If you have worked in education for several years, you have likely realized one of the best ways to get the most out of your time and materials is to use your materials in multiple ways. When it comes to speech therapy, one great resource to have on hand is Apples to Apples, either the traditional version, or if you work with elementary school students, Apples to Apples Junior.
Here are some the ways that you can use either version for speech therapy:
- Traditional Way. One student, the judge, picks a green card, and all the other students pick a red card that they think goes along with the word on the judge's card. Have the student who is acting as the judge read aloud the green card as well as the other students’ red cards. Then the judge picks the red card he or she thinks represents the green card the best, and that student wins the green card. Allow all students to participate in being the judge.
- Practicing Opposites. Instead of having the kids pick red cards that go along with the green card, have them pick a card that they feel is the opposite of the green card. This may be confusing for younger students and is probably most appropriate for older ones.
- Switch the Cards. Switch the green and red cards around so the judge is picking a red card, and the other students are putting down a green card.
- Parts of Speech. Have students identify parts of speech on the cards. This will include mostly nouns and adjectives. Using the green cards, you can also have the students identify cards that are synonyms or antonyms of each other.
- Come Up with Their Own Words. Put down a green card, and have the students come up with as many things as possible that they feel fit the category. You can play this as a Minute to Win It challenge, giving all the students one minute to come up with as many words as possible to fit the category. Have the children read their lists aloud. The person with the most words wins. You could also play it as a group.
Of course, there are many other ways you can use Apples to Apples for Speech Therapy. To learn more about this and related topics, visit the Healthcare section of our blog.
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