Reusable sticker pads are always a big hit in my speech therapy sessions (and at home with my toddler!). The Melissa & Doug brand are my absolute favorite. They are durable, can be used multiple times, are themed, and open-ended. They also foster language development, imagination, creativity, and fine motor skills. Read below on how to use them for a variety of ages and goals.
- Work on extended attention through sticker pad play.
- Target turn taking both with and without words (my turn/your turn).
- Target play skills (functional, cooperative, parallel).
- Receptive ID: show me the ___, point to the ____.
- Common vocabulary (expressive and receptive).
- Sort animals/objects onto the appropriate sticker page to target categories.
- Manipulate the stickers to target spatial concepts and following directions.
- Target basic concepts with each sticker (size, color, shape, category, etc.).
- If in a group setting, give each child a mat and sort to work on pronouns (i.e. this is your *sticker name,* …mine, his, Sally’s, etc.).
- Target verbs by describing what the stickers are doing.
- Describe the stickers (category, size, shape, feel, etc.).
- Withhold the sticker and give context clues for the child to guess what the sticker is.
- Create a story (written or verbal) about the scene you create with the stickers.
- Find sticks that have target articulation sound.
- Use articulation sounds in sentences for each sticker (i.e. Please “g”ive me the monkey, I “l”ove horses, I “s”ee a cow).
- Ask/answer WH questions.
- Have students together in a group to complete a sticker page while targeting pragmatic language goals.
Want, more, push, stick, on, off, done, mine, help, here, there, eat
Want ___, I want ___, I see ___, help me, go on, on top, stick here, all done, put there, want more, put on, take off, my turn, your turn
*Targets depend on individual sticker pad. Targets given are general words and phrases. Each sticker pad will give way to additional target words and phrases.
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