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Guest Blog: SpongeBob Comes to Speech?

By: Becky Wanca, M.S., CCC-SLP
copyright 2010. Becky Wanka.

This blog post has been reprinted with express permission of the author as it appeared on her blog Speech Therapy Ideas

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

Featured Author: Becky Wanca, M.S., CCC-SLP

Many thanks to Becky Wanka for this Guest Blog.

Becky Wanca has over 12 years of experience working in pediatrics with an emphasis on articulation and language disorders. Through her private practice, she has treated children in clinical settings, as well in their homes, daycares, and schools. Her private practice currently serves children in a a charter school and three private schools. The children currently on Becky’s caseload range in age from 4 to 15 years old.

Becky graduated with her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Master of Science (M.S.) degrees in Speech-language Pathology from Florida State University and completed her Clinical Fellowship at Children’s Communication Center in Tallahassee.

Becky is married and the proud mother of twin boys. She resides in Bradenton, Florida (USA).

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Tags: Newsletter Article Articulation 8 October 2010