This is part of a continuing series of posts on therapy ideas to support assistants (SLPAs) and paraprofessionals in the schools in their work with students and their supervising SLPs.

November is a time for food, and even if you can’t serve or cook food in your therapy sessions, there are plenty of ways you can take advantage of this important part of the holiday season to build and support language skills.* A play kitchen set or any variety of plastic food offers endless variety of activities for toddlers and young children. This is a great post from SLP Katie on targeting all kinds of goals through kitchen play.

  • Speaking of Speech has a whole page of Thanksgiving therapy materials, many of them food-related.
  • Search Google Images for pictures of holiday foods, then match, label, describe, define, categorize, and practice target sounds with carrier phrases like…
    • “I like ….” “I don’t like ….”
    • “Please pass the …”
    • Those are the best …”
    • Several SLPs have thematic activity sets available through TeachersPayTeachers, such as this cookie recipe and activity set and this vocabulary-based activity for adolescents!
    • Are you looking for a nice opportunity to co-treat with your OT? Or something other than a board game for your social language group? Cooking and eating activites are perfect here, too!

SLPAs and paraprofessionals should always operate within the scope defined by state and national licensing organizations and should only conduct allowable tasks under the supervision of a speech-language pathologist.