Halloween is fast approaching, and the kids are bouncing off the walls with anticipation. But if you’re a speech therapist, then you know that Halloween activities speech therapy can help your little patients have fun while also working on their communication skills.
The Halloween season is a great time for speech-language pathologists to have fun with their students. There are many opportunities to integrate language and articulation goals into the holiday’s festivities! Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Trick-Or-Treat bags
Make your own, or buy prepackaged ones, and include items like candy, small toys, and stickers. Have students complete activities (e.g., answer questions about the upcoming holiday) to earn the items in their bags.
- Halloween books
There are many wonderful speech-language therapy books on TpT that relate directly to Halloween. Check out “A Spooky Story” by Speech Therapy Ideas or “Halloween Sensory Bin for Speech Therapy” by Speech Room News.
- Candy corn counting
Provide candy corns and have students count how many of each change of color they see in each piece. This can be adapted to practice other math skills as well.
- Halloween Bingo
This is another activity that can be adapted to target many different language skills! It can easily be found online or printed from an app on your phone.
Halloween activities are great for speech therapy because they’re engaging and interactive for students of all ages. They can be used in the classroom or at home, and they can address a wide range of speech disorders. So whether you’re a parent looking for ways to help your child or a teacher seeking to enrich your lesson plans, we’ve got you covered!
The first activity is a Halloween-themed game of charades. First, print out our free printable deck of cards containing common Halloween words like “ghost,” “goblin,” “frankenstein,” etc. Then have your child or student pick a card and act out the word on it until someone guesses correctly.
You can also have them draw the word instead of acting it out if they prefer. Another option is to do this as an open-ended activity where everyone takes turns picking cards and acting out words until there are no more left—but remember that it’s always best practice not to make anyone feel pressured or forced into doing something they don’t want to do! Just make sure there’s enough time for everyone who wants their turn.
Halloween is a fun time of year for all ages. People love to dress up and have a good time. For kids, Halloween is often about dressing up and going trick-or-treating. For adults, Halloween is more about parties and gatherings with friends. Either way, Halloween is a great time of year for everyone.
Halloween is the perfect time to get your kids to practice some important speech and language skills in a fun and engaging way. From costume-making to Halloween parties, there are tons of ways to encourage your kids to practice their skills without even realizing it.
If you want to focus on other sounds, put some candy pieces in a bowl and let your child remove one at a time. For each piece removed, have your child practice saying a specific word that begins with whatever sound you are working on. For example, if you are working on the /k/ sound, you could have them practice words like ”car,” ”cat,” or ”kick.” If you are focusing on the /f/ sound, practice words like ”face,” ”food,” or ”family.” There are lots of games involving Halloween costumes that can help with practicing speech sounds. You can ask your child to describe their costume so that they have to practice saying words related to their costume. If they are dressing up as a princess, they would need to practice saying words like dress, crown, or wand.