I love working with kids inside the special education room. It’s an especially fun treat when I can co-treat with the occupational therapist because I always learn something new.
I found that one of the best ways to tackle both speech and OT goals was to incorporate some kind of recipe into our activities. The OT wanted to see the students use tools appropriately and I wanted to see kids follow the instructions (receptive language), use language to sequence the steps (receptive and expressive language), and increase their vocabulary around the kitchen and of food items (receptive and expressive language)
The only problem was that there really wasn’t any resource available to help me — so I spent 10 years “winging it” when I worked inside the special education classroom with the occupational therapist.
But now you don’t have to wing it because I’ve created the Speech Recipe Club. It’s a growing bundle of resources for all different kinds of recipes, meant to be used year-round inside self-contained classrooms or even in the speech room, depending on the needs of your students.
The contents of the Speech Recipe Club bundle include:
- Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich
- Hot Cocoa
- Smores (coming in May)
- Deli Sandwiches (coming in June)
- Cake (coming in July)
Each pack contains a step-by-step recipe, a mini-book that the student can take home, story retell aides, WH-question cards, and compare/contrast worksheets.
Recipes are great to use in speech therapy for all of the reasons above, but also because functional skills are not being taught as frequently in school and many students really need practice with activities of daily living (ADLs). From passing out plates and napkins to asking friends if they need something to simply knowing how to make a basic food for yourself — your students will get a lot out of the experience.
Another thing I love about this product is that 40 pages of it is in black and white! I love a low ink resource.
The bundle will be on sale through April 7th for the #slpmusthave sale — it will be 50% for the first and last time: just $8.50. But if you only want to give one recipe a try, my latest “Let’s Make Spaghetti!” is on sale for just $2.10 through 4/9.