I LOVE Highlighters , and really any other office supply. Sometimes office supplies are all we need to spice up a speech/language drill or activity. Here are some fun ways to use highlighters during speech therapy sessions:
Print a word list and have kids select a highlighter. Allow the kids to highlight words as they practice. My favorite word lists currently are linked below (and FREE).
Use a readworks.org article, or one you have selected. As you read the passage, have kids highlight vocabulary terms to review.
- Color Coding
Use various colored highlighters to target parts of a speech. For example, if you are reviewing conjunctions-write a sentence on a piece of paper and have the client/ student highlight the conjunction in blue.
If you are reviewing adjectives, write a sentence down and have the client/student highlight the adjective in green.
- Main Idea
Highlighters can be used to engage students to address main idea and supporting details. Have students review an article and encourage them to highlight the main idea in color 1 (i.e. yellow), and then highlight supporting details in color 2 (i.e. green).
Write a list of common items. Encourage students to use highlighters to group the items by category. For example, “highlight the farm animals yellow and the sea animals in blue”
- Wh- Questions
If you are working on addressing wh- questions from a short passage or sentence, you can use highlighters to highlight the answers from the text.
Use highlighters to target social goals. For example, write down a topic and three questions or statements. Have clients/students highlight only the questions/statements that are on-topic.
Another example would be using highlighters to target predictable vs. unpredictable behaviors. Write scenarios down on a sheet of paper and have students highlight the behaviors that are predictable.
Highlighters are such a fun, easy way to motivate kids to engage in therapy. And odds are, it is a material you already have (#winning)!
I am sure there are SO many more ways to use highlighters in speech therapy. Let me know your favorite way to use highlighters in therapy in the comments below!
Note: If you are a busy SLP/SLPA, Peachie Speechie makes a Highlighter packet with articulation and language lists ready to go!
Check it out: