Using the DUBSMASH app in speech therapy!

Using the DUBSMASH app in speech therapy!

Have you ever tried using the dubsmash app in speech therapy?  It’s FREE and super entertaining.  I wanted to share how I used the dubsmash app in speech therapy with my middle school students. I also prepared a little DUBSMASH video for your viewing pleasure, scroll down to the bottom of this post!

using the dubsmash app in speech therapy

If you haven’t heard of dubsmash, You can download the app HERE! Dubsmash is an app that allows people to lip sync and video themselves performing a TV show, movie or music clip.  It’s pretty entertaining and my family has enjoyed playing around with it.

Last year, when I worked with middle school students, I used it with my life skills students.  Big Disclaimer here: Make sure you have previewed and chosen which soundbites you want to use.  When I was experimenting at home with the app, I would sometimes click on a dub that looked “kid friendly” and was met with flavorful language to say the least.

I used the app mostly to engage my students who were working on functional social language and as reinforcement for participating in the group.  This is what I discovered with trying out this app!  I saw smiles emerge from my middle school students when I showed it to them.  Initiating and commenting increased without me “teacher” prompting them to talk. I built trust and a relationship with my students using this app.

Here are a few other ways I thought you could use this app in therapy:

  • You can work on identifying emotions based on the tone of voice of the soundbite.
  • Work on facial expressions when the students create their dub.
  • Students can use their AAC devices to request, make comments, and engage how they feel about the dubsmash.
  • Expressing why you liked a dubsmash clip with a conjunction such as “I really liked this dubsmash because…….”
  • Practice turn taking and waiting.  Also, working on sharing positive comments even if you don’t like the person’s dubsmash.
  • Give your students a social situation and then they have to chose which dubsmash would fit how the person could be feel or thinking during the social situation.

And last, but not least, use the dubsmash in speech therapy to send to your SLP colleagues and SPED team. You can send dubsmash videos via facebook messenger and text messages!  Dubsmash is all about bringing the joy to communication and I dig it!!

using the dubsmash app in speech therapy

So, if you have been following me for a while, you know that I like to have FUN!  I invited, I mean coerced, I mean black mailed all my speech therapy blogger buddies to help me make a Dubsmash compilation.  Check it out!!  We had so much fun.

How would you use the dubsmash app in speech therapy?

cropped-cropped-cropped-thedabblingspeechie_logo1.png

Photo Thought Bubbles App To Work On Perspective Taking

Photo Thought Bubbles App To Work On Perspective Taking

Have you ever seen those photo thought bubbles app on your iphone?  This photo thought bubbles app to work on perspective taking is easy to implement! I love working on perspective taking with my students with social skill deficits.

Photo Thought Bubbles App To Work On Perspective Taking

The best way to teach students perspective taking is using visuals to show what my brain is thinking!  Photo thought bubbles app to work on perspective taking is perfect for that on-the-go therapist that doesn’t always have time to prep therapy!  You can use it from your phone and make thought bubbles with people from your student’s environment!! Cool, right!? This is a great activity to target identifying emotions and non-verbal cues as well as work on what could be in their thought bubble.  You can add in text or leave it blank, so the students can come up with their own answers.

Photo Thought Bubbles App To Work On Perspective Taking

You can also write in thoughts that don’t match the non-verbal cues and students have to identify if the thought matches the non-verbal cues!  The best part of this about this app is that it is only .99 cents!  You can download this app HERE!.  Have you used photo thought bubbles app to work on perspective taking?  I would love to know what you think!  What other fun apps have you found for teaching perspective taking ?  I would love to add some more to my stash!

theDabblingSpeechy Logo Final6

Expected and Unexpected Behaviors: A Quick Tip On How to Work On Self Monitoring Skills

I use the vocabulary terms expected and unexpected behaviors from Social Thinking to identify behaviors students are exhibited in different social situations. Expected and unexpected behaviors allows me to acknowledge and praise my students when they are being “expected” for the situation as well as directly let them know when they are being unexpected without lecturing them for 2 minutes about why something is not okay to do.

expected vs. unexpected behaviorsLast year at the middle school, I primarily used expected vs. unexpected terms with my social emotional students as well as my students with social skill deficits.  They learned the terms very quickly; however, when I would verbally point out their behavior (both good and not so good), I got two responses.  I either received defensive comments and student denial about the action/words/tone of the behavior or continued behavior in which I was verbally monitoring their behavior throughout the entire session.

