Therapy Thursday: Pop Up Barn

January 10th, 2013 by | Tags: , , | Comments Off

A good barn and lots of Learning to Listen Sound animal toys can be used for a million different therapy activities.  But what about families who do not have a barn or animal toys at home?  Why not make your own in therapy?



Two disposable cups (paper or styrofoam)

Clip art of Learning to Listen Sound animals

Popsicle sticks/tongue depressors

Clip art of a barn



Glue or tape


Print out the clip art barn (either directly onto cardstock or glue it on), cut out flaps for the doors.  Cut slits into the tops of two disposable cups to create the stand for the barn.  Glue animal clip art to popsicle sticks/tongue depressors, and store them in the cups.

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  • Detection of Learning to LIsten Sounds
  • Discrimination between LTLS differing in duration (mooooo vs. quack quack quack)
  • Sing Old MacDonald — does the child respond physically to music?  Does he attempt to “sing” along?
  • Receptively and expressively identifiying the animals by their names
  • 2 CE directions (give the duck to Mom, I want the big cow)
  • Two word combinations (attribute + entity: big cow, action + object: kiss the cow, agent + action: bunny jump, possessor + posession: Mommy['s] duck, etc.)
  • Hide the animals around the room.  Give directions with prepositions (“the cow is UNDER the blue chair”).
  • Vocabulary: talk about baby and adult animal pair names
  • Have an older child help you make the barn.  You can work on giving and following ocmplex directions with a variety of concepts (inclusion/exculsion: I want all of the animals EXCEPT the cow, conditional: IF you have brown hair, give me the ducks, temporal: put on the glue BEFORE you get the scissors)
  • Have the child tell the entire
  • Use the barn as the backdrop for a puppet show — the dialogue of the “show” can target whichever language or articulation goals you have


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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.

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