This is the very first episode of The Speech Space podcast and thanks so much for stopping by to check it out! So, are you looking to do something new in your speech therapy sessions? In this episode, we talk about how to incorporate Montessori inspired speech therapy activities. The Montessori method is an area of great interest to me and I’ve actually been using it in my home lately. So, it got me thinking that it would be great to use some of these activities in speech therapy too.
For those who aren’t familiar, Montessori was founded by Dr. Maria Montessori who was the first female physician in Italy. The Montessori philosophy focuses on children and encourages learning through hands-on experiences. She opened the first Montessori school in Rome on January 6, 1907. Montessori activities can be adapted for various age groups and to target specific communication issues. However, my favorite area to address is usually basic concepts and vocab for my minimally verbal students. As we all know, learning through doing is so much more effective for these students than teaching definitions.
In this episode, I discuss three different Montessori inspired speech therapy activities, along with ways to use them to work on vocabulary goals. Also, I have a couple of freebies for you which I have linked below for you to conveniently download the freebies that I spoke about.
So that’s it for my very first podcast and thank you so much for joining me today. I would love to hear how you have incorporated the Montesorri method in your speech therapy sessions or if you have any Montesorri ideas to share. Please feel free to leave a comment below.
Links & Resources Mentioned in this Episode:
- Colored labels freebie for Olfactory Bottles (see this post for pictures of them in use)
- AAC Symbols FREEBIE