Recently, while talking with a student about his favorite t.v. show, I noticed how many of the characters’ names had his target speech sounds (“r” based sounds) in them. I also noticed that this quiet, hesitant student became excited and involved when we were discussing the show. I knew right then that I had to incorporate Spongebob Squarepants into our sessions.
Using characters they love to make therapy fun
Here are some examples of activities you can do with your students’ favorite characters:
- Practice their speech sounds at the word, sentence, or conversational level.
- Practice basic concepts (e.g., numbers, colors, prepositions, pronouns) with cut-out pictures of the characters.
- Make up a story together using words of order (e.g., first, next, finally, etc.)
- Talk about the characters, setting, and plot of an episode.
What if I don’t know anything about the shows?
- Ask the students to tell you about it. They are usually more than willing to chat about their favorite t.v. shows.
- Search online. Almost every show has a significant presence on the world-wide-web devoted to it. Once you find the website for that show, look around for information on the characters, setting, etc. You can often find printable pages to use as well.
- Go to the bookstore. Many popular shows have small paperback books that include stories from the episodes.
Where can I find materials?
You can create your own materials or adapt purchased games, books, or pictures. Some places to find show-related items to use include websites, bookstores, party stores, and toy stores.
Here are some websites that may be useful
Leave a comment to let us know how you include kids’ favorite shows or characters in your sessions.