It’s time to prepare your speech kids to retrieve Halloween vocabulary words. Start with their own costumes and party plans. Are they able to retrieve the words they need to discuss their own costumes, classroom party plans, and trick-or-treat plans? Individualize cues they need to fit their own agendas. What costumes are hot this year?
They haven’t used words such as skeleton, jack-o-lantern, mummy, and cauldron since last year. Seasonal vocabulary such as harvest, apple cider, and crops will also need to be refreshed. Remember to ask the kids to say the words ALOUD and use them in meaningful sentences. Connect evasive syllables with familiar, easy-to-retrieve words. On the home page of this blog is a link to mnemonic cues for vocabulary items by grade level. There is a specific page for holiday words. If you need a reminder of how to anchor evasive words with mnemonic cues, here is the link: http://www.wordfindingforkids.com/an-endorsement-from-the-word-finding-guru/
Practice, practice, practice! Help the kids on your speech therapy caseload feel confident in talking with their friends, families, and classmates about the fun days ahead.