Fun Fall Ways to Incorporate Speech & Language

By Alexa Demyan,

By: Sarah Denman, M.A. CCC-SLP

Colorful leaves, juicy apples, spooky ghosts, smiling jack-o-lanterns – it can only mean one thing… fall is here! Take advantage of this special time to target speech/language skills in creative, easy ways.

Go on a leaf hunt!

Early Language

Adjectives: colors (red, green, yellow, orange, big, small, smooth, rough, bumpy, dry 

Prepositions: under, on top, below, above, next to, in front of

Action words: jump, rake, find, look, stomp, march, walk, pick

Articulation: /l/ in “leaf”, “collect”, and “look”; /f/ in “find” and “leaf”

Social skills: Take turns showing leaves, ask others questions such as “Which one is your favorite?”

Make a leaf person! Target requesting (e.g. “glue please”) and body parts

Pumpkins and Gourds!

Early Language

Vocabulary: pumpkin, patch, stem, seed, vine, leaves, body parts (eyes, nose, mouth when carving)

Adjectives: heavy, light, smooth, bumpy, bright, dark, orange, prickly, slimy, sticky

Articulation: s-blends in “stem,” “small,” “smooth,” “slimy,” “sticky”

Social Skills: Staying with the family or group when looking for questions, ask questions to others (“Do you like this one?”)

Costumes!

Early Language

Adjectives: sparkly, bright, long, short, spooky, colors

Action words: dress up, put on, take off, put on your __ (e.g. head)

Nouns: pants, shirt, dress, hat, body parts (e.g. arms, legs)

Articulation: Practice your sounds while talking about your costume!

Social skills: Pretend to be the character that you dressed up as! What would they say? What would they do?

 

Want more ideas? Check out these websites and CSHC’s Autumn Activities Pinterest page for more fall fun activities.

• Speech and Language Kids.com-autumn
• Speech and Language Kids.com-Halloween
• Playingwithwords365.com- 5-playful-fall-activities-for-your-toddlers • Howweelearn.com-halloween-sensory-play

Halloween Costume Contest

By Alexa Demyan,

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, our in-person Halloween Hop has been canceled for the 2020 season. However, CSHC loves Halloween too much to let the holiday pass without some spooktacular family fun!

This year we will be hosting a virtual Halloween Costume Contest. Each participant will be entered into a random drawing and the winners will receive a Halloween prize basket filled with goodies for the whole family!

This contest will run from October 10th – October 29th.

HOW TO ENTER:

1.      Follow Columbus Speech & Hearing Center on Facebook and/or Instagram (our Instagram handle is @columbusspeech)

2.      Post a picture of your child, children or entire family in their Halloween Costumes between 10/1- 10/29

3.      Tag Columbus Speech & Hearing Center in your post and use the hashtag: #CSHCostume

·         Please be sure to tag Columbus Speech & Hearing Center and use the hashtag so that we can see your picture(s) and enter you into our basket drawing.

·         You do not need to be a current client of CSHC to enter- anyone is welcome! However, the winner must be able to pick up their prize in-person at Columbus Speech & Hearing Center.

·         Please keep in mind that is a family-friendly costume contest

Click here to email jaills@columbusspeech.org with any questions about this contest.