With distance learning in place, speech pathologists are having to find ways to engage their students and clients virtually. And for some age groups, it’s really hard! Am I right?
For my students with moderate-severe Autism, my special education teachers and I are hosting class meetings where we co-teach the lesson together. It has elevated a lot of stress of planning lessons and the fears of tech issues have gone down significantly. It has been really awesome to see how successful team teaching can be when everyone is working together to support the success of our students.
If you have been struggling with doing teletherapy with your students, maybe try a class meetup! You can use this free in the Tall, Tall Grass teletherapy activity to try it out. I think you would totally get teacher buy-in when you tell them the lesson is already prepped and planned!
In the Tall, Tall Grass Teletherapy Activity
The easiest way to run a virtual teletherapy session or class meet-up has been when using a Google Slide presentation. It is just like a PowerPoint. You can add in YouTube videos, images, and visual supports your students may need during the lesson.
You can screen share your Google Slide presentation while running the lesson. Click pink button below to grab your free In the Tall, Tall Grass teletherapy activity Google Slides and have everything ready to go!
As a group, we did our morning greetings, sang an insect brain break song, and then read the book, In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming (Amazon affiliate link.)
I read the book aloud and showed the students the pictures while the other teacher removed the things hidden in the tall, tall grass on the Google Slide.
Then, we played the game, “What’s in the tall, tall grass?” using the virtual grass backgrounds.
Use Insect Toys To Work on Language
You could also use real toy bugs that you already own and have them land on your head. Just use the ‘STOP VIDEO’ feature to put a new insect on your head. Then, start the video again for the kids to name the insect or give them a CORE word such as “look” to use during the activity.
How to Change your Virtual Background in Zoom
Doesn’t this look super engaging for your students? I would love to know how it goes, so please tag me on social media. Have other fun virtual backgrounds that you use? Let me know! I always need more tools for my speech therapy toolbox. With remote learning, I need all the digital ideas I can get my hands on.
Insect Sensory Bin Ideas
If you are wanting to do more insect themes for your therapy, click the images below to see how you can make these insect sensory bins!
If you like to plan your therapy around themes and enjoy doing an insect/bug theme, then you will love the K-2 language activities in my Insect Push-In Language Lesson Plan Guides. You can use the parent newsletter and Google Slide presentations during remote learning and then have lessons ready for when in-person therapy happens again.
For your older students, you can work on learning about insects with these non-fiction task cards. Students can make an insect book to work on tier II vocabulary, main idea, describing, and explaining details.