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8 Printable Speech Therapy Activities You Need to Try

Are you a speech-language pathologist looking for printable speech therapy activities? Printable speech therapy activities provide hands-on learning. This blog post recommends resources for a variety of skill levels for the students on your speech therapy caseload.

These activities are fun and efficient tools for language therapy. SLPs may also enjoy using resources and interactive books that teach language skills such as core vocabulary, wh questions, increasing MLU, and more. Visual schedules are recommended as well as a low-tech communication board. The suggested communication board can be placed on a student’s desk to easily offer him or her access to core and fringe vocabulary during the school day. Additionally, articulation speech sound cards are recommended. Special bundles are recommended that provide language activities at a discounted rate. 

Are you looking for the best printable speech therapy activities? Check out these language and articulation activities

Part 1: Printable Speech Therapy Activities

I previously mentioned these 8 fun language and articulation printables that speech-language pathologists could use to address a variety of speech and language skills!

Those are worth checking out.

It includes ideas to target skills and areas such as:

  • sentence structure
  • story retell
  • mixed groups
  • auditory comprehension
  • articulation
  • and more!

Keep reading for more great ideas.

This article recommends 8 printable speech therapy activities to use with preschool and elementary students

Visual Schedules

A speech pathologist may find it beneficial to use these printable visual schedules during speech therapy sessions.

Let’s face it- SLPs have great intentions to prep and plan activities and visuals for each student on their caseload.

But the reality is, it’s hard to find time to do these things between the meetings, screenings, evaluations, therapy sessions, and piles of paperwork that each SLP is required to do.

And maybe there’s a pile of visuals in your office you haven’t had time to sort through.

That’s why this visual schedule is such an appealing option.

This picture shows a printable visual schedule for speech therapy. Simply store in a binder and flip to create the visual schedule you need.

You store all the visuals in a binder and flip it to create the schedule your student needs.

When your student has accomplished a task, flip to the very end to see the “all done” visual.

This unique resource provides 108 visual schedule pictures that can be used to QUICKLY create “first-next” and “first-next-last” schedules.

Jamie B. reviewed, “This is a great visual schedule! It took a little bit of time to prep, but it was well worth it!!! It is so easy to use, and any student can benefit from the use of this resource. Thank you!”

It’s always great to have a print option. However, you may occasionally wish to have a digital option.

If you are looking for a digital visual schedule for immediate use, be sure to check out these no-print visual schedules for speech therapy.

AAC Communication Board

Speech therapists may recommend a communication board for a student receiving special education services.

This AAC on my Desk communication board is unique because it allows for a communication “placemat” on student desks, wheelchairs, or activity tables.

You literally “surround” your student with vocabulary access using this board- and it doesn’t get in the way of any activities or worksheets he or she completes in class.

This picture shows a communication board for speech therapy and special education. It can be used on a student's desk.

The core vocabulary remains in the same location, allowing the user to learn the motor plan for each word.

Fringe vocabulary strips are provided and can be changed depending on the activity.

The fringe vocabulary strips allow students to communicate while completing activities such as:

  • playing with blocks
  • blowing bubbles
  • baking
  • stacking rings
  • listening to music
  • completing a craft
  • and more!

Teaching core vocabulary is a proven technique for enhancing language development for school-aged children.

Michelle R. reviewed, “This idea is perfect for quick access AAC! I love that you can tape it onto the top of desks/tables making it easy for teachers and paras to access when student materials are out on table and in use.”

Interactive Book for Core Vocabulary

This Interactive Book Bundle is a great way to address core vocabulary as well as imitating sounds and actions.

It includes seasonal books that can be laminated for repeated use or printed for home carryover.

SLPs working with children in early intervention or preschool will find these interactive books beneficial.

This resource helps children learn to imitate the actions of others. 

These activity books target imitating actions, sounds, and core vocabulary.

Younger students will love the hands-on, interactive elements these books provide.

This picture shows an interactive book for speech therapy that targets imitating sounds and actions for early intervention

Your student can place interactive pieces on the books, perform the actions, and imitate sounds modeled by the SLP.

To assemble the large color book, first print.

After that, laminate it and bind it together.

A low-ink student copy is also available, and great for sending home.

Shelli S. reviewed, “I have been looking for materials to use to expand utterances and encourage imitation. This is a great resource to use! The graphics are engaging and fun. It takes a little bit of time to assemble, but well worth it!”

WH- Questions Activity

Are you working on WH questions in speech therapy?

