Speech/Language Services

Emily Wickstrom-Ruiz  
630-773-0554 ext. 8004

"Right now in speech and language for kindergarten and Early Childhood students, we are talking about fall!  Our speech and language sessions are filled with fall vocabulary words, stories about fall, activities we do in the fall, and fall holidays.  Some of the books that we may be utilizing are There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat, Five Little Pumpkins, The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything, What Was I Scared Of?, and There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey, to name a few. Some of our fall-themed elements will include apples, fall actions, leaves, scarecrows, Halloween, and Thanksgiving. 

Since fall is a very active time, with lots of different things to do, you can incorporate learning through play during your fall activities at home!  Communication happens all day long, so it can be incorporated into many parts of your day.  One suggestion for learning communication through play in the fall is making a good old-fashioned leaf pile using a rake.  You can target vocabulary words such as “leaf, change, autumn, fall, rake, pile” and fall colors like “red, orange, brown”.  You can also target size concepts, such as “bigger/smaller” (i.e., “My leaf pile is bigger/smaller than yours”).  You can also work on describing the different colors, smells, and sounds the leaves make as you rake.  These are just a few suggestions, but the possibilities for modeling language, and targeting articulation and language skills are endless.  Have a happy fall!"