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The BEST Spring YouTube Videos for Speech

The BEST Spring YouTube Videos for Speech

Let’s be real. We all wished we were a little more organized, but there are just seasons in the SLP life when you have 100 million tabs open on your computer, you have piles of materials next to your desk, and IEPs written an hour before the meeting.

When you are in the frazzled SLP season of everything being thrown at you at once, planning therapy falls to the wayside, unfortunately.

 

Does this situation relate to you?

Has this situation ever happened to you? It’s five minutes before your next group and you are racking your brain for the name of that ONE video you used last spring in therapy. Because your SLP world was crazy busy last spring, you didn’t save that video on a playlist and now you are paying for it lol.

Does this sound familiar at all? It rings true for me and that’s why I started spending a little extra time organizing videos that engaged my students, so that next year, therapy planning would be easy breezy!

We all have our best-laid plans, but between the paperwork, meetings, high caseloads, etc. we just don’t have the time to be organizing all the things. That’s why I am back with another organized Google Slide filled with all the BEST spring YouTube videos that you can use in your sessions.

Spring YouTube Videos to Work on Language

Simon’s cat videos are the best to work on grammar, narratives, perspective taking and answering wh-questions! There are several spring-themed Simons’ Cat videos on their channel!

Scishow kids has TONS of spring science videos that you can use to work on main idea, comprehension, tier II vocabulary and summarizing. 

The BEST spring YouTube videos organized for you!

Use Kami Chrome Extension to Write on Worksheets While Using Videos

You can use the Simon’s Cat spring YouTube videos for teletherapy, and the FREE sentence frame graphic organizer with the Kami Chrome Extension. Here is a YouTube video tutorial on how to add text boxes in Kami. You can put the graphic organizer on one side of the screen and the YouTube browser on the other side. Then, just screen share your entire screen. If you need a graphic organizer for building sentences, use this FREE sentence frame graphic organizer.

Using the best spring YouTube videos with the Kami chrome extension in speech therapy or teletherapy

Spring YouTube Book Read Aloud Videos

I usually prefer to read the actual book out loud to my students over a YouTube book read aloud, when doing teletherapy sessions, it can sometimes be hard for all the students to see my book over the screen. So, I will use YouTube read aloud in my sessions, so the kids can see the pages while I read the story.

All you need to do is have the YouTube video on mute so that you can read the pages. I try to find a book read aloud that shows the pages clearly so that I can read the lines from the story. These book read alouds allow we to see all the words on the page.

Other ways to use books are by screen sharing while projecting a book from Kindle Unlimited, Vooks, or using Epic.

Have Movement Break Videos with a Spring Theme

Spring YouTube Videos that can be incorporated into your speech therapy sessions.

If you work with younger students that need movement breaks in a session, you can use these fun spring-themed songs. When I do whole class lessons on the SMARTboard, I would often pull up one of these videos when kids were struggling to pay attention.

You can also work on verb actions, initiating requesting for the song, and discussing if they liked the song.

Some songs you can even work on left or right and other basic concepts.

What movement breaks do you like using? Share in the comments!

 

Use Google Slides to Organize Your Spring YouTube Videos

One way you can keep all your favorite videos organized is by adding them to a Google Slide or PowerPoint. I find that adding them to Google Slides are easier for sharing with educators or families. Once you add in all the video links, you can easily navigate to the ones you need for the lesson.

Once you have it organized, you can use it year after year with your groups. That’s why I organized all the spring videos for YOU!

Just hit the pink button below to grab your free copy. If you are loving all of the videos organized, all of my push-in lesson plans come with a Google Slide that has everything organized so you can stress less about therapy planning. 

What spring videos have you found to be helpful for your caseload? I would love to add them to my stash of materials! Share in the comments.

Engaging Digital Dinosaur Activities for Speech

Engaging Digital Dinosaur Activities for Speech

Whether you are doing therapy in-person or via teletherapy, having engaging lessons for your students with moderate to severe disabilities can be challenging. This blog post is filled with engaging digital dinosaur activities you can use in your speech therapy sessions to increase engagement with your students.

