SLP Resources, tips from an expert!

These two have been my go-to cards to use when practicing pragmatics! I’ll start with the Nice to Meet You cards. I love to use these cards for practicing conversation. This includes initiating conversation and maintaining conversation. These cards are basically simple cards that contain two options. Some examples are “beach/pool”, “cat/dog”, and “nerd/troublemaker”. I love these cards because they are so simple but at the same time there is so much to do with them! (Plus they’re really cute!!). Here is how I use them in therapy:

  • Choose a card
  • Pick one or the other
  • Have a conversation! I like to start by asking them a question and then prompting them to ask me a question. After each card I tell them something that I learned about them and ask them to tell me something they learned about me. Then I follow with “Isn’t it cool that we can learn so much about other people when we have conversations?”. The kids really enjoy using these cards and they absolutely love the pictures!
  • Next, the Feelmo Cards. 

I use these cards daily in my speech sessions. Here are some ways I use them:

Pronouns! 

  • I use these cards to practice pronouns with my clients. I ask them “Is this a boy or a girl?”. Then I ask them “If it’s a boy do we say ‘he’ or ‘she’?” Then I have them put it into a sentence to talk about how the children on the cards are feeling. First I’ll given them a model, then have them produce their own sentence about a different card. 
  • “She is happy” -> “your turn.”.

Identifying emotions and triggers for certain emotions. 

  • I hold up a a card and ask my clients “How are they feeling?”. Then I ask them why they are feeling that way, or what is something that would make them feel that certain emotion. 
  • For example: *holding up a picture with a sad girl* “How is she feeling?”, “Sad.”, “Good! What is something that makes you feel sad?”. 

Identifying how certain situations make others feel. 

  • I like to use these as visuals when working on this. I will read social scenarios to my clients then have them select a card. For example, “Emma worked really hard on her art project for the past two days. When she got to school she realized that she forgot her art project at home. How do you think this made her feel?” Then I would hold up two or three cards and have them identify the emotion.

Read more from SLP Resources:

  • Instagram: @slp.resource
  • Podcast: Speech at Home (on iTunes or Podbean!)
  • Website: www.slp-resource.com (tips and ideas for SLPs and parents of children with speech disorders)

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