Planning a trip? Create a book with your child about what you are going to do on the trip by drawing pictures, writing, and finding photographs. You can add to the book during the trip and review it at the end of your trip. This activity teaches vocabulary, involves imagination, and increases communication about what to expect.
Language Therapy Idea: Trip Book: Anne Coady M.S., CCC-SLP and Imagine Speech www.imaginespeech.com
Is your client planning a trip? Create a book with your client about what he is going to do on the trip by drawing pictures, writing, and finding photographs. Parents can work with their child by adding to the book during the trip and reviewing it at the end of the trip. Ask your client to return the book, and you can review the main events and details of the trip together.
· Teaches vocabulary.
· Involves imagination, abstract language concepts, and predictions.
· Teaches sequencing.
· Helps teach forming opinions.
· Opportunity for review of the main events and details.
· Increases communication about what to expect.
· Appropriate and fun for a wide age range.
· Easy to make and transport.
· Make a copy for your client to take home for additional practice.
What you need:
· Prior discussion with parents about what is planned.
· Paper to make pages
· Pictures or colored pencils to make pictures.
How to use in therapy:
Depending on your client’s developmental level and fine motor skills, he can draw pictures, glue pictures, or write about the upcoming trip events. On each page, discuss the vocabulary involved in the event, your client’s predictions of the event, and your client’s opinion of the event. After making the book, focus on the sequence of events and teach terms like “first,” “next,” “before,” “after,” “finally,” and “last.”
Ask the parents to add to the book and review the book with their child. The book will help your client know what to expect on the trip and may alleviate anxiety.
When your client returns, review the book with your client and work on recalling main events and details. Be sure to use lots of positive praise and feedback!