This speech and language therapy program can be used for ALL speech/language kids within your caseload for every week of the ENTIRE school year. It provides you with a structured program that can be used during EVERY SINGLE THERAPY SESSION as well as DAILY HOMEWORK throughout the week. The program follows the same format for every child, but is easily customizable to each individual child based on their specific needs/goals.
This program provides you with 36 different color by number pictures - one picture a week for the entire school year (September through May). The picture order matches the calendar (i.e. holidays, seasons, etc,). Basically, you target one picture a week with seven specifically chosen targets for each child. The child will practice one target a day using one color a day. On the days you conduct therapy with the child you will practice that specific day's target together. On the days you do not have the child in therapy they will practice that day's target alone for homework. Each target has anywhere between 200-250 productions, so by the end of the week the child will have practiced between 1400-1750 repetitions.
The child will verbally practice the target each time they color in the square. I usually just have the child “dot” the square with a marker (rather than color the whole square perfectly) – so that the productions can be made as fast as possible. And then they can go back later and make the coloring perfect if they want to. By the end of the week the child will have uncovered a hidden picture.
The best way to use the program is to print out a copy of the “picture of the week” for each student on your caseload every Monday morning. During each student’s first session that week, choose seven specific targets and write them on their sheet. I always make sure to choose targets that are at each student’s level of success (you don’t want them practicing things wrong at home). So, you can choose to have them work on sounds in isolation, syllables, words, phrases, or sentences for your articulation kids. And for your language kids you can target specific vocabulary words, irregular plurals, past tense verbs, different sentence structures, question sentences, – basically whatever the child needs to work on – the possibilities are endless.
Good luck and I hope you enjoy it.
Alissa Holloway MS-CCC, SLP
Speech and Language Therapy Program