Videos About Thanksgiving to Use in Speech Therapy

Videos About Thanksgiving to Use in Speech Therapy

If you are looking for some videos about Thanksgiving that you can use in your speech therapy sessions, I am going to share some in this blog post. It’s always a good idea to ask your students and talk with parents before discussing this holiday because some families do not celebrate Thanksgiving. Many of us celebrate this holiday with the mindset of gathering with family and friends sharing in thanksgiving and gratitude for the blessings in our lives. I know there is a complicated history surrounding this holiday for the indigenous community, so always consult your student’s families when using some of these videos.

If you are not wanting to use Thanksgiving videos, you can always use alternatives such as videos about gratitude, families gathering for dinner, or learning about turkeys. Here is a blog post about turkeys and ideas for therapy.

Thanksgiving Commercials For Speech

When working on social pragmatic goals to teach perspective taking, identifying non-verbal cues, and emotions/body language, commercials can really help with teaching these concepts. Plus, they are quick to watch and don’t require a TON of prep work. Here are some videos that I thought would work well for therapy:

This turkey commercial is about a woman who gets a phone call from someone encouraging them to forget the turkey and to go sh0pping for a sale. She ends the phone call with “Who is this?” Then, the commercial goes to the caller and it’s a turkey at a pay phone. You can use this to talk about the humor of the commercial, making inferences and perspective taking. 

In this video about Thanksgiving dinner, a woman keeps bringing out the dishes, and the people around the table cheer every time she comes in the room. You can discuss what she could be thinking when they cheer. At the end of the commercial, you discover that behind the door is a TV and everyone is watching a football game. 

To discuss how some families feel stressed about preparing a big Thanksgiving meal, you could watch this commercial from Oscar Mayer. There is one section of the clip where the wife points her knife at her husband, so if that is concerning, then this commercial may work for you. As a group, you can not only work on making inferences, discussing emotions, etc, but you can also discuss how you can help your own parents prepare the meal. Or, if they notice their parents stressed based on their tone of voice, body language or words and how they can respond to support their parents with preparing the meals. 

 

 

More Commercials You Can Use In Therapy

Check out these commercials if you need a quick video to show students how people prepare and celebrate Thanksgiving.

Wordless Short Videos for Thanksgiving

Simon’s Cat videos are the best for covering a LOT of goals. Check out my blog post HERE to see how to use them with your students. Here are two festive videos about Thanksgiving dinner. One is about the cat preparing to eat a bird as his feast. In “Fast Food,” Simon is enjoying his turkey dinner while his cat sneakily grabs his dinner when he isn’t looking. Click the pictures below to see those videos about Thanksgiving.

Use these videos about Thanksgiving to work on speech and language skills with minimal prep!
Use these videos about Thanksgiving to work on speech and language skills with minimal prep!

Funny Videos About Thanksgiving with Dogs

For those of you SLPs that have dog-loving students on your caseload, this video will definitely perk their interest! In this video, the dog cooks Thanksgiving dinner. Here are some skills you can target with this video:

  • verb actions
  • answering wh-questions
  • Naming food and kitchen supplies for categories
  • Working on emotions and what the dog could be thinking

This other video, “Will my Dog Steal The Thanksgiving Turkey,” is a great video to work on cause/effect, size of the problem, and what the reaction will be of their owners when they come home. 

Use these videos about Thanskgiving to cover a lot of speech and language goals in your therapy sessions.

Funny Turkey and Thanksgiving Fail Videos

For some reason, people in general love to see bloopers and fails. When we need some laughs in therapy, that’s when you want to pull up a funny turkey and Thanksgiving fails video. Make sure to preview them for any inappropriate language or images of things that may not be good for viewing at school.

What Videos About Thanksgiving Do You Use in Therapy?

What Thanksgiving videos do you use in therapy? I would LOVE to add to my list. Share in the comments. If you are needing winter videos to use in speech therapy, check out this BLOG POST. It has a FREE Google Slide with all the winter-themed videos organized for you. When things get busy, it is great to have some videos on hand that you can pull up with ease!

