Do you want to implement the use of Speech and Language Stations but are not sure what stations to include? Here are the stations that I have found most useful and some suggestions of activities that you can include in each station.
|Vocal Station Cards|
1. VOCAL STATION- Using a variety of voices (i.e. slow, loud, silly, dragon, etc..) students practice using their best speech sounds at their level, language skills, fluency shaping techniques, and/or vocally expressing minimal pair contrasts.
2. SLP and YOU STATION- This is an opportunity for the Speech-Langauge Pathologist to review activities provided, collect data for each student, review placement for production of sounds, reinforce the use of fluency strategies during a conversation, etc…
3. TACTILE STATION- At this station, students can engage with sensory bins, playdough mats, or you can use a cookie sheet covered in sand, whip cream, or shaving gel or cream. When I have incorporated the use of the cookie sheet with sand or shaving cream, I have had articulation students write the letter representation for the sound they are working on or their articulation words while they practice. I have had language and fluency kids also draw pictures or write sentences in it and then describe what they drew or practice the sentence that they wrote.
|Fine Motor worksheets|
4. FINE MOTOR STATION- Students can use daubers, crayons, or colored pencils while working with 100 count sheets. This is also a wonderful station for working on tracing, cutting, and writing while practicing their skills. I have also used puzzles and had students string beads or work on lacing cards while practicing their speech and language skills out loud.
5. PHONEMIC AWARENESS STATION- Students can work on clapping out their words to determine how many syllables are in their word. Other ideas include having students use sorting cards to mark the placement of their sound in the word, how many syllables the word has, and if their words rhyme or do not rhyme. You could also have students try to come up with a rhyming words to pair with their articulation words.
6. TECHNOLOGY STATION- Do you have a tablet with articulation and language apps on it, internet access, or no print resources in a notebook app or iBooks? Or perhaps your school is a chrome book or tablet school and students can access the internet. Students can work on any of those resources using a tablet, chrome book, or a computer. You can find some great speech and language games on Quia.
7. DISCOVERY STATION- In the discovery station, I have borrowed science kits from colleagues and had students use magnifying glasses with my Find Articulation and Follow Directions series of resources. I have also had students go on a speech sound search using a variety of literary mediums (advertisements, magazines, storybooks, menus) or while using creative visualization for different areas in the school.
8. GAMES STATION- Students work in pairs at this station. They practice their speech and language skills while taking turns during a game. You can incorporate board games, open-ended games, or any of the great speech and language games you can find on TeacherspayTeachers.
9. TASK BIN STATION- So often a resource can be used in more than one station. I use this station when there are two activities that I want the students to engage in but only one poster so I need to create another quick station to use a similar resource. This station could also be considered the independent work or task card station.
10. KINESTHETIC STATION (aka MOVEMENT STATION)- Students get out of their seats and move around for this station. Ideas for this station include using Kinesthetic Station Cards for students to practice different exercises while practicing their speech and language skills out loud, use Twisted Speech and Language resources, bowling by rolling a ball to knock down cups (or plastic pins) that have their words under them, or you can create mini obstacle courses using hula hoops and little orange cones.
Do you use stations in speech therapy? As you can see, they do not have to ONLY be for articulation. You can use the same themes and tweak them slightly to accommodate a variety of needs!
Check out my post about how to use Speech and Language Stations for additional tips to make it a success! If you are interested in giving it a try or simply do not want to recreate the wheel, you can get my Speech and Language Stations pack as an exclusive freebie as a friend on my email list!