Basic concepts are a great place to start with preschool speech therapy!
Whew! Running preschool speech therapy sessions can be so rewarding, but overwhelming! I feel all of these things when I’m working with preschoolers:
This 86-page Preschool Language Binder was designed to use in a binder as a portable, complete resource to target basic concepts and listening skills in speech therapy. Focus on expressive and receptive language skills for your youngest students!
This product has nearly 1000 stellar reviews on Teachers Pay Teachers, including this one from Emma S.:
“An incredibly helpful resource that puts almost every language target you could ask for into one easy-to-use place! Since I’ve bought it, I don’t think I’ve gone a day without using it. Seriously one of the most expansive and well thought out resources I’ve used in a while!”
And this one from The Scattered SLP:
“Saved. My. Sanity. I was running between 4 preschools and being able to bring the binder helped me stay sane. The kids liked the activities and I liked the progress monitoring options.”
Basic concepts are those words that most typically developing children absorb through exposure from listening to parents, reading books, and seeing examples in their environment. When we have a student with a language impairment, they may not understand these basic concepts.
Basic concepts come in five different categories:
Many basic concepts are better taught in pairs, such as big and little, fast and slow, and old and young. You may notice that a lot of these words are Tier 1 vocabulary words, meaning we use them frequently in spoken and written language. While Tier 2 words are generally targeted for vocabulary, if students don’t have a sufficient base of Tier 1 words, we should absolutely be targeting those!
Once you have a good set of basic concepts in mind, you can target them by naming and labelling, sorting examples, and following simple directions.
I’ve included an informal assessment sheet where you can track progress and compare overall expressive language skills to overall receptive language skills.
Homework is provided for:
In order to be used fully as intended, you will need lamination paper, a binder, and a small amount of Velcro. Reviews on TpT say that it does take some time to put together, but once they do, they use it every day! This one might be a good summer time/Netflix binge project. 🙂
Basic concepts are an important part of speech therapy and the foundation of reading and language success!
It can be found in my TpT Store here.