When we think about an All About Me theme, we might first think about preschool classrooms, but really, anytime we get a new student, it’s important to learn about them! We want our students to know that we care about them, so we have to get to know them first!
There are lots of materials with cute themes, but it’s important to not get lost in all that cuteness and forget what we’re actually trying to achieve with our students!
So I found 10 themes that would work well with most students, not just your youngest ones who like cute things, but also your older students who want high interest materials too!
For the next 10 weeks, I’m going to be highlighting each of my themes, with some ideas on how you can incorporate interactive extension activities, as well as the comprehensive materials I’ve made to tackle your goals, no matter the theme!
There are so many advantages to using themed units in speech therapy, but most importantly, they really increase student motivation. And motivation increases learning!
All About Me is a classic theme for the beginning of the school year, but it can be used anytime – after all, who doesn’t love to talk about themselves?!
My All About Me Themed Language Therapy Unit for Speech Therapy includes everything, all the stimulus materials and quality graphic organizers you need for just about your whole caseload!
Simple Ways to Have Fun with an All About Me Theme!
All About Me Themed Activities
All About Me is a fun theme because the kids are the theme! One really fun and easy activity is to help your students find pictures of things they like on the internet and put them into Google Slides. Then use their goals to write sentences – use adjectives, verbs, different tenses, or expand vocabulary with synonyms for example.
If you have preschoolers or other young children, this could be a good time to introduce a welcome song where you say everyone’s name. You could use the welcome song throughout the year whenever it’s time for speech to start, which can really help some kids with transitions. Here is one example.
There are lots of other simple ways to include the All About Me theme into your therapy:
- Get out a mirror and practice finding body parts or following simple directions
- Ask simple wh- questions about the members of your group: Who likes apples? Where do you go to school? When do you go to bed? What are you wearing?
- Work on negation by talking about things you each don’t like
- Play follow the leader or set up a simple obstacle course and talk about the different actions you take with -ing verbs
- And most importantly: Listen to what your child says and recast and expand!
All About Me Theme Language Speech Therapy Unit
If you’re looking for something more comprehensive, with just about everything you’d want to target in your language therapy, my themed language speech therapy unit is for you!
My All About Me themed language unit includes all the materials you need to target:
- Core vocabulary (like, mine)
- Basic concepts (same, most)
- Categories (body parts)
- Describing (body parts)
- Tier 2 vocabulary (meet, unique, community)
- Prefix/suffix (-s, auto-)
- Sentence combining
- Comprehending narrative texts
- Comprehending non-fiction texts
- WH questions
- Comparing and contrasting
We’re talking over 100 pages of All About Me themed goodness, with gorgeous photos, helpful icons, and systematic instructional materials.
Other SLPs absolutely LOVE my All About Me language therapy unit. Here is some feedback I’ve received:
“This resource is AMAZING! I will be able to use it with nearly all of my caseload. I love the activities that are included. The way you set up your resources just makes total sense and is so helpful to see and utilize, especially as a fairly new SLP. Everything is crisp and clean, relevant to the theme, engaging, and different enough from the typical “Back to School” activities that it feels fresh and exciting. I am so excited to see what other themes you will release in the future! Thank you for such a wonderful resource!”
— Jenni E.
“My life skills students have difficulty talking about their interests and general biographical information. I’m excited to use this for several sessions to help them make stronger connections with peers.”
— Angela B.
“Such a great resource! And so much variety- it really tackles everything while keeping the kids engaged. Great visuals, super salient and not busy (at all!). My students love it, I love it- win win win win win win win win win… you get the picture!”
— Jennifer P.
Have fun in your therapy sessions and get the work done!