Therapy Theme: April (Spring, Bunnies, Carrots, Easter)

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

Themes for April:  I try to carry over what I see my students doing at preschool.  In April, this is often Easter, Gardening, Bunnies, Carrots, Bugs, Rain, and other fun spring concepts.

Organization and Personal Gear

First of all....stuff for face to face therapy...finally.  Yay!!! I don't have a designated work space and travel around...so I rely on my good 'ol pal Bessie the cart.  This one has held up really well for me.  It's durable and it keeps my things safe if it's raining on the way in and out of buildings.  

Husky 22 in. Connect Rolling System Plastic Tool Box

I had a lot of difficulty with finding just the right mask, but this one from Wet Mask has worked perfectly for me.  It comes in different sizes and I was able to find one that fit me just right!  It was the most snug and protected I've felt, without fogging...which is exactly what I needed.  Other masks made me feel like I was in a terrarium by the end of the day.  

 
 
After being so comfortable in my clothes while working from home, I worked to update my t-shirt collection to be comfortable, supportive of my students, and also supporting fellow SLPs!  Here are some of my favorites:
 



 

Still loving all of these:

  • 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.



  • Watch Faces and Backgrounds: Did you know A Perfect Blend has free watch faces and backgrounds in her instagram stories each month?  You should check those out.  So cute and fun to change each month.  She has cute St Patrick's Day themes this month.  Click on "Wallpapers" to download this month and previous months.


  • 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 have enjoyed her seasonal dividers too! I use the discbound system and other accessories from Happy Planner.  These are easy to find on amazon. See the source image
 
  • 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 and Handouts

  • 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.


  • Digital Circle Time: This month, I created a way to have circle time in virtual learning or teletherapy.  We start most sessions now with our "Morning Meeting".  This is a quick and fun way to talk about feelings, calendar, weather, and seasons.
  • The neurodiversity set of handouts from Speechy Things is exactly what I needed to help spread the word about Autism Acceptance this month.  You should definitely check these out!

In April, my tote box usually has the following: 
     
  • Task Boxes, File Folders, Worksheets, Digital Activities, Book Companions, and Printable Activities:



      • Spring /Wh/ Questions by Teaching Autism
      • Spring Listen Up!  Coloring page by Panda Speech
      • Activities by Especially Education
      • Worksheets/Dot Pages by 3 Dinosaurs 
      • Free Printable Book Companion Printables for "Little Blue Truck Springtime" by Alice Schertle. 
      •  New: Big Box of Dot Art!  This is an amazing growing bundle that will reach over 700 pages.  The best part about growing bundles is that you can purchase early at the lowest price and download all updates for free.  Woohoo!  The entire spring notebook is finished and the Summer notebook is on its way!   

  • Book Companions and Adaptive Books: My students have really enjoyed book companions lately.  They have been a safe and effective way for us to work on things like expanding utterances in both teletherapy and face to face instruction.  
 
    • So....as a BIG gift to my buyers, I have released a Bottomless Book Companion Bundle (it currently has 7 book companions) and will grow with ongoing free access!  Woohoo!  

              

               *These books must be purchased separately. The files do not contain audio. Book                                       companions should supplement actual print books while using the original printed work.

  • So far, this set includes currently includes companions for the following books:
    • "Too Many Carrots" by Katy Hudson
    • "Little Blue Truck Springtime" by Alice Schertle.
    • "How to Catch the Easter Bunny" by Adam Wallace
    • "How to Catch a Leprechaun" by Adam Wallace
    • "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover" by Lucille Colandro
    • "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick" by Lucille Colandro
    • "Froggy Gets Dressed" by Jonathan London
  • Other great skills to work on: Life Skills, Emotions
    • I have not one, but TWO freebies for teaching emotions available this month.  
 
I have really enjoyed making resources with REAL pictures!  I'm not sure what took me so long, but these are coming out nicely.  :)

  • Social Stories: During this unusual time of 2020-2021, 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 instruction....you name it, she's got it!  I swear she adds something new every day.  She's just wonderful! 
  • I've also created a couple of freebies to help teachers and parents.  One is a social story for elopement and the other is a set of name badge visual cue cards. Both are free.  




 
  • Articulation Games : Spring Speech has been a hit with my students so far. It features some characters from favorite spring books, including The Old Lady, Bunny, Caterpillar, etc.  There are versions for Early Sounds, Later Sounds, and Consonant Blends.
This is now available on Boom Learning in a growing bundle for the whole year!  

  • Toys!  There are so many great spring-themed toys and learning games to use! As we head into spring, I tend to pull out companions to my Eric Carle books.  
    • This butterfly sorting toy works great!  You can target colors, counting, more/less, taking turns, and a lot of other language concepts.  
    • Eric Carle Magnetic Storytelling set
 
 
    • Potatohead is perfect for requesting, body parts, and clothing names! 




Freebies for Earth Day:
Freebies for Spring:
Free Websites for Teletherapy: 
  • highlightskids.com
  • pbskids.org
  • abcya.com
  • thecolor.com
  • uniteforliteracy.com
  • matchthememory.com
  • quia.com/web
  • sesamestreet.org
  • tweentribune.com
  • rewadworks.org
  • onlinejigsawpuzzles.net
  • playtictactoe.org
  • pinkcatgames.com
Favorite Books for March

Little Blue Truck's Springtime by Alice Schertle (book companion )
Froggy Finds Signs of Spring by Ginger Joyce
There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick by Lucille Colandro (book companion)
How to Catch the Easter Bunny by Adam Wallace (book companion)
Too Many Carrots by Katy Hudson (book companion)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn
 



Therapy Ideas: 

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Happy April, everyone!!!







 



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