As I would further explain how my students behavior was making me feel, I was met with resistance, rude overtures and sometimes escalated behaviors.  Most people don’t like to be told they are being unexpected! The struggle with our students with social skill deficits is that they do not naturally pick up on social cues to adjust their behavior independently.  SOMEONE has to call them out, so they can learn to survive in the world. Most jobs rely heavily on being able to successfully interactive with other people and if you fail at that, it doesn’t matter if you are an amazing at your job because people remember how they feel rather than the actual job that was performed.

expected vs. unexpected behaviorsI decided that I would implement a visual monitoring system, so that I could take informal data about the percentage of time the student was exhibiting expected behavior, provide a visual cue (so, I could reduce verbal cues aka lectures), and use as an incentive to point out successes with expected behaviors.  Download my easy template HERE or just click on the photo above.  I just glued to construction paper and laminated, so I could use a dry erase marker with it.

During the session, I let the student know that I will be visually tracking their behavior. If they have more unexpected behaviors than expected, they do not earn their incentive (for my higher students, I did 5 stars = hot cheetos, jolly rancher, ipad time, game, etc).  As I see behaviors, I mark expected or unexpected.  If they are being unexpected, I mark unexpected and ignore undesirably comments/behaviors.  I quickly try to mark expected to show the student that I am notice both good and bad behaviors.

With one student in particular, every time I tried to explain that his comments were sounding very rude, I would get a big argument about how he was not doing A,B, or C.  I got the okay from parents to address his behaviors with the terms kind words/tone vs. rude words/tone.  This student would either use rude words or he would say something in a very rude tone for very minimal things such as “I don’t want to play a game” or “I will not seat over there.” I did the exact same system and did not verbally engage the student when I marked rude comments.  He quickly figured out that he had to adjust his behavior to kind because he really didn’t like seeing marks on the rude side. This worked for most of my students, but some students may escalate in behavior if they see the “negative” side, so that is something to consider when using this.

How do you work on self monitoring skills? I would love to add more tools in my toolbox!

The dabbling speechie

 

Social Behavior Mapping Poster: A Social Thinking Therapy Resource

Social Behavior Mapping Poster: A Social Thinking Therapy Resource

Breaking down social situations and the skills needed to be successful in those situations can be difficult. Social language is very complex and one wrong move can destroy a social exchange. Today, I wanted to show you how you can use social behavior mapping in speech therapy to teach perspective taking and how a person’s behavior affects others.

Using social behavior mapping to teach social skills to older students.

I am a BIG fan of materials that are easy to store, require little to no prep and can be used flexibly in therapy.  Today, I am going to share a great resource from Social Thinking.  If you aren’t familiar with the social thinking curriculum, I would recommend buying their Thinking About You, Thinking About Me book or Think Social! book to get started.  They are awesome resources that will help enhance your social skills therapy! Today, I am going to be sharing about there Social Behavior Mapping Poster.

Social Behavior Mapping Poster

Social Behavior Mapping Dry Erase Poster is a tool to help visually show your students the effects of someone’s behavior in a certain situations, both expected and unexpected.

Some of the vocabulary taught with this curriculum, uses the terms expected behavior and unexpected behavior.  In different social contexts, we have to adjust our behavior, so that we are being expected because we want people to have pleasant, good thoughts about us.  For example, when we are watching a football game, it is expected to scream and cheer loudly at the television.  However, if we did that behavior at a library, we would be exhibiting unexpected behaviors because what is expected at the library is for everyone to whisper or stay quiet while looking for books.

For our students with social skill deficits, understanding how their “expected” and “unexpected” behaviors affect people is very difficult. They struggle with picking up on non-verbal cues, tone of voice and interpreting ambiguous/sarcastic verbal messages. Some of my students struggle with “seeing” how their behavior affects others as well as understanding that you have to change your behavior in different contexts.

social behavior map 2This poster allows the therapist or student to write information on the poster with a dry erase marker, so you can use it all the time.  This allows the therapist to tailor the lesson to specific situations the student may need to process through.

What the Social Behavior Mapping Poster Includes

There are four columns with different questions to answer about the behaviors. Here is what is listed in the four columns:

  • My behavior that is expected/unexpected for the situation
  • Others feelings about our behaviors
  • How others treat me based on how they feel about my behavior
  • How I feel based on how I am treated in the situation

You can chose a general situation such as “lunch time” and map out behaviors that are general to all students, or you can tailor the behavior mapping specific to what the student is exhibiting during that time.  I have done both because I have some students that become very resistant and escalated in behavior when I point out their not so great behavior.

I love how we can analyze the different feelings/emotions others may feel as well as how the person may be feeling.  We can compare/contrast the affects of expected/unexpected behavior and then think of ways to use more expected behavior in that situation.  I am also able to incorporate “thinking bubbles vs. talking bubbles” with this lesson as well.

The only downfall of using a dry erase poster is that you don’t have anything tangible to send home with parents or to give to teachers.  So, a quick fix I thought of was snapping a photo with your IPAD or phone and emailing it to parents/teachers!

