Aside from the crisp smells & beautiful imagery that comes with Fall, I love it most because of all the learning that accompanies it. Fall is a season packed full of language-based concepts and teachable moments that kids truly love learning. From the changing of the colors of leaves to sizes and shapes of pumpkins, there are so many ways we can engage our children as fall descends upon us. Think about opportunities to let your children describe fall - what does it smell like and how does it sound? Build in the use of describing words such as "crunchy" when walking on a sidewalk with fallen leaves or "bumpy" when selecting the perfect pumpkin for your front stoop.
Visits to orchards & farms can become mini-science lessons with a focus on where things grow (in trees or in the earth) and activities such as cooking with all the fresh picks and sorting fruits and vegetables by size, shape, color and even taste! Don't forget fun crafts like leaf rubbings
Here are some great kid's books that highlight all the wonderful elements of Fall!
Carly Seibald, MS CCC-SLP, TSSLD, Speech Language Pathologist
Carly Seibald the founder of Social Sprouts, SLP - a pediatric speech-language pathology practice with an emphasis on teaching social skill development. Carly is a New York State licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from ASHA as well as a professional certificate as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD). With years of experience in a multi-disciplinary setting, Carly has worked closely with Occupational and Behavioral Therapists to help support children across developmental domains. Carly has extensive experience evaluating and treating children diagnosed with a variety of impairments including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Delays, Motor-Speech Disorders, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), Cognitive Delays, Receptive & Expressive Language Impairments, Sensory Integration Disorders, Auditory Processing Disorders and Emotional and Behavioral Disorders.