Therapy Ideas

Meme Use in Speech-Language Therapy Sessions With Clients in the Y and Z Generations

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When I was first introduced to memes, I thought they were all for comedy and that they were image-based on the internet. However, I later found out that the term “meme” is actually more complex and broad than what you can find online. The word “meme” originates from science, noted first in Richard Dawkin’s book The Selfish Gene (1976), where Dawkins (an evolutionary biologist) discusses how in genetics a meme is a self-replicating unit with significance in explaining human behavior and cultural evolution ( He discusses that a meme is a cultural entity that might be replicated or imitated based on its ability to be retained, transmitted, and their aptitude to be replicated. In this article about memes and their use in speech-language therapy, I will be mostly discussing memes passed through social mediums including the internet, television, and radio through audio, video, images, and text as well as combinations of these mediums.

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Memes passed through the social mediums of the internet, television, and radio are different than other memes. These can be saved to be found later and generally tracked back to the original source. This can show scientists, researchers, and marketing specialists how they transform over time, how many people have viewed or heard a particular meme, and what types of actions, in particular the continuation or dormancy of the meme, occur following a person being subjected to the meme. Scientists and researchers study how memes evolve and predict which will survive and spread throughout a culture.

To learn more about popular memes and how they can be used in speech-language therapy sessions, continue reading!

Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) Linky Party

Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) is coming to a close. Originally I had planned on doing weekly linky parties, but wedding planning has gotten in the way. So, I am holding a 2-day linky party where speech-language pathology and audiology bloggers/material creators/businesses can link up to show what they have done for BHSM! I would love to see posts about what BHSM means to you, any materials (paid or free) that you have created for BHSM to spread the word, any blog posts showing swag you have worn to promote BHSM, etc! The only rules are it has to be related to you or your business/practice/blog as an SLP or AUD and you must provide the direct link to your post/video. NO LINKING TO PRODUCTS/MATERIALS DIRECTLY - YOU MUST HAVE A POST ABOUT THE PRODUCT/MATERIAL AND WHY IT RELATES TO BHSM (not just any product/material; must be BHSM related)! Anything that does not follow these three rules will be deleted. This can be a post about something you did this year, or a post from a previous year!

Here is the image that you can use to show that you linked up to my party! I would love it if you could please link it back to this blog post (not my blog directly but this specific blog post)!

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Thanks for participating! I hope that those who are reading get a lot of information, inspiration, and content to use next year from this Linky Party!

Happy to be an SLP Blog Hop

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It is Better Hearing and Speech Month, so many of us SLP bloggers decided that we would celebrate with a blog hop! We wanted to share information about the profession, tips for SLPs/teachers/parents, and why we love being SLPs! I cannot wait to see what each of my blogging friends end up discussing related to the field. Personally, I am discussing the topic of cluttering. It is my favorite speech and language disorder to treat and I even made a YouTube video about it! Speaking of YouTube videos, there is a great one that The Dabbling Speechie and her husband edited together with clips of many of us SLP bloggers showing how happy we are to be SLPs! Finally, we wanted to give back to the SLP community with a giveaway including products from Social Thinking, Smarty Ears, and TpT gift certificates! To learn more about cluttering, follow our blog hop, and to enter the giveaway, continue reading!

ABCs 4 SLPs - E is for Emotions/F is for Feelings

ABCs 4 SLPs Emotions & Feelings

Feeling happy? I know I am with all of these fun posts for my ABCs 4 SLPs series! Here's the next one transitioning between the letters E and F. This post is all about emotions/feelings, how to teach them, and fun activities/products/apps to use while teaching them! Continue reading for all of the fun!

ABCs 4 SLPs - E is for Expanding Expression Tool (EET)

ABCs 4 SLPs Expanding Expression Tool (EET)

When I first learned about the Expanding Expression Tool, it was before I had even started my undergraduate degree. Sara L. Smith was seated at a booth at the Michigan Speech-Language Hearing Association's annual conference in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, and I was giving a presentation with my previous employer about using volunteers to model appropriate social, speech, and language behavior for children with disabilities. I stepped over to her booth and asked about the product, as it reminded me of a cute wiggle-worm. From then on, I knew that I wanted one for myself, so the first thing I bought when I started speech-language therapy was the Expanding Expression Tool Kit. Since then, the Expanding Expression Tool Kit has expanded. It now has many add-ons. To read more about the Expanding Expression Tool (EET), EET lessons, and more, continue reading!

ABCs 4 SLPs: C is for Cubes/D is for Dice

ABCs 4 SLPs C is for Cubes/D is for Dice

I could not figure out which category to place some of these next items in. Cubes or dice? Luckily, dice are the same shape as cubes and some of these cubes can be used as dice. So, as a transition from the letter "C" to "D", here are some great ways to use cubes and dice in speech-language therapy! There are more activities that I could write about related to this topic than numbers on a twenty-sided die (although, I am not sure I will write about all of them...). Continue reading for ideas, DIY printable materials, products, and apps related to "cubes" and "dice"!

ABCs 4 SLPs: C is for Calming Down

ABCs 4 SLPs Calming Down

We all know that speech-language pathologists sometimes suffer from burnout, but we also must be mindful of our client's stress levels. There are many different strategies to help yourself and others calm down before or after a speech therapy session. This post will discuss strategies, music, exercises, and visuals related to calming down in stressful situations.

ABCs 4 SLPs: C is for Car Rides

ABCs 4 SLPs Car Rides

Over the summer and during school breaks, many families take vacations that involve long car rides. When I was growing up, my parents made sure that we weren't plugged into video games on car rides and keeping up with our education. Summer and breaks were not only time for fun, but they also wanted to make sure our skills were kept up over the summer, especially on the way to our cottage, vacation, the beach, and while running errands. To learn what great ideas I learned from my parents to keep up your children's skills over the summer/school breaks and other ideas to practice speech and language skills on your next car ride, continue reading!

ABCs 4 SLPs: C is for Cooking

ABCs 4 SLPs Cooking

There's nothing like a good snack in speech-language therapy. If I had it my way, and had the money, I would have a snack available everyday during speech sessions! There are not many foods that I would not try, especially cookies and candies! I'm sure my students feel the same! In this post, I will discuss enhancing a persons' communication skills through cooking, how to use a simple recipe in speech-language therapy, some fun food apps to use in speech-language therapy sessions, and some other great speech and language websites that serve up some fine speech techniques along with their food!

ABCs 4 SLPs: C is for Cards

ABCs 4 SLPs Cards

Cue cards. Card games. Business cards. Conversation starter cards. Vocabulary cards. There are so many ways to use cards in therapy that I almost don't know if I can fit them all into one post! I'm going to try to show you as many ways as I can that you can use cards in speech and language therapy in this post. Can I do it or will it overload the page? How many different strategies can I fit into one post? To find out, continue reading my post on using cards in speech-language therapy!


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