I was observing one of my middle school dynamic speech duos this week and they were working on the functional concept of grocery stores for their in class group. That can be pretty dry content, but boy, did they make it fun with a variety of interactive materials, AT devices and videos interspersed to illustrate the concepts! The kids were thoroughly engaged and enjoying themselves, commenting on their devices and answering questions during the entire hour! These awesome SLPs even film the kids on an ipad during the in class, and upload it to Edmodo for the parents to watch how their kids are participating in group.
My CF, Rachael, embedded vocabulary, sentence structure, AAC, articulation, voice and even social language into her lesson (yup, she’s pretty amazing). As she was talking about expected behaviors in the grocery store, she showed a clip that illustrated her point beautifully HERE . Several people burst into a ridiculous song about fruit in the middle of a Queens, NY grocery store, and the resulting video is social language gold! It’s a perfect way to talk about expected/unexpected behaviors and what people might be feeling or thinking based on their expressions as they watch.
There is a series of these videos by a group called Improv Everywhere. They include random musicals in a crowded food court, at a mall with Santa (note: in this one they use the words “putting my butt on Santa’s lap”, so proceed with caution and PREVIEW!), and one during a business presentation. You may want to skip episode six as it’s an homage to beer (maybe watch that one when you get home after a long day of IEPs).
I also found videos from this group that re-enact famous movies in “real life” moments. For example, a Harry Potter-esque little boy in a train station (with an owl!) is looking for platform nine and three-quarters, and asks many people for help. It could foster a great discussion about fantasy/reality and the unexpected. These videos typically run about three minutes, so you can edit or pause and discuss throughout the sessions.
While I won’t be bursting into song anytime soon, have you found any great videos to work on expected/unexpected that involve music? Please share here!