You don’t have to look far to find motivating toys to work on speech and language goals. Often the gems are found in your house. In the clinic I am loving Trash Packs coupled with the Trash Pack truck.
Trash Packs are mini squashy pieces of rubber with disgusting faces and shapes. This makes them a hit with the boys. My young male client’s eyes light up when they walk in and see the trash cans and truck on the table.
I start with the trashies in their bins. Depending on the sounds we are working on, each trashy has a name with the target sounds. For example recently I have been walking on p,b – so they were called Bob, Pop and Bobby. When working on p,b,m with t, d they are called Pat, Mat, Ned and Betty. I also try to incorporate a verb with the target sound which is presented as a short phrase. E.g. Pop out Bobby. Depending on the level, the play can be extended to incorporate more words – For example: Does Bobby want to drive? Put bobby in the seat. Hang on Bobby.
If you need a list of target words, just ask your clinician.
I have also used these in a more traditional way where the student says a target word and then is rewarded with a Trash Pack character.
Shopkins or Party Animals can work in the same way. In fact any toy which can have a name and be used with an action can be used in this manner.
The options are endless. Have fun!