This poster is only $13!! What a deal! I have found working at the middle school that less is more in terms of materials and this helped me tremendously with planning effective therapy.  This is a great tool to use as a warm up if you are having students practice having expected behaviors when playing a game, having a conversation, working in a group, etc.  It gets their brains ready to be social thinkers.  Do you have this poster?  What do you love about using it?

Social Thinking wants to give one of MY followers a Social Behavior Mapping Poster!!! Enter below to win.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Follow my blog with Bloglovin!. You can also find me on TeachersPayTeachers, Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook.

Social Skill Builder App Review

social skill bulider app cover

I think I am always in need of social skill materials, so it is awesome when I found the social skill builder app.  Social Skill Builder has an app and CD-roms that is designed to work on social thinking concepts using video clips. Using video modeling with students on the autism spectrum is a great way to target social skills and it is an evidenced based practice!  I love how it takes the focus off of the student’s behavior and allows them to analyze other people’s behaviors.  Sometimes my students get frustrated with us critiquing their social skills, so this is a nice when to bridge a discussion about pragmatics.

6 exciting levels with more than 200 video prompts to break down social situations into functional terms including – See more at: http://www.socialskillbuilder.com/social-skill-builder-product-index/shippable-products/you-are-a-social-detective/#sthash.Ll4o84qM.dpuf
6 exciting levels with more than 200 video prompts to break down social situations into functional terms including – See more at: http://www.socialskillbuilder.com/social-skill-builder-product-index/shippable-products/you-are-a-social-detective/#sthash.Ll4o84qM.dpuf

You can get the Social Skill Builder lite for $2.99.  The website says that it includes the first four modules for Social Skill Builder’s unique interactive video, social leaning app.  These 4 modules include a total of more than 40 questions and associated videos (approx 10 each) for the user to view and react to by answering multiple choice questions. These video scenarios are of real interactions of a preschool(Preschool Playtime), a elementary school(My School Day), a middle/high school (School Rules) and a community setting (My Community).

social builder preschoolI love that the there are video clips for every question.  They are short, about 30 seconds to a 1 minute long.  You can always click the “replay” button if students need to see the video again.  After you watch the video, you have to answer a question.  There are usually two correct answers.  The sections have either 10 or 15 questions.  The only bummer is that if you don’t get to the end, the next session you can’t skip ahead past the questions you already answered to get to the new content.  You have to watch the same videos again. The Full VERSION is available here for currently $9.99 Most of the content is geared towards elementary/middle school, but the preschool content that is available is really helpful.

middle school social builder

Social Skill Builder: You Are A Social Detective CD has 6 levels with over 200 video clips to target concepts from the You are a social detective book by Social Thinking. Here are the skills that are targeted in the CD:

6 exciting levels with more than 200 video prompts to break down social situations into functional terms including:

  • Understanding Others’ Comfortable/Uncomfortable Thoughts
  • Understanding Others’ Expected/Unexpected Behaviors
  • Guessing Others’ Thoughts and Emotions
  • Making Smart Guesses
  • Using Your Tool Box Items (Eyes, Ears & Brain)
  • Using Social Mapping

This engaging program is designed for students from ages 7 through 12 years of age.

– See more at: http://www.socialskillbuilder.com/social-skill-builder-product-index/shippable-products/you-are-a-social-detective/#sthash.Ll4o84qM.dpuf

 

6 exciting levels with more than 200 video prompts to break down social situations into functional terms including – See more at: http://www.socialskillbuilder.com/social-skill-builder-product-index/shippable-products/you-are-a-social-detective/#sthash.Ll4o84qM.dpuf

6 exciting levels with more than 200 video prompts to break down social situations into functional terms including:

  • Understanding Others’ Comfortable/Uncomfortable Thoughts
  • Understanding Others’ Expected/Unexpected Behaviors
  • Guessing Others’ Thoughts and Emotions
  • Making Smart Guesses
  • Using Your Tool Box Items (Eyes, Ears & Brain)
  • Using Social Mapping

This engaging program is designed for students from ages 7 through 12 years of age.

– See more at: http://www.socialskillbuilder.com/social-skill-builder-product-index/shippable-products/you-are-a-social-detective/#sthash.Ll4o84qM.dpuf

6 exciting levels with more than 200 video prompts to break down social situations into functional terms including:

  • Understanding Others’ Comfortable/Uncomfortable Thoughts
  • Understanding Others’ Expected/Unexpected Behaviors
  • Guessing Others’ Thoughts and Emotions
  • Making Smart Guesses
  • Using Your Tool Box Items (Eyes, Ears & Brain)
  • Using Social Mapping

This engaging program is designed for students from ages 7 through 12 years of age.

