Ages and Stages, Speech & Language, Uncategorized

Make it Monday: Valentine Extravaganza!

makeitmondayvalThis week on Make-It Monday it’s about not reinventing the wheel. As a speech-language pathologist I’m on the lookout for quick and fun ways to engage children. I have a few staples I pull out this time of year including:

  1. Positional Concept Hearts by Speech Room News. I printed out the hearts, laminated, and attached the grip-side of hook-and-loop (AKA Velcro) to the back. Partnered with a cute mailbox print, I have my children place the hearts all around the room. The clinic room I use has one wall covered in carpet so the hearts stick. It’s an interactive game that doesn’t require the child sit still! I made a mailbox just for Talk-DS readers. You can find it here.
  2. With my late-preschool/ early elementary children I read Clifford’s First Valentine. It’s a short story about puppy Clifford making a Valentine and a big mess. If the level is too difficult for your child, consider reading through Natalie Hale’s great post on modifying books. Her fantastic tutorial includes the how’s and why’s of book adaptation over on her site Special Reads for Special Needs.
  3. This (free!) Valentine’s printable pack from Gift of Curiosity is filled with fun language activities including:
  • What’s different? Picture search
  • What doesn’t belong?
  • Matching
  • Sorting
  • Vocabulary and more!

4. New this year: We will make a “My Valentine Love Book” filled with lists of their favorite things.

5. In my co-treatment sessions with OT we make a variety of cards, but I am most eager to try out this thumb-print heart design. Hint: If you don’t have a washable ink-pad, a washable marker will do in a pinch. thumbprint-card

What about you? Any great links or ideas for this love-y time of year?

Jennifer

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