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Inviting Your School-Aged Clients to Teach You New Words

Inviting Your School-Aged Clients to Teach You New Words

One of the most popular online game experiences right now is Among Us. If you work together with school-aged children, there’s a high likelihood that they play Among Us, and there’s a high likelihood that they enjoy it. One of the cool things about Among Us is there’s a bunch of “lingo” that is game-specific that, at least in my experience, children enjoy saying outside of the game. So, as curious clinicians, I think this is a great opportunity for all of us to ask our school-aged clients to teach US new words so WE can grow, as communicators.

Perhaps the most popular word from Among Us is “sus.” This word is a shorthand version of “suspect” or “suspicious.” Consider asking your school-aged child to define “sus.” Can the youngster define it to you fully understand? If not, where was the breakdown in expressive communication? There are so many ways that this can connect to a child’s goals and objectives, and best of all – it’s so relevant to the child.

Here’s some sample dialogue you might use with a school-aged client-

So, I’ve been hearing about a game called Among Us. Because I love to learn new words, I was wondering if Among Us has any specific words in it that you could teach me. I think “sus” is a word from it, but I’m not entirely sure. I need your awesome knowledge. Fill my brain with your awesome knowledge!

Let’s all make a conscious decision to learn something new from each of our clients today. Sure, we have so much to teach them, as speech-language pathologists, but wow they have so much to teach US. It’s a privilege and an honor to learn from our youth. Take advantage of their awesome knowledge. Have them fill your brain with their awesome knowledge.

Slimy Little Dude All Levels Walkthrough

Here’s another “walkthrough” video about a video game that can be found over at SLP Video Games. It’s called Slimy Little Dude and let me tell you, it’s a tricky one! But as I say in the video, it’s such a rewarding experience when you finally get past a level that you’re struggling on. Very rewarding!

Let’s get slimy!

The whole premise of Slimy Little Dude is that you need to get the slimy little dude from point A to point B without having him hit spikes (ouch!) or fall off the ledge (ahhh!). And one of the complexity layers that is placed on top of this video game is the whole “motion experience.” As you play it, you will notice that some levels have a unique “motion experience” to it that might drive you nuts, but drive you nuts in a good way, haha! I really love Slimy Little Dude, and I hope you will, too. Good luck!

Jumpity McJumpsin All Levels Walkthrough

SLP Video Games is coming along nicely. It’s been a real joy to have such wonderful conversations with all of ya’ll who’ve signed up for an account. Thanks for all the awesome comments and such!

Jumpity McJumpsin, anyone?!

I went ahead and created a “walkthrough” video for the video game “Jumpity McJumpsin.” In this video, you’ll see me going through all of the levels plus I speak directly to how you might be able to incorporate some solid /R/ speech therapy during the video game experience. However, be warned that the video is a long one that clocks in at a whopping 18 minutes and 11 seconds. So, if you’re in the mood to hang out with me for that long, buckle up, friend, and let’s get our learn on! 😉

Get Rid of Red All Levels Walkthrough

As I’ve said in the video above, a bunch of my friends have reached out to me about SLP Video Games, and more specifically about how they are getting stumped on certain levels in certain video games. So, I had the idea of creating some “walkthrough” videos where I show you how you can beat each level of a video game over at SLP Video Games. And the first “walkthrough” video I made for you is one walking you through Get Rid of Red.

Do you like that video game?

If so, Get Rid of Red is one of many video games over at SLP Video Games. Be sure to check out SLP Video Games so you can experience some of the video game goodness. The world needs more video games, ya know? At least, that’s what I think. Haha!