Ugh…the dreaded MIXED GROUPS.
It’s the group of students that probably got scheduled last or the ones that came from the difficult-to-work-with teachers (you all know what I mean) and so you end up having students with articulation goals and language/fluency/social goals all in one big group. We’ve all been there and planning for therapy for these types of groups is. not. fun.
Thankfully, there are now a lot of resources out there geared for these specific groups, which make our lives that much easier. I’ve asked a few friends for their favorite therapy activities specifically geared to mixed-goal groups and here’s what we came up with:
- Articulation Context Clue Cards Using Tier 2 Vocabulary Easy to whip out and target both articulation AND vocabulary within the same group
- Roll and Tell an Articulation Story. This is a great activity for students to get creative telling stories AND work on those articulation skills.
- Nonfiction Texts Targeting Articulation and Language. These seasonal nonfiction texts get a lot of bang for the money.
- Articulation Interviews for Speech Therapy. I love that kids can pretend interview while working on both language and articulation goals!
- Print and Go Trioramas for Articulation, Language and Social Skills. This resource has it all, even incorporating social skills for your students with pragmatic goals. Best of all-it’s easy print and go.
- Print and Go Sound-a-gories. I love it when one game can be used multiple ways to target various goals.
- Language Blocks: A Speech Therapy Un-Stacking Game. Who doesn’t love Jenga? And this resource makes it easy to address language, grammar and social skills.
- Candy Town Bundle. It makes me happy that I can get out one game and play with virtually every single student on my caseload.
- One-Item Therapy Resources. All of my 1-item therapy resources target goals in the areas of articulation, language, social and grammar using just one item, including my newest one, using only apples.
- Yoga Activities for Speech and Language. How fun is this activity to incorporate yoga into your groups while also working on a variety of skills. Even the physical therapist will be impressed!
- Flower Garden Speech and Language Sensory Bin. I sure hope The Dabbling Speechie makes more of these because students love “playing” while they are learning!
- Photo of the Week. I love these real-life photographs for eliciting virtually every goal out there!
- Open Ended Seasonal Tile Game. Open-ended games are PERFECT for mixed groups!
- Speech and Language Origami. How fun is this that every student at your table can make their own origami and be practicing a skill?!
- Analogies and Articulation. Analogies can be such a difficult concept for our students and I love that I can mix in some articulation practice as well!
- Picture Sequencing Cards for Functional Life Skills. I love that these cards address so many skills AND they are functional which make them especially appealing for some of our students!
- Print and Go Speech Seeks and Language Looks Bundle. I pretty much love anything like I Spy and know my students do to.
- Dice and Dot for Speech and Language. This resource addresses SO. MANY. SKILLS. and it’s no prep!
- Llama, Llama and The Bully Goat Book Companion. I love that this companion addresses language AND pragmatic goals in one.
- Fall 3D Speech Therapy Crafts. These are adorable, perfect for fall, and perfect for my mixed groups.
- No Prep Speech and Language Scenes. Great for incorporating following directions WHILE you work on various language goals!
- Bundled Acorns. Here are some more adorable crafts you can use with a lot of students with various goals!
- Articu-Lang: Prevocalic R. These activities are perfect for students who struggle with that pesky /r/ AND need a boost in language as well!
- Story Cube Activities for Speech and Language.
This list should put your mind at ease when that schedule you worked so hard on is not ideal and you’re left with a lot of mixed groups. If you have any other ideas, I’d love to hear them below!