Using Simon’s Cat Videos In Speech Therapy

Using Simon’s Cat Videos In Speech Therapy

Who loves low-prep speech therapy activities that cover a LOT of goals? And keeps your students engaged? Um, we are all raising our hands right now. If you have yet to hear of the wordless short Simon’s Cat videos, you need to check them out. In fact, I am going to tell ya all the goods about how to use the Simon’s Cat videos in speech therapy. Reading this blog post will make planning for mixed groups a WHOLE lot easier.

What Are Simon’s Cat Videos?

Simon’s Cat is a series of comic strip animated short videos that you can find on YouTube. The videos are primarily without words and are in black and white. You can watch these videos on your iPhone, iPad, laptop, or computer to target many different skills! If you are worried about ads and unwanted images popping up during your lesson, I recommend watching Simon’s Cat videos with safe tube. Safe tube is free and allows parents and educators to watch videos without the ads. If you need internet at your school site, there is now a Simon’s Cat comic book!! You can get it on amazon HERE. This is an amazon affiliate link.

Using Simon's Cat videos in speech therapy to target articulation, language, grammar and social skills

Why Simon’s Cat Videos For Speech Therapy 

  • These videos are free—less money to spend on Therapy materials.
  • There are a ton of videos. Seasonal-themed and generic, I can use them in speech therapy all year long.
  • You can use Simon’s Cat videos across a variety of ages. I have used them with 1st-8th grade. You could also test them out among the high school ages.
  • I like watching them. Therapy always seems more exciting if I enjoy the resource because I am excited to talk about the videos.
  • You can use Simon’s Cat Videos with your mixed groups. Planning for each student in my groups can be challenging because I have to find different activities and then manage the group to stay on task. Having one resource to cover everyone’s goals increases on-task behavior.
  • The setting in the video is usually Simon’s house, and the characters are a man and a cat. I know that in many of the videos, my students have exposure to the vocabulary, so I don’t have to spend much time around schemes and background knowledge. 
  • These videos are short! They are only 2-3 minutes long so you can get through them in a 30-minute session.

How To Simon’s Cat Speech Therapy Ideas

There are many ways to use Simon’s Cat videos in speech therapy. You can structure your speech therapy session to use the video the entire time or break up your session. For example, do a 5-minute warm-up, teach some vocabulary words for 5 minutes, and then show the Simon’s Cat video for the remaining 10-15 minutes to target goals.

Using Simon's Cat Videos In Speech Therapy

Use Cheat Sheets with Simon’s Cat Wordless Short Videos

If you need quick speech therapy lesson plans for mixed groups that you can use with younger and older students, check out these seasonal Simon’s Cat speech therapy cheat sheets.

They come with 3-page cheat sheets for winter, Valentine’s day, spring, summer, fall & Thanksgiving, and Christmas!

And there are sentence strips, graphic organizers, and visual supports to help you cover a TON of speech and language goals.

Try out the One the Fence Simon’s Cat speech therapy cheat sheet by clicking the pink button. 

graphic organizers and visuals for Simon's Cat videos
Use these Valentine's Day Simon's Cat speech therapy cheat sheets for mixed groups.
Spring Simon's Cat speech therapy cheat sheets to make mixed groups easier!

Articulation Speech Therapy Ideas

using simon's cat videos in speech therapy to target story telling and comprehension
  • During the video, you can have the students write down or tell you words they saw or heard with their speech sounds. After the video, they can say each word five times or use it in a sentence. You can also write a cheat sheet of target words from the video.
  • The SLP can have the student answer comprehension questions from the video with their target speech sounds.
  • Summarize the video using the target words from the video with their best speech sounds.

Language Speech Therapy Ideas

  • Work on narrative comprehension and oral narration using these videos. Jot down some comprehension questions from the video before the students arrive to discuss the video. Have students work on storytelling by adding details on what would happen next if the video didn’t end. If you need some graphic organizers to help with this, grab this free set from KiwiSpeech HERE or Speech Time Fun’s summarizing graphic organizer HERE.
Using Simon's Cat videos in speech therapy to work on story telling and oral narration
  • The SLP can help their students build more complex sentences using the video. Watch the video and then have the students describe the parts of speech they see in the video. If you want more information about effective grammar intervention, check out this blog post I did with some research I found. 
  • Teach and show vocabulary with these videos. The SLP can pick target vocabulary words to teach from the video. During the speech therapy session, target antonyms, synonyms, word associations, attributes, and adjectives to describe items in the video.
  • Discuss the main idea of the video and work on making a new video title for the video.
  • Teach specific grammar concepts such as third-person singular, pronouns, plurals, verb tense, and noun-verb agreement.
  • If you need cheat sheets to remember all these ways of using the Simon’s Cat videos, check out these Simon’s Cat speech therapy cheat sheets to use throughout the year.

Social Skills Simon’s Cat Speech Therapy Ideas

  • What are they thinking about? Work on teaching that our eyes give people clues about their thoughts. Have your students identify what the characters are thinking based on where their eyes are looking.
  • Use the videos to have students identify emotions and non-verbal body language. Have your students explain how the characters feel and what clues they noticed, such as eyes widening, smiling face, or body hunched over.
  • Perspective taking- work on students explaining what people could be feeling or thinking in the video.
  • Social inferences and predictions are a way for us to figure out what someone may do next, so we can figure out what to say or do in a social situation.
  • Conversation – have your students watch the video and then have them discuss what they liked/didn’t like about the video.
  • Thinking/Talking bubble – These wordless short videos are perfect for working on what people are thinking and what could be in their talking bubble. Make your speech and thinking bubble on a dry-erase board, or grab a dry-erase think bubble from the dollar store or on amazon HERE. (amazon affiliate link provided).
  • Humor – these videos are hilarious and are perfect for discussing why they are funny!

How Do You Use the Simon’s Cat Videos?

How would you use Simon’s Cat videos in speech therapy? I would love to hear your therapy ideas.

Articulation Activities Speech Therapy Ideas

Articulation Activities Speech Therapy Ideas

Trying to get those 100+ trials during articulation therapy can be challenging! Student motivation and mixed therapy groups can make it tough to get high repetitions. I wrote this blog post to introduce new articulation activities for speech therapy sessions. It’s not just your kids that need new ways to practice speech sounds; you want to have FUN too. Keep reading if you need articulation ideas that will get high reps in a session!

Articulation Activities Speech Therapy Ideas

Get some fresh group articulation activities that get high trials!

This DIY ZAP IT game is perfect for getting high repetitions.  My students stayed motivated the entire session.  Write different numbers on popsicle sticks (make sure you put some high numbers like 10 and 15).  Then, write zap a friend, zap 1, zap 2, etc.  Stick the popsicle sticks in a bucket and have students pick a stick. If they pick a 15, they get 15 points and must say their speech sound 15 times.  The person with the most points wins the game! Print the rule guide and reference during therapy.

For those days when you need to get a quick drill done for everyone in your mixed groups, the articulation therapy activities I turn to are my articulation flipbooks. You will have word, carrier phrase, and sentence-level activities that you can use during direct instruction or create an articulation station for independent work. Within 5 minutes or less, my students have gotten at least 100 trials and they LOVE the dry-erase marker (Amazon affiliate link.) Try my /l/ flipbook for FREE or consider using the No Print version to pull up on your iPad or for teletherapy. 

 Keep Hands Busy During Speech Sound Production Practice

Using a DIY abacus is one way to motivate your students to practice their speech sounds. You can help your students to see how many productions they got as well visually! If you don’t want to make your own, grab one on Amazon

Adapting Games for Articulation Practice

The Race To 100 game is a great way to get 100 productions and keep the session energy up! Put my Race to 100 game card on a plastic protective sheet or laminate.  Grab a die (make your own with a wooden block to add high numbers like 8, 10, 12, 15) and start rolling!

Grab the free articulation game printable by clicking the pink button below!

You can also use the digital Race to 100 games from the digital speech folder activities to get those high trials in person or through teletherapy. When you create a digital speech folder, you can add various articulation activities for quick drills.
Find games like Uno to use during articulation therapy. Play the game as the rules intended, but whatever card the student lays down, that is how many times they have to practice their speech sound.  If the student gets a draw 4, make them practice 20 productions!  Get creative with your “speech rules” for practicing during this game.

You can use a Toss Across Game (amazon affiliate link included) to get high articulation repetitions. Use post-it notes to write numbers on the Xs and Os. When the student throws the bean bag and hits an X or O, they have to say their articulation sound that many times.

use the toss across game in speech therapy to adapt goals for students!

Articulation Therapy Crafts for High Trials

Articulation Foldable Wallet Books craftivity are a fun way to keep hands busy during the session.  Students can practice each word 5x, which makes 105 productions with this craftivity.  I love this activity because it can also be sent home for additional practice!  Try my final s-blends & l-blends wallet books for FREE. If you are looking for more high-trial articulation therapy crafts, check out this gumball craft and this paper plate paddle craft.

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