Have you all heard of dry erase tape? I have started seeing it pop up on some teaching forums and in the classrooms at my school, and it got me thinking how I could use it in my therapy sessions. This stuff is awesome, seriously!
Here are my favorite ways to use it in speech and language therapy:
1. As a visual cue
The possibilities are endless here. Draw pictures of people as a visual cue when working on “who” questions. Write out how to use an easy onset in fluency therapy. Write or draw a visual cue for articulation goals. The list goes on.
2. As positive reinforcement
Have you seen a “I am working for” chart? You can use the dry erase tape as a quick, easy alternative. Write “I am working for (cars, bubbles, good news note to parent/teacher, etc) and the number of stars. When the student is staying on task/displaying positive behaviors, lean over and draw a dry erase star on their strip. This one works like a charm.
3. As a scorecard
If you are playing a game in speech therapy, and need to keep score, have the students keep score using their dry erase strip. This is great life skills practice for them and will keep them more engaged in the activity. Try using it with our popular Climb to the Top Game!
4. As a following directions activity
The best part about this is it is so open ended you can use it for ANY group on the fly.
One step directions: Draw a circle
Two step directions: Draw a circle. Draw a fish.
Three step directions: Draw a circle, a fish, and a kite.
Directions with positional terms: Draw a balloon next to a puppy.
Directions with temporal concepts: Draw a frog after you write your name.
Attributes: Draw a man with a long nose and a big tall hat.
This list could go on endlessly, but the point is, the kids have a blast with it!
5. As a turn taking/cooperation activity
I love love love doing this with my social skills groups. You would be surprised how many students struggle with the concept of teamwork and cooperation to meet a common goal. What I like to do is a following directions game (similar to examples typed out above, but include members of the group in each step.
Kyle, draw a circle on Mary’s strip.
First, Mary should draw an animal on her strip, then draw something that you eat on Kyle’s strip.
The goal is to all follow the directions to create the correct combination of items on every persons card (so if the goal at the end is to each have a shape, an animal, and a food item drawn on each strip)
This one can be a real challenge but the sense of pride the students have when working together is amazing!
One of the best things about dry erase tape is that it is low commitment! When it is time to peel it up it can be easily removed and doesn’t leave any sticky residue to clean up on your table.
Have fun and let us know if you have a great idea for using dry erase tape in speech therapy!
Ana and Lacy
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