Break the Ice in Private Sessions with Nice to Meet

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The following tips are written by a professional partner of Feeloty. Danica Federe is a speech-language pathologist (SLP) who works with children with speech and language disorders.

As an SLP, I am constantly getting new clients. One of my favorite ways to break the ice during a first session is using Feeloty’s Nice to Meet cards. 

Simple “This or That” Activity

Start with the deck of cards face down so that you can’t see the pictures. Take turns drawing cards and asking each other what is preferred. By asking each other and not answering the questions yourself, you encourage more back and forth communication. To keep the conversation going, try asking a follow up open-ended question like “Why did you pick that option?” 

For example: “Would you rather receive money or gifts?” After being provided with an answer, follow up with “Why?” 

Find Similarities

See how many similarities you can find between the two of you. Go through each card and tally up how many cards you both agree on. This is a great way to get to know each other and gives you topics to talk about during sessions. 

Ask Questions and Share Stories

Pick a few cards, talk about which options you would both choose, and then ask them to share a story.

For example: “Would you rather go camping or stay in a hotel?”. After they answer the question, follow up with a more open ended question that prompts a story (e.g. “Have you ever gone camping? Tell me about it!)

These are just a few of the many ways to use the Nice to Meet cards in therapy sessions, thanks for stopping by! 

Read more from Danica Federe M.S., CCC-SLP:

Instagram: @slp.resource

Website: www.slp-resource.com

 

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