Speech Therapy Word Retrieval Activities

Instructor: Shanna Fox

Shanna has been an educator for 20 years and earned her Master of Education degree in 2017. She enjoys using her experience to provide engaging resources for other teachers.

Word retrieval is an important skill when helping your speech therapy students develop their vocabulary and think of familiar words on the spot. Use these activities with students of any age to help them practice these important skills.

Speech Therapy Word Retrieval Activities

Helping your speech therapy students with word retrieval is an essential component of overcoming this challenge and building their skills in this area. Use these activities to engage them in identifying words related to categories, verb tense, and word association. These activities can be used with any age, although some will require minor adjustments to fit your specific group. For example, the first activity asks for words related to travel adventures. If your students have limited travel experience or are very young, this can be adapted to thinking of items they would need for different climates or seasons. These exercises are appropriate for one-on-one sessions or as partner work with another student. Other than compiling a list of words and phrases, there are no materials needed for these activities.

Pack your Bags!

In this categorizing activity, students will identify common items required for various travel excursions. Providing students with a category can help form the foundation so they can think of related words. Begin by explaining the procedure of the activity and engaging students in an example. Then, provide categories of various travel journeys and ask students to come up with related words. You may give categories such as a ski trip, the beach, an amusement park or a camping trip.

Discuss any words that do not fit within the category. Help students brainstorm additional words if they are stuck. For example, you may provide a cloze sentence to help them think of another item for the list. If the category is a trip to the beach, students may think of sand, bathing suits, and waves. If they need additional assistance, you can provide them with a cloze sentence like ''I use my shovel to build a _____.'' (sandcastle) If students need even more support, broaden the category. For example, you could ask them to think of items needed for a warm climate.

Now or Later?

In this activity, students will consider different verbs to describe events that happen in the past, present, and future. This skill is essential because it will help them recount their experiences effectively when conversing about different times in their lives. It also provides support for word retrieval because each verb is linked to the other.

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