Tips for Using YouTube Videos in Speech Therapy Ep 110

Tips for Using YouTube Videos in Speech Therapy Ep 110

Using YouTube videos in your speech therapy sessions can be a great way to increase engagement and help you plan quick, effective lessons. Because YouTube is one of my go-to speech therapy material resources, I like to find tools and tech tips to make finding and organizing my videos easier. Today in this Real Talk SLP podcast, I am sharing my top tips for using YouTube videos in speech therapy to help save you time and stress for using them in sessions.

Free Winter and Spring YouTube Video Google Slides

One of the best ways you can save time looking for themed YouTube videos is downloading the list I compiled for free! Storing your favorite winter and spring YouTube videos on Google Slides can help you stay organized for your teletherapy or in-person sessions.

Learn tech tips for using YouTube videos in speech therapy.

Themed Therapy SLP Membership Finds the YouTube Videos for You

Get the best tips for using YouTube videos for speech therapy

If you struggle with wanting to use YouTube videos because it takes SO much time trying to find videos that match the themed unit you are planning, you don’t have to waste any more time. In the Themed Therapy SLP membership, we provide Google Slides for Prek-1st, 2nd-3rd, and 4th-5th with links to YouTube videos for book read-alouds, songs, movement breaks, wordless shorts, science videos, and more! They are all organized like free spring and winter YouTube videos.

Tech Tips for SLPs On How To Use YouTube Videos

In this episode of the Real Talk SLP podcast we share these top tech tips:

  • Use tools such as or viewpure to block unwanted ads, comments, and suggested videos when showing YouTube videos to kids.
  • On the YouTube video you can create a clip of the video right from YouTube. You can also clip videos using Google Slides. When you embed a YouTube video on a Google Slide, you have the option to put a start and end play time. So, if you want to skip the introduction or avoid a section of a video, you can do that!
  • Make embedded questions and stimulus items directly on a YouTube video using EdPuzzle.
  • Control the speed of the YouTube video so that you can slow it down for students who need more processing time with the words or movements in the video.
  • Use Chrome Extensions like Webpaint to write directly on webpages and videos. So, if you want to visually cue a student for something to pay attention to while watching the video you can draw on it. Or, you can pause the video and draw on a specific portion of the video while discussing concepts. 
  • Create playlists of your favorite songs, books, wordless short videos, etc. for different treatment areas, themes or type of content to easily bring up again when you use with a new group or client. Plus, you can also search for public playlists and find videos quicker!
  • For SLPs wanting to send homework or modeling techniques to parents, you can timestamp your video in the description so that parents or students can quickly get to a section of the video that they may need to rewatch.
Get the top tips for using YouTube videos in speech therapy.

What tech tips do you have about using YouTube videos?

Learn all the best tips for using YouTube videos in speech therapy

If you have any tech tips for using YouTube videos in your speech therapy sessions, do share in the comments! Or, if you have a favorite channel you love to use in speech, let me know. For SLPs that have been following me a long time, you know I am a big fan of Simon Cat’s Videos.

Low Prep Christmas Social Skills Activities EP 107

Low Prep Christmas Social Skills Activities EP 107

In this episode of the Real Talk SLP podcast I am sharing easy, low prep Christmas social skills activities to help you rock your pragmatic language groups without stressing. Between the IEP meetings, finishing assessment reports, progress monitoring and running groups, you have zero time for planning. That’s why this round-up of Christmas social skills lessons will help you get to winter break with a smile!

Frameworks for Planning Your Group Social Skills Lessons

When it comes to planning your social skill groups, it can get overwhelming. Especially if you are starting to run out of ideas. To help me with planning overwhelm, I always use a framework that I breakdown in this podcast episode. It will help you with some of the ideas mentioned and give you tips for how to structure your lessons so you can stretch out. 

Low prep Christmas social language activities for elementary and middle school.

Christmas Social Skills Activities With YouTube Videos

Plan engaging Christmas social skills lessons with wordless short videos.

In this episode, I shared about a variety of YouTube videos you can use to work on pragmatic language skills such as perspective taking, thinking bubble, social inferencing, and social rules. Here is a round-up of the resources and blog posts I mentioned:


Other Christmas pragmatic language activities mentioned in this episode are working on gift giving through role playing how to respond when you get a gift, to understanding how to use a gift based on other’s interests. You can use worksheets and the lesson plan for gift giving in my social skills lessons resource

Discussing the expectations when visiting family for the holidays and how to communicate during those events is another great lesson plan idea.

For those quick days when you need something that feels like a game, using holiday social skills bamboozle games is a great way to go!


Group pragmatic language activities with a Christmas theme.

What Christmas Themed Pragmatic Language Activities Do You Plan?

If you have an engaging pragmatic language activity you plan with a Christmas theme, share the resource or activity in the comments. You can never have enough ideas to pull from when planning group social skills activities. 

December Whole Class Special Ed Lesson Plans For Push-In

December Whole Class Special Ed Lesson Plans For Push-In

Planning whole class push-in lessons for your special education classrooms can be stressful because you have a LOT of deadlines before winter break. In this Real Talk SLP podcast episode, I share December special ed lesson plans you can do as a co-teaching activity. Planning engaging Christmas speech and language activities for the whole class doesn’t have to be stressful because you walk away from this episode with fresh ideas for what to plan!

