3 Speech Therapy Activities for Getting to Know You
You may be gearing up for the new school year or you may have already begun.
Have you decided how you are going to get to know your students?
How will you get them talking so you can get a baseline on their speech and language skills?
How are you going to help your students remember their goals and why they are in therapy?
Here are a couple of ideas to get you started this year…
...and if you have any, holler at us!
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1. “Me in a Bag” Activity
Give all of your students a paper bag with this cute poem on it (free download). All you have to do is cut (if you have time, plain bags are great too).
Share your “Me” bag and talk about how each item represents you before explaining the activity.
Just to give you an idea, the last time I did this I included soap (love bubble baths), a mini guitar (like to sing/play music), picture of my family (obvious), a spaghetti noodle (love spaghetti), and tape (give me some tape and cardboard and I’ll make you anything).
Have the students take their bags home to fill and decorate.
Then have them take turns talking about their “Me” bags during speech.
You can stretch this out over a few weeks to use as reinforcement or just do them all in one session.
You and the students will have so much fun learning about each other and getting a moment in the spotlight. It will help set the tone of acceptance and creativity in your class for the rest of the year.
2. “Getting to Know You” Worksheet
Luke put this worksheet
together to get to know some of his students at a detention center.
I really, *really, like it because it
asks if the student thinks
he/she needs speech therapy
and what would help him/her
the most in therapy.
This helps the student learn
the purpose and goals of speech therapy
right from the
start. You could print these out and have the students complete them
the first day.
This would give you time to have an individual
with each of them about his/her goals and
purpose of being there.
The worksheet also has the student create a question that he/she could
ask to get to know someone else so you can incorporate this into the
session as well.
3. “Conversation Starters” Game
Print out the 43 conversation starters
from our free word lists page
and cut them into individual strips of paper.
Hang them from paperclips
strung from the ceiling
so the students have to jump to
but you can if you want!
Luke actually did this during grad school with one of his very active
My craziest idea
in grad school was to stick cards all around the room using sticky
tack, turn the lights off, and give the child a flashlight to find the
words and say them.
Needless to say, both
ideas worked very well!
is to hide the slips of paper around the room (let the kids do it if
you want) and work on prepositions, following directions, and social
skills all at the same time.
Give directions or have a child direct another child to find a hidden
question and answer it.
If you’re not up for
that much preparation
time (hint: we haven’t done the
first two since grad school either), just put them in a bag or box and
take turns answering questions.
You could either have
everyone answer their own question
from the bag or choose
someone to answer the question before they pick it out of the bag.
Then have him/her ask the question to work on some social skills too.
And for even less
, just get our Word Vault App
conversation starters are listed
on your ipad or iphone
to be used at the touch of your finger
It is just one of the
many word lists included in the app
so you don’t have to use your time on
or carrying and finding supplies for each activity.
And remember, our free Speech Helpers ebook
a great tool to use
at the beginning of the year.
It helps teach and
review speech anatomy
and how sounds are made.
Students love learning
about their speech helpers
, wiggling their tongues,
puckering their lips, filling their lungs with air, and listening to
their vibrating voice.
We hope these ideas
*Poem courtesy of
Let’s kick the school
year off to a great start together.