One of my most unique speech therapy activities for middle schoolers is Speech Tube. This fall I added another set: Speech Tube Social: Nonverbal Cues.
The Speech Tube is back! I’m starting a Social set of activities. The first highlighted skill is identifying body language and nonverbal communication. My student’s were not happy to be coming to the speech office. One week I pulled out my iPhone and let them watch a popular You Tube clip. After 3 minutes of laughing and watching clips, I was able to get them to work for the next 30 minutes on our speech and language goals. Since then, I’ve been finding ways to spark their interest with clips!
This packet is 62 pages. It features 5 different pre-made lessons plus one blank set that you can customize to work with any clip. I use these lesson with middle school students with cognitive disabilities, and upper elementary students with language impairments.
There are activities for activities and posters focusing on nonverbal communication especially body language. There are also retelling and narrative language activities included.
I use these companion sheets with upper elementary
and middle school students. I start our therapy session
by showing the YouTube clip on my iPad or computer. You can access the video easily by scanning the QR code with a QR code scanning app. We usually watch the video twice. Then we use the discussion questions. Some student groups write their answers while other groups just use them as discussion topics. Continue through the worksheets that are appropriate with your students. Each page has the QR code at the top of the page so that students can access the video later.
Each YouTube clip is appropriate for school. Unfortunately we cannot
control what ads are included on the pages when you open the video. Please use EXTREME caution when using this site with your students. I
use the iPad so I can hide the screen until I have cued up the video and have placed it in expanded view Please screen each video before you show it. The authors of the channels are in control of the content. If they change the video in any way I do not have control of what is posted. The videos included are meant to be entertaining. They should be screened by the SLP for appropriateness for each student.
You will need access to You Tube to use these items. Please make sure this site is not blocked by your school before purchase.
**********Updated 10/1/14. Replaced the Sue Heck video with a new one. The old link broke and was no longer viewable. Replaced the Sheldon Smile video to one that is now viewable on mobile devices. Please re-download.
Have you used videos to engage middle schoolers? Leave a comment and let me know how!
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