8 Ways To Build In Language Development Practice

Do you have students with language based disorders in your clasroom? It can be challenging to find different ways to practice building language throughout the school day while still fitting in everything else. Here are 8 ways you can easily incorporate some extra practice. 

Greeting students and staff: target greetings when students arrive for the school day, when they return from therapies, lunch, specials, mainstreaming, etc. Make sure you are targeting both responding and initiating greetings. 

Requesting: have students request the materials needed for a task. For example, keep all or some of the materials students will need to complete a craft. Students need to request (verbally, sign, device, PECS, etc.) for any materials that they need and don't have. You can target adjectives, longer sentences, varied sentences, etc. 

Social language: have students tell the next person in a game that it is their turn. This is a great opportunity to also work on eye contact with peers, getting peers attention, etc. 

Talking to a peer: have students take turns being the snack helper. The snack helper has all of of the snacks. You can have the snack helper hold up a snack and ask the group, "Who's snack is this?" or have students go to the snack helper and request a snack. Another option is to have one student be the cup helper. Peers have to ask the student for a cup before requesting a drink. Snack time is the perfect time to work on many different language skills. 

Game time: play games such as "Doggy, Doggy, Who stole your Bone?" where students have to ask "wh" questions to each other. It is the perfect for practicing asking and answering WH questions. 

Labeling actions: have students take turns labeling what other students are doing. For example, when asked what Ben is doing during cooking group, Matthew says, "Ben is pouring the water." This is helpful for keeping students on task when it isn't their turn.

Retelling: have students describe or tell about what happened after an assembly, special activity or even a routine activity like recess. You can change up the questions to include, "What was your favorite part of ___?" or "Who read you the book in library?"

Labeling pictures: take pictures of your class and have the students tell what is happening in the photos. Once students are talking about what happened in the pictures (drawing on their experiences) transition to writing or dictating sentences about the pictures. This makes a fun bulletin board or scrapbooking project. Click the picture above to download the scrapbook writing sheet for FREE!

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