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


                                                                                       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!


School’s out for summer…

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Most, if not all, of us school-based SLPs are in the midst of summer break. A time to relax, get refreshed, and spend much-needed time with friends and family. And probably do some work – whether you see private clients, do testing or Extended School Year with your school system, or prep for the upcoming school year. It may be just as important to reflect back on all of the hard work you achieved during the school year.

How many IEP meetings were you part of? How many did you schedule? How many were you not invited to (or maybe at the last minute) but somehow managed to get your part completed in time (and figure out a way to attend)?

Did you evaluate more than 20 kids this year? Did you change your schedule once a month, once a week, once a day? Did you have to pack up and move to a new space? Did you have a space?

Were you bombarded with advocates or attorneys? Were you constantly forced to justify your role, decisions, value to a parent, teacher, administrator?

You are a school-based SLP. You fight for students everyday – the ones you work with now and the ones you know need your help. You are passionate about what you do and how you do it. You deserve a break!

So how are you spending your summer?