I am all about adapting materials to cover a lot of goals and use across ages. These materials can definitely be used with your students with mild-moderate language impairments. Plus, many of the digital activities mentioned in this post can be used for teletherapy, on the iPad in small groups or as part of a whole-class lesson on the Smartboard.

The BEST Digital Dinosaur Books for Speech Therapy

If you are needing books with a dinosaur theme to use in teletherapy or in-person, check out Get Epic. They have a great selection of digital dinosaur books that you can use for a variety of ages.

I have been able to find a lot of digital dinosaur books that have vibrant photos and shorter-length text to use with my students that have more complex communication needs.

Some of my favorite books to use with the K-2 age group is “We’re Going on a Dinosaur Dig” and “How to Catch a Dinosaur.

There are also a lot of non-fiction dinosaur books that you can use to teach facts about dinosaurs as well as work on wh-questions, vocabulary, and describing dinosaurs.

digital farm animal activities to use in speech therapy
Digital dinosaur activities for speech therapy

Dinosaur Songs to Use as Brain Breaks

When we are doing therapy with our students, we know when they are starting to get antsy or bored with the activities we have planned.

So, one way to rejuvenate a session is to have our students do a brain break or sing a song. Why not have a song or brain break that relates to your dinosaur theme?

YouTube has a lot of great dinosaur-themed songs that you can use to get the wiggles out or work on verbs in action while singing.

Digital Dinosaur Activities Using Google Slides

If you are looking for digital dinosaur activities that you can use for virtual push-in sessions and small groups, I suggest using Google Slides.

Google Slides are very similar to PowerPoint, but you can share them with staff/parents, and assign them in Google Classroom.

I like using them to put all my digital materials for a theme in one place. I will insert dinosaur-themed book read alouds, YouTube videos, or insert links to Boom Cards or PDF resources. This way you can easily find the material you need without having tons of tabs open.

You can create picture scenes to work on sentence formation, answering wh-questions, and building vocabulary skills with dinosaur words. Or, work on basic concepts, verbs, vocabulary etc. with activities prepared in a Google Slide.

 

 

Organize Your Digital Dinosaur Activities With Google Slides

YouTube has a lot of great videos about a dinosaur theme that you can embed into your Google Slides. You can insert songs, book read alouds, and non-fiction videos to teach your students about dinosaurs. You can use this for your sessions, or assign in Google Classroom for parents to watch with their children throughout the week.

Having time to create Google Slides isn’t always possible, so if you need a farm Google Slide presentation, my dinosaur language lesson plan guide has one all ready to go for you!

You can then repurpose those lessons for whole class or individual sessions. You will definitely feel less stressed knowing that all of your digital materials are in one place. You can even add hyperlinks to your favorite Boom Cards. If you upload your dinosaur-themed static PDFs into your Google Drive, you can also link those to your Google Slide Presentation to have everything organized. If you need templates to create speech folders or group activities, check out these pre-made ones that make planning easier!

Digital Dinosaur Activities on Boom Learning

If you love using Boom Cards™ with your students, I found a few FREE digital dinosaur activity decks that have been helpful for my virtual speech therapy sessions:

Dinosaur Prepositional Locations 

Irregular Verbs Grandma Dinosaur’s 100th Birthday

Articulation Riddles for Initial R

Add Dinosaur Giphys to Your Google Slides

If you want to create your own Google Slide materials, check out this YouTube video tutorial for how to add fun dinosaur giphys into your slides. You can search farm animals and put them in slides to make it look like a real movie. It will increase engagement a lot, I promise!!

What digital dinosaur activities have you found to be helpful for your caseload? I would love to add them to my stash of materials! Share in the comments.

Google Slides™ Adding Video Hack You Want to Know How to do!

Google Slides™ Adding Video Hack You Want to Know How to do!

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.

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