Have you hear of the Multiple Intelligence Test? It is an online tool that educators can use to determine their students intelligences. As a teacher, this can be beneficial for knowing how your students learn best. As an SLP, I utilized this tool with some of my middle school students in unique ways! Today, I wanted to share how to use the Multiple Intelligence Test in speech therapy.
How I heard about the Multiple Intelligence Test
Let’s rewind about 6 years. This dabbling speechie was working in the middle school and high school settings.
During a professional development training at my middle school we learned about how to incorporate activities that helped teach to all different intelligences.
Each of us had to take the test and discovered our multiple intelligences. Next, in small groups, we discussed how to incorporate these different intelligences in lessons. I loved learning about my OWN multiple intelligences. It was empowering to know how I learned best. It also explained why math was such a taxing subject for my brain. Math isn’t a natural intelligence for me.
What are the seven types of intelligence
Here are the seven types of intelligence
- Linguistic Intelligence
- Logic Intelligence
- Kinaesthetic Intelligence
- Spatial Intelligence
- Musical Intelligence
- Interpersonal Intelligence
- Intrapersonal Intelligence
I will BET ya money that 90% of SLPs have similar intelligences. Can you guess mine?? I was very strong in the area of Musical Intelligence (hence all the music blog posts…lol), Linguistic Intelligence (becoming an SLP was my fate), and Interpersonal Intelligence (navigating the social world is a breeze for me).
An Idea was Sparked…
My teenager friends are a unique bunch. One minute they love you, the next they are complaining. Most of them DON’T want your help and have no idea why they might possibly need speech therapy. I know we have pressure as SLPs to maximize the therapy session. Here’s the hard truth. Some days, half the session is spent complaining about the lesson. On those real fun days with the middle school crowd, the WHOLE session is filled with refusal to work. So I thought, “why not take the time to try this test out? What is the worst that could happen?”
Considerations for using The Multiple Intelligence Test in Speech Therapy
SLPs that work with students that are aged 15 and older, have to do transition goals with them for career/work paths. I remember having to do this and not sure if any of that had changed. I used this tool as a way to work on some of those goals.
Students that are strong readers, can take the test independently. For students that need some support with reading, the SLP can read each question to the student.
Taking this test during a speech therapy session may take 10-15 minutes to complete. This test is a good first week of speech activity to build trust and rapport. It is also a good exercise to do when your students are feeling burnt out and frustrated with school or their disorder.
Using The Multiple Intelligence Test in Speech Therapy
Students with social skill delays-I used this test to show my students with pragmatic language delays what ways they are intelligent to boost their self-esteem. We also compare/contrast my test to theirs. Many of my students score low with interpersonal intelligence. I however, scored high in this area. This was my “proof” as to why they needed to see me for speech therapy. I explained to them that I am really good at talking to people and knowing how to read body language.
Students with speech fluency disorders– I used the multiple intelligences test to expand their self image. Some of my students only see themselves as someone who stutters. This test allowed me to show some of my students how they are more than just a person who stutters. They have abilities and intelligences that define them beyond just their communication difficulties.
Students with language disorders-With some of my students that have language impairments, the intelligence test helped myself and the student understand how they may learn best. If they scored high with musical intelligence, then we could make up a song or add a melody when learning prefixes and suffixes. Students that scored well with kinaesthetic intelligence may benefit from using hand movements when learning new vocabulary.
Speaking for myself, taking this test just helped affirm my identity and strengths that I can share with the world. It solidified how I learn and helped me to feel more confident about my skills. I think with some of our students taking this test could help affirm all the amazing things about them that they don’t acknowledge or realize they possess. It also gives you some talking points for why you are the right gal or guy for the job to help them.
My students LOVED hearing that I stink at math. It really helped them to see me as a person and realize that I am not perfect, either.
How would you use the multiple intelligence test in your speech therapy sessions?