TV for the win…

tv for the win photoSummer vacation…aaaahhhh! What every school-based SLP waits for ALL year, right? Spending time traveling? Just sitting in front of the TV? Well-deserved time off no matter how you spend it!

But think of all the inspiration you can gain just from watching TV…

I mean does EVERY Looney Tunes character have a speech disorder? And I have yet to watch a newscast without finding something off – a voice, a weird sentence structure, or that tongue sneaking out!

So many TV shows with kids with special needs, someone definitely on the spectrum, and this new show ‘Speechless’ coming soon. Can’t wait for that one!

My favorite part of watching TV these days, though? The commercials! We don’t watch them as much these days with DVR and fast forward, but what a hidden gem!

Google ‘using commercials in speech therapy’ and there are so many great ideas! Especially when it comes to targeting social language skills. Love it!

My favorite right now…a State Farm commercial called ‘Jacked Up’

A girl expresses her excitement over a new car; a man expresses his anger and frustration over his car damage…and they both use the EXACT same words, phrases and sentences to do so.

What can be learned from this short and sweet ad, besides what an insurance company can do for you?

Nonverbal cues

                     Tone of voice and prosody

                                                       Perspective-taking

                                                                                       Making an inference

                                                                                                                        Understanding emotions

The opportunities are ENDLESS!

Video modeling is highly discussed as a tool for teaching social language. Social Skill Builder is one of the many websites and companies that highlights this and provides an overview of the research behind it.

But it is also so much fun*!

(*just be sure you preview the material to make sure it is appropriate for the grade/age level!)

How does watching TV inspire you as a SLP? Share below!

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