When it comes to working with older speech students, it can be hard to keep them motivated in therapy. Nothing feels worse than having session after session fall flat because you can’t get your students to buy-in into the therapy process.

That’s why I invited Kristin Bowers from Kiwi Speech to come on the Real Talk SLP podcast to share 5 strategies you can use to get buy-in with your older students.


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If you are struggling with finding ways to engage your mixed groups and feel confident that you can cover all their goals in a session, I am hosting a LIVE webinar on June 21st 5pm PST/8 pm EST to share how you can use sensory bins to target your students’ speech and language goals.

Tickets are $9 and include:

-1 hour CMH units (Clinical Maintenance Hours)

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-$15 worth of sensory bin materials

-A fun learning environment that will answer all your questions about using sensory bins in speech therapy.

Strategies to Help Get Buy-In With Your Older Speech Students

In the beginning part of the interview, we discuss some of the roadblocks speech pathologists face when working with older speech students. We then dive into strategies that can help improve your therapy sessions and your relationships with your students. 

In this podcast episode, you will hear about these 5 strategies to help your older speech students:


– Teach a growth mindset in your sessions using the three pillars of motivation, rapport, and resilience (the research article is linked below in the blog posts and resources section)

– To use distraction in your therapy sessions

– Finding materials and activities that provide a challenge for your students

– Get your students reading in your therapy sessions

– Really get picky with their speech sounds or the skills you are working on with them in therapy


Blog Posts and Resources Mentioned in This Podcast Episode

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