– See more at: http://www.socialskillbuilder.com/social-skill-builder-product-index/shippable-products/you-are-a-social-detective/#sthash.Ll4o84qM.dpufSocial Skill Builder: You Are A Social Detective is an interactive CD-rom that has 6 different levels with over 200 video prompts that is aligned with the book You Are A Social Detective book.  The cool thing about this CD is that you can have the kids look for non-verbal language clues with real video.  Some of the video clips have younger students, so your middle school crowd may not like it, but when I tried it out with my life skills class and my students on the autism spectrum, they didn’t seem to notice or care.  Some of my “socially resistant” students were very engaged and participated more than usual when I pulled this material out for their session.Here are all the skills that are targeted:Understanding Others’ Comfortable/Uncomfortable Thoughts

  • Understanding Others’ Comfortable/Uncomfortable Thoughts
  • Understanding Others’ Expected/Unexpected Behaviors
  • Guessing Others’ Thoughts and Emotions
  • Making Smart Guesses
  • Using Your Tool Box Items (Eyes, Ears & Brain)
  • Using Social Mapping

I found this very helpful for when I ran my lunch bunch groups and when I pushed into the Special Day Classroom to do a whole class lesson.  It kept my students attention and they were able to discuss the non-verbal body language that was exhibited in the video scenes.  This product incorporates various levels and provides answer choices for the questions, which is helpful for students that struggle with expressive language.  I think this is a wonderful resource if you have an elementary/middle school caseload as you could use it with many grade levels.

Check out this DEMO on their website to see what the CD is like before purchasing.  Some of the videos have younger students in them, but my middle school students didn’t seem to mind when viewing. There is a lot of content to help mix up your therapy sessions, so it is definitely something that I think is worth the investment. There are a lot of other materials on their website that look amazing!  What resources do you use to target social skills?

Making Social Inferences Interactive Flip book!

I have had several initial and triennial assessments this year at the middle school that have had a large emphasis on social pragmatics.  Many of my assessments revealed that making social inferences in social situations is tough for my students! I have been giving the Social Language Development Test-Adolescent from Linguisystems to get a more in depth look at the student’s interpretations of social interactions and making social inferences.  You have to give the WHOLE test (no ceilings), so it is a bit time consuming.  For my higher functioning students on the Autism Spectrum, this test really helps expose the significant challenges they have with interpreting social cues and interacting with peers.

A few of my students in particular struggled significantly with taking the perspective of another person on the subtest: Making Inferences.  They were given a photo of a person and asked to look at the clues in the picture and make a guess at what might they be thinking?  The student must comment as the character or person in the photo.  The second part of the assessment asks them to explain the clues that helped them come up with the inference. You can imagine the types of answers I got on this assessment.  One student did not respond in 1st person and could only make “thoughts” in the third person.  For example, a lot of the students responses looked like this “He is thinking he is bored.” Another student didn’t understand WHY we had to do this in the first place because the people in the photos were not real and didn’t have thoughts because they were just pictures (ended up not giving the full test due to validity on that one).

making social inferences

When I asked the students explain why they thought the person was thinking that thought, many of my students either said “I don’t know” or gave very vague details to verify their answers.  Needless to say, I discovered an area of need and needed materials to help improve my student’s abilities to make “social inferences”.  If our student’s struggle with making inferences from photos and social situations, I can only imagine what bits of information they are missing in stories, commercials, sitcoms and movies!

My middle schoolers LOVE dry erase markers, so I thought I would make my latest interactive flipbook for them!

making social inferences flip bookPrint all the pages onto white cardstock and laminate.  Punch holes in each of the cards and connect with binder rings. Then, have students use a dry erase marker to document their answers in the book!

I bought mine off of amazon (affiliate link included for your convenience) and they have been very handy for all of my interactive books and flashcards that I have been making.

making social inferences

There are 27 photos in the book.  Next to each photo, is a space to write what the person may be thinking and then a spot to cite evidence.  With some of my students, I had to do some of the photos with them and explicitly show them what to look for in the picture.  I used lots of visuals to show that in my brain, I collect clues in order to make a smart guess.

Once they get the hang of it, I think these books is perfect for mixed groups when you have some language and pragmatic kiddos together.  So far, several of my students who say “I don’t know” A LOT, are beginning to make some gains with this skill.  I try to really praise them during the scaffolding part because they get really down when they don’t get the answer correct. I made this activity for my middle school students, but I think this activity could be scaffolded to fit 2nd/3rd graders to work on beginning inferencing and prediction skills.  What do you think?  How to do you target perspective taking with your older students?

Follow my blog with Bloglovin!. You can also find me on TeachersPayTeachers, Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook.

Copyright 2019 The Dabbling Speechie | Disclosures | Terms of UseBrand Ambassador Program