I have been providing virtual speech therapy to the early intervention and preschool populations since March 2020. During the past 9 months, I have learned a lot about what types of toys and activities work well for my clients. Below, you will find my top 4 favorite toys for virtual therapy. With the early intervention and preschool population, I am often working on goals such as, expanding utterances to 2-3 word combinations, understanding spatial concepts, and increasing vocabulary. The toys below are all great for working on these types of goals.
1. Mr. Potato Head
A follower on instagram actually gave me the idea to use Mr. Potato head during my teletherapy sessions. I tried it out for the first time last week and it worked wonderfully! Mr. Potato head is a great activity to use for working on body parts, requesting, and adjective + noun 2 word combinations. There is also an online game version of Mr. Potato Head.
I was never a big fan of puppets when I was doing in person therapy. However, I quickly became a fan of them after starting teletherapy. I have found puppets to be very engaging for my students and there are so many fun things you can do with moving them on and off the camera. CLICK HERE to see a fun puppet activity I did to work on word combinations.
3. Reusable stickers
I love using these Melissa & Doug reusable sticker pads to work on vocabulary and spatial concepts. Although my clients can't touch the stickers themselves, I find they still enjoy watching me do it as long as they have some control over what happens. I typically let the child choose the sticker and where it goes. We work on requesting, vocabulary, spatial concepts, and pretend play.
5. Mystery Bags
If you've been following along with me for awhile now, it is no surprise that I love mystery bags. Mystery bags work well for both virtual and in person therapy. Click Here to check out my post about how I use mystery bags in therapy.
*Bonus* This is not technically a toy. But, the spinners from this website have been a HIT. You can customize the wheel with words or pictures. Since I work with little ones, I like to customize the wheel with pictures corresponding to our targets for the week. I have used pictures to work on articulation/phono, themed vocabulary, specific attributes, and phonological awareness. My students never get tired of these wheels.
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