Tuesday, April 19, 2016

How I Use Silent Videos in Speech & Language Therapy

Sometimes I get in a  major rut with therapy goals. There's only a certain number of ways and a certain number of times that you can target a goal before it gets mundane. Tell me I am not alone here. Recently I have been using silent videos to target multiple goals with my students. They have been super receptive to this activity. We have been able to target the same goals but with a fresh new look.
First and foremost, kids love using technology. So anytime I pull out the iPad, I'm pretty much the coolest SLP on the planet. Lately I have been using silent videos on YouTube (search silent videos for kids- one of my favorites is called Pigeons!) but you can turn the sound off on any video and this concept will work just fine.  Before we start, I tell my student(s) that we are going to watch the video one time without writing anything down. Then we watch it a second time and I let them take notes. From there, I usually have the kids write a summary of the video. This activity has allowed me to target so many goals.
Here are a few examples:
-Inferring characters emotions and thoughts
-Grammar & spelling 
-Story sequencing
-Story grammar
-Comprehension
-Articulation (have your students read his/her story out loud!)
-Memory skills

And those are just skills my students are working on. I'm sure you can find more uses for this activity. This is a fun activity that may put a new spin on old goals that you have been working on for months. One of the best parts, this can easily be done during 30 minute therapy sessions. Use one session to watch the videos and take notes and the next to write the summary and edit the writing.

Monday, April 18, 2016

ClinicalFellowship.org "Show Your School Spirit" Selfie Contest!

Happy Monday! Last month I helped kick off a brand new website that includes everything you need to know during your clinical fellowship experience. I mean everything from choosing a CF mentor, to completing necessary paperwork, and what to include in your resume. I wish this website would have been around while I was completing my CF.
If you haven't already checked out clinical fellowship.org what are you waiting for?! There are only about 10 days left until the FREE membership expires. Tell every SLP grad student and clinical fellow that you know! Clinicalfellowship.org has already reached over 70 universities!
In an effort to help spread the news, I am hosting a "Show Your School Spirit" selfie contest. Here is what you need to do…
1. Take a selfie that includes you and your grad school logo. The school logo can be on a shirt, a cup, your computer… anything goes. Get creative with this!
2. Upload the picture to Instagram using the #CFschoolspiritselfie and make sure you tag me @simply_speech
3. Check back on Friday April 22 to see if you are one of the winners!
What can you win? I am so glad you asked! I will be giving away 10 Clinical Fellowship T-shirts! These shirts are so soft and comfy… trust me you want one! So go snap some selflies and share to IG! I can't wait to see them. Contest ends Friday April 22!