Articulation Reading Passages & Activities To Help With Generalization

Articulation Reading Passages & Activities To Help With Generalization


Are you stuck with where how to get your student to generalize their speech sound? The student has it at the word and sentence level, but when they walk out of your room, they go straight back to their old speech sounds. I am right there currently with several students on my caseload. So, I have been trying to find more articulation carryover activities to help with generalization.

articulation reading passages and activities to help students generalize their speech sounds beyond the sentence level.

If you need articulation therapy ideas that will help you high repetitions, you can check out my articulation therapy ideas HERE.

Easy Articulation Carryover Activity Ideas Using Youtube

Using Simon's Cat Videos In Speech Therapy

Youtube is your friend! Simon’s cat videos are perfect for practicing your student’s speech sounds while retelling the video, and answering wh-questions about the videos. Check out my blog post for how I use these free videos in therapy HERE.

articulation carryover activities using youtube how to videos

Find How-To videos on youtube with your student’s target sound. The SLP can have their student watch the video and then explain “how to do” the process. So, if you have a student working on /r/, they can watch a youtube video about how to make popcorn. If you have a youtube channel, you can find videos and make playlists for the videos that you use by sound. I made QR codes and have the kids pick which video they want to watch. These are in my articulation carryover activities sets.

Articulation Carryover Activities At The Multiple Sentence Level

If students aren't ready to articulation reading passages, these compare/contrast articulation cards help with practicing at the sentence level.

Some of my students are 80-90% accurate with single sentences, but they aren’t ready to be reading or doing conversational tasks just yet. So, I have activities that I use to work on my student’s articulation sounds at the multiple sentence level.

Find words that are related that have your student’s target sound to compare/contrast by similarities and differences.

articulation carryover activities to work at the multiple sentence level

Another activity is to have your student’s answer would you rather or what would you do questions.

An Idea To Work On Articulation Carryover At The Conversational Level

If you have students ready to work on their sounds at the conversational level, you can set a challenge before the session begins. Make a set number of errors that your student can not go over. Then, during the speech session, you can monitor your student’s production with whatever conversational task you plan. If the student has speech errors over the challenge number, then they didn’t meet the challenge.

I have set up that a speech challenge met can be turned in for a game day, bring a friend to speech, a bag of chips or whatever else the student and myself can come up with to earn.

If you need more conversation ideas for how students can practice their speech outside of the speech room, check out this blog post and how I use these activities.

Apps To Use For Articulation Carryover Activities

Have you heard of the voxer app? It is an app that acts like a walkie talkie. I was introduced to voxer by one of my previous principals that used voxer to communicate with her staff. The charter school that I worked at was very tech savvy, so the kids were all about using tech tools. With parent permission, I was able to use the voxer app to work on self monitoring with articulation generalization. We would ask the principal questions on voxer or tell the principal about the week. Then, I would have my students play back their recording to listen to their speech sounds.

If you own an ipad, the news-o-matic app is a great resource for working on articulation at the reading level. Kid friendly news articles are available every day. There are sometimes videos attached to the app, questions and key vocabulary that is defined. You can read more about this app on my blog post HERE.

Little Stories Pro by Little Bee Speech is an app that has 82 short stories that are loaded with targeted speech sounds. This app can be very helpful for meaningful articulation practice when reading as well as when answering comprehension questions and story retell. I like this app because when I don’t have time to search for books that have my student’s sound in the story, I can easily bring up this app.

Resources For Finding Reading Passages To Work On Articulation

Read Works is a free website that you can find leveled reading passages that are aligned with common core standards.

Newsela is a website that has differentiated, high interest texts that are organized by content area, so you can find all sorts of reading passages in different subject matters.

This set has articulation reading passages for both fiction and non-fiction including visual cues for the students sounds on R, S, Z, SH, CH, JIn my TPT store, I have Articulation Carryover Activity resources that include fiction & non-fiction reading passages for /r/, /s/, and /z/. These texts include visual cues and the occurrence of the sound in the passages have been counted, so documenting the student’s accuracy is a lot quicker.

Reader’s theater is a great way to work on self monitoring and students working on articulation practice with a structured speaking activity. If you are buddy buddy with some of the kinder/1st grade teachers, you may even be able to book a time when your students could go into the classroom and perform the reader’s theater for the class.

