Looking for a quick therapy idea? Try beach balls!
Beach balls are a fun, easy way to incorporate more movement into your therapy sessions, without a lot of prep time required. Here are 3 quick ideas to incorporate them into therapy!
1. Use a beach ball to target articulation or phonology. You could write target words on the beach ball, but I prefer to write numbers instead, so I can use them with any sound target! Simply use a permanent maker to write numbers all over the beach ball, then toss the ball to your student. The number closest to your student’s thumb is the number of times they have to say their word, phrase, or sentence.
2. Use the beach ball to model fluency enhancing strategies. To model slow rate, simply toss the ball up and say one word in a sentence for each toss. (Ex: toss – My – toss – name – toss – is – toss – Natalie.) You could also use this to model chunking or phrasing, where you would only say two or three words on a breath before taking a pause.
3. Use a beach ball to work on prepositions and following directions. Have your student show you the ball “above” the table, or “next to” the chair.