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Group Activities: Hamburger Cookies!

hamburger cookie snack


During this group session we made hamburger .. cookies! This is sweet treat that is easy to make at home.

Ingredients: vanilla wafers, chocolate covered cookie, coconut flakes, green food coloring, red and yellow frosting.


  1. put coconut flakes in a plastic bag with a few drops of green food coloring. Shake together until all the coconut flakes are green (this is going to be the lettuce for your burger).
  2. Put a small amount of frosting on the flat side of a wafer cookie and place the chocolate covered cookie on top.
  3. Smear one side of the chocolate covered cookie with yellow frosting and the other side with red frosting (ketchup and mustard).
  4. Sprinkle the green coconut flakes on top of the frosting.
  5. Finally, place another wafer cookie of the top to complete your hamburger!

The kids loved these mini burger cookies, we hope yours do too!


Group Activities

apple sushi

In our group sessions at Speech Start we dedicate a portion of our time to making and eating healthy and fun snacks! Everyone gets to participate in making their own snack while helping their peers as well. One of our popular snacks the students love is mock sushi. It is a quick tasty snack that is easy to make at home.

Tools: rolling pin, knife, apple cutter (optional)

Ingredients: bread (of your choice) , apples, peanut butter

Directions: First, cut the crust off of the bread, then use a rolling pin to flatten the bread. spread peanut butter on the bread, and cut apples into long thin slices. Place the cut up apple slices on one side of the bread and roll it up. Cut roll up into 4 pieces and enjoy!


Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season! We have been busy here preparing for the new year and are excited for 2014! This week begins our Preschool speech and language screener visits. We have a group of preschools that we visit yearly and perform speech, language, and hearing screenings for students. It is a great opportunity for parents that have questions or concerns about their child’s speech and language development to have their questions answered. A screening is NOT a formal evaluation, however results of a screener will then determine if a formal evaluation is warranted. If you are a preschool professional interested in this type of service please contact our office!

Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy 2014!

Fall Fun!

Happy Fall! This time of year gives many opportunities to build your child’s speech and language skills. From the change in weather to the change in colors and all the activities, there is lots of fun to be had. We have compiled some fall themed activities for you to try with you child. These activities are also great for a group or class.

Apple/Pumpkin Picking

Visits to the apple orchard and pumpkin patch are fun opportunities to increase a child’s speech and language.  A child can describe the apples or pumpkins focusing on color, shape, texture, and smell. After the trip baking with apples and carving pumpkins are a great way to work on direction following, sequencing, and answering questions.  Have fun!


Leaves change color and texture in the fall. Take a walk outside and collect some leaves. The leaves can be used for an art project, matching, describing, and identifying colors.


Painting pumpkins is fun for younger children if they are not ready for carving.  With older children you can carve the pumpkins. Painting with leaves and cut up apples is a fun alternative to paintbrushes.


Hayrides are fun for everyone! It’s a fun activity for families and class trips. Many times there are other activities at the facility and it can lead to a day of fun. Be sure to use the outing as an opportunity for conversation!

Back to School with Speech Start

It’s that time of year again! Going back to school can be both exciting and a bit scary for not only children with special needs, but for all children (for some teachers and parents too!).  At Speech Start we have found a few techniques that help make the transition a bit easier.  We hope they are helpful to you!

Talk About the Transition

For some children the shift between staying at home and playing to a new environment and more structured routine can cause anxiety, fear, and may lead to behaviors. Talking about the transition can help prepare your child for the upcoming changes in their daily routine.  Discuss the new activities and things they will learn in a positive and exciting way.  Making your own story book or story board can also help.

Become Familiar

Some parents have toured a new school or met with the teacher prior to the start of the school year. This helps the child become familiar with their new teacher and environment. It also gives the parent the opportunity to ask questions about the classroom routine and schedule. This information can then be previewed at home with the child in preparation for the transition.

Get a Head Start

Start preparing for the new routine two weeks before the start of the new school year.  Set up a new bed time and stick with it as well as an earlier wake up time.  This will help get you and your child on a new schedule.  Adding a few more structured activities in the day can help prepare your child for the new school day routine.

Take Your Time Preparing and Don’t Stress!

Gather all of your paper work and make copies of the IEP. Children pick up on stress so take your time organizing and preparing. It really can help make the transition easier for everyone in your family.

It’s the Big Day!

It may take a week or two for you and your child to adjust to the new routine. Ask questions and review the days happenings when your child comes home. Remember to be excited and positive! Be prepared, be calm, and be ready for a school year full of fun!