I find that my student's tend to engage a lot more if we are doing something in therapy that can exert their energy along with practicing their speech and language goals. It makes it more fun for them and can lead to better generalization of a skill if the student can practice that particular skill in context. Such as, if practicing the CVC word hop, have your child hop while practicing the word instead of just sitting at a table saying the word over and over again. Below are three other ways to make speech therapy sessions up and about:
Just like how you would play a board game at the table, print off number cards and do a human game board instead! The kids will enjoy it way more. After each turn, have them practice their particular speech or language skill that you are working on. Often I will put a small prize at the end and when they finsih the game board they can choose one (a sticker, pencil, eraser etc.)
Here I've made a small obstacle course the children have to get through which includes throwing a snowball into the hula hoop, doing hopscotch and then getting a ring on the ring toss. Once they go through the obstacles, they pick up a sticky note which contains their targeted word, or what they are working on in speech. You can easily vary this and adapt it in any way needed.
Do a scavenger hunt! It can be inside or outside depending on accessibility at your facility/school. Above are two free scavenger hunt lists on www.teacherspayteachers.com - links below. You can make your own scavenger hunt in anyway - such as find 5 objects in the room that start with the letter "s" and then practice those words. If working on categories, hide items around the room and ask the students to find 3 animals, 3 vehicles, 3 toys etc.
Hope this blog post sparks some ideas in your head on ways to make your therapy sessions more fun for your students, yet just as engaging!