Speech Therapy Materials
Enjoy these speech therapy Pictureka ideas to target a wide range of speech and language goals.
These game ideas are for:
- Parents to use at home to target their child's speech and language goals
- To give SLP’s fresh/fun ideas to use in a pinch!
For my students, I use the curriculum as much as possible but sometimes students and SLPs deserve a fun break!
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I never use games as they are intended. Instead, I change them to fit the goals of my students. Below are ideas I have already tried!
Goal: Object Naming/Matching
For a child who is under 3 years of age, this game is great for object naming.
- Grab a coin or token and cover up each picture as you name it.
- Roll the dice and each player has to name at least that many pictures.
- Point to a picture and name it. Find as many as possible!
- Find the cards with objects on them and have your child/student match the card to the picture.
They are many ways to target this goal. Adjust the way you play the game depending on the language and interest level of your child/student. Some ideas:
- The game comes with category cards or you can write your own on a piece of paper or whiteboard. Then take turns finding which pictures fit into a category. For example, your category could be things that “roll.” Then find pictures such as a ball, pencil, etc…
- For older kids, I make it competitive. He or she needs to find 5 objects before the time runs out.
- For younger kids, finding the pictures is usually motivation enough.
- Another way, I identify at least 2 pictures and the student names the category. Children can group items based on function, location, materials, etc...
Goal: Memory Skills - Rehearsal
For older students who are practicing memory compensations, this game is great for practicing visualization or rehearsal.
- Have a child pull a few cards and either “make a mental picture” of the words or repeat the words at least 3 times.
- I make my own cards for this game.
- Then, take away the cards and see if he/she can find the pictures.
This is not as functional as using curriculum material but it is a motivating way to introduce the memory compensations.
How you target this goal will depend on your student.
For me, as my students improve their articulation skills and are working on generalization, I like to pull “non-speech” games to add a little distraction hoping to transfer their new skills to automatic memory.
Therefore, for these goals, I follow the directions on the box on how to play and adjust as needed depending on my student's abilities.
To target articulation, I create a carrier phrase that contains the student’s target sound. Before each turn or during a turn, which ever applies, each student says the phrase with their “good sound.” Typical speech therapy!
Goal: Vocabulary/Articulation/Sentence Structure:
For this speech or language goal, follow the instructions on the box. When a student pulls a card with a word on it, he/she has to either use the word in a sentence with correct grammar, find a synonym, define it using EET, etc…
This will depend on the student’s individual goals.