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Talk and Play, Everyday!: Fun Fall Activities

October 13th, 2008 by | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments »

From time to time, I’d like to post some of my lesson plans for listening and spoken language activities.  For those of you with D/HH children, I’d love for you to try them out and give me your feedback on how they work.  For those of you who are new to AVT/Oral Deaf Education, I hope that these activities will help to give you a better understanding of what this approach is all about! (NOTE: I am a student, not yet a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist/ Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist©.  These ideas are not a substitute for professional services.)

Fall is here and with it come TONS of fantastic opportunities for listening and spoken language.

  • Collect leaves, pine cones, and acorns.  Sort by color, size, or shape.  Talk about their textures — waxy, smooth, rough, bumpy, slimy, dry, wet, etc. 
  • Listen to leaves crunch under your feet.
  • Put leaves under paper and rub over them with a crayon to create leaf rubbings.  Talk about the colors you use.
  • Use sticks, rocks, and leaves to make “fairy houses” under trees.  Make up a story about the creatures who would live there.
  • Make a sequence story using pictures of your child doing Fall activities.  For example: “First, the leaves fell on the ground.  Next, I helped Daddy rake the leaves into a pile.  Last, I jumped in the pile and the leaves flew everywhere!”  Or, “First we bought a pumpkin.  Next, we had to scrape out the insides.  Then, we carved a face.  Last, we put a candle inside and put it on the front porch.”  These stories can teach sequencing words like first/middle/next/last, work on past tense (regular and irregular) verbs, and help kids think about cause and effect.
  • Practice trick-or-treating.  Have your child stand inside while you knock on the door or ring the doorbell.  Have them listen for your knock and then open the door!
  • And, of course, practice saying, “Trick or treat!!!”

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Elizabeth Rosenzweig MS CCC-SLP LSLS Cert. AVT is a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Certified Auditory Verbal Therapist. She provides auditory verbal therapy, aural rehabilitation, IEP advocacy, consultation, and LSLS mentoring for clients around the world via teletherapy. You can learn more about Elizabeth's services on her Website or Facebook.


October 16, 2008 at 1:11 pm

We’ve been working on a lot of fall vocabulary lately! We bought a big bag shaped like a pumpkin and stuffed it full of leaves yesterday. We’ve been working on the concept of “in” and “out,” so it was perfect. We worked on keeping the leaves “in” the bag while Nolan tried to take them all “out!”