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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.
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.
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!