A First Attempt at Speech Centers!

Friday, November 9, 2012
I have been wanting to try speech centers ever since I saw a video about Artic Lab from Super Duper. This year I finally got the guts to try them. I found a blog post from the Dynamic Duo that gave me some serious motivation. This is still a work in progress, but I'd say the first week went well!

I decided on 4 centers
1. Listening Centers
2. iPad Center
3. Activity Center
4. Table Talk

For the time being, I created labels for each center that I have taped on my whiteboard. I wrote the students names under what center they were assigned to. I used my cell phone to set a timer for each session. For the first week, we rotated after 5 minutes. I wanted to have time to explain each center and then chat with the kids after we were all done to get their feedback. One major tip: make sure the kids are familiar with the app or activity before you assign that as a center. That way they don't interrupt your table talk time. 

Center 1: Listening Center!
For the listening center, I have the students listen with headphones to a powerpoint presentation I created. The presentation has 65 slides of words that contain their sound in all positions. I had no clue you could record your own voice onto a powerpoint slide! 

Center 2: iPad Center
With this center, the students will use an app that is decided by me. This is not a free play time. If they are caught not using the correct app, they will not get their name in the fishbowl (our reward system!) This week I had the students do some oral motor exercises with the SmallTalk Oral Motor Exercises app by Lingraphica.

Center 3: Activity Center
This week I used "Say and Do" Artic game board for my activity center. We have played this game before, so the kids knew exactly what to do in this center. 

Center 4: Table Talk
During Table Talk Center, I work one on one with a student. This gives me time to work specifically on their goals and take my data points. 

I also created a Speech Sound Counter worksheet for the kids to take with them to each center. They set a goal and write in tally marks each time they practice their target. At table time, I tally for them so they have less distractions. (This week, only 2 centers had speech production to tally. The students do not practice their sounds at the listening center and the iPad Center was oral motor exercises)

Overall, I think it went over very well. The kids told me "That was fun!" (yay!) and they got to try new things! I would recommend trying them in your room (if you have the space!) Any ideas or suggestions? I'll be posting new activities as we do them in our centers!


  1. I love this idea, especially since my students are used to going to different centers in their classrooms. Now I want to revamp how I do therapy to involve centers. How are your students at tallying themselves? Do they tally each attempt or their perception of correct productions?

    Talking With Rebecca

  2. I love this! I have also been trying to figure out how to implement centers without having to purchase the entire artic lab kit! Thank you so much for the great ideas!! It motivates me to give it a try!

  3. I used to do this when I had a bigger room...I loved it! Glad to see it worked out for you :)

    1. I would LOVE to try this but I barely have enough room to have kiddos sit at a table. Boo!

  4. This sounds like an awesome idea! I have never thought about using centers, but it would work great I think, even in my tiny space. Thanks for the motivation to try it out!

  5. Love this post! I've done centers with language groups... I find that it is easier to touch on all students' goals when using centers for bigger groups! Glad to see othe ppl using centers in therapy too!!

    1. What kind if activities did you do with your language centers?

  6. I would love to try this, especially since my students are used to centers in the classroom. Are you sessions typically 30 minutes? How long do they spend in each center? :)

    1. Yes 30 minute sessions. Right now, they only spend 7 minutes in each center so I have time to explain and regroup at the end. Once they get the hang of it they will be in each center for 10 minutes.

  7. I hust happened upon this post! I love the idea of centers. I was also wondering if there was any way I could also get your powerpoint? Also do you still use centers?

    1. Hello! I am in the process of putting all my power points in my TpT store. Here is a link.... http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Simply-Speech/Order:Most-Recently-Posted

      I am not currently using centers because I am not school based at the moment. I am working privately and only seeing kids one on one. I would absolutely use centers again if I was in the school system again this year.

  8. Fabulous Kristin...it is always great to come across new things through your blogs


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