Ideas for at home Speech/Language activities

This was originally shared by, Kimberly Delude, MA, CCC-SLP in the Leader Live.  Thank you for the great ideas!

Please think about incorporating some of these activities into your daily/weekly routine while we are all sheltering in place.

Errands are language-fueled activities. If you can’t go to the store, or are avoiding taking the kids with you, have them help you take inventory of items you have and make a list of what you will need.  You can target things like categories, or ask them to name anything red they see on the webpage you’re on. Or, as you’re scrolling, pick two or three things (apples or bananas, for example) and ask them what group they belong in. Have older kids be your shopping buddy: give them a small list of things to remind you to find as you go through the online store.

Something all kids love is to feel in charge. If you feel comfortable, let them help pay at the online checkout. When the items are delivered, they can continue working on language by unpacking and sorting items into groups (refrigerated or snacks, for example).

Car rides, walks, or even strolls around the house are also opportunities to work on language. Try playing license plate tag to target speech sounds and multisyllable words, or “I Spy” to work on categories (I spy something that is a vehicle) or speech sounds (I spy something that starts with the /k/ sound). You can even make red lights fun by seeing who can name the most fruits before the light turns green. When you get home, make a list of what you found and have the child share it with classmates the next day to keep the language learning going.

Make TV time interactive and language-infused. Sit on opposite sides of the couch and find a favorite show or try a new one. Then have each person pick a character to be and mute the TV. Now fill in the dialogue yourself based on the images. You’ll be amazed by the stories kids make up.  Or play a guessing game—pausing the TV and try to guess how a character is feeling based on facial expressions and the background images.

Read. This may seem obvious, and if you only have time to do your nightly story, that’s great. But I like to tell parents  to push it a little further and start a conversation while they are reading. Ask follow-up questions or change one of the lines in a familiar story and ask them if they think it really happened.  Associate something happening in the story with something that happened in your day or on a trip you’ve been on. Pause and ask questions even if you don’t think they can answer—this strengthens language. Have older kids read a page or two of a short story and tell you what happened, or act out a favorite book and see if the other person can guess which book it is. Finally, don’t pull out the book for them; make them work for it. When you ask them what book they want to read and they name it, pretend you can’t remember which one it is and have them describe parts of it to help jog your memory. Or if you know they read a story in their online class or speech session, ask them to retell it to you.

Parent Handouts for Articulation

Hello.  Today I sent out parent handouts for correct placement to address a variety of articulation phonemes.  I will include links to the most common sound errors that I treat in therapy below for you to access anytime.  I hope all is well with you and your families!








More websites to visit while Distance Learning at home

Hi families,

I hope that this first week Distance learning is going well for all of you!  Please continue to check out the and Cheatham Hill websites for updated information.  I would like to add additional websites for your students to visit while they are away from school.  This website has a variety of read aloud stories read by well known actors.  Great website filled with activities, stories, exploration, games and more!  Videos, games, and more all around the topic of animals!



Digital learning

School is not in session….How can my child work on his/her speech and language skills?

Today, a packet was sent home with each child who was in attendance with individual materials and practice ideas for the days to come.  I will be available each day from 9:00-10:30 to respond to emails.  This is the best way to contact with me with any questions you may have.  You may choose to spend 5 minutes a day working on your student’s speech and language skills or opt to spend 30 minutes twice a week.  This is up to your family’s schedule.  The most important thing you can do during this time is talk, talk, talk to your child.  Listen for their good speech sounds, talk about what you are doing, talk about what they are doing, read stories together and review the details.  Watch television together and discuss what’s happening and why?  Play games!  Headbanz and 20 questions are great for describing and inferencing as well as asking/answering questions.   And the students all know one of my favorites….Would you Rather!

Here is a list of some suggested websites that might be useful during this break.


Most of all, enjoy spending time with your child!  I will be adding information to the blog to assist you with at home activities.  Thanks, and stay well, Kim


Hi everyone!

