Motivation, humor, and ideas that every speech-language pathologist who works with children will love!
I’m willing to take a bet that the mere mention of fast food during a speech therapy session will create a tidal wave of smiles. Don’t believe me? I double-dog dare you to simply whisper the words bacon cheeseburger – I guarantee that your therapy room will erupt with the sounds of children declaring, “There’s nothing better than a Wendy’s bacon cheeseburger!” Love it or hate it, fast-food is here to stay (And remember, if we eat it once in a while, it isn’t that bad. It’s all about moderation.)
Is there a way that we SLPs can add some yummy educational flavor to our speech therapy sessions that will result in some great discussion? There sure is, just chat about fast-food! Below you will find 3 ways I like to add some fast-food flavor to my speech therapy sessions.
1. Grand openingsI
Because you never know when your speech student might be on a trivia game show – exercise their listening ears and memory recall by teaching them exactly when/where their favorite fast-food joint was born. Did you know that White Castle was first opened in Wichita, Kansas in 1921? Or that the first Burger King was in Miami, Florida in 1954? Do you like Subway? Well, I bet you didn’t know that the popular submarine sandwich restaurant started in Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1965. NICE!
2. Talk about your own place!
Ask your students to use their amazing smarts to imagine themselves opening their very own original fast-food chain. What would they call it? What would the menu consist of? What kind of desserts would they serve? Will their restaurant have kids’ meals? If so, what kind of toy or prize would come with it? Remind them to use their target sound appropriately when expanding on their responses.
3. Draw your own place!
I love incorporating art into my speech therapy sessions for millions of different reasons: it stimulates both sides of the brain, it develops hand and eye coordination, so on and so forth. Encourage your students to draw a picture of what their restaurant will look like. Is the building big or small? Will the building be floating in the sky or stuck to the ground? The possibilities really are endless and the conversation is sure to be as colorful as your students’ masterpieces.
In closing . . .
Have you ever done anything like this before in a session? Do you think your students would have fun chatting about fast-food? Are you as hungry as I am after reading this post? Are you craving some french Fries right now? Haha! Give this speech therapy idea a shot and please let me know how it goes. (Oh, and it you live anywhere near an In-N-Out Burger, please purchase a few gift cards for me! YUM!)