Welcome to eLearning for Speech and Language Students

 
Welcome to my eLearning page for speech and language students.  Below you will find some resources, activities and ideas to work on your child's speech and language goals while at home.
 
**If you would like more guidance when working on speech or language with your child, please click the link on the right to send me an email.  I will be happy to give you more suggestions or resources.
 
 
  • Articulation 
    • Visit http://mommyspeechtherapy.com/?page_id=55 (free speech resources) and scroll down to find the sound your child is working on in speech (R, S, TH, L, K, G, F, etc.) - click on the specific sound and you can find word lists, sentence makers and stories.
 
      • Activities for Elementary Students
        • Find 10 things in your house with your sound - say the word three times and make up a sentence with each one.  Listen for your good sound!
        • Use a mirror to watch your mouth when you say your sound - make sure your tongue, lips and teeth are in the right place!
        • Cut out 10 pictures from a magazine that have your sound and make a collage.  Practice each word 5 times while you glue it on.
        • Read a book and find a picture on every page that has your sound.  Tell your helper something you know about that picture.
        • Record yourself practicing your sound in words or sentences.  Listen to the recording and see if you catch any errors.
        • Ask a helper to listen to you practice your words/sentences/reading and ask them to catch any errors - try to fix them right away!
        • If you are working on exercises for your speech homework, use your worksheets to keep practicing!  Try to do a few more than you did before but make sure they are good ones.  Use a mirror to help see where your tongue is going.
        • Fill a bag with small objects or pictures that begin with your sound.  Reach in and say the target word (ex. for /k/ sound, you could include a key, cup, duck, book, cat, cake, cookie, napkin, fork, etc.)
        • Find a board game you enjoy and say a word/sentence with your sound each time it is your turn (ex. Candyland, Connect 4, Uno, Chutes and Ladders)
        • Build a road for your toy cars with picture cards of your sound.  As you drive over each card, practice the word on the card.
 
      • Activities for Junior High Students 
        • Use a word list of your sounds you have (or use the link above to get a list) and record yourself reading 10 words at a time.  Listen to the recording and count your correct productions.  Aim for at least 8 out of 10 each time.
        • Set a timer and have a conversation with a partner.  Work on self-correction and/or have your partner stop you and immediately correct any speech errors.
        • Use a book you are already reading for class and record yourself reading one page aloud.  Listen to the recording and identify any errors.  Re-record and see if you can reduce the number of errors.
 
  • Language
 
    • Activities for Elementary Students
      • Play a guessing game - think of a word and give your helper 3 clues to help them guess it (i.e. it can be a pet, uses a leash and has fur - a dog!) 
      • Read a story.  Retell the story to a helper.  Make sure to include characters, setting, problem, action and conclusion.
      • Find 5 objects in your house.  Tell at least 5 things about each object (function, group, parts, where you find it, what it is made of, what goes with it, interesting thing you know about it).
      • Choose a fun daily activity (making lunch, drawing a picture, building with blocks, etc.) and tell your helper how to complete the activity step by step.  If you forget a step, the result may not be what you expected!
      • Read a book with a helper.  Before you turn the page, make a guess as to what you think will happen next.  Or try to tell the story by only looking at the pictures and using your own words.
      • Create a story circle - have everyone in your family sit around a table or on the floor in a circle.  One person starts a story about a topic (i.e. "One day, I decided to go on a walk in a forest.")  Then the next person adds the next sentence.  You can even record it and listen to it later!  Create fun characters, interesting settings and exciting events!
      • Find items that you have a collection of (i.e. blocks, balls, toy cars, dolls, random LEGO pieces, etc.) and sort them into piles by something they have in common (size, shape, color, etc.)
      • Fill a bag with various items from around your house (ex. toy car, cup, button, sock, etc.) and take turns reaching in a telling everything you know about the object you pull out.
      • Make a meal, bake something or do a craft together.  Talk about what you are doing to make a story sequence.  See if you can exchange a word with a similar meaning when giving the direction back to your partner (ex. mix/stir, crack/break, glue/stick, rip/tear) 
 
    •  Activities for Junior High Students
      • Read a short story.  In one sentence, tell the main idea of the story.  Tell two key details that support the main idea.
      • Find 5 objects in your house.  Tell at least 5 things about each object (function, group, parts, where you find it, what it is made of, what goes with it, interesting thing you know about it).
      • Choose a reading passage from a book you are already reading for an ELA assignment.  When you find a word you do not know, try to figure out what it means - use clues in the passage to help you.  Look it up afterward to see if you are correct.
 
  • Pragmatic Language Activities
 
    • Look at pictures in a book and do not read the words.  What is happening in the story?  How are the characters feeling?  How do you know?
    • Ask a helper to set a timer for 3 minutes and choose one topic to talk about with your helper (sports, a movie, a book, etc.)  Make sure you ask questions and add comments only about that topic!
    • Read a book and see how the characters solve a problem.  What is another way they could have solved it?
    • Watch a clip from your favorite movie or TV show.  How do the characters show what they feel without using words?  Facial expression, body language, actions, etc.
    • Cut out a picture of a person from a magazine.  Glue it to a blank paper and draw a scene to match the person's expression.
    • Call friends or relatives on the phone or using FaceTime/Zoom/any video call platform.   Practice taking turns in conversation - let them talk, then ask them a question about what they said or add a comment that is about the same topic.  If you are on a video call, watch for facial expressions to see if they are following what you are saying.
 
  • Online Resources
 
    • www.storylineonline.net - have your child retell a story they have read (including characters, setting, problem, plan, action, ending), ask them WH questions about the pictures in the book, find things on the pages that have their speech sound, etc.
    • https://www.readinga-z.com - your child can use their classroom login to access books - have your child retell a story they have read (including characters, setting, problem, plan, action, ending), ask them WH questions about the pictures in the book, find things on the pages that have their speech sound, etc.
    • https://my.hearbuilder.com/student/login.aspx - if your child uses Hearbuilder with me, they can access the program using their login and password.  If you do not remember this information, please email me and I will send it to you.
    • http://mommyspeechtherapy.com - this website has some nice information and activities for targeting articulation.
 
  • Games you may have at home to encourage speech-language skills:
    • Hedbandz
    • Apples to Apples
    • Scattergories
    • Guess Who
    • In a Pickle
    • Bubble Talk
    • Outburst