One of my new and very creative SLPs in my county, Marjie, showed a Rolling Safari video in a group lesson last week. Apart from being hilarious, they are the perfect videos to work on lots of social language concepts. I have pinned a bunch of them to my Youtube channel as well as my Pinterest Social Video board, so please feel free to take a look and pin away!!
The Rolling Safari videos were actually developed for a short animation contest but their social language application is so much fun! The concept is to take animals that you would see on safari and enlarge their shapes until they look more like balloons in the Macy’s Day parade (or me after eating a burrito). The students in the speech group I observed kept laughing at how odd the animals looked and moved in the videos. This absurdity lends itself to a great way to work on talking about social language concepts including:
Cause/Effect (great for how and why questions for older students)
Making a smart guess/inferences
What the other animals might be thinking, feeling or saying
Imagining/Wondering (what if…)
It might be fun to extend the concepts with a motor piece and have the students lay on top of a big therapy ball to move across a mat. You could set up plastic safari animals on the mat to make their own Rolling Safari! This movement can give language and experience to what the animals in the videos are feeling in their unexpected shape and size! You can work in turn taking, imagination and self regulation skills into this activity for a fun way to spend the day on a rolling speech social language safari!