Valentine's Day is on its Way!

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Greetings Fellow SLP!

Valentine’s Day is next week!  If you do therapy themes that coordinate with holidays, but you are limited in time to pull them together, I have a suggestion for you. 

This therapy task meets the theme criteria, takes minimal time and effort to set-up, allows for a variety of age and capability therapy tasks, the kids like to do it, and they end up with a nice gift to take home. 

In other words--make a Valentine’s Day card!  You can alter it as you wish and address your speech and/or language targets.

Go to:  https://printable-cards.gotfreecards.com/

I love this site!  It’s free, it’s easy, it has a nice variety of themes, and you can create an account to save your cards. 

You end up with two pages (in a large or small size; select which one you want when you print). 

First, choose the cover; you can add your own picture/graphic, or choose from a nice selection of covers.  They even have some line-graphics that the kids can color and personalize once it’s printed.  (I just made one with a teddy-bear with hearts, and an “I Love You” on the front.)

The second page can be personalized as much as you want.  They have ready-made text, or you or the child type in your own text (see possible poem below), or leave it blank and have the child write his/her message.  They have cute little “stickers” to decorate it.

Organize and implement therapy options.  Choose from the following and/or generate your own (I know you are VERY creative):

  • Sequence the steps for making the card
  • Write their own message; focus on their intent, syntax, connecting words, vocab, etc.
  • Read (include echo reading and choral reading) a ready-make passage (such as below)
  • Extract language task from an already written passage. Ask, answer and discuss questions:  “What does the poem mean to you?”  “What words would you change to personalize the meaning?” 
  • Look up word-meanings; identify the rhyming words; identify the adjectives; come up with synonyms, etc., etc., etc.

Following is a simple (short phrases; easy to understand; meaningful), to the point, not too long, and not too short, poem.  It has some descriptive words that can be substituted/replaced accordingly.  Of course, it could be revised to be “Best Valentine for Dad or Grandma or Grandpa or Teacher or Friend, and so on.

I tell my kids, “When you change the words, you become a co-author! 

Best Valentine Mom

By Joanna Fuchs

On Valentine’s day, I think of you, Mom.
I love you really a lot.
In my life that’s full of many good things,
You’re the very best thing I’ve got!
It’s Valentine’s Day, so I want to say,
I’m the luckiest kid anywhere.
You’re the sweetest, greatest, best mom around
And I want you to know I care!
Happy Valentine’s Day, Mom!

Be sure to watch for next week…we’re going to focus on lifting the front-tongue for front-tongue sounds.  Very exciting!  Ha!  (Actually, it should be quite helpful for /s/ and “sh”!)

Happy Valentine’s Day, my friend,

Char

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