New Speech Therapy Spring Freebie From the blog, “Word to the Wise Speech!”

Happy spring everyone! In honor of today, March 20th, 2013, the first official day of spring, I have an exciting new guest blog post from Sara and Amanda over at the speech therapy blog called, Word to the Wise Speech! If you follow my blog at all, you know how I really like to incorporate seasonal games and activities into my speech therapy sessions.  This one is a must download!

This team of two, very talented, sisters have created some really fabulous speech therapy games and activities to use in your speech therapy program.  With Sara on graphics and Amanda an SLP, it is truly a match made in speech therapy heaven!

Today, they are sharing with us their adorable new (AND FREE!) card game for SPRING!  You can use this open ended card game for just about every goal area.  Below, Amanda gives us 4 game ideas to use with these super cute spring cards along with a link for you to download and print out your own copy today!

You can find more games like this one at their Teachers Pay Teachers store.  Be sure to pick up more of their colorful and engaging speech therapy materials! Follow Sara and Amanda on their blog Word to the Wise Speech where you will be able to get their latest speech therapy materials.

Thank you so much Sara and Amanda! We love this fun spring freebie!!

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Hello!

Word to the Wise is excited to be doing our first guest blog post here on Heather’s Speech Therapy!

For those of you who are not familiar with our story, we are a sister duo with a passion for creating fun and engaging therapy/teaching products. I, Amanda, am a speech language pathologist who works in the public school setting with grades PK through 12. My sister, Sara, is a graphic designer and creates all of our graphics.

Today we are excited to share an open ended card game with you! Open ended card games are great because they can be used in various ways to meet the needs of your students! This is especially useful this time of the year when everyone is busy with meetings, testing, and teaching. To play this game, simply print out the cards, laminate them, and choose an activity from below (or create your own idea) to adapt the game to your student’s skills that need practice in the classroom or therapy setting.

Game Idea 1 (Vocabulary): Shuffle all the cards together. Lay all the cards in a pile face down in the middle of the table. Choose a player to go first. The player draws the card from the top of the pile. If the player draws a rainbow card have them name a synonym for a given word. If they draw a sun card have them name an antonym for a given word. If they draw a card with instructions (ex. Lose a turn) have them follow the direction. Play continues until all cards have been drawn. The player with the most points wins!

This game idea will work on increasing your student’s understanding of synonyms and antonyms. It will also help them learn to listen to a question and decide what is being asked.

Game Idea 2 (Grammar): Shuffle all the cards together. Lay all the cards in a pile face down in the middle of the table. Choose a player to go first. The player draws the card from the top of the pile. If the player draws a rainbow or sun card with a 1, have them name a noun and use it in a sentence; if they draw a rainbow or sun card with a 2, have them name a verb and use it in a sentence; and if they draw a rainbow or sun card with a 3, have them name an adjective and use it in a sentence. If they draw a card with instructions (ex. Lose a turn) have them follow the direction. Play continues until all cards have been drawn. The player with the most points wins!

Game Idea 3 (Articulation): Shuffle all the cards together. Lay all the cards in a pile face down in the middle of the table. Choose a player to go first. The player draws the card from the top of the pile. If the student draws a 1, have them think of and say a word with their target sound in the initial position; if they draw a 2, have them think of and say a word with their target sound in the medial position; and if they draw a 3, have them think of and say a word with their target sound in the final position. If they draw a card with instructions (ex. Lose a turn) have them follow the direction. Play continues until all cards have been drawn. The player with the most points wins!

Game Idea 4 (Articulation): Shuffle all the cards together. Lay all the cards in a pile face down in the middle of the table. Choose a player to go first. The player draws the card from the top of the pile. If the student draws a 1, have them say one word/phrase/sentence with their target sound; if they draw a 2, have them say two words/phrases/sentences with their target sound; and if they draw a 3, have them say three words/phrases/sentences with their target sound. If they draw a card with instructions (ex. Lose a turn) have them follow the direction. Play continues until all cards have been drawn. The player with the most points wins!

Optional idea for articulation: If the student draws a lose a turn card or lose your points card have them say ten words/phrases/sentences as a penalty. If they draw a give points to another player card make the student receiving the points say a certain number of words/phrases/sentences correctly to keep the points given to them.

CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD AND PRINT YOUR COPY OF THIS FREE SPRING OPEN ENDED CARD GAME

OR you can click here to download and print this same spring open ended card game from our Word to the Wise store over at Teachers Pay Teachers.

Let us know if you can think of any fun, creative ways you will incorporate this freebie into your therapy room or classroom! For more freebies and games, please visit our blog, Word to the Wise Speech and our Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Sara & Amanda

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