I’ve started to see “story stones” pop up on Pinterest and have been very intrigued by them! The curse blessing of being a pediatric speech language pathologist is that my brain is constantly thinking …

“Could I use this in speech therapy?!”

I finally decided to search around Etsy and found a seller that had the cutest and affordable story stones!

The story stones arrived quickly and I instantly fell in love! I contacted the seller and she was generous to offer a discount code for “Texas Speech Mom” readers! So incredibly nice! (Code offered at end of post!)

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HOW TO USE STORY STONES IN SPEECH THERAPY:

Oral Narrative Skills

Sprouting Imagination included some directions on how to use the story stones to develop story telling! I love that this allows the child to use their creativity and imagination. This can result in many SILLY stories…. aka… right up any child’s alley!

Things to focus on:

Make sure the story has an opening. I always like “Once upon a time…”

Every story has a character. If the stone picked is an apple, you can talk about a character that liked to eat apples all day! If the stone picked is a tree, you can talk about how the character is a lumberjack! Use this opportunity to ask questions to the child and let them build their imaginary characters!

Every story has a setting. If the child is having a hard time come up with different parts of the story, use questions to guide them!

Every story has a problem or conflict that happens to the character.

Then the character has to do something to solve the problem. This is a great time to use sequencing words like: first, next, then, finally.

Make sure to end all stories with talking about how the character solved the problem and how they feel about it! I love introducing feeling words as early as possible with students.

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Phonological Awareness Skills

I always like to use any chance I can get to work on phonological awareness skills. Promoting literacy skills is important for all children, especially the ones that come to speech therapy for a speech or language delay.

Have the child take a stone out of the bag and practice answering the following questions:

What sound does it start with?

What are all of the sounds in this word?

Can you think of a word that rhymes with it?

How many syllables are in the word?

Group all of the stones that start with the same sound!

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Describing Skills

Another great way to use the story stones is to work on vocabulary development by describing them!

Some questions you can use to guide the child:

What category/group is it in? (ex: the sandwich is a type of fruit)

What do you do with it?

What does it look like? (Color, shape, size, texture, etc)

What is it made of? (ex: sandwich is made of bread, lettuce, cheese, etc)

What are the parts? (ex: apple parts are the seeds, stem, leaf, etc)

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I hope you enjoyed my ideas on how to promote speech and language skills while using story stones! If you are interested in purchasing the ones that I have used in this post, Sprouting Imagination has generously offered 15% off story stones to all of Texas Speech Mom followers for the next month! (expires April 18, 2018)

Code: 15SPROUTIMAGINATION

“Texas Speech Mom” is not affiliated with Sprouting Imagination and does not receive any financial compensation for this review. I simply loved this product after purchasing and wanted my readers to have a little treat! =)

 

 

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