If you are using Google Slides™ to create materials and lessons for your teletherapy sessions, you will be so excited to learn about this Google Slides™ video hack.

When I am using YouTube movie clips in therapy, I don’t want my students to watch the entire clip before discussing something from the video. With Google Slides™ you can program the video for where you want it to start and stop.

Using Google Slides™ to Plan Lessons

For many of my teletherapy push-in and small group sessions, I use Google Slides™ to organize and plan my lessons. Adding in videos into a Google Slide has helped me plan for lessons virtually.

It is easy to make task cards, parent coaching assignments, visual supports, and lesson plans using Google Slides™.

To keep my therapy materials and activities organized, I will use a Google Slide template to link to YouTube videos, websites, Boom Cards, or PDFs in my Google Drive. If you need pre-made Google Slide templates, I have a resource to help you customize materials for your students and keep you organized!

When planning a lesson for small groups or push-in lessons, I often enjoy using movie clips, commercials, songs for brain breaks, or book read aloud videos.

With many YouTube videos, there are introductions that you want to surpass to get to the main parts of the video. We all have students on our caseload that struggle with attention and focus, so having the video cued up to the spot that we want to use is an amazing hack. 

In Google Slides, you have the option to format the video for when it will start and stop. You can also click if you want the video to be “muted” when the start button is clicked.

Google Slides video hack for making speech therapy materials

YouTube Tutorial on How to Add a Video to Google Slides

When you want to use movie clips to discuss a skill, often times you may only want to show a certain part of the video.

Once you click “insert” and select video, you can paste in the URL for the YouTube video.

Then, you will right-click the video and select “format options.” You can adjust the start and end times, so that when you get to that slide, and click “play” on the video, the video will start playing at the time frame you selected.

This means you can surpass all the video introductions or unnecessary information without having to remember where to start the video.

You can also break up parts of a video clip to only show a shorter segment, because you want to talk about a certain part of the video.

This has been helpful for making activities to target verb-tense, tier II vocabulary and answering wh-questions about a video. For December, I used several Elf movie clips to create stimulus items for past-tense verbs. With the video hack, I could “duplicate” the slide and re-formated when the video started and stopped.


If you need these pre-made holiday movie clips for past-tense verbs, click the pink button below to download your FREE copy. You can use these clips to target wh-questions, expected/unexpected, perspective taking, summarizing, making predictions, and tier II vocabulary.

YouTube Video Tutorial for How to Adjust Videos in Google Slides™

Watch this YouTube tutorial for how to format your videos in Google Slides™ Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below!

If you want to read more about how I use Elf movie clips in therapy, check out this blog post. I have been using this guy to save me in December for over 4 years. It works like a charm!