This firefly-themed WH questions activity is engaging for preschool students!

It targets answering basic who, what, when, where, and why questions. 

Your students can pick a firefly off of a jar. 

Alternatively, your student can place a firefly ON the jar after answering a question. 

This picture shows a wh questions activity for speech therapy that speech-language pathologists can use with preschool students

When your student chooses the correct answer, he or she will smash dough to make the firefly “light up”.

Lisa M. reviewed, “What a fun way to target wh questions!”

You would love this list of 50 free why questions for speech therapy and WH question visuals.

Increasing MLU

If you’re working on expressive language goals such as increasing MLU, why not check out this Play with Dough Binder Flips Carrier Phrases resource?

It is included in a Binder Flips Speech Therapy Bundle

Speech therapists won’t have to search through piles of visuals.

It is simple to assemble and provides easy storage.

This picture shows a printable speech therapy activity for increasing MLU

Just hole-punch the visuals and place them in a standard 1-inch binder.

Your students can work on language goals such as commenting, requesting, describing, asking questions, and more!

Teresa N. reviewed, “Looking forward to using this in play therapy to expand utterances.”

Prefix and Suffix Worksheets

Addressing prefixes and suffixes is an important component of English Language Arts.

It allows students to form new words and understand words they encounter in text.

These prefix and suffix speech therapy worksheets provide effective and appropriate ways to address these morphological skills.

Prefixes included:

•dis-

•in-, im-. il-, ir-

• non-

•mis-

• re-

• un-

This image shows a prefix worksheet for speech therapy or special education

Suffixes included:

• -s, -es

•-ful

•-er

• -d, -ed

•-en

•-less

Jennifer M. reviewed, “Great practice with prefixes and suffixes! The kids were pretty engaged!”

Learn more about morphological awareness.

Auditory Processing Printables

This auditory processing challenge will be a hit in your speech therapy room (or closet, whatever you’re working with).

It includes a printable memory strategies sheet and a progress monitoring sheet.

This is an auditory processing worksheet for speech therapy. It targets sentence recall for auditory memory.

Additionally, it targets number recall, word recall, and sentence recall.

Adel R. reviewed, “I’ve been having a difficult time finding engaging activities for my middle schoolers who are working on their auditory processing skills. I purchased this resource quickly before a session and I am so glad that I did. My students found it engaging and they loved it. I will continue to use this resource!”

Idiom Activity

It’s always fun to find free activities!

This Fire Idioms printable will be fun to use with speech therapy students.

It targets “fire idioms”, such as:

  • “fire up” the grill
  • playing with fire
  • added fuel to the fire

Simply print out, laminate, and pair with play-doh or a magnetic wand and chips.

This is a free activity for speech therapy that targets fire idioms.

Sound Cue Cards for Articulation

Every speech pathologist will love these mouth-visual sound cue cards for articulation!

These are way more than articulation flash cards with target words!

They are the perfect addition to your speech therapy room- because not only do they allow SLPs to easily target articulation goals, but they also provide colorful speech room decor

This picture shows speech sound cues articulation cards for speech therapy.

The following speech sounds are targeted:

k initial, k medial, k final

g initial, g medial, g final

sh initial, sh medial, sh final

•ch initial, ch medial, ch final

•j initial, j medial, j final

•f initial, f medial, f final

•v initial, v medial, v final

•s initial, s medial, s final

•z initial, z medial, z final

•voiceless th initial, voiceless th medial, voiceless th final

•l initial, l medial, l final

r initial

To assemble, print, laminate, cut out, hole punch, and attach using a binder ring.

If desired, hang them on a speech therapy bulletin board display. 

Katelyn K. reviewed, “These are great! I have them hanging on my wall and grab them to quickly incorporate additional reps.”

You could also send these cards home for independent practice- or recommend your student practices with a family member.

Online Games

Finally, although this article discusses printable activities (pdf format), SLPs may also wish to read this article about the best free online games for speech therapy.

They suggest games and websites for extra practice.

You may want to ensure you have the latest version of google chrome for the tools and games to work effectively.

Summary

In summary, this article recommended printable speech therapy activities that target a variety of speech and language skills.

These resources may be useful for preschool students and elementary students in special education and speech therapy.

Speech-language pathologists may be interested in checking out the related article: “Part One: 8 Fun Language and Articulation Printables”.

These SLP-tried and tested printables would be valuable resources to add to your speech therapy toolkit:

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