Scrounging for Therapy

Scrounging for therapy? Absolutely!

Scrounging for therapy- inexpensive ideas from Looks Like Language!
Preschoolers need to play, so that means you need a variety of materials to match your themes. Yes, it is extra work in the beginning, but the lovely thing about it is that once you have accumulated enough treasures, you can work on a wide variety of goals in your groups since the theme ties it all together!

So here’s some pictures of how I scrounged for speech therapy materials for preschoolers before the times of the beautiful sets you can get from TpT!

Preschoolers often need props for everything to learn to play. I gathered up as many 3D items as I could, supplemented with boxes, containers and assorted junk, and filled in the rest with paper pictures.

Scrounging for therapy- inexpensive ideas from Looks Like Language!
When I opened up my plastic sleeve of playground items, these are the goodies that I found. The Playground Game, top left, is an open ended picture game from an old Sesame Street magazine. Remember that I recommended you look out for them at garage sales in my last post? This is a good example why!

Scrounging for therapy- inexpensive ideas from Looks Like Language!
If I don't have you convinced, check out this Sesame Street playground picture that I turned into a File Folder Sentence Activity! This is how they got started.


Scrounging for therapy- inexpensive ideas from Looks Like Language!
On top is a plastic cling activity – heaven knows where I found it, but I sure wish I could draw like that! These activities are fun for giving directions and describing. Tell the student which kid to find by describing them. Then give directions for where exactly to place it in the picture.

Scrounging for therapy- inexpensive ideas from Looks Like Language!
Next comes a simple adapted book for the playground. I like it because there is one playground item per page and in use, which let me elicit the action as well as the label. If you work in a school, the Scholastic flyers the classrooms send out can be a great source for inexpensive books. You can also join on line.

Scrounging for therapy- inexpensive ideas from Looks Like Language!
On the bottom is an example of a work sheet from a very old workbook that I modified to be an activity.  I used it as an open ended group game. After providing a response, the students took a child and figured out where to put the picture based on how the child was moving. 

Then I used a CLEAN UP GAME. My students took turns telling me about what one of the kids was doing. If they used their target correctly, they picked up the child. Count to see who got the most, and then everyone puts their picture back in the bag. Language and putting away help all at the same time!

But, what about the kids who don’t even know how to play? Come back next week to get some tips!
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