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Animals! - Summer Fun with UpWord Speech Therapy


Happy Tuesday Everyone!!!

We had a very fun and HOT summer group with UpWord Speech Therapy today!!! Today we talked about animals - what better book to read than “Brown Bear, Brown Bear!?” 🐻🐻🐻

Both the toddler and baby groups got to chose their favorite animal, help read the book “Brown Bear, Brown Bear”, matched their animal on our big board, worked on animal sounds, searched for the matching animals in our sensory rainbow rice, and ended with our favorite… parachute!! Our babies also painted in a bag, each painting their own animal to take home with them.

We luckily found a tiny bit of shade from our one lone tree in the big grassy area our group is held. It was very hot, but the kids were running around having a blast the entire time! All the kids cooled down with a squirt bottle party at the end!

I cannot wait until next Tuesday 🤗

Today's concept of the day:

Repetition and Fill-in-the-Blank


  • Repetition during reading supports improved memory and sequencing skills

  • Repetition increases vocabulary

  • Repetition supports brain development

  • Children love repeating favorite songs/stories

  • Allows children to memorize familiar words/phrases

  • Allows children to be more involved during the reading process

  • Promotes positive independence

  • Promotes the love for books!!

  • Repetitive books are useful for children with apraxia of speech or speech sound disorders - predictability allows the child to focus on production

Repetitive Books to Promote Speech and Language Skills

Brown Bear, Brown Bear (Eric Carle)

Blue Hat, Green Hat (Sandra Boynton)

Mrs. Wishy Washy (Joy Cowley)

Five Little Monkeys (Eileen Christelow

Dear Zoo (Rod Campbell)

We're Going on a Bear Hunt (Helen Oxenbury)

Pete the Cat, I Love My White Shoes (Eric Litwin)

Chicka Chicka, Boom Boom (Bill Martin & John Archambault)


Fill-in-the-Blank, or time delay, is providing your child an opportunity to fill in a sentence/song with a familiar word, phrase, or vocalization. Time delay provides fun opportunities for children to practice communication and demonstrate what they know and can say.

Ways to Implement Fill-in-the-Blank Technique:

  • Pause while singing a familiar song to allow your child to fill in the missing words/sounds

    • “Twinkle, twinkle little _____” - the child fills in “star.”

    • "Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I...., with a ___ ___ here, and a ___ ___ there"

  • While reading books, point to a picture and say, "I see a ....."- allow your child to fill in the label.

  • Blowing bubbles: Hold out the wand and say, "Ready - set - ____" or "One, two, ____." Once your child vocalizes or gestures to fill in the blank, blow the bubbles!


If your child does not communicate during the pause, model the word/phrase/sound, fill in the blank for them, and move on - keep the interaction positive and fun!

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