Using videos in speech therapy is an engaging way to target many important skills, including inferences, emotions, cause/effect, retelling, summarizing, predictions, sequencing, and more for all ages!
I have a Pinterest board dedicated to short videos that I pull up in sessions. This works for both in-person or teletherapy!
Feel free to follow and bookmark it to work on the skills listed below!
Short videos are a great way to work on inferences in many contexts! Making inferences from videos is easier (and tend to be more engaging and fun) than from text.
Pause the video and make predictions about what will happen next or at the end of the video.
Wordless videos are especially great for identifying and discussing emotions. Pause the video at appropriate times and discuss what can be learned from the body language and facial expressions exhibited. After the emotion is identified, discuss: Why are they feeling this way? What events lead to this emotion? If it is a negative emotion…What can they do to feel better? Can someone in the video do something to help?
Use the video to discuss what caused an event to occur or the effect of an action. What would happen next if…? Why did that happen? Cause/effect is an important skill for cognitive organization and helps students find a connection between two separate events.
Videos are a fun way to work on receptive language (comprehending language). Use them to test understanding by asking WH questions (who, what, when, where, why, how).
After watching the video, have the child sequence the events. If helpful, use visuals such as “first” “next” “last” or have the child draw pictures.
Test the comprehension of what the child watched by having them retell what happened in the video. This is a great option if you have a child who won’t attend for a book, but you’d like to test their comprehension and think their attention may be affecting their ability to answer questions, sequence, or retell the text.
Depending on the video, many other things can be addressed, such as figurative language, social skills, empathy, and problem-solving.
Have you ever used short videos in therapy? What other skills would you target?
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