I am always searching for activities that can address a number of speech therapy objectives in groups. Clothing accessories are a good tool for this. Most of these items are readily available in our closets, yard sales or thrift stores and cost very little if anything. It doesn’t matter if they seem silly or out of the norm. That just opens up possibilities for descriptive language, social conversation skills and clear conversational speech.
So should we see what I can find in my drawers and closet? I found hats, scarves, beaded necklaces, sun glasses, knee pads, and gloves.
This is how I used them.
To address the social skills of conversational speech; complimenting, asking questions, and noticing the perspective of another person.
Have two or three students go out of the room and put a number of items on. When they come back in, students have a few minutes to observe them. The students then go back out and switch the items among each other. They then come back in. When they come back into the room, students who remained behind report the differences. This encourages students to be more observant of others. I often use this as a lead in to a discussion about body language.
Another skill to address is starting a conversation. Students ask relevant questions or make a compliment according to what someone is wearing. For example, “I love that red scarf. Where did you get it?” “Are you getting dressed for a special occasion?”
In another activity, students conduct a talk show. One student can put an item on and be interviewed by another according to the character they become with the items they are wearing. This activity is great for determining if students have conquered those articulation skills conversational speech.
I hope you have fun with these open ended activities and they help you to get away from the grind of drills, provide an engaging activity and allow for speech and language samples for the end of the year progress reports.