Summer Resources & Ideas for SLPs and Parents!

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It is June! I know some of you are already on summer vacation. For others, like me, summer is in the foreseeable future! As I attend IEP/CSE meetings, many parents ask me what can I do to help my child over the summer maintain their speech & language skills.

One of the best things you can do for your child over the summer holidays is to get them onto a summer reading scheme. Many local libraries run reading schemes through the holidays, and it can really help to keep your child's reading comprehension on track. Many schools find that after a long break, kids struggle to get back into the swing of things. If you keep them reading throughout the summer, however, they can actually advance their reading skills. Get them to read a mix of fiction and non-fiction to expand their learning, and different genres can help too. To start off, click here to explore Tolkien's fantasy world of Middle Earth – it's sure to get your kids enthusiastic about the summer ahead!

Additionally, keep reading to learn more about products/resources I have created as well as others I have found that can help! And one essential tip – keep that AC running. Trying to get a child to focus in sweltering heat is next to impossible. If it breaks down, the lessons and activities go out the window (literally). Replacing filters can reduce stress on the AC unit, and reduce the chance of potential breakdowns. You can buy packs of filters at discount prices such as: FilterBuy AFB Silver MERV 8 20x20x1 Pleated AC Furnace Air Filter. Pack of 4 filters. 100% produced in the USA. This small investment could save you a world of bother. So once you're cool and comfortable, read on for more tips how to keep your activities going through the summer.

I have many summer themed activities (free and for sale) that can be sent home in a summer packet or used for those working during the summer months. Click the links/titles to check out my blog posts about these activities:

What are some themes/vocabulary I use over the summer?!

  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Pool
  • Camping
  • Ice Cream/Popsicle's
  • July 4th/Fireworks
  • Summer clothing
  • Hot vs. Cold
  • Ocean/Under the sea/Fish
What are some of my favorite summer books to use in speech?!

I have gathered a list of resources/materials from other bloggers, websites, and companies that can also help you out (mix of freebies, online games, and for purchase materials):

Summer Speech e-Club

Summer Homework Packet for Speech-Language Therapy