Therapy Theme: January (Winter)


 January 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 January speech therapy!


  • Monthly Labels: 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.

  • Planner: 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. 
  • The Cozi App: Our family uses this app to keep up with appointments and our full schedule for the 6 of us.  It also allows you to make grocery lists, sync with alexa, and upload recipes for meal planning. 
  • Visuals: Visual Schedule (I use this with children whether we are face to face or in teletherapy format).  I've added a digital version, which has been really helpful in teletherapy.  I also created a set of digital reinforcers, which has been especially helpful for my kiddos age 5+.  I've been using lots of visuals to help keep kids on task and engaged.  This set has digital and print versions of first...then, task box size, full size, cues for articulation, /wh/ questions, categories, and more.

  • Texas Speech Mom: Organization and Theme Planners, Articulation Visuals in the Speech Therapy Tool Box- these have been wonderful....there are so many that I haven't even printed them all yet.  She will definitely increase my colorful display and organization skills!
  • Type B SLP Thematic Units: I purchased her fall set and have been able to carry a lot of it over into winter.  There is a LOT in each set!
  • Work Table:  I can't say enough good things about this new work table I got from amazon.  It was a beast to carry and put together (and now is permanently in that room because it doesn't fit through the door).....but look how much space there is for storage and putting materials together!  I was able to prep the materials from Texas Speech Mom, Type B SLP, and my fable bundle all at the same time!

In January, my tote 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 Frost Lost his Nose" adaptive book and coloring page by Panda SpeechThere was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow and seasonal task boxes by Especially Education

  • Ten Silly Snowmen is a fun little adaptive book perfect for teaching simple counting.  This set comes with a Boom Card e-version, too!  
  • Fables are a great way to engage young children.  This set includes digital versions, printable visuals, and coloring pages.  
  • Social Stories: 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!  She's got stories for potty training, separation anxiety, wearing masks, hybrid name it, she's got it!
  • 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). 

Digital Tools and Tokens
  • 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!  

  • Digital Visual Schedule

Board Games

Freebies for Winter: 
Free Websites for Teletherapy: 
Favorite Books for January 

Snowmen At Night, Snowmen All Year, Snowmen at Work by Mark Buehner
The Biggest Snowman by Jeni Bassett
Bear Snores On by Jane Chapman
There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow by Lucille Colandro
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you Hear? by Eric Carle
Sneezy the Snowman by Stephen Gilpin
Ten Silly Snowmen by Elizabeth Hepler
Mr Frost Lost His Nose by Amanda Schaumburg

Therapy Ideas: 
  • Books: I try to incorporate books into every session, no matter the age, goals, setting.  These can be modified to include no-fail, interactive pieces, song-style presentation (look at nursery rhymes/fables for increasing attention and engagement). 
  • Music: I usually incorporate music, whether it's a song for articulation (I love the Have Fun Teaching alphabet series and Jack Hartman for articulation warmups-search these on youtube).
  • Movement Breaks
  • Boom Cards: I'm a one trick pony.  So far, this is really the only online format that I'm comfortable with...though I do also love the Articulation Bee app. 
  • Real Toys: Don't be afraid to pull out real toys and games.  You can use these even in teletherapy and kids love to see you interacting and engaging in this way.  I'll be sharing some ideas for combining digital games and real toys in a post coming soon.  
Just for Fun: 
  • Brooks has blue and white snowman shoes (amazon for the win)!  My tote bag is from 31 gifts.  Normally, I'd cart it into my school and clinic sites, but for now, I haul it up and down the stairs to my work space at home.  

Happy January, everyone!!!


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