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ith the traditional school year coming to an end, SLPs and parents may be wondering how you can support your learners’ communication throughout the summer months. I was so excited when I happened upon Bridget’s, from Speech Therapy Talk, blog post all about summer speech activities! She is on today’s episode to share 11 fun, easy, and affordable ways to get outside, enjoy the summer, AND practice communication skills. Whether you’re continuing speech therapy through the summer in a private setting, a school SLP looking for ideas to share with families, or a parent ready to continue the work from speech therapy at home this summer, these are GREAT tips that both you and your learner will be sure to enjoy!

  1. Water – Fill up a rain barrel or other water holding receptacle and PLAY. There are opportunities for concepts like wet and dry, vocabulary like fill or dump, requesting tools as well as articulation.
  2. Bubbles – Store bought or try to make your own giant bubbles. Practice early words like open and pop, concepts like big and small, and articulation.
  3. Sand – Kids get excited with sand. This is a great sensory activity and super engaging. Try hiding objects in the sand and labeling them when finding them, as well as trying sensory and action words.
  4. Hula Hoop – Sound of shaking them, rolling the hoop, jumping into the middle, or using as a target, hula hoops can be used as a very active tool in a diverse way to sprinkle in whatever goals you’re working on. Skill ideas: imitation, colors, action words, joint activity.
  5. Chalk – Drawing pictures, roads for toy cars or bikes, writing words, this is an easily diversified and engaging activity that can cue any skill.
  6. Flower Walk – Walk around town or your neighborhood and look for flowers! You can count, identify colors, label, work on articulation. Use it as a scavenger hunt with a very specific purpose!
  7. Follow the Leader – *With a Twist* – Take turns hiding items outside and give directions to find it. Skills: Prepositions and giving and understanding directions.
  8. Explorers – Go exploring, try going to a new place and use “explorer” vocabulary: Find, Discover, Look, See, etc. A great space for spontaneous communication!
  9. Nature – Collect nature items and create scenes and stories. Skills: Who/Where/Why questions, setting, imaginative play, etc. 
  10. Balls – Use all different types and sizes. Roll, throw, toss, etc. This is an active and engaging activity that can be used for whatever goal you’re working on. 
  11. Find an Item – Go outside and look for something specific. Skill: Thinking and reasoning. 

These are activities that just SCREAM summer to me. Many of these tools are free, lying around your therapy room or house, or very affordable! The great thing about these activities is the scope for practicing varying skills is huge, you can apply almost any skill or goal to these activities and have fun doing it! If you want to learn more about Bridget, her ideas, and resources, you can visit the Speech Therapy Talk website!

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Today's Guest:

Bridget is a licensed, ASHA certified, speech language pathologist who has been practicing since 2006. She graduated from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana with a Bachelor’s in Speech and Hearing Science and a Minor in Spanish. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Master’s in Communicative Disorders. 

Bridget loves her field, and is passionate about truly connecting with each of her clients to create a therapy plan that fits their individual needs. She has worked in many settings from acute care to outpatient rehab to schools before finally opening her private practice in 2018. Her absolute favorite part of her private practice is the strong relationship she builds with each client and their families.

She also runs 2 websites: www.speechtherapytalk.com where she shares tips and knowledge to parents and SLPs and www.members-speechtherapytalk.com which is an affordable membership site where SLPs have instant access to thousands of print and no-print materials.

When she is not being a speech language pathologist, she’s a wife to a wonderful and supportive husband, Juan, and a mother to 2 adorable sons! You will find her spending time with her family and friends, and when schedules allow, mountain biking!

What's Inside:

  • Ideas for working on communication during the summer.
  • 11 ways to support your client’s or child’s communication during summer months.
  • How to make working on communication FUN!
  • Creating natural, functional practice opportunities for home.
  • Easy, accessible, affordable activities for summer communication practice.
  • How to get outside and practice communication.
  • How to turn common family activities into communication practice.

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