Special Ed Lesson Plans for December

Here are the December whole class special ed lesson plan ideas shared in this episode:

  • Making DIY wrapping paper to use to wrap their homemade crafts or gifts for parents
  • Hot chocolate activity – students can prepare hot chocolate for the school staff and work on functional communication when giving the hot chocolate.
  • Making Christmas trees or winter tree art projects to work on speech and language goals. Read a Christmas tree boo, read a winter tree poem or learn about trees before doing the craft.
  • Go on a gingerbread man or candy cane hunt to work on body in the group, inferencing, and where questions
  • Decorating cookies to work on speech and language skills. Make sure to listen to the episode to hear about my tips for using this as a social pragmatic lesson.
  • Make cinnamon apple sauce ornaments and then they can wrap them up with their DIY wrapping paper.
  • December can be a game theme where each week you teach the students a new game that they could play with their family over the winter break. Listen to the episode to hear my tips for how to pick games.
  • Make gumdrop or marsh mallow towers to see who can make the tallest tower.



Tips for Planning Special Ed Push-In Lessons for December

Remember that some of these Christmas speech therapy lesson plans can be broken into smaller lessons so you can stretch the activities across two or three weeks. This will help you plan for December and not stressing about what you will do each week in your push-in sessions.

Get ideas for planning Christmas special ed lesson plans to use as push-in speech therapy sessions

Resources For Planning Co-Teaching Special Ed Lesson Plans


The key to planning your co-teaching special ed lesson plans is knowing all the job roles of the educators involved. As you are planning your push-in lesson, consider how the activity will be set up. Reviewing different collaborative service models will help you with job roles and expectations.

EP 92 Who Knew My Students Would Love This!?

EP 92 Who Knew My Students Would Love This!?

We can overcomplicate the process when finding engaging speech therapy materials for our sessions! This Real Talk SLP episode shares what kids LOVE, and it might be something you never thought to use.

Have you ever planned an on-the-fly speech therapy lesson, thinking it would be “boring,” only to discover that your students thought it was the BEST.THING.EVER!

Or, maybe you left a game or material on your table, and your next group of fourth-graders walk-in begging to play Candyland in your session?

How To Participate in Future SLP Questions

This episode of the Real Talk SLP podcast will be sharing materials or activities SLPs used that were a surprising hit in therapy.

Many of the ideas shared today were from submissions from other SLPs that commented on my Facebook page. Come follow along to get involved with some of the questions I post weekly.

Get on the Themed Therapy SLP Membership Waitlist

If you LOVE planning therapy with a themed-based approach but often don’t because you lost all your planning time catching up on paperwork, I want to let you know about the Themed Therapy SLP Membership for SLPs serving Prek-5th grade students. We take lesson planning off your plate by providing themed therapy units to cover your Prek-5th grade caseload. Between themed book cheat sheets, open-ended activities, Google Slides, No Print PDFs, themed speech sound word lists, printables, and monthly LIVE webinars to earn CMH units, you will have engaging sessions without the stress of planning on your own.

The membership opens in July 2022. We take purchase requests and group discounts, so let your employer know you need this for a successful school year! Sign up HERE.

In This Real Talk SLP Episode You Will Learn:


-How to look at your therapy materials in unconventional ways

-Encouragement to take chances in your therapy and explore what can work with our students in therapy

-Therapy ideas that are cost-effective and engaging with kids

-Think outside the box, what might work for younger students could be used with your older students and vice versa

-What tools or supplies could you incorporate with your worksheets or activities to increase engagement such as using smell markers or erasable pens

-How you can use a simple object and turn it into a hands-on activity

-Our junk drawers could be our most effective therapy tool


See the links below to go to blog posts or find materials mentioned in this episode

Blog Posts and Resources Mentioned in This Episode

Amazon affiliate links are included in this post for your convenience. This means I get a small commission when you use my link to purchase items at no additional cost to you.

“I Spy” sensory bin

Articulation Flipbookstry the /l/ book for FREE

Use these ultra fine dry erase markers, your kids will love them.

Smelly Markers, Smelly Pens, Dot Markers, Erasable pens

Candyland and Don’t Break the Ice – If you need toy companion cheat sheets for using these games in therapy, check out this resource in my TPT store.

Lids N’ Lizards Blog Post – Free printables are on that blog post

Beach Day by Karen Roosa Blog Post with extension activity ideas

Make a random item sensory bin by colors. Check out the color-themed sensory bin resources in my TPT store

We can overcomplicate the process when finding engaging speech therapy materials for our sessions! This Real Talk SLP episode shares what kids LOVE, and it might be something you never thought to use.

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Engaging Speech Therapy Materials: Discover What Kids Love

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Ep 91 5 Strategies to Get Buy-In With Your Older Students

Ep 91 5 Strategies to Get Buy-In With Your Older Students

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.


Sign Up for the LIVE Sensory Bin Webinar June 21st

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)

-Ultimate Sensory Bin Guide – step-by-step instructions and recommendations to help you find the right bin, fillers, and materials to make your sensory bin with a visual rules poster, storage ideas, and printables to make bins

-$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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