Therapy Theme: Apple Picking (September)


 September Speech Therapy Themes

"What's in your box, Mrs. Elizabeth?"

So, I'm here today to share some organization tips and tricks, some free printables, and some links to great resources for Apple Picking!

First off, I use tote boxes by season.  I use these very cute Monthly Labels and have 4 boxes: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall.  I change them out in the back of my car every 3 months and always have my evaluation box with me.

Download a Quick Apples and Acorns Lesson Plan


Visual Schedule (I use this for face to face and in teletherapy format).  *Research tells us that most children are visual learners.  Temple Grandin describes how she "thinks in pictures", indicating that autistic students also benefit from having clear visuals.  Having the expectations of what to do in pictures along with what is coming next reduces anxiety, increases attention, and increases independence.  *, Grandin, T. (2006) Thinking in Pictures, Knopf Doubleday.


Task boxes and file folder games. For my more concrete learners, I also typically use a "Finished Box" to the right. 
This is a cute little Apple Picking game. It's also free on TpT!

Apples Following Directions Game {FREE}
This one is a  set of task boxes for different seasons.  It has preschool, kindergarten, and special education tasks.  It takes some work to put together, but it's a nice resource to have on hand!
Basic Skills Task Boxes (pre-k, and SPED) BUNDLE

This is a free fall themed yes/no question set.   
Fall Activity -  Yes No Questions for Speech Therapy FREE
Fall Dot Art for Articulation Reinforcement.  You can use dot markers, bingo chips and magnetic wand, stickers, or crayons.  These speech therapy articulation activities are perfect for entertainment during sessions and sending home for carryover practice. 

Free Fall Vocabulary Pages in color and in black and white
Fall Vocabulary One Page Printable Coloring Page

 Digital Activities

Apple Picking Set of Categories (5 Games Included): Clothing, Animals, Vehicles, Food, and Fall Vocabulary.

 or articulation, I like using the Bundle of Apple Picking games. These are Boom Cards and cover 82 different sound targets.  

You can download a free sample of this articulation game below.

Free Boom Cards!

Articulation Activity

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    Favorite Fall Books
    The Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship by Edward Hemingway
    Apples by Gail Gibbons 
    The Mouse's Apples by Francis Stickley
    Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt
    Hello Fall by Deborah Dieson 
    Counting on Fall by Lizann Flatt

    Pete the Cat: Falling for Fall 
    Apples: an Interactive Book (Free) by Mindy Marfurt
    Book Companion Sets for the Old Lady: Printable and Digital Forms

    * Talk like a pirate day is on 9/19/2021.  You can find a post for a Pirate Theme Unit here. 


    It never hurts to dress up and have fun!
    Favorite Fall Games
    Two of my favorite games for fall: Sneaky Snacky Squirrel and Sorting Apples.  

    Sneaky Snacky Squirrel targets colors, counting, etc.  

    Apple Sorting by Learning Resources is great for learning attributes like sizes and colors.
    Alphabet Acorns by Learning resources is great for our little ones whose "Favorite Things" include letters.  You can practice core words like open, colors, and sorting. 

     How Many Acorns puzzle is great for numbers, colors, and other fall fun!

    Favorite Fall Songs and Movement Breaks

    The Pirate Life by Go Noodle
    Autumn Leaves are Falling Down by The Learning Station 
    Seasons Song by Have Fun Teaching

    Favorite Fall Freebies!!!
                                Back to School Dot Art 
                                Fall Vocabulary Printables 
                                Apple Boom Cards for Initial /S/
    Speaking Louder Than Words: Dots and Boxes Articulation 
    Speechie Pals:  Back to School Sample 
    Panda Speech: Fall Listen Up 
    Daily Cup of Speech: Spatial Concepts Freebie 
    Angie S TpT:  Fall Yes/No 
    Teaching Differenly: Apple Picking Game
    Happy fall, y'all!

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