Therapy Theme: December (Gingerbread, Christmas)


December Speech Therapy

"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 December speech therapy!

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.

I print my planner each year from Polka Dot Posie Print.  I love the seasonal colors and the options to customize what I need each year.  I use the discbound system and other accessories from Happy Planner.  These are easy to find on amazon. 

For fun, you should definitely check out A Perfect Blend Teaching on instagram.  Each month she uploads wallpaper that you could use on your computer, phone, or even your watch!  It's free and just a fun way to change things up each month.  These cute gnomes were my favorite this December.  

Visual Schedule (I use this with children whether we are face to face or in teletherapy format)

In  December, my box usually has the following: 
  • Adaptive books, task boxes, and work task notebooks. For my more concrete learners, I also typically use a "Finished Box" to the right. 
    • Some of my favorite activities are: "Mr Gingerbread Lost his Buttons" adaptive book and coloring page by Panda SpeechThere was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell and seasonal task boxes by Especially Education

  • During this unusual time of 2020, I've found that Autism Little Learners has the best social stories for unusual, but needed topics: wearing masks, Christmas looking different, hybrid learning, etc.  Highly recommend her store for helping children to adjust to these usual times.  Best part: many are free!  
  • Digital Everything! All of my students are currently in teletherapy, so I've relied heavily on Boom Cards and other online resources to keep them (and me) engaged in what we are doing.  Click on the images to access these Boom Decks (some are free). 

    • This reinforcer/token board set has been really helpful in teletherapy.  It could certainly be used face to face too.  It has over 57 boards, including "Feed Me" characters, seasonal items like making a Gingerbread man/house, Tic Tac Toe, and much more!  

These are so cute!  each one has a tiny little object inside.  You can use them face to face, in teletherapy.  You could address colors, spatial positions, counting, numbers, and put anything inside that you might want to hide or play with. My kiddos have been really engaged with these and enjoy requesting and labeling during teletherapy with these.  

Other Great Freebies: 

Favorite Books for December (*disclaimer: I typically only cover seasonal topics in my work setting, as holidays are not celebrated.  We celebrate Christmas at our house, so I do have some Christmas stories here, as well).  

Favorite Christmas stories (for our household): 
If You Take a Mouse to the Movies by Laura Numeroff
Click, Clack Ho! Ho! Ho! by Doreen Cronin
Olivia Helps with Christmas by Ian Falconer
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell by Lucille Colandro
Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner
Moosletoe by Margie Palatini

Gingerbread Themes: 
The Gingerbread Man Adapted by Elizabeth Hepler (e-book Boom Cards)
The Gingerbread Man Lost in the School by Laura Murray
Where is the Gingerbread Man? by Elizabeth Hepler (adaptive book, interactive book of Boom Cards) 
    This is a freebie!
Ten Jolly Gingerbreads by Elizabeth Hepler (adaptive book and interactive book of Boom Cards)

Happy December, everyone!!!


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