Tag Archives: Speech

Activity Inspiration: Backpack, Backpack

31 Aug

I like to use the simple “Backpack” theme song from Dora the Explorer during the first few weeks of school, which many kids already know and LOVE to sing along with. It has some great /b, p, k/ sounds, plus early pronouns in the lyrics like /me, my, I, you/ for kiddos practicing speech and communication goals. This activity is also helpful for students working on labeling or requisite learning skills such as independently packing and unpacking their backpacks. If possible, we use our actual backpacks and label the items inside as we take them out or put them away.

For music therapists on the go, here’s a simple backpack visual you can download for free…so all you need to do is laminate and add Velcro. We sing the backpack chorus, then make a drumroll on our legs (or a drum) while saying, “Let’s see what’s inside!” When the drumroll stops, encourage your student to pull out and item and label it. Bonus points if they can tell you one way they use the item during their school day!

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{MORE} Dr. Seuss Inspiration: Silly Sound Song

1 Mar

Monday kicks off Read Across America week, and boy oh boy do I love me some Dr. Seuss. I wanted to share a little song I wrote that works great for speech, impulse control, engagement and self-expression goals (and if you use an iPad, finger isolation/fine motor skills).

You can find the visuals & sounds I used for my choiceboard (plus more activity ideas to Seussify your sessions) in this previous post. Download the images and either: print and put on big macs or load them into an app like Sounding Board or Choiceboard Creator and add sounds. When the music stops during the song, have your kiddo press their desired button to sing along. If clients are able, I have them come up with their own sounds and use their voice or instruments to make them. This can get really silly, especially if you have a group of kids making sounds at the same time OR waiting and taking turns.

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For even more Dr. Seuss inspiration, check out my springtime Pinterest board and the Read Across America website (full of worksheets and coloring pages!).

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Candy Cane, Candy Cane

22 Dec

Screen Shot 2014-12-19 at 5.54.33 PMMerry Christmas week!  Today I’m sharing a bonus song my kids have been singing all month to work on speech, engagement and attention goals. No matter what holiday you celebrate, there’s definitely one universal love shared by kids everywhere…and that, my friends, is CANDY.

I wrote this little song and whipped up some visuals (DOWNLOAD FOR FREE!) to go along. It has lots of different speech sounds [m, k, ch, g, b, oh, l], opportunities for vocalization and room for kids to add their own sounds or favorite candy. We like to hold the candy canes while we sing, take pretend bites (key word: pretend) and rub our tummies at the end. Enjoy! And maybe treat yo’self to a candy cane at lunch today. 🙂

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4 [Super Fun] Holiday Songs for Speech Goals

16 Dec

This year, I discovered a few silly songs…that have absolutely no real lyrics. BOOM! Many of my kiddos are working on speech/communication goals, so I love that these are basically just scat sounds—great for encouraging clients to experiment with different vowel and consonant combinations. Whip up a little choice board, pull out your microphone and get ready to vocalize!

1. Minion Holiday Song (Minions)

 Who doesn’t love these little guys? You get extra cool points for showing the video. Because…MINIONS!

2. Carol of the Mehs (Glove and Boots)

This one is perfect for that bilabial “m” sound—plus, it’s awesome. We’ll also turn the recording off and sing it on a bunch of different sounds.

3. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (Pentatonix)

In order to show everyone how hip you are, you have to have a Pentatonix song on your holiday playlist. This one is my favorite because it’s a good conversation starter—sometimes, we’ll listen to the instrumental recording, then this one, and compare. Also fun for movement!

4. Jingle Bells (Singing Dogs)

Don’t judge me for listening to singing dogs. SERIOUSLY. DON’T. It cracks me up (maybe a little too much), but it also makes my clients giggle—especially the animal lovers. It’s really fun to try singing Jingle Bells with other animal sounds, too.

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