I always look for unique toys and activities to make apraxia and articulation speech therapy fun and functional. I love the dollar store, Walmart, and Target for creative therapy ideas. Don’t forget about garage sales!!!
Recently, Target had some fabulous felt and wooden toys. I might have made multiple trips to the Target Dollar Spot. I might have gone a little overboard, but I got some great activities for articulation therapy, receptive and expressive language practice, and targets for apraxia and length of utterance. Insert a whoop whoop and some jazz hands!
Below are some pictures and my therapy plan for working with the felt train set.
Currently, I am working on expanding the length of utterances with one of my children with Apraxia (CAS or Childhood Apraxia of Speech). Currently, he is working on 5-7 syllable sentences with blend sounds, multisyllabic words, and prepositions. This kiddo is all struggling to attend, differentiate, and produce the “a” and “the.” These are some of the targets we used:
These are some of the targets I planned for the session:
I found a “red” train. (insert various colors)
I push the “blue” train. (insert multiple colors)
The “blue” train is in front. (insert various colors)
The “red” train is in the back (insert various colors)
We spent some time working on these targets (length of utterances) and building the train scene. Then all of a sudden, the train “fell” into a volcano. I couldn’t have planned that better. So the train scenes started to “fall into the volcano.”
Then all of a sudden, the train “fell” into a volcano. I couldn’t have planned therapy better. So the train scenes started to “fall into the volcano.”
With speech therapy, especially with CAS, it is important to be functional and flexible.
What are some more ideas on how you can use the felt train set?