goals. For example, use photos of the school fish, the classroom shelf, and a toy elephant to practice the /f/ sound and improve receptive / expressive classroom vocabulary. For children who need alternative / augmentative communication, place photos on a small, metal ring or in a photo album.
- If the child’s goal is to improve listening comprehension, borrow books from the classroom teacher’s weekly library to read with the child during therapy. The child may be more likely to answer questions about a story in the classroom if she’s familiar with the vocabulary in the story.
- If the child is working on answering “where” questions, have the child answer questions about items in the classroom. For example, ask, “Where do I find crayons?” The child says, “in the box.” Find the items in the classroom according to the information the child gives you. The child has instant feedback about how accurately he answered your “where” questions.
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Gina Cato, M.A., CCC-SLP is the Chief Speech-Language Pathologist at The Center for Hearing & Speech. Gina Cato joined the Center for Hearing & Speech staff in 2004. She attended Truman State University for her undergraduate degree, and earned her Master’s degree in Communication Disorders at Southeast Missouri State University. Gina has more than seven years of experience as a speech-language pathologist. She was employed by public school districts from 1999-2004, where she worked with students in grades Kindergarten through 12 with speech/language disorders. Gina belongs to ASHA (American Speech-Language & Hearing Association) and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology. Gina’s interests include auditory processing disorders, literacy, and stuttering.
The Center for Hearing & Speech is a 501© 3 non-profit organization that reduces the impact communication disorders-the nation’s number one disability-can have on the health and well being of individuals in the St. Louis metropolitan area. The Center’s primary goal is to identify, treat, and prevent communication disorders by offering Speech/Language and Audiology services to infants, children, and adults, whether or not they have the insurance and/or financial resources to afford these services. On-site and outreach efforts provide identification and treatment of communication problems among low-income populations who would not otherwise have access to such services.
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