How I'm Surviving Christmas Time In Speech Therapy

Sunday, December 4, 2016
Surviving Christmas time in Speech Therapy

Christmas is a crazy time of year for anyone. For school SLPs, it is a challenge to keep up with all the parties, choir concerts, progress reports, not to mention kids getting sick on a daily basis! 
So, I thought I'd sit down and get my own plan to survive the next two weeks until break. Here's what I have planned for my speech room...grab a freebie as my Christmas "gift" to you!
If you've read any of my other blog posts, you know how much I love books. I have a HUGE collection of Christmas and winter books that I love using this time of year. Some of my favorite picture books for younger kids are Mooseltoe by Margie Palatini, Olive, The Other Reindeer, by Vivian Walsh, and Mortimer's Christmas Manger by Karma Wilson. There are several Christmas themed chapter books that I like. Magic Tree House books like Christmas in Camelot, Judy Moody & Stink: The Holly Joliday by Megan McDonald is cute, and Geronio Stilton's A Very Merry Christmas.
How I use Christmas books in speech therapy

I feel like there is something magical about opening a book, slowing down, and discussing all the sights and sounds, feelings and excitement about this time of year with my students. 
Do you give your students a gift for Christmas? I always do a little something. This year I made these cute Tic Tac labels. You can download them here.
Easy Christmas gift tag Tic Tac Candy labels - perfect for kids
Who wouldn't love Snowman Poop, Elf Vitamins, or Reindeer Noses? LOL I found Target to have the cheapest price for Tic Tacs (I got the 4 pack for under $4). I'll also be sending home these great winter break speech practice sets by A Perfect Blend. You can grab them free from her blog!
For my daily therapy time I'm going with no prep resources. I've got several options in my Teachers Pay Teachers store, but my favorites are No Prep Christmas and Winter Language  (it even has some great writing prompts to use with some favorite Christmas books) and No Prep Christmas Articulation. You can get them both in a money saving bundle HERE.
As my Christmas gift to you, I've got a cute little reindeer freebie to tackle that "naughty" R sound. Just click the picture below. Make sure to pin this image, so you can always come back to this post!
Christmas Articulation Activity - Free Download!

And don't forget about this new freebie I posted in my TpT store! It gives you 100 trials of ANY sound! Just print and color - this would also be a great option to send home for the break...maybe offer them an incentive to practice over the holidays and bring it back colored for a treat in the new year! Click the picture below to get it! 
FREE download - 100 Trials Articulation coloring page
I wish you all the most wonderful Christmas blessings. This year will be the first Christmas for me without my dad. I lost him in October. He was my hero. I am thankful that I get to go home to Tennessee to spend time with my mom and sister and her family. My family is my world.
Thanks again for reading my blog posts, downloading my resources, and all your interaction on social media this past year. 
If you enjoy these posts and freebies, leave me a comment below. Tell me what you'd like to see in some upcoming posts, or just tell me Merry Christmas! I look forward to 2017!


  1. The reindeer worksheets are so cute!! I love that you divided them up by variations of /r/. I typically practice one variation at a time with students. I hope you have a great break!

    1. So glad you can use them Marilyn! Merry Christmas!


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