Spinner Speech for Categories

Giving a child a task to do during speech or language therapy empowers them.  They need to work, but by giving them some control over the activity, I find that the session goes more smoothly and is more motivating.  Even something as small as spinning the spinner to create a sentence decreases the perception of “clinician driven” work.

Does this sound familiar to you?  It might, because it was the opening for a post I wrote last December on “Spinner Speech,” an activity I use for articulation therapy I use on a regular basis.

Now, there is Spinner Speech for Categories, which uses the same spinner format to target language goals.

It’s a great way to practice both organizational skills and build vocabulary and develop these skills in an entertaining format with themes appropriate for both pediatric and adult populations.

Each game set Includes: eight double sided, full color game boards, 3 spinners (which can be used interchangeably on the boards) and an eight page instruction booklet with answer possibilities, game variations and two reproducible home activity sheets.

Spinner Speech for Categories is an engaging language game when played in the classic way—spin the spinner and generate items for the category.  In the instruction booklet, you’ll find seven additional games to play with the boards which provide a variety of skills and levels to target, keep motivation high and improve carryover.  Games are also appropriate for auditory processing targets or generating natural speech contexts for fluency and voice.

Categories included:

In General/Generally speaking (these cover broader categories)

Glorious Food/Creatures Great and Small

Winter Wonderland/Heat of Summer

Spring Ahead/Fall into Autumn

I Love Glitter/All for Camo

I Get Around/Sporting Attitude

Home Sweet Home/Scholastic Aptitude

What’s the Use?/That Makes Sense


Available in a digital or hard good version.  The hard good version ships two day priority mail and includes 3 removeable spinners.

Are you attending the ASHA Schools conference this month?  Take a minute to let us know what session you are most looking forward to!  I’ll be at “Treatment of Childhood Apraxia of Speech” and “Comprehensive Assessment and Treatment of School Aged Children that Stutter.”











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  1. Jeanette

    Children with delays are referred to a Speech Pathologist to improve their speech and language skills. While creating a plan for each session, it is important for the therapist to include motivating and interesting activities that will keep the child engaged and increase attention span to a specific task. I agree 100% with empowering children during speech or language therapy. From my volunteer experience as an aid for a SLP, I noticed that children do well within a structured environment. The therapist had a daily visual schedule that included all the activities for the session. Each child was encouraged to participate in all the activities and within each activity they had the opportunity to be in charge. For example, if the planned activity is ball play; the child will have to take part in the activity, but have the freedom to choose whether they want to kick, shoot, or throw the ball.
    Children learn more when they are happy and alert. I really like the idea of the “Spinner Speech for Categories” as a tool to improve articulation because it creates a hands-on learning experience. Another great element is that the spinner has a lot of categories that can be tailored toward multiple age groups.

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