My name is Brooke Barber and I am the speech and language intern at Cheatham Hill Elementary School this semester. I have enjoyed working with all of the students and have been welcomed with open arms! I am so happy that it is officially November, which means all things Thanksgiving! During the month of November, our articulation students will continue to work on correct production of speech sounds, and our fluency students will continue to practice using strategies in order to create smooth and fluent speech. Parents, be on the lookout for homework each week so that you are able to practice the speech strategies with your children.

Third grade language students are working on a variety of activities that relate to the book Turkey Trouble, by Wendi Silvano. Our focus during this November segment is: Developing Critical Thinking Connections as we read. The students are learning and engaging in a variety of activities that relate to the Critical Thinking Triangle which includes the problem, character’s feelings, and the character’s plan from our book. This critical thinking concept allows our students to dive deeper into the story and better understand what they are reading.

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Our fourth and fifth grade language students are working on a range of activities focused around the book Thanksgiving at the Tappletons, by Eileen Spinelli. Our focus strategy for this language segment is: Problem and Solution and Cause and Effect. During therapy, we will also focus on answering comprehension questions related to the book and completing a story retell.

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We are looking forward to speech and language therapy during the month of November!


Hello again,

Fall is my favorite season!  I love all of the holidays, the crisp feel in the air, and all of the fun books that we can share with friends.  This month we will continue to work on improving our articulation and fluency skills.  Parents, please look for homework each week for students working on these skills.

Language students will be working on a variety of activities in reference to The Gruffalo, by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.  Our focus strategy is: Active learners visualize.  When we visualize we make a picture in our head to go along with what we are listening to or reading.  Visualization helps good learners to better understand what they hear or read. Students will also be working on the following skills:  vocabulary, sequencing, making inferences, answering comprehension questions and story retells.  Be sure and ask your students to tell you all about The Gruffalo!

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Back to School

Hello friends!

It has been wonderful seeing old friends and meeting new faces!  We have been working on collecting baseline data for everyone’s goals/objectives, participating in getting to know you activities, and learning the ropes in Speech therapy.

September is full of standardized testing fun for our third and fifth grades!  🙂  During this time, speech therapy will be suspended for these grade levels to allow them to participate in this required testing.  We will meet with groups/students as time permits.  Get good rest and start each day with a big healthy breakfast!

I have an intern spending the fall with me in the last few stages of her graduate program.  Her name is Brooke Barber and she will be working with our students as well.  We are happy to welcome her to the ‘Hill!

Looking forward to another great year working with our Cheatham Hill students and families.  Kim

December – Tis the Season!

It’s the season of hot cocoa, fires in our fireplaces, celebrating family and friends, and enjoying the nip in the air!  This month we will be working towards improving our vocabulary skills, sequencing, story retelling, and critical thinking skills in language therapy.  We will be using the following picture books this month!

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We will continue to work towards correct production of sound errors in Articulation therapy and easy smooth speech in Fluency therapy.  Happy Holidays to all!

November – Give Thanks!

I wanted to take a moment to say ‘Thank You’ to my parents and co-workers who work so hard with our students.  Thank you for taking the time to complete homework with your child, read to them, and share your excellent language skills with them!

This month in Speech and Language Therapy we will continue to focus on Articulation and Fluency skills with many of our students.  I am using a centers approach for therapy this year and it is working out very well…I’m seeing lots of good progress!!  Articulation students are gaining additional practice of newly learned skills by practicing their sounds with me as well as during independent tasks around the room – over 300+ productions a session!  Fluency students are hard at work practicing their strategies during a variety of activities and games.

In Language this month we will be focusing on Finding The Main Idea and Supporting Details, answering comprehension questions, describing vocabulary, and story retells.  We will be learning a variety of strategies that we are adding to our student journals.  This month’s books include:

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Happy Halloween!

This month we are continuing to work on correcting our speech sounds and using fluent speech in many of our sessions.  Please see ‘Pages’ for additional information on these skills.

In Language therapy, we are working on expanding our sentences, figurative language, making comparisons, describing vocabulary, and story retelling.  We are using the following books in therapy this month:

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And a homemade book titled, “A Journey to the Farm”.  I’m looking forward to our spooky speech this month!