Scholastic has these True Or False books that are perfect for articulation reading passages for students in 2nd and 3rd grades

Scholastic Books a series that I really like to use for my mixed groups. The True or False series (amazon affiliate link included) have short non-fiction paragraphs that pose a question and students have to decide if it the information is true or false. Then, they turn the page to see if their answer is correct. These are great for reading to practice your articulation sound.

Scholastic Who Would Win Books are another series that align with common core curriculum and can help you target your student’s speech sounds in structured conversation. The SLP can have the students read a paragraph, summarize the facts from the book, or answer comprehension questions.

Using Visuals To Help With Self Monitoring With Articulation Carryover Activities

Use visual reminders while working on articulation reading passages and conversational activities during articulation therapyVisual reminders can help reduce the SLP using verbal cues/prompts. I have some visual speech sound reminders that I put on popsicle sticks, which you can grab the free printables HERE. Whatever the activity, the SLP can utilize these visual reminders during the articulation practice.

articulation reading passages to help with generalization in articulation therapy

Articulation Carryover Weekly Homework Sheets

Trying to find ways to encourage students to practice their speech at home? I created an articulation carryover weekly worksheet that can be used to monitor their speech for the week. You can grab this download for FREE on my TPT store.

Kiwi Speech also has a weekly home practice tracker that is free in her store. I have used with students that I want them to see that practicing just 5 minutes a day can help them make progress. This tracker is really helpful for showing kids how to break down minutes they practice each week.

What resources or strategies do you use to help your students generalize their speech sounds into conversation? I would love to add some more tips to my SLP toolbox.

Need CEU Hours and Want to Learn More About Articulation Carryover

I took Pam Marshalla’s Carryover Techniques in Articulation and Phonology Course on Speech Therapy PD for CEUs and it was very helpful. It was practical and helped me to feel confident with how to provide with students in articulation therapy.

Use my code: SLPROCKSTAR to get $10 off either Speech Therapy PD subscription. I love that I can spend under $100 a year and get a ton of practical training and my CEUs covered!

Winter Therapy ideas for Middle School Students

Winter Therapy ideas for Middle School Students

Just because I work at the middle school level doesn’t mean I can’t plan cool themes for my kiddos (yes, my teenagers are still MY kiddos).  Today, I share some winter therapy ideas for  middle school students! It is nice to align activities to seasons because it is relevant to them in the present day!

winter therapy ideas for middle school that are fun with just using some youtube videos!

 

Some of my students go up to the snow during the winter and the material is more motivating.  You just have to find creative and more mature ways to present the information, so they think it’s cool.  I use a lot of technology with my middle school students and it helps make the activity feel more grown up and modern.  Google and youtube are my best friends!

winter therapy ideas middle school studentsThe Expressive Expanding Tool has been great for some of my students to work on describing items and using the tool as a pre-write.  I just type in specific words in google and use the images to show students the vocabulary word.  If they still don’t know what I am talking about, I look it up on youtube to show them a video.  In the picture above, we were describing a snow blower.  Snow blowers are a bit foreign to us Sacramento folk as we have to drive 2 hours to get to snow!

winter therapy ideas for middle school that are age appropriate, but still easy and fun to use.

Did you watch the show America’s Funniest Home Videos when you were a kid?  I can’t believe it’s still on the air, but it is!  I used to love watching that show.  Well, I discovered that there are video clips on youtube from that show and decided to try it out in therapy!  They have some great winter clips!  Here are my ideas for how you can use these clips in therapy:

I have a group of boys that crack jokes and laugh the WHOLE session. They are now working on controlling themselves during my lesson, so they can watch some funny videos at the end of the session.  Once they get their work done, I let them laugh away as they watch the videos!!

winter therapy ideas middle school studentsWatch the videos to work on perspective taking and what could be in people’s thought bubbles.

winter therapy ideas middle school studentsWith my social skills groups we worked on making predictions about what might happen next in the clip, making comments about the clips, thinking of questions we could ask our peers about the clips and my favorite, wait for it…….thinking of empathetic comments we could say to the people who may have fallen or gotten hurt in the video clips.

I had some of articulation students explain what was happening in the video clips using their best sounds!  Have your students write sentences about the video clips using transition words, conjunctions and adjectives to work on creating more complex sentences!  What else could you target with these funny videos?

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