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Spooky Speech!

How has October been for everyone? Mine has been busy! I’ve done a lot of traveling and I’ve been enjoying the leaves changing and the brisk fall air. I’ve also been checking Pinterest and other speech and language blogs for some pumpkin/Halloween-themed activities. Here’s what we’ve been up to…

Pumpkin Sequencing. I found this cute craft at Michael’s. In our sessions, we made “pumpkin witches” from foam stickers. The kids loved making their own designs! We worked on sequential terms, such as first, next, and last to create the pumpkins. It was easy to incorporate prepositions (on, under, etc) and concepts, such as colors and shapes when making the craft. To reinforce the skills, ask your child to walk you through the steps to making the pumpkin. What came first, next, last? Can they identify all the shapes and colors used to make the pumpkin witch? Try to carryover these same skills to real pumpkin carving!

 

Trick-or-Treat Articulation. This is one of my absolute favorite Halloween speech activities! We went “speech trick-or-treating.” We decorated goodie bags and received paper candies with specific artic sounds. For instance, if your child is working on /sh/ and /ch/ sounds, their goodie bag might contain Crunch bars and Hershey bars. For children working at the carrier phrase or sentence level, they were asked to use phrases, such as “I found a ______ bar.” If you’re feeling really motivated, you and your child can sort their actual candies on Halloween to find their speech sounds!

 

Froggy’s Halloween. Froggy is everyone’s favorite! We read this book to discuss different Halloween costumes and social skills (e.g., what to expect on Halloween). Some children benefitted from social stories to discuss when it’s okay to approach a stranger’s house, what to say when the door is opened, etc. We also talked about what to say to peers who are all dressed up.

Five Little Ghosts. For my younger friends, we learned this cute poem to focus on language skills, counting and rhyming. We used hand movements to actively participate in the poem. The ghosts below make great finger puppets! Or expand on this activity here: ghost activity.

Five little ghosts

Sitting in the tree

One said, “BOO!”

And away he flew

 

Four little ghosts

Sitting in the tree

One said, “BOO!”

And then there were three

 

Three little ghosts

Sitting in the tree

One said, “BOO!”

And then there were two

 

Two little ghosts

Sitting in the tree

One said, “BOO!”

And away he flew

 

One little ghost

Sitting in the tree

Away he flew to

Scare you and me…

 

BOO!

 

 

 

What’s next?

I have several colleagues who are interested in a “guest blog” post. If you have any questions for PTs/OTs or even some specific speech concerns, please comment here. I’d be happy to address your concerns in an upcoming blog or consult with my colleagues! 

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