Speech Therapy Ideas for Christmas for Toddlers

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Providing new, interesting, and developmentally-appropriate activities are important ways to keep therapy sessions fresh and hold a young child’s attention. At this time of year, this can be easily accomplished by incorporating holiday related activities into your own therapy routines.

If you’d like for me to do the planning for you for lots of different children for practically the entire month, I have 2 fantastic projects that will provide lots of FUN speech therapy ideas for Christmas for toddlers:

The Christmas Therapy Guide for Toddlers

12 Tasks for Christmas for Toddlers

 

Don’t spend hours searching the internet for ideas that might work for helping toddlers with significant delays learn to complete early learning tasks and therapy activities. I’ve done the work for you and the instructions are right here! Mommy bloggers have written cute ideas on their websites or on Pinterest for similar activities, but many times the directions for introducing and carrying out the tasks are not specified. The activities certainly aren’t modified for toddlers and young preschoolers with developmental delays and learning challenges. These videos will make these activities applicable for ALL young children.

Typically developing toddlers will also love these activities. By introducing these tasks in a structured way, we’re helping ALL children learn important concepts which will lay the foundation for early academic skills and for learning language. In most of the activities you’ll also be targeting fine motor and motor planning skills, so our colleagues who are OTs love these ideas too.

 

Overview 

Each title includes an hour online video and downloadable pdf. Once you purchase the video, you’ll receive a password for immediate access to watch the video and the link to the pdf with your written treatment plan.

In the video I’ll explain step by step instructions for designing specific therapy  activities based on holiday themes. I’ll walk you through how to gather the materials, plan each activity, and even teach you exactly what to say to engage a a toddler or young preschooler, target new play and cognitive skills, and teach new language skills. I’ll discuss and demonstrate several goals for each therapy activity and provide practical application tips to increase your effectiveness and make sure you know what you’re doing!

You’ll also receive a comprehensive written treatment plan in downloadable pdf format to pair with the activities demonstrated on each video. In the written guide you’ll find a list of suggested goals, materials, instructions, and strategies to make this a productive learning opportunity for both the child and you! Goals are included for social, cognitive, both receptive and expressive language, and perhaps even speech intelligibility skills in very young children.

This information is appropriate for use by speech-language pathologists, committed parents and grandparents who are looking for structured therapy ideas for home programming, occupational and developmental therapists, early intervention and preschool teachers, and other professionals who work with toddlers with language delays and developmental disorders.

Both the Christmas Therapy Guide and 12 Tasks for Christmas are written in a homework format and may be copied and shared with families during sessions. It’s a fantastic parent and caregiver training tool for SLPs and other therapists who work in early intervention.

More specific information about content of each video is listed below.

Therapy Guides are available for purchase separately for $ 15 to $19.99.

ASHA credit and/or a certificate of completion will be available for speech-language pathologists and other therapists who complete the required paperwork. You’ll need to download and print the forms and return them to us for processing via regular or email at forms@teachmetotalk.com. Specific instructions will provided after purchasing each video.

CE credit will also be available if you’ve previously purchased either of these videos for a $5 CE processing fee per video. Email me at Laura@teachmetotalk.com for help with that with HELP WITH CHRISTMAS VIDEO CE in the subject line.

 

 

Christmas Therapy Guide

In this video you’ll find 6 different holiday activities with 5 to 10 different goals for each activity for targeting social, cognitive, both receptive and expressive language goals with additional ideas to begin to work on speech intelligibility skills in very young children.

Activities are designed for use in individual sessions with toddlers or young preschoolers at home or in a clinical setting. Some of the ideas can be modified for use with small groups of children.

You may already own many of these toys and supplies or may be able to adapt what you have on hand. Most other materials can be purchased inexpensively at dollar stores, Walmart, Target, and other retailers that sell holiday items.

The activities are loosely organized by developmental level. The easier activities are at the beginning of this guide and the complexity increases with each new play routine. Goals are organized within each activity in the same way. Prerequisite or easier goals are listed first and more advanced objectives follow.

The written guide is 16 pages and lists goals, materials, and modifications for each therapy activity.

Click the link to purchase The Christmas Therapy Guide for Toddlers. 

 

12 Tasks for Christmas

This video is designed to teach you how to develop 12 simple cognitive activities or “tasks” to help a young child learn to attend, participate, and finish an entire task through early structured learning opportunities.

Because this is a Christmas series, we’re using the 12 Days of Christmas for inspiration. You’ll see 12 different activities you can easily develop to use with your little clients if you’re a therapist or your own child if you’re a parent.

So many of our little friends with language delays have a hard time paying attention, participating in therapy activities and completing an entire task, even when it’s playing with a toy. By beginning to work with these kinds of kids with short, simple cognitive activities, we’ll help these toddlers build attention and learn to complete an entire activity start to finish.

When we use activities that are highly visual, rather than language based, we’ll also be playing to a child’s strengths rather than his weaknesses.

This is the starting point for therapy for many children with autism. You’ll get better initial participation with these activities than with anything else you may try. You’ll also be establishing great activities for a home therapy program.

This material is ideal for committed parents, therapists, and other professionals who work with young children with language and other developmental delays.

In addition to the video, you’ll receive a 14 page written summary with a list of easily obtainable materials, set up directions, and detailed instructions for making these activities productive learning opportunities for both the child and you! If you’re a therapist, the activities are written in an easy-to-follow “homework” format, perfect for providing parents for education and suggestions for home practice.

Troubleshooting tips are included in case a child is having difficulty learning or completing the task.

For more background information about why these tasks are used in therapy, take a look at the Resources and References page at the end of the written therapy guide.

As a therapist you can make many of these things this year and then save them to use every December for the rest of your career. Once you learn the basic premise for developing these activities, you’ll also be able to take the ideas and design your own activities to use throughout the year.

As a parent, you will be able to make these activities yourself to do with your own child during your 1:1 time at home. Many children can learn to be independent with these activities. Eventually you can bring these games out when you need your child to be able to play on his own for a few minutes.

Many therapy programs for children with autism such as TEACCH and preschool methodologies such as Montessori and Reggio Emilia programs use these kinds of tasks to teach a child to become independent during learning activities. However, adult intervention is absolutely essential at the beginning to help a toddler with developmental delays learn what to do and be able to get through an entire task. All of the instructions for teaching young children are provided at an introductory level in the video and in the written therapy guide.

Strategies are also included for helping move a child toward independent use of the task over time.

Cost is $15.00. Click here to purchase 12 Tasks for Christmas.

 

Watch a clip from Christmas Activities for Toddlers:


Here’s wishing you super FUN therapy sessions during the holidays and most of all, a Merry Christmas!

Until tomorrow…

Laura Mize

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