How to use an advent calendar in speech therapy
I ran across the galvanized advent calendar at Target this Christmas and quickly realized it can be used all year round in speech therapy for so many language concepts! I feel like it’s similar to using a doll house. As you can see in the photo, I gathered some small toys and other objects I had around and put them in randomly. You get the added benefit of using a hands-on approach versus paper-based therapy activities. You can use it to address many receptive and expressive language goals like following directions, basic concepts, prepositions and more. The possibilities are endless, but here are some of my ideas for using an advent calendar in speech therapy!
Temporal directions: “First put in the skateboard, then put in the LEGO.” or “After you take out the dice, take out the lion.”
Multi-Step directions: “Put in the ball then put in the dart.” or “Put in the play doh and the clip.”
“Where is the clip?” “What is in the top?” “Where is the soldier?”
“Is there a soccer ball?” “Is there a paperclip?”
REQUESTING: Ask them, which one do you want? For higher level kids, have them use modifiers by putting similar items in. “I want the big, yellow LEGO.” or “I want the tall, thin block.” For lower level kids, put in simple objects they are familiar with the names.
NEGATION: This really challenges kids to think! (no, not, none, never, neither, don’t, etc.)
“Put the ball in but NOT by the lion.”
Have them tell you where something is NOT- “The dice is NOT by the play doh.”
I: “I put in the soldier.” “I took out the blocks.”
Me: “Give me the play doh.”
You: “You got the clip.” “I’ll get you the soldier.”
She/He/Him/Her (use a doll or classmate): “He got the dog.” “She put in the ball.”
Above, between, beside, next to, under, over, etc. I love using real, hands-on toys to work on prepositions.
Work to expand your students sentences by modeling. If they say, “want ball.” Recast and model for them, “I want the ball.”
What are your ideas for using an advent calendar in speech therapy? Is